MUNGRET ST PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 1-13 Kildimo Pallaskenry 0-22
On Sunday 13 September in LIT Gaelic Grounds with no supporters our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Premier Intermediate Hurling team played Kildimo Pallaskenry in the County Final to see which team would progress to Senior level for 2021.
Unfortunately for Mungret St. Pauls we were defeated by our neighbours in a very well contested game that saw both sides level on numerous occasions throughout the game but it was in the late minutes that Kildimo Pallaskenry pulled ahead to secure a 6 point win and promotion.
What can we say…. They gave it everything they had this season, they brought excitement and colour to the parish to give the club the dream we could go senior. Unfortunately it was not our night, we can build from this game and move onto next season ( after a well deserved break).
Thank you to all the players, Management and families for your dedication and commitment to the club, community and parish. We appreciate all your hard work, blood, sweat and pain you have gone through to get us to where we are.
This is still a young team and we look forward to getting back out and going for promotion next year.
Team: Conor O’Brien, Barry O’Grady, Ronan Kirby, Conor Flahive, Conor Hellewell, Brian Barry, Liam Harrington, Rory Duff, Eoin O’Doherty, Mike Mullins, Paul O’Brien (0-6, 0-6 from frees), Eoghan Mulcahy , Niall Mulcahy (0-1), Pa Begley (1-2), Cian O’Brien (0-1), Brendan Giltenane (0-2) Conor Lenihan (0-1), Brian O’Meara Louis Dee, Richie Burke, Dec Browne, Shane Barry, Chams Jagana, Kieran O’Dowd, Daniel Larkin, David Bridgeman, Darragh O’Brien, Odhran O’Dwyer
Management: Seanie Barry, Liam Cronin, Paul Harman, John Van Veen, Ger Keane, Brian Mullane, Killian Stockil, Dan O’Brien, Donal Browne, John Moriarty
Mungret St Pauls 3-7 Bruff 2-3
After an epic drawn group match and subsequent playoff game that similarly failed to decide which team would progress to the cup semi final, three was finally the magic number for the Mungret St Pauls girls. On September 12th 2020 as per the previous games, it was Mungret St. Pauls who took the early initiative with a number of points before Bruff got their opening score. Given that this was the third match in a week for both sets of girls the intensity and work rates were incredible. No team was giving much quarter and while Mungret St. Pauls managed to build up their lead going into half time, Bruff were never too far off. For the third game in a row it was Bruff who came out quickest after the break and started to take control, out scoring Mungret St. Pauls 1-3 to 2 pts and closing the gap to a solitary point before the final water break arrived. As a sense of “here we go again” descended on the ground, the Mungret St. Pauls girls had other ideas. From the restart they upped their intensity, hurled with their heads and scored an unanswered 1-3 to finish out eventual seven points winners. With a total of 21 Mungret St. Pauls girls involved over the three games, this was a true squad effort to see the girls progress.
U-16 LADIES FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 1-12 Crom Broadford 1-13
Our U16s had travelled to the Rebel County and the picturesque pitch of Tullylease tonight, to take on the very strong Drom/Broadford brigade. The match was very tight throughout with the lead swapped several times. There were penalties, goal line clearances, crossbars, 30 yard screamers and exciting passages of play in every position. The tension was gripping as the final whistle loomed. Ultimately, Drom took the spoils by the slimmest margin. The final score was 1-13 to 1-12. We couldn’t be prouder of our team tonight.They gave it 100% and they can hold their heads high. A big thank you to everyone for the big turnout again tonight. This result means that we have one last match this weekend, details to be confirmed.
U8 & U10 LADIES FOOTBALL
Last Wednesday we welcomed the U8s and U10s of St Ailbe’s to Mungret to play in our latest ladies football mini blitz. In beautiful Autumnal sunshine, the girls from both clubs put on a great evening of football. In addition to improving their skills and teamwork, it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and comradery that is developing within this group with each passing week. A particular word of thanks to the referees from both clubs whose help on the night was greatly appreciated. Training continues for U6/8/10 on the Village Pitch at 11am each Saturday morning with new members always welcome. We hope to have another blitz this coming Wednesday evening, details to be confirmed by the team coaches at the weekend.
