Wick­low town side have too much fire­power for AGB

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - EOIN HORKAN at Pearse’s Park, Ark­low

A scor­ing frenzy took place in the first round of the Wick­low Se­nior Ladies Cham­pi­onship clash be­tween St Pa­trick’s and AGB in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low, last week­end.

St Pat’s hit the open­ing point of the game through full-for­ward Laura Man­ley and from the re­sult­ing kick-out AGB made their way up the pitch and lev­elled the game through wing for­ward Ann Marie Kee­gan.

Pat’s started to put their foot on the throt­tle af­ter the lev­el­ling score scor­ing 2-7 with­out re­ply.

Robert Hollingswo­rth’s for­wards were on fire from the word go hit­ting score af­ter score from play. The open­ing score of this frenzy came from cor­ner-for­ward Emer McNulty.

With the Pat’s de­fence be­ing on top, the ball kept com­ing into the for­ward line and this re­sulted in three more points from play, two com­ing in quick suc­ces­sion from cor­ner-for­ward Clodagh Fox.

Cen­tre for­ward Ni­amh Caf­frey burst through the de­fence and slot­ted over the bar to ex­tend the lead.

Pats then hit over there first dead ball of the game through mid­fielder Sarah De­lahunt.

With the lead get­ting wider with nearly ev­ery at­tack, St Pat’s then man­aged to find the back of the net af­ter some great team play which re­sulted in wing for­ward Orla Red­mond fir­ing home from close range.

Fox and Man­ley added two more scores from play be­fore the lively Fox fired the ball into the back of the AGB net to ba­si­cally fin­ish the game off.

As the game was near­ing half time AGB went on the at­tack look­ing for scores and against the run of play cor­ner-for­ward Jessie McElehron man­aged to get her foot on the ball around the square which re­sulted the ball go­ing into the net. De­lahunt added an­other free to fin­ish the scor­ing in the open­ing half.

With a few po­si­tional changes at the break, AGB flew out of the blocks straight from the throw in. Ann Marie Kee­gan drove through the Pats de­fence she laid it off to Orla Byrne who calmly slot­ted it into the back of the net.

AGB hit two frees in quick suc­ces­sion through Georgie Cana­van and Aine O’Reilly this re­duced the St Pat’s lead to six points.

Af­ter that ini­tial open­ing scor­ing salvo, St Pat’s made their way back into the game, scor­ing at will again to fin­ish off the con­test.

St Pa­trick’s mid­fielder Sarah De­lahunt re­ally came to the fore at this point, fir­ing over three frees and a fine long-range point.

Red­mond added an­other point in the mid­dle of De­lahunt’s scor­ing spree. St Pat’s were very clin­i­cal in this game, with Man­ley get­ting her first score of the sec­ond half be­fore mid­fielder Jess Lyons opened her ac­count with an­other score from play.

The away side hit their third goal of the game through sub­sti­tute Ni­amh McGet­ti­gan who fired into the roof of the net from 21 yards.

Red­mond dis­sected the posts again from play be­fore De­lahunt fired over an­other free. AGB fired over one last con­so­la­tion score through Byrne again.

De­lahunt re­sponded with an­other point from play, be­fore pats hit the net for open fi­nal time through Ni­amh Caf­frey be­fore wing for­ward Saoirse O’Reilly hit the fi­nal point of the game.

Scor­ers – St Pa­trick’: Laura Man­ley 0-3, Emer McNulty 0-1, Clodagh Fox 1-3, Ni­amh Caf­frey 1-1, Orla Red­mond 1-3, Saoirse O’Reilly 0-1, Sarah De­lahunt 0-8 (5f), Ni­amh McGet­ti­gan 1-0.

AGB: Ann Marie Kee­gan 0-1, Jessie McEler­hon 1-0, Orla Byrne 1-1, Georgie Cana­van 0-1 (f), Aine O’Reilly 0-1 (f).

ST PA­TRICK’S: Jen­nifer Lyons; Sor­cha Doyle, Saoirse O’Reilly Snr, Sarah Evans; Leanne O’Neil, Kate Hennessey, Lucy Dunne; Jess Lyons, Sarah De­lahunt; Saoirse O’Reilly Jnr, Ni­amh Caf­frey, Orla Red­mond, Emer McNulty, Laura Man­ley, Clodagh Fox. Subs: Ni­amh McGet­ti­gan for Sarah Evans, Sarah Evans for Clodagh Fox. REF­EREE: Cathy Forde

AGB: Linda Dempsey; Caoil­fhinn Ka­vanagh, Rachel Byrne, Doire­ann Ka­vanagh; Eve Rogers, Emer Kelly, Laoighse Geoghe­gan; Georgie Kana­van, Emma Fur­long; Roisin O’Reilly, Orla Byrne, Ann Marie Kee­gan; Jessie McElehron, Stephanie Martin, Aine O’Reilly. Subs: Sarah Gar­nett, for Caoil­fhinn Ka­vanagh, Keelin Stafford for Roisin O’Reilly, Jes­sica Hur­ley for Laoighse Geoghe­gan, Grace Hur­ley for Stephanie Martin, Katie Hur­ley for Jessie McElehron.

Anne Marie Kee­gan of AGB closes in on Lucy Dunne of St Pat’s.

Jess Lyons of St Pa­trick’s is tracked by Rachel Byrne of AGB.

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