ST PATRICK'S began the defence of their Cardinal O'Donnell Cup crown with an eight-point win over Dreadnots in Clogherhead on Friday night.
In a repeat of last year's SFC final, the Pats didn't have it all their own way but they finished strongly to leave with the points.
The home side began in lively fashion and opened the scoring with a point, before winning a penalty which Anthony Lynch fired over the bar.
Having fallen three points in arrears the visitors eventually raised their game and got back into the match with two Karl White frees before another effort from White fell short and Eoin O'Connor forced the ball to the net in the ensuing scramble to make it 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.
Dreadnots again started the second half strongly and scored four points to lead by 0-7 to 1-3. However, that is as good as if got as the Pats took a grip on the game and in the last ten minutes outscored their opponents by 1-5 to 0-1 with Dessie Finnegan adding a second goal.
ST PATRICKS: Sean Connor; Aidan Ryan, Dessie Finnegan 1-0, Thomas McCann 0-1; Eamonn Breen, Colin Golls, Alan O'Connor; Paudie Mallon 0-1, Martin Breen; Aidan McCann 0-1, Karl White 0-4, Evan White 0-1; Darren O'Hanlon, Eoin O'Connor 1-2, Daniel O'Connor. Subs: Paddy Keenan for T McCann, Stephen Toner for E White.
DREADNOTS: Kenneth Shevlin; Dermot Campbell, Derek Shevlin, Brian Gargan; Luke Judge, Padraig Rath, Fergal McGuigan 0-1; Richard Kirwan, James Califf 0-3; Pat Lynch, Liam Shevlin, Conor Murphy; Conor Campbell, Anthony Lynch 0-3, Ciaran Cunningham 0-1. Subs: Paraic Smith for P Lynch, Gordon Kirwan for D Campbell, Barry Faulkner for L Judge, Cathal Lynch for C Campbell, Ronan Califf for A Lynch.