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The U6’s finished up for the year on Dec 8th with a few hurling and football games together, despite the miserable weather, followed by a big party in Mungret GAA hall. Once they had their fill of cakes, buns, sweets and carrots and humus they each received a Certificate of Achievement for their efforts during the year. A big thanks went out to all the parents for bringing goodies as well as bringing their children week-in, week-out to sessions. Coaches were also thanked and a ‘Chocolate Sliotar’ was presented to them all by TD Willie O Dea. U6’s will return again on Saturday January 12th 11am for football, weather permitting, with hurling on Monday 14th at 7pm under lights at Crescent Comp.
Thank you to our special guests who arrived on Sunday 25 in the clubhouse with the Liam MacCarthy and Fenway Clasic Trophy. We are to be the only club to receive the Fenway cup which is a great honor and we Thank Gerry McNamara for organising it. Players on the day were Clionagh NiCheallaigh, Jenni O’Malley, Diarmuid Byrnes, Barry O’Connell and Alan Feely alaong with Liam O’Donoghue, Mungret St. Pauls all Star recipient. They had a few words to say and took some questions from the floor after a few words were spoken. This ran off very well with a lot of happy members getting to chat with the lads and get their photos taken.
Mungret St Pauls 1-6 Fr. Casey’s 5-10
On Sunday 27 October in Mick Neville Park our U-14’s played in the Shield Semi Final. The last time these 2 sides met was in the Feile Final in April where a draw was forced into a replay when Fr. Casey’s won.
This was a another great battle for our U-14 players but Fr. Casey’s shots on goal were too strong for us to block down and this is where they took the lead and won the game.
The team are; Eoin O’Hagan, Jack Horgan, Jason Hassett, Cian Moloney, Tony Barry, Ronan Greaney, Fintan Fitzgerald, Kelvin O’Carroll, Jack Somers, JJ Harrington, David Guilfoyle, Tom Lloyd, Michael Cleary, Max Duggan, Liam Moran, Conor Collins, Ronan Smith, Cathal Reid, Briain Malone, Rian Murphy, Sam Hogan, Mark Buckley, Cathal Roche.
Mentors; Kevin O’Hagan, Gary Smith, John Horgan, John Hassett, Jim Moran.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-7 Fr. Casey’s 2-6
On a cold night under lights in Mick Neville Park on Wednesday 24 October when the U-16 footballers stepped onto the pitch to play Fr. Casey’s where there was more scores earned in the dying minutes of the first half to the earlier 25 minutes played. The second half was a better game but the U-16 hurling final started to show in the tired feet of the Mungret St. Pauls players.
The one thing Mungret St. Pauls won in the game was the cross bar challenge which is the way they started the match followed by a wided free. There was a lot of missed opportunities and bouncing the ball off the posts, this could have been a different game for Mungret St. Pauls. It took 5 minutes to get the first score and another 10 minutes before Mungret St. Pauls was to mark up another point. There was a lot of pressure on both backs but Mungret St. Pauls made more attacks, one of the shots came back off the cross bar with another close encounter straight into the hands of a Father Casey’s perfectly positioned back, it was after this ball was sent out the field that it was returned for Mungret St. Pauls second point. The ball then spent a few minutes around the Mungret St. Pauls backs with Fr. Casey’s being stopped by a great save by our goalie. The ball was sent 4 times into the field behind the goals with Fr. Casey’s wides. What looked like a great slow start for Mungret St. Pauls when on the 27th minute they pointed a free to give them 3 points to nothing. Fr. Casey’s suddenly started to play a stronger game and came back into the game in the last 2 minutes scoring 2 points, they also then hit the cross bar during the injury time. Fr. Casey’s kept hammering our backs but they were on point with their blocking and denying any more score in the first half.
The second half was a more on target half, Mungret St. Pauls pointing their first free of the half. There was danger when a Fr. Casey’s player headed straight for the goals but a bad tackle in the square gave them a penalty, our goalie got his had to the ball but the rebound was kicked in by the Fr. Casey’s goalie who took the penalty, Mungret St. Pauls were left on the back foot. A point for Mungret St. Pauls boosted the boys a bit before Fr. Casey’s replied with a pointed free. The Mungret St. Pauls feet were getting tired and mistakes were being made. Fr. Casey’s were winning most of the kickouts with Mungret St. Pauls left contesting the ball. Fr. Casey’s put up another 3 points before Mungret St. Pauls struck back again with what was their final point of the game. Fr. Casey’s were awarded 4 frees in the final minutes of normal time but only secured one point. With our goalie down Fr. Casey’s took their opportunity to go for goal, Mungret St. Pauls backs stopped the first attempt but a second shot confirmed Fr. Casey’s win. This team just were unable to keep the momentum going as they ran out of energy, a lot to ask from them but they gaveit what they could.
