St. Catherines GAA Club

21 September, 2013

St Catherines GAA
Semi-final place for intermediate hurlers
St Catherines have earned a last four place. In the process completing their league programme with a narrow two point win over Barryroe in the intermediate hurling championship. Sadly though, it was a disappointing run of results at juvenile level. With losses incurred in turn at U14 C football, 13 B hurling and 16 B hurling championship level. Also there was no winner of the €6,000 jackpot in the most recent lotto draw.
There now follows a brief report of what went on last week.
Cork county Intermediate hurling championship quarter-final
St Catherines 2-13 Barryroe 1-14
St Catherines booked their place in the penultimate round when in the first ever competitive fixture between the clubs overcame the commendable challenge of a gallant Barryroe outfit when this county intermediate hurling championship quarter-final was played at a floodlit Páirc Uí Rinn on Friday evening last.
Couldn’t have asked for a better start. Three points without reply in as many minutes following the throw in from youthful Ballyhea based referee, Ciarán O’Regan. It was conceivable that the Saints could even have punished the opposition still further. Matthew Mulcahy’s inviting delivery only just flicked wide from the always threatening Séan O’Farrell at the edge of the square. In a sweet interchange of passes Shane Cotter and Shane Kearney, who fired over the game’s opening score, with a well taken point after seventy three seconds, were involved. But Brian Mulcahy’s finish was just off target, veering to the left of Billy O’Donovan’s posts.
Resultingly Barryroe were now much more in it. Finding themselves just a point adrift on four occasions to twenty minutes. Still any thoughts of a possible full recovery severely dented when with Shane O’Brien, a minor again next year, involved it was left to Séan O’Farrell to crash home a Saints goal two minutes later. A four point lead halved by the break. St Catherines still ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-6 to 0-7.
All preceding a whirlwind start to the second half. Three minutes that aptly sum up the significant contribution of Séan O’Farrell to this championship match. Taking a Shane Kearney pass, O’Farrell fired over an audacious point just fifteen seconds into the turnover. He then supplied the key pass to Matthew Mulcahy who duly added another. Before sending an unstoppable drive to the roof of the net. Catherines ahead at 2-8 to 0-8 to thirty three minutes. But failed to capitalise on it. Didn’t drive on and as so often happens in these situations with still plenty of time left, it was the opposition who responded the better to the concession of the second goal. They were a major threat through that third quarter. A tally of four points without reply was their return, including a brace from wing forward Kieran Griffin.
It seemed as if the siege had been lifted. Shane Cotter won a vital free. Duly converted by the youthful O’Brien and Catherines first score in fourteen minutes. Brian Mulcahy popped over a beauty from the seated stand side of the ground. O’Brien stretching it still further, this time accurate from a sixty five. With the score now standing at 2-11 to 0-12 to fifty two minutes.
But in many ways we had a grandstand finale reminiscent of the last match against Kildorrery at Rathcormac a little less than two weeks previous. From our vantage point John O’Donovan’s free went in direct. Setting up a mouth-watering, spine-tingling conclusion with the amount of justifiable added time completely at the referee’s discretion.
One last chance for Barryroe. Presumably free taker Tadgh Harrington had goal on his mind. But just after Catherines substitutes Patrick Roche and William Walsh were involved, before team captain Shane Cotter rifled over a reassuring score, a placed ball struck with power elevated itself over Ed Aherne’s posts. A point it was. But more was required and it’s the Saints who have earned their place against Éire Óg in the semi-final.
Barryroe scorers: J O’Donovan (1-5 frees) (0-1 “65”) (1-7), K Griffin and T Harrington (frees) (0-2 each), C Hurley, M O’Brien and A Fleming (0-1 each).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Farrell (2-1), S O’Brien (0-5 frees) (0-1 “65) (0-6), S Kearney (0-2), D Mangan, M Mulcahy, B Mulcahy and S Cotter (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, S O’Brien, C Hegarty, J Neville, C Aherne, S Fitzgerald, L O’Connor, D Mangan, S Cotter (capt), E Condon, S Kearney, M Mulcahy, B Mulcahy, S O’Farrell, Shane O’Brien. Subs: P Roche for M Mulcahy (46’), P O’Connor for E Condon (54’), W Walsh for B Mulcahy (58’).
Referee: Ciarán O’Regan (Ballyhea).
