Youghal GAA Club News

01 August, 2011


What a week it has been for Youghal GAA with wins in the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship over Tracton and a win last Saturday evening over Glanmire in the Intermediate Football Championship and now both sides are in their respective Championship Quarter Finals.

Youghal end Tracton’s Championship Dreams with a superb performance at Riverstown

Evening Echo Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Youghal 0-16

Tracton 0-09

By Derek Kiely At Riverstown

YOUGHAL were magnificent last Saturday afternoon in Riverstown where they put together a performance of skilful, clean and powerful hurling, and despite the loss of Bill Cooper on the 24th minute the team rallied and restricted Tracton to just 9 scores and only 5 from play, two of those definitely wide in a game that boiled over in the dying minutes.

Peter Queally’s men showed a passion and a thirst for victory that was simply un-quenchable and every player gave 100% for Eochaill’s cause in the 2011 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Brendan Ring was on fire last Sunday, sticking over two early free’s to set the tone. The only point from play between the two sides in the first half came on the 5th minute when Brendan Coleman slotted one over from 45 meters on the left wing.

Two minutes later and Youghal were four in front with another Brendan Ring pointed free. It took Tracton 12 minutes to register a ‘65’ from Ronan Walsh, but immediately Youghal broke back up the field drew the foul and cool as a cucumber Ring struck over the free to re-establish the four point advantage.

Again Walsh pointed for Tracton, but never fear for Youghal as Ring sent over another stunning free on the 15th minute. Walsh sent over Tracton’s third score of the first half with a free on the 20th minute against the run of play and Youghal’s Inter-County Cork Star Bill Cooper was injured on the 24th minute which was a massive loss to Peter Queally’s team.

After treatment it was decided that Bill Cooper couldn’t continue and in his place came on Jonathan Ormonde. Most teams may have panicked at this moment, but Youghal re-grouped and played with a determination that would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Battling for every ball, winning the lion’s share of possession and having the final say of the first half when Brendan Ring send over a ‘65’ on the stroke of half time, giving the Youghal Gaels a three point lead at the short whistle.

With a couple of early points exchanged at the start of the second half one from Sean O’Sullivan and another two pin point accurate free’s from Brendan Ring and another Brendan Coleman score Youghal led by 5 points with 20 minutes to go.

On the 41st minute Tracton’s Michael O’Sullivan sent a ball in, it was two yards left and wide of the Youghal goal, but the Umpire signalled a point and even despite the pleading from all the Youghal players, the Reiteóir Michael O’Mahony would not change his mind and awarded the point (and they wonder why players get frustrated!).

This unsettled Youghal for a few minutes and for the first time in the game Tracton scored two points in a row when Walsh pointed a free on the 44th minute. The unsettling didn’t last too long as Ring and Brett Moloney slotted scores for Youghal, still 5 points clear with 12 minutes remaining.

Tracton then hit over two scores without reply, before Youghal’s Leigh Desmond fired over from deep on the right to send a huge roar all around the home of Sars. Kingston sent over Tracton’s last point from play with 8 minutes remaining. Then Ken Dempsey was introduced for Youghal and had an immediate impact, drawing a free on the 21 meter line.

Desmond went for goal, but it blocked and cleared only to find a Youghal player who was fouled and Ring slotted the ball over raising yet another white flag. Seconds later and Ring struck again re-established the 5 point advantage on the 60th minute.

After some fun and games in the middle and down the left wing play resumed with Ring pointing his 11th point of the match, before Desmond wrapped up proceedings with a great score from play.

Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring 0-11, Brendan Coleman 0-2, Leigh Desmond 0-2, Brett Moloney 0-1.

Tracton: R Walsh 0-4, S O’Sullivan 0-1, M O’Sullivan 0-1, F Lynch 0-1, C Lorden 0-1, J Kingston 0-1.

YOUGHAL: Richard Cunninghan; Brendan O’Sullivan, John Grace, Barry Ring; Andrew Curtin, Conor Spillane, Damien Ring; Brett Moloney, Nigel Roche; Brendan Coleman, Bill Cooper, Cian O’Mahony; James O’Mahony, Leigh Desmond, Brendan Ring.

Subs: Jonathon Ormonde for Bill Cooper (24) Ken Dempsey for Cian O’Mahony (55)

TRACTON: D Walsh; M Barry, J Murray, C McGuinness; C Lorden, K Corrigan, F Walsh; K Lynch, B Lynch; S O’Sullivan, M O’Sullivan, J Kingston (Cpt); F Lynch, D O’Callaghan, R Walsh.

Referee: Michael O’Mahony (Kilbrtitan)

Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship

Youghal 3-08

Glanmire 0-08

Derek Kiely In Rostellan

YOUGHAL progressed in some style last Saturday in the Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship with a dominating second half performance in a much deserved victory over Glanmire in Rostellan.

