MUNGRET ST PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
A very exciting nail biting game on Monday 4 August 2020 in Mungret as our Minor Camogie team played Newcastle West in the Plate Semi Final they finished normal time with a draw and went into extra time where the outcome was 1-8 to 2-5, a second period of extra time began with no score in the second period of extra time which pushed the game to penalties. There was no separating these brilliant teams! Mungret St. Pauls were crowned winners 3-0 to 1-2 on penalties. Fantastic competitors in the form of Newcastlewest Camogie! Well done!!!
Mungret St. Pauls 2-11 Cappamore 2-12
On Monday 3 August in our Senior pitch the Division 1 team took on Cappamore after a dramatic Camogie match this match was not too far off the same excitement as both sides put in a great battle to find their scores. Mungret St. Pauls opening score came from a penalty which gave them a lead but Cappamore were quick to respond. The half time came just as Cappamore scored their first goal giving them a slight lead at the break 1-4 to 1-6.
Mungret St. Pauls put in a stronger game in the second half coming straight out and regaining the lead. It was half way through the second half when Cappamore struck with their second goal leaving Mungret St. Pauls a goal behind. With 3 minutes left on the clock Mungret St. Pauls found their second goal which leveled the game again. Time was ticking away but it seemed to go slowly as both sides vied for the next score, it was Cappamore with a free in injury time. The ball was sent to the far end of the pitch and with no hawk eye for definite confirmation if the sliotar was batted down by the Cappamore goalie after passing the crossbar, Mungret St. Pauls had to take a loss.
While this match was taking place our U-16 division 3 hurlers were doing their own battle in the village pitch with a smaller gathering it was none the less a game of skill against Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan. Mungret St. Pauls players put in a fantastic effort and were rewarded with their score of 1-10 but unfortunately Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan masked their efforts with their score of 4-19.
Not many clubs in Limerick are able to field two competitive U-16 teams which is a great way to bring on our players as they get in game time and for the younger players get a taste of what Championship for U-16 is like.
Congratulations to our U14 camogie team who won against Galbally Wednesday 5 August 2020. Great job girls!!!!
Mungret St. Pauls 0-18 Doon 1-15
On a warm sunny pitch in Mungret on Friday 7 August 2020 our Premier Minor Hurlers opened their Championship when they played an equally skilled Doon team.
It took Mungret St. Pauls until the return from the first water break to get themselves into the game as they trailed by 5 points. Doon had broken through the defenses and scored the only goal of the game in the tenth minute to break the level score. Four unanswered points from Mungret St. Pauls drew them to a point behind. Each side exchanged one more point and just on the half time whistle Mungret St. Pauls left one point deficit as one of the many frees given in the game was pointed for Mungret St. Pauls left the score board 0-11 to 1-9.
The second half was a tighter half when both sides fought for control of the lead. The game was drawn four times in the 30 minutes. Doon were brought to 14 players before the second water break but Mungret St. Pauls did not make use of their extra player.
Mungret St. Pauls are next out against Patrickswell away next Friday.
Team; David Geary, Ciaran Kenny, Odhran O’Dwyer, David Hassett, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Barry Duff, Brian O’Meara (0-1), Conor Galvin (0-1), Conor O’Malley, Killian Archer (0-2), Conor O’Halloran (0-1), Darragh O’Hagan (0-2), Liam Lynch (0-11, 0-11 from Frees), Jack McCarthy, Cillian O’Gorman, Conor White, Darragh Bridgeman, Mark Moroney, Tom Morrison.
Managment; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Colin Kenny, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Dec Browne
MINOR B HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 3-10 Dromin Athlacca 1-21
In Athlacca our second Minor team took on Dromin Athlacca on Friday 7 August 2020 where they had an excellent game making history by being the first time Mungret St. Pauls have fielded 2 minor teams on the same night.
Each player gave a great account of themselves as they battled well against bigger opposition. They were down by 9 points at one stage in the game but they never dropped their heads and fought to the final whistle, Mungret St. Pauls were on top at the end it was the opposition that were glad to hear that final whistle!!!
Every player who attended the match got a run and made themselves a valuable part of the match.
Rian Murphy, Harry Page ( Captain), Darragh O’Connor, Briain Malone, Fintan Fitzgerald, David Guilfoyle, Jason Hassett, Mark Buckley, JJ Harrington, Liam Moran, Max Duggan, John Wright, Ben O’Hagan, Colin Rochford, Luke Walsh, Eoin O’Hagan, Jack Horgan, Robert O’Brien, Cian Moloney, James Houlihan
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Paul’s 1-18 Cappamore 3-12
The Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Mungret St. Paul’s Premier Intermediate hurlers played their final group game against Cappamore on Saturday 8th August 2020 in Claughaun with the sun splitting the rocks.
