Sunday’s defeat of Dreadnots brought to an end the easiest of Championship wins St Patrick’s have had since they won their first title nine years ago.
There was no crisis in either of the group matches, and after that Mattock Rangers and the Pairc Eamon side’s keenest of rivals, Cooley Kickhams, weren’t up to it.
This meeting with a side giving Clogherhead representation in the final for the first time since Adam was still waiting to make an U14 team breakthrough was the second in the competition, and while the dividing margin wasn’t as wide this time, it was big enough to illustrate just how easy the champions had it in bringing their senior title-count to five.
Dreadnots were brave and well prepared, and twice went close to grabbing a badly needed goal, while they also conceded one that had blunder written all over it. But even the most ardent Clogherhead supporter, even one drenched in black and red, would have to concede the better team won.
Doubtless, Colin Goss (above) and his mates celebrated the victory in fine style, having made their club’s Lordship clubrooms their first port of call. But they shouldn’t believe the season is over just yet. Yes, there’s a Cardinal O’Donnell Cup meting with O’Connell’s, who are going for a double of their own, but there’s more than that to be aimed for.
A place in the Leinster Club Championship is part of the prize for Sunday’s win. Pat’s have competed at this level before, but with only very limited success. Their most recent attempt, however, was their very best. That was less less than 12 months ago when they faced up to Portlaoise in an away match.
It was a thriller that went to extra-time. But for some dodgy decisions going against them, Pat’s would have come away with a win instead of a one-point defeat. Untouched by emigration and free of serious injury, the team available to astute manager, Fergal Reel, is much the same in personnel, but much more experienced in the ways of provincial football.
They should give it a right go.