Patrickswell GAA Club Notes
SENIOR HURLERS: Patrickswell and Monaleen played out an exciting draw in the City Championship semi-final. The ‘Well made a bright start and scored the opening two points of the match. However Monaleen responded quickly to equalise. With just five minutes on the clock, Patrickswell notched a close-range goal. The advantage was short-lived as Monaleen raised the green flag almost immediately to restore parity at 1-2 to 1-2. The middle portion of the first half was edged by Monaleen as our opponents established a 1-7 to 1-4 lead. Thankfully, Patrickswell stemmed the tide and notched four consecutive points to overturn the deficit at 1-8 to 1-7. The latter stages of the first half produced another purple patch from Monaleen as they reached the interval at 1-13 to 1-9 ahead.
The second half started with continued pressure from Monaleen. They were able to outpoint Gary Kirby’s men and built a 1-17 to 1-11 buffer with twenty minutes left. Patrickswell kept their composure and roared back into the game when Padraig Maher struck our second goal to trim the arrears at 1-17 to 2-11. The sides traded three additional points and Monaleen were battling hard to retain a 1-20 to 2-14 margin with five minutes left. The ‘Well pressed forward to save the match and finally drew level at 3-14 to 1-20 when Peter Harty claimed a decisive third goal. Thomas O’Brien produced a late point to put Patrickswell into the lead; however Monaleen scored the final point to earn a replay. The final score was 3-15 to 1-21 and a fair reflection on both teams.
JUNIOR A HURLERS: Patrickswell maintained their 100% record in the City Championship with a convincing win over Mungret. The opening ten minutes were finely balanced as the teams were locked at 0-3 apiece. As the first half ticked by, Patrickswell began to dominate possession and scored with increasing frequency. Jason Gillane showed great accuracy from distance and led Patrickswell to a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage with five minutes remaining in the half. The margin was extended to six points by half-time as Calvin Carroll, Jason Gillane and Paul O’Brien ensured a 0-12 to 0-6 lead.
The second half display from Patrickswell showed a high level of fitness and skill. Six consecutive points from Owen McNamara (0-2), Jason Gillane (0-2) and Paul O’Brien (0-2) pushed the ‘Well into an unassailable 0-18 to 0-8 advantage. There was no reduction in commitment levels as Jason Gillane added a sequence of points and Paul O’Brien delivered a well-deserved goal. The scoreline was 1-24 to 0-11 when Mungret snatched a consolation goal at the death. The final result was a comprehensive 1-26 to 1-12 victory for Nigel Carey’s team.
INTERCOUNTY HURLERS: Congratulations to Limerick’s senior hurlers for salvaging a superb draw against Cork in the Munster Championship. The club are delighted to have Diarmaid, Cian and Aaron as club representatives on the County team. Well done to Patrick Kirby and Limerick’s Minor hurlers after their superb win against Cork.
STATE EXAMINATIONS: Best wishes to every club member who is starting Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations during the week. Our thoughts are with you.