St Catherines GAA Club notes

14 April, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Defeat for junior B footballers

Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork junior B
football championship – round one

Aghada 2-07 St Catherines 1-04

An eventual six-point loss for the Saints from this divisional junior B football championship first round tie. Billed for Dungourney but following a toss of a coin, was relocated to Rostellan at 6.30pm on Saturday evening last.

Catherines looked the better team at the start. But a one-point return was poor enough reward on chances presented. Punished in the extreme when full forward Paul Kilbane with the vital flick touched home the first Aghada goal. Then turning provider when setting up Luke O’Connell for a second and a lead of 2-02 to 0-02 established after twenty-one minutes. Significant scores in a contest where you earned anything you got. It had extended out to 2-05 to 0-2 by half time and no doubt Aghada were in a strong position.

They never looked in any serious danger thereafter. Though Noel O’Brien on a swinging defence splitting run finished with a masterful point, his second of the hour for the first score of a dour ragged and occasionally tempestuous second half. Keeping it going when a probing Matthew Mulcahy delivery caused consternation in the home rearguard. Laurence O’Connor pouncing for an opportunist goal. Deficit down to 2-05 to 1-03 to forty three minutes.

But the show would subsequently go pear-shaped with the Saints now bereft of a full quota of players. Cian O’Driscoll and Ger O’Brien were in point scoring form for Aghada. While David O’Connor concluded the scoring with a consolation point three minutes overtime. Aghada move on. There is a second chance for the Saints and sooner rather than later.

Scorers: L O’Connor (1-0), N O’Brien (0-02), D O’Connor and J Walsh (free) (0-01 each).

Catherines team: E Corcoran, J Lane, D Wallace, C Leahy, D O’Connor, M Mulcahy, P Ryan (team captain), “Junior” Sheehan, B Davis, S O’Donnell, S O’Brien, N O’Brien, L O’Connor, S Twomey and J Walsh. Subs: E Aherne and C Hickey for S Twomey and S O’Donnell (both 47’). C O’Donnell for B Davis (56’).

Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).

County junior
hurling league match off

It’s not supposed to be like this is it? Weather conditions again rear their ugly head. Causing the cancellation of last Sunday’s proposed county junior hurling league match with Kilbree. Both Kilmeen and eventually Ballynoe pitches deemed unplayable. An underage challenge game also fell victim to the awful conditions.

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Minor A hurling league – round one

St Catherines 4-11 Kiltha Og 1-19

Virtually as referee Ger Scully was about to blow, thus terminating proceedings, came the winning score. Luke Beecher with the vital touch. Forcing the sliothar over the line. Enabling the Saints to win their first match in the minor A hurling league by the slimmest of margins. Played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 4th last.

Catherines shaded it through a competitive first half. Ahead at 1-08 to 0-08 by the break. But the issue turned in the visitors favour. A Paddy Leahy goal and a plethora of points emanated from a few different forwards, saw a return of 1-04 without reply and a Kiltha lead of 1-12 to 1-08 established to thirty-eight minutes.

We had some match now. Niall O’Regan rising like a beacon, turned and drilled in a spectacular Saints goal. Rory Galvin with his second on the night lashed in another Saints goal shortly afterwards with the home based team now back in front again. Score standing at 3-09 to 1-14 to forty eight minutes. Parity was restored again with the teams level for a third time at 3-11 to 1-17 to fifty seven minutes.

Cathal Martin and Joseph Stack were very good for Kiltha Óg who were three point winners when the teams met in the football league three weeks previous. They looked like winners here too. Until Luke Beecher’s late late strike. It ain’t over until the fat lady sings baby!

Scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (2-07), N O’Regan (1-01), L Beecher (1-00), O O’Neill (0-02) and K Geary (0-01).

Team: C Galvin, P Keane, K Neville, J O’Brien, R English, E Wallace, K Geary, B O’Brien, A Long, L Beecher, N O’Regan, K English, O O’Neill, R Galvin, A O’Brien. Sub: B McKee for A Long (51), also on panel: T O’Donnell.

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

Minor A hurling league – round two

St Catherines 1-11
Cobh 0-11

St Catherines also forcing out a narrow victory, again reliant on a late goal. Thus recording back-to-back wins when this round two minor A hurling league tie was played in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.

No denying that Cobh were having the better of exchanges in a competitive opening half hour. Ciaran Leahy, Dillon Higgins, Aaron Dolan and Odhran Kidney Power all prominent, swinging into a deserved half-time lead. Scoreline reading 0-10 to 0-05.

