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St PatsThere was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 06, 09, 15 & 21. The five €30 consolation prizes went to John Kelliher Lohercannon, Chrissie c/o PJ Higgins, Amber Healy c/o Tony Casey, Tricia Hunt Kerin’s Park and Anne Knowles St. John’s Park. Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €2,800 and the draw will take place this Sunday night October 4th in Keane’s Bar. Lotto tickets are available from the usual outlets or any club officer.


St Pats un12’s had their last game of the year at home on Thursday  last and were defeated by a very strong Keel team . Everyone from the team performed very well and had a very tough battle against a very well balanced keel team! Some great defense by goalie Daniel Moriarty and his backs of Liam O’Sullivan, Matthew Quilter, Diarmuid Griffin, Michael Doody and Samuel Abubaker all playing with great heart ! Danny Greaney and Tomas O’Sullivan played at midfield and had their usual consistent game  and scored some good scores !our forwards of Cillian Lynch who gave off some good ball to create some scores and with tom Brett ,Aaron Murphy  ,Oisin Murray and Corey O’Shea all got plenty of ball! It was a very hard game against a strong keel team but all the team played with great heart until the very end . This was the last game of the year for the un12’s who had a fantastic year and played in Croke park a feat that a lot of players never get to do ! They have giving their supporters some great  days out. A huge thank you to the management team of mike lynch ,Dan o’ Sullivan and Raphael Crowley who looked after this very promising team all year and gave up their time to coach them! hopefully we will see these players in Croker again in the future .

Un14  St Pats 2/5 Ardfert 5-8
St pats took on Ardfert on Friday last in a home  fixture and it proved a very tough game but st pats all played very well against a very strong Ardfert team! Gavin Doody played very well in goals and could do nothing about the goals that went in ! The backs of Brian ,Martin,Paddy ,Jamie and Niall who were under extreme pressure throughout played very well with some great heart with Niall scoring a great goal . Ali and Cathal who were very consistent all year played their usual good game. Damien joined the forwards for a new roll and with the help of Patrick ,Cormac ,Nathan and James all tried very hard  and managed to score some hard earned scores! Danny, Tadgh and Michael came on in the second half and did their bit ! They all played very well against a well balanced Ardfert team and our forwards broke in for there goal chances but Ardfert goalie bought off some great saves! It was a great performance by St Pats and just came up against a stronger team.

Churchill were comprehensive winners in this away game for St Pats on Tuesday last. Some great individual performances  from st pats none more so then Joe quilter who was on fire scoring several  great scores . Sean Hogan along with the back a of Mike Cahill ,Damien Quirke, Ali Gardezi, Joe O’Connor and in particular  Eoin Murphy all defended with great heart and were under huge pressure for long spells  of the game .Shane Jordan and Patrick Dowling did their bit at mid field and spread the ball around well. The forwards of Gearoid Dillane ,James Friel, Fergal O’Brien ,Joe Quilter and Eoin Greaney all tried hard with Eoin ,Fergal and Joe accounting for much of St Pats scores .Jack Lynch ,Paddy Murphy Adam Boyle and Martin Savage all came on with Jack scoring 2 great goals.  St Pats were doing very well until the last few minutes when Churchill scored three quick goals so really the score doesn’t give a true reflection on how well at pats played on this occasion. So they can all hold their heads up high after this great team performance!


Credit Union County League Division 3 Round 10

St Pats 0-12    Beaufort  1-11

High flying Beaufort grabbed a dramatic victory in Blennerville on Saturday evening and also clinched promotion as Division 3 champions. Results elsewhere in the division now mean that no team can overtake them going into the final round of the league.

This game itself served up all the ingredients of an exciting encounter producing a period of early dominance, borderline tackling, great scores, a rousing comeback and a controversial refereeing decision that had a huge bearing on the result.

Beufort started the game in determined fashion and totally dominated the first quarter with their midfielders Ronan Murphy and Francis Courtney in complete control in this period. Beaufort opened the scoring after two minutes with a pointed 45 from Fergal Hallissey They easily added three more points from the boot of Ronan Murphy Francis Courtney (45) and Niall O’Connor before St Pats registered their first point from David O’Callaghan after fifteen minutes of play. Beaufort could easily have added more scores in this period such was their dominance but for some poor decision making on the ball and resolute defending from St Pats. St Pats received 3 yellow cards in this period (K Hurley, M O’Sullivan and B Poff) and were lucky to have a full complement of players still on the field

St Pats switched full back Paul Mc Mahon to midfield for the remaining of the game and introduced Jordan Conway for Conor Moore. They started to push up on the Beaufort kick outs and this had the desired effect. They were now enjoying a lot more possession but struggling to convert it to scores. Kieran Hurley did manage to reduce the margin on 17 minutes with a well taken point. There would be no score for another ten minutes even though St Pats had a glorious opportunity for a goal when Brendan Poff dispossessed Brendan Cronin from a short kick out only to see his shot come back off the cross bar and all Beaufort fans in the ground breathed a collective sigh of relief

