St Pats V Marist Athlone.
Well done to the Pats Junior Football team who ran out 9-11 to 2-05 against Marist Athlone last week.
It was a strong showing from the lads from start to finish as they dominated the Athlone team in every position on the pitch. The game started well with Pats scoring three unanswered points via Eddie Nash and two pointed frees from Brian O’Hanlon. There was no let up as consistent pressure led to a superb team goal finished by Matthew Smith. Athlone struggled to create chances and only scored two points from frees in the first half. Pats kept up the pressure and scored four successive points. Athlone broke through on goal only to have their only goal chance spoiled by some great defending from corner back Aaron Chinchilla and a star save from Sean Brennan. The Athlone outfit attempted to keep up the pressure but the Pats back line cleared or won every ball. This was followed by two goals up the other end to finish the half off in style.
Pats led 3-7 to 0-2 at the break
Athlone started the second half well, scoring a goal from the throw up but this was countered almost immediately by a great team goal via Brian O’Hanlon after quick link-up play from Matthew Smith and Robbie Reid. Pats brought on several subs who pushed the team on with Pats scoring 4 goals in a row. Athlone pulled back a goal through a penalty but it was too late. The subs bench was emptied in the last ten minutes with a full fifteen changes being made. The lads who came on made a great case for future matches, in particular Sean Vaughan who, after selling a fake shot, scored a goal using his weak foot from 30 yards and then mirrored the feat except this time putting the ball over the bar. This was achieved in less than a minute of play. The whistle signalled the end of a great game for the boys in Black and Amber.