Team on the day; Casey Tanyi, Darragh O’Connor, Ciarán Uwatse, David Hassett, James Killian, Frank Corcoran, Colin Rochford, Fintan O’Sullivan, Billy Molyneaux, Brian O’Meara, Odhran O’Dwyer, Daragh Bridgeman, Liam Lynch (0-4, 0-1 from free), Darragh O’Hagan (0-1, 0-1 from free), Conor Galvin (0-2), Dermot Moloney, Conor O’Halloran, Ciarán Kenny, Mark Moroney, Oisin Moss, Tom Morrison, Dylan Scanlon, Conor O’Malley, Harry Page, Cathal Joy, Jack McCarthy, Kieran Bolger.
Management; Frank O’Sullivan, Maurice Walsh, Liam O’Connell, Ken O’Connor, John Rochford.
Mungret St. Pauls 3-4 Pallasgreen 3-9
This was a physical game with our U-13 players up against 14 year olds, they did not let their height get to them and played a great game right up to the final whistle.
Pallasgreen got off to a good start scoring 2 points before Mungret St. Pauls denied their first attempt on a goal.A second chance on a goal was saved again by Mungret St. Pauls but the rebound was delivered to the back of the goal to put a 5 score difference between the two teams. On the seventh minute of the game Mungret St. Pauls got a free that they pointed. Mungret St. Pauls went for a chance for goal but it was saved, a second attempt was struck off the upright and landed at the feet of a Mungret St. Pauls player that kicked the ball into the back of the net to bring them back into the game. A point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls attacked the goal again on a rebound from a goal save the ball was seen to the Pallasgreen goal, this was the first lead Mungret St. Pauls had in the game but was not to last long as a point for Mungret St. Pauls and a goal for Pallasgreen leveled the playing field. 2 wides for Pallasgreen was followed up with a free pointed for them but just before they separated for half time, Mungret St. Pauls slotted another point over the bar.
Pallasgreen directed the game in the second half with Mungret St. Pauls filling in the gaps. Pallasgreen scored a goal to restart the second half. Mungret St. Pauls foiled a second attempt for a goal for Pallasgreen. Pallasgreen scored 3 points to widen the gap. A free for Mungret St. Pauls developed into their third goal and final score of the game. Pallasgreen scored 2 final points from frees to end the game. This game showed great skill and determination for our players, having recently won the U-13 Division 1 cup they don’t finish the year empty handed.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Fintan O’Kelly, Tom Lloyd, John Wright (0-1, 0-1 from free), Mark O’Brien (1-1, 0-1 from free), Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern (0-1), Luke Walsh (2-1), Marcus Lyons, Darragh Johnston, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Evan McInerney, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan, Ciaran O’Connor, Darragh Hogan, Adam Dore, Cian Baggott.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Moloney, Maggie O’Neill.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Ballybrown 0-12
Mungret St. Pauls took a firm hold on this game in Claughaun on Sunday 21 October when they played Ballybrown for the second time for the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling Cup. Mungret St. Pauls had one slip in concentration but regained their composure to secure the title they deserve.
A free for both teams opened the score for both sides. 2 more points a piece had the teams equaled again. Mungret St. Pauls pointed a free to take the lead, this was joined with a point from play but Ballybrown came back and went 4 points unanswered to bring them into the lead. With time ticking down, a sideline cut was neatly placed toward the goal and was gently urged into the back of the net to bring Mungret St. Pauls a point ahead. The sliotar saw both ends of the pitch, both going wide. A direct shot to a waiting Mungret St. Pauls forward put the ball to great use and saw it shot into the Ballybrown goal. One more point for Ballybrown ended the first half.
Ballybrown came out strong and a great sideline scored the first point for Ballybrown, they kept the pressure on our backs but their next shot was forced wide. Mungret St. Pauls took control, they drew the goalie out of position, passed the ball infront of the goals but a Ballybrown back got their hurley to the ball as it was directed to the goal. Mungret St. Pauls stayed strong on their pressure but Ballybrown blocked their attempts on scoring. Ballybrown were on the back foot and needed goals to get back into the game. A Ballybrown free dropped infront of the goal but Mungret St. Pauls backs worked together to clear the danger ball. 10 minutes had passed since the restart and it was Ballybrown who got the next point. Mungret St. Pauls still had the want to win this game and a point from play kept a 2 point difference between the teams. Both sides scored another 2 points each which brought them into the final quarter. Ballybrown were not to know but that was their last point of the game even though they tried to put the ball into the net, all our backs were in top form stopping everything that came their way. 2 pointed frees for Mungret St. Pauls left them with a comfortable 4 point lead with minutes left on the clock. It was a battle to the end but there was rejoicing when the final whistle was blown as Mungret St. Pauls were declared the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling County Champions. The first time this cup was won in 2015 was by Mungret St. Pauls and there are 6 families that have players on both of these teams. A lovely touch by the captain of the team, Conor O’Malley as he accepted the trophy from Shane Hourigans mother was handing the trophy to Eamonn Flahive who picked up an injury in the last Ballybrown match that ruled him out of the replay. Well done to this team who put in a lot of work and effort through the year and it has all paid off.
