Lyons roars for Pat’s

Hat-trick helps saints to con­vinc­ing win over Em­mets

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DANIEL HA­GAN

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.

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