On a lovely sunny Saturday, 14 September Mungret St. Pauls hosted an U-10 hurling tournament, it is in its sixth Read more →
On a lovely sunny Saturday, 14 September Mungret St. Pauls hosted an U-10 hurling tournament, it is in its sixth year to honor our president, Pa O’Brien. We were delighted to welcome 118 U-10 players to our pitches from Ballybrown, Kilmallock, JK Brackens and Newtown Shandrum and Mungret St. Pauls. We were delighted to have 41 boys in our red and white colours. Our Mungret St. Pauls Red team found themselves in a highly skilled grouping where they played JK Bracken Blue, Kilmallock and Newtown Shandrum Green where they were unfortunate to lose which saw them in the D final against Newtown Shandrum Yellow. The Mungret St. Pauls White team were in a competitive group also which matched them up against JK Bracken Black, Ballybrown and Newtown Shandrum Yellow, this team had wins against each of these teams which matched them up against Newtown Shandrum Green in the A final. Our Red team proved too strong for the Newtown Shandrum Yellow team and they won the D final. The A final was a tight game with both sides getting in great scores, unfortunately for Mungret St. Pauls White it was the visitors that won the Pa O’Brien trophy.
Congratulations to all our players who put in a super effort into their game, well done to our players who received the most improved player – Charlie Tobin and Shane Duggan. A very special word of Thanks to Vinnie Gleeson and all our coaches, the refs, parents who helped fed and water the visitors, Helen McKeogh for her continuous help and Kieran Bolger who helped take photos on the day.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Galtee Gaels 2-1
This was a great game to watch with both sides putting their skill and determination into action on Friday 13 September in Mungret. It was a strong Mungret St. Pauls team that won the game but Galtee Gaels put it up to them.
Mungret St. Pauls wrote the score board for the first half as they had 5 points up before Galtee Gaels pointed from a well taken free. Mungret St. Pauls pointed the next ball but it was Galtee Gaels that eventually broke through the strong Mungret St. Pauls backs and hit the top left corner of the net to leave the pitch at half time 0-6 to 1-1, only 2 points in it to Mungret St. Pauls.
After the short break Mungret St. Pauls were working with the slight slope on the pitch as they came back to prove they were deserving winners as they netted the first ball which they followed up with 3 points before the second goal was scored for Mungret St. Pauls. Nearing the end of the game Mungret St. Pauls had shown how strong they were even when they put on subs another point was scored, Galtee Gaels in the last few minutes got awarded a penalty, an unstoppable shot but it did not change the outcome. Mungret St. Pauls go through to the Final.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-6 Monaleen 2-10
On a sunny Saturday, 7 September in the LIT Gaelic Grounds the first of the U-14 hurling Semi Finals took place with Mungret St. Pauls and Monaleen. These 2 teams have met many times over the years and they have always had a strong game, this was no exception. Mungret St. Pauls were first to point but Monaleen did not wait long to match the score and take a 3 point lead in the first 10 minutes. A pointed free got Mungret St. Pauls back into the game but silly fouls gave Monaleen their next 3 points. In the sixteenth minute there was a run from the middle of the field dropped into the Monaleens square after a scramble on the goal line the ball was helped over the goal line, bringing Mungret St. Pauls back into the game they followed it up with another 2 points to level the game. Another chance for Mungret St. Pauls resulted in their second goal and first lead in the game. There was some great team work from Mungret St. Pauls but no results came from it. Just before half time Monaleen put pressure on our backs as they went for their own goal which was brilliantly denied only for the rebound to be knocked into the net to level the game as they teams split for half time.
The second half had a slow start as both sides had most of their scores in the first 25 minutes, there was a lot of play on the field with the ball going both ends with no scores. Both sides eventually pointed a ball each before Monaleen struck again and hit the net. The pressure was kept on our backs but nothing resulted as our goalie rescued the ball again. With 3 minutes left on the clock Monaleen edged ahead again with a pointed free, Monaleen were trying to hammer in goals but each had the hurley of our goalie there to stop it. The game ended with both sides pointing one last ball each, Monaleen took the place in the Final. This was a testing game for our players as they were attacked on every move they made, they will learn from this and bring it with them to next year when they are U-15.