In a rematch of last month’s championship final, St Peters faced off against St Lawrences yesterday evening at Hough End. The men in black started quickly with Eoin Meaney breaking forward from midfield and slotting the bar over the ball. Despite early doninance, some wayward finishing meant that Peters did not build the lead their general play deserved. Paddy Duggan added to the scoring when he capitalised on a loose ball in the Lawrences back line, and he swept the ball between the uprights. The men from Turn Moss responded with a couple of points of their own and the teams then proceeded to trade points back and forth with Ronan Henry and Meaney providing the scores for Peters. With the last kick of the half, Lawrences finished a sweeping move with a fine strike across Warren Mee in goal and raised the green flag to leave three points between the sides.Half Time St Peters 0-5Lawrences 1-5The second half couldn’t have started in a worse fashion for Peters, with Lawrences being awarded a penalty almost immediately after the restart which was duly dispatched to leave the men in black and amber with a sizeable task to get back into the game. This task seemed to become impossible when some handbags after a heavy challenge lead to Peters being reduced to 14 men. The second half water break came at the perfect time for the management team to reorganise the team and try to bridge back a 7 point gap.Credit must go to the 14 men on the pitch for the final quarter of an hour as they managed to flood forward in numbers whilst nullifying the threat offered by Lawrences. James Fitzmaurice was appearing for the first time this season and provided real drive and energy to carry the ball up the field, while Bryan McGinty returned to action with a lovely point of his own. The attitude and application of the Peters men was epitomised by Kevin Swift who reeled off five scores from play in the final 10 minutes as Peters went in search of the win. Unfortunately the clock was against them, and Lawrences held on for a one point win.Final ScoreSt Peters 0-13Lawrences 2-8Team Line Up1. Warren Mee2. Javi Cuenta3. Richie Shannon4. John McGowan5. Niall Fitzpatrick6. Brian Carroll7. Tadhg Rush8. Donnchadh Barry9. Eoin Meaney (0-4)10. Ronan Henry (0-2)11. Kevin Swift (0-5)12. Paddy Duggan (0-1)13. Conor O’Brien14. James Fitzmaurice15. Bryan McGinty, c (0-1)16. Tristan Greenhalgh17. Pat McMahon18. Conchubhair Winters


Junior League St Peter’s 6-14 Oisin 0-05Hough End 3 June Peters returned to Hough End on a sunny summer evening, hoping to make it two wins on the bounce following a strong showing in Liverpool last time out. With both Peters and Oisins low on numbers, a 13 sided contest was agreed to. The first 15 minutes was a low scoring affair with Kevin Swift producing the first moment of quality, sending an Oisins man one way and then the other with a shimmy of his hips before swinging the ball over the black spot. Two points separated the teams at the first half water break.The inside forward line of Tristan Greenhalgh and Conor O’Brien started to make inroads on the return to play, with both scoring their first points of the game. The first goal of the game arrived when O’Brien collected a long pass on the 45 and raced clear of the Oisins defenders to finish past the keeper. Neat link up play between Greenhalgh and Swifty resulted in the latter finishing into the net for a second goal of the game.Half Time ScoreSt Peters 2-9Oisins 0-2The midfield duo of Eoin Meaney and Niall Fitzpatrick were dominating the middle of the park and they combined in unlikely fashion for the first score of the second half. Meaney played a long ball in to the full forward line, where Fitzpatrick was waiting to fist the ball into the goal and raise the green flag again. Ronan Henry was a livewire again in the half forwards and produced another beautiful score as he cut in from the right touchline and drove the ball between the uprights with the outside of his boot. Not to be outdone, O’Brien got in on the action with a classy score of his own. Greenhalgh gathered an accurate pass and offloaded to his fellow Dublin native who went the long way around three Oisins men before clipping the ball back across goal with his left foot into the top corner of the net.After the second half water break, Peters emptied the bench with the dynamic duo of Paddy Mulreanan and Jamie Stokes making their first appearances of the season. Stokes is always one to sniff out a goal chance, and when the ball rebounded to him from the post, he made no mistake in burying the opportunity. Further points from Richie Shannon and TJ Brennan, plus a well deserved goal for Meaney rounded off an excellent all round performance.Final ScoreSt Peters 6-14Oisins 0-51. Warren Mee2. Javi Cuenta3. John McGowan5. Richie Shannon (0-1)6. Tadhg Rush7. Brian Carroll8. Niall Fitzpatrick (1-1)9. Eoin Meaney (1-3)10. Ronan Henry (0-3)11. Kevin Swift (1-2)12. Paddy Duggan13. Conor O’Brien, c (2-1)15. Tristan Greenhalgh (0-2)16. Paddy Mulreannan17. Jamie Stokes (1-0)18. TJ Brennan (0-1)Photos taken by Kevin Phillips


