Pat’s produce powerful performance in decider
ST. PATRICKS clinched the under-13 shield final in a blustery Ballinakill on Saturday evening. The teams had met a number of times during the year and the previous battles had resulted in a win each so it was fitting that the final would determine the shield winners.
The game started as a nervy affair and remained scoreless for the first six minutes before St Patrick’s midfielder Eoin Lawlor scored a 65, his first of a number of scores from play and placed balls.
What followed was a period of prolonged pressure from St. Patricks which would set the tone of the game. Great scores from Michael O’Brien, Miley O’Brien, Senan Shortall all helped put daylight between the teams.
When Bray were able to get an attack on St Patricks they were met by a solid defence marshalled by Kieran Armstrong, Captain Tadgh Keating and Alfie Doyle, who contributed with an excellent point from the halfway line.
In fairness to Bray, who were under pressure from early in the game, they never gave up and battled throughout but were unable to match the dominance of St Patrick’s midfielders Jack O’Leary and Eoin Lawlor.
Although the result suggests differently the game was a wonderful spectacle with both teams playing some excellent hurling, just before half time Bray went through a green patch scoring a goal and a point and were unfortunate with a number of near misses suggesting the result was not a foregone conclusion.
Unfortunately for Bray, the second half started, and St. Patricks scored 2-4 without reply to realistically putting the game out of Brays reach with goals from Miley O’Brien and Tiernan O’Neill and points from Samuel Downey, John O’Brien, Michael O’Brien and Senan Shortall.
In an all-round great team performance St Patricks had fine performances from Alfie Doyle, Jack O’Leary, Eoin Lawlor and Samuel Downey, but the standout performer and man of the match was Kieran Armstrong who put in an exhibition at centre back, stopping the Bray forwards but also starting many of the St Patricks attack’s in the first half which would ultimately determine the eventual winners.
On the basis of this game, it is fair to say that underage hurling in Wicklow is going from strength to strength with more teams and clubs participating than ever before.
St Patricks: Lee Carton O’Reilly, Aaron Nugent, Tadgh Keating, Samuel Downey, Kieran Armstrong, Alfie Doyle, Eoin Lawlor, Jack O’Leary, Michael O’Brien, Senan Shortall, Tom Phelan, John O’Brien Miley O’Brien. Subs: Arthur Curran, George Connors, Tiernan O’Neill, Conor Coffey, Jack Neville.
The St Pat’s team who defeated Bray Emmets in the Division 2 Shield final in Ballinakill.
St Pat’s captain Tadgh Keating accepts the trophy from Pat Dunne.
Pat Dunne presents Kieran Armstrong with the MOTM award.