Paddy Keenan returned for St. Patrick's in Friday's win away to O'Raghallaigh's. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
O'Raghallaigh's 1-12 St. Patrick's 1-16
St. Patrick’s recovered from a very poor start before claiming a four-point victory over O’Raghallaigh’s in Drogheda on Friday night to move into fifth place in the table.
The home side opened up a five-point advantage inside the opening quarter, but Pat’s gradually hit back and a Danny O’Connor goal on 55 minutes ensured the visitors collected their third win of the campaign.
There was also a significant contribution from the starting full-forward line that contributed 12 points, through Cathal Grogan (5), Gavin Gregory (4) and three from Paddy Keenan, on this return to the team.
However, it was O’Raghallaigh’s who came flying out of the blocks and a goal helped them to lead 1-3 to 0-1 after just eight minutes, with Martin Breen accounting for Pats’ only point.
The visitors got themselves back into the game as Gregory, Grogan and Keenan landed scores to reduce the deficit to just 1-6 to 0-8 at half-time.
Pat’s continued that momentum early in the second half and Gregory’s point on 37 minutes saw them lead for the first time in the game. O’Raghallaigh’s dug deep as they tried to get back into the game, but O’Connor’s goal effectively put the game beyond them as Pat’s went on to win by four.
St. Patrick’s: Martin McEneaney; Rory Duffy, Dessie Finnegan, Jason Woods; Eoghan Lafferty, Jack Murphy; Darren O’Hanlon, Martin Breen (0-1); Aidan McCann (0-1), Daniel O’Connor (1-1), Evan White (0-1); Paddy Keenan (0-3), Cathal Grogan (0-5), Gavin Gregory (0-4)
Sub: Mark Pagni