St Pat’s more com­posed

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

A lit­tle more com­po­sure in front of goal saw St. Pa­trick’s edge out Clara Gaels in an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair at Avon­dale last Sun­day morn­ing.

Shorn of Saoirse Kearon and Oisin McGraynor, Clara were al­ways go­ing to be up against it, but they never lacked ef­fort and en­deav­our against a well-drilled Wick­low town side mar­shalled from the side­line by county star Dean Healy.

It was nip and tuck in the open­ing ex­changes with the first six points shared be­fore Pat’s got a grip around the mid­dle of the park.

It was at this stage Pa­trick O’Keane came into the game and he drove the county town men on from cen­ter back.

Pats cor­ner-for­ward Jack Dunne who was lively through­out clipped a fine score be­fore Jack Kelly showed a clean pair of heels to the Avon­dale de­fence and got his own point.

O’Keane show­ing great en­ergy drove up­field and as the de­fence closed in on him he off­loaded to Dunne who showed great com­po­sure to slot be­yond Steven Lee in the Clara goal.

The goal seemed to awaken Clara and with Conor Byrne get­ting more into the con­test they struck the fi­nal three scores of the half with James Mur­phy un­for­tu­nate that his thun­der­bolt of shot was six inches over the bar in­stead of un­der.

The Clara man­age­ment shrewdly moved Byrne closer to goal in the sec­ond pe­riod and this de­ci­sion yielded re­sults im­me­di­ately with the se­nior star rock­et­ing a goal that gave keeper Pa­trick Sam­mon no chance.

The Pat’s re­sponse was em­phatic and im­me­di­ate with wing for­ward James Byrne plac­ing cor­ner for­ward Cian O’Brien in on goal and his daisy-cut­ter nes­tled in Lee’s goal.

Conor Byrne pointed and when he turned pro­vided for David Miley the scores were tied up again.

How­ever, with O’Keane mop­ping up break­ing ball Pats struck for home. Dunne pointed them into the lead, Kelly ex­tended it and when O’Brien got his sec­ond goal of the day Clara had no way back. The last four points of the game were shared but Clara could not get the goal their hopes re­quired.

A good con­test be­tween two well matched teams.

The loses of Kearon and McGraynor were too much for a young Clara side. Their best per­form­ers were full-back Conor Shee­han, James Mur­phy, David Miley and the ex­cel­lent Conor Byrne.

For Pat’s, Rossa Mar­ron was a colos­sus at full-back, Luca Ram­per­saud was in­dus­tri­ous at cen­tre for­ward and Jack Dunne lively on the in­side line.

How­ever, man of the match was O’Keane who stood up when Clara were on top and his lead­er­ship spurred St Pa­trick’s to vic­tory.

Scor­ers - St. Pats: Cian O’Brien 2-1, Jack Dunne 1-2, James Byrne 0-2, Jack Kelly 0-2, Ro­nan Mur­ray 0-1, Luca Ram­per­saud 0-1.

Clara Gaels: Conor Byrne 1-2, James Mur­phy 0-4, David Miley 0-3, Eric Olo­han 0-1.

ST. PA­TRICKS: Pa­trick Sam­mon; Ken O’Grady, Rossa Mar­ron, Eli Gra­ham; Rob Mof­fitt, Pa­trick O’Keane, Hugh Humby; Matthew Traynor, Ro­nan Mur­ray; James Byrne, Lu­cas Ram­per­saud, Dy­lan Byrne; Cian O’Brien, Jack Kelly, Jack Dunne. Subs: Reese Kelly, Sean Fitz­patrick, Ciaran Byrne.

CLARA GAELS: Steven Lee; Dar­ragh Owens, Conor Shee­han, Con­nor Penn; Ryan Kenny, Kieran Penn, Mikey O’Dea; Jack Manley, Conor Byrne; Eric Olo­han, James Mur­phy, David Miley; Kevin Kin­sella, Donal McGraynor, Ross Merry. Subs: Dan Mar­ley. REF­EREE: Kieron Kenny (Ti­na­hely)

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