St. Catherines GAA Club News

21 August, 2014

St Catherines GAA
Rebels bow out tamely
Maybe the five week delay could be a mitigating factor. It didn’t help Dublin and Limerick last year when they too went into their respective All-Ireland semi-finals following a competitive lay off of similar duration. Maybe. But overall no excuses can be offered. Right from the outset Tipp powered into the match. A breathtaking finish from Seamus Callinan from a ball that possibly should have been cleared for the lead goal on five minutes, after the seemingly harshly withdrawn Allan Cadogan had pointed the Rebels ahead as early as thirty four seconds.
Now reliant on the accuracy of ’keeper Anthony Nash from placed balls to remain in contention. Cork flattered to be just two points adrift at half-time in a disappointing and subsequently hopelessly one-sided All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last. Cork now all of eight points adrift when Conor Lehane registered their first score from open play fifteen minutes into the second half. Any hopes eradicated by Callinan’s second goal five minutes previous. Cork lethargic and struggling. Tipp buoyant and making a mockery of the form witnessed in our own neck of the woods from the previous two weeks.
Cork’s performance virtually as poor as that offered by the county footballers in their provincial decider with Kerry. No qualifier win over Sligo or decent performance against Mayo subsequently could compensate for that. Winter will come in early now.
Big match in Ballynoe
A comeback of gargantuan proportions initiated in the main by a slightly fortuitious Ger O’Leary goal on thirty eight minutes, saw Fr O’Neill’s virtually come back from the dead. Rescuing the spoils with a hitherto dominant Fermoy team in the intermediate hurling championship fourth round game played in overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.
Fermoy lording it from the start. A well taken Alan O’Connor goal helping them settle into their rhythm on seven minutes. Dominant at half back and around the middle they had stretched it out to lead on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-03 to the end of the first quarter.
Sean O’Connor and Joe Mellerick were on target for the East Cork based team. But you would imagine any possible thoughts on an O’Neill’s recovery were firmly culled following a cracking David Geary goal on twenty eight minutes. Establishing a Fermoy lead on a daunting 2-12 to 0-06 half-time scoreline.
No doubt the introduction of Declan Dalton aided a flagging O’Neill’s cause, now further boosted by the benefit of the breezy conditions. O’Leary goaled. Might well have had another. A brace of Paudie McMahon points saw the gap cut to three points at 2-13 to 1-13 to fifty four minutes.
Thomas Clancy looked to have settled it for Fermoy, but Billy Dunne slammed in a cracker and aforementioned Dalton rescued it at the death. Pointing the leveller from a placed ball coming up to the fourth minute of justifiably added on time.
Final score 2-14 apiece. Teddy O’Donovan of Douglas refereed.
Many thanks to Tom McCarthy, club secretary, Fermoy and to Seamus Joyce, Denis O’Flynn and John Vincent Aherne of O’Neill’s for their help and assistance in the compilation of the match programme. Also to juvenile club treasurer, Eleanor Galvin who co-ordinated the sellers. Indeed our gratitude is due to all who helped out and made the staging of a prestigious match such a success.
Club news
In recent challenge games St Catherine’s lost out to Ballinhassig in intermediate hurling. As did the juniors in the Glen field on the northside of the city on Friday evening last. A date is in circulation re the relegation play-off with Dripsey. We will wait to get it ratified through a club meeting. Most attention now focused on the night at the dogs fundraiser. Fixed for Youghal greyhound track on Friday night, August 29th at 8pm. Tickets now on sale. Please support, more about this next week.
Friday, August 22 at Ballynoe East Cork junior A hurling championship semi-final Castlemartyr v Sarsfields at 7.30pm (time correct when submitting this report).
Rebel Óg East report
Minor A hurling championship
quarter final
Inniscarra 1-19 St Catherine’s 0-07
Competitive to half-time when trailing by just a point St Catherine’s were forced to play second fiddle from there on in and were the recipients of a heavy beating in this minor A hurling championship quarter-final. Second leg of a double header and played in breezy conditions at Passage on Monday evening, August 11th last. Catherine’s with a bye thus far. Inniscarra conquerors of Watergrasshill in round one.
Most unfortunate for the Saints is that they had lost two thirds of their half forward line to injury after ten minutes. Still managing to stay upsides, against a fancied opposition. Richard Galvin pointing twice with the teams level on three occasions to twenty five minutes and Inniscarra only a point ahead at 0-05 to 0-04 at the interval.
But with a strong breeze at their backs they virtually took over what unfolded as a one-sided contest after that. In fairness if they availed of all chances created the winning margin might have been greater. Dual minor Sean O’Donoghue was dominant at centre back. Andrew McCarthy was the pick of the four midfielders on view. While up front another county minor, Thómas O’Connor raked up a tally of 1-10. All but one point coming from play.
