Tuesday 24 October 2017

Foley turns back clock as 'Well sink rivals Ballybrown

Patrickswell's Diarmaid Byrnes celebrates with the cup Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Patrickswell's Diarmaid Byrnes celebrates with the cup Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Patrickswell strolled to victory in a one-sided Limerick hurling final as they piled on the agony for their fellow parishioners, Ballybrown, at the Gaelic Grounds.

For 39-year-old Barry Foley, it was a second medal to add to the one he collected when his side last took the title 13 years ago. Many fans will remember when 20 years ago he scored four points in the All-Ireland final against Wexford.

Patrickswell's Kevin O'Brien after scoring his side's first goal Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Patrickswell's Kevin O'Brien after scoring his side's first goal Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Only once in the hour were Ballybrown level and that was after only six minutes when it was 0-2 apiece.

Once the 'Well took the lead a minute later, they never looked back and their manager Gary Kirby, the former Limerick star, said: "We did well and this atones for our one-point defeat against Na Piarsaigh in last year's final.

"There was a lot of hurt from that game and I was proud of the way they played today."

Referring to Foley, he said: "He is our leader on the pitch. All look up to him and he is a great example to the young members of the side".

Patrickswell manager Gary Kirby Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Patrickswell manager Gary Kirby Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Emphasising that the county title was their goal - they now have taken it 19 times to equal the record of Ahane - Kirby said: "I don't even know who we are playing but we will plan for it and give it our best shot".

Precious little went to plan for the losers who had 12 wides in the first half and only two in the second half.

Cian Lynch and Diarmuid Byrnes gave super performances for the winners with Lynch controlling midfield and his lay-offs led to many scores, while he also picked off three points from play in a man of the match performance.

Byrnes scored six points, all from huge range and mostly from frees, while Aaron Gillane was superb in the half-forward line and scored seven points, five from frees.

In total, 10 Patrickswell players got on the score-sheet.

The 'Well put down a marker inside 20 seconds when Lynch put over a long-range point despite playing into the strong breeze. Aaron Gillane pointed a free but a superb over-the-shoulder point by Alan O'Connor got Ballybrown off the mark and midfielder Stephen Foster tied it up with six minutes played.

But that was as good as it got for them and four points in a row from Diarmuid Byrnes, free, Tomas O'Brien, Byrnes from play and another by Lynch had the 'Well four points clear.

Worse followed for Ballybrown when a smart move involving all of the full-forward line culminated with a goal by Kevin O'Brien.

Wasting chance after chance Ballybrown trailed by eight points at the end of a first half that will be remembered for its intensity rather than for its quality but the 'Well deserved their lead for the manner in which they scored 11 times with Ballybrown hitting a dozen wides.

A speedy response was required if Ballybrown were to stage a comeback but it was Seanie O'Brien and Byrnes who had the first two points for Patrickswell. A pointed free by Ballybrown's best player, Alan O'Connor, was not an adequate and the winners tacked on seven points without reply as they swept to a 19 points win.

Scorers - Patrickswell: A Gillane 0-7 (3f), D Byrnes 0-6 (4f) K O'Brien 1-0, C Lynch 0-3, B Foley, S O'Brien, J Kelleher 0-2 each, L Considine, N Foley, M Carmody T O'Brien 0-1 each. Ballybrown: A O'Connor 0-4 (3f), S Kenny 1-0, S Foster, K Loftus, L Doolan 0-1 each.

Patrickswell - B Murray; T Nolan, J Mann, N Carmody; M Carmody, D Byrnes, N Foley; C Lynch, B Foley; A Gillane, S O'Brien, J Kelleher; L Considine, K O'Brien, T O'Brien. Subs: J Flynn for Nolan, A Carroll for S O'Brien, P Harty for Considine, all 55, K Dundon for N carmody and D Woulfe for K O'Brien, both 57.

Ballybrown - C Hedderman; S O'Reilly, D Kenny, M Kiely; J Adams, R Kenny, L Doran; S Kenny, S Foster; R Griffin, K Loftus, L Doolan; D Hall, B Griffin, A O'Connor. Subs: M Sheehan for Hall (44), A Cliffe for Doolan (50).

Ref - J Mullins (St Kieran's)

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