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Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Fr. Casey’s 1-3
On Monday 10 June during the break in the rain, Fr. Casey’s traveled to Mungret with a few of their key players missing Mungret St. Pauls had a great chance to get a win over Fr. Casey’s.
The game started out even enough with a lot of wides from Fr. Casey’s it was not looking great for them, Mungret St. Pauls had 3 points up before Fr. Casey’s half way through the first half had their first point from a free. Fr. Casey’s came back to attack the goal but the Mungret St. Pauls goalie was swift on his feet and sent the ball wide. The 2 sides scored another point each before the half time whistle.
The second half was Mungret St. Pauls game, Fr. Casey’s showed they were still on the pitch when they scored a cracker of a goal. Mungret St. Pauls tried to reply with their own goal but they were denied by the Fr. Casey’s goalie. Mungret St. Pauls scored their fifth point before Fr. Casey’s scored what was their last point of the match. Mungret St. Pauls played a great game and Fr. Casey’s made them work for every point, they were very tight in their defense blocking down every attempt Mungret St. Pauls played to scoring a goal.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-3 Knockainey 4-6
On Sunday 26 May our U-14 Ladies Football played in the County Final against Knockainey in L.I.T. Knockainey got the first score in but Mungret St. Pauls pulled themselves back into the game and played a great game. Knockainey came back in the second half and took the lead near the end of the game, Mungret St. Pauls kept the attack going right to the final whistle.
Knockainey had 2 points scored before Mungret St. Pauls replied but it was not to last long as Knockainey attacked again to score another 2 points before a Mungret St. Pauls foot kicked the ball into the back of the net for the second time. We were playing into a strong breeze and to score these 2 goals was a great achievements the breeze was sending out frees off target. Knockainey closed out the half with their first goal and another point to have a 2 point lead.
The second half Mungret St. Pauls had the breeze and scored 2 quick points to draw the game. Knockainey worked the ball well up the field and scored their second goal. A bad tackle in the Knockainey square produced a penalty for Mungret St. Pauls which was well taken and drew the game again. Both sides saw the ball wide of the uprights but at the Mungret St. Pauls goal the ball was passed by a Knockainey player across the front of the goal to a waiting team mate who knocked it into the back of the net. Knockainey tried to follow it up with another point but they hit the upright and went back out for Mungret St. Pauls to try get back on the score board but were unlucky to hit the cross bar. Knockainey kept a heavy presence in the Mungret St. Pauls back line and worked out a point from free and their last score of a goal. Mungret St. Pauls were 6 behind and into injury time, the ball was bounced off the upright again but Mungret St. Pauls players were waiting and turned what could have been a point into a goal. They put all they could into securing one more goal but were unfortunate to be denied by the steady Knockainey defense. Well done to the girls in their valiant performance.
Players on the day; Ruth Bolger, Roisin O’Brien, Orla McCabe, Lucy Carroll, Lily Quinn, Kate Feasey, Katie O’Mahony, Izzy Duggan, Jools Deegan, Grace Noone, Grace Kelly, Faye O’Connor, Emily Breen, Emma Galvin, Emma O’Rourke, Emer Conroy, Ella May Roche, Ella Page, Ella Martin, Eimear Greaney, Dearbhail Mangan, Cliona Byrne, Brooke Quinn, Aoife Lyons, anna Campbell, Anastasia Monosino, Amy O’Halloran, Aimee Ryan and Abie Culhane.
Management; Megan O’Malley, Eoin Deegan and Declan O’Rourke.
In Mungret St. Pauls clubhouse on Thursday 2 May we welcomed the U-13 and U-15 Football, U-14, U-15 and U-16 hurling teams to the clubhouse along with special guest for the night, 9 time all Ireland winner and Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh, representing Bord na nOg was Mary Hassett. The night ran very well, in Tommy’s speech he mentioned the upcoming exams and how a GAA player should approach them, he said that most parents would tell you to cut back on the sport and do more study “ I say NO”, balance them out, stay doing both, use your sport to take a break from studying. The top quote on the night- GAA is like a wardrobe, whatever you put into it you get back out of it.
Tommy also advised the players to practice what your good at, don’t admire the guy who is able to take frees and try be like him, you may not be a free taker but a great player who can catch the high ball, practice catching the high ball and you can lay if off to another player, the game is a team sport and is best when made of different skills. The club presented Tommy with various gifts; he was presented with Cobi club clothing items, a gift suggested by Pa O’Brien, a bag of sliotars for the team Tommy coaches in Kilkenny and as Tommy enjoys a cup of tea a hand crafted tea cosy. The medals were presented and the night finished off with a question and answers before the tea and coffee was served.
We would like to thank everyone on the committee for organizing this event and for everyone who attended on the night.