County Hurling League Division 3
St Pats faced Crotta at Fossa on Wednesday July 17th in Division 3 of the County League. The experience of six former Crotta seniors was the key to Crottas victory but they were pushed all the way by a gutsy Pats outfit that showed grit and determination.
Brian Kelleher hit two fine first half points for Pats while Nicholas Stack added a further two following hard graft by Anthony Brohan to provide the vital passes. However, it was a well struck goal in the 23rd minute, by Crotta’s Mike Ryan, that was the decisive score of the game. The first half ended with Crotta leading 1-4 to 0-4.
On resumption, Mark O’Donoghue floated a well hit sideline to Nicholas Stack who reduced the margin to 2 points. Crotta top scorer Sean Twomey restored the gap within a minute. The sides traded points for the next quarter. Mike Furlong and Nicholas Stack kept Pats in touch but Crotta extended their lead 1-9 to 0-7, at the three quarter stage.
The final quarter saw the battle intensify and St Pats reacted with their never say die attitude. Centre back Mark O’Donoghue hit a point. With the final whistle approaching, a long clearance by John Wharton from half back was won under pressure by Malachy Quigg on the 40. Malachy broke the defence and slipped the sliotar to Nicholas Stack who goaled from 13 metres to close the gap to a single point 1-8 to 1-9. But Crotta finished strongest with Ray O’Connell and Sean Twomey raising two white flags. Referee Mike Hennessey called time as Crotta collected the league points. Final score St Pats 1-8 Crotta 1 – 11.
St Pats East Kerry Team:
Chris O’Connor, Daniel O’Loughlin, Mark County, Donagh Regan, John Foley, Mark O’Donoghue(0-1), Ger Lenihan, Malachy Quigg, John Wharton, Andrew Field, Nicholas Stack(1-4), Anthony Brohan, Alan O’Connor, Brian Kelleher(0-2), Pat Clifford.
Subs : Mike Furlong (20 mins) (0-1); Donal Casey (45 mins), Wayne Doyle (50 mins); Paudie Horan and Finnin Brosnan
Jerome O’Sullivan, Brendan Mahoney, Tom McElligott, Ray O’Connell(0-1), Jack Twomey, Pa Quille, Keith Hanafin (0-1), J.P. McElligott, Tom McElligott, Mike Ryan(1-1), Francis Keane(0-1), Pete McGrath, Eoin Lynch, John Mahoney, Sean Twomey (0-6, 0-3 frees). Sub A N Other (0-1)