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Mungret St. Pauls 6-6 Blackrock 2-3
This was a great game for Mungret St. Pauls players who showcased a great display of football and teamwork in Mungret pitch on Sunday 7 October in a windy but dry day in the Semi final of the shield.
The game started well for Mungret St. Pauls who had a lot of possession and were creating a lot of chances but not taking these early on. Once the shooting boots were adjusted they got going and were the main scorers in the first half with 4-4, Blackrock only scored 2 points.
In the second half, as expected, Blackrock contested the game a bit more but Mungret St. Pauls played some competitive football to overcome an older and more physical team. Blackrock scored the first 3 scores, a point and 2 goals. Mungret St. Pauls closed the game out with another 2 goals and 2 points. This result means Mungret St. Pauls now go through to the final of the shield. Before they manage that they face into the U-13 football Final on Saturday in Mick Neville Park at 10.15am.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Ballybrown 0-16
These sides have met before many times so are no strangers to each other. A draw was the best result for this close game of chasing points in Claughaun on Saturday 6 October.
Mungret St. Pauls started both halves with the opening score but Ballybrown matched the score in minutes from a free. Mungret St. Pauls wided their next 2 chances and gave away a free which Ballybrown sent to the wrong side of the upright, they kept the pressure up on the backs but there was a great save pulled off by the goalie. Ballybrown got into their stride as they scored the next 3 points, Mungret St. Pauls paused their scoring streak with a pointed free but Ballybrown were back scoring again getting in the next two. A point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls came back into the game securing the next 3 points, leaving a point difference, a poor finish from both sides followed Ballybrowns last point of the opening half as it closed with 2 wides from Ballybown and one from Mungret St. Pauls.
Mungret St. Pauls got in early with their next score but Ballybrown were not being quietened too easy and took on the next 2 scores. Mungret St .Pauls were fighting to stay in the game going back to a point behind. Another 2 points each until a well worked ball was sent soaring over the Ballybrown crossbar to level the sides. This saw a change in the Mungret St. Pauls side as they upped their game a bit more for the last quarter of the game. A free given to Mungret St. Pauls produced the second time in the game for them to take a lead but this was short lived and Ballybrown leveled then went one up. Another free evened the game for Mungret St. Pauls. Another point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls missed the target. Ballybrown tried three times to go ahead but each failed. As the clock was ticking down Mungret St. Pauls took on their last point of the game but they gave away a free, preventing a goal for Ballybrown to see the game into a replay.
The replay should be another great match for the supporters and we would encourage all our members to please come out and support the players in trying to take home the U-16 cup
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, Conor Galvin, Mark Moroney, Liam Lynch, Barry Duff, Tom Morrisson, Harry Page, David Geary, Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Darragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne.
On Saturday 6 October on a lovely dry morning the club hosted the annual U-10 Football tournament. We welcomed Portlaoise, DooraBarefield and Na Gaeil (Kerry) each bringing 2 teams. This tournament is in it’s 5th year and honours our former president and principal of St. Nessan’s school, Stephen Cahill. We were delighted to have Stephens wife, Kathleen and son, Donal with us to present the cup to the winners, Doorabarefield Maroon who beat Mungret St. Pauls white in the final, congratulations to the most improved player of the tournament- Amhlaoibh Bohane for the red team and Eoghan Hogan for the white team. Each team that played gave a great game and there was a lot of skill on display which is great to see. Thank you to all the players for attending, the coaches for encouraging the players, parents for supporting, our own coaches for organising, the referees for doing a great job, our parents for their help in the kitchen, our photographers for capturing the day.
On Saturday 29 September Mungret St. Pauls hosted a night to honor our Vice President and former Chairman of our club. Listening to the the list of achievements Raymond has achieved during his years in Limerick was very impressive but the main points brought to light by all speakers were the kindness of this gentleman. Raymond made improvements in every thing he got involved in, in St. Nessan’s where Raymond was principle, he improved the school for the better. Raymond lead the way for Limerick football and brought changes to the Munster council that are still in place today.
We would like to acknowledge Raymond’s wife, Anne and family who have been a source of great support for Raymond in his endevours throughout his active years. Thank you Raymond for all you have done to improve the community, it is greatly appreciated.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-4 Na Piarsaigh 2-5
The second match Mungret St. Pauls had in Cappamore was a steady game but opportune goals by Na Piarsaigh gave them an edge while Mungret St. Pauls stayed on the attack until the final whistle.
Two frees a piece marked the first quarter of the game but it was followed with Na Piarsaigh striking in a goal to take a lead closing off the first half.
The second half Na Piarsaigh came out stronger as they pointed 2 balls and sent another ball from a free to the corner of the goal. Mungret St. Pauls were awarded a penalty which was well taken and narrowed the lead to 5 points. With Na Piarsaigh wideing their frees Mungret St. Pauls finished with their only point from play. Na Piarsaigh were presented the cup.
