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Deadly Arthur puts Wicklow to sword

For the second week in a row, Niall Arthur was the master, posting 10 points from play as the Drumcondra-based trainee teachers overcame Wicklow in Greystones.

Seven of the Clare man's points came in the first 25 minutes as he eased his side into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead.

Wicklow rallied to draw level at 0-7 apiece by the 34th minute but before the break St Patrick's corner-forward Kevin Nemmo slipped his marker to set up Canice Maher for a goal.

The home side again rallied early in the second half and a goal by impressive Patrick Farrell cut the margin to a single point, 1-8 to 1-7.

However, Lorcan French and Maher drilled home two more goals for St Patrick's before the end of the third quarter to seal victory.

Scorers -- St Patrick's: N Arthur 0-10 (7f), C Maher 2-0, L French 1-0, T Breen 0-1. Wicklow: E Glynn 1-2, P Farrell 1-0, W O'Gorman 0-3, J Quirke (f), J O'Neill (f), J Connors, G Bermingham 0-1 each.

St Patrick's -- S Murphy; D Glynn, D Wafer, M Cody; N Maguire, I Duggan, N Ring; M Quilty, P Keogh; L French, T Breen, P Murphy; K Nemmo. C Maher, R Arthur. Subs: C Caulfield for Nemmo, D Byrne for Cody, D Wright for Murphy.

Wicklow -- J Murphy; J Connors, G Keogh, N Keogh; T Doyle, E Dunne, G Bermingham; E Kearns, J O'Neill; P Farrell, R Keddy, J Connors; E Glynn, J Quirke, W O'Gorman. Subs: A O'Brien for Connors, S Kelly for Quirke, B Cuddihy for Keogh, P Gahan for Keddy.

Ref -- M Flynn (Kilkenny).

Irish Independent