JUNIOR FOOTBALL:

Our Junior team got their season off to a spectacular start with a comprehensive win over Carraroe in the County Cup semi-final on Monday 19th October. Fielding a strong team, strengthened by some impressive debut performances from Cormac O’Laoi, MacDara O’Bearra and Alex O’Toole, St. Marys swept aside the challenge of the Connemara lads, and can now look forward to the challenge of St. Jarlaths after the mid-term break.

St. Mary’s College 5 – 14

Carraroe CS            1 – 3

St. Mary’s team and scorers:

Ruari Lavelle, Martin Mulkerrins, Brian Madden, Daniel Kerr, James Wynne (0 – 1), Eoin Walsh, Macdara O’Bearra(0 – 2), John Doran, Myles Upton(1 – 0), David Higgins(0 – 1), Alex O’Toole (1 – 2), Colin McMahon, Cormac O’Laoi (1 – 7), Brian Bohan, Craig Glynn(0-1). Subs Used: Shane Maughan(0-1), Christian Lomboto, Alan Kelly, Sean Murphy, Fiachra Davoran, Shane Divilly, Kevin Connolly(0-1)

Tuesday 3rd November

St. Mary’s College  3 – 9

St. Jarlath’s College 1 – 8

St. Mary’s continued the form they showed before the mid-term break with a comprehensive win over their great Tuam rivals in truly appaling conditions. This was a very hard faught win, in a match featuring two very good and dedicated teams. Marys had some outstanding performers in Brian Madden, Christian Lomboto, Shane Maughan and Ruari Lavelle, while Colin McMahon and Craig Glynn also caught the eye. Next up in the Connacht league will be Presentation Headford.

St. Marys:

Ruari Lavelle, James Wynne, Martin Mulkerrins, Brian Madden, James Casserly (0 – 1),Christian Lomboto, Eoin Walsh (1 – 0),  John Doran, Myles Upton(0 – 1), David Higgins, Shane Maughan(0 – 3), Colin McMahon(0 – 1), Cormac O’Laoi (1 – 1), Brian Bohan(0 – 1), Craig Glynn(1 – 1). Subs Used:  Alan Kelly, Sean Murphy,  Shane Divilly, Paul Connolly, Daniel Kerr

Connacht Schools Junior A Football Championship

Jan 25th 2010

St. Mary’s College                         2 – 7

Summerhill Sligo                         1 – 7

Back in May 2009 these two schools, St. Marys and Summerhill, met in the finals of the Juvenile and the Junior Connacht Championship in the space of a week On those occasions it was the Sligo side that prevailed over the more fancied Galway boys. Therefore it was with much trepidation that the Galway boys faced the trip to Claremorris in this Preliminary round. However, despite being short a number of regular starters, the Galway lads showed a measure of grit and determination to eventually emerge victorious, and now can look forward to a semi-final appearance.

On a sub-standard pitch that did no favours to the footballing talents of either team it was the Sligo boys who started brightest. Following a mix-up in the Marys defence, one that led to corner-back James Wynne having to leave the field with concussion, the Summerhill corner-forward Paul Logan capitalised with the opening score. Brian Madden was introduced, and he had an immediate impact in organising the defence as his athleticism allowed him to cover the many gaps that were appearing as Summerhill continuously swept forward. Two quick points from full forward McManus left the Marys boys wondering if once more they were going to taste defeat.

Things began to change however as midfielders John Doran and Christian Lomboto began to get more involved, and the tide started to turn in the favour of the city school. Tireless and inspirational running from team captain Cormac O’Laoi saw him score an excellent point, and this was followed soon after with another from Oughterard’s Myles Upton. Indeed Upton was becoming a much more dominant figure in the middle of the park, and his battle with the Sligo centre-back Cawley was one of the features of the day. Summerhill stretched their lead to two points once more, before a quick attacking break up the field led to St. Marys first goal chance of the day. Unfortunately, the through ball to Craig Glynn was just over hit, allowing the Summerhill keeper to cover in time. Two more goal chances followed almost immediately, with both O’Laoi and Cian O’Conaire coming close, but the Summerhill net stayed untouched. Buoyed on by this the Galway lads pressed onwards and points from O’Laoi and Liam McGuire saw them tie up the match at four points each just before half-time.

