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25 March, 2014

Carraig na bhFear GAA Club Notes
A busy weekend on the playing fields with both our Under 21 footballers and Junior A hurlers in action.
East Cork U21 B Football Championship
Quarter Final
Venue – Dungourney
Dungourney 2-10 Carraig na bhFear 1-04
On Saturday, the Under 21 football team travelled to Dungourney to take on the home team, having lost the toss after the original Castlelyons venue was deemed unplayable due to the heavy rain late last week.
Carraig, minus the service of a few key players through injury, fielded a young team with four U17's in the starting line up. Dungourney were first on the score sheet with a point after 8 minutes but Carraig replied well and a well taken score from James Forde had us level shortly afterwards. Dungourney struck for the first goal of the game on ten minutes and dominated for the next five minutes, but some excellent defending from Brendan Murphy, James Meehan and Michael Ahern kept them off the score sheet. We then found the net ourselves, when Jer Spillane fisted home a long range free from James Forde and it was game on at 1-1 apiece. Unfortunately, despite some good possession, with Eoghan Buckley and Conor Hayes on the left flank causing trouble for the Dungourney defence throughout, we failed to score for the remainder of the half while Dungourney added three further points to lead 1-4 to 1-1 at the short whistle.
Carraig came flying out of the traps in the second half and scored three points in the first 10 minutes, two from the reliable boot of James Forde from frees and one from captain Padraig O'Sullivan. Dungourney replied with a point of their own and after 45 minutes, lead by just a single score 1-5 to 1-04. A swift counter attack from Dungourney however saw them find the back of the Carraig net again, despite the best efforts of Darragh Cronin in goal. In the closing stages, Dungourneys greater craft and skill began to show as they shut out the Carraig attack, where Conor Hayes and James Forde continued to threaten. Late points from Dungourney saw them advance to the semi final on a 2-10 to 1-04 scoreline. There can be no denying that the home side were deserved winners and on the basis of their strong second half showing, they will take a lot of beating in this competition.
While the final result was disappointing, the lads gave 100% on the day and the main talking point amongst the Carraig faithful afterwards were the encouraging performances given by the four Under 17's who started, Gary Geaney, Michael Ahern, Conor Hayes and our man of the match Brendan Murphy, who was outstanding from start to finish. They were well aided by James Forde, Colm Cooney and James Meehan. With key players to return for the hurling championship, this group can certainly hope to go one better in that competition. Keep it going lads!
Team:
Darragh Cronin
Michael Ahern, Colm Cooney, Gary Geaney
Joe O'Donnell, James Meehan, Brendan Murphy
Cormac Hill, Joe Murphy
Fergal Deane, James Forde, Eoghan Buckley
Jer Spillane, Padraig O'Sullivan, Conor Hayes
Subs used:
Diarmuid Murphy, Conor O'Brien and Alan Cahill

Avondhu/Imokilly Junior Hurling League Div 1 Sec 1
Carraig na bhFear 1-17 Russell Rovers 0-10
Sunday saw our Junior A Hurlers take to the field for their first competitive match of the year, when Russell Rovers were the visitors to Carraig. A great turnout of 25 players gave the selectors plenty to think about and a solid performance saw Carraig claim the two points on offer after an entertaining game.

Russell Rovers, fresh off a good win over Sarsfields last week, started brightly and had the opening point before Carraig replied through Ronan Spillane. It was tit for tat in the early stages with the sides exchanging points and some good passages of play at either end, Spillane, Paul Murphy and Aidan Hegarty were all on target for Carraig while the Shanagarry men were also looking sharp in attack and midfield. Gradually our defence began to get on top, lead by Timmy Geaney at centre back who was dominant throughout and we lead 0-07 to 0-05 at the break.
In the second half Carraig took control, substitute John O'Sullivan had an immediate impact with a point and despite two early goal chances from Aaron Dorgan and Paul Murphy missing narrowly, the points began to flow, with Murphy and Spillane in particular looking sharp. Carraig extended the lead while Russell Rovers had two points from frees in reply, as the defence stood firm. With ten minutes remaining Ronan Spillane was on hand to finish to the net after a goalmouth scramble following a good attack down the left wing. This crucial score put Carraig in the clear entering the closing stages. Russell Rovers added three points, two from frees, while Carraig had further points from Paul Murphy, Con Burns and Aidan Hegarty to leave the final score Carraig na bhFear 1-17 Russell Rovers 0-10.
A good start to the hurling season with 20 players seeing game time and and hopefully the panel will build on this performance next weekend against Ballyhea.
Team:
Gavin Webb
Brian Hegarty, Daniel Coleman, Tomás Sheehan
Paul Geaney, Timmy Geaney, Tom Neally
Colm O'Reilly, Martin Hickey
Aidan Hegarty, Cian Dorgan, Con Burns
Aaron Dorgan, Paul Murphy, Ronan Spillane
Subs used:
John O'Sullivan, James Meehan, John Walsh, Brendan Murphy, Barrie Casey

Rebel Og East Minor B Football League – St Patricks Day
Result: Carraig na bhFear 2-18 Grenagh 0-08.
Carraigs Minors made it two wins from two with a strong second half display to overcome a good Grenagh outfit. Having been level at the break 0-06 apiece, we produced a much better second half display, with fine performances from Oisin Crowley, Ryan Galvin, Michael Ahern and Adam O'Sullivan and some excellent point taking on show. A good win lads, well done!

Poc Fada 2014 – St Patricks Day
We held our annual Poc Fada on St Patricks Day once again this year, with 42 teams taking part along the traditional route from Coole Cross to the village via Dun Bolg. A great day was had by all with some much needed funds being raised for charity in the process.
Well done to all who took part, young and old, with the winning teams being drawn from the drum for the Easter eggs being:
Adults:
1st - Sean O'Sullivan, Adam Buckley, Ronan Parkinson.
2nd - Daniel Coleman, Mark Crowley, Gavin Webb.

Juveniles:
1st - Michael Ahern, Brendan Murphy, Aaron Deane.
2nd - Ivan Dunlea, Rhys Dunlea

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of our Lotto Jackpot on Monday 24th March. The jackpot was €2400 and the numbers drawn were 4,6 and 22. €30 prize winners were Maureen O’Donovan, Maureen & Denise, Aidan Horgan and John & Carol Sheehan.
Next weeks Jackpot €2600.

Fixtures:
Avondhu/Imokilly JHL Div 1 Section 1 – Carraig na bhFear v Ballyhea, Sun 30th Mar 3:00pm in Carraig na bhFear