St. Patrick’s Og, Ardagh went on a goal spree against Carrick Sarsfields in a high scoring Juvenile ‘B’ Football Championship Final at Pearse Park on Saturday last and ended up winning by seven points in the finish.
However, this a a lot closer contest than the final scoreline would appear to suggest with the Carrickedmond/Legan amalgamation guilty of some very poor finishing and they were denied goals on at least three occasions in the second half by the St. Patrick’s Og keeper Darren Farrell who produced excellent point-blank saves.
As it turned out the gallant losers actually registered one more score than St. Patrick’s Og but were fighting an uphill battle from the moment they conceded a goal right at the start of the game. Referee Joe McDermott awarded a penalty for a foul on impressive Ardagh forward Mark Donlon and while Carrick Sarsfields netminder Nathan Doherty almost kept out the kick taken by Paddy Hanley, the ball crossed the line to give St. Patrick’s Og the perfect start.
Further goals followed from John Shea (15th minute) and Aaron McTiernan (21st minute), the latter making no mistake from a rebound after a shot from Mark Donlon came crashing back off the crossbar. Donlon was leading the charge in attack for Ardagh and he fired over three points in the first half but Carrick Sarsfields kept in touch with a goal from Sean Doherty in the 20th minute.
St. Patrick’s Og were five points (3-4 to 1-5) in front at the break and while Carrick Sarsfields dominated the early stages of the second half, they suffered a shattering blow when John Shea scored a fourth goal for Ardagh against the run of play in the 36th minute.
Although Carrick/Legan got back in contention with a cracking goal from Sean Doyle in the 41st minute, the St. Patrick’s Og goal rush continued with Liam Finnan (twice) and Aaron McTiernan finding the back of the net to put the issue beyond all doubt. The prominent Sean Kelly grabbed a late consolation goal for Carrick Sarsfields and the same player also registered three fine points in the second half.
ST. PATRICK’S OG: Darren Farrell; Michael Lynch, Tommy Powell; Johnny Finnan, Conor Beirne, Fergal Farrell; Oisin Mac Bhaetha, John Shea (2-0); Liam Finnan (2-1), Mark Donlon (0-3), Mark Thompson; Aaron McTiernan (2-0), Paddy Hanley (1-0, penalty). Sub:- David Murphy for M Thompson (59 mins).
CARRICK SARSFIELDS: Nathan Doherty; Michael Cahill, Fergal Kelly; James White, Adam Doherty, Dylan Boylan; Sean Doyle (1-1), Enda Farrell; Patrick Egan, Sean Kelly (1-3), Sean Doherty (1-0); Mark Kenny, Shane McGoey (0-5, three frees). Subs:- Jack Nulty for M Kenny (56 mins); Shane Murphy for S Doyle (59 mins).
Referee: Joe McDermott (Young Grattans).