Summerhill had the first chance of the second half when a free from McManus hit the upright and was eventually put wide. From the resulting kick-out some fine fielding from Doran led to a rapid break up the field and when the ball ended with O’Laoi bearing down on goal there could only be one outcome. This goal boosted the Galway boys and was quickly followed by another point from the Marys full-forward to put a bit more daylight between the sides. However, Summerhill are not the reigning Connacht champions for nothing, and they soon set about the task of reducing the deficit. Two well taken scores saw them claw back to within two, and only an excellent save from keeper Ruari Lavelle prevented further damage being done. Excellent defending from Madden, and Moycullen lads Eoin Walsh and Martin Mulkerrins helped keep the attacking Sligo lads at bay, and allowed Marys time to regroup. This they did admirably, and with slick passing movements soon had another score on the board, once more from the inspirational O’Laoi. Summerhill, through Logan scored once more only for O’Laoi to once more split the posts in a real tour-de-force performance. Great work from O’Conaire, Brian Bohan and Lomboto then set up Upton who rattled the net with a powerful points to put the Galway boys six clear and looking good. But Summerhill refused to give up, and with time running out scored a fortuitous goal to leave only one score between the teams. Marys had to endure a nail-biting last couple of minutes, but the excellent defence stood firm and the referees whistle was eventually greeted with great relief. St. Marys will now face either Headford or St. Colmans Claremorris in the semi-final.

St. Marys: Ruari Lavelle, James Wynne, Martin Mulkerrins, Daniel Kerr, Colin McMahon, Eoin Walsh, David Higgins, Christian Lomboto, John Doran, Cian O’Conaire, Myles Upton (1 – 1), Liam McGuire (0 – 1), Brian Bohan, Cormac O’Laoi (1 – 5), Craig Glynn: Subs: Brian Madden, Sean Murphy, Shane Divilly, Paul Connolly, MacDara O’Bearra

Connacht Junior Semi-Final Tuesday 15th 2010

St. Marys          2 – 8

St.Colmans Claremorris  1 – 15

What promised to be an excellent season for this year’s junior squad ground to an untimely end following this heavy defeat in a very windy Dunmore on Tuesday afternoon. Playing with the wind we got off to the perfect start when in the opening minute the excellent Cormac O’Laoi raced onto a wind assisted drive from Shane Maughan and finished brilliantly to the Claremorris net. within three more minutes he had added two more excellently taken points and things were looking good. However, St. Colmans are an excellent athletic side and they soon warmed to the task facing them, calmly started working  the ball up the field to yield two well worked points of their own. O’Laoi was on target soon again following some good work from Colin McMahon, and a couple of minutes later he set up young Daniel Kerr for a nicely taken score. The wind was picking up but Colmans were using the ball wisely, and were beginning to stretch the Marys defence. Marys got a break when they Colmans sent a penalty wide of the posts, but were soon caught napping once more as the Mayo lads tacked on two excellently taken points to narrow the score to only two points, leaving Marys with a very precarius outlook as half-time approached. However, once more Cormac O’Laoi stepped up to the mark, and his second goal served to put a bit more daylight between the sides.

With the teams switching at half-time Marys knew that they would have to be at their best to defnd their 5 point lead into what was no virtually a gale force wind. unfortunately it was the Mayo side who showed they had the fight and within five minutes of the restart had reduced the margin to one point. Shane Maughan, now operating at full-forward, did manage to win and score a very good point to stem the flow, but all the play was now going in St. Colmans way. The equaliser soon came from their hard-working centre-forward Barry Healy, and when they scored a goal two minutes later it all but sealed Marys fate. Using the wind to great effect they tagged on four more points in quick succession to open up an unassailable lead as the Marys lads struggled to cope with their hard-working and very fit counterparts.

To our great credit though we refused to give up the fight, and a point from Maughan reduced the margin to five, as we continued to drive forward. O’Laoi was by now operating at midfield in a bid to win some ball and his danger close to goal was missed. A late break by Maughan saw him bearing down on goal only to be dragged down while about to pull the trigger, but inexplicably the referee failed to award a penalty, adjudging the foul to have happened five metres behind where it should have been, and outside the box. Maughan pointed, but it was to be the last score of the match, the referees whistle signalling the end to what can only be described as a disappointing season. We know that if we want to succeed at senior level then a much greater desire and commitment has to be forthcoming, for as we learned the hard way ability will only get you so far, it has to be backed up with effort.

St. Marys: Ruari Lavelle, James Wynne, Martin Mulkerrins, Daniel Kerr (0- 1), MacDara O’Bearra,Christian Lomboto, Brian Madden,  John Doran, Shane Maughan(0 – 3), Alex O’Toole, Brian Bohan, Colin McMahon, Cormac O’Laoi (2 – 4),  Myles Upton. Subs Used:  David Higgins, Liam McGuire.