Mungret St Pauls 3-7 Bruff 2-3
After an epic drawn group match and subsequent playoff game that similarly failed to decide which team would progress to the cup semi final, three was finally the magic number for the Mungret St Pauls girls when they played on Saturday 12 September 2020. As per the previous games, it was Mungret who took the early initiative with a number of points before Bruff got their opening score. Given that this was the third match in a week for both sets of girls the intensity and work rates were incredible. No team was giving much quarter and while Mungret St. Pauls managed to build up their lead going into half time, Bruff were never too far off. For the third game in a row it was Bruff who came out quickest after the break and started to take control, out scoring Mungret St. Pauls 1-3 to 2 points and closing the gap to a solitary point before the final water break arrived. As a sense of “here we go again” descended on the ground the Mungret St. Pauls girls had other ideas. From the restart they upped their intensity, hurled with their heads and scored an unanswered 1-3 to finish out eventual seven points winners. With a total of 21 Mungret St. Pauls girls involved over the three games, this was a true squad effort to see the girls progress.
Granagh Ballingarry 5-5 Mungret St Pauls 3-2
The Mungret St Pauls U14 girls travelled away to play a much fancied Granagh Ballingarry in their cup semi final on Tuesday, September 15th 2020. Granagh Ballingarry lived up to their billing and raced out of the blocks to take a 3-2 to no score lead into the first water break. The Mungret St. Pauls girls would have been forgiven if they choose to drop their heads but this group is made of different stuff. They stuck to their task and kept hurling, gradually turning the momentum and establishing themselves in the game right through the second quarter.
By the second half the tide had been turned and the home team knew they were in a match. The Mungret St. Pauls girls added more guile to their heart on sleeves approach and they were duly rewarded with a hat trick of goals. The relentless pace of the game was a credit to both teams and Granagh Ballingarry were not to be outdone. They showed plenty of class and skill to see the game out and book their place in the final. The applause that greeted this set of young Mungret St. Pauls girls as they left the field was a fitting acknowledgement by the travelling faithful of their efforts on the night and throughout their campaign.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-11 Glin 1-11
On a sunny but cold Friday, 18 September 2020 in Caherdavin our Intermediate Footballers stepped onto the pitch to play Glin in the County Quarter Final. While Glin may have opened the score it was Mungret St. Pauls goals that eventually won the game.
Glin started with a pointed free but Mungret St. Pauls put power into their scores and replied with two goals and a point all from play. Glin knew Mungret St. Pauls had the upper hand but kept the pressure on their scores as they pointed again only for Mungret St. Pauls to follow it up with a third goal and point from play before the water break. The second quarter was low scoring with Glin going 3 points up on Mungret St. Pauls one with us still retaining a 7 point lead.
Glin gained four points in the next quarter in between Mungret St. Pauls goal and 2 points. The last quarter of the game saw Mungret St. Pauls extend their lead considerably with 5 unanswered points. Glin squeezed in another 2 points to Mungret St. Pauls one in injury time. The game ended with a penalty for Glin which they duly scored. Mungret St. Pauls progress onto the Semi Final.
Team; Ronan McElligot, Adrian Naughton, Stephen Dilworth, Brian Treacy, Michael Fitzgibbon (1-0), Liam Harrington, James Garvey, Killian Ryan (0-2), Jack Coyne, John Hutton (1-2, 0-1 from frees), Sean O’Dea, Shane Barry (1-1), Jack Walsh (0-3), Brendan Giltenane (1-2, 0-1 from frees), Pa Begley (0-1), Denis Giltenane, David Bridgeman, Peter Harington, Cian O’Doherty, Eoin(Bosco) Ryan, Darren Coffey, Bernard McCarthy, Sean Moran, Adam Storan, Mike McMahon, David Brosnan, Dylan Harnett, Eoin Ryan, Breandán O’hAnnaigh, Brian Barry, Darragh O’Hagan. Management; Noel Kelly, Pa Ranahan, Brendan Casey, Mick Fitzgibbon.
U14 DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Drom Broadford 2-7
Mungret St Pauls contested the Division 1 shield final against Dromcollogher/Broadford. The game was played in Knockaderry Sunday , 20 September 2020 in the morning. We started well and had a chance to open the scoring but it was Drom/Broadford who opened the scoring with a point. We quickly responded and notched over a point from a free. We followed this up with a goal from Darragh Hogan after a great movement outfield to work the ball in. We had a chance to extend the lead after being awarded a penalty only to be denied by the keeper after a shot from Adam Dore. We kicked points from play from Ross O’Carroll and Mark Barrett. Drom/Broadford responded with a goal. Both sides exchanged points before the break and we led the half by 1.04 to 1.03.
