Kelly shows class as Pat’s power past Bray Em­mets

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

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.

Photo: Joe Byrne

No mercy as Bray’s Daire Lo­han is swal­lowed up by Ciaran McGet­ti­gan, Ai­dan Dunne and Dean Healy of St. Pat’s.

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