ST. PATRICK’S GAA CLUB NOTES
Two games in five days to start the championship for 2019.
St Patricks 1 10 Pallasgreen 0 09
Our Intermediate footballers started their championship with a good four point win in Martinstown on Tuesday.It was a special night for minors Travis Quaid, Andrew Mcmahon and Nathan Shaughnessy who were named in the starting team and all had fine games.
Captain Patrick Mullins won the toss and elected to face the elements in the first half. With a strong gale and heavy underfoot conditions this game was never going to be for the faint hearted,but Saints workrate was huge in the first half and with Eoin hanrahan scoring 3 points( 2 from play), a brilliant John Mullane free,Travis Quaid and Calvin Moran chipping in with a crucial point from play just before the break the sides were level at the short whistle.
Playing with the elements for the second thirty minutes, many present would have thought St Patricks were in a very strong position, but Pallasgreen were to have other ideas.
Gearoid Hegarty entered the fray at the start of the second half, just two days after excelling in Croke park, but Pallasgreen had the first point of the second half and were not going to make it easy.John Mullane and Eoin Hanrahan put us up by one and then the only goal of the game arrived with ten minutes to go, following good work from Gavin Mullins and Keelan Stephenson the ball was cooly finished to the net by Gearoid Hegarty who started to cause major problems in attack.
Eoin Hanrahan quickly added another point to put us 6 points clear.Pallasgreen finished with two points but St Patrick’s were worthy winners and it was great to bounce back from the disappointment of last year and earn a hard fought win to start the campaign. Credit to Michael Geary who had a cracking game in goal after a late withdrawal.
Michael Geary,Nathan Shaughnessy,Wayne Cronin,Liam Broderick, Mark Phelan ,Patrick Mullins ,Gavin Mullins, Gearoid Phelan, Thomas O Grady, Andrew Mcmahon, John Mullane ,Niall Phelan, Travis Quaid, Eoin Hanrahan, Calvin Moran.
Gearoid Hegarty for Tom O Grady,Jason Mullins for Niall Phelan,Keelan Stephenson for Gearoid Phelan, Jeffrey Mcnamara for Eoin Hanrahan, Brían Bennett for Andrew Mcmahon.
Kieran ryan, Ryan Meagher, Conor O Sullivan ,Sean Doyle ,Shane Halpin ,Jack Doyle.
St Patricks 1 11 Athea 0 11
We won our second championship game on Saturday night in Askeaton, when defeating Athea by three points.
John mullane opened the scoring with a point from play, Athea levelled soon after with a pointed free but St Patrick’s then hit a purple patch for the next ten minutes kicking five points in a row from play.Two from Jason Mullins and a point each from Calvin Moran, Patrick Mullins and John Mullane had us leading by six points to two after twenty minutes.
The only goal of the game then arrived when Andrew Mcmahon finished to the net after a powerful run from Gearoid Hegarty.John Mullane tacked on another point to put seven between the teams.Athea finished the half the stonger scoring three points from frees and we led 1 7 to 6 points at half time.
St Patrick’s started the second half very brightly with two more John Mullane points, but we were then reduced to fourteen men for a second caution and this added to a couple of injuries seemed to disrupt our pattern of play.Credit Athea also who were not giving up the fight and were to score the next three points.
Jeffrey McNamara kicked a great score from play to put four between the sides entering the final five minutes.Athea replied again with a point before Jason Mullins kicked another score, his third from play, following great movement from back to front.
Athea were to score the final two points of the game, but St Patrick’s closed out the match to win by three points in a keenly contested affair.
A very good weeks work for this team with full points from two games and with 24 players getting a taste of championship action, competition for places will be very healthy when the championship resumes in July/August.
Jamie Stewart,Liam Broderick,Wayne Cronin,Nathan Shaughnessy, Mark Phelan, Patrick Mullins, Gavin Mullins,Gearoid Phelan,Gearoid Hegarty,Keelan Stephenson, John Mullane, Andrew Mcmahon,Niall Phelan,Jason Mullins, Calvin Moran.
Jack Doyle for Keelan Stephenson inj,Kieran Ryan for Wayne Cronin inj,Jeffrey McNamara for Andrew Mcmahon,Conor o Sullivan for Patrick Mullins,Thomas o Grady,Sean Doyle,Michael Geary.
Attention now turns to the hurling championship with two games against Granagh/Ballingarry
(Clarina Friday night at 6.30) and Dromcollogher/Broadford over the next fortnight. Best of luck to the Management and panel of players as we look to build on a good campaign in 2018.
Premier Minor Football:
Our Minor Footballers will play St Kierans in Ardagh on Thursday night at 7pm in the first round of their Championship.
U21 B Hurling County Final:
Best of luck to Southside Gaels who will play Killacolla Gaels on Wednesday evening in the County final.Throw in is at 8pm in Mick Neville Park, Please support the lads on Wednesday.
U14 Hurling Championship:
Well done to St Patrick’s U14 hurlers who travelled to Blackrock on Wednesday for an early evening throw in. Playing with a young side, the team performed superbly eventually losing to the home side in a high scoring game.There was plenty of positives for all who played in a hugely encouraging performance.The future is very bright indeed.
U14 Panel V Blackrock: Michael Ryan, Cian Power, Blake Campbell, Liam Chambers, Matthew Hickey, Christopher Hickey, James Murphy, Stephen O’Neill, Ronan Kidney, Alex Halpin, Jamie Quigley, Darragh Quinn, Fillip Bienert.
The club will hold a Know Your Sport table quiz on Saturday April 21 in the clubhouse.This will be a great night and it is in aid of the club ground development so please support the event, and bring some friends.