All-Ireland Champs – St. Mary’s U-16 Boys – The Lion Tamers

The St. Mary’s boys U-16 team and mentors which won the All Ireland Club B Championship in Gormanstown at the weekend. Front from left: Kian Downey, Ruairí Brosnan, Eoghan Shire, Larry Nolan, and mascot Tadgh Nolan. Back from left: Maurice Casey, coach; Evan Brennan, Ben O’Donoghue, Cillian O’Sullivan, David Healy, Mint O’Connor and Jack Curran, assistant coach.

Congratulations to the St. Mary’s boys U-16 team and mentors on becoming All Ireland Club B Champions in Gormanstown at the weekend.

Coached by Maurice Casey and his assistant, Jack Curran the team of heroes includes: Kian Downey, Ruairí Brosnan, Mint O’Connor, Ben O’Donoghue, Eoghan Shire, David Healy, Larry Nolan, Evan Brennan, Cillian O’Sullivan and their lucky mascot Tadgh Nolan.

Path to Final Victory

They were victorious over: Fr. Mathews; Galway Titans and Templeogue in their group games.

They went on to meet Waterford Vikings in the semi final and had comfortable 24 point win in this game. 

The final against Limerick Lions was a close game which could have gone either way. St. Mary’s led 11 points to four at the end of the first quarter and went onto increase their lead to eight points by half time.

The Lions put up a much better battle in the third quarter and just three points separated the sides as they entered the final period of play.

Five Down – A Minute to Go

Lions took the lead in the final quarter and, with just one minute to go, it looked like it was all over for the Castleisland side as Limerick Lions led by five points.

However, Eoghan Shire sunk a three pointer for St. Mary’s and went on to assist Evan Brennan in laying up a basket to level with just 24 seconds to go.

Lions made a free throw as the clock ran down to take a one point lead again.

St. Mary’s had an opportunity from the line but did not make the shots, however Larry Nolan won the rebound for the Castleisland side and went straight up, sinking the shot to take the win by a single point. 

Final Score: St. Mary’s 50 Limerick Lions 49

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