Sunday 18 March 2018

Pat's keep promotion bid alive with derby success

Rory Kerr

ST PAT'S joined St Anne's at the top of Division 2 after back to back wins over Fingal opposition this week.


Two crucial points from Dinny Corcorcan and Niall Collins saw them edge out Charlie Redmond's Skerries Harps team by two points last Wednesday.

Their second test at home to Fingal Ravens saw them endure some late pressure.

It looked as if Donabate had this game in the bag early in the second half as a Ravens team, struggling to gain a foothold against a strong breeze, conceded a succession of scores off their own kick-out.

Pat's certainly worked the ball patiently through the hands and at that stage the Ravens full back line had their work cut out against a rotating inside line.

Wayne Knight as he has all year played a pivotal role with some excellent distribution and outside of the two marquee players in Niall Collins and Dinny Corcoran has arguably been Pats most influential player.

But, as the scoreline suggests, there was only a kick of the ball between the sides by full time.

Ravens missing two keys forwards in Alan Casey and Niall Tormey were left to rue a succession of missed chances after the break although it was not a day for free takers especially kicking into the breeze.

Points from Ian and Darragh Kavanagh helped them into a double scores lead, 0-4 to 0-2 before an offload to Dinny Corcoran saw him squeeze the ball home from a tight angle on 18 minutes.

And while Ciaran Norton levelled soon after, a Sean Keogh point before the break left Donabate with a welcome 1-3 to 0-5 lead heading into the second half.

Much of this was down to some excellent defending by underage talent Darragh Mahon at full back in what continues to be a strong department for Donabate.

And with the attack was mixing it up well, the home side chalked up five points without reply with Sean Keogh very dominant at right half forward.

Ravens however began to turn the screw after that with Collie Prendeville making some trademark runs through the middle.

Ravens almost grabbed a goal midway through when Shane McDonagh fisted just wide off a crossfield ball. And then after the sides had traded a point apiece, Joey Collins popped up with a score at a vital time to put seven between the teams

The Donabate defence was coming under quite a bit of pressure at that stage with McDonagh spurning another goal chance with ten minutes to go.

Dean Styles landed a free for Donabate but worryingly for the home side, Ravens closed the game out with 1-2 without reply with Eoin O Flaherty connecting with a long ball played in by Ian Kavanagh to leave just a goal between the sides in the end.

St Pat's: Colin Murphy, Greg Keogh, Darragh Mahon, Eric Hendricks, Adam Darby, Leon Knight, Conor Dowling, John Lynders 0-1, Dean Styles 0-2f, Sean Keogh 0-2, Wayne Knight 0-1 Mark Hender, Jesse Corcoran, Dinny Corcoran 1-2 (0-2f), Niall Collins 0-1. Subs: Joey Collins 0-2 for Hender, Colin Dowling for Conor Dowling, Brian Berrigan for Styles, Conor Kinsella for Keogh, Gavan Murphy for Wayne Knight.

Fingal Ravens: David Mitchell, Ronan Glynn, Ciaran McGrath, Matty Lambe, Ross Begg, Collie Prenderville, Luke Griffin, Martin Flanagan, Darragh Kavanagh 0-1, Shane McDonagh 0-1, Ian Kavanagh 0-1, Kenny McDonagh, Derek Keogh 0-3(2f), Ross McCarthy, Ciaran Norton 0-2. Subs: Steven Madigan for K McDonagh, Eoin O' Flaherty 1-0 for R Begg, Derek Keogh for S McDonagh.

Fingal Independent