Pat’s claim ma­jor scalp

League joy prom­ises ex­cit­ing cham­pi­onship

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: Joe Byrne

St Patrick’s ce­len­rate their league success over Ti­na­hely in An­nacurra last week­end.

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