St Catherines GAA Notes

26 March, 2015

Junior A Football Championship this Weekend.

East Cork Junior A Football League – Division Two Round Six.

St Catherines 3-15 Fr O’Neills 2-05.

Ok – there was another tie down for Monday night last against Aghada, but St Catherines were more or less completing championship preparations with an emphatic victory over a subdued Fr O’Neills challenge when this divisional junior football league division two round six fixture was played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Eoin Condon was the central figure in attack. Scored the opening two goals inside the first three minutes. Then provided the key pass to full forward Laurence O’Connor who delightfully slotted home the third right in the corner fourteen minutes later. He was generally involved in all the good things achieved by the Saints and a constant threat to a stretched O’Neills rearguard. Completing the ensemble Eoin even managed to pick up a yellow card. Ross Breen goaled for the opposition. Patrick Steel kicked over a well-taken point shortly afterwards. But the home team were more than deserving of a half time lead standing at 3-06 to 1-01. Alan Carr was now the prominent player in the quartet around the middle, pointing from play two minutes following the change around before setting up Daniel Mangan for another within sixty seconds. That margin between the teams was extending all the time, with Mangan in particular in consistent point scoring form. Joe Mellerick goaled for O’Neills very near the finish, but it was just a consolation score. Tally now is five points acquired from four league matches played. Best of luck to all concerned in the championship opener against Glenville at Rathcormac next Sunday afternoon. St Catherines play Glenbower Rovers in the first round of the East Cork junior B football championship on Easter Monday afternoon at 4pm. Venue to be confirmed.

Scorers v Fr O’Neills: D Mangan (0-03 frees) (0-09), E Condon (2-01), Laurence O’Connor (1-00), E Kenneally (0-02 frees) (0-03), Liam O’Connor and A Carr (0-01 each).

Starting Fifteen: E Corcoran, J Mulcahy, J Neville, R Galvin, Liam O’Connor, P O’Connor, B Davis, A Carr, S Cogan, M Conneely, D Mangan, E Kenneally, C Kearney, Laurence O’Connor and E Condon.

Subs: D Wallace and J Caples for B Davis and R Galvin (both second half), D Hayes for Laurence O’Connor (39’), P Ryan for J Mulcahy (42’), I O’Brien for M Conneely (44’). Also on panel: L O’Callaghan McCarthy, K Neville, D O’Connor, J Walsh and P Geary. Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).

County Junior A Hurling League – Second Two Round One.

St Catherines 2-13 Ballinora 0-08.

Originally billed for the day before, St Catherines dominated from the start when this county junior A hurling league round one tie was relocated and played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night March 16th last.

Back to back Colm Ahern points and a well-taken goal from the nippy Conor Kearney set up a lead of 1-02 without reply to ten minutes. A probing Pádraig O’Connor delivery struck timber. But the ideally placed Brian Davis rifled in the rebound six minutes later. Enough to set up a half time lead. Standing at 2-06 to 0-02.

Ballinora improved through the third quarter. Patrick Fitton was razor sharp with the frees. Barry Crowley pointed from play. But were finding it difficult to eat into that daunting lead. Now standing at 2-09 to 0-06 to forty seven minutes. No thoughts of a recovery were being entertained by the home team. Adding four of

the last six points recorded in a one sided contest. Daniel Mangan and Matthew Mulcahy among the scorers, a winning start then. That’s all it was.

Scorers: C Kearney and B Davis (0-01 free) (1-02 each), D Mangan (0-04), C Ahern and M Mulcahy (0-02 each) and L O’Connor (0-01).

Starting Fifteen: C Leahy, P Tobin, R Clancy, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, R Galvin, J Neville, L O’Connor, M Mulcahy, P O’Connor, B Davis, C Kearney, D Mangan and C Ahern.

Subs: S O’Donnell for R Clancy (4’), K Mangan for C Hegarty (41’), L O’Callaghan McCarthy for C Ahern (51’), J Mulcahy for P Tobin (53’), K Neville for R Galvin (56’).

Also on panel: I O’Brien, S O’Regan, C O’Donnell, L Beecher, S Leamy, J Casey and S O’Brien. Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

Minor Hurling Challenge.

Although the margin in the football equivalent against Mitchelstown two weeks previous was greater, Ballygiblin still emerged victorious in a minor hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night last. George Prendle was accurate from the frees and general play. James Mullins was the goalscorer on twenty minutes. Half time and Ballygiblin 1-07 to 0-03 ahead. Points from Brian Davis and Niall O’Regan trimmed the deficit for a rejigged and much improved Saints team quickly on the turnover and when Richard Gavin goaled a well taken individual effort the lead was cut to three points at 1-09 to 1-06 to the three quarter mark. A hat-trick of Cathal O’Mahony points confirmed a three-point win for the visitors on an end scoreline of 1-12 to 1-09. Referee was Mike Walsh.

This Weeks Rebel Óg East Report.

U16 B Football League – Section Two Round Three.

Castlelyons 3-14 St Catherines 1-06.

