Minor 1999 - Football and hurling
Great achievement for Paul following in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and Graham McDowell . . . keep going Paul.
MHL2 Clontarf 1-09 St Sylvesters 3-10 We haven't beaten Clontarf very often over the past 8 years so it was nice to finally get one over them and continue our 'almost' excellent run of 4 wins from the last 5. Apart from a late goal our defense was excellent, Karl Stacey sweeping up all round him, Matt and Cian very tight, Danny didn't put a foot wrong and the half line of Thomas, Alan and Andrew holding a very fast opposition.
MHL2 St Sylvesters 2-13 St Judes 2-13 After two great wins at Crokes and Scoil we were annihilated by Setanta so it was really interesting to see which Syls team showed up against unbeaten Judes. Thankfully it was the determined skilful variety as we gave our best display this year against some very strong opposition. It was great to have Alan Kavanagh and Jack back hurling and they grew in stature as the game progressed but all sixteen players contributed greatly.
In a game where the lead changed many times we lost to a late Lucan goal.
MHL 2 St Sylvesters 8-10 Scoil Ui Conaill 2-08 A surprisingly easy win for the minors, second in a row, over a Scoil team that usually put it up to us. In fairness, the general play was fairly even but we kept the goals out when it mattered and benefited from a few misjudgments into the sun to give us goals that effectively killed off the game. Colm Byrne was again in top form and supported by Shane, Simon, Eoin Mc and Jamie firing over some very sweet points, while Colm Boran, Paul Ryan, Eoin Cooney and Mikey contributed goals.
I think we have a few Syls involved . . . Luke, Daniel, any more?
Best of luck to Paul Mc Bride who was selected for the Ireland U. 18 golf team to compete in the Home Internationals. The event will take place in Baltray G.C and their first game will see them take on England on Tuesday 7th August, with further games against Scotland and Wales. Paul is also joined on the team by fellow Scoil Iosa student and golfing talent Gavin Moynihan. Best of luck lads and if the golf doesn’t work out there’s always a place on the Football and Hurling team.
Congrats to our Minor Footballer and Hurler, Paul McBride who finished 4th in the East of Ireland Golf Championship against the top amateurs in the country, a mighty achievement and another great Malahide Golfer for sure.
Sorry I'm late posting this report - Feile this year ended in disappointment for our under 14s as we failed to qualify out of the group stage, having lost Daniel denneher to injury a week before the tournament the lads were always going to have it all to do.
Congratulations to Ballyboden St Endas winning both Football and Hurling Feiles - a magnificent achievement. Syls under 14s got back to winning ways on Thursday evening against feile champions ballyboden st endas, with a lot of injuries and the first year exams up and running we were down to the bare bones numbers wise, we had 16 players on the night but every one of them played their heart out.
MHL 2 Kilmacud Crokes 3-15 St Sylvesters 4-14 A rousing win having been six behind with 10 minutes remaining, Colm Byrne simply decided to change things as he drove through for two excellent goals. Conor Dwyer added the winning points while Killian Power and Thomas won the balls that mattered in defense to give us a most satisfying win. It was a good game for us from the start as Crokes had some fine hurlers, as usual, but we stayed with them throughout and it was only in the last quarter that they seemed to have us beat before Colm intervened.
Football Feile was last weekend where our A team missed qualification by a single point against Crokes after beating Lucan.
MFL1 Na Fianna 1-17 St Sylvesters 0-08 The score doesn't tell the story well from our perspective. We have suffered many big defeats to this All Ireland winning Na Fianna side over the years and with Simon sidelined through injury and losing Jack two minutes into the game, things looked bad. We gave up a goal and a few points but I must say the lads rallied well and played some of their best football in a long while.
MFL4 Fair play to Shay and Padraig and the boys, they kept their cool after a few heavy defeats and re-grouped for a fine late win away to Cuala. Great to see Danny, Thomas and Josh back in the team. Sean Foley put in an impressive second half in the middle, well supported by James McKenna Byrne and Sean Quinn.
MHL2 St Maurs 3-11 St Sylvesters 3-07 Tough uncompromising game, we went behind early but fought really hard to get ahead by three at half time, goals by Simon and Eoin K, points by Shane, Colm Byrne and Eoin Mc and some terrific defending by Barry, Killian Power and two super saves by Danny. We stayed in front up to about 5 minutes remaining thanks to a well taken Colm Byrne goal but a combination of missed scores into a difficult wind and a Maur's goal saw us edged out.