Youghal got the dream start to this match, when Dave O’Mahony who was raining in on the Glanmire goal was tripped in the square by the Glanmire corner back Anthony Garvey in the third minute and referee James Dorgan signalled a penealty.

Paul Moylan stepped up to take the penealty for Youghal, sending Brendan O’Connell the wrong way in the Glanmire goal giving Youghal the early goal advantage. Youghal playing with the elements in the opening half, struck again on the fifth minute when Ken Dempsey sent over a point from play from 50 meters out.

Then Glanmire got into their stride with three unanswered points in a five minute period all off the boot of James Murphy, one from play and two from placed balls, then Nigel Roche of Youghal had a score from the right wing on the 13th minute to give Youghal the two point advantage.

Glanmire’s Michael Cussen dominated a lot of ball in the opening quarter and was setting up some good attacks, but Glanmire were failing in the shooting department and Youghal who were slightly starved of possession took advantage of a break out of defence on the 17th minute when John Grace scored a beautiful point from play and Youghal had the goal lead again.

Murphy pointed from a free on the 23rd minute for Glanmire, but the last score of the first half came off the boot of Paul Moylan on the 30th minute to send Youghal into the half time break with a three point advantage.

The first half may have been a tight enough affair, but the second half was completely dominated by Youghal. Moylan pointed from a placed ball on the 34th minute and when the very impressive Nigel Roche pointed from play seconds later Youghal had a five point advantage.

Glanmire simply couldn’t get the ball in the opening quarter of the second half and when Roche picked up the ball 30 meters out on the 37th minute he carved through the Glanmire defence and buried the ball into the top right hand corner of the Glanmire net and as a contest this championship game was over.

Moylan and Roche added further points to give Youghal a ten point advantage with just fifteen minutes remaining.

It took Glanmire 18 minutes to register a score in the second half when Daniel Molden pointed from play. With a significant breeze at their backs in the second half Glanmire failed to take advantage of the elements and the Youghal full back line of Brendan O’Sullivan, Paul O’Driscoll and Alan Fox were impassable and Glanmire were restricted to long range efforts, with Michael Cussen sending one over on the 50th minute from 50 meters out.

Youghal’s response was impressive as they moved the ball back up the field eventually drawing a foul 13 meters out. Paul Moylan’s free hit the post and rebounded into his hands, the second time he took the option of shooting for goal and finished in style to give Youghal and eleven point lead on the 55th minute.

Glanmire did get two late consolation points, one from James Murphy and the other from second half substitute Jonathan O’Callaghan, but it was a very impressive display by the Youghal side who coped with everything that Glanmire threw at them and looked controlled throughout the entire 60 minutes.

Scorers for Youghal: P Moylan 2-3, N Roche 1-2, D O’Mahony, K Dempsey and J Grace 0-1 each.

Glanmire: J Murphy 0-5, M Cussen, J O’Callaghan and D Molden 0-1 each.

YOUGHAL: P Mackey; B O’Sullivan, P O’Driscoll, A Fox; Barry Ring (Cpt) J Grace, B Coleman; K Dempsey, D Ring; P Kelly, J O’Mahony, Brendan Ring; N Roche, D O’Mahony, P Moylan.

Subs: J Ormonde for P Moylan (55) S Twomey for B Coleman (56) C Spillane for B O’Sullivan (57)

GLANMIRE: B O’Connell; D O’Regan, K Sheehan, A Garvey; M Connolly, B Murphy, K Mulvihill; T Leahy, M Hopkins; B O’Sullivan, B O’Callaghan, J Murphy; K Kenneally, M Cussen, D Molden.

Subs: J O’Callaghan for M Hopkins (46) D O’Brien for B O’Callaghan (55) Referee: James Dorgan (Nemo Rangers)

FUN WEKKEND AT Eochaill Cumann Luthchleas Gael

Last weekend saw the return of the very popular Fun Weekend at CLCG Eochaill. It all started on Friday the 29th at 7pm at Club Aras as teams of 4 per car were in a quiz race. There race asked by all competitors to pick up their car keys and answer the 20 questions, following a shotgun start.

Then the team of 4 first had to figure out which direction they had to take and try and then solve the questions. The first team back with the 20 questions answered were the winners and following the quiz there was a bit of a Suisun in Club Aras with music and craic.

There was no age limit on this quiz, except for the car driver who obviously had to be the correct age and meet all lawful requirements to drive the vehicle.

On Saturday between 1 & 2pm there was a parent’s match. This was a marvellous success last year and by popular demand this year’s match made a return. Then at 3pm it was be time for ‘Superstars’ based on the popular 70’s television programme various clubs from the town took each other on until the competition was finished. Mick Sheehan was the MC and he got a bigger kick out of it than anyone else.

