MUNGRET ST. PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
JUNIOR B FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 3-8 Na Piarsaigh 0-8
On a very wet evening in Rathbane on Tuesday 4 June our Junior B Footballers took on Na Piarsaigh in the City League final. The game had a very slow start with only 6 points scored between the two teams. The second half was where the football was played.
Na Piarsaigh opened the game but Mungret St. Pauls had equaled by the third minute. There followed a lot of off target shots from both sides. Na Piarsaigh came in strong to the Mungret St. Pauls backs but a quick hand to the ball saw the ball out for a 35 which Na Piarsaigh scored from. Mungret St. Pauls tried to score again but went wide, Na Piarsaigh pointed two in a row before Mungret St. Pauls finished the half with their second point of the game.
In the opening minutes of the second half Na Piarsaigh attacked the goals again but they were expertly denied but pointed the 35 that followed from it, they got in another point before Mungret St. Pauls replied with a fantastic goal, a 35 for Mungret St. Pauls was kicked short and worked up toward the goals to draw the game with a point. A point from play for Mungret St. Pauls and they were looking strong, in their next attack the ball was struck off the upright and back out to play, up the field to be saved again by the Mungret St. Pauls goalie. Na Piarsaigh pointed the 35 and scored the next point from play, unknown to everyone this was to the their last score as Mungret St. Pauls finished out the game with style. The second goal was scored just as Mungret St. Pauls needed the extra boost and with tensions high Mungret St. Pauls earned their next point. Na Piarsaigh saved an chance on the goal but Mungret St. Pauls did not give up and secured their next goal. They finished it off with 3 more points to end the games 3 goals in the lead.
The game was a lot closer than the result showed, Na Piarsaigh held the possession in the first half but were blocked down when they came close to the Mungret St. Paul backs, who were working well together. The Mungret St. Pauls mid fields played the ball well through out getting the ball moving in the right direction to the waiting forwards who did not fail to deliver.
The cup was awarded to captain, Kevin South at the end of the match. (Team Photograph below)
JUNIOR A HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 1-10 Patrickswell 3-15
After a lot of rain had fallen during the day, the pitch in Clarina was going to be softened on Wednesday 5 June in the first round of the Championship. From the off Mungret St. Pauls were trying to catch to Patrickwell who struck a goal and ten points in the first half, Mungret St. Pauls scored seven points. Through out the game they never gave up and fought hard, they ended 11 points in the difference. They will regroup and come back and play Na Piarsaigh who also suffered a loss in their first game of the championship against Crecora Manister. This game will be played on Tuesday 11 June at 7pm in Rathbane. We would ask for everyone to come out and support our players.
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 1-13 South Liberties 0-18
In Mungret on Saturday 8 June 2019 our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Premier Intermediates played South Liberties in a Division 3 league match. The sun had started to shine but there was a quick rain shower in the first half.
South Liberties were first to split the uprights but it did not take Mungret St. Pauls long to match their score. It then went point for point into the second quarter of the game, 4 points a piece. Mungret St. Pauls then got a break and went 2 points up. South Liberties tried to catch up but Mungret St. Pauls equaled their points. Mungret St. Pauls were only a point ahead when they benefited from a South Liberties miss hap as the South Liberties goalie went for a short puck out, the ball was returned to him but it slipped out of his hand and over the goal line to give Mungret St. Pauls a goal and a 4 point lead. Mungret St. Pauls scored their eight point before the break while South Liberties brought the game back to a 3 point lead.
The second half, Mungret St Pauls came out and scored a tight angle point from the field, followed closely with another point. A mistake by Mungret St. Pauls gave South Liberties a chance to pull back into the game, another 2 frees and a point from play brought them only one point behind Mungret St. Pauls. It went point for point again, just going into the final quarter of the match and South Liberties had drawn the game. Mungret St. Pauls started to look flat in the last part of the game while South Liberties were still actively looking for the scores Mungret St. Pauls only scored one more point, South Liberties scored 4 out of their seven chances giving them the two point win.
Mungret St. Pauls would like to extend our Deepest Sympathies to the Cotter family and Mungret Regional Soccer club on the passing of Pat Cotter. Sympathies to Pat’s wife Rita, son Brian, Brian’s partner Caoimhe, grandson Caelan, sister Maimie, family, relatives and friends.
Anyone who has been to the village pitch would often see Pat going about his busy day looking after the soccer club, he was in Mungret St. Pauls every Monday night for the lotto and looked after the 45 card drive. Pat is a past player of the club, he received a medal in 1969 when he played with the Junior hurlers who won the county title. He will be very much missed by all who knew him, especially all in the Mungret community.