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Cathaoirleach John West Féile, Diarmuid Ó Cathail, presents Claregalway captains Jamie King and Sean O’Callaghan with the Division 1 Cup

Cathaoirleach John West Féile, Diarmuid Ó Cathail, presents Claregalway captains Jamie King and Sean O’Callaghan with the Division 1 Cup

Cathaoirleach John West Féile, Diarmuid Ó Cathail, presents Claregalway captains Jamie King and Sean O’Callaghan with the Division 1 Cup

Last Saturday saw the National Division 1 Finals of the John West Féile Peile na nÓg take place with St Jude’s claiming the Shield title when defeating a battling St Peter’s by 0-8 to 0-3 in the decider at Abbotstown.

In what was a repeat of the Dublin final, St Peter’s started on the front foot and they enjoyed a merited 0-3 to 0-0 lead by half-time. 

However, fatigue finally took hold of their challenge in the second-half as their opponents took control of matters with points from Luke McNiff, Thomas Tisdall, Hugh O’Neill and Paddy Keighran helping to secure a deserved 0-8 to 0-3 success for the Templeogue outfit. 

It was just reward for an impressive day’s work by St Jude’s, who started off their Group 3 fixtures with an excellent 6-8 to 0-4 win against Naas but their momentum stalled in their second match, as they fell to eventual winners Glaregalway by 4-10 to 0-5. 

They showed admirable determination to bounce back from that defeat, winning their Shield semi-final against Ballinascreen by 2-8 to 1-6 before repeating their Dublin victory in the final. 

“It was great for the lads to win the Shield and we’re delighted for them,” said St Jude’s manager Colm Costello. 

“A lot of our lads played in the hurling Féile the previous week and that helped us a bit as they had some experience of playing this type of blitz format.  

“We felt that we would be competitive and we managed that with the exception of the Claregalway match which just went away from us. 

“Everyone really enjoyed the day and the next challenge for us is to look to bridge the gap to the best teams in the country,” he added. 

Oisin Gough, Rory Bagnall, Ryan Laing and Tisdall all impressed over the day with the bulk of the scores shared by O’Neill and the lively Oisin Costello. 

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St Peter’s were another team to start off the day on the front foot with midfielder Donach McGee in inspired form as he scored all three goals in their 3-6 to 0-3 Group 1 victory against New York in Ballyboughal.

However, their Cup dreams wilted as they succumbed to eventual finalists Austin Stacks by 5-8 to 0-7 in their second group fixture, leaving St Peter’s placed in the Shield semi-final. 

With the likes of goalkeeper Darragh McGuinness and centre half-back Danny McGill in exceptional form, St Peter’s proved too strong for Maynooth, winning by 2-3 to 1-2, before their brave efforts petered out in the decider. 

“It was a great day for the club to host Féile and it was an excellent day for all concerned,” said St Peter’s manager Ian McGill. 

“In terms of the players’ development, it was a hugely worthwhile experience and it was great to see our lads up against the best teams in the country and playing at such a high level. 

“They had four competitive games and while it was slightly disappointing to lose in the Shield final, the lads can be very happy with how they played throughout the day. 

“There was probably just a bit of tiredness kicking in during the second-half of the final as our challenge and St Jude’s just had too much depth for us in the final,” added McGill. 

St Jude’s Panel: Patrick Fleming, Tristan Rooney, Oisin Gough, Ray Meade, Baraka Kamara, Rory Bagnall, Ryan Laing, Tim Grace, Luke McNiff, Thomas Tisdall, Paddy Keighran, Hugh O’Neill, Jack Durkan, Billy Shouldice, Oisin Costello, Mark Fleming, Eoghan O’Donnell, Cathal Martin, David Maloney. Joe Plunkett, Lee Carruth, Geno Mugnier, Ewan McGreal, Luke Walsh, Ross Harlow, Sean Thornton.

St Peter’s Panel: Darragh McGuinness, Jack O’Brien, Colm O’Leary, Eoin Brangan, James Foran, Danny McGill, Freddie Guy, Liam Galvin, Donach McGee, Danny Dunne, Aaron McGlynn, Tadhg Stafford, Sean O’Brien, Finn Warnock, Cian Downey, John Robertson, Michael Cahill, Senan Wilson, Patrick Donnelly, Liam Tallon, Ryan Ennis, Sam Stanley, Harry McElvaney.  

St Enda’s show well in reaching semi-final

Ballyboden St Enda’s delivered a series of committed and impressive performances before falling to eventual winners Claregalway in the semi-finals of the Féile Peil na nÓg Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Boden didn’t have far to travel as they played their Group 4 matches in nearby Tymon Park but a slow start proved telling as they fell to Ballinascreen by 1-6 to 1-4 in their opening fixture.

They were slow out of the blocks against Douglas too but a wonderful penalty save from Charlie White helped turn to the tide as they pulled away to complete an excellent 3-7 to 1-4 success.

Claregalway proved a far tougher challenge however with some missed opportunities in the first-half undermining Boden’s challenge with the Galway champions completing a routine 2-3 to 0-0 victory.

“It was a great experience for both the players and the management as they had never really sampled a blitz tournament like this before and great credit goes to St Jude’s, who did a great job in hosting the day,” said St Enda’s manager Gerry White.

Lucas McAllister and Sean Homan did the bulk of the scoring on the day with the likes of Jack Cooney, White, Fiachra Codd, Jack McNair and Tom Buggy all highly influential in their three matches.

Ballyboden St Enda’s Panel: Charlie White, Alan Gannon, Jack Cooney, Conor Byrne, Ailín Roch Geraghty, Fiachra Codd, James Norris, Joshua Mooney, Jack McNair, Ben Herbert, Evan O’Gara, Jamie Mahon, Jack McIntyre, Lucas McAllister, Sean Homan, Evan McCabe, Darragh O’Hare, Jason Nolan, Tom Buggy, Adam Baldwin.

Kilmacud fall in Plate semi-final

Kilmacud Crokes saw their Féile na nÓg hopes dashed on Saturday as they suffered two defeats in the group stages on Saturday.

Crokes were pitted in Group 2 alongside Maynooth and Bredagh with them unfortunate to fall by the slimmest of margins to Maynooth by 0-6 to 1-2 before losing to the Down side by 2-6 to 1-4.

That left them contesting a Plate semi-final against New York and after drawing 0-3 at full-time, Kilmacud were knocked out on sudden death in the resultant free-kick shootout.

Despite the results, the Stillorgan side impressed all day through the efforts of Thomas Ambrose, Ewan Byrne, Eoghan O’Donovan, Fintan Lydon, Bobby Colbert, Dan Quigley, Andrew Blanker and Tom O’Donoghue.

Kilmacud Crokes Panel: Ryan Crowley, Sean Donnellan, Thomas Ambrose, Andrew McGauran, Stephen Monahan, Matthew Wyse, Ewan Byrne, Bobby Colbert, Eoghan O’Donovan, Conall Criostóir, Finnian Donohoe, Ton O’Donoghue, Andrew Blanker, Fintan Lydon, Ronan McNamara, David Whalan, James Ryan, Jonathan Axelsson, Hugh Brosnan, Aidan Boniel, Cian Moriarty, Eamon Kenny, Lochlain Kennedy, Dan Quigley.


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