Then Sunday was family fun day, which had live music all day, novelty races and fun games all day. Youghal GAA Club would like to thank Community Radio Youghal 104FM for their support in their live broadcast. A special thanks to Tommy Collins and Trevor Nangle for their hard work on the day Go raibh mile agat.

There were also food stalls on display and a mini market there too, so there was something for everyone in the audience. As last Saturday coincided with our Intermediate Football Championship Match against Glanmire in the Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship, people didn’t have to worry because there was a video replay of the game on Saturday night at Club Aras, so nobody missed a kick.

As always everyone was welcome along to Club Aras, people brought their friends up and I hope that they enjoyed the brilliant facilities we have to offer everyone.

Cathaoirleach Cumann Luthchleas Gael Eochaill Daithi Mac Giolla Ghannáin said “Last year was a fantastic weekend for our club and there is no doubt but people really bought into the fun days at Youghal GAA. One memory I will have with me was the parent’s game, it really was brilliant and had great characters involved at all ages. This year was even bigger and even better and it showed what a Community based club we are, I believe that Youghal GAA Club is at the heart of the Youghal Community and I want to thank everyone for this weekend. Everyone is welcome along to our club and my thanks go out to everyone who is involved with this brilliant event for Cumann Luthchleas Gael Eochaill”.

LOTTO Winners and Lucky Holiday winner’s presentations.

Recently at Club Aras there were presentations to our lucky lotto winner Eleanor Barry. Congratulations to the Barry family and may you enjoy the win. Also congratulations to Mary & Gaye c/o Aherne's Restaurant who won the June Holiday Draw on Monday night worth €3500.

Each week 5 tickets from the weekly lotto are randomly pulled out and put into a holiday draw in July & January from the previous 6 months. Remember if you're not in you can't win. Next week's Jackpot is €7,490 and be purchased from numerous Club members, Club Aras and various establishments around the town. Many thanks to all who continue to support the Club through our Lotto Draw.

Cumann Luthchleas Gael Cisteoir Ned O’Connell made the presentations on the night to our lucky winners and behalf of the Club Chairman and all the Committee members, we want to thank everyone in every way who support our Club Lotto, and a special word of thanks to those who tirelessly work on the Club Lotto every Monday evening a deep word of thanks for your fantastic contribution to the club.

Gaelic for Girl Blitz at Headquarters for the Youghal Girls On July 5th last the Youghal Ladies Football Club was proudly represented by 23 players from the Gaelic4Girls Program along with their loyal support of family and friends at Croke Park.

The girls togged out in the main dressing rooms underneath the Cusack Stand, ran up the steps onto the hallowed turf and met with some of the current All-Stars. After 4 enjoyable games the girls were each presented with a Goodie bag as a memento of the day. Congratulations to everyone involved for what was another historic day in the development of the Youghal Gaelic4Girls Programme of events.

Also much congratulations to our Gaelic for mothers who recently played in Clonakilty and were very successful winning three out of their four matches well done one and all.

Congratulations under 12 Girls

Youghal girl’s U/12 team produced their best performance all year to win the Plate Final against Midleton recently in Killeagh GAA grounds. From the off, Youghal were the hungrier side with superb displays in all positions. In attack the Youghal girls showed superior skills in taking fine scores when the opportunities arose.

Fine flowing moves and off-loading of the ball at the correct moment to their team mates seemed the order of the evening as in the early stages Youghal took a commanding lead. When the defence were called upon, the girl’s never waned with again some fine displays in all positions.

Only for a couple of lapses in concentration where Midleton scored two goals to keep the tie alive, the game could have been over by half time. In the end the half finished 1–05 to 2-01 in Youghal’s favour. The second half began with Youghal taking the game to Midleton and notching up some fine points in quick succession. Youghal were in total control of this game, although the score line at times did not reflect their superiority.

On a whole the mentor’s, and I am sure all who were there to witness the game were delighted with the effort and high standard of football played by this young Youghal team. Nerves were jangling in the crowd and on the sideline with seconds to go when Midleton scored a late goal, their only score of the second half, to bring the tie to a nail biting finish.

In the end even this goal could not deny this fine team from what they truly deserved as the game finished with Youghal edging their opponents by two points. The future looks extremely bright for Ladies football in Youghal considering the talent that was on display for all to behold.

Team: F. Flavin, A. Arthur, E. Farrell, K. Coleman, K. Malone, H. O’Connell, M. Hannon, S. Kenneally, C.O’Keefe, C. Crowley, S. O’Connell, S. Hannon, A. Flavin, A. Farrell, L. Sheehan.

Subs: C. Dempsey, S. Barron, S. Twohig, S. Keane, K. Coughlan, M. Brophy, E. Irwin, A. Flavin.