Our U12 camogie had their best performance of the season last Thursday in outscoring table-toppers Patrickswell five scores to two, but they were the wrong scores as a fantastic late rally from Mungret fell just short, losing 2-0 to 0-5. Player of the week Amy O’Halloran. Team Ella Page, Erin O’Connell, Dearbhail Mangan, Faye O’Connor, Cliona Byrne, Aoife Lyons, Emma Fitzgerald, Brooke Quinn, Lily Quinn, Rachel Lynch, Saoirse Casey, Lucy Hayes, Roisin O’Gorman, Rachel Connolly, Caoimhe O’Rourke, Amy O’Halloran and Saoirse Culhane Keogh. Best wishes to Eibhlin O’Grady for a speedy recovery after her recent trip to A&E.
The team had their final two games in the 11 aside league. Last Thursday the team played Murroe/Boher in Murroe. This was a great close game where both teams demonstrated great skills and determination to win the ball. Mungret St. Pauls team came out winners by a couple of points. Monday evening saw the rearranged game against Kildimo Pallaskenry in Pallaskenry. The first half was a one side game with Kildimo Pallaskenry taking all their chances. In the second half the Mungret St. Pauls players stood up and produced a more determined game with better use of the ball, tighter marking and improved team play. The players await the next stage of the league after winning two and losing two games. As players head off on holidays we wish them all the best and hope to have as many as possible as more games come up during the months of July and August. Training continues on Tuesday at 6pm and Friday at 7pm.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-12 Ballybrown 1-15
A fight to the end for control of the game, not Mungret St. Pauls sharpest game in Ballybrown on Tuesday 4 July. Ballybrown took a point lead in the early stages of the game with Mungret St. Pauls sending 3 chances wide before they settled into the game. The score leveled out 4 times before Mungret St. Pauls returned the Ballybrown puck out back for a 2 point lead. Ballybrown did not rest and came back into the game. There was no scores for a while as the ball was sent up and down the pitch until Ballybrown was rewarded an opportunity in front of the goals, they went for a goal but it was sent to our goalies hurley and out the pitch only to return as a point for Ballybrown, another free to Ballybrown gave them a margin of a lead at half time (8 points Mungret St. Pauls, 9 points for Ballybrown).
After a few words at half time Mungret St. Pauls came out and drew the game back even only for Ballybrown to go 3 points ahead, the last was another free infront of the goals but they opted for the safer choice of a point. Mungret St. Pauls seemed to lose their grasp on the game giving frees and making some poor choices but when the ball was sent in front of the Ballybrown goals with only 5 minutes left on the clock, it was wrestled into the back of the net to make the game more interesting. Ballybrown then sent the action to our own goals where the shot on the goal was skilfully stopped but rebounded back in by Ballybrown this meant Mungret St. Pauls had to work harder with the minutes ticking away. Another 2 points for Mungret St. Pauls left the final score with a 3 point loss. This was a physical clean game for the neighbours.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-17 Ahane 2-19
In a game where the goals were all played in the first half and the points scored by both teams evened the second half. On Friday 7 July in Ahane Mungret St. Pauls came out of the blocks and were quick to the score with an opportune goal but Ahane were quick to follow this up with 3 points. Another point a piece saw Ahane traveling to our backs where the ball was shot to the back of the net giving Ahane their only lead of the game. On the 15 minute mark Mungret St. Pauls claimed the third goal of the game, quickly accompanied with Mungret St. Pauls third goal. With 3 more points Ahane evened the score again, Mungret St. Pauls were low on points, they worked together and place 2 balls over the bar and one in the net for their forth goal of the game. In the final stages of the first half Ahane got the sliotar past the defense into the net for the second time, this was along with 2 more points while Mungret St. Pauls pointed 3 more from play. Half time had Mungret St. Pauls with a 4 point lead and as we had seen it could be quenched in seconds with a goal. The second half was a slower start with wides for both sides, each point Mungret St. Pauls placed Ahane returned with one of their own. While there were many great placed ball there were two points to be mentioned in this half for Mungret St. Pauls the first was the sideline cut that was seen perfectly placed between the uprights. The second was when it looked like the ball was going to go over the sideline only to roll to a stop in the dip of the sideline waiting to be picked up and sent over the Ahane cross bar. Ahane concluded the game with their last point and with the same 4 point lead at half time Mungret St. Pauls took the win.
Well done to all the underage Limerick football teams today in their various games. We would especially like to congratulate our U14 players Colin Rochford, James Killian and Billy Molineaux who traveled to Dungarvan for the Jim Power tournament also to Frank Corcoran who was unfortunately not available that day.
Junior B Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 7-15 Ballybrown 2-5
A one sided game where Mungret St. Pauls took the lead role and win in Ballybrown on Sunday 9 July. Mungret St. Pauls had a strong start with a point and goal within minutes of the starting whistle but it was also a half with 16 wides for Mungret St. Pauls, while getting 4 goals and 5 points. The defense made it difficult for Ballybrown to get in and when they did they took a goal, it was on the 15 minute mark when Ballybrown got a point to join their goal and struggled to work their way up the pitch to put over another 2 points by the half time whistle. Mungret St. Pauls had a considerable lead at this stage but could not let their guard down in the second half. Ballybrown made the supporters gasp in the opening stages of the second half as they sent the ball soaring straight across the goal for it to pass it out and go wide. This half saw Mungret St. Pauls converting all 5 of their scoreable frees added another 5 from play they notched up another 3 goals while Ballybrown scored a strong goal and sending their frees wide they only managed 2 more points. This was a good match for Mungret St. Pauls to get under their belt.