On Monday night , the St. Patrick’s GAA Club’s Senior Men’s Gaelic Football team narrowly defeated division powerhouse Westmeath Gaelic Football Club in a thrilling quarter final by a score of 1-13 to 2-9.
With the Club’s staunchest supporters filling the stands at Gaelic Park, St. Patrick’s took a commanding 5 point lead after the first half. Westmeath, however, were far from done and blasted out of the gate in the second half with a quick goal and by the end of the quarter had smashed home a second goal. Not to be outdone, St Patrick’s battled back with a stunning goal of their own and with a place in the semi-final on the line, the match took a dramatic turn and the intensity ramped up tenfold on both sides.
With approximately 17 minutes remaining in the match, St Patrick’s were dealt a stunning blow by the Referee when he harshly sent off St Patrick’s cornerback with a straight red card when responding to a ridiculous challenge by Westmeath’s wing half forward. The men in Green & Black were now down to 14 players for the remainder of the match with everything to play for.
This proved to be the turning point in the match. Despite being a man up, and their forwards attempting to flood the St Patrick’s defense with the extra player, St Patrick’s stood up to the challenge with aggressive “stop you in your tracks” tackling, end-to-end relentless commitment to deny Westmeath the ball, and near total domination of the Westmeath kick outs.
In the end, with St Patrick’s up by only a point, and 1) the referee awarding Westmeath a free at the 14 yard line of St Patrick’s and 2) adding an extra 14 seconds on the clock following the expiry of regular time for the Lake County Men to attempt a point to tie or goal for the win, the men in Green & Black held on for the gallant win.
St Patrick’s will face Celtics G.F.C. on Friday night August 26th at 6:30pm in Gaelic Park. All are welcome to come down to the Bronx and cheer on our local GAA Club as they face a stiff challenge from the 1st place team in the Division.