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Super St. Pats Storm Into Semi Finals

Super St. Pats Storm Into Semis

The Senior Gaeilc Football team advanced to the Cumann na mBunscoil semi-finals with a hard fought victory over Star of the Sea, Sandymount. The final score line of 1-10 to 0-6 flattered the Pats boys a little but it was a deserved victory nonetheless.

First Half

The match started with Ringsend attacking Pats at a furious pace, with number the Sandymount no. 17 giving Daniel Day a torrid time in the full backline. Within the first 5 minutes, Star of the Sea had created numerous scoring chances. However, fortunately for Pats, only two of these scores were converted. At this early stage, it seemed that Pats were really up against it. After struggling to make any inroads on the Sandymount defence, Pats finally got off the mark with a free from centre-forward Jack Burke. Soon after, Kieron Kelly set Burke up again to draw the match level. In the 18th minute Pats finally took the lead. Paul Daly, whose surging solo runs had begun to terrorise the Ringsend defence, curled over a lovely effort with his right foot. A one point lead became three immediately after as Burke(F) and Kelly added points.

Star of the Sea replied with a point of their own, no. 17 stroking over another magnificent free kick. After struggling initially, the Pats backline began to exert some dominance. Day, Ultán Harney and Adrian Neville particularly impressing for the boys in blue and gold. Indeed, it was good build up play from the tenacious Neville, which set up Jack Burke for the first goal of the day. A quick kickout from Declan Murphy, some intricate passing from the Pats players and a cool finish from Burke completed a well-worked team goal. Pats could have been further ahead just before the halftime whistle but Ryan Fitzgerald saw his shot well saved by the Sandymount goalkeeper. Half time score Pats 1-5, Ringsend 0-3

Second Half

The Drumcondra flew out of the traps at the start of the second half, good pressure from the forward line ended with Burke knocking over a freekick. Sandymount’s dangerous full-forward had been moved out to centre-half in an effort to get him more involved with the play. However, just like Daniel Day before him, Jamie McCarville was well equipped to deal with the impressive playmaker. Another team score, involving midfield pairing Kelly and Fay, allowed Burke to increase his tally to 1-5.  Paul Daly added his second of the day after a great catch and assist from full-forward Seán Stone.

With the forwards well on top, it was important that the boys in the backline kept their concentration. Two good goal chances served as a wake-up call for Pats. Luckily, both of these were spurned by the boys from Dublin 4. The first fizzed just over the crossbar. While the second attempt was stopped due to an impressive piece of defending from tigerish corner back Ultán Harney. Sandwiched in between these chances was another point from Burke(F) after the industrious Marcus O’Sullivan was fouled.

The game entered the final quarter with Pats leading 1-9 to 0-4 points. Another Jack Burke free stretched the lead out to 9 points, but Star of the Sea were not about to bow out without a fight. They laid siege to the Pats goal for the last 10 minutes, but could only muster 2 points. Daniel Grennan, Davin Downes and Jamie McCarville all impressing during this period of pressure. Pats emptied their subs bench and the fresh legs of Adam Bolger, Ruairí Falls and Jack Robertson seemed to bring some of the momentum back to the Drumcondra side. Great work from Jamie Sweeney, John McGrath and Seán Stone ended up with Ollie Lyons forcing another great save off the Sandymount keeper. Another fine intervention from Daniel Day ensured that Pats maintained a clean sheet as the referee blew the full time whistle. The game finishing 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of the Drumcondra side.

A terrific team performance with Pats totally dominant between the 10th and 40th minutes. The game provided excellent examples of tackling, free-taking and decision-making evident from both sides.  With so many stand out performers on the Pats team, it would not be fair to single out any player for the MOM award. Jack Burke contributed 1-7 in an impressive all-round display. Adrian Neville was a terror for the opposition both in defence and in attack. Paul Day helped the Pats side to settle into the game after a shaky start, his penetrating runs and clinical score taking allowing his side to take a foothold in the game. Honourable mentions go to Kieron Kelly, Liam Fay and Jamie McCarville – the sixth class boys showing their experience and proving their leadership credentials throughout the game. Also, a special mention must go to Star of the Sea’s no. 17 a very impressive player, who caused Pats difficulties throughout the game. A similar display next week from the boys in blue and gold should see them progress into a final in Croke Park. 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 (0-1)
  10. 10.Paul Daly (0-2)
  11. 11.Jack Burke (1-7)
  12. 12.Marcus O’Suillivan
  13. 13.Ollie Lyons
  14. 14.Seán Stone
  15. 15.Ryan Fitzgerald
  16. 16.Adam Bolger
  17. 17.John McGrath
  18. 18.Jamie Sweeney
  19. 19.Jack Robertson
  20. 20.Ruairí Falls
  21. 21.Finn Noble – As Lá