St. Catherine's News

18 May, 2009

St. Catherine’s News

St. Catherine’s lost out in a low scoring encounter when the East Cork qualifier for the County Junior B football championship was played at Copper Alley grounds in Youghal on Sunday evening last. A Dave Wallace pass picked out Laurence O Connor for the Saints’ goal on thirteen minutes. Enough to see thus far two evenly matched teams level on an interval score line of 1-00 to 0-03.

Tim O’Connor forced the Saints into a slender lead five minutes into the second half, as Barry Hartnett continued to impress for Russell Rovers, scoring four points in all. Indeed a Daniel Moynihan point saw the Rovers take a narrow lead before Ryan Hartnett released Padraig Higgins to score the all important opposition goal. So it’s Russell Rovers who will now represent the Eastern division in this year’s County Junior B Football championship, winning in Youghal on Sunday night last on a final scoreline of 1-07 to 1-03. Board chairman Michael O’Brien with vice-chairman Dick Fitzgerald, himself a Russell Rovers man, in attendance, presented the Seamus O’Flynn cup to winning captain Anthony Archer. The divisional Junior B football championship is still to come. Hopefully some of the injured contingent will have returned to the field by then. A minute’s silence was observed prior to the final on Sunday night last as a mark of respect to all those who passed away in the Great Famine, one of the country’s greatest natural disasters.

Goals from Padraig OConner on eight minutes and a Kevin Dineen semi penalty just at the start of the second quarter meant St. Catherine’s were level with St. Ita’s on a half time scoreline of 2-01 to 0-07 when the latest division two Junior hurling league game was played in Ballynoe on Monday May 11th. Now favoured by the elements the opposition pulled away after that. Man of the match Shamie Hartnett set up Michael Cronin, relocated from centre back to the forwards, with the all important goal. Saints substitute John Casey, who was football captain on Sunday night and who normally plays in the backs, scored two points when introduced in at full forward. Final score St. Catherine’s 2-06 St. Itas 1-15.

We had a mixed week at Juvenile level, losing out heavily in the thirteen aside U12 C football championship semi final in Castlelyons on Thursday night last, while there was a first league win for the U14 footballers with a comprehensive victory in Lisgoold on Sunday morning last. The U12 hurling league will be starting shortly.

Briefly looking ahead, St. Catherine’s play Ballincollig in the second round of the Premier Intermediate hurling championship. This is fixed for Pairc Ui Rinn on the first weekend in June, although this date has yet to be confirmed. Also on that weekend is the pairing of neighbours Bride Rovers and Castlelyons in the second round of the county senior hurling championship, fixed for Ballynoe on Saturday night June 6th with a 7:30pm throw in . Referee will be Davy Copps of Ballyhea.

There are County Board, East Cork Board and East Cork Board meetings this week. St. Catherine’s GAA lotto jackpot currently stands at €6,200.