Well done to both our boys and girls Gaelic football team who competed in the finals in Croke Park yesterday. The boys won on a score line of 2-13 to 2-3 while the girls were extremely unlucky with a narrow defeat. Well done again to both teams.
Well done to the girls’ Gaelic team on winning their quarter final against Holy Trinity, Glencairn last Wed. The girls played brilliantly and won by 5 -4 to 1-1.
St Patrick's S.N.S 7-9 De La Salle 1-1
In what was a straight knockout quarter final our boys showed they were up for the match with a tremendous start to the game. We went 4 points up to nothing after the first few minutes with Khaleed, Aji and Ben adding clinical scores. Raoul showed his physical strength winning a ball around the middle, dummying his marker before delivering a fine ball that was caught and fired over by Khaleed. Ben was looking dangerous throughout and he finely got the goal he deserved with an exquisite finish. Gerrard was also showing his pace and skill carrying a lot of ball around the half forward line.
Our backs stood tall to any threat from Ballyfermot. Jake O’Shea was a colossus at full back. Mention must be made to a tremendous high catch by Jake Mooney in the second half, right on our goal line. Jake McCormack once again orchestrated a lot from centre back as well as cutting out supply to the opposition’s forwards. Diarmuid from way out on the right wing drove a monster kick over the bar in what was the score of the game. Cian Everard showed his incredible fitness constantly driving forward and tracking back. Luke finshed with 1-1 to his name showing his clear talent up front. While Aji drove through the middle at every chance using both feet to finish with a tally of 2-2. Well done all. We now progress to the semis.
St. Patrick’s S.N.S. 23 points Lucan East N.S. 22 points
A great crowd showed up to cheer us on for our second home game of the season. Conditions were tough and our boys had to play against a near gale force wind in the first half. However, they worked tirelessly, never gave up and thanks to some excellent saves by our goalkeeper Oisín O’Donovan we went in at half time down by 9 points.
Staying positive throughout, every player kept pushing forward and the scores started coming. Using his blistering pace, Gerard Aver kicked a monster point from way out. Going on a fine solo run, Aaron Creighton added another fine point off his right. Not being outdone, Charlie Ferns picked up the ball and with very little room to manoeuvre, he stroked the ball over the bar for a point. However, goals were needed at this stage if we had any chance of winning. Aaron Creighton knew this and blasted a fine goal to the roof of the net. Thierno Balde became a bigger influence on the game and he popped the ball over the bar to leave a point between the teams going into the last few seconds. Giving up was not an option and a free was won in the last second to give us one final chance. Up stepped Aaron Creighton to kick the ball over the bar to win the game by a point.
Well done to everyone involved! St. Patrick’s Abú!
St. Patrick's S.N.S 4-2 Rathcoole 6-5
The match began at a blistering pace with both sides getting goal chances early on. Our boys fired in three goals all coming from our ace attacker Aaron Creighton who showed some great skill and finishing ability. Both sides showed great determination to defend with what was an intense encounter. Luke once again showed great intelligence and kicking ability with a fine point. Rathcoole came back and the sides went in at half time with 3-2 a piece.
The match was deadlocked and the second half started with some great defending from Jake Mc Cormack who intercepted and carried a lot of ball. Raoul showed his ability to win and feed supply into our potent attacking force of Ben and Khaleed in the full forward line. Ben showed great instinct to turn and fire over a point from a difficult angle. Rathcoole continued to pile on the pressure with Cian Everard showing his strength in the air catching some clean balls. Aji showed tremendous leadership when we were behind. He carried, tackled, ran and carried some more. On one of his many carries he stroke the post but kept going to lob the goalkeeper with a well taken goal. However Rathcoole were a strong side with some great footballers and we were unable to close the gap.