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Gael-force Walsh blows Pat's away

A Tomás Walsh-inspired Clanna Gael Fontenoy had just enough to see off the challenge of St Patrick's of Donabate, 2-11 to 2-8, in a superb U16 'C' football final at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Walsh gave an awesome display at centre-forward, dictating the play and showing his accuracy in front of goal. It was by no means a one-man show, however. Corner forward Ross Maher was also in excellent form, finishing with a tally of 1-5, including his team's opening goal in the first period.

Matthew Molloy also found the net for Pat's in that opening half, leaving it 1-3 apiece at the break.

The midfield battle was intense. Pat's Rory McKeon had an enormous tussle with the winners' Aaron Doyle and Jonathan Egan, who put in tireless shifts as well as providing a plentiful supply for their forward line.

Dylan Knight-Sands gave Pat's the initiative when he raised their second green flag midway through the second half after a well-worked move.

Clanns replied quickly, however, when Walsh burst forward to find the net and put Fontenoy back in front.

Pat's refused to lie down, however, with the likes of Knight-Sands, Matthew Molloy and David Foley desperately trying to pull the Donabate men back into the tie.

Only a point separated them heading down the final straight.

The sides exchanged scores for 10 minutes as the destiny of the trophy remained up in the air.

But it was the Ringsend men who were able to summon one final, decisive push.


First, Maher slotted a free to increase the lead to two, before Dean Tilly ensured the silverware would be residing in Sean Moore Park with an excellent last point.

Donabate did their upmost to force a draw, but came up against a wall in front of the Clann goal, as a defence marshalled by Sean Rimmer and Doyle kept them at bay.

"There was a lot of work went into this so you reap your rewards in the end," said Clanns mentor Colm Reynolds.