Golf Day in St Patrick’s Golf Club, Downpatrick was a great success in spite of the patchy weather. First in with a great score of 43 points was Paddy O’Higgins. The Leitrim man was in some form and beat off stiff competition from Paul Gilchrist and Conor Marron, who has a great success rate in golf days run by anyone from the parish. Thanks to all of the sponsors and especially John Dynes & Son, building contractors.
U11s visited Drumaness on Sunday morning and lost by a solitary point after the home team managed to get the ball over the line with the last kick of the game following a goal mouth scramble. Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half the boys played with a lot of effort and managed to go in at half time trailing by a point. In the second half they dominated possession and kicked some great long range points and taking the lead. Drumaness then hit them on the break and grabbed a goal to keep in touch, but again the Saul lads kicked on with more well taken points. A two point lead going into the final minute is always a dangerous one, and when Drumaness secured possession they attacked in a wave which led to a goal mouth scramble and eventually the ball was scooped into the back of the Saul net. The lads put in a good effort and were unlucky not to come away with the win. Next up is Liatroim in Saul on Wednesday night
U16 boys held on for a well deserved victory in Annsborough last week, in a win that meant they topped their group in the East Down championship with three wins from three. Setting off at a blistering pace, their choices in front of goal probably should have paid off with a greater lead and meant that the home side always felt they were in the game. The boys determination and willingness to put their bodies on the line meant they kept their lead throughout. It would be very difficult to single out any of the boys in particular for praise as they played as a team should, being selfless and everything for the jersey. It will take more of the same as they meet Liatroim in St Patrick’s Park this Thursday evening for the championship semi-final. Let’s get out and give these lads plenty of encouragement. Throw-in 6:15pm. Best wishes to Ronan Connor for a speedy recovery from injury.
U12 girls had their last session of the season on Saturday. All 28 girls had a bit of light hearted fun, which was well deserved after a tough season. Maeve and Gemma would like to thank all the girls for their commitment and their great attitude towards football and the club. Also a massive thank you to their parents/guardians for their continued support throughout the year. The girls would also like to give a special mention to Stacey Kearney who joined them as a mentor this year and was a great help. The word on the street is that Stacey enjoyed her time so much in Saul that she might get her boots back on for the senior ladies next year 😊
Congratulations to former player Conor Hazard who signed another contract with Glasgow Celtic. While we would love to see him gracing St Patrick’s Park, we’ll enjoy watching him with pride as he steps onto the hallowed turf of Paradise pretty soon.