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Dunshaughlin 4-14  St. Patrick’s 1-09
Our Men’s Senior team overcame a tricky A League assignment in Stamullen on Sunday afternoon against their Championship conquerors of 2017. The game was  open and free flowing in the first half, with both teams starting well and both with a fair share of the possession in that half.  But it was the Pats men who translated it better into scores, leading 1-1 to a 0-1 after ten minutes. Both sides traded scores during the rest of the half, but crucially the goal was the main difference at the break.

Dunshaughlin had their own goal opportunity in that half, a well worked move involving half a dozen players that augured well for the second half. The team was playing good football, but needed to tighten down on the middle third .

After the break the men in black amber started to take hold of the exchanges throughout the field, and in particular the battles at half back, half forward midfield. The crucial score came 10 minutes into the second half with a well worked goal, expertly put away by Tommy Johnson.  This gave the lead to Dunshaughlin for the first time they never looked back.

Some of the scores were top class and even allowing for Pats losing their way in that last 15 minutes or so, great credit must go to Dunshaughlin for the way that the scores were created, with two of the second half goals coming from moves deep within their own backline.

The game featured a very steady solid performance by the defence against a lively Pats inside line, and Jack Crimmins again showed his class in the boiler-house, while the mixture of experience and youth in the forward line was a joy to look at in that final quarter.

The team faces a very tricky assignment this week, but Sunday’sresult was a good reward for the squad for all their hard work and effort and something positive to take into Dunboyne game.

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