ST. PATRICK’S GAA CLUB NOTES
Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 5:
St Patrick’s V Glenroe
Saturday 6pm Hospital
All roads lead to Hospital this coming Saturday as the Intermediate hurling team look to build on a brilliant win in round four. A win against Glenroe will guarantee a place in the knockout stages. With a full panel expected to be available for the first time since being promoted to Intermediate, they are sure to be ready for a huge hour of hurling.
County Intermediate Football Championship R5:St Patricks 1 11 Claughaun 0- 15
On Saturday night last in Clarina our Intermediate footballers suffered a narrow one point defeat to our near neighbours. In the first half Claughaun played with the elements but St Patrick’s were to start the brighter only to have the first three wides of the game from their possession. Claughaun were to score three in succession, but St Patrick’s steadied again with two pointed frees. Again Claughaun took a three point lead but St Patrick’s were starting to find huge gaps in the opposing defence. Gearoid Hegarty was through twice,one resulting in a fisted point and Wayne Cronin had a glorious goal chance saved at point blank range with the goal at his mercy. Mark Phelan was fouled when in on goal which resulted in a score for Eoin Hanrahan and the lead was back to two, but St Patrick’s should really have taken control on the score board in this period.
Claughaun finished the half the stronger to lead by three. St Patrick’s wide count was eight to one at this stage.
Claughaun started strongly on the resumption and had the first point of the second half, minutes later the only goal of the game arrived when Padraig Reale got in behind the defence to raise a green flag.
To their credit Claughaun responded again and had the next two points.Padraig Reale from play and a pointed free from John Mullane left a point between the sides midway through the half.
St Patrick’s were then dealt a big blow when Eoin Hanrahan was given a black card and we had to reshuffle the pack.
The final quarter was end to end with Claughaun hanging on to their slender lead but all the time very economical on the break. John Mullane had three from play in this period and minutes later Jeffery Mcnamara scored from play to level the game heading into injury time.
All the momentum was with saints and we had a big chance to go in front with time running out, but a free from the left hand side tailed off narrowly wide.
A draw was of no real benefit to St Patrick’s, already assured of a Quarter Final spot, so we had to stay pushed up in the search of a winner. In the last attack of the game Claughaun kicked the winning point from play to end a keenly contested championship encounter.
Very much one that got away and our neighbours deservedly celebrated with vigour at the full time whistle.
St Patrick’s are not gone yet and will now contest a County Quarter Final against Galtee Gaels on the weekend of September 7/8.Will this be the route best travelled similar to the All Ireland hurling series.Only time will tell.
Well done to both clubs on a fine, sporting game played in great spirit.
Gary Neville,Ryan Meagher,Kieran Ryan, Mark Phelan,Gavin Mullins, Patrick Mullins(c), Keelan Stephenson, Shane Airey, Eoin Hanrahan,Gearoid Hegarty, Jeffrey McNamara, Travis Quaid,Padraig Reale, Wayne Cronin,John Mullane.
Jason Mullins for Keelan Stephenson
Andrew Mcmahon for Travis Quaid
Michael Geary for Padraig Reale
Calvin Moran for Shane Airey
Nathan Shaughnessy for Mark Phelan.
Southside Gaels minor hurling team had two good wins during the week. Both games were away to Cappamore and South Liberties and they have now qualified for the Semi final and will await the remaining games to determine their opponents.
Our u12s represented their club with pride on Saturday in the Munster Blitz in Mallow. They played four matches against Ballinteer, Donoughmore, Eire Og and Mitchellstown. It was a super day for all involved. Thanks to Barry & Paul and the travelling supporters. Well done again girls and keep up the hard work.