Mungret St. Pauls 1-18 Monaleen 1-11
After a wet day on Saturday the U-16 hurlers were delighted to see sunshine for their final and the pitch in the LIT Gaelic Grounds was in great condition when they came toe to toe to familiar faces in Monaleen on Sunday 29 September 2019.
These two sides have met often and have never failed in giving a very good game. Mungret St. Pauls got their footing right first and lead the majority of the match with Monaleen leading only once Mungret St. Pauls regained the lead and were duly rewarded when they got presented the Shane Hourigan cup.
Mungret St. Pauls started scoring straight away with 2 frees, Monaleen tried to get themselves on the board but misjudged their shots. There was one more point from play for Mungret St. Pauls before Monaleen got started and pointed 3 balls in 3 minutes, The next two minutes had Monaleen in the lead with one point and Mungret St. Pauls knocking them back in the second minute. Mungret St. Pauls continued on their scoring streak as they pointed 3 more times in as many minutes, this was followed by a run at the Monaleen goals and a strong strike to hit the net. Mungret St. Pauls had an eight point lead but they knew not to let their guard down. Both sides scored a point before Monaleen got a lucky break and in a close shot hit the ball past our goalie. Coming into the break Mungret St. Pauls pointed twice more while Monaleen only scored the once.
In the second half the breeze had had changed direction and begun to go against Monaleen. The next eight shots were all from frees with Mungret St. Pauls pointing their first and widing their second . Monaleen also sent 2 frees to the wrong side of the uprights but they pointed their next one. Mungret St. Pauls finishing off the frees with two out of three on target. There was another point a piece to bring the game into the final quarter. Monaleen pointed their next two scores from frees with Mungret St. Pauls replying with two from play. Monaeen pointed one last time with Mungret St. Pauls signing the game off with two final points. Billy Molyneaux accepted the cup from Shane Hourigans Mother and son. The team would like thank the Molyneaux family, Maths Academy and Spar, Racefield for their generous sponsorship of togs. Well done to our U-16 players with a lot of them having won the football the weekend before they deserve their celebrations and a break from training.
Team; Rian Murphy, Darragh O’Connor, Conor White, Fintan Fitzgerald, Barry Duff, Billy Molyneaux, Daragh Bridgeman, Conor O’Halloran, Jack McCarthy, JJ Harrington (1-1), Liam Lynch (0-11 frees), David Geary (0-1), Mark Moroney (0-1), Colin Rochford, Cillian O’Gorman (0-3), Oisin Moss, David Guilfoyle, Jason Hassett, John Wright (0-1), Mark Buckley, Robert Galligan, Fionn O’Dwyer.
Managment: Liam O’Gorman, Mike Fitzgerald, Brian Tobin, Mike Lynch, Tom Bridgeman, Joe Harrington, John Rochford.