St Patrick’s 3-13
Heavy rainfall and a strong breeze heading towards the town end in Dunbur Park threatened to affect the quality of the Junior ‘A’ football quarter-final clash between St Pats and Newtown but was unable to do so as an entertaining game took place.
Aishling MacDonald excelled in midfield for the visitors, producing a launch pad for her team’s forward line which amassed an impressive tally considering the weather but Pats were just on another level, playing quick incisive football that few teams could live with.
Niamh Caffery began the scoring from a confidently struck free on the fifth minute only to see her effort cancelled out by an outrageous piece of skill from April Mckenna.
Running and kicking first time from distance, Mckenna saw her half-volleyed effort land just over the crossbar for the score of the game.
Newtown, now drawing against the breeze, hit the front minutes later off the boot of Una Power, who was slipped possession from a Laragh Davis short free.
Despite an excellent Newtown start which saw vast improvements from their recent defeat to Coolkenno, St Pats would still make full advantage off the breeze scoring heavily before half-time.
Niamh Caffery raised the game’s first green flag on the 11th minute following some good work from Saoirse O’Reilly which would see Caffery put one on one with just the keeper to beat which she did.
A big score in the conditions for the Wicklow town side. Newtown just couldn’t get to grips with the inside line of Marie Gilligan, Molly Sweeney and Saoirse O’Reilly as they would contribute with a point each along with a further three Caffery scores to put Pats 1-8 to 0-2 up at the break.
A very tight second half replaced the first as Newtown would begin to claw themselves back into the contest with early points coming from Aishling Goff and Dawn Mckenna which were in turn cancelled out by Molly Sweeney and Aoife Caffery before Pats hit their second major.
A brilliant piece of play into the breeze saw Aoife Caffery show a quick pair of hands to dish off to Molly Sweeney again who soloed through and made no mistake in raising her first green flag.
Despite this sucker punch, however, Newtown would respond well with an Aishling MacDonald effort before lighting would strike twice in the form of a second Molly Sweeney goal minutes after an Aoife Caffery point which ended a devasting Pats attacking passage wrapping up a semi-final place.
With the game now out of Newtown’s reach, the visitors would outscore Pats to close the half with goals coming from Sinead Keogh and Una Power either side of a Sarah Nolan point.
Keogh slotted home a penalty while Power rattled the top corner with a top-class effort to put 11 points between the sides.
Any notion of a dramatic late comeback was squashed however as Pats finished the scoring with points from Caffery and substitute Erica Byrne to hold out for a semi-final spot.
St Patrick’s: Amy Kavanagh; Anna Delahunt, Eva Deehan, Molly Hodgkinson; Emma Waters, Kirsty Dunne, Nicole Cawley; Amy Lalor, Tess Carey; Aoife Caffery (0-2), Niamh Caffery (1-6, 1f), Justin Cronin; Marie Galligan (0-1), Mollie Sweeney (2-2), Saoirse O’Reilly (0-1). Subs: Erica Byrne (0-1) for A Delahunt, Leanne O’Neill, Hannah Lawless, Ava Rawson for E Deehan.
Newtown: Sophie Lacey; Emma Walsh, Kim Mooney, Keely Merrigan; Ava McGlynn, Tara Carey, Kirsty Mooney; Aishling Macdonald (0-1), Doireann Smyth; April McKenna (0-2), Una Power (1-1), Nicola Fitsimmons; Laragh Davis, Dawn McKenna (0-1), Emma Byrne. Subs: Becky Martin for E Byrne, Shelby McDonald for K Mooney, Sinead Keogh (1-0) for L Davis, Aishling Goff for E Wash, Sarah Nolan for D Mckenna, Farrah Doyle for N Fitzsimons.
Referee: Con O Ceadaigh (Kilcoole)