Drom/Broadford started the better in the second half and shot for their second goal to take the lead. Points were exchanged on both sides with Mark Barrett on target from play and a free from Darragh Hogan. Drom/Broadford were getting the upper hand and they shot for another goal but it was dis-allowed for two hops. We went down to 14 players before the water break for a sin-binning foul but our boys weathered the storm well. Drom/Broadford had another chance of goal only to be denied by a fantastic save from our goalie on the day Conor Crowley. It went over for a point. Drom/Broadford held a 4 point lead heading into the last 10 mins. We were now back to our full complement of 15 players and our boys never dropped the heads. We rallied well and hit for goal but we were denied by the cross-bar. We challenged again and were awarded a free which Darragh Hogan converted. We pressed again and the goal finally came from an opportunist shot from Stevie Barry. The game was now level going into injury time. Our defence held strong and showed great skill. Special mention to Conor O Longaigh who made some vital interceptions in the backs which allowed us get the ball quickly back up into the forwards. We were awarded a free in the dying minutes. Darragh Hogan duly converted and we took a one point lead which was enough to see the game out. The referee blew the final whistle and we had won.
This was a great team effort by the panel of players on the day. We are delighted for this team especially the 2006 players as they have struggled with numbers down through the years and this win was a just reward for all their hard work to keep trying and be as competitive as they can be.
Team; Conor Crowley, Barry Donnellan, Sean Condon, Conor O’ Longaigh, Mark Galvin, Billy Dervan, Conor Mangan, Kevin Morrow, Rory Mullins, Ross O’ Carroll, Mark Barrett, Evan Cusack, Adam Dore, Darragh Hogan, Liam Ahern, Aaron Morrow, Stevie Barry, Daniel O’ Connell, Evan O’ Keeffe, Eoghan Collins, Eoin Murphy, Kian Meagher, Oisin Patterson, James Fleming, Rory Fox.
PREMIER MINOR HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 0-20 Ballybrown 3-23
This was the game of the season for the Premier Minor Hurlers with the LIT Gaelic Grounds in perfect condition and the nice warm weather it was the perfect setting on Wednesday 16 September 2020 when they met Ballybrown in the County Final.
Mungret St. Pauls settled into the game first and had 3 points up before Ballybrown got a chance to reply. Mungret St. Pauls edged ahead with another 2 points and an attack on the Ballybrown goal was stopped short. Ballybrown quickly caught up on the score board as the ball was struck hard into the back of the net. It then ended up a tit for tat game as both sides leveled six times before the half time break, where the score was 0-14 to 1-11.
Ballybrown gained control at the restart as they took the lead with a point, this was shortly followed up with a goal from a penalty, Mungret St. Pauls hit back with two points to keep within 2 points. There was an exchange of points but Ballybrown had the edge and with another 2 points before the second water break Ballybrown had a four point lead that Mungret St. Pauls struggled to catch up with. Back from the water break and Ballybrown struck the clincher as they stuck the ball into the net for the third time, Mungret St. Pauls’ only reply was with 2 pointed frees while Ballybrown continued to score another seven points to confirm their County title win.
Our players should be delighted with their performance, this really was a game of skill and Mungret St. Pauls were just unfortunate to come off second place. Each player has given everything they have to the sport since the season restarted and they have put a lot of work into getting to the final, they have made their parents, relations, club members and supporters very proud of them and the game they played in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Team; Rian Murphy, Ciaran Kenny,Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Barry Duff, Brian O’Meara (0-3), Conor Galvin (0-4), Conor O’Halloran (0-2), Darragh O’Hagan (0-1), Liam Lynch (0-8,0-6 from Frees), Jack McCarthy (0-1), Killian Archer, Odhran O’Dwyer, Conor O’Malley (0-1), Mark Moroney, Darragh Bridgeman, Tom Morrison, David Hassett, Cillian O’Gorman, Conor White, Colin Rochford, Darragh O’Connor, Harry Page.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Colin Kenny, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Dec Browne.
PHOTOGRAPH Mungret St Paul’s Premier Minor Hurling Team.