Pats show new boys no mercy
NEWLY-PROMOTED Castleknock looked the sharper in the opening exchanges and raced into a three-point lead, but were eventually well beaten by St Patrick's Donabate.
The Fingal side quickly drew level with a succession of points and thanks to a great first-half display from Bryan Kelly they should have been well clear by the interval.
Pats created the better opportunities but failed to convert four goal attempts and a penalty and as a result went in level at half-time - 0-8 to 1-5.
The second half opened with a great point from Niall O'Connor, but Castleknock again drew level with a quick response.
The score which gave the Donabate side a bit of a cushion came from Eamonn Coughlan, returning this season from injury, when he struck the ball through his own legs after a goalmouth scramble for a three-pointer.
St Pat's, now with a slight wind advantage, kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from Niall O'Connor, Donal Riordan, Noel Walsh and Cormac Kelly, while Cillian Riordan's superlative second-half display of high fielding in the middle of the park kept the Pats boys on the front foot.
Castleknock did keep the game competitive with two goals themselves, while their keeper made two top-drawer stops, but Pats ran out deserved winners to get their 2014 campaign off to the right start.
• The St Pat's Donabate management team would like to welcome back the two Riordan brothers Cillian and Donal, Eoin Byrne, Eamonn Coughlan and newcomers Niall Rock and Colin Noonan.