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Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Ballybrown 0-12
Mungret St. Pauls took a firm hold on this game in Claughaun on Sunday 21 October when they played Ballybrown for the second time for the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling Cup. Mungret St. Pauls had one slip in concentration but regained their composure to secure the title they deserve.
A free for both teams opened the score for both sides. 2 more points a piece had the teams equaled again. Mungret St. Pauls pointed a free to take the lead, this was joined with a point from play but Ballybrown came back and went 4 points unanswered to bring them into the lead. With time ticking down, a sideline cut was neatly placed toward the goal and was gently urged into the back of the net to bring Mungret St. Pauls a point ahead. The sliotar saw both ends of the pitch, both going wide. A direct shot to a waiting Mungret St. Pauls forward put the ball to great use and saw it shot into the Ballybrown goal. One more point for Ballybrown ended the first half.
Ballybrown came out strong and a great sideline scored the first point for Ballybrown, they kept the pressure on our backs but their next shot was forced wide. Mungret St. Pauls took control, they drew the goalie out of position, passed the ball infront of the goals but a Ballybrown back got their hurley to the ball as it was directed to the goal. Mungret St. Pauls stayed strong on their pressure but Ballybrown blocked their attempts on scoring. Ballybrown were on the back foot and needed goals to get back into the game. A Ballybrown free dropped infront of the goal but Mungret St. Pauls backs worked together to clear the danger ball. 10 minutes had passed since the restart and it was Ballybrown who got the next point. Mungret St. Pauls still had the want to win this game and a point from play kept a 2 point difference between the teams. Both sides scored another 2 points each which brought them into the final quarter. Ballybrown were not to know but that was their last point of the game even though they tried to put the ball into the net, all our backs were in top form stopping everything that came their way. 2 pointed frees for Mungret St. Pauls left them with a comfortable 4 point lead with minutes left on the clock. It was a battle to the end but there was rejoicing when the final whistle was blown as Mungret St. Pauls were declared the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling County Champions. The first time this cup was won in 2015 was by Mungret St. Pauls and there are 6 families that have players on both of these teams. A lovely touch by the captain of the team, Conor O’Malley as he accepted the trophy from Shane Hourigans mother was handing the trophy to Eamonn Flahive who picked up an injury in the last Ballybrown match that ruled him out of the replay. Well done to this team who put in a lot of work and effort through the year and it has all paid off.
Players on the day; Darragh O’Hagan, Ciarán Kenny, Conor O’Malley, David Hassett, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer (0-1), Conor Galvin (1-0), Mark Moroney (1-1), Liam Lynch (0-5, 0-5 from frees), Barry Duff, Tom Morrisson, Harry Page, David Geary (0-3), Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Darragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford, Fionn O’Dwyer.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne.