All Ireland Féile na nGael Finals (July
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Action photos from Thursday
5/7/12 courtesy of Brendan Cawley:
Some more photos courtesy of St. Vincent's:
Photos from the homecoming on
Some more photos courtesy of Seán
(Match report courtesy of James
Under 14 hurlers performed heroically at Feile na nGael in Dublin last week.
Despite the atrocious weather, Patrickswell produced excellent performances
before bowing out in the semi-final. The boys returned to Limerick as one of
the best four teams in the country. In the opening match on Thursday
(5/7/12), Patrickswell faced their host club from St. Vincent’s. It was a
fiercely contested battle; however the visitors edged the hosts by 3-6 to
3-5. The first obstacle had been overcome and nerves were steadied.
The next match against Kilmacud Crokes on Friday (6/7/12) was a classic game of two halves.
Patrickswell were electric in the first half and surged into the lead with goals
from Jordan Higgins and Jamie Dillon. At half-time, the lead was a very
comfortable 2-1 to 0-1. However, Crokes were not willing to concede defeat and
dominated the second half. Amazingly, they held the ‘Well scoreless and clawed
back the deficit to earn a 2-1 to 1-4 draw. This result meant that the boys had
to beat James Stephens of Kilkenny, who had secured two victories to date.
The group decider didn’t start positively as the Kilkenny side raced into a 1-1
to 0-0 lead. The ‘Well regained their composure and began to chip away at the
margin. John Flynn was in great form as he nailed three consecutive frees to
level the scores at 1-1 to 0-4. At the break, the game was delicately poised at
1-2 to 0-5. The second half was a low-scoring affair and extremely tense. The
game was decided by a late free that John Flynn sailed over the bar. There were
jubilant scenes as Patrickswell emerged as 0-7 to 1-3 victors against the odds.
It was heartbreaking for The Village, but the Limerick boys had topped the group
The gruelling schedule continued into the wet Dublin evening. Patrickswell faced
strong opposition from St. Brigid’s of Dublin. The game was played in appalling
conditions that did not suit hurling. St. Brigid’s adapted faster and were soon
in control. An early goal gave them the upper hand as they built a 1-4 to 0-2
lead. The Patrickswell recovery began with a goal from Jordan Higgins and a
subsequent point from John Flynn to slash the score at 1-4 to 1-3 down.
Unfortunately, the Dublin side found an extra gear and tacked on three
unanswered points to win by 1-7 to 1-3. It was disappointment for the tired
Patrickswell players, but they had performed admirably and represented Limerick
with distinction. Indeed, St. Brigid’s became the eventual winners with an extra
time triumph over Clarinbridge.
Patrickswell GAA wishes to thank St. Vincent’s GAA and Dublin GAA for the great
hospitality that was shown to the players, parents and officials from our club.
We look forward to returning the favour to visitors in 2013. Well done to all
the players, coaches, parents and supporters – including Janet O’Carroll for her
superb coverage on Twitter. We are also grateful to everyone who attended the
homecoming parade on Saturday and those who provided refreshments in the clubhouse.