St. Patrick’s N.S., Slane 9-05 St. Stephen’s Johnstown 5-05
St. Patrick’s N.S. boys’ football team won their final Navan Area League game against St. Stephen’s Johnstown this week on a score line of 9-05 to 5-05. The result means that Slane N.S. has finished in third position in their group, their highest finish since the competition started.
St. Stephen’s N.S. were very strong in the first half. Their players right down the middle of the pitch caused difficulty for Slane and they lead 3-04 to 1-05 at the half time break. Slane were playing against a breeze and many shots ended up in the keeper’s hands. But for the defending of Lorcan Smyth, Josh Smyth and Ben Mc Donagh, the lead could have been greater. However, their passing game found players in good positions throughout the half, which was a good sign for the remainder of the match, with Altay Guneyer and Alex Devin very lively in the full forward line.
St. Stephen’s scored a goal at the beginning of the second half and their lead was extended to nine points with twenty minutes to go. However, Slane then kicked into gear with goals from Evan Murray and Ethan Harding and, remarkably, they scored two more in as many minutes. Michae Leavey then made a great save at one end of the pitch and Slane scored a goal directly afterwards at the other end. Try as they might, St. Stephen’s could not get out of their half as Slane continued to put pressure on with great runs from Matthew Kealy, Oisín Mooney, Ben Mc Donagh, Tadhg Martyn and Daniel O’Neill helping to convert the scores.
Thirty four pupils played in the five matches, with fifteen players from third class playing their first game for the school this year. Well done to them all on their hard work and good manners throughout the competition.
Michael Leavey; Josh Smith, Darragh Russell; Matthew Kealy, Lorcan Smyth, Daniel O’Neill; Evan Murray (7-06) Ben Mc Donagh; Ethan Harding (2-00), Oisín Mooney, Alex Devin; Altay Guneyer (0-01), Tadhg Martyn (0-02) Subs (all played) Conor O’Gorman, Stephen Woulfe, Kevin Hevey, Donnacha Hevey, Senan Duffy, Cormac Dunne, Michael English, Daragh Nangle, Aidan Finegan.