Hurling Shield 2017
13th December 2017
Hurling School Shield Championship 2017
Congratulation to the St Paul’s hurling team on an extremely successful and enjoyable season. The panel of twenty one boys and three girls have trained three times a week and played a match each week also. Their commitment and dedication has been exemplary both on and off the pitch. A great season culminated with the team reaching the final and they produced an outstanding display in the match. Unfortunately, the team were beaten by Gaelscoile Na Bóinne by a single point with the last strike of the match, a free puck, deep into injury time. The team showed outstanding skill, heart and determination in a match which will be long remembered for its excitement, intensity and the heart-breaking denial of a long awaited championship win. A special thanks to Mr Lynagh, Mr Enright, and Mr Mattimoe for training the team and also to Mrs Fahy, Mr Kelly and all the other teachers throughout the season.
The story of the championship
Round 1 St Pauls 5:7, Kells BNS 1:5
An extremely good start to the championship with an emphatic win over Kells. St Pauls led the whole game and were totally dominant throughout. There were some outstanding performances throughout the team, in particular Jack Kearney but also included Seán McDermott, Peter McMyler, Tom Condon and Conor McCarthy.
Round 2 St Declan’s Ashbourne 0:1, St Pauls 2:7
A very comfortable and impressive win by St Pauls. St Pauls led from start to finish with some great performances from Seán and Lorcan McDermott, Jack Kearney, Max Condon, Peter McMyler and goalkeeper Seán Finnegan. Substitutes that impressed included Amanda Feeney, Alex Carry Markey, Aoibhin Kielty and Cormac Maguire.
Round 3 St Pauls Navan 8:7, St Pauls Ratoath 7:3
A very impressive first half display ensured that victory was never in doubt. Strong performances in midfield from Jack Kearney and Robert Simcock ensured that Ratoath got limited possession. Other very good performances included Peter McMyler, Max and Tom Condon, Jack Kearney and Sean McDermott.
Round 4 St Seachnall’s Dunsaughlin V St Pauls (9 point win)
A very impressive and comprehensive win by St Pauls who led from start to finish. There were some very good performances all-round the pitch including some good performances from substitutes Gavin O’ Connell, Tristan Marshall and Alex Carry Markey.
Round 5 St Pauls Navan 4:5, Gaelscoile Na Bóinne 3:9
A first defeat to a very skilful Trim outfit. A match of two halves with St Pauls much the dominant team, leading at half time by a fifteen point margin helped by some great scores from Seán and Lorcan McDermott and four goals from the outstanding Ryan Mullen. However, Gaelscoile Na Bóinne stormed back, with only the brilliance of the debutant St Paul’s goalkeeper Conor McCarthy keeping St Pauls in the match. The unbeaten Trim side did however manage a one point victory to hand St Pauls their first defeat of the current campaign. There were however, some other good performances from Cara Gregan and Dean Walsh.
Round 6 St Pauls Navan 8:5:7, St Pauls Ratoath 7:3
A very comfortable and impressive win for St Pauls which booked their place into the semi-final. St Pauls held a sizeable lead at half time and were able to close out the game in the second half helped by some great scores throughout from Ryan Mullen and the outstanding McDermott brothers Seán and Lorcan. Other great performances include Tom and Max Condon, Cara Gregan, Dean Walsh and goalkeeper Conor McCarthy.
Semi-final Kells BNS V St Pauls (5 point win)
A fought win against a very tough outfit. St Pauls led by 5 points at the break with goals from Ryan Mullen and some fantastic points, including score of the match from Tom Condon. At the start of the second half however, Kells scored two quick-fire goals to take the lead. However St Pauls upped the intensity and showed some great character and fighting spirit and sealed the match with a late goal from player of the match Jack Kearney. Other outstanding performances included Seán and Lorcan McDermott and Dean Walsh.
Final St Pauls 2:2, Gaelscoile Na Bóinne 2:3
St Pauls led for the entire match and were arguably the better side but were denied a famous win by the last puck of the game, deep into injury time. With goals from prolific goal scorer full, full forward Ryan Mullen and some outstanding performances all over the field, St Pauls deservedly led at the interval on a score line of 2:0 to 0:1. The second half continued in the same vain as the first with some ferocious tackling and commitment from both sides. However, Trim made a considerable improvement in the second half to narrow the score line. Points from outstanding forward and Captain Seán McDermott and some unbelievable defending from player of the match Peter McMyler and the ever-present Jack Kearney kept St Pauls two points in front. St Pauls seemed to be on their way to a historic win but for a rocket of a strike from the Trim side directly from a free puck which gave the Trim outfit a one point win. A gallant display but ultimately ending in heartbreak defeat for St Pauls. Congratulations to Gaelscoile ne Bóinne on their win.