MUNGRET ST PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
Mungret St. Pauls 1-18 Monaleen 1-11
After a wet day on Saturday the U-16 hurlers were delighted to see sunshine for their final and the pitch in the LIT Gaelic Grounds was in great condition when they came toe to toe to familiar faces in Monaleen on Sunday 29 September 2019.
These two sides have met often and have never failed in giving a very good game. Mungret St. Pauls got their footing right first and lead the majority of the match with Monaleen leading only once Mungret St. Pauls regained the lead and were duly rewarded when they got presented the Shane Hourigan cup.
Mungret St. Pauls started scoring straight away with 2 frees, Monaleen tried to get themselves on the board but misjudged their shots. There was one more point from play for Mungret St. Pauls before Monaleen got started and pointed 3 balls in 3 minutes, The next two minutes had Monaleen in the lead with one point and Mungret St. Pauls knocking them back in the second minute. Mungret St. Pauls continued on their scoring streak as they pointed 3 more times in as many minutes, this was followed by a run at the Monaleen goals and a strong strike to hit the net. Mungret St. Pauls had an eight point lead but they knew not to let their guard down. Both sides scored a point before Monaleen got a lucky break and in a close shot hit the ball past our goalie. Coming into the break Mungret St. Pauls pointed twice more while Monaleen only scored the once.
In the second half the breeze had had changed direction and begun to go against Monaleen. The next eight shots were all from frees with Mungret St. Pauls pointing their first and widing their second . Monaleen also sent 2 frees to the wrong side of the uprights but they pointed their next one. Mungret St. Pauls finishing off the frees with two out of three on target. There was another point a piece to bring the game into the final quarter. Monaleen pointed their next two scores from frees with Mungret St. Pauls replying with two from play. Monaeen pointed one last time with Mungret St. Pauls signing the game off with two final points. Billy Molyneaux accepted the cup from Shane Hourigans Mother and son. The team would like thank the Molyneaux family, Maths Academy and Spar, Racefield for their generous sponsorship of togs. Well done to our U-16 players with a lot of them having won the football the weekend before they deserve their celebrations and a break from training.
U-16 LADIES FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 7-15 Dromin Athlacca Banogue 2-2
On Saturday 28 September 2019 our U-16 ladies Football played a powerful game in Banogue and reaped the reward when they were awarded the U-16 cup. Well done to our players, mentors and parents.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-3 Ballingarry 1-8
This was a great game of skill and determination by our young U-16 girls when they played their semi final against Ballingarry in Mungret on Sunday 22 September 2019. Mungret St. Pauls started off slow and fell behind by the half time they were 5 points behind but in the second half they came back to narrow the gap to 2 points. Well done to the girls for all the work they put in through the year.
With a shortage of referees at the moment Mungret St. Pauls are delighted to say they have officials in each code in the club. It is always great to hear a compliment about one of our club members- Kevin O Hagan referred a county U-14 division 3 hurling final last Sunday and acquitted himself very well, I am sure he is destined for higher honours in the future.
Well done Kevin, keep up the good work. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our referees doing a job that takes a lot of criticism both on and off the pitch. If you are interested in becoming a ref please contact your codes secretary- Hurling and Football- Brian O’Halloran, Camogie- Carol O’Grady and Ladies Football- Catherine Murphy.
REGINA LONG TOURNAMENT
All done and dusted at the Regina Long tournament what a fanatic day.
Monaleen take home the cup for the 2nd year and for the very 1st time Mungret win sliver wear beating Knockaderry in the shield final.
Huge thanks to every one who participated and helped out in any way what a fantastic festival of Camogie with over 250 girls involved.
Our U8 Hurlers played in a blitz in Clonlara Saturday 28 Septmeber 2019. Where they were joined by Tipperary teams Kilruane McDonaghs and Ballina, Clare teams Bodyke Broadford and Clonlara and ourselves representing Limerick. They represented the club very well showing how far they have come in the year. Well done to our young players and their coaches.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-12 Galtee Gaels 2-16
In Kilmallock on Saturday 28 September 2019 our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Intermediate Footballers played Galtee Gaels in the Semi Final, a step closer to where they got knocked out last year. Miss shots started the game for both sides and Galtee Gaels got a head start before Mungret St. Pauls pulled back into the game in the second half to end the game on a level score with Galtee Gales getting in a last second shot over the bar to draw the game out into extra time. Legs were already tired but they had to play on another 20 minutes only to be left wanting by the final whistle. It was a tough game made tougher by the conditions and weather.
After three wides Galtee Gaels got off the mark and had 3 points up before Mungret St. Pauls replied with 2 points. It took another 7 minutes before there was another point from Galtee Gaels, there was some great defense work done by Mungret St. Pauls which kept Galtee Gaels from scoring. It was on the 20th minute that Mungret St. Pauls leveled the game, it did not take much for Galtee Gaels to lead again. Mungret St. Pauls were awarded a penalty but both the ball and the goalie met each other and the following 45 was sent wide. Mungret St. Pauls were struggling to get the ball over the bar and into the goals as attempts were saved. Galtee Gaels pointed another two balls before the half time as they break on a 3 point lead.
The second half was a better start for Mungret St. Pauls as the ball was sent to the back of the net before the first minute was up which leveled the game again. There were 2 points to each side with Mungret St. Pauls defense coming under attack again with our goalie pulling off a great save. There were only 7 minutes left of full time when Mungret St. Pauls pointed 3 balls unanswered. Galtee Gaels got back on the score board in injury time as they pointed their own 3 balls to level the game and bring it into extra time.
As extra time began so did the rain which made the play very heavy with already tired feet it was Galtee Gaels that got going first notching up 2 points, Mungret St. Pauls leveled it up again with 2 points. The next score saw the game turn as Galtee Gaels netted the ball to see out the end of the first half with a quick turn around Mungret St. Pauls pointed the next ball which saw the end of their scores as Galtee Gaels continued on with another 2 points and a ball just out of reach of our goalie to secure their win. A hard defeat for our players as they had put everything they had into this game and the previous ones and were very unfortunate to bow out at this stage.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-2 Fr. Casey’s 2-16
In Mungret on Sunday 29 September 2019 our U-13 footballers played their first U-13 football match in the championship, they put in a valiant effort with a lot of skill on display. Fr. Casey’s were the stronger team on the day while Mungret St. Pauls did not win themungy showed great potential.
PHOTOGRAPH : Mungret Under 8 Hurlers that played in a blitz in Clonlara Saturday 28 Septmeber 2019.