City U21 A Football Final
St Patrick's 2 14 Claughaun 2 07
On a brisk Friday evening in Rhebogue, St Patrick's rang in the festive season by capturing the U21A city football title with a very impressive win over near neighbours Claughaun.In a hectic and tight opening few minutes both defences were on top as each forward unit struggled to create space. Finally after some fantastic build up play Jack Doyle opened the scoring for St Patrick's, followed by an Aaron Nunan point from a placed ball. Claughaun then managed to get off the mark to leave the score at two points to one after ten minutes.
St Patrick's completely took control for the next fifteen minutes of the game and Claughaun had no answer to the pace and skill of the young saints team. Points from Jack Doyle (2), Eoin Treacy,Aaron Nunan and Calvin Moran saw the lead stretch to seven points to one. Claughaun replied with a free followed by another point from Calvin Moran. Then following another smashing move started by the excellent Richard Mc Mahon, Captain Shane Halpin flashed the ball to the back of the Claughaun net for a brilliant goal. To their credit, with the game seemingly going away from Claughaun, they tacked on the next two scores which was followed by a point from Aaron nunan to leave St Patricks in a comfortable lead 1-9 to 4 points at half time.The away team were glad to see the short whistle at this stage so as to try and regain some composure.
Claughaun started brightly in second half and found the saints net after five minutes to leave five points between the sides. Again St Patricks found another gear and scores from Moran and Treacy kept Claughaun at bay leading 1-11 to 1-5 . The decisive score was to come after impressive work from the athletic midfield partnership of Gavin Mullins and Liam Broderick led to Eoin Treacy finding space inside and finishing to the net to leave the score at 2-12 to 1-5.
Claughaun hit back with a goal of their own from the penalty spot ,but St Patricks finished the stronger as they were all through, with scores from Calvin Moran and Shane Halpin.
Shane Halpin collected the trophy for the young saints team ,who now head for a place in the county semi final next weekend where they will play South winners Galtee Gaels.
We have won many City U21 titles in the last decade but this is the first time in a number of years that Claughaun have been in the final. This can only be a good thing as the healthy rivalry drives both clubs on. Well done to both teams on a very sporting and entertaining game of football.
Thomas Madden,Richard McMahon,Jack Greenwood,Colin Meagher,James Neville,Seamus Moloney,Jack O Hanlan,Gavin Mullins,Liam Broderick, ,Arron Nunan,Eoin Treacy,Calvin Moran,Shane Halpin(C),Jack Doyle,Killian Markham
Sean Doyle,Evan O Connor,Arron Rice
Well Done James,Arron and Sean.
Congratulations to Limerick City on a brilliant Sarsfield Cup schools football win , beating the West 1 6 to 1 1 and especially to St Patricks James Murphy, Arron Byrnes(who contributed 1-1) and Sean Toomey who represented the City side. Well done lads.
St Patrick's GAA Club will hold it's Annual General Meeting, Monday December 11 at 8.00pm. Mass will be celebrated before the meeting at 7.30p.m.
Annual Christmas Party
The St Patricks Gaa Christmas party was a huge success on Sunday last in the clubhouse.Santa was amazed to see so many kids and families present to enjoy the fun.It was the biggest ever number of children to attend our annual party and made for another special day.
Well done to our hardworking organising committee on another fantastic Christmas children's party. Thanks to all who supported and congratulations to all the raffle winners.
Club Limerick Draw Winners
Congratulations to Moira Galvin and the great Timmy O Connor Jnr Winners in the November Club Limerick Draw with St Patricks Gaa.