Kelly shows class as Pat’s power past Bray Emmets
IT’S now two wins from two for county champions St. Pat’s as Tommy Kelly was on top form in Aughrim, scoring 1-6, to help his side ease past a Bray Emmets side, who lacked real firepower going forward.
In torrential rain and a strong breeze, St Pat’s didn’t exactly reach top form but still managed to stroll past Bray. Stephen Duffy was misfiring in the first half with several poor wides but came up clutch in the end with some nice late scores to push his side further ahead.
It was Bray who got the first score through a Des Kelly free in the first couple of minutes before Patrick McWalter levelled. Pat’s had an early foothold in the with McWalter and Ciaran McGettigan receiving a lot of the ball. Despite their early domination with the ball they had three poor wides before Tommy Kelly and Stephen Duffy got off the mark for the day.
The rain only got heavier as the first half progressed, as Bray failed to get a hold of the ball. The story of the opening quarter of the game was Pat’s wides, missing 4 scoreable chances, to the anger of manager Casey O’Brien.
Des Kelly added Bray’s second score against the run of play to bring the side to within just a score. Eoin McCormack was climbing well to reach balls in the air, attempting to knock them down for on running attackers.
Pat’s got their first score in 12 minutes when Tommy Kelly pointed his second, a potential goal chance which was fired over the bar.
Bray were getting chances to break up the field but were failing to capitalise on these and this would eventually be their downfall. Ben Kearney did however round off one of these nice moves to point.
The rain did die down late in the half, as did the wind, but it was still difficult for both sides to get control of the ball.
Duffy and Kelly scored just before half time for the Wicklow Town side to give them a three-point lead going into the interval.
A poor standard of football in the first period with a lot of passes going astray in decent areas. Everyone was hoping for more enjoyment in the second half.
A change for Bray was evident just before the second half throw-in with Des Kelly being moved into full forward in the hopes of him helping drag his side back into the game and Dylan Terry was dropped into midfield.
Within 11 seconds of the half beginning, Pat’s had netted, and the gap was six. Paul Earls took route one and booted the ball long up towards Tommy Kelly who fisted the ball towards goal, and this caught Tadhg Dornan off guard as he was wrongfooted. Judging by Bray’s attacking performance in the first half, this game was dead and buried.
Tommy Kelly was really in the groove with the Bray full back line struggling to cope with his movement. He pointed another from play, with Marc Lennon doing the same for Emmets.
Dean Healy was afforded a lot of space and was dominant in the middle of the park as he began to ping lovely passes up towards goal.
Bray suffered a huge blow five minutes into the half as their main source of attack, Des Kelly was forced off through injury. Liam Benville was on in his place.
A tightly squeezed 45 was next on Tommy Kelly’s array of scores as he brought his tally to 1-5.
Brian O’Keeffe made several substitutions early in the second half, hoping to change the balance of the game, but Pat’s backline continued to be a tough nut to crack. Bray’s attackers were always crowded around when they seemed to have been getting chances, with John Crowe reclaiming possession for his side.
Bray weren’t taking shots on goals when they got into decent positions, only posting their first wide on the 20-minute mark. They pointed through Marc Lennon and substitute Niall McGraynor
Patrick McWalter and Stephen Duffy counteracted these scores to lead by 8 points and at this stage, St. Pat’s were cruising to victory.
Late on, Bray never looked likely to do any damage to the Pat’s defence, but they continued to fight until the final whistle but unfortunately wasn’t enough.
A poor game to watch in all honesty, but Casey O’Brien won’t care as it’s another two points of the board. Next up for Pat’s is a clash against an inform Avondale whereas Bray come up against Baltinglass in a do or die clash.
Final Score: St. Patricks 1-14; Bray Emmets 0-7
Scorers - St Patrick’s: Tommy Kelly 1-6 (1f, 1 45); Stephen Duffy 0-5; Patrick McWalter 0-2; John Crowe 0-1.
Bray Emmets: Des Kelly 0-2 (2f); Marc Lennon 0-2; Ben Kearney 0-1; Cathal McGee 0-1 (1f); Niall McGraynor 0-1.
No mercy as Bray’s Daire Lohan is swallowed up by Ciaran McGettigan, Aidan Dunne and Dean Healy of St. Pat’s.