Rebel Óg County
U16 B hurling
Glanworth 3-12
St Catherines 3-10
Glanworth were inflicting a hat-trick of juvenile defeats in five days with a two point win over the Saints when this Rebel Óg county U16 B hurling championship semi-final was played in sunny albeit ferociously windy conditions at Rathcormac on Sunday afternoon last. It was a competitive evenly contested match from the outset. Stephen O’Donnell’s goal on eleven minutes cancelled out by a Ciarán Murphy equaliser. Sides level for the third time thus far at 1-5 each after eighteen minutes. Difficult to assess the merit of the strong wind which you could say more or less was blowing across the pitch to the dressing rooms side of the ground. Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy had the Saints back in front. Thomás O’Donnell working hard in the right corner forcing in a second Saints goal after twenty four minutes and it was the Rebel Óg East champions who led at the break on a 2-7 to 1-7 scoreline.
Aidan Walsh pointed within twenty five seconds of the changearound. Setting the pattern for a keenly fought second half hour. Four minutes later the deficit was trimmed to just a point. Niall O’Regan reigniting the Saints challenge. His powerful finish stretching it slightly at 3-8 to 1-9 to thirty six minutes. But we knew we were in for a grandstand finish when Eric Hanrahan goaled for the opposition on forty nine minutes.
John O’Sullivan recorded a third Glanworth goal four minutes later, pushing them into a two point lead. Neither team would add to their respective tallies in the remaining nine minutes or so. But how the Saints will rue being off target with at least four chances in the time that was left.
Scorers: T O’Donnell (1-3), K Neville (0-5 frees), N O’Regan (1-1), S O’Donnell (1-0) and L O’Callaghan McCarthy (0-1).
St Catherines team: L Beecher, P Keane, N O’Callaghan, R Galvin, S O’Regan, B Davis, E Wallace, S Leamy (captain), K Neville, Rd Galvin, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, D Leamy, T O’Donnell, N O’Regan, S O’Donnell. Subs: B O’Brien for Rd Galvin (49’), J Walsh for D Leamy (57’). Subs not used: K Geary, R English, O O’Neill, S Spillane, C Hickey, K English, E Davis, R Butler and J O’Brien.
Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling league semi-final
St Catherines 4-10
St Vincents 2-11
Third win from as many competitive outings against St Vincents from the city’s northside, latest coming in this U16 B hurling league semi-final when played at Ballynoe on Monday evening, September 9 last.
Niall O’Regan, before departing the action with an injury, shot the homeside into the lead with a fortuitous goal inside ninety seconds. Thomas O’Donnell with a class finish added a second just on the quarter hour and by half-time it was 2-6 to 0-4 in favour of the Saints who in fairness were largely in control and never looked like losing. Two final quarter goals six minutes apart from substitute Richard Galvin would confirm that theory. That said they never hammered home their advantage and like the championship outing against the same opposition a few weeks back, weren’t convincing leaving themselves vulnerable when Vincent’s, who battled all the way, goaled twice in the final four minutes.
Scorers: Rd Galvin (2-1), T O’Donnell (1-3), K Neville (0-4 frees) (0-1 “65”) (0-5), N O’Regan (1-0) and S O’Donnell (0-1).
St Catherines team: L Beecher, P Keane, N O’Callaghan, R Galvin, S O’Regan, B Davis, E Wallace, S Leamy, K Neville, D Leamy, J O’Brien, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, T O’Donnell, N O’Regan, S O’Donnell. Sub: Rd Galvin for N O’Regan (10’). Also on panel: R Butler, K English, K Geary, B O’Brien, C Hickey, O O’Neill, S Spillane, J Walsh and R English.
Referee: Dominic Rooney (Carrigtwohill).
Rebel Óg Twelve-a-side U14 C football championship
Doneraile 3-13
St Catherines 1-4
St Catherines were largely competitive through the opening exchanges of this Rebel Óg county twelve-a-side U14 C football championship semi-final when played on Wednesday evening, September 11 last. Kieran Kelleher goaled for the opposition after four minutes. But through the opening quarter and beyond the Saints were giving as good as they were getting and were rewarded when both English brothers combined. Kieran with the equalising goal. Niall O’Regan quickly adding a point and a narrow lead accrued to twenty minutes. In fairness, Doneraile did finish the half the livelier. Four different scorers on target in building up a half time advantage on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-1.
Four unanswered points on the turnaround punished the Saints still further. Although Richard Galvin careered up field before executing a well taken point. But when the ever threatening Darragh O’Keeffe was on target with his second goal and Doneraile’s third on fifty three minutes realistically it was all over as a meaningful contest.
Club president Dick Morrison tells us this was a first ever competitive match in any code or grade between these two clubs. Glanworth was more or less a central venue and the use of the scoreboard elevated the fixture still further.
Doneraile scorers: D O’Keeffe (2-3), S Roche (0-4), K Kelleher (1-0), B Cronin and R McCarthy (0-2 each), B Kelleher and D Palmer (0-1 each).
