From the tip the St. Mary’s side showed that they meant business, Declan Cahill netted the first seven point scored by Mary’s, while Eanna went a point up briefly in the early stages they were chasing the game for the remainder of the 40 minutes.  It was a fruitless chase as each they came close a big three was provided for security by either Captain Seamus Brosnan or Declan Cahill or MVP for the game Padraig Lucey obliged inside. A Con O’Mahony basket saw Mary’s go six up as the first quarter progressed. The lead stretched to 10 but Ian Lynch having made two late scores to keep Eanna in it and see just six between the sides at half time.
Lynch opened the scoring again in the third quarter but again captain fantastic, Seamus Brosnan replied with haste and Padraig Lucey caused upset inside. St. Mary’s led by 11 as they teams commenced the final quarter.
Mary’s continued to dominate and despite several efforts by Eanna to make a comeback the Castleisland side was not going to be outdone. Some late scores by Jack Kirwan sealed the deal and saw St. Mary’s take their first title at this level. It was a well deserved win which was no doubt a result of hard work by all involved and also  inspired by the massive support for the team on the night.
Final Score: St. Mary’s 71    Eanna 57
The St. Mary’s squad is as follows:

Seamus Brosnan (captain), Padraig Lucey, Declan Cahill
Jack Kirwan, Denis Lenihan, Con O’Mahony, Donagh O’Connell, Tadgh O’Connell, Mike Hanifin, Padraig O’Shea, Redmond Burke, Liam Lyons, Declan Breen, Shane Reidy.
Coach Denny Porter, assistant coach Mike Cronin

Jan 2010

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