St Ni­cholas show no mercy to Clan na Gael

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

ST. Ni­cholas showed no mercy when they oblit­er­ated Clan Na Gael in their open­ing round match of the new Un­der-20 Foot­ball cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day evening last.

It was a bit­terly cold night as the grass glis­tened from the frost as both teams lined out.

Sur­pris­ingly, there was no Donard man on the start­ing fif­teen for the Nic’s.

St. Ni­cholas turned in a stel­lar at­tack­ing dis­play against the Kil­mac/En­niskerry com­bi­na­tion team.

Tom Lawlor, Niall Fla­herty, along with Paddy Kelly were the stars for the vic­tors.

Mid­fielder, Paddy Kelly knocked over the first score of the night with a long-range point as Nic’s hit the ground run­ning. Points fol­lowed from Daire Wright and Tom Lawlor.

Shane O’Rourke cut through the Gael’s rear­guard and fired home Nic’s first ma­jor of the evening in the sev­enth minute.

The lively Tom (Mossy) Lawlor swung over an ex­cel­lent point that left the East Coast side shell­shocked at this stage.

Clan na Gael could not cope with the power and pace of a fast­mov­ing Nic’s unit. Niall Fla­herty knocked over a pow­er­ful point, high be­tween the posts, into the flood­lit sky.

To­mas Lawlor set up Niall Fla­herty to ri­fle home a se­cond goal for the home side, mat­ters would only get worse for the vis­i­tors, as Nic’s showed no sign of tak­ing the foot off the gas.

Brian Nolan goaled be­fore Mossy pointed, to put the re­sult be­yond doubt with only twenty min­utes on the clock.

Clan na Gael fi­nally broke up the field after good work by Sean Clarke who set up Ethan O Mahony, to fire home a goal for the vis­i­tors a minute later.

It was im­me­di­ately can­celled out, by a brace of goals from Tom Lawlor, who was on fire.

A bril­liant left-footed point by Paddy Kelly, was fol­lowed by an­other ma­jor by Niall Fla­herty. Nic’s closed out the half, tag­ging on three more points, as the half time whis­tle sounded with the score read­ing 6-12 to 1-00.

St Ni­cholas com­pletely dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings for the next half hour on the score­board.

Shane Fig­gis fired over the open­ing point be­fore Daire Wright, net­ted Nic’s sixth ma­jor in the next at­tack.

Sam O’Cal­laghan got Gael’s first point of the game in the 40th minute. Mart Caplis was in top form,tag­ging on a brace of points after great work by Mark Reid and MJ Mo­ran.

Fi­nally a Donard man, James Ea­ger broke through three tack­les and ri­fled over a sweet point, the only Donard man, on just for the se­cond half.

The N11 side bat­tled valiantly, but Nic’s ap­plied more gas to the pedal.

It was all about Mossy Lawlor for the rest of the game, as the young man was un­stop­pable rais­ing, an­other three green flags.

Jamie Nally knocked over a fine point for the Gaels. The home side drove on and closed out the game with fur­ther score from Paddy Kelly and Marty Caplis.

On this form, St Nic’s looked a for­mi­da­ble force, no doubt they will come up against big­ger ob­sta­cles in the next cou­ple of rounds, while Clan na Gael will have to re­group for the next stage.

Scor­ers - St Ni­cholas: Tom Lawlor 5-05, Niall Fla­herty 3-05, Daire Wright 1-02, Marty Caplis 0-4, Shane O Rourke 1-0, Pat Kelly 0-2,Brian Nolan 0-1, Shane Fig­gis 0-1, James Ea­ger 0-1.

Clan na Gael : Ethan O Mahony 1-00, Jake Nally 0-1,Sam O Cal­laghan 0-1. ST NI­CHOLAS: Tom McQuirk; Ja­son Huntley, Mark O Sullivan, Mj Mo­ran; Stephen Doyle, Dar­ragh Dil­lon, Mark Reid; Pat Kelly, Shane Fig­gis; Niall Fa­herty, Marty Caplis, Brian Nolan; Tom Lawlor, Daire Wright, Shane O’Rourke. Subs: James Ea­ger, Pat Healy.

CLAN NA GAEL: Jor­dan Con­roy; Pat O’Toole, Ai­dan Ka­vanagh, Conal Gal­lagher; Adam Mc­Don­ald, Steven Flynn, Sean Clarke; Troy Scully, Stephen Cahill; Sam Brolly, Sam O’Cal­laghan, James Ka­vanagh; Ethan O’Mahony, Jamie Nally, Os­car Smith. Sub: Conor Power.

REF­EREE: Stephen Fa­gan (Balt­in­glass).

St Ni­cholas, who beat Clan Na Gael in their Un­der-20 foot­ball cham­pi­onship match.

Clan Na Gael, who lost out to St Ni­cholas.

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