Pats earn a lifeline
GOALS BY Niall O'Brien and Tynan Flynn breathed new life into St. Patrick's Intermediate 'A' football championship campaign in Oylegate on Sunday last.
Just eight scores were enough to see off Clonard who might consider themselves a little unfortunate not to have got something out of the tie.
The Wexford town side, who have now lost three championship games in a row by a combined total of five points, opened the scoring through Mark O'Connor in the first minute.
However, they were hit with a sucker punch moments later when St. Patrick's, playing against the breeze, grabbed an early goal. Stephen Ryan's high ball wasn't dealt with by the Clonard defence and Niall O'Brien pounced to drill home the opener.
Michael O'Brien and Dylan Carty traded scores but the Wexford side's sluggish start continued into the second quarter as points from Mark Furlong and Stephen Ryan left them trailing by four (1-3 to 0-2).
Eventually Clonard settled and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Carty's '45 was glanced onto the crossbar by St. Pat's stopper Enda Murphy. Points did start to flow as scores from Carty (two), Damien Donovan and Mark O'Connor drew their side level at the interval (1-3 to 0-6).
Clonard were denied by the crossbar again two minutes after the resumption when Tony Hennessy's floated effort rebounded out. O'Brien and substitute Shane Keogh quickly traded points but it was the Camolin men who grabbed the crucial goal and hit the front.
An excellent Tommy Dunne pass was collected by Tynan Flynn and the corner-forward did the rest, shooting low to the net despite the best efforts of Clonard 'keeper Barry Hennessy (2-4 to 0-7).
Flynn pointed almost immediately to make the gap four but Clonard worked their way back into the game and pulled within one with four minutes remaining when Tomás Whelan pointed. However, they couldn't get level and after 20 minutes without a score Tommy Dunne raised a white flag for St. Pat's to clinch the win.
St. Patrick's: Enda Murphy; James Cousins, Dermot O'Leary, David Graham; Michael Murphy, Hughie Doyle, Peter Roche; John Doyle, Michael O'Brien (0-1); Tommy Dunne (0-1), Mark Furlong (0-1 free), Stephen Ryan (0-1 free); Tommy Morris, Niall O'Brien (1-1), Tynan Flynn (1-1). Subs. - Shane Finn for Graham, John Cousins for Morris.
Clonard: Barry Hennessy; Tony Hennessy, Marcus Linehan, Barry Ryan; Harry Kavanagh, Bill Hennessy, Tomás Whelan (0-1); Pierce O'Connor, Damien Donovan (0-1); Rory O'Connor, Andy Lehane, Kenny Kavanagh; Colm Browne, Mark O'Connor (0-3, 1 free), Dylan Carty (0-4, 3 frees, 1 '45). Subs. - Shane Keogh (0-1) for Browne, Ian McDonald for Lehane, Tommy Walsh for Carty, Shane McCormick for P. O'Connor.
Referee: Noel Whelan (Fethard).
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