St Pats GAA Club News

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St PatsLotto:

There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 09, 15, 23 & 25. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Seamus Trant Curraheen, Cathal Moriarty Curraheen, Maura Murphy Derrymore West, Liam Fenix Dominick St., and Francis Langford Annagh. Next week’s Lotto will have a jackpot of €5,000 and the draw will take place this Sunday night April 5th in O’Dwyer’s Bar. Lotto tickets are available from the usual outlets or any club officer.

Juvenile Academy:

We saw another great turnout from our 6’s last Sunday with Gearoid Hingston, Polly Jones and Jack Maguire showing great skill and determination. Training is on Friday from 6 to 7 on our astro turf.
The St. Pats under 8’s Boys & Girls had a great turnout at training on last Sunday. Everyone put in a great effort at training with Rory Daly, Meabh Breen, Millie O’Brien and Grainne Breen giving it their all during the session. It is important that ye all keep practicing yer skills at home during the week. There is a change in training this week it is on this Friday from 6pm to 7pm on our new astro turf and we hope to see ye all there
A very good training session was had by our u10’s with everyone showing enthusiasm. Fionn Dairo showed excellent blocking skills, Paddy Moran displayed a great pair of hands and Seanie Murphy excelled in shooting. It is important for all to keep practicing. Training is on Friday at 6 to 7 on the astro turf.
U14’s: our u14’s were well beaten in the Brendan’s league by a stronger Na Gaeil side. Best for St pats were Ciarán o donoghue, cormac lynch, Tomas o Sullivan and Danny Greaney. County league begins Wednesday night away to Cordal/Scartaglen at 6:45pm.

Castlegregory 5 – 10, St Pats 3 – 6
On our first outing of the season, we were beaten by an excellent Castlegregory team on Monday night. Castle started brightly, scoring a goal after two minutes. They pushed hard in the opening period, but were thwarted time and again thanks to some excellent defending from Mikey Cahill and Joe O Connor. In the 14th minute, Shane Jordan produced a crucial turnover, feeding Eoin Greaney. His incisive pass played in Gearoid Dillane, who struck a great goal. This was followed by 2 quick points, struck by Gearoid and a fine long range effort from Joe Quilter.

Up one point at the interval, Castel scored two quickfire goals at the beginning of the second half. We responded well, with Fergal O’ Brien and Brian Murphy driving the team on from the half back line. Adam Boyle set up Eoghan Murphy for a great finish and this was quickly followed by a instinctive poachers finish from James Friel. Castel finished the stronger, despite a couple of great saves from Sean Hogan.
Best for St Pats were Joe O Connor, Brian Murphy, Adam Boyle and Gearoid Dillane.

Action from Ballymacelligott v St Pats. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Action from Ballymacelligott v St Pats. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

County League Division 3 Round 2
St Pats 1-07 Ballymac 2-07
This Division 3 round 2 County League game played in a wind-swept Ballymac on Saturday evening was a robust encounter that saw local side Ballymac prevail by 4 points.

St Pats started the game brightly registering an early Gary ‘’Lar’’ Savage goal in the first 3 minutes of the game Kieran Hurley kicked a point two minutes later and all was going to plan.

Ballymac kept in touch with two points of their own. St Pats were dealt a major blow on the quarter hour mark when David O’Callaghan had to leave the field of play after picking up an injury.

This was further compounded when Ballymac goaled a minute later to take the lead, A lead they would never relinquish.

Ballymac scored a further 2 points in the second quarter with St Pats only managing a Kieran Hurley point in the 24th minute to leave the half time score Ballymac 1-05 St Pats 1-03.

St Pats were dealt a further blow before half time when Kevin O’Shea had to retire from action with a hamstring injury He was replaced by Kieran O’Dwyer.

The second half was riddled with errors from both sides with some poor passing bad wides and several borderline challenges.

Kieran Hurley pulled a point back with a pointed free after nine minutes of the restart further misfortune was to hit St Pats when midfielder Michael O’Sullivan came off injured after a robust tackle three minutes later,

Indeed Michael was the subject of some rough tackling in the first half and was off the pitch with a bloody nose for ten minutes.

The game was settled as a contest at the three quarter mark when Ballymac scored their second goal from the boot of Mossie Shanahan after St Pat’s were caught on the break.

The last quarter was riddled with dodgy challenges and it is amazing that both teams managed to finish the game with a full complement of players.

St Pats scored 2 points in the last quarter from the boot of Substitutes Eoin Sayers and David Kerins with Ballymac kicking one further Mossie Shanahan point to leave the final score Ballymac 2-07 St Pats 1-07.

The last few minutes of the game were marred by a hefty off the ball tackle on Jordan Conway which again went unpunished.

This was a game that St Pats never got to grips with and were never at ease with the robust physical approach of Ballymac.

The loss of David O’Callaghan, Kevin O’Shea and Michael O’Sullivan at vital stages in the game robbed St Pats of vital leadership.

St Pats struggled all over the pitch in this game with Paul McMahon and Jordan Conway trying hard in defence, Michael O’Sullivan tried hard in the middle of the field until he retired injured.

Brendan Poff , David O’Callaghan(inj 14 min), Sean Hayes and Kieran Hurley were best in attack.

​Ballymac’s Mossie Shanahan was the man of the Match ably assisted by Aidan Breen.

St Pats – Paudi Bailey, Conor Moore, Pau Mc Mahon, Jordan ConwayLiam Poff, Kevin O’Shea, Andy Byrne, Michael O’Sullivan, Liam O’Sullivan, Brendan Poff, Sean Hayes, David O’Callaghan, Gary ‘’Lar’’ Savage, Kieran Hurley, Willie Hurley. Subs Used – Joe Costello for David O’Callaghan (Inj 14 mins) Kieran O’Dwyer For Kevin O’Shea (Inj 24 minutes) David Kerins for Michael O’Sullivan (Inj 43 min) Eoin Sayers for Sean Hayes (50 min)

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Mary Moynihan (nee O’Shea) Killerisk and formerly of Tonevane, Paul Higgins Killfenora, Fenit, Michael Parker Taulaught, Fenit and Teresa Aherne (nee Dillon) Gortbrack, Ballyseedy and formerly of Lyrecrompane. May they rest in peace

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