Pats far too strong
Barndarrig have no answer as Dunbur Park side triumph
BARNDARRIG began this Junior ‘C’ football championship semi-final against St. Pats in a very confident manner. The game was played at Avondale on Friday night last with the stiff breeze blowing away from the dressing room end favoring the Wicklow town men in the first half. However, they rarely threatened a score in the opening minutes.
Barndarrig put on pressure in these early stages but couldn’t buy a score and were wide on a number of occasions both from play and frees.
Andy Reilly at centre back and mid fielders Paddy Reid and Cormac O’Callaghan were keeping the play moving towards the Pats goal.
St. Pats were slow to get going but corner-forward George ‘Bee’ O’Brien was beginning to look dangerous on the couple of occasions the ball arrived in the full-forward line.
James Kavanagh got the St. Pats side on the scoreboard after seven minutes. The Dunbur Park side continued to feed ball into George ‘Bee’ and he broke through after ten minutes.
However, in a one-on-one situation Barndarrig goalie Jamie Hawthorn saved brilliantly at the expense of a 45. The 45 came to naught but Barndarrig messed up their kick out and George ‘Bee’ put John Connors in for Pats first goal.
James Kavanagh followed up with another point leaving the Wicklow town side ahead by 1-2 to nil after 12 minutes despite Barndarrig having probably as much if not more possession up to now.
However, they just could not convert a scoring chance and St. Pats gradually began to get the upperhand. James Kavanagh, Andy O’Brien, Gerry Connors and the two inside forwards George Bee and John Connors were playing well.
However, the scores were not coming here either and we had no score at all from either side until five minutes from half-time.
Michael Crowley opened the Barndarrig account with a fine point from play. However, St. Patricks suddenly found their shooting boots for the last few minutes of the half plus three minutes of added time.
George ‘Bee’ O’Brien scored two quick points (one struck over off the crossover and should have been a goal), John Connors pointed a free, James Kavanagh scored his third point and Andy O’Brien got forward to get on the scoreboard just before the whistle to end the half. 1-8 to 0-1 at half time and Barndarrig had a high mountain to climb. They had the breeze with them for the coming half, but it was unlikely to be enough to get them back into the game.
George ‘Bee’ O’Brien pointed again in the opening minutes of the half. Two quick points from Eoin Brennan and Cormac O’Callaghan gave a temporary lift to Barndarrig but when John Connors got his second goal followed by a Terry Healy point the Wicklow town team were now 2-9 to 0-3 ahead and looking safe.
By 20 minutes George ‘Bee’ O’Brien had added a goal and a point and the game was over as a contest St. Pats finished out the remainder of the game playing the relaxed, comfortable football of a team completely in control.
Substitutes Paddy Murphy (2) and John O’Brien added the final three points while Michael Crowley finished the Barndarrig scoring with a pointed free just before the end.
St. Pats ran out comfortable winners on a score of 3-13 to 0-4. They now meet Kilcoole in the final.
Scorers - St. Patrick’s: John Connors 2-1, George Bee O’Brien 1-4, James Kavanagh 0-3, Paddy Murphy 0-2, Andy O’Brien, Terry Healy and John O’Brien 0-1 each.
Barndarrig: Michael Crowley 0-2, Eoin Brennan 0-1 and Cormac O’Callaghan 0-1.
ST. PATRICKS: Ricky Quinn; George O’Brien, Robin Mooney, Dale Quinn; Michael Connors, Andy O’Brien, Christy Moorehouse; James Kavanagh, Terry Healy; James Bonner O’Brien, Gerry Connors, Kevin Cody; Andrew Conway, John Connors, George ‘Bee’ O’Brien. Subs: Patrick Murphy, John G. O’Brien, John D. O’Brien John R. O’Brien and John Carton. JAMIE HAWTHORN: Dean Mackey, Keith Bradshaw, Richie Murray (jnr); Garry Collins, Andy Reilly, Michael O.Byrne; Paddy Reid, Cormac O’Callaghan; Ian Jones, Ronan Clarke, Max Moriarty; Wayne Costelloe, Eoin Brennan, Michael Crowley. Subs: Alan Power, John Devereux, Brian Walsh, Graham Wynne, Declan Kavanagh and Niall Garvey.
REFEREE: Robert Roche (Carnew Emmets)
The St Pats team who defeated Barndarrig in the JCFC semi-final. Barndarrig, who bowed out to St Pats in the JCFC semi-final in Avondale.