Having chased the game through most of the first quarter, when the Blues established a two-point lead three times, Pat’s put in a match-winning ten minutes just before the break, turning the deficit into a 1-8 to 0-7 interval lead.
The Drogheda side made a spirited effort to get back into it, closing the gap to a goal, but, Pat’s stayed in front. They scored four points from play, while Blues were confined to just two, scored in the opening ten minutes. Victory gave the Cooley Peninsula side a fourth title in nine years, and coming up in a fortnight’s time is a meeting with Portlaoise in the opening round of the Leinster Club Championship.
Scorers for St Patrick’s: P Keenan 1-2, E O’Connor 0-4, E Carroll 0-3, D O’Connor 0-2, K White 0-1.
Scorers for Newetown Blues: J Kermode, C Judge, H McGinn 0-2 each, C Branagan, J Murray, C Reynolds 0-1 each.
ST PATRICK’S: S Connor; J O’Hare, D Finnegan, D O’Hanlon; R Finnegan, E Breen, O Zamboglou; C Goss, P Keenan; P Mallon, S Hynes, A McCann; E Carroll, E O’Connor, D O’Connor.
Subs: K White for McCann, D MacArtain for Breen, C Grogan for Hynes.
NEWTOWN BLUES: S McCann; T Costello, C Reynolds, A O’Brien; S Moonan, J Carr, E Judge; J Kermode, K Lynch; B Kermode, H McGinn, C Branagan; J Murray, C Judge, A McDonnell.
Subs: I McManus for J Kermode, P Moore for Costello, B Sharkey for Moore, R Carr for McGinn.
Referee: Paul Kneel.