St. Pat's first half goal blitz downs Kinawley
Eamon Maguire fires to the net as St.Pat's beat Kinawley in the Division Two top of the table clash.
Kinawley 1-13; St. Patrick's 3-12;
Kinawley were caught napping in the opening half and St Pat's punished the Boru's with three first half goals, to take a ten point lead at the break. With Kinawley, St Pat's and Enniskillen all vying for promotion it was an important match and one which helped extend the Donagh men's lead at the top of the table.
Jamie Treacy opened the scoring for St Pat's with an early point before Tomás Corrigan drew the side's level with a free. Kinawley were struggling to get to grips with this game and St Pat's started to dominate in all areas and made it count on the scoreboard too. A point from Eamon Maguire was followed by a well taken goal. A good sweeping move up the field involving Gary Maguire, Pat Cadden and Fergal O'Reilly played in Jamie Treacy who made no mistake beating Colin Maguire in the nets for Kinawley.
Eamon Maguire increased the St Pat's lead to, 1-04 to a single point minutes later. Kinawley finally registered their second score through Shaun Doherty and a Tomás Corrigan free reduced the deficit further. However, the Donagh men continued to drive at the Kinawley defence and Eamon Maguire found the net twice in close succession.
The first of Maguire's goals came when he was one-on-one with the keeper and he buried it to the back of the net. The second came after he won possession from a short kick-out, the corner forward beat his opposite number and landed his second goal. Gary Maguire also registered a point to increase their lead to 13 points.
With the task looking ominous for the Boru's Kevin Martin ignited the come-back with a goal. Fergal O'Reilly responded with a point for the visitors but it was Tomás Corrigan who had the final say of the half, to leave the score 1-04 to 3-08 in favour of St Pat's.
In the second half, it was the Kinawley goal scorer Kevin Martin who registered the first score. Ciaran Melanophy added another before Paul Cosgrove landed a point for the Donagh men. Kinawley were playing some flowing football and points from Corrigan and Martin kept chipping away at the St Pat's lead.
Fergal O'Reilly kept St Pat's out of reach with another score but the Boru's were eating away at their lead. Aoghan Murphy and Tomás Corrigan both tagged on points for the home side to leave the score 1-10 to 3-10.
A Pat Cadden free edged St Pat's further ahead but Corrigan responded with two consecutive frees. Cadden registered the final score for St Pat's and Kinawley's Matthew Drumm could easily have left a goal separating the sides just before the final whistle had he not palmed his open goal chance over the bar.
Kinawley produced a fine second half display but had left themselves too much to do after conceding three goals in the first half. For St Pat's there were solid performances from Colm O'Reilly and Pat Grue in defence. In midfield Paul Cosgrove and Ryan Daly showed well throughout and up front Eamon Maguire, Fergal O'Reilly and Pat Cadden were lively.
For Kinawley, Paddy McGovern was steady in defence. Shaun Doherty won a fair share of possession in midfield and in attack both Kevin Martin and Tomás Corrigan were the main target men for the Boru's.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 26 Jul 12