Pat’s claim major scalp
League joy promises exciting championship
ST PATRICK’S ladies football manager Robert Hollingsworth says that his side’s defeat of the reigning Senior champions Tinahely in the Senior league final last weekend can only be good for ladies football in the county and that it might give other clubs belief as they get their championship campaigns up and running for 2019 this week.
The result of the entertaining game played in Annacurra should set pules racing ahead of the championship campaign after a period of dominance by this magnificent Tinahely side who have secured victory in the last four county finals.
The sides were level at 1-11 each at full-time and then played a period of extra-time, ten minutes each half to decide the winners. The Wicklow town ladies eventually overcame their more experienced opponents and won out in the end by two points.
The result would probably be unexpected but the longer the game went on the more confident St. Pats became and once the game went to extra-time their fitness level seemed superior to a tiring Tinahely side. The final score after extra-time was St. Pats 3-14, Tinahely 2-15.
‘The way things have been leading up (to the game) and the fact that we were missing six of last year’s county final starting team, I was pleasantly surprised by the win. A couple of girls are in America, a few are injured, Niamh McGettigan has concussion. So, it probably afforded us the opportunity to introduce more youth into the team and while they were inexperienced there was no fear factor with them. Yeah, pleasantly surprised and delighted really,’ he added.
‘As usual they started off at a frantic pace. We sort of set up a defensive set up early doors. We didn’t want to go too far behind because they are lethal on the goal front. They built up a four- or five-point lead at one stage. We just got our heads down and battled back and we got a few goals and goals win games as they say.
‘That pulled us back into the game. We went into the break only a point down and that gave us great confidence because I know the last few times we’ve played them in county finals we’ve been six or seven points down so we knew were within touching distance. And we’ve done some analysis on Tinahely and we knew that if we could get our running game going, we could cause them some damage and that’s what really happened in the second half. We got our chances, caused a few problems and took our scores,’ he added.
St Pat’s take on Bray Emmets this Thursday night as the ladies football championship kicks into gear. It has the makings of a cracker after last weekend’s result.
St Patrick’s celenrate their league success over Tinahely in Annacurra last weekend.