Both teams could be accused of poor finishing. An overall tally of twenty-seven wides tells a story. That said the home team still had more in the locker. Had a greater spread of scorers and were in full control at half time, ahead 3-05 to 0-03, when this round three U16 B football league match was played under lights at Castlelyons on Wednesday evening March 18th last. Mark Spillane, Barry Murphy and Jack Kenny were the goalscorers. Although the pacy Barry Murphy was his direct opponent, Richard Galvin still tried his utmost for the Saints and covered a lot of ground over the hour. Robert English too had the ability to cause trouble. Frequently stretching the Castlelyons defence in an albeit largely one-sided encounter. Ironically after just being moved Niall O’Regan responded. Scoring a consolation goal just at the end of the third quarter. But Castlelyons were still the stronger team.

Scorers: N O’Regan (1-00), R English (0-03), Richard Galvin (0-02) and P Keane (0-01).

St Catherines Team: O O’Neill, E Sheehan, C Galvin, P Bryan, E Wallace, Richard Galvin, S Kelleher, B O’Brien, A Long, R English, K English, P Keane, C O’Brien, N O’Regan and M O’Connor.

Subs not used: S Spillane and E Davis. Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

U11 Football League – Section Two Round One.

Kiltha Óg 3-04 St Catherines 10-03.

A winning start for the Saints when this round one U11 football league tie was played in sunny conditions at Castlemartyr on Saturday afternoon last. Nothing much had been separating two evenly matched teams. Kiltha a combination of Dungourney and Castlemartyr shading it at 2-02 to 2-01 at half time. However the visitors assumed control after that. Six different players figured on the scoring sheet, with Denis Temple helping himself to a hat-trick of goals. At the other end William O’Driscoll excellent between the posts, making many excellent stops. Other teams in this group for league matches over the summer months are Youghal, Killeagh Ita’s, Fr O’Neills and St Colman’s, (Russell Rovers and Cloyne together).

Scorers: D Temple (3-00), B O’Connor (2-02), S Cotter (2-00), G O’Brien (1-01), F O’Connell and J Pratt (1-00 each).

Team: W O’Driscoll, J Mulcahy, A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, B O’Connor, C Desmond Doyle, G O’Brien, F O’Connell, J Pratt, D Temple and S Cotter.

Fixtures – Juvenile.

Monday March 30th at Riverstown U16 A Hurling League Section Two Round One v Sarsfields at 7-30pm.

Wednesday April 1st at Dungourney Minor A Hurling League Section Two Round One v Kiltha Óg at 6-45pm.

Adult Club.

Sunday March 29th at Rathcormac Junior A Football Championship First Round v Glenville at 3-30pm.


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Club meetings (juvenile and adult) tonight Thursday March 26th at 8-15 and 9pm respectively.


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Cork Teams.

It was a week, which started out in a blaze of glory for the Rebels, recording yet another victory over the Kingdom at U21 level. It was Cork’s sixth successive win over Kerry in the U21 football championship. They now face a really good Tipp team in the Provincial final. Hard to accept a Cork/Tipp clash being a dead rubber. Both teams were qualified anyway. But Cork won’t be happy the way they relinquished their grip on proceedings when the final series of regular group matches were played last Sunday afternoon. They should now be champing at the bit for the quarter final VS Wexford this forthcoming weekend. Their cause not helped, incurring more injuries in the squad. Can they absorb them? At time of compiling this report it’s still not clear what the venue will be. Remember the Cork footballers will be up against Mayo in Páirc Uí Rinn. Make a nice double header wouldn’t it? Can you see that happening? Thought not. However the overall picture right through to the final is now that bit clearer with the winners of Cork and Wexford paired with either Limerick or Dublin in one semi-final. Whoever emerges from Waterford and Galway on next Sunday in Walsh Park will be up against either Tipp or Offaly on the other side. Sunday April 19th is the date for the subsequent semi-finals. This year’s National hurling league final is pencilled in for the first

Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend. Date is Sunday May 3rd. believe it or not the first rounds of the Leinster hurling and Connacht football championships are on that day.

Lotto Results Update.

Early copy deadline prevailed last week being the eve of our National feast day. Results from the lotto draw held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night March 16th. Numbers drawn being 8, 11, 19 and 28. There was no winner of the €20,000 jackpot. Consolation winners being Kay Browne, c/o English’s, Conna, Clare Murphy, Clashegannive, Conna, Tom Murphy, Conna, Bertie O’Sullivan, c/o Cal’s, Conna and Ian Patterson, Aghern.

Moving on and again no winner of the maximum €20,000 jackpot when the most recent draw was made at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last March 23rd. Numbers drawn were: 6, 8, 9 and 19. Consolation winners on the night being: Dave Dinneen, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe, J Hurley, Castleview, Conna, Audrey O’Keeffe, c/o Tom English’s, Conna, Jerry Hogan, Curraglass and Joe Byron. Next week’s draw for that €20,000 jackpot will take place at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night March 30th.