St. Mary’s Division One men took the cup title at the weekend following a win over St. Brendan’s in an action packed and close final.
By Liz Galwey, PRO
St. Brendan’s took an early lead and held on to it up until the dying minutes of the first quarter when too late baskets from St. Mary’s Shane O’Connell saw the side level at 24 points at the end of the first.
Mary’s had some great rebounds in this quarter from Darragh O’Connell.
Five point Lead
Brendan’s pushed ahead again in the second quarter, leading by five points mid way through.
St. Mary’s brought it back to level once again with less than three minutes on the clock.
Baskets from both Shane and Darragh O’Connell and Adam Donoghue and two big three pointers from Seamus Brosnan saw St. Mary’s lead by a point at half time.
There For The Taking
St. Mary’s led 47 points to 45 mid way through the third but Fergal O’Sullivan levelled for the Tralee side. An Adam Donoghue steal put Mary’s ahead once again but once again Brendan’s levelled and went on to lead by four points at the end of the third.
The game was still there for the taking as the sides entered the final 10 minutes.
Scores from Donoghue and Donaghy
Adam Donoghue and Kieran Donaghy exchanged scores in the early part of the quarter as did Shane O’Connell and Fergal O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan pushed St. Brendan’s ahead by six but a determined Adam Donoghue hit a three.
Two from O’Connell brought it back to a one point game. The gap went to three again but the sides were levelled through a three point shot from Shane O’Connell, Brosnan and Donoghue kept St. Mary’s within a point of their opponents as scores were exchanged.
Cool Headed Adam
With less than a minute on the clock the Tralee side led 72 to 71. A cool headed Adam Donoghue went to the line and made both to turn the tables.
St. Brendan’s turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining and St. Mary’s took a time out which gave them an advantage on the inbound.
Adam’s Accuracy a Clincher
A series of fouls sent Donoghue to line twice more and his accuracy saw St. Mary’s claim the title on a score-line of 76 points to 72.
St. Mary’s: Adam Donoghue, 26; Shane O’Connell, 20;, Darragh O’Connell, 14; Seamus Brosnan, 13; David Lynch, 3; Jonathon Hilliard, Michéal Cahill, David Riordan and Nathan Nolan.
Division 2 Women’s Cup semi final St. Mary’s 49 TK Cougars 42
Division 1 men’s cup final St. Mary’s 76 St. Brendan’s 72
U-12 boys Division 1 St. Mary’s 44 KCYMS 24
Division 1 ladies cup semi final St. Mary’s 69 Glenbeigh 56
U-12 girls Division one cup semi final St. Mary’s 32 Tralee Imperials 9
U-12 girls Division one league St. Mary’s 40 Cahersiveen 17
U-12 girls Division 2 St. Mary’s 20 Gneeveguilla 32
February 17th. Division 1 men St. Mary’s v Gneeveguilla at 7.15pm in Castleisland Community Centre.
February 18th. Division 2 U-12 girls St. Bridget’s v St. Mary’s at 4pm in Castleisland Community Centre.
February 19th. U-14 girls 3 St. Bridget’s V St. Mary’s at 5pm in Castleisland Community Centre.
February 21st. U-12 boys Division 1 St. Brendan’s v St. Mary’s at 6pm in Moyderwell.
February 22nd. U-12 girls Division one Tralee Imperials v St. Mary’s 6pm Mounthawk. Division 2 ladies St. Mary’s v Horan’s Health Food 8pm in Castleisland Community Centre.
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