BRIGHT START VI­TAL

St Pa­trick’s record vi­tal vic­tory over de­pleted Ti­na­hely

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - SFL DIVI­SION 1 at Ti­na­hely

TI­NA­HELY 1-7

ST PA­TRICK’S 1-11

A dom­i­nant open­ing 20 min­utes helped St Pa­trick’s to a four-point vic­tory over Ti­na­hely in the SFL Divi­sion 1 last Wed­nes­day even­ing that sees Casey O’Brien’s men pull level with Alan Costello’s side in the league with both teams now on 14 points after 12 games.

This en­counter was of the tough va­ri­ety with both sides los­ing a man to a red card, Ea­mon Wolfe for Pat’s and Tony Darcy for Ti­na­hely, from sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in the sec­ond half, while Ti­na­hely will won­der how they weren’t awarded a penalty for a foul on the afore­men­tioned Darcy in the lead up to his dis­missal.

It was the vis­i­tors who got off to the brighter start with Donie Fitzger­ald fin­ish­ing to the back of the Ti­na­hely net with a slid­ing fin­ish after a ball from Ciaran McGet­ti­gan.

Points fol­lowed from Tommy Kelly (three frees), McGet­ti­gan and John Crowe to the reign­ing cham­pi­ons ahead by 1-5 to 0-1 with Ti­na­hely goal­keeper Niall Byrne get­ting his side off the mark with a con­verted 45.

Ti­na­hely re­sponded well with points from Tony Darcy (free) and Niall Byrne (free) but an­other Tommy Kelly free be­fore the break and a fine point from Jonathan De­lahunt after the restart pushed St Pat’s out to a 1-7 to 0-3 lead early in the sec­ond half.

Alan Dil­lon swung over a free be­fore over­car­ry­ing by Ian Mur­phy in the St Pat’s goal gave Tony Darcy a sim­ple task from a free be­fore Tommy Kelly swung over a placed ball after a foul on Donie Fitzger­ald only for Paddy O’Rourke to re­ply with a fisted point fol­low­ing a mark from Stephen Dil­lon out the field.

Michael Byrne was prov­ing him­self quite adept at shack­ling the po­ten­tial of Tommy Kelly but Donie Fitzger­ald was prov­ing to be a ma­jor thorn in the side of the Ti­na­hely de­fence.

Ciaran Doyle made it 1-9 to 0-6 for the vis­i­tors be­fore a su­perb team move from the home side re­sulted in Brian Walsh fin­ish­ing to the net after 43 min­utes.

Pat’s re­cov­ered swiftly from this set­back with two points, a Kelly free and Paudge McWal­ter ef­fort from play to push them five clear. An Alan Dil­lon pointed free closed that gap to four, but it would be as close as they would get with the late penalty call prov­ing quite con­tro­ver­sial in the clos­ing stages.

Scor­ers – St Pa­trick’s: Tommy Kelly 0-6 (6f), Donie Fitzger­ald 1-0, Paudge McWal­ter 0-1, Jonathan De­lahunt 0-1, John Crowe 0-1, Ciaran Doyle 0-1, Ciaran McGet­ti­gan 0-1.

Ti­na­hely: Brian Walsh 1-0, Niall Byrne 0-2 (1 45, 1f), Tony Darcy 0-2 (2f), Alan Dil­lon 0-2 (2f), Paddy O’Rourke 0-1.

TI­NA­HELY:

Niall Byrne; Jamie Cullen, Michael Byrne, Conor Hat­ton; Paddy O’Rourke, Cur­tis Keat­ing, John Blake; Wil­lie Dil­lon, Brian Walsh; Alan Dil­lon, Ja­son Cush, Stephen Dil­lon; Tony Darcy, Wil­lie Quaile, Noel Mul­hall. Subs: Niall O’Gor­man for W Quaile.

ST PA­TRICK’S:

Ian Mur­phy; Shane Mur­ley, Niall Don­nelly, Wayne Doyle; Ai­dan Dunne, John Crowe, Ciaran Doyle; Ea­mon Wolfe, Paul Earls; Ciaran McGet­ti­gan, Paudge McWal­ter, Jonathan De­lahunt; Conor O’Brien, Donie Fitzger­ald, Tommy Kelly. Subs: Luca Ram­per­saud for P Earls, Niall Earls for J De­lahunt. REF­EREE: Eu­gene O’Brien (Aughrim)

Ti­na­hely’s Conor Hat­ton tries to keep tabs on Donie Fitzger­ald of St. Pats.

Ti­na­hely’s Jamie Cullen awaits Conor O’ Brien’s next move.

Tommy Kelly of St Pat’s bat­tles with Ti­na­hely’s Michael Byrne.

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