Carraig na bhFear GAA Notes

17 February, 2015

Under 21s get first round win

East Cork U21 B Football Championship 1st Round Sat 14th Feb – Castlemartyr

Carraig na bhFear 2-11 Youghal 1-07

Our Under 21 footballers got their championship campaign up and running with a deserved 7 point win over Youghal in Castlemartyr on St. Valentines day. Clearly the lads weren’t distracted by the ladies in their lives as they put in a great performance from start to finish. Oisin Crowley opened the scoring from an early free and he was on target from play after 8 minutes to give us an early lead that we would never relinquish. Sean O’Sullivan and John Forde were dominating the middle of the field and early ball into the dangerous Crowley was causing Youghal all sorts of bother. The seasiders opened their account on 10 minutes, but Carraig responded well, Cormac Hill bursting through on the end of a great team move to bury to the net for the game’s opening goal.

Carraig followed this up with three excellent points from play between the 13th and 17th minutes, centre forward James Forde with 2 either side of a great point from lively corner forward Adam O’Sullivan. In defence Colm Cooney, Gary Geaney and Michael Ahern were dominating, while the half back line of Brendan Murphy, Joe O’Donnell and James Meehan were providing a great platform for attacks. The sides exchanged points, with John Forde joining his twin James on the score sheet. A great goal chance for Adam O’Sullivan was saved after 25 minutes and the follow up efforts of Cormac and Oisin were also denied. That looked like a great opportunity missed, but Carraig came right back up the pitch again and this time Adam made no mistake to bury the ball into the corner of the net, putting us 2-07 to 0-03 ahead coming up to half time.

Youghal finished the half strong and a point from a free was followed by another that only went over,rather than under, with the aid of the crossbar. At half time we lead 2-07 to 0-05.

The second half saw Carraig add two early points from Oisin and James Forde. Youghal continued to press and but for the reflexes of Conor Hayes in the Carraig net, could have had a few goals. A purple patch for Youghal did see them hit 1-1 in the space of a minute, to make it 2-09 to 1-06 with 40 minutes gone. Carraig continued to work hard, the link play of Paul Sheehan & Cormac Hill setting up a number of attacks, with Oisin threatening every time he won possession. Points for Oisin and John Forde extended the lead again coming into the final quarter. Youghal were then dealt a blow with a straight red card for an off the ball incident. Carraig dominated the closing stages and retained possession, but the scores dried up for both teams as Carraig advanced on a final score of 2-11 to 1-07.

A fine win for a young team, well done to all concerned. Next up, Dungourney in the quarter final on Saturday 21st Feb.

Team: Conor Hayes; Gary Geaney, Colm Cooney, Michael Ahern; Brendan Murphy,Joe O’Donnell, James Meehan; John Forde, Ryan Galvin; Cormac Hill, James Forde, Paul Sheehan; Adam O’Sullivan, Oisin Crowley, Seán O’Sullivan;

Subs: Cathal Cronin, David Sweeney, Thomas Coleman, Fergal Deane, Conor O’Brien & Shane O’Leary

Junior A Footballers kick off season with win

East Cork Junior Football League Div 1 Sun 15th Feb – College pitch Carraig na bhFear 3-09 Cobh 1-04

Our Junior A Footballers got their season off to a good start with a deserved win over Cobh in the college pitch on Sunday. With the U21s having played the previous day, it was a case of the old dogs for the hard road, as management sought to rest as many of the younger players as possible. Carraig got off to a great start when a long range Barrie Casey free found the back of the net off the upright. Further points from play and frees from Barrie gave us an early 1-03 to 0-0 lead, but Cobh came back into the game to notch a goal and two points in quick succession. A goal from wing back John Walsh, added to a 45 from Barrie extended our lead again. Timmy Geaney was having a fine game at centre forward, while younger brother Paul was sweeping up well in defence, making the most of the spare man role. Martin Hickey and William Spillane were excellent at midfield and dominated the kickout battle to keep the pressure on the Cobh defence. At half time we lead 2-05 t0 1-03.

The second half saw Carraig take a firm grip on proceedings, with a goal from Timmy Geaney and some fine points from John Forde and Colm O’Reilly.

Cobh pushed hard to find a goal that would get them back into the game, but Ricky Galvin made some great stops and cleared his lines well. Carraig finished the game strongly and limited Cobh to just a single point from a free after the break, to run out winners on a 3-09 to 1-04 scoreline. Next up will be a trip to Cloyne, who are back at Junior after a spell in the higher ranks, so that should provide another tough challenge for the lads.

Team: Ricky Galvin Tomás Sheehan, Tyrone Kennedy, Paul Geaney; John Walsh, Shane Horgan, James Meehan; William Spillane, Martin Hickey;

Barrie Casey, Timmy Geaney, Nicky Pike; Aaron Dorgan, Colm O’Reilly, John Forde;

Subs: James Forde for James Meehan Joe O’Donnell for John Walsh Colm Cooney for Nicky Pike

No winner of Lotto

There was No Winner of this week’s Lotto jackpot of €3600 in the Arches on Monday night last.

The numbers drawn were 1, 5 and 24.

€30 prize winners: Sean Bowen, Cash & Holly c/o The Local, John Caffrey, Michael Downing, Carrig Court, c/o The Shop

Next week’s jackpot is €3800. Tickets are available locally in shop, post office and all pubs or from the lotto committee. Thanks for your continued support, without which we would not be able to invest in the future of our club! Fixtures: East Cork U21 B Football Quarter Final – Carraig v Doungourney Sat 21st Feb, time & venue to be confirmed. East Cork JFL Div 1 – Carraig v Cloyne, Sun 22nd Feb, in Cloyne, time to be confirmed.

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