In a week, when anyone attending all Saul games would have seen almost 40 goals, the sun finally shone and we enjoyed some fine performances.
Minors lead at half time away to Rosconnor Gaels on a scoreline of 6 goals to 1-04, but had to work hard to earn a draw. A fine save from a penalty at the death by Jack Hazard was a dramatic end. Good performances from Ruari O’Hare, Peter Ataliotis and Philip Doran. U16s on Thursday also enjoyed plenty of goalmouth action running out winners v St Paul’s 7-04 to 14 points. A good team performance was punctuated by great efforts form O’Hare and Doran again, Ben McGrath with two well taken goals, Shane O’Hare strong in defence and a good defensive display from Matthew Murray & Lorcan Burns.
Senior men scored six goals for the second week running as they disposed of St Paul’s at home. In a game that petered out midway through the second period, good goals from Rory Mullen and Caolan Magee were the highlights. Management can be happy with the scoreline, but a much greater effort will be needed next week as they travel to league leaders Clan na Banna.
Reserves served up a nine goal thriller away to Darragh Cross on Sunday night. A crossbar, post and some desperate defending from the home side, meant a defeat, but again the experience for some of the younger players and the match practice gained by some of the others will prove invaluable as the season progresses. Best on the night James Mahoney, Joe Hayes and Conor Marron.
Senior Ladies suffered a home defeat to Rostrevor on Saturday night. While they will be disappointed with their performance, they should take some positives out of the fact that had they taken their scores at the end of the game, the final scoreline would have been much closer.
U12 girls hosted Bredagh in their first home game of the season and a real ding dong match was enjoyed by the large crowd of parents and supporters. In a game that was played in a great spirit by both sides, it was probably fitting that it ended a draw, though the girls will be disappointed that they didn’t come away with a win. Their commitment to training is really starting to show as their handling and tackling is improving. Next up is shooting!
U14 Girls stepped up to the plate on Wednesday night putting to bed a strong Dundrum outfit at home. In a game where both defences were on top, the Saul girls showed just that bit more determination and came out deserved winners.
U16 Girls played Castlewellan at home in their second fixture of the league. After defeat to Saval the Saul girls were certainly charged up for this one. It was however the Town that started brightest with 2 points before the Saul machine’s wheels started moving, though it has to be said the amount of wides kicked was unusually high. The defence marshalled well by Nora Maguire and Cara Doran in goals were on top throughout most of the game. At midfield Madeline Crawford had a fine hour being well supported by Aoife Burns and Roise Byrne. The forwards did perform well, Emma Campbell winning a lot of possession and Aishling Kinsella scoring well from frees and from play. The move of Charlotte Curran to the full forward line seemed to work well with the ever industrious Erin Sands covering every blade of grass. Credit to both teams for producing an entertaining game of football. It’s always said that football is a squad game and with this group of girls it really is, the players coming from the bench like Grace Surginor and Niamh Gordon well supported by Enya Jennings among others certainly have staked a claim for a starting position in the next outing. Final Score Saul 4-09, Castlewellan 2-03
The second weekend of east Down blitzes for Year 4s & 6s gave us a short trip into Downpatrick. Both teams played very well, with coaches being extremely pleased with the performances. Particularly pleasing was the teamwork from both sides and passing on show with feet and hands. Thanks to all those who came along to support the children and to Downpatrick for organising the morning so well.
The annual visit by Down GAA to Croke Park was enjoyed by five of our U12s on Saturday past. Cian, Ruairi, Conall H, Conall B and Oisin got to play on the hallowed turf. With any luck we’ll see them return in years to come wearing the red & black!
Everyone in the club passes on their condolences to the McKinley family on the passing of Betty. Betty was an active member of the club for years, helping with many fundraising activities, including the club draw that helped with the development of St Patrick’s Park and ensuring her children David, Helen and John played their part on the field of play too. To Jim and the whole family Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a hanam.
Looking forward to the week ahead, home games for Minors and U16s on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. Senior men away to Clann na Banna on Friday and U12 boys at home to Downpatrick next Sunday. Get the blue and gold on and get out to support them! Check out website for any last minute changes, or follow us on Twitter @SaulGAC_AnDun