Pat’s on the prowl

Holling­worth’s side stun Ti­na­hely to claim league ti­tle

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at An­nacurra

THINGS just got very ex­cit­ing in ladies club foot­ball in Wick­low ahead of the start of this year’s Se­nior cham­pi­onship af­ter St. Pats stunned Ti­na­hely in a very ex­cit­ing Se­nior foot­ball league fi­nal in An­nacurra on Satur­day night last, June 29.

It’s only the league many will say but the vic­tory sug­gests that Ti­na­hely’s dom­i­nance may be un­der se­ri­ous threat this sea­son.

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.

Very few would have pre­dicted the fi­nal re­sult dur­ing the first quar­ter. Even though St. Pats opened the scor­ing through a Sarah De­lahunt point in the first minute, it was Ti­na­hely who dom­i­nated dur­ing that first quar­ter, with Ciara Byrne and Laura Ho­gan scor­ing two points apiece.

The red jer­sey brigade was run­ning hard at their op­po­nents who were strug­gling at this stage to stay in the game. How­ever, when Sarah De­lahunt pointed again af­ter 16 min­utes, it seemed to give her side a great lift.

They now were do­ing some run­ning of their own with the half backs get­ting for­ward in sup­port. Mid­fielder Jess Lyons and Sarah De­lahunt and the for­wards be­gan to de­velop a pass­ing, run­ning game and were dif­fi­cult to stop.

Niamh Caf­frey, Emma McNulty and Jess Lyons, fol­low­ing a long run up the field, all scored points to bring the Pat’s to­tal to five points by the half time break. In the ten-minute pe­riod com­ing up to the break, Ciara Byrne and Laura Ho­gan pointed to leave Ti­na­hely 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the break

Ti­na­hely at­tacked straight from the off and Ciara Byrne in­creased their lead with a point. They con­tin­ued to press, and sub­sti­tute Leah Ger­aghty added an­other point.

Then, al­most from the kick out, St. Pats struck back. Cen­tre back Kate Hen­nessy started a move in mid­field and fol­lowed on through to get on the end and shoot home a great goal.

It was level play now and when team captain Sarah De­lahunt scored a point straight from the kick out St. Pats had gone ahead for the first time in the game.

Ti­na­hely ral­lied again and when Jackie Kinch got her hand to the ball and flicked it over the ad­vanc­ing goalie’s head to score a goal, Ti­na­hely were back ahead by 1-8 to 1-6 af­ter ten min­utes.

Play moved up and down the field with­out a score for the next seven or eight min­utes as both sides sought supremacy. Sarah De­lahunt pointed a free af­ter 18 min­utes to re­duce the gap to the min­i­mum.

How­ever, Aoife Gor­man re­stored the two-point ad­van­tage three min­utes later and when Laura Ho­gan stretched the lead to three points it looked like Ti­na­hely had weath­ered the storm.

St. Pats had read a different script and came back strongly in the fi­nal six or seven min­utes of nor­mal time plus the five of added time.

The O’Reilly sis­ters Naoise and Saoirse were hav­ing a big in­flu­ence on the game now. Although small in stature they were both very skill­ful when car­ry­ing the ball at pace and wasted no pos­ses­sion.

Emer McNulty pointed and was fol­lowed by an­other point from Jess Lyons. When Sarah De­lahunt pointed a free just as the game en­tered added time, it looked like we were headed for two pe­ri­ods of ex­tra-time to de­cide the win­ners.

Once again Laura Ho­gan lifted Ti­na­hely’s spir­its with a point. Pats came strongly but ap­peared to have lost their chance when they had two bad wides.

How­ever, Sarah De­lahunt saved the day for them when she pointed a free just be­fore the call of time. The game fin­ished at 1-11 each.

In the pe­ri­ods of ex­tra-time the Wick­low town ladies ap­peared to last the pace the stronger.

As hap­pened so of­ten in the game, Laura Ho­gan pointed Ti­na­hely into the lead with a pointed free.

Four min­utes into this pe­riod, Naoise O’Reilly scored a great goal for Pats, fol­low­ing a series of quick hand pass­ing in front of goal.

Ciara Byrne pulled a point back and then Aoife Gor­man fol­lowed with a goal from a pow­er­ful shot. Just be­fore the break, a Ti­na­hely kick out went astray and Pats worked the ball in for Naoise O’Reilly to bag an­other goal. Pats were ahead by two points at the break, 2-1 to 1-2.

Jess Lyons put her side a goal up in the early stages of the sec­ond half. True to form, Ti­na­hely came back with Ciara Byrne and Aoife Gor­man re­duc­ing the lead back to the min­i­mum.

But Sarah De­lahunt had the fi­nal say when she fit­tingly scored a great captain’s point to en­sure a de­served vic­tory in a great game of foot­ball. The fi­nal score was 3-14 to 2-15.

Fol­low­ing the game, The Do­minic Lee tro­phy was pre­sented to the win­ning St. Pats captain Sarah De­lahunt.

Scor­ers - St. Patrick’s: Sarah De­lahunt 0-7, Naoise O’Reilly 2-0, Jess Lyons 0-3, Kate Hen­nessy 1-0, Emer Hen­nessy 0-2, Niamh Caf­frey 0-1, Orla Redmond 0-1.

Ti­na­hely: Laura Ho­gan 0-7, Ciara Byrne 0-5, Aoife Gor­man 1-2, Jackie Kinch 1-0, Liah Ger­aghty 0-1.

ST. PATRICK’S: Jen Lyons; Sor­cha Doyle, Saoirse O’Reilly, Sarah Evans; Luci Hobbs, Kate Hen­nessy, Lucy Dunne; Jess Lyons, Sarah De­lahunt; Naoise O’Reilly, Niamh Caf­frey, Orla Redmond; Emer McNulty, Saoirse, O’Reilly, Rebecca Hollingswo­rth. Subs: Amy Walsh, Me­gan Dunne and Leanne O’Neill.

TI­NA­HELY: Kelly Byrne; Ciara Stokes, Sarah Ho­gan, Emily Hat­ton; Emily Mul­hall, Aine Byrne, Aimee Ma­her; Jackie Kinch, Aoife Gor­man; Sarah Byrne, Laura Ho­gan, Shan­nagh Goete­len; Siofra Byrne, Loretta Gilbert, Ciara Byrne. Subs: Liah Ger­aghty, Anna Lawlor and Ais­ling Win­ter­botham.

REF­EREE: Cathy Forde.

Pho­tos: Joe Byrne

The St Patrick’s ladies foot­ball team and men­tors af­ter their vic­tory over Ti­na­hely in the Se­nior league fi­nal in An­nacurra.

John Ber­ming­ham presents the cup to St Patrick’s captain Sarah De­lahunt.

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