St Catherines scorers: K English (0-1 free) (1-1), N O’Regan, R Galvin and O O’Neill (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: A Long, P Keane, C Galvin, E Wallace, R Galvin, D Leamy, B O’Brien, R English (team captain), N O’Regan, O O’Neill, K English, E Davis. Subs: C O’Brien for N O’Regan (42’), S Spillane for R Galvin (54’), S Kelleher for C Galvin (55’), A O’Brien for E Davis (55’), P Bryan for D Leamy (57’), E Sheehan for E Wallace (57’).
Referee: Mick Sheedy (Shanballymore).
Rebel Óg County U13 B hurling
Sam Maguires 4-6
St Catherines 1-13
Maybe not a debut competitive fixture this one,  but nevertheless a first meeting between these two clubs since a minor B hurling quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn in September of 1996. A Liam O’Connell goal priceless in securing a narrow one point win for the Saints in a championship subsequently won. Sam Maguires are basically the hurling version of Doheny’s from the Dunmanway area, with a possible sprinkling of players from Randal Óg included. Laying the foundation for their win here with a largely dominant first half performance when this Rebel Óg county U13 B hurling championship semi-final was played in near perfect conditions at Ballincollig on Saturday evening last. Second leg of a double header. Castlelyons getting the better of St James of Kealkil in the opening twelve-a-side thirteen C county hurling championship.
Bill Murphy at full forward was quick to make an impression. Goaling in their first attack on three minutes. Then with the key pass set up tricky corner forward Nathan O’Donovan for a second Sam Maguires goal four minutes later. But at this level you won’t dominate all the time and must take your chances when they come along. Owen O’Neill did for Catherines. Keep the engines ticking over. Just three points adrift on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-6 to fifty three minutes. But were dealt a sucker punch just on overtime. Full forward Murphy goaling again and the opposition now seven points ahead. Score standing at 3-5 to 0-7 at the interval.
No doubt when a probing Brian Arnopp delivery was touched to the net by Donncha Collins for Maguires fourth goal and first score of the second half on forty seven minutes proved a key score. But how Catherines responded. Team captain Ben O’Brien goaled almost straight away and despite the huge pressure, Eoin Davis was on target with two lengthy frees. Now just three points behind, one puck of a sliotar. Indeed they might well have secured that much sought after equalising goal. But it must be said that their goalkeeper Keith Forbes was very good, he played a blinder.
Catherines continued to press. But time and again the opposition weathered the storm and came out with that sliotar in the hand. Despite four and a half minutes of overtime no further score was forthcoming and Sam Maguires are through to the final. It was 4-6 to 1-13 at the finish.
Sam Maguires scorers: B Murphy (0-1 free) (2-2), N O’Donovan and D Collins (1-0 each), B Arnopp and F Herlihy (0-1 free) (0-2 each).
St Catherines scorers: B O’Brien (0-1 free) (1-5), E Davis (0-5 frees), O O’Neill (0-2) and A Long (0-1).
St Catherines team: Eoin Sheehan, Michael O’Connor, Cormac Galvin, Josh McGuckian, Ciarán O’Brien, Eoin Davis, Shane Kelleher, Aaron Long, Ben O’Brien (team captain), Joe O’Keeffe, Robert English, Owen O’Neill, Kevin Barry, Adam O’Brien, Andy Leahy. Sub: Gavin England for Michael O’Connor (56’). Also on panel: Sam Dunning, Kevin O’Callaghan McCarthy and James Hayes.
Referee: Peter Downey (Inniscarra).
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Match in Ballynoe
Victory for Watergrasshill on an end scoreline of 2-13 to 1-9 over Fr O’Neills when the East Cork U21 B hurling championship final was played under lights at Páirc Naomh Caitríona, Baile Nua on Tuesday night, September 10 last. Referee was Pa Beausang from Midleton. Many thanks to Jimmy O’Leary, contact from the ‘Hill and O’Neills P.R.O. Seamus Joyce for their timely release of the lineouts re the team sheets.
Adult Club
Friday, September 20 at Ballynoe
East Cork junior B football championship first round v Bride Rovers at 7.30pm.
Monday, September 23 at Ballynoe
Rebel Óg East U12 B hurling league section one round seven v Carraig na bhFear at 7pm.
As we said at the outset there was no winner of the €6,000 jackpot in the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, September 16. Numbers drawn being 4, 10, 16 and 25. Consolation winners were: Marie Leahy, Upper Aghern; Brendan Hartigan, Tallow; Shane O’Connor, c/o Dave Hoare, Conna; Nora McCarthy, Coole, Castlelyons and Paddy O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Britway.
Which means next week’s draw at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, September 23 will now be for a jackpot of €6,200.
Juvenile Social
Yes it’s a bit off yet!!!! But just to whet your appetite that the annual juvenile club social goes ahead at the Midleton Park Hotel on Friday night, January 17.