Seniors Draw with Pats in Lordship

18 Apr 2010

The Seniors travelled to Lordship this morning in hope of producing a good performance, before the opening game in the league next weekend. Both sides lined out without a number of their strong players, but nonetheless, this was a well contested and entertaining game.

 

It was the Pats who got off to the best start, scoring six points in the opening ten minutes. The first of these coming from a Karl White free, before points from play for Paudie Mallon, Eamonn Carroll, Damien Connor and two from his brother Sean. The Joes pulled two back, their first coming about when David Reilly was fouled, he scored the resultant free himself. Straight from the kickout, Peter Brennan won possession and started the move towards a Liam Mernagh point from play. Evan White and Peter Brennan traded points, before Gary Kinahan was fouled, giving Skid Reilly his second chance to point a free, which he duly did. With only three points in the game and 22 minutes played, the Pats went on another scoring burst with three points from play in the next five minutes, coming from, Karl White, Connor Mc Cann and Sean Connor. Ollie Mc Donnell scored a point from a free before the break to leave the Pats leading by double scores.

Half Time Score: St Patricks 0-10, St Josephs 0-5

 

It was the Joes opened brightest in the second half. When Liam Mernagh was fouled in the opening minute, it gave Ollie his second point from a free. This score was followed by a David Reilly point and a Peter Brennan free from over 50 yards out. The next score was a move that was worked well out of defence and saw corner back Declan O Sullivan laying on the pass for Skid to again get on the scoresheet. This meant at the three quarter stage, the Joes had clawed a six point deficit back to just one. However, an Eamonn Carroll free and a Karl White point from play saw this pushed out to three again by the twentieth minute. The Joes again dug in, firstly with an Ollie Mc Donnell free. Followed by Conor Mc Geough coming forward to set up Gary Kinahan. When Skid knocked one over with the right boot, the teams were level with five minutes of normal time to play.

 

Drama was to follow in the closing minutes, when Peter Brennan won possession back deep in the Pats defence, it lead to a John Murtagh shot at goal, which dropped short. However, the Pats were adjudged to have fouled the ball and a penalty was awarded. Ollie Mc Donnell stepped up and rifled the kick home. However, this three point lead only lasted a few minutes. When a Pats free was taken quickly and played out to Paudie Mallon, he shot from distance and through a number of bodies, the ball hit the net. But this game was still not over, with thirty minutes played, recently introduced substitute Jonny Mc Gaileys first act was to set up Ollie for the Joes to take the lead again. John Murtagh had a shot on goal saved, before in the 33rd minute the Pats worked the ball forward to substitute Cyril Loughran who calmly scored the equalising and final score of the game.

Full Time Score: St Patricks 1-13, St Josephs 1-13

 

A draw was probably the fairest result, as the Joes showed character in the second half and probably their best half of football so far this year. Hopefully the team is coming good at the right time, as next weekend is the opening round of the senior league. We host Clan na Gael in Cluskey Park at 3pm.

 

Team: Eamonn Neary, Philip Kinahan, Anthony Keenan, Declan O Sullivan, Conor Mc Geough, Bernard Mulligan, David Mernagh, John Murtagh, Peter Mulligan, Liam Mernagh (0-1), Ollie Mc Donnell (1-4), Gerry Hoey, Gary Kinahan (0-1), Peter Brennan (0-2), David Reilly (0-5).

Substitutes Used: Aidan Shaw for Gerry Hoey, Jonny Mc Gailey for Liam Mernagh.

 

Pats Scorers: Paudie Mallon 1-1, Karl White & Sean Connor 0-3 each, Eamonn Carroll 0-2, Damien Connor, Evan White, Connor Mc Cann & Cyril Loughran, all 0-1 each.

 

Referee: Joey Moynagh


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