Players on the day; Darragh O’Hagan, Ciarán Kenny, Conor O’Malley, David Hassett, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer (0-1), Conor Galvin (1-0), Mark Moroney (1-1), Liam Lynch (0-5, 0-5 from frees), Barry Duff, Tom Morrisson, Harry Page, David Geary (0-3), Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Darragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford, Fionn O’Dwyer.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne.
Mungret St. Pauls 5-8 Monaleen 1-4
A very one sided game in Mick Neville Park on a very wet, Saturday 13 October 2018, when these two sides last met it was the first game of the championship with Mungret St. Pauls wining 1-12 to 1-3.
Monaleen were first to score, Mungret St. Pauls reply was 2 points. Monaleen worked the ball hard and put the ball through the uprights. It was Mungret St. Pauls that held the play book as a goal at the right time separated these two teams. Mungret St. Pauls were more direct on their scores as Monaleen overworked the ball and struggled to take a score. Monaleen only scored another point and a goal in this half as Mungret St. Pauls continued to score. An opportunity to score arose and a goal was the outcome on the kick out, Mungret St. Pauls won the breaking ball and returned to put the goal back into the net again. Mungret St. Pauls next point was a hand pass over the bar, one final point finished the first half.
The rain was not letting up a bit like the Mungret St. Pauls players as they progressed their score even more in the second half. Mungret St. Pauls added on another 2 goals and 4 points. Monaleen were unable to score until the final countdown of minutes when they only managed one final point. The U-16 footballers now play Fr. Casey’s in the final.
Team on the day; Casey Tanyi, Darragh O’Connor, Ciarán Uwatse, David Hassett, James Killian, Frank Corcoran, Colin Rochford, Fintan O’Sullivan (1-0), Billy Molyneaux (0-1), Brian O’Meara (0-1), Odhran O’Dwyer, Daragh Bridgeman (0-1), Liam Lynch (1-6, 0-1 from free), Darragh O’Hagan (2-0), Conor Galvin, Dermot Moloney, Conor O’Halloran, Ciarán Kenny, Mark Moroney, Oisin Moss (1-0), Tom Morrison, Dylan Scanlon, Conor O’Malley, Harry Page, Cathal Joy, Jack McCarthy, Kieran Bolger.
Management; Frank O’Sullivan, Maurice Walsh, Liam O’Connell, Ken O’Connor, John Rochford.
Mungret St. Pauls 3-3 Fr. Casey’s 2-5
A hard fought battle in Mick Neville Park on Saturday 13 October in the early morning saw 2 great teams give everything they had to get across the finish line, Mungret St. Pauls were the victors by the final whistle.
It was a cold morning with the threat of rain throughout the game in Rathkeale. Fr. Casey’s were quick off the mark and putting pressure on our backs with our goalie pulling off a great save. Mungret St. Pauls played their way up the pitch to open the score with a great striking goal. There followed an unlucky strike as Fr. Casey’s hit the uprights twice and Mungret St. Pauls hit the goal post. Fr. Casey’s first score on the 8th minute of the game from a free was followed up with another 2 points. A forced substitution for Mungret St. Pauls led up to a second goal. Mungret St. Pauls kept the pressure on but Fr. Casey’s goalie got the ball out of danger for them just before half time.
The second half was as good as the first half with Mungret St. Pauls slotting over their first point as an opener. Fr. Casey’s were fighting back and scored goal and point to level the game before Mungret St. Pauls replied with their third goal along with 2 more points to bring them further in the lead. With 10 minutes left in the game the pressure was on both teams, Mungret St. Pauls to keep the lead and Fr. Casey’s to make a come back. It was the latter that finished the game as Fr. Casey’s put every effort into getting the ball to their forwards, they converted 2 of their 5 chances, widing 3 frees they scored their second goal and an additional point which left them a point shy by the full time whistle which came just in time.
These 2 sides will meet again over the coming years but Mungret St. Pauls take the victory for 2018 as they traveled home with the U-13 County Football cup and title. Well done to the players, mentors and parents. Thank you also to the supporters on the day.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Fintan O’Kelly, Cian Moloney, Conor Collins, Tom Lloyd, John Wright, Mark O’Brien (0-2, 0-1 from free), Fintan Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern (0-1), Luke Walsh (3-0), Marcus Lyons, Darragh Johnston, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Evan McInerney, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan, Ciaran O’Connor, Darragh Hogan, Adam Dore, Cian Baggott.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Moloney, Maggie O’Neill.