Mungret St. Pauls GAA Club Notes
STEPHEN CAHILL TOURNAMENT
On Saturday 6 October on a lovely dry morning the club hosted the annual U-10 Football tournament. We welcomed Portlaoise, DooraBarefield and Na Gaeil (Kerry) each bringing 2 teams. This tournament is in it’s 5th year and honours our former president and principal of St. Nessan’s school, Stephen Cahill. We were delighted to have Stephens wife, Kathleen and son, Donal with us to present the cup to the winners, Doorabarefield Maroon who beat Mungret St. Pauls white in the final, well done to the most improved players of the tournament- Amhlaoibh Bohane for the red team and Eoghan Hogan for the white team Each team that played gave a great game and there was a lot of skill on display which is great to see. Thank you to all the players for attending, the coaches for encouraging the players, parents for supporting, our own coaches for organising, the referees for doing a great job, our parents for their help in the kitchen, our photographers for capturing the day.
Photos available on our website
U-16 HURLING FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Ballybrown 0-16
These sides have met before many times so are no strangers to each other. A draw was the best result for this close game of chasing points in Claughaun on Saturday 6 October.
Mungret St. Pauls started both halves with the opening score but Ballybrown matched the score in minutes from a free. Mungret St. Pauls wided their next 2 chances and gave away a free which Ballybrown sent to the wrong side of the upright, they kept the pressure up on the backs but there was a great save pulled off by the goalie. Ballybrown got into their stride as they scored the next 3 points, Mungret St. Pauls paused their scoring streak with a pointed free but Ballybrown were back scoring again getting in the next two. A point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls came back into the game securing the next 3 points, leaving a point difference, a poor finish from both sides followed Ballybrowns last point of the opening half as it closed with 2 wides from Ballybown and one from Mungret St. Pauls.
Mungret St. Pauls got in early with their next score but Ballybrown were not being quietened too easy and took on the next 2 scores. Mungret St .Pauls were fighting to stay in the game going back to a point behind. Another 2 points each until a well worked ball was sent soaring over the Ballybrown crossbar to level the sides. This saw a change in the Mungret St. Pauls side as they upped their game a bit more for the last quarter of the game. A free given to Mungret St. Pauls produced the second time in the game for them to take a lead but this was short lived and Ballybrown leveled then went one up. Another free evened the game for Mungret St. Pauls. Another point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls missed the target. Ballybrown tried three times to go ahead but each failed. As the clock was ticking down Mungret St. Pauls took on their last point of the game but they gave away a free, preventing a goal for Ballybrown to see the game into a replay.
The replay should be another great match for the supporters and we would encourage all our members to please come out and support the players in trying to take home the U-16 cup.
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 2-19 Feohanagh 2-15
In Askeaton on the last of the group stage matches on Saturday 6 October. Limerick Motor centre sponsored, Mungret St. Pauls had already qualified for the Semi finals but Feohanagh needed a win to take themselves out of danger of relegation.
The game started with quick scores on both teams Mungret St. Pauls scoring 2 points, Feohanagh 2 points and a goal. Mungret St. Pauls were on the back foot and started to play catch up. A point from both teams still left a goal difference. A pointed free for Mungret St. Pauls narrowed the gap a bit but they secured a lead with an opportune goal. Feohanagh came back stronger with 2 points retaining the lead again. This play was followed by a point for point until Feohanagh took an extra point just before the break.
Mungret St. Pauls needed a good second half to put them back into the game, they opened the second half with a point, equaled by Feohanagh’s free pointed. Mungret St. Pauls reply was another 2 points drawing the game. A penalty was awarded to Mungret St. Pauls only to be sent to the right of the post, collected by the umpire. A wide for Mungret St. Pauls and point for Feohanagh seemed to spur on the players who drew the game with a point. Minutes later the ball was worked back toward the Feohanagh half and sent into the back of the net. Mungret St. Pauls were on a roll as the Feohanagh puck outs were being sent back over the bar until they had a 7 point lead. With a few failed attempts both sides managed to score 2 points each. The second penalty of the game was awarded to Feohanagh but this one went to the back of the net. Mungret St. Pauls finished the game with their last point. This game was a great chance to play the younger members of the team.
U-14 DIVISION 3 FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 6-6 Blackrock 2-3
This was a great game for Mungret St. Pauls players who showcased a great display of football and teamwork in Mungret pitch on Sunday 7 October in a windy but dry day in the Semi final of the shield.
Mungret St. Pauls were the main scorers in the first half, Blackrock only scored 2 points to Mungret St. Pauls 4 goals, 4 points. The second half, Blackrock contested the game a bit more with Mungret St. Pauls with the wind, Blackrock scored the first 3 scores, a point and 2 goals. Mungret St. Pauls closed the game out with another 2 goals and 2 points. This result means Mungret St. Pauls now go through to the final of the shield.
Our deepest Sympathies to the family of our past club treasurer, Nelius Hayes who is survived by wife Marie, daughter Evonne, sons Seamus, Edmond and Fonsie, family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
We would like to wish our Premier Intermediate Hurling manager, Diarmuid Mullins the very best of Luck for next year as he, along with his team prepare to take on the Limerick Minor Hurling Team.
Note for your diary, on 25 November at 6.30pm until 9pm we will have a special guest to the club – Liam McCarthy Cup will be in attendance. We will have more information to follow closer to the day.
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