The men from St Peters travelled across to Liverpool yesterday evening for a league game against Wolfe Tones. With clear skies and only a whisp of a breeze, conditions were perfect for a game of ball.The opening 15 minutes of the match was a cagey affair, with both teams defending well and shutting down space. St Peters found some joy in playing the ball in early to the corner forwards and popping it off to runners. One such move saw Tristan Greenhalgh win clean ball, feed it to Eoin Meaney and the Clare native split the posts. Meaney added one more score before the first half water break.The game continued in a similar fashion with Peters being rewarded for running with the ball. Kevin Swift dispatched two frees over the bar, before Wolfe Tones got their opening point of the game. The score of the day went to that man Meaney again, who collected a pop pass from Conor O’Brien on the left touchline, before stepping inside his man and sending a beautiful curving shot over the bar. The half finished with Wolfe Tones on the attack, and St Peters debutant Warren Mee making a fantastic point blank save. From the resulting 45, the ball crashed back off the crossbar and a Tones man was on hand to see it over the line.Half Time ScoreWolfe Tones 1-1St Peters 0-5The Peters men were performing heroics to continually shut down the Tones attacks, and two of the hardest working men on the pitch were rewarded with fine scores of their own to open the second half. Niall Fitzpatrick broke forward from centre back and bulldozed his way through several challenges before sending the ball over the bar. Ronan Henry was nominally deployed as a wing forward, but the man must have covered every blade of grass on the field, and then covered it all again just to be sure. He capped off a magnificent performance by classily swinging the ball over the black spot. Kevin Swift tagged on two more frees including one peach off the outside of his boot, in response to some fine long range scores from Tones. With just two points between the teams, Meaney collected a pass and while holding off two men managed to find O’Brien who sold the keeper a dummy before slotting into the empty net.The team talk for the black and amber men during the second half water break revolved around fighting for each other and seeing the game out. This was going to plan thanks to Meaney adding another two scores, taking his tally for the day to 5 points, all from play. With ten minutes to go, and 7 points between the team, Tones started to drop long balls on top of the Peters full back line. Credit to Richie Shannon in particular for winning practically everything that came his way, or breaking it down for Javi Cuenta and John McGowan to sweep up. One brave attempt by our Spanish matador Javi was deemed a foot block and a penalty was awarded. Debutant Warren Mee stood strong in goal and pushed the attempt away to end all hopes of a comeback.Congrats also to Matt Connor on making his debut for the club, coming off the bench and helping to see out the game.Full Time ScoreWolfe Tones 1-4St Peters 1-11Team Sheet1. Warren Mee2. Javi Cuenta3. Richie Hannon4. John McGowan5. Tadhg Rush6. Niall Fitzpatrick (0-1)7. Dan Keenan8. Donnchadh Barry9. Ronan Gallagher10. Ronan Henry (0-1)11. Kevin Swift (0-4, 4f)12. Paddy Duggan13. Conor O’Brien (c, 1-0)14. Eoin Meaney (0-5)15. Tristan Greenhalgh16. Brian Carroll17. Matt Connor

25/04/21 St.Peters 2-13 Oisins 1-11

