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Off to Croke Park!

Fantastic St. Pats Fly Into Final

The St. Pats senior Gaelic football team have a Croke Park date to look forward to next week, after overcoming Palmerstown side Scoil Lorcain. It was a fast paced, high scoring encounter, which ended with no fewer than 11 goals between the two sides.

First Half

Unlike the quarter-final of the previous week, St. Patricks got off to a much better start. Initially, Pats were not able to capitalise on some early pressure scoring only a point, courtesy of Jack Burke’s trusty right boot (F). However, a miscue from a Burke freekick allowed Pats to take advantage of some confusion in the Palmerstown backline, with the alert corner-forward Ollie Lyons pouncing for a fisted goal. Paul Daly had the ball in the in Scoil Lorcain’s net two minutes later, after Finn Noble fielded a high ball in from Burke. Scoil Lorcain could have had a goal themselves from the subsequent attack, if it had not been for the strong right hand of Declan Murphy, who managed to push the ball over the crossbar.

The home support could barely believe their eyes as the impressive Pats forward line scored another goal on the 16th minute. This time around, Noble finished to the back of the net after great work from the busy Paul Daly. Ultán Harney denied a certain goal at the other end with a courageous block, this a reminder for that Pats boys that their opponents could punish them on the scoreboard, if given the opportunities. Goals seemed to be high on the agenda for St. Pats with Fay and Fitzgerald coming very close on a number of occasions, Fitzgerald’s effort forcing a super save from the Scoil Lorcain keeper.

These misses seemed to inspire the Palmerstown boys, who rattled off 1-2 without reply. Only another super save from Murphy ensured that Pats lead remained intact. With all the momentum flowing with the Dublin 20 outfit going into half time, Pats struck a killer blow. A long ball over the top allowed Ollie Lyons to notch his second of the day. Then, fantastic fielding in the middle of the field by Liam Fay, provided Paul Daly with the chance to knock over a point and send Pats in leading at the half, 4-2 to 1-3

Second Half

Daly continued where he left off at the end of the first half scoring two points soon after the restart. Sandwiched in between this was a surging run and score from Burke. The St. Pats backline seemed well in control until a fortuitous goal gave Scoil Lorcain another glimmer of hope. Pats recovered from this set back with Noble pointing after good work from corner-forward Ryan Fitzgerald. However, disaster struck again as the Palmerstown boys capitalised on another mix up in the Pats defence to strike for goal number three. This started another period of intense pressure on the Drumcondra side’s backline. Thankfully the defence stood firm. Attack after attack was successfully repelled by the boys in yellow, with the two Daniels, Day and Grennan, particularly inspiring.

 The Pats boys regained their composure and began to retake control of the match, with the ever reliable Jamie McCarville marshalling from centre-back, and a free from Burke that settled the side once again. Another intervention at the back from Grennan allowed Kieron Kelly to begin a swift counter attack. A direct ball was played to Marcus O’Sullivan who fired a rocket into the net from all of thirty yards.  Another excellent display of foot passing set up Ryan Fitzgerald, who coolly dispatched his effort into the back of the Palmerstown net. Not content with a staggering six goals, Pats struck again three minutes from the end. Good work from substitute Adam Bolger allowing Paul Daly to sneak in for goal number 2. Palmertown managed a consolation goal at the end showcasing their great fighting spirit. However, the day belonged to the boys from St. Pats and they advanced to the final on a scoreline of 7-6 to 4-3

Another great team performance from the Pats boys, with every squad member contributing positively to the team. Some reflex saves from Murphy in goal kept Pats in a commanding position going into half time. Adam Grennan was one of the stand-out performers in the St. Pats backline, making several crucial interventions during the second half. There was a solid outing again from midfield pairing Fay and Kelly, first half fielding from both boys was particularly noteworthy. Up front Jack Burke was reliable as ever with his freekicks and hard work from general play. But, for a superb all-round performance mixed with some impressive scoring, the MOM award goes to Paul Daly.

St. Patricks head to Croke Park full of confidence, but, they will need all of the boys from 1 -21 to give a similar performance if they are to bring the cup back to Drumcondra on Wednesday evening. Go n-éirí libh.

Team

  1. 1.Declan Murphy
  2. 2.Daniel Grennan
  3. 3.Daniel Day
  4. 4.Ultán Harney
  5. 5.Davin Downes
  6. 6.Jamie McCarville
  7. 7.Adrian Neville
  8. 8.Liam Fay
  9. 9.Kieron Kelly
  10. 10.Paul Daly (2-2)
  11. 11.Jack Burke (0-3, 2F)
  12. 12.Marcus O’Suillivan (1-0)
  13. 13.Ollie Lyons (2-0)
  14. 14.Finn Noble (1-1)
  15. 15.Ryan Fitzgerald(1-0)
  16. 16.Adam Bolger
  17. 17.John McGrath
  18. 18.Jamie Sweeney
  19. 19.Jack Robertson
  20. 20.Ruairí Falls
  21. 21.Seán Stone – As Lá