St Catherines GAA Club Notes

25 March, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Junior footballers get the better of Lisgoold

East Cork junior A football championship preliminary round

St Catherines 2-06 Lisgoold 0-10

St Catherines just saw off the challenge of Lisgoold in this East Cork junior A football championship preliminary round when played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. They now advance a couple of stages. While it was a result which provided a great fillip for the game within the club. Also providing compensation of sorts for a heavy first round loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 championship at Ballynoe just three weeks previous. All in all a good night’s work.

A contest dominated by the scoring exploits of both number 14s. Daniel Mangan for the home based team and in particular John Cashman for the opposition. Kicking over all bar one of their registered ten points.

Some exquisite and skilfully taken points were scored by both teams in the opening passages of play. When the Saints challenge would receive a timely boost. A delightful defence splitting Daniel Mangan pass hit the target Eoin Condon right on the button. Duly fouled with team captain Mangan coolly slotting home the awarded penalty kick and a lead of 1-01 to 0-01 established just short of five minutes in. Lisgoold only slightly probably had the better of it then to the break. Ahead by the minimum on a half time 0-07 to 1-03 scoreline.

Maybe a few postitional changes were telling. But the Saints were assuming control as the contest evolved. Shooting forward wing back Kieran Neville popped over a beauty. Sixty seconds later Mangan was again on target and the teams were now level for the third and last time. Defining moment emerging, Shane O’Brien was involved. Before at the second time of asking Eoin Condon drilled in a second Saints goal. Lisgoold lost a halfback to two yellows. Another Saints defender Rory Galvin, up in attack and another crucial point and by forty-eight minutes were now ahead on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-08.

Barry Aherne and aforementioned Cashman halved the deficit in the ensuing minutes. But the Saints held on for a very much-deserved victory.

Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-06 frees) (0-09) and B Aherne (0-01).

St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-0 penalty) (0-02 frees) (1-14), E Condon (1-0), K Neville and R Galvin (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: C Molloy, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, J Neville, W Walsh, L O’Connor, K Neville, A Carr, P O’Connor, S Cogan, E Kenneally, S O’Brien, E Condon, D Mangan (team captain), C Kearney. Sub: P Roche for A Carr (51’), also on panel: E Corcoran, T O’Donnell, B Davis, D O’Connor and J Walsh.

Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).

U21 final

While Aghada proved too strong for Glanmire, winning on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-06 when the East Cork U21 A football final went ahead at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Dominic Rooney of Carrigtwohill refereed.

Junior B hurling challenge

Stephen O’Donnell clung a beauty, as the Saints were off to a flyer against Midleton in a junior B hurling challenge again under lights in Ballynoe on Saturday night last. Mark O’Keeffe around the middle very accurate as the Magpies turned it around and were 0-10 to 1-02 ahead at the break. Ian O’Brien goaled a close in free. Parity restored at 2-04 to 0-10 five minutes into the second half. However the opposition began to pull away and a brace of final quarter goals from Oisin Cotter confirmed a Midleton win. Final score 2-18 to 2-07, referee was Jim Hennessy from Dungourney.

Rebel Og East report

Minor B football league, section three, round two

Kiltha Óg 0-10

St Catherines 0-07

Kiltha Óg maintained their unbeaten start to the season, recording a three point success over the Saints when this round two minor B football league tie went ahead under lights at Dungourney on Monday night, March 14th last.

Still U16 player Joe Stack was impressive for the opposition kicking over six points, all but one from open play for a Kiltha side ahead at half-time on a 0-06 to 0-04 scoreline.

Thomas O’Donnell and in particular Rory Galvin kicked some good points from placed balls for the visitors who pressed hard through the third quarter. But wasteful shooting would prove their undoing. Conor Hickey with the only point from play was the return.

Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees), T O’Donnell (0-02 frees) and C Hickey (0-01).

St Catherines team: O O’Neill, S O’Regan, N O’Callaghan, C Galvin, L Beecher, K Neville, A Long, R Galvin, E Wallace, P Keane, T O’Donnell,  K English, C Hickey, N O’Regan and A O’Brien.

Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).

U14 C football league section one – round one

St Catherines 6-07 Crosshaven 4-07

A successful start to the campaign for the Saints recording an eventful six point success when the opening match of the twelve a side under fourteen C football league campaign was played in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday last at 12.00 noon.

Goals from William Leamy and Harry Draper ninety seconds apart had the home team in the ascendancy and ahead on a half-time scoreline of 2-06 to 2-01. A timely double save from Evan Philpott early on also a contributing factor against a Crosshaven team who battled away, never gave up and had influential players in Robert Twomey and David Murphy.

Perhaps the decisive moments of the second half came about when Kevin Barry’s penalty kick was saved, but was on hand to goal the rebound. Substitute Gearóid O’Brien also impressed, worked for their goals. He will see plenty of game time.

Scorers: K Barry (0-03 frees) (0-01 45’) (2-05), G O’Brien (2-01), H Draper (1-01) and W Leamy (1-0).

Team: E Piggott, M Geary, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, D Galvin, J McGuckian, T Hartnett, H Draper, J Hayes, K Barry, W Leamy.

Also present: W McAuliffe, S Dunning, G England, C Dineen, C England, G Leahy, G O’Brien, F O’Connell and B O’Connor.

Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg fixture

Sunday, March 27th U14 C football league section one round two v Lisgoold (away) at 11.00am.

Easter camp

St Catherines underage section are holding a three day Easter camp. Dates are Tuesday, March 29th to Thursday, March 31st. Times are 10am to 12 noon and it costs €15 per child. Payable on the first morning. Its open to both boys and girls registered with St Catherines GAA and Camogie clubs. Check with secretary Imelda O’Connell as we may be gone beyond the date for entry.

Camogie quiz

With the junior football championship on in the pitch we were unable to make the annual camogie club quiz. Hopefully it was the success it deserved to be.

Lotto results

Early copy last week due to our national feast day celebrations. Omitted were the lotto results from the draw held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, March 14th. Numbers drawn were 1, 23, 27 and 29 and the €8,200 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners were – Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Sheila O’Leary, c/o DH, Mike Scanlon, Ballyduff, Ann O’Donovan, Leeside, Tivoli, Cork and Maura O’Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons. Don’t forget being Easter weekend, next draw at The Big Tree, Aghern will be on Tuesday night, March 29th. Lotto results will be updated in due course.


T&A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.


Well that’s it, a rousing last quarter against Waterford and a decent home performance against the Cats. Apart from that – little else. Cork now play Galway to decide who stays in the premier group of the national hurling league. You know what and it hurts to have to say it. But there should be no relegation final, bottom team goes. That should be it. Galway secured four points through their regular campaign encompassing one win. Ironically over Cork and two draws compared to the Rebels return that should be enough to stay up. Yet lose this and down they go. Something not right about that.

A home win over Down this upcoming weekend would prove a massive boost to retain division one status in the national football league. Remember a trip to Tralee is coming up. While there’s also a Cork/Kerry Munster U21 football championship final.

Enjoy the festivities and don’t eat too many Easter eggs!