The U-12 Division 2 came to an end last Thursday evening in O’Moore Park, where St Paul’s and Graguecullen squared off.
Despite the scoreline, it was a very competitive encounter for most of the game. St Paul’s got the board ticking first when Adrian Tynan pointed after a quick free from Killian Riley. Tynan almost immediately followed up with a well executed goal, after a cross field kick by Dillon Keane was perfectly placed for Tynan, who finished.
Within three minutes Graiguecullen had equalised with a goal and a point of their own from Jack Byrne and Cillian Morrissey. The blistering pace continued and a 90 second blitz resulted in St Paul’s regaining their four point lead after another goal and point from Eoin Montoye and Padraic Langford.
Before the break St Paul’s knocked on another goal, this time from Langford, and five points giving them a 12 point lead at the interval.
After the break, St Paul’s picked up from where they had left off with two goals, one from Ross Meredith and another for Tynan, who had now brought his personal tally to 2-1. The game now looked beyond Graiguecullen, and St Paul’s continued to pile on the pressure.
Graigue continued to pick off some nice scores. Three goals from Sean Kittchen and Conor Kelly put a nice gloss on their side of the scoreboard, but it was to be St Paul’s day, and they were clinical, as they finished with an impressive 6-10.
St Paul’s attacking play was a joy to watch. With inside forwards making top quality runs for the ball, and their first instinct being to take on their man, it made for a real spectacle. Graiguecullen’s never say die attitude, and their willingness to stay going despite the difference on the scoreboard, showed the real quality they have throughout the panel.