Senior Men headed to Dublin for their first outing in the St Jude’s sevens reaching the semi final stage. Unbeaten until that point, the damp weather and heavy ground took its toll and they bowed out. A great experience for all of the lads who went and a determination to try it again and do even better. Last home game of season is on Sunday at 3pm.
U16 boys have had a very topsy turvy season with morale boosting wins and sapping defeats in almost equal measure. Thankfully we can now look forward to a championship final after a narrow victory against league winners Liatroim last Thursday night. Two points from Ruari O’Hare started the game off well for the lads and helped with their confidence, though Liatroim replied with a point of their own, with a move worked from goalkeeper to corner forward and over the bar. A fine point from Aodhán Harney was followed by a well worked goal finished to the net by O’Hare. The league champions then showed just why they had won it with a run of scores that brought them level, also forcing a point blank save from Connolly in the Saul nets, before Saul finished the half with two free kicks sent over by O’Hare for a two point lead at the interval that could even have been more after some fine work by the Liatroim keeper and the woodwork!
Liatroim came out for the second half like hurricane Irma and sent a point over from the throw-in which was quickly followed by a goal. They were really in their stride now and but for some fine defensive work by Murray, Cunningham, Burns and Harney, they could really have ended the game there and then. Harney moved forward to send over a fine point and Jack Fitzsimons put over a free kick to steady the ship. Once again a Liatroim point put them back in front and it was time for the lads to dig deep. A ball out of the full back line found Harney moving forward who sent a tantalizing ball over the Liatroim defence to a marauding Decky McComiskey who swept by two defenders before planting low into the bottom left hand corner of the Laitroim net. It happened in the blink of an eye and once again the boys had hit the front. Two further points from O’Hare cemented the lead and the home support hoped the game could be closed out, but as always, the opposition had other ideas and laid siege to the Saul net. It was now that their mettle would be tested and thankfully they passed the test, with some excellent harrying and tackling from Philly Doran, McComiskey, McGrath, Fitzsimons and Maguire. Liatroim sent over three scores, but just couldn’t break through the Saul rearguard and when the final whistle went there was the minimum in it. Saul 2-09, Liatroim 1-11. Relief was probably the overwhelming emotion immediately after, but both teams really deserved credit for the way in which they approached the game. All players showed grit, determination and discipline in the tackle and in the way in which they just got on with it. A credit to their clubs. Well done to the lads, every single one of them has played a great part in getting to this stage and now the work must continue as we prepare for the final! Thanks to the great support there, and now it’s time to get the flags and blue and gold gear ready for the final!
Well done to our U14 boys as well who produced a mature and composed performance in what was an exceptionally hard fought victory over Kilclief in the championship semi-final. Strong performances all round with John Mahoney displaying a clinical efficiency with the dead ball and also netting a vital second half goal. Lee Fitz also nabbed a couple of vital scores as did Odhran Magee. Hard work and hard running from O’Hagan, Magilton and McGrattan helped keep the Saul lads ahead throughout the game as did the defensive diligence of Murphy and Kernan, while Cullen kept the ship steady between the posts. Caolán McKeown worked superbly at both half and full forward as did Lorcán Ritchie who was unlucky not to score a goal his hard work deserved. The fresh legs of Obank and Curran saw the boys over the line as did the first half contribution Ledlie. On now to the final with what will hopefully be a full panel for the first and last time this year! Well done lads, there was no way the 16s would get one over on you!
£1540 was raised at our recent annual coffee morning in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported such a great cause and to the members and Stratton family for organising. Go raibh mile maith agat.