The return to competitive football, coupled with the glorious sunshine, saw the Peters men descend on Hough End in impressive numbers with a squad of 28 players named for the contest against Oisins. The men in white and blue were somewhat lower on numbers and so it was agreed to play 13 a side. The game got off to a frantic start, with both teams seeking to win clean ball from any restart and then drive into the open space afforded to them due to the nature of a 13 a side contest. With several of Peters big hitters featuring in midfield and the front five, nobody would have guessed the identity of the opening scorer. Brian Carrol rampaged forward from centre half back, and despite being forced wide, he managed to shift the ball onto his weaker left foot and slot over the black dot.Denis Glynn looked every inch the wild Galway man with his unruly hair and shaggy beard but showed his considerable class to tag over two fine scores. The Oisins men responded with three scores of their own before Eoin Meaney took the game by the scruff of the neck. He collected a loose ball in the centre of the field and the Clare man couldn’t be stopped as he bounced through challenge after challenge before popping the ball over the bar. Just before the first half water break, Glynn played an exceptional ball over the Oisins full back where Conor OBrien was waiting to gather. The ball popped loose but the Dublin man reacted quickest to reach out with a toe and hook the ball past the onrushing keeper on the volley to raise the green flag. Meaney proceeded to tag over a couple more fine scores before his midfield partner Kevin Fennelly put his engine into top gear and sped away from his man. Fennelly, the dual star, collected a pop pass from O’Brien before driving through a crowd of Oisins men and pointing well.Oisins continued to apply pressure, but couldn’t find a goal as Mark Gordon made three tremendous saves and the full back line marshalled by Jason Hurst stood firm. Despite this the men from Old Bedians did manage to score some fine points of their own in the sunshine at Hough End. The final score of the first half belonged to the black and amber though, and owed itself to the hard yards put in during the offseason. Meaney again carried through midfield and laid the ball out wide for the onrushing Chris McLaughlin, the Peters 5 km champion. McLaughlin left his man for dead as he scampered over the dry turf, leaving a dust cloud behind him that Wile Coyote would be proud of, before slotting the ball over the bar to conclude the half.St Peters 1-8Oisins 0-5With the temperatures soaring at Hough End, the fitness of the players was always going to be tested. We all know about the little and large man playing up front together in soccer, but the Peters midfield of Meaney and Fennelly brought new meaning to the phrase. Meaney won everything in the air, while Fennelly was a menace in the wide open expanses of Hough End. The midfield duo both tagged over a score each, but the Oisins men continued to battle and keep the scoreboard ticking over themselves. At the second water break, Peters took advantage of their large panel and rang the changes with several experienced heads and one secret weapon entering the fray.Brian Frizelle was on the pitch a matter of seconds before he got on the end of a free flowing Peters move to punch the ball into an empty net after a well timed run and pass from the evergreen Bryan McGinty. This seemed like it would kill the game off, but Oisins responded in kind with a well worked goal of their own to keep the contest a tight affair.Time for our aforementioned secret weapon to stamp his name all over the game. Javi Cuesta, our deadline day signing from Real Madrid, has impressed all with his application in training and ability to pick up the game in such a short spell. His first competitive outing couldn’t have been any more successful; employed as a wing back he showed his tenacity and speed to shut down his own man, before driving up the field and scoring a fine point on the run that any born and bred GAA man would be proud of. Shouts of olé, olé, olé went up around El Stadio de Hough End as the man dubbed El Toro turned and sought out his man to once again focus on his defensive duties. Meaney slotted another fine point from wide on the right before Ronan Henry returned to action with a fantastic score of his won to keep the Oisins charge at bay. With the Bowling Green calling to the Peters men, the final whistle went and a winning start to 2021 was secured. St Peters 2-13Oisins 1-111. Mark Gordon2. John McGowan3. Jason Hurst5. Tadgh Rush6. Brian Carroll (0-1)7. Niall Fitzpatrick8. Kevin Fennelly (0-2)9. Eoin Meany (0-5)10. Brian McGinty (c)11. Kevin Swift12. Chris McLaughlin (0-1)13. Conor O’Brien (1-0)15. Denis Glynn (0-2)16. Tom Haddrell 17. Ronan Gallagher18. Liam Coyne19. Paddy Duggan20. Brian Frizelle (1-0)21. Dan Keenan22. Javier Cuesta (0-1)23. Ronan Henry (0-1)