Team on the day; Diarmuid Hynes, Brian Hassett, Cian Moloney, Evan McInerney, Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons, Conor Collins, John Wright, Mark O’Brien, Sean Duff, Tom Lloyd, Sean O’Halloran, Muiris Ahern, Conor Morgan, Luke Walsh, Darragh Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Conor Galligan, Jake Foley, Adam Dore, Darragh Hogna, Robert O’Brien, Jay Moroney, Cian Baggott.
Coaches; Fintan Hynes, Mike Galligan, Denis Moloney, Paul Walsh, Kieran O’Brien.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-15 Doon 3-9
The curtain opener in Cappamore on Saturday 22 September saw Mungret St. Pauls start off slow but picked up the pace near the end of the first half to dominate in the second half.
Doon lead the way while Mungret St. Pauls struggled at the start to get going until the last 10 minutes of the opening half when Mungret St. Pauls stepped it up and scored their first goal which helped to narrow the gap at half time to 1-7 to 2-5 Mungret St. Pauls going in one point behind.
The second half saw a different game, Mungret St. Pauls came out and straight away started to attack the Doon backs, we managed to go a goal and 5 points up in 18 minutes before Doon were awarded a free that opened their score in this half. Mungret St. Pauls replied with another 2 points. A point a piece before Doon reminded us they were still in the game with their third goal which they followed up with another 2 points. They needed another goal but were expertly denied by the Mungret St. Pauls goalie and his backs. Mungret St. Pauls took the 3 point win to go into the final where they will meet Ballybrown. Well done to this team who looked lost in the first half but fought back well.
Team on the day Darragh O’Hagan, David Hassett, Conor O’Malley, Ciarán Kenny, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer, Conor Galvin, Mark Moroney, Liam Lynch, Barry Duff, Tom Morrison, Harry Page, David Geary, Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Daragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford.
Coaches; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne
Thank you to all the teams that took part in the Regina Long Tournament on Saturday 22 September, unfortunately the weather was the one thing we could not organise but every thing went well on the day.
The teams were lead in a parade by a bag piper and our winning Limerick lady footballers holding the cup which we were delighted to have attend on the morning. The games flowed very well through out the day.
Well done to Monaleen who beat Newcastle West in the cup final with Clarecastle taking the plate on a narrow win over Mungret St. Pauls.
On Saturday 8 September a very successful Pa O’Brien Tournament took place when Mungret St. Pauls welcomed 2 teams from Kilmallock, Clarecastle and one team from Newtown Shandrum and Newport. There was some spectacular play in this tournament and ran very smoothly. Each team played a final with Mungret St. Pauls 2 teams winning their finals along with one of the Kilmallock teams with the overall winners taking the Pa O’Brien tournament who were Newport after a fantastic match against Newtown Shandrum. Every player received a medal at the end of the day with a player from each team receiving a most improved player trophy. Well done to George Lloyd and Cian O’Connell who were presented the award. Thank you to the visiting clubs for giving some great challenging games, to all the parents who supplied the food and helped out in the kitchen, to Vinnie Gleeson and all the coaches for their help in set up and taking down the pitches and mentoring the players.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-21 Southside Gaels 1-7
On a cold Friday 7 September in Mungret the U-16 hurlers played their last group match with a rewarding score line.
Southside Gaels opened the game with a quick point but it would take them another 25 minutes and 5 wides before they would score again from a free. In this this Mungret St. Pauls secured 3 goals and 8 points with only one point from a free. This team really pulled together and kept their head but once Southside Gaels got into their stride they pointed another 3 balls unanswered with Mungret St. Pauls finishing the half with 2 more points.
The second half was much the same, after Mungret St. Pauls opened with 2 points Southside Gaels scored their only goal. Mungret St. Pauls U-16 team are not ones to sit back they plugged away on the score board with Southside Gaels remaining scores only coming from frees, Mungret St. Pauls were scoring from a wide variety of angles.
This team finish the group stages with no losses leaving them on top of the table preparing for the Semi Final.
Mungret St. Pauls 3-19 Kilpeacon 1-5
In Mungrets main pitch on Monday 27 August Kilpeacon were welcomed to the last match in the Championship table. Mungret St. Pauls started out well going 6 points up before Kilpeacon replied in the 20th minute with a point and a goal. Mungret St. Pauls held back Kilpeacon and doubled their score to lead half time 0-12 to 1-1.
The second half was much the same with Mungret St. Pauls taking their score and holing off Kilpeacon until the 25th minute when after Mungret St. Pauls scoring a goal and 6 points Kilpeacon put over their 4 points in the finishing half unanswered with Mungret St. Pauls closing the game with 2 final goals. This leaves them in a great position second in the table and in a semi final stage.