Pat’s pro­duce pow­er­ful per­for­mance in de­cider

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - U-13 SHIELD FI­NAL at Bal­li­nakill

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.

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