Lyons roars for Pat’s
Hat-trick helps saints to convincing win over Emmets
JESS LYONS bagged a hat-trick and Orla Redmond netted a fourth to give St Pat’s ladies a comprehensive first Senior football championship victory on home turf against a valiant Bray Emmets side on Thursday evening.
An 18-point victory for the home side didn’t show the balance of play on the field as Bray Emmets had the lion’s share of possession particularly during the second period.
It was the travelling outfit who posted the first score of the meeting as Laura Butler pointed before Kate Hennessy pulled it back.
Bray began the encounter with a deep lying back line with the midfielders also dropping deep into their own half to try deal with a potent Pat’s attack. Pat’s were rapid going forward as their direct running caused hassle for their opponents.
Bray were however holding their own as half forward Eimear Martin was travelling strongly with the ball.
Ten minutes in the scores were level, three points apiece, before Bray took the lead through Emily Deveney.
The away side were show some nice build up play early on and were hoping for a quick start to surprise their strong opposition.
The early hard work for Bray counted for little on the 12th minute mark as Jess Lyons bagged her first goal, placing the ball into an empty net after keeper Claire Frawley parried a shot away from Emer McNulty.
The Bray full-back line were putting in some excellent blocks, particularly from Siobhan Egan, as they attempted to reduce the score line, but St. Pat’s proved too hot to handle in attack as they continuously took their scores.
Five minutes after her first, Lyons netted her second after being played through by captain Sara Delahunt, Lyons slotted past a stranded Frawley.
A second runner for Pat’s was always there to receive the ball off a teammate and these link ups were pulling Bray’s defence apart. Bray struggled to get forward because of this, although they worked tirelessly to try to reclaim the ball back.
Pat’s captain Sara Delahunt was running the centre of the park as her precise passing was setting her side up for good attacks, and the receiver of a lot of these passes, Naoise O’Reilly was causing havoc with her pace and direct running.
Towards the end of the half Bray were getting more and more possession in decent positions but couldn’t capitalise on these opportunities. Pat’s continued to pull out their lead with points from Kate Hennessy and Orla Redmond before Jess Lyons grabbed her hat-trick to kill off the game and go into half time with a 13-point advantage.
The second half began, and Bray came out with a little more hunger in their bellies than they ended the first period with. Some nice play from the likes of Eimear Martin, Danika Goulding and Molly Fitzgerald proved that they were well able to compete with their opponents. Substitute Sinead Horgan added some much-needed intensity for the away side.
Bray keeper Claire Frawley made some good saves for her side to prevent the score line from becoming somewhat embarrassing.
She was beaten though ten minutes into the half by Naoise O’Reilly, but thankfully Shauna Douglas was on the line to prevent a goal.
Pat’s full-back Saoirse O’Reilly showed time and time again her strength to reclaim possession and quickly turn defence into attack.
Midway through the half, Bray were in fact outscoring their opponents, as scores from Sinead Horgan and Caoimhe Lohan gave their side a confidence boost.
Both sets of defences were quick to surround the attacker in possession of the ball and there was a lot of changes in possession.
Seven minutes from time, Orla Redmond put the final nail in the Bray coffin as she slid the ball past the onrushing Frawley.
This was during a time when Pat’s were down to 14 players after Jess Lyons received a black card for an off the ball incident.
A heavy defeat for Bray who should be proud of the effort they put in, but it will take a lot to take down a strong St. Pat’s side in this year’s championship.
Scorers: St Pat’s: Jess Lyons 3-1; Orla Redmond 1-2; Niamh Caffrey 0-5; Kate Hennessy 0-2; Sara Delahunt 0-2 (1f); Orlaith McNulty 0-1; Emer McNulty 0-1.
Bray Emmets: Laura Butler 0-3; Sinead Horgan 0-2; Eimear Martin 0-1; Emily Deveney 0-1; Caoimhe Lohan 0-1.
Lucy Dunne in full flight for St Patrick’s.
Bray’s Eimear Martin comes up against Rebecca Hollywood of St Patrick’s.