St Catherines GAA Club Notes

05 May, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Junior B footballers bow out

Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork Junior B Football Championship - Round Two

Midleton 1-17
St Catherines 1-05

A poor week results wise for the code only got worse. Beaten by Dungourney in the A grade the previous weekend, St Catherines went down to a sizeable loss in this divisional junior B football championship second round tie, billed for Youghal but relocated and played in Killeagh on Friday evening last. An Alan Stanton goal after ten minutes helped Midleton settle. But a fisted Ed Aherne pass with just the right weight reached the on running Brian Davis to goal from close range. Contest still competitive to the break. Just three points between the teams and Midleton ahead on a 1-05 to 1-02 scoreline. But any Saints hope of a revival were ruthlessly cast aside very early on in the resumption. Seven Magpie points without reply in a glorious eight-minute spell stretched the margin to ten points and there wouldn’t be any comeback from that.

Scorers: B Davis (0-04 frees) (1-04) and S Carr (0-01).

St Catherines team: Eoin Corcoran, David O’Connor, Dave Wallace, Jim Lane, Peter Ryan (team captain), Marty Conneely, Cathal Leahy, Stephen Carr, John ‘Teddy’ Noonan, Paul O’Connell, John Casey, Brian Davis, Ed Aherne, Seán Twomey and Laurence O’Connor. Sub: Noel Early for Ed Aherne (inj - 25’). Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).

East Cork Junior Hurling League Division One Round Seven

Erins Own 0-15 St Catherines 2-15

A strong finish yielding a return of 1-04 to a concession of 0-02 laid the platform for a well earned success from this round seven divisional junior hurling league division one tie, when played in sunny albeit coolish conditions at Caherlag on Saturday evening last. More or less an evenly contested affair until that late scoring burst. Even when Matthew Mulcahy struck the first psychological blow when goaling on eighteen minutes, it was the opposition who responded the better and with Stephen Horgan and Kevin Fenton finding the range, two well matched teams thus far were together on five occasions. Erins Own even shading it on a 0-09 to 1-05 half-time scoreline, having played with the benefit of a stiffish breeze.

Parity was restored for a sixth time quickly on the change of ends and for a seventh shortly afterwards at 1-08 to 0-11 to thirty eight minutes. Tempers flared and there were a few minor skirmishes. But a few yellow cards was all that surfaced. Shane O’Brien, both from general play and frees, pointed some smashing scores with the Saints now gaining the upper hand. Ahead at 1-14 to 0-13 to fifty three minutes, confirming the win when Daniel Mangan with a clinical finish converted the match, winning second goal with just over five minutes to go. By the time you read this report a match will have been played in the county league. While Carraig na bhFear are visitors to Ballynoe this weekend in the East Cork junior hurling league.

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-09), D Mangan (1-04), M Mulcahy (1-00), J Neville and C Kearney (0-01 each).

Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, R Clancy, E Kenneally, S Cotter, C Hegarty, S Kearney, E Condon, P Roche, B Davis, M Mulcahy, D Mangan, C Kearney, S O’Brien and J Neville. Also on panel were: E Corcoran, J Casey, J Mulcahy, S Walsh, T O’Donnell, K Neville and R Galvin. Referee: Brian Murphy (Carrigtwohill).

Junior B Hurling Challenge

A junior B hurling challenge played in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening April 25th last. Catherines, with John Casey, Laurence O’Connor and Noel O’Brien among the scorers, just edging it at 0-06 to 0-05 at the interval. Tallow really came alive in the final quarter with some outstanding Evan Sheehan points. Alan Buckley with the match winning goal five minutes from full time against a Saints outfit, largely reliant on the accuracy of Ian O’Brien from frees for second half scores. Final score in favour of Tallow was 1-14 to 0-10. Mike Walsh refereed.

Your Six Match Rebel Óg East Report

Minor A Hurling League - Round Four

St Catherines 3-12
Castlelyons 1-12

St Catherines just saw off the stubborn and tenacious challenge of neighbours Castlelyons in this round four minor A hurling league tie, played in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. It was the visitors who were slightly shading it through an even enough opening half hour of a contest starting that bit late because of a mix up over time. Castlelyons ahead. Score standing at 0-08 to 0-05.

But what a start the Saints had quickly on the turnover. A mighty Cormac Galvin clearance grabbed by brother Rory to finish off the Saints and the game’s opening goal. It was now 1-8 to 0-08 and just three minutes elapsed in the second half. As the tempo upped