AGB get the bet­ter of St Pat’s in fan­tas­tic re­play

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Bal­li­nakill

AGB won the Un­der-13 ‘C’ Shield fi­nal after a crack­ing re­play with St. Pa­tricks in Bal­li­nakill last Tues­day evening. The first night saw noth­ing sep­a­rate these sides, how­ever, on this oc­ca­sion, AGB got their match ups right to edge over the line.

St. Pats started brightly with Daniel Ka­vanagh putting Billy Joe Con­nors, who scored four goals dur­ing the first game, in on goal but his rasp­ing shot was bravely blocked away from point-blank range by keeper Luke McGrath.

Con­nors then showed su­perb skill to flick up and point in one fluid mo­tion. How­ever, Arklow from their first at­tack were to take a lead that they were never to re­lin­quish. The ex­cel­lent Dy­lan Len­non put a ball over the top nippy cor­ner-for­ward Sean O’Neill was brave to poke the ball past the on­com­ing keeper and Oliver Pursey was on hand to glee­fully fin­ish to the net.

Arklow’s next goal was from a re­hearsed move. Len­non took a short free to Ryan Scan­lon be­fore tak­ing the re­turn and drilling a shot to the Pats goal from 20 yards.

This sig­naled the best pe­riod for the Wick­low town men as they re­sponded well. Fionn Greene pointed for them and then turned provider to as­sist a Daniel Ka­vanagh point. Greene was ex­cel­lent in these few min­utes and he plun­dered a su­perb goal as he pounced on con­fu­sion in the Arklow de­fence to ri­fle low and hard past McGrath.

AGB stormed right back with Len­non and Scan­lon com­bin­ing from a short free again. This time Scan­lon find­ing the pin­point fin­ish to the Wick­low net.

Ka­vanagh replied for Pats with an ex­cel­lent right footed point from out on the left wing, how­ever, Scan­lon closed the first half scor­ing with two beau­ti­fully clipped break­away points to leave Arklow four to the good at the break.

AGB kept on top at the start of the se­cond half with Len­non and Scan­lon break­ing for­ward from mid­field at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and their cap­tain Jack Mullen do­ing an ex­cel­lent job in keep­ing Con­nors quiet they got the first two scores. Eab­han Kinch got on the end of a flow­ing move then Fenn Wolo­han showed great tenac­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­jure a point out of noth­ing.

With Con­nors and Ka­vanagh tied up Pats were find­ing scores hard to come by. Sam Christie did find one, but they could not get any closer. Fur­ther scores from Kinch, Scan­lon and Wolo­han saw them home.

Pats tried hard how­ever with their key men well mar­shalled they strug­gled for scores. De­nis O’Brien and Fionn Greene gave their all in a los­ing cause.

Arklow were ex­cel­lent all over the pitch and their man­age­ment de­serve great credit in putting Mullen and Scan­lon on Pats dan­ger men.

Mullen was a leader from cen­tre back, keeper Luke McGrath made nu­mer­ous classy saves and his dis­tri­bu­tion un­der pres­sure out the wings was im­pres­sive, Dy­lan Len­non was a ball of en­ergy and was ev­ery­where dan­ger lurked.

How­ever, man of the match was Ryan Scan­lon. He was put on one of Wick­low’s best play­ers and snuffed out his threat while he also ram­paged for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to score 1-3 and set up a fur­ther 1-2. An all-round ex­cel­lent dis­play.

Scor­ers - AGB: Ryan Scan­lon 1-3, Dy­lan Len­non 1-0, Oliver Pursey 1-0, Eab­han 0-2, Fenn Wolo­han 0-2.

St. Pats: Fionn Greene 1-1, Billy Joe Con­nors 0-2, Daniel Ka­vanagh 0-2, Sam Christie 0-1.

AGB: Luke McGrath; Dy­lan Lynch, Dara Tansey; Jack Mullen, Josh Robin­son, Ryan Scan­lon; Mikey Kinsella, Dy­lan Len­non; Cian McDonough, Eab­han Kinch, Oliver Purser; Sean O’Neill, Fenn Wolo­han. Subs: Pa­trick McGraynor, Jack Mol­loy, Sean Joyce, Eoin Scan­lon.

St. Pats: Matt Glee­son; De­nis O’Brien, Ciaran Matthews; Ben Bowen, Ea­mon God­dard, Os­car Durston; Ryan McCon­nell, Tom Phelan; Char­lie Swaza­lina, Colm Fin­negan, Daniel Ka­vanagh; Billy Joe Con­nors, Fionn Greene. Subs: Ol­lie Kennedy, Rumo Best, Sam Christie, Luke Dunne

Ref­eree: Con Keddy (Kil­coole)

AGB, win­ners of the Un­der-13 ‘C’ Shield.

Coiste na nOg Chair­man Pat Dunne makes the pre­sen­ta­tion to AGB cap­tain Jack Mullen.

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