Congratulations to Conor Mullarkey and Colm Byrne on being awarded Minor Footballer and Hurler honours for 2012 at the medal presentations on Saturday last (remember these were deferred from the Awards Night due to the lads playing in the minor football final). Congratulations to all the players who had a very successful year in both codes.
A group of 38 students and their teachers from the Angers region of France dropped by to watch and participate in a Minor/U15 hurling session. The weather was not too kind but, fair play to Sandrine Lagarde and her crew, they were good sports and got the most from their visit. Thanks to the U15 lads for making up the numbers and to Bernard, Ronan and the lads . . . Viva le hurling!!
MFL1 St Sylvesters 1-04 Clontarf 2-10 Playing against the wind we trailed eight points to one at the break but goaled on the restart and, with the wind in our backs had a chance to recover. It didn't happen however, competing well in general play but too often taking the wrong options we fell to what looked like a heavy defeat in the end.
MFL1 Today saw Syls Minor A's travel to Cuala to be defeated 0-10 to 1-4 in the Minor Football League division 1. Syls started slowly and could not really get out of the blocks in the first half. We arrived at half time 0-5 to 0-2 down.
MFL4 We stayed in the game for most of the first half, good defense
MHL2 Ballinteer St Johns 0-09 St Sylvesters 0-13 Leading by a single point with a minute or two remaining, Johns had scored the last two points and a rasper to the top corner was brilliantly saved by Danny Colclough to keep us alive. We lifted the siege and a well taken point by Conor Dwyer and a long free from Colm Byrne gave us our first and probably deserved win of the season.
MFL1 St Sylvesters 0-09 Kilmacud Crokes 1-05 Great scene in Broomfield this morning saw our new Minors take on Crokes in the league just three weeks after losing the championship final to the same opposition. The pitch looked and played well after al the rain and congratulations to Mick and his team. With nine second year minors and six more who featured in the championship run we had a fairly experienced team on the field.
MFC A Kilmacud Crokes 0-10 St Sylvesters 0-08 We finished looking for the goal to tie but punched over for a point as the ref blew full time. We never gave up but, in truth, we were very late shaking off the nerves and playing with the power that might bring the coveted title. Crokes were quick out of the blocks and, but for some excellent defense they might have been out of sight rather than two apiece after the first quarter.
There was a good Syls crew down at Bray Emmet's fabulous facility to see Crokes overcome Na Fianna by a single point in the other semi-final. Although they led from start to finish, mostly by three or more points, Crokes never put the game away and a late Na Fianna goal had us expecting (and probably fearing due to the bitter cold) a draw and extra time. Crokes excellent defense, however, had other ideas, and along with a more economical forward division probably deserved the win. We will have out work cut out but no doubt we will be well up for it, John, Panner, Paul and Super certainly have the lads preparing hard. LETS GET THE WORD OUT AND HAVE A HUGE SYLS SUPPORT AT THE FINAL
The Minor Football Final is fixed for Sunday Feb 3rd - place and time to be advised. The football semi between Crokes and Na Fianna is fixed for Jan 20th and the Hurling Final (between the same teams??) is on Jan 27th.
MFC A SF St Vincents 1-04 St Sylvesters 1-08 Yet again a big second half display secured our first A Minor appearance in over ten years. We started very nervously and found it hard to get a rhythm. Vincents seemed to move the ball quicker and their forward line were more effective off minimal supply opening us up for a goal and a couple of points while at the other end it took one of the best strikes of the year by Dave Sexton to keep us in touch. A great touch over by keeper Eoin O'Byrne just at the break kept us alive for sure. 1-03 to 0-03 at the break. Tks to Grainne McKinney for the pictures.
MFC A SF St Sylvesters 1-11 Castlenock 0-06 A convincing win in the end but we had to fight hard against a plucky Castlenock who really took the game to us in the first half and led 0-06 to 0-04 at the break thanks mostly to some fine point scoring by their 10 and 14. Scooby and Jack upped their game after the break however and with a cold wind in our back we pinned Castlenock down and slowly but surely picked off our points.
Minor Hurling B Championship St Sylvesters 0-8 Oliver Plunkets 2-10 We exited the championship on Sunday last against a very strong Plunket’s side. Down five points at half time we pulled it back to two ten minutes into the second half. We found it difficult to score and break down the Plunket’s defence, but we worked tirelessly to the end showing the true character this team has displayed over the years.
MFC Gr2 St Vincents 0-10 St Sylvesters 1-07 A late great point from a tight angle by Mark Hazely secured a draw and a home quarter final in a game we were always chasing. Collie Byrne fisted the goal late in the second half to bring us back into the game. Thanks to Grainne from Vincents for the pictures.