St Catherines GAA Notes

13 August, 2015

Saints exit junior A hurling championship

East Cork Oil

sponsored divisional

junior A hurling championship quarter final re-fixture

Dungourney 3-08

St Catherine’s 1-10

Blown up fourteen minutes premature a week previous, this divisional junior A hurling championship quarter-final refixture again went ahead at Magner’s Hill in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Dark clouds were looking threatening prior to throw in, thankfully on this occasion we were spared the horrendous conditions that prevailed six evenings previous.

Again it was the opposition who were making the better start. Niall Motherway prominent around the middle availing of a slack clearance and pointing Dungourney into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, in the first minute. His vital touch into the path of the on-running Shane Hegarty led to the opening goal two minutes later. Brian Mulcahy had the Saints first score from open play and managed to reduce the deficit to three points when disaster struck just short of half-time. Sliotar driven into the path of the threatening Hegarty who first-timed to the net again for the second goal on twenty nine minutes. Establishing a six point lead for the opposition on an interval scoreline of 2-03 to 0-03.

Catherine’s fairly rung the changes for the turnover. But were left with a mountain to climb when Shane Casey, who played a significant role in the creation of Hegarty’s second goal just before the break, added a third goal. Pushing it out to 3-07 to 0-04 to forty-one minutes. Not looking good. But in the face of adversity how the Saints responded. Holding Dungourney scoreless in the resultant seventeen minutes, as they strove manfully to stem the tide. Shane Cotter and Shane Kearney clearing an ocean of ball. Behind them, Stephen O’Brien inspired at corner back. Slowly but surely the gap was narrowing. A brace of Rory Galvin points, one from play, initiated the recovery. It was his delivery which fell for the returned Richie O’Connell to drive home the Saints goal on fifty-one minutes.

In all a return of 1-06 without reply had the deficit in a mounting excitement cut to just three points, one strike of a hurling ball, on a scoreline of 3-07 to 1-10 to fifty-seven minutes. Next score vital. As it was it fell to aforementioned Shane Casey to seal the deal. Ironically, Dungourney will now meet Midleton in the semi-final pencilled in for Ballynoe next Sunday evening. Had the Saints come through it would have been in Dungourney. A reminder to patrons that this year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final has been fixed for Cloyne towards the end of the month.

So that’s it. Defeat and championship exit for the Saints. All season long Pat Clancy, Richard Hegarty and Niall McCarthy worked hard with the team. Pat Aherne was also involved. Beidh lá eile ar an bpáorach.

Dungourney scorers: S Hegarty (2-01), S Casey (1-01), N Motherway (0-03), R Denny (0-01 ‘65’) (0-02) and K Rohan (0-01).

St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-05), R O’Connell (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-3) and S Cotter (0-02).

Starting team: Cathal Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Conor Hegarty, Shane Cotter, Shane Kearney, Liam O’Connor (captain), Eoin Condon, James Neville, Padraig O’Connor, Brian Mulcahy, Rory Galvin, Brian Davis, Seanie Farrell and Patrick Roche. Subs: Ed Kenneally, Conor Kearney and Richard O’Connell for James Neville, Brian Davis and Patrick Roche (all second half).

Also on panel: Kieran Neville, John Mulcahy, Cormac Mulcahy, Shane O’Regan, John Casey, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Colm Ahern, Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin Mangan, Sean Leamy, Noel O’Brien, Eoin Corcoran, Ian O’Brien and Luke Beecher. Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).


Sunday, August 16th at Ballynoe East Cork Junior A hurling championship semi-final Dungourney v Midleton at 6pm. Tuesday, August 18th at Ballynoe U21 B hurling championship Watergrasshill - Lisgoold at 7.30pm.

This week’s rebel Óg East report

U14 C football league

Section two - round three - re fixture

St Catherine’s 3-06

Carraig na bhFear 3-11

With a near gale force wind prevalent and making it difficult for all concerned this twelve-a-side under fourteen C football league match played in Ballynoe on bank holiday Monday evening, August 3rd last was originally billed for the morning of Sunday, April 26th. But had to be blown up following a serious injury incurred by Con O’Driscoll with the opposition. He is slowly making his way back.

Initially conditions were favouring the home based team. Ivan Ohrim Eoghan O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe and Ciaran O’Brien defensively on top. Adam O’Brien and Brendan McKee prominent around the middle. Goals from a Kevin Barry penalty and Gavin England setting up a half-time lead on a scoreline of 2-05 to 1-03.

Adam Dorian, Fionn Mulcahy and Sean O’Donoghue excelled for the opposition. Level at 2-06 apiece to the end of the third quarter and now ahead at 3-08 to 2-06 to forty eight minutes. Tom Hartnett goaled a beauty for the Saints but with that wind to their backs, Carrig were able to hold on.

St Catherine’s scorers: K Barry (1-00 penalty) (0-01 sideline kick), (0-01 ‘45’) (0-01 frees) (1-04), G England and T Hartnett (1-00 each), A O’Brien and C England (0-01 each).

St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, I Ohrim, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, B McKee, A O’Brien, H Draper, G England, J Duncan, K Barry, J Hayes. Subs: C England and C Dineen for J Hayes and J Duncan (both second half), T Hartnett for C Dineen (‘45), M Geary for E O’Riordan (54). Also on panel: D Galvin, G Leahy, W McAuliffe and W Leamy.

Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

U12 B football league - section one - round seven

St Catherine’s 3-01

Aghada 2-13

St Catherine’s wound up their campaign following a nine point loss to Aghada when this round seven U12 B football league tie was played in dull, damp and overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, August 5th last.

That said, it was the home team who made the livelier start. Goaling after ninety seconds. Midfielder William Leahy with the all important touch. Thereafter the visitors inspired by the excellence of Fintan Cody and in particular Eoin Motherway, assumed control to lead at 1-09 to 2-00 at the break. Cathal Dineen credited with the second goal for the Saints coming up to the end of the first of what are twenty five minute halves.

Try as they might Catherine’s couldn’t get much closer. Tom Hartnett from a penalty kick scored the third goal on thirty eight minutes.

Scorers: W Leamy, C Dineen and T Hartnet (penalty) (1-00 each) and G O’Brien (0-01).

Catherine’s team: E Philpott, B Barry, D Galvin, G Leamy, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, H Draper, W Leamy, T Hartnett, C England, D Temple, C Dineen, S Cotter, F O’Connell. Subs: A O’Donnell and J O’Callaghan for B Barry and D Temple (both second half), W O’Driscoll for W Leamy (38’), J Mulcahy for S Cotter (40’).

Referee: Jonathan O’Connell (Glenville).

U16 B football league - division two - round six

St Catherine’s 1-08

Cobh 2-10

This under sixteen B football league match was originally put down for Monday, May 11th. But was adjudged to be too close in proximity to their upcoming examinations. Refixed in the schedule in near perfect conditions for Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

Catherine’s were always involved mainly due to a quartet of astounding Niall O’Regan points. Although 0-07 to 0-04 adrift at the break, equality was once again restored now for the fifth time in the contest. Richard Galvin with the key pass picking out Eoin Davis to goal with a quality finish at 1-05 to 0-08 to thirty seven minutes. Two Ciaran Leahy goals five minites apart eventually sealed it for the visitors.

But you feel the home team might well have been closer at the end. Denied by a stupendous Michael Walsh save in the final quarter.

Scorers: E Davis (1-01), N O’Regan (0-04), RD Galvin (0-02 frees) and J Hayes (0-01).

Team: O O’Neill, S Spillane, C Galvin, P Keane, B McKee, L Wallace, S Kelleher, RD Galvin, A Long, R English, N O’Regan, A O’Brien, E Davis, K English and G England. Subs: J O’Keeffe for Spillane (50’), J Hayes for G England (53’), E Sheehan for S Kelleher (55’).

Referee: John Linehan (Castlelyons).

Rebel Óg East fixture

Tonight (Thursday) at Ballynoe U14n B hurling championship first round; also U14 B hurling league - round six v Lisgoold at 7.30pm.

Under twelve hurling blitz

There was a great turnout of parents and family supporting the team that participated in the under twelve hurling blitz at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Friday afternoon last. Boys played well and were a credit to their families, club and county. They won their three matches against Inniscarra (3-02 to 1-01). Then recording a 4-02 to 1-02 success over Granagh-Ballingarry. Rounding off with a win on a scoreline of 0-02 to 0-01 over Wolfe Tones (Shannon).

Panel that travelled was Brian Barry, Cathal Dineen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Eoghan O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Gerard Leamy, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Tom Hartnett, William Leamy, William McAuliffe, Gearoid O’Brien, Fionn O’Connell, Ben O’Connor and Stephen Cotter. Mentors were: Edmond Galvin, Eoin Davis, Brian Cotter and Shane O’Connell.

Afterwards those present were taken on a stadium tour with Tipp. under twenty one dual player Brian Fox, nephew of the legendary Pat Fox, including visits to the dressing rooms, dome and corporate area with question and answer session also included.


T&A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.

Night at the dogs

More about this next week, but major fundraiser for the year of a night at the dogs is now being jointly organised by both the GAA and camogie clubs. Tickets are €10. While dog nominations cost €25. There wil be a raffle on the night to win some fantastic prizes. Date is Friday night, August 28th at Youghal greyhound track. First race is 8pm.

Fun walk/run

While St Catherine’s Camogie Club are staging a 5k fun walk/run on Friday evening coming (August 14th) from the community centre in Ballynoe. Walkers at 6.30pm. Its 7.30pm for the runners. Entry is €5 or €1 for under twelves. Refreshments afterwards in the pitch.

Lotto results

Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, August 4th at The Winners Enclosure, Conna. Numbers drawn were 11, 21, 27 and there was no winner of the €19,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Jim Murphy c/o Dave Hoare, Conna; Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna; Mary Delaney, Conna; Chris McCarthy c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Caitlin c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. More results next week.


Cork’s nine point loss to Galway in last Saturday evening’s All-Ireland intermediate hurling final in Limerick brings to an end a wretched year at intercounty level for our beloved rebels. Somehow we feel its not the end though of conversation circling around a truly disastrous run following what were frequently embarrasing performances, never mind results.


Any luck with last week’s little brainteaser re the previous occasion when a junior A hurling championship match involving the Saints while in progress was cancelled because of poor weather conditions?

Answer - Sunday, June 9th, 2002 in a first round clash at Dungourney. Catherine’s three points without reply ahead against Carrigtwohill to eighteen minutes when the heavens opened and referee Charlie McAllister called a halt to proceedings. Ten days later Carrigtwohill took the re-fixture on an end scoreline of 3-09 to 3-08. Team manager that year was Dave Dineen.