Double blast ensures Clane upset Pat's
Scoil Mhuire Clane claimed a notable scalp when overcoming 10-times champions St Patrick’s in the Leinster PP SFC quarter-final at Pairc Tailteann.
Clane, competing in the top tier for the first time, proved worthy winners as Colm O’Rourke’s charges were left to rue three missed frees in the closing stages.
Third-quarter goals from Kyle Devey and Ciaran Kelly opened up a five-point lead for the Kildare side with less than 10 minutes left. St Pat’s dominated after that but couldn’t make up the deficit.
Clane had made a terrific start and with Ciaran Kelly unerring from frees and Brian McLoughlin in fine form from play, they raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead.
Leinster U-18 rugby captain Conor Nash opened St Pat’s account and then Eoin Finnegan fired over three points for the Navan side. The sides were soon level at 0-5 each before Clane edged into a 0-7 to 0-6 lead at the break.
SCORERS – Sc Mhuire: C Kelly 1-4 (4fs), K Devey 1-1, B McLoughlin 0-3. St Pat’s: E Finnegan 0-4 (3fs), E O’Kelly Lynch 0-3 (2fs), C Ward (f), E Smith, C Nash, E Mooney, B Conlon 0-1 each.
SC MHUIRE CLANE – P Mylod; D Brereton, E O’Connell, Brian Giffney; B Corbett, R Philips, C Sullivan; C Byrne, C Flaterty; K Devey, T Montgomery, C Harris; C Kelly, D Kelly, B McLoughlin. Subs: J Reilly for Brereton, S Sullivan for Flaherty (both h-t).
ST PAT’S – L Timmons; P Dillon, T McGuinness, P Carpenter; M Doherty, C O’Reilly, O Martyn; B Conlon, JJ O’Dea; E Mooney, E O’Kelly Lynch, D McCabe; E Finnegan, C Nash, E Smyth. Subs: C Swaine for McCabe (41), C Ward for Finnegan (42), E McAllister for Conlon (46), M Devlin for Dillon ((50), Conlon for McAllister (50), A Wall for Doherty (53), McAllister for Conlon (55).
REF – M Murtagh (Westmeath)