Beaufort steadied the ship and added three further points in the last 5 minutes of the half from Liam Carey,Niall O’Connor and Fergal Hallissey to leave the half time score St Pats 0-02 Beaufort 0-08

The half time pep talk seemed to work wonders for St Pats as they came out with all guns blazing. Andy Byrne and Kevin O’Shea were now leading the way and exerting more pressure from the half back line, St Pats were now collecting a lot more ball around the middle. Andy lead the way with an early point , Kieran Hurley(2) and a David O’Callaghan point reduced the margin to two before Beaufort recorded their first score of the half a free from Fergal Hallissey. Beaufort reverted back to short kick outs and this put them in all kinds of bother. St Pats benefited with two further Kieran Hurley Points to leave the narrowest of margins between the sides heading into the final quarter St Pats 0-08 Beaufort 0-09

What a dramatic fifteen minutes of football this quarter turned out to be. The first incident took place when impressive Beaufort centre back Nathan Breen was given a second yellow and a red card for elbowing an opponent. This was followed up on the 23 minute of the half by the decision that decided the outcome. St Pats Goalkeeper John ‘’Fizzy’’ Fitzgerald was attempting to take a quick kick out and threw the ball on the ground as the ball was still rolling when Fitzgerald kicked it out the referee stopped play and awarded a throw ball from the twenty metre line. Beaufort’s Francis Courtney won the throw in and blasted it to the St Pats net to put four between the sides

Urged on by the home supporters and a feeling of injustice St Pats drove at Beaufort in waves. The game was interrupted for five minutes as St Pats Liam O’Sullivan was treated for a shoulder injury. Kieran Hurley reduced the deficit with a point only for Fergal Hallissey to it out with a Beaufort point. As the game headed into injury time St Pats were rampant kicking three unanswered points from Andy Byrne, David O’Callaghan and Mike O’Sullivan to leave a the bare minimum between the side after 4 minutes of injury time. The referee indicated that there was a further minute to play St Pats gathered possession and attacked Mike O’Sullivan went for broke only for his shot to narrowly sail wide Beaufort won the kick out and substitute Mike Breen kicked the last score of the game to leave the full time score St Pats 0-12 Beaufort 1-11

A pulsating end to an exciting encounter. The game could have gone either way heading into the last five minutes with referee  Andy Brown making a big call for the rolling ball incident  A draw would probably have been a fitting result but wasn’t to be

The game just about sums up St Pats season to date. Brilliant in patches, over run for periods with lapses in concentration proving costly. St Pats needed to win this one to have any hope of promotion.

Beaufort were a jackal and Hyde outfit on the day. They started in whirlwind fashion but didn’t convert possession into scores. For reasons best known to themselves they resorted to short kick outs that weren’t working and conceded a number of scores that could have proved costly.

Beaufort had strong performances from Nathan Breen (until the red mist descended) Ronan Murphy, Francis Courtney ,Liam Carey, Darragh Coffey and Fergal Hallissey

St Pat’s best performers were Kieran O’Dwyer, Kevin O’Shea, Paul Mc Mahon, David O’Callaghan, Kieran Hurley and man of the match Andy Byrne

St Pats – J Fitzgerald, K O’Dwyer, P Mc Mahon, C Moore, A Byrne(0-02), K O’Shea, L Mulligan, M O’Sullivan(0-01), L O’Sullivan, B POff, D O’Callaghan(0-04), G Savage, T Lynch, K Hurley (0-05,0-01f) Subs  Used – J Conway for C Moore, W Hurley for G Savage, J Costello for W Hurley, J Foley for L O’Sullivan(inj)

Beaufort – M Moriarty, P Hartnett, G Hartnett, J O’Reilly, Patrick O’Sullivan, N Breen, B Cronin, R Murphy(0-01), F Courtney(1-01),F Hallissey(0-04, 0-01f,0-0145) L Carey(0-01), Padraig O’Sullivan, N O’Connor(0-02), P Doona, D Coffey(0-01) Subs  Used –  S O’Sullivan for N O’Connor ,M Breen (0-01)for P O’Sullivan

Annual Steam Threshing Festival:

The Annual Steam Threshing Festival at Blennerville Windmill will take place onSunday, 4th October next. There will be old time steam threshing, vintage machinery and classic car display, a dog show, as well as the Kerry model railways, music and kiddies amusements.


St. Pats are looking for any new members who would be interested in representing the club in the Scór sinsir ballad group for 2015/16. We are looking for singers and musicians. Young and not so young, new and seasoned campaigners welcome! There will be a meeting for all those interested on Friday the 2nd of October in St Pats old clubhouse at 8.30 pm. Contact Antóin Ó Ceallacháin on 0879670307 for more details.




The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick Moriarty Tonevane, Tralee and Batty Finn Castlegregory. May they rest in peace.

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