John Paul’s goal guides Saviours to knock-out heights

Saint Saviour’s John Paul Jacob and Brickey Ranger’s Dermot O’Neill pictured in action during their Waterford Senior football championship third round clash, at Kill GAA grounds. | Photos: Michael Kiely

Saint Saviour’s John Paul Jacob and Brickey Ranger’s Dermot O’Neill pictured in action during their Waterford Senior football championship third round clash, at Kill GAA grounds. | Photos: Michael Kiely

St Saviours 1-9; Brickey Rangers 0-9

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Saint Saviours got a little more than their bargained for by collecting their first brace of points in this year’s SFC.

Based on the other results in their group, three teams finished level behind champions Ballinacourty, but thanks to a better scoring difference the Ballybeg colours finished in second spot.

The Brickeys and Kilrossanty must now play-off to determine the third team in the group, with the losers facing the daunting task of avoiding relegation against Rathgormack and John Mitchells.

There wasn’t a great deal between Saturday’s rivals at any stage of keenly contested affair at Kill.

The Brickeys took the lead inside 30 seconds of the throw-in with a Carthach Shalloe point – the first of five on the day.

And when his full-forward colleague William Queally raised a further point in the third minute, it looked as if the Western men were on their way to their widely anticipated victory.

However, before the 11th minute, St Saviours had brought about parity, thanks to excellent replies from star man John Paul Jacob and David Murphy.

While the Brickeys went two ahead thanks to Shalloe point and another from Shane McGrath, it was Saviours who rounded off the first half impressively, with four unanswered points leaving them a brace of points ahead by half-time.

The second half was only scarcely four minutes old when John Paul Jacob came up with the game’s only and as it turned out to be decisive goal. Despite Carthach Shalloe and Adam Brophy swapping points, it remained anyone’s game entering the final quarter.

It was all the more so after Brickey’s rifled over four additional points from Conor McGrath, Carthach Shalloe (two) and Olan Casey to be just a point behind with three remaining.

Realising the danger, Saint Saviours responded with one final rally and were rewarded with a brace of late insurance points from Shaun Corcoran (free) and John Paul Jacob, to put the seal on an unexpected but thoroughly deserved victory.

St Saviours: Paul Houlihan, Peter Crowley, Kieran Murphy, Kevin Boland, Dean Crowley, Trevor Whelan, Anthony Jacob, Michael O’Brien, John Paul Jacob, Joey Phelan, David Murphy, Adam Brophy, Shaun Corcoran, Brian Jacob, Brian Power. Subs: Stephen Whelan for B Jacob.

Scorers: John Paul Jacob (1-4), Shaun Corcoran (0-3), David Murphy and Adam Brophy (0-1 each).

Brickey Rangers: James Cooney, Tommy Lynch, Conor Phelan, Johnny Cooney, Kieran O’Brien, Jimmy Sheehan, Richard Halpin, Olan Casey, Dermot O’Neill, Shane McGrath, Conor McGrath, Mark Shalloe, William Queally, Carthach Shalloe, Mark Scanlon.  Subs: Vinnie McCarthy for D O’Neill, Andrew Murphy for M Shalloe, Christy Power for W Queally.

Scorers: Carthach Shalloe (0-5), William Queally, Shane McGrath, Conor McGrath and Olan Casey (0-1 each).

Referee: Tommy O’Sullivan (Cappoquin).

 

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