ST PATRICK’S always looked to have the edge over neighbours Lisdowney and they ran out deserving winners despite a late rally by the opposition that came up came up just short after an entertaining All County hurling league tie played in Ballyragget on Monday.
Although conditions were ideal the game was somewhat spoiled by a swirling cross field breeze that made life difficult for both sets of forwards.
In a low scoring first half the visitors were first off the mark when Eoin Delahunty pointed after ninety seconds. Michael Brennan replied with a pointed free for the Ballyragget side in the 3rd minute after a foul on Brian Mulhall. Both sides missed chances before Michael Brennan set Sean Mooney up for a St Patrick’s goal that was eventually to prove to be the vital score. Mooney’s goal separated the sides at the interval at which stage St Patrick’s led 1-4 to 0-4.
Scores were still difficult to come by in the second half but two points (1free) from Michael Brennan edged St Patrick’s five points clear 1-6 to 0-4 after 38 minutes. Ruairi Hickey reduced the arrears with a Lisdowney point from a free. Stephen Roberts restored St Patrick’s five points lead with a fine effort in the 47th minute. Then in the 49th minute a speculative shot from St Patricks’ wing back Paddy Cahill ended in the Lisdowney net to leave the Ballyragget side 2-7 to 0-5 clear seemingly on their way to a comfortable victory. However Lisdowney battled on and finished the game strongly.They had three unanswered points from Eoin Delahunty, Ruairi Hickey and Sean Phelan followed by a goal by Ruairi Hickey in time added to leave the game on a knife edge. However the Ballyragget side held on in a tense finish to take the points. In a workmanlike performance the St Patrick’s defence with Geoff Morrissey and Kieran Delaney in good form were on top until they tired somewhat in the closing stages. Up front Sean Mooney (particularly in the first half) and Michael Brennan caused most problems for the Lisdowny defence.
Lisdowney were best served by Shane Clyne, Sean Phelan, Niall O Hara and Paddy Bowden
Scorers: St Patrick’s - Sean Mooney (1-2); Michael Brennan (0-4, three frees); Paddy Cahill (1-0); Stephen Roberts (0-1). Lisdowney - Ruairi Hickey (1-3, 0-3 frees); Eoin Delahunty (0-2); Paddy Bowden, Ciaran Mackey, Sean Phelan (0-1 each).
St Patrick’s - Michael Gannon, John Mooney, Geoff Morrissey, Dermot Brophy, James Morrissey, Kieran Delaney, Paddy Cahill, Stephen Roberts, Bill Staunton, Brian Mulhall, Brian (Tom) Phelan, Alan Ruth, Liam Lacey, Sean Mooney, Michael Brennan. Sub - Geoff Brennan for L. Lacey.
Lisdowney - Niall Grogan, Niall Mackey, Shane Clyne, Anthony O Hara, Niall O Hara, Martin Phelan, Sean Phelan, Vinny Fitzpatrick. Pauric Kenny, Eddie Hickey, Ruairi Hickey, Ciaran Mackey, Pat Bowden, Aaron Fogarty, Eoin Delahunty. Subs - Ray Fitzpatrick for E. Hickey; Paddy Burns for A. Fogarty; David Dowling for C. Mackey (inj).
Referee - Sean Brennan (James Stephens).