St Paul’s sink Ardglass in JFC clash

St Paul’s sink Ardglass in JFC clash

4 September 2019

ST Paul’s produced a dazzling display of attacking football at Drumaness on Friday night to secure a JFC semi-final showdown with Dundrum.

The Holywood side were out of their traps quickly and never looked back.

A Patrick Fall free and a point from play via Sean Tucker had St Paul’s up and running as Ardglass fired blanks early on.

St Paul’s continued to find scores easy to come by and a goal and point from Patrick 

Eastwood and points from Daniel Eastwood (0-2) and Tucker gave the Holywood men a 1-5 to 0-0 lead after only 10 minutes.

Ardglass continued to struggle and St Paul’s piled on misery with further scores from Fintan Eastwood, a goal from Tucker and a Chris Shannon point to secure a 2-7 to 0-0 lead by the 30th minute.

Ardglass finally got on the scoreboard in the third minute of added time at the end of the first half when Adam Mulhall converted a free, but it was scant regard for all  their endeavours.

Things improved slightly for Ardglass after the break, but points for Shannon and Daniel Eastwood stretched St Paul’s lead to 14 points.

Daniel Smyth registered Ardglass’ second point in the 34th minute before Patrick and Fintan Eastwood gave St Paul’s a 2-11 to 0-2 lead.

A Tucker goal left Ardglass reeling, but they gamely fought back with points from John Polley (0-3), who had just been introduced from the bench, Christian O’Connor and Philip Curran to trail 3-11 to 0-7 midway through the second half.

St Paul’s put any hopes Ardglass had of a fightback to bed when three unanswered points from Tucker and a goal from Patrick Eastwood left 19 points in it. 

Conor Kearney managed a late consolation point for a well-beaten Ardglass side who were far from being at their best.

St Paul’s 4-14

Ardglass 0-8