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“It was an amazing day for St. Patrick’s in Páirc Uí Rinn,” the fantastic football final summed up in one sentence by Sixth Class pupil Adam Lawler.

After the heartbreak of last year’s final it was great to come back so strong and it was clear from the very first training session that this year’s panel were determined to make up for last season’s disappointment.
There really was something special about that day in Páirc Uí Rinn as the team ran out worthy win-ners against a gallant Blarney Street outfit. How-ever, the preparations started a long time before the final and the management team noticed a welcome change this season in that there was a surge in numbers at training.

Many 6th Class boys in particular made the decision to try out this year. Martin Linehan, James Quinn, Joshua Rathore, Max Sobolewski, Zach Porter, Jamie O’Neill, Ben O’Connor, Daniel Kelle-her and Matthew Stevens all made huge positive impacts on this year’s team having not trained at all last year. For the teachers, it was a very re-warding overall.
All the boys that trained played in the games. It was great to see 4th & 5th Class boys like Jamie Lotty, Christian Murphy, Aaron Lane and Ryan Colohan, among others, getting on the pitch. Morning Star and Gaelscoil Mhachan were compressively beaten while St. John’s posed a more challenging opposi-tion. Best on that day were Olivier Naiker and David Garvan while upfront Zach Porter was immense.

The final group game was like a semi-final with the winner taking a coveted final spot. Greenmount performed admirably but a master class from Cian O’Mahony and excellent displays from Tadhg O’Connell, Adam Gardiner and the ever lively Jake O’Donoghue ensured a fine victory. Joshua Rathore was impressive at full-forward, scoring two goals.
Mr. Horgan recounts the highlights of the game below with comments from the boys included...

A momentous occasion for these boys; to play in front of family and schoolmates on a pitch that’s home to our Cork GAA heroes. The ex-citement and anticipation was amazing.
“I was so proud to play in the green and white in Páirc Uí Rinn.” - Kieran Mills
Nerves can cripple teams but the singing and laughing on the bus down told us the players were ready.
“Running out onto the field was an amazing gave all the boys a lift.” - Cian O’Mahony
“It all got serious once we got into the dressing room. We got our kit on and ran out onto the pitch. The warm-up was terrifying, everyone looking.” - Tadhg O’Connell
The match itself was pulsating. We enjoyed good possession yet it wasn’t quite reflected on the score board at halftime (0-6 to 0-1). Cian O’Mahony and Olivier Naiker excelled in midfield while Matthew Stevens and Adam Lawler gave an exhibition of powerful defending. Tadhg O’Connell had his hands full with Blarney Street’s best player but he performed admirably nonetheless. Nerves were holding back our usually brilliant forwards but Kieran Mills and the busy Jamie O’Neill were exceptional. The one low point was the injury to the reliable James Quinn and he simply couldn't continue after fracturing his collar bone! Josh Rathore went in and took up where James had left off.
The 2nd half began less than favourably when Blarney St. scored an early goal; only for our dependable keeper Martin Linehan it might have been worse. A few changes in the forwards unlocked the power we knew we had. Colin O’Brien, Zach Porter and Max Sobolewski combined in a fantastic move to set up Jamie O’Neill for a well taken goal. Olivier Naiker and Max Sobolewski found the net soon after.
“Bang, Bang, Bang! 3 goals out of the blue and the crowd going wild was something that I won’t forget soon..” - Cian O’Mahony
The final whistle brought jubilant scenes.
“It was the best day of my life playing in the was brilliant and we couldn’t have done it without the fans on that special day. We especially couldn’t have done it without the team players and the was a great honour to play.” - Zach Porter
A big thank you to everyone who supported our successful campaign and to Brian Dillons for always having the goals up and pitch lined. Special thanks to coaches Mr. Geaney, Mr. Mullins and Jamie O’Connor.
Bainisteoir- Damien Horgan

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