Powerful Parnells win John Humphrey Memorial Cup
A powerful display of goal scoring pushed Parnells to victory over a talented Lucan side in the annual John Humphrey memorial cup hosted by St James Gaels in the Iveagh Grounds on the Crumlin Road on 29 December.
Trailing by eight points to two at half time Parnells smashed four second half goals to leave the sides level at the end of normal time – Lucan 2-11 Parnells 4 -5.
The last few minutes of the pulsating finale of two action packed days of football saw the classy passing side that is Lucan held to a draw with a flurry of exchanged points in the final minutes.
But there was no stopping the boys from Coolock in the period of extra time which saw them outscore Lucan by 2 goals and 3 points to 2 points.
Parnells emerged worthy winners on a final score of 6 goals and eight points to 2 goals and eleven points to capture the prestigious trophy for their first time.
Played on 28 December and 29 December, the competition is held in memory of young John Humphrey, a St James Gaels player, who died tragically in an accident in 1998. This was the 15th year of the competition and, as always, the spirit in which the competition was played, and the high standard of football, was a fitting memorial to the memory of young John Humphrey.
Generously sponsored by John’s family, the tournament showcases the cream of under 10 talent in Dublin football.
The group stagessaw Lucan Sarsfields, Parnells, Cuala and hosts St James Gaels advance to the final stages at the expense of St Vincent’s (winners in 2012), Templeogue Synge Street, Castleknock, St. Annes, Thomas Davis and Whitehall Colmcilles.
As always, the standard of football throughout the tournament was excellent and there was no shortage of thrills over the two days. By the time the final whistle was blown by referee Aaron Byrne (St. James Gaels) on the last of the 26 games, all of the spectators were delighted having witnessed some thrilling games with no end of goalmouth incident.
The first semi-final between St James Gaels and Lucan resulted in a comfortable enough win for Sarsfields. Their sleek passing style was just too good for the gallant Gaels and despite the efforts of players like Jason Gaynor – small in stature but huge in heart – the hosts lost out on a score of 2-8 to 1-3.
In the second semi-final Parnells came from behind to topple Cuala by a goal.
An early second have goal by Cuala seemed to have set them up for victory but Parnells responded immediately with two goals of their own.
Led by captain fantastic Thomas Redmond Parnells ran out winners on a score of 2 -7 to 1 7. Stars for Cuala included Samuel Keogh and Jamie Lawlor.
Speaking at the presentation of the trophy to St Vincent’s, Billy Hannigan, of St James Gaels, paid tribute to all of the players and their mentors who had made the event such a success. He paid a special tribute to Gaels Paul Flanagan who is the driving force behind the competition and to everyone else who helped out in any way.
John Bailey, former chairman of the Dublin County Board paid a special tribute to St James Gaels for the continued success of the tournament and reminded everyone present just how important team sport is to the development of our young people.
Carolyne Boylan was on hand to receive cheques to the value of more than €1,000 from the competing teams. Every year a similar sum is raised by the competition to assist the children’s hospital.
Parnells number 13 Thomas Redmond was the recipient of the award for the player of the tournament but he certainly had hot competition from Jason Gaynor and Ben Harris of St James Gaels, amongst others.
There was no disputing the recipient of the award for best endeavour which went to Shane Mangan of Cuala who gave a breath-taking display of quite superb goalkeeping and one save , in particular, would be a worthy winner of save of the season in any code.
Finally mention needs to be made of Aaron Byrne, Conor Dunne, Dean Byrne and Conn Hannigan of St James Gaels who did an excellent job as referees throughout the tournament.
Parnells 6-8 Lucan Sarsfields 2-13
Third Place Play Off
St James Gaels 3-5 Cuala 2-7
Parnells 2-7 Cuala 1-7
Lucan Sarsfields 2-8 St James Gaels 1-3
The results of all of the group games are attached.
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JOHN HUMPHREY MEMORIAL CUP 2013 GROUP RESULTS
St. James Gaels (3-2) v Castleknock (1-2)
St. Anne’s (0-3) v Cuala (5-2)
St. Anne’s (0-4) v St. James Gaels (2-3)
Whitehall Colmchilles (0-1) v Cuala (2-3)
Cuala (1-5) v St. James Gaels (0-4)
Castleknock (3-4) v Whitehall Colmchilles (1-0)
Whitehall Colmchilles (1-3) v St. Anne’s (3-3)
Cuala (2-2) v Castleknock (0-2)
St. James Gaels (2-5) v Whitehall Colmchilles (1-1)
St. Anne’s (3-1) v Castleknock (4-3)
Winners: Cuala: 8 Pts.
Runners Up: St James Gaels: 6 Pts.
Third: Castleknock: 4 Pts.
Fourth: St. Annes:2 Pts.
Fifth: Whitehall Colmchilles: 0 Pts.
St. Vincent’s (5-6) v Templeogue/Synge Street (0-5)
Parnells (3-8) v Thomas Davis (0-0)
Parnells (3-6) v St. Vincent’s (4-1)
Lucan Sarsfields (7-7) v Thomas Davis (0-3)
Thomas Davis (1-2) v St. Vincent’s (10-5)
Templeogue/Synge Street (2-5) v Lucan Sarsfields (4-4)
Lucan Sarsfields (2-5) v Parnells (1-6)
Thomas Davis (1-6) v Templeogue/Synge Street (6-4)
St. Vincent’s (3-5) v Lucan Sarsfields (5-7)
Templeogue/Synge Street (0-2) v Parnells (7-5)
Winners: Lucan Sarsfields: 8 Pts.
Runners Up: Parnells: 6 Pts.
Third: St Vincents: 4 Pts.
Fourth:Templeogue\Synge Street: 2 Pts.
Fifth: Thomas Davis: 0 Pts
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