Favoured by the elements Catherines came much more into it as the second half advanced. Niall O’Regan and Eoin Wallace from a 65’ among the point scorers, trimming the deficit to the minimum at 0-10 to 0-9 to thirty seven minutes.

Cobh’s solitary second half score came from a placed ball right on the three-quarter mark. But it was sufficient to maintain their slender advantage until Rory Galvin struck for a well taken and game’s solitary yet match winning goal on fifty-seven minutes.

St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-01 free) (0-01 65’) (1-04), N O’Regan (0-02), A Long, O O’Neill, T O’Donnell, L Beecher and E Wallace 65’ (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Davis, P Keane, K Neville, J O’Brien, C Galvin, E Wallace, K Geary, T O’Donnell, B O’Brien, L Beecher, N O’Regan, A Long, O O’Neill, R Galvin and K English. Subs: Rd Galvin for T O’Donnell (36’), A O’Brien and R English for O O’Neill and A Long (both 46’). C Hickey for K English (52’). Also on panel: B McKee.

Referee: Patrick O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).

U14 B hurling league – section two round one

St Catherines 1-05 Watergrasshill 2-09

Running concurrent with the aforementioned minor matches was this round one under fourteen B hurling league tie also played in Ballynoe on Thursday night last.

Watergrasshill the dominant team and ahead at 2-05 to 1-00 at half-time. In fairness the home team came more into it after that. Scores hard to come by. Early days yet and plenty of games to come, in both codes for this particular age group.

Scorers: C O’Brien (0-01 free) (1-04) and K Barry (0-01 free).

Team: E Philpott,  J Duncan, I Ohrim, M Geary, W Leamy, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, J McGuckian, C England, K Barry, H Draper, J Hayes, D Galvin, G O’Brien, T Hartnett. Subs: D McDonnell and E O’Riordan for D Galvin and M Geary (both second half); also C England for T Hartnett.

Also present were: W McAuliffe, B O’Connor,  F O’Connell and G Leahy.

Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Under eleven-football league – group one – round one

Bride Rovers 2-04
St Catherines 0-08

An exceptionally busy Thursday night completed by a narrow loss in Rathcormac in the first match of the under eleven football league.

Scorers: C O’Donoghue and D O’Connell (0-03 each), C Pietrapaolo and O Fitzgerald (0-01 each).

Team: D O’Donovan, C Dunning, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, E O’Driscoll, S O’Donoghue, C Hayes, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, C Feeney, C Sheehan and S Cotter.

Also present was C McCarthy.

U12 B football league – section two – round two

St Catherines 2-06
Fr O’Neills 1-01

April is the most intense playing month of the entire season. Every team, from smallies right up to the various adult outfits and that goes for both codes, are in competitive action. Back to back wins for the Saints with a solid victory from this round two under twelve B football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last at 11.30am.

Hurling kicks in now for the next fortnight. Then back to the big ball. So on and so forth.

Scorers: G O’Brien (1-04), D Temple (1-0), S Cotter and K O’Donoghue (0-01 each).

Team: W O’Driscoll, O Fitzgerald, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, J Pratt, S O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue, D Temple, J Mulcahy. Also: D Morrison, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, B Warren and C Feeney.

Next on your
fixture list


Friday, April 15th at Ballynoe East Cork junior hurling league division one round three v Sarsfields at 8pm.

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Tonight (Thursday), April 14th minor A hurling league round three v Ballygarvan (away) at 7pm.

Tonight (Thursday), April 14th at Ahavine U14 B hurling league v Fr O’Neills at 7pm.

Monday, April 18th minor B football league section three round four v Carrigtwohill (away) at 7.30pm.

Monday, April 18th at Ballynoe under-twelve A hurling league v Lisgoold at 7pm.

Cork teams

Another satisfactory week for the Rebels defeating Waterford in the quarter-final of the provincial minor hurling championship. They won’t play now again until the end of June.

While Cork kept up their vice like grip on the Kingdom. Defeating them in the Munster under twenty one football final. This was an especially satisfying win, Kerry feeding off players with a brace of All-Ireland minor successes to their credit. But of course we’ve been here before. Problem now is turning it into even greater significance.


Can we take this opportunity of sympathising with the Fermoy club on the death of their esteemed president John Fenton.


Reverting to its regular slot and the lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, April 4th last. Numbers drawn were 17, 27, 28 and 30. There was no winner of the €8,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Bertie Clancy, Ballytrasna, Fermoy; Colm Molloy, Ballynoe, Ed Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; W+C c/o Mc’s Ballynoe and PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons.


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