It was the Mungret St. Paul’s men who started stronger opening up a lead of 1-4 to 0-1 after 8 minutes, Cian O’Brien with pointing from play and Paul O’Brien with the remainder. Conor O’Brien making an acrobatic save to keep out a powerful shot on goal. However, 5 minutes later Cappamore hit the net and a few further scores had Mungret St. Paul’s in the lead 1-6 to 1-3 at the water break. Cappamore grew in confidence and had a second goal just before half time. Mungret St. Paul’s trailed by a point at half time 2-6 to 1-8. Both sides feeling the heat of a very warm day.
The second half continued in similar fashion, Cappamore took their chances, points coming from frees and play. Paul O’Brien stepped up again with a second pointed sideline of the day. Being somewhat jealous of Eoin O’Doherty last week, it was the gym bunny Liam Harrington’s turn this week to flex his muscles and send a Cappamore man out over the sideline with a fine shoulder. Mungret St. Paul’s workrate improved but Cappamore kept coming and their third goal put a gap between the teams. The gap stretched by the water break and Cappamore led 3-10 to 1-12. Mungret St. Paul’s didn’t lie down and looking to end the group games on a high got themselves back in the game. Rory Duff and Dan Larkin adding to Paul O’Brien scores. Both teams were visibly tired by the final whistle, match ending in a draw, 1-18 to 3-12. Congratulations to Cappamore on securing their status in the division for next season. We look forward to a semi final in a few weeks time with opposition to be confirmed.
Team: Conor O’Brien, Shane Barry, Ronan Kirby, Eoghan Mulcahy, Conor Hellewell, Brian Barry, Liam Harrington, Rory Duff (0-1), Eoin O’Doherty, Mike Mullins, Cian O’Brien (C) (0-1), Brendan Giltenane (0-1), Paul O’Brien (1-14, 0-5 frees/65s, 0-2 sideline), Richie Burke, Niall Mulcahy, Subs Used: Brian O’Meara, Pa Begley, Daniel Larkin (0-1) Kieran O’Dowd Subs not used: Louis Dee, Dec Browne, Darragh O’Brien, Odhran O’Dwyer, Conor Flahive
Management: Seanie Barry, Liam Cronin, Paul Harman, John Van Veen, Ger Keane, Brian Mullane, Killian Stockil, Dan O’Brien, Donal Browne, John Moriarty.
JUNIOR A HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 1-14 Croagh Kilfinny 0-18
This was a great game in the warm sun in Adare on Sunday 9 August 2020 when Mungret St. Pauls Junior A hurlers played Craogh Kilfinny.
The game started point for point as each side took what they could, after the water break Croagh Kilfinny took off and went 4 points unanswered before Mungret St. Pauls replied with 2 points. The game went on with again each side adding the same points on the score board. By half time the extra 2 scores from Croagh Kilfinny were what separated the teams when the board read 0-10 to 0-12.
Mungret St. Pauls came straight out of the traps after the break and keeping the pressure on, slotted another 3 sliotars over the cross bar to Croagh Kilfinnys two. Mungret St. Pauls never let their target out of sight throughout the game and just on the third quarter mark of the match a Mungret St. Pauls white helmet was seen in the distance with possession of the sliotar being hunted down by 3 blue and white jerseys, another Croagh Kilfinny player joined the chase but the target was spotted and the ball shot through the goalies attempt of stopping it to bring Mungret St. Pauls the lead they needed. This goal pushed Mungret St. Pauls on as they picked up momentum again after the water break and widened the gap to four points. It did not take much for Croagh Kilfinny to bring the score back to level pegging and with both sided desperately seeking the one point to win the game it went into injury time which seemed to go on for too long. A lucky strike for Mungret St. Pauls as a Croagh Kilfinny free pinged off the upright and back to play, both sets of supporters were urging on their team to make one more score to win and it was Croagh Kilfinny who obliged, Mungret St. Pauls kept on sending the ball into the forwards but it was met with failed attempts, the final shot, a chance sideline for Mungret St. Pauls that passed on the wrong side of the uprights before the final whistle.
The Junior A team are not out, they have another 2 matches to play to stay in for a chance to get into a quarter or Semi Final.
Players; Louis Dee, Dec Browne, Stephen Dilworth, Conor Lynch, John Malone, Conor Garvey (0-6, 0-6 from free), James Garvey, David Bridgeman, Conor Barry, Darragh O’Hagan (0-3, 0-3 from free), Killian Ryan (1-1), Chams Jagana, Cian O’Doherty, Seamus Hurley (0-2), Darragh O’Brien (0-2), Eamonn Flahive ( on for Conor Barry), Denis Guiltane (on for Darragh O’Brien), Mark Patterson, Patrick Dwane, Tim Lehane
Management; PJ Garvey, Bosco Ryan, Mike Kennedy, Tom Bridgeman, Eoin Ryan, Ronan McElligot.
Our young U-14 hurlers traveled to Ahane where they put in a great game against a stronger team. There was some great skill shown as they scored a goal and 14 points.
Our Deepest Sympathies to the Mullins family on the passing of Sean, father to underage coach Diarmuid, father in law to Davnet, grandfather to players Rory, Daithí, Paudí and Áine.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Mungret St Paul’s Premier Minor Hurling team.