Although largely outclassed one could still feel well satisfied with the contribution of Rory Galvin, Philip Keane, Cathal Leahy, Richard Galvin and Brian Davis for the Saints, who only lose three of the starting line up for the next year. Inniscarra are now in the regional semi-final where they will meet another East Cork team in Kiltha Og.
Scorers: S O’Donnell (0-03 frees), Rd Galvin and B Davis (0-02 each).
Starting fifteen: Rory Galvin, Philip Keane, Cathal Leahy (team captain), Kieran Neville, Shane O’Regan, Sean Leamy, Richard Galvin, Brian Davis, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Jack O’Brien, Jack Buckley, Stephen O’Donnell, Thomas O’Donnell, Eoin Corcoran, Darren Leamy. Subs: Niall O’Callaghan for Jack Buckley (4’); Niall O’Regan for Jack O’Brien (10’); Luke Beecher for Eoin Corcoran (38’). Also on panel: Kieran English and Conor Hickey.
Referee: Pat Lyons (Bishopstown).
U14 B hurling championship quarter-final
Passage 3-06 St Catherine’s 2-14
St Catherine’s were lord and masters through the opening half of this Rebel Óg East under fourteen B hurling championship quarter-final opening leg of a double header, when played in Passage on Monday evening, August 11th last. It wasn’t like that just at the start though, off target in four of their five opening attacks. Owen O’Neill scored a fortuitious goal. Shortly afterwards James Hayes coolness personified when the chance presented itself after strong approach play from Robert English, added a second and the confidence visibly soared. Ahead at 2-03 to 0-02 to the end of the opening quarter.
Four points without reply followed in just over a two minute spell including a brace from All-Ireland champion boxer Adam O’Brien at wing forward and by half-time the lead had stretched to 2-11 to 0-02. Such was the ferocity of the breeze, many of the mentors felt this was a championship match far from over. How right they were!
Midfielder Luke Tett goaled almost straight away for the opposition on the change of ends. With the lead cut to 2-13 to 2-05 to the end of the third quarter. Eoin Davis fired over a few crucial points. Ben O’Brien was lording it at center back. So much so that when Cathal Moloney with his second and Passage’s third goal on fifty two minutes meant there could be no relaxation. Pressure still on. But there was no serious chance of ever being overtaken. Next up are Tracton in the semi-final.
Scorers: E Davis (0-05 frees) (0-07), O O’Neill and J Hayes (1-00 each), R English, A O’Brien and B O’Brien (0-01 ‘65) (0-01 free) (0-02 each), K Barry (0-01).
Team: E Sheehan, M O’Connor, E O’Riordan, P Bryan, C O’Brien, B O’Brien (team captain), S Kelleher, O O’Neill, A Long, R English, E Davis, A O’Brien, K Barry, C Galvin and J Hayes. Sub - B McKee for P Bryan (49’). Also on panel: G England, J Duncan and J O’Keeffe. Referee: Ian Thomas (Carrigaline).
U16 B football league - section two - round five
St Catherine’s 1-03
St Vincent’s 2-13
Rounding up a busy week and their campaign with a heavy loss to St Vincent’s in this under sixteen B football league match played in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
Ahead 0-08 to 1-02 at the break, the visitors sealed the issue with two third quarter goals finished off by Troy Barry and Adam Reynolds in turn. Christopher Falvey contributed six points. That said the moment of a one-sided match was produced by the Saints late in the first half. A sublime thirty yard foot pass saw Ben O’Brien release Thomas O’Donnell to finish off a wonderful goal on twenty eight minutes. How’s that the saying goes?!!!! Worth the entry fee alone!!!
Scorers: T O’Donnell (1-01), B O’Brien and C Galvin (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: R Galvin, N O’Callaghan, J O’Brien, E Wallace, RD Galvin, S O’Regan, D Leamy, B O’Brien, R English, K English, K Neville, N O’Regan, L Beecher, T O’Donnell, O O’Neill. Subs: P Keane and C Hickey for O O’Neill and L Beecher (both second half), C Galvin for Rd Galvin (42’), S Spillane for N O’Callaghan (52’).
Referee: James O’Brien (Midleton).
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday), August 21st at Ballynoe under eleven football league section two round four v Killeagh/Ita’s at 7pm. Saturday, August 23 at Ballynoe under twelve C football league round seven Tracton at 12 noon.
Wednesday, August 27th under eleven football league section two round seven v Kiltha Óg (away). Time TBC.
Late news from Monday night last
Rebel Og East U14 B hurling championship semi-final
St Catherine’s 6-15 Tracton 2-07
Match played in Whitechurch on Monday evening last, August 18th. Report next week.
Lotto results
Finally for this week the results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Plough, Curraglass also on Monday night last August 18th. Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 10 and 12. There was no winner of the €15,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were - Dan O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Britway; Paddy Cronin, Cousane, Kildinan; Liam Burke, Glengoura, Flynn family, c/o English’s, Conna and Donagh O’Keeffe, Mondaniel, Rathcormac. So now next week’s draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, August 25th will be for a jackpot of €15,600. More news next week.