BRIGHT START VITAL
St Patrick’s record vital victory over depleted Tinahely
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.
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.
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.