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U14 Féile Hurling
It is so hard to put into words the excitement and tension this game brought. Up against our neighbours Ballybrown everyone knew it would be a great match but I am not sure anyone could predict how the match would end up. Mungret drew ahead in the first few mins with 2 goals to nothing. This rattled the Ballybrown players and they came back fighting. It took Ballybrown about 10 minutes to get the ball into our defenses. Mungret were ahead by only 2 points by the end of the first half.
Try as they might Mungret were unable to keep the lead and with Ballybrown being awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the game Mungret supporters thought it might be all over for our army of teenagers. The Ballybrown free taker surprised everyone for going for a point to bring the score to a draw- it was still all to be played for. End of the 50 minute match with a draw everyone’s attention were on the ref to see if it was a replay or extra time. Extra time was declared 10 minutes either side. With the new rules now in play it meant any players with a card were given a clean slate.
The boys had to prove they wanted to get to the final more than Ballybrown. By the end of the first 10 minutes it was still a draw. Mungret came out with more determination this time and broke the draw to bring themselves 2 points ahead with all the Mungret supporters praying the final whistle be blown their prayers were answered.
For only the third time in the clubs history this team who have come some distance are in a County Féile Hurling Final. The final will take place on Sunday 26th of April time and venue to be confirmed, they will be playing against Na Piarsaigh for the title of Hurling Feile winners.
The team on the day were Darragh O’Hagan, Tom Bolger, Patrick Dwane, David Rickard, Liam Lynch, Jake Connolly, Dermot Moloney, Conor O’Malley, Dylan Brosnan, Mark Patterson, Keith McInerney, Sean O’Riordan, Jack Moroney, Seamus Hurley, Stephen Cotter-Gleeson, Eoin Ryan, Darragh Ryan, Ethan O’Sullivan, Eamonn Flahive and Brian O’Meara. They could not of gotten this far without their coaches- Richie Burke, Joe Moriarity, Jason Brosnan, Brendan Ryan and Vince Bolger.