St Maur’s took the division six Feile football title over the weekend, coming out on top by narrow margins in four of their five games as they ultimately got the better of a tight rivalry with Scoil Ui Chonaill.
Maur’s were in a fiercely competitive group and went into their final game needing to win to progress, despite having two straight wins on the board.
They had been behind to Craobh Chiarain with a few minutes remaining in that decisive contest before a vital goal from Reece Price rescued their tournament progression and saw them top the group.
With the knockouts effectively having started early, Good Counsel were St Maur’s semi-final opponent.
And it took until the dying minutes once again for the Rush side to fully take control, with late goals helping them to a 5-9 to 4-5 win in a high-scoring and vibrant contest.
After a dip in the sea for recovery purposes, Scoil Ui Chonaill – narrowly beaten in the group stages – returned as final opponents for Maur’s.
Scoil created numerous chances, including smashing the crossbar, but Maur’s were the far more clinical side.
Ciaran Kelly and Luke Clare scored first half goals and Maur’s held out for a 2-3 to 0-3 win. The Rush lads were led by Stevie Boyle and hugely assisted by some strong goalkeeping from Reece Armstrong. Matt McHale (0-2) and Eric Grelet (0-1) were the other Maur’s scorers in the final.
Maur’s were playing down a division for the Feile tournament. They currently sit bottom of division five in the league, and lead mentor Brian Clare hopes the Feile win at division six level can push them into stronger league form, where he hopes to finish mid-table.
“We’ve had a few bad results at the beginning of the year but we thought anything could happen,” Clare explains. “We knew it would be difficult, but we thought if we got a few results we could get to a semi-final. The whole team played well, they really raised their game.
“The club is in a great place,” Clare explains, recalling the passionate reception they received on returning to Rush after their win, car horns ringing in the streets.
“The seniors are second in division one, which is great, as we get all the Dublin stars down here. It’s great for the kids.
“We’re in the middle of a big development project putting in a pitch that will be ready at the end of the summer. We’re a small parish, and a real parish-style, community club, so this is great stuff. Coming home to that kind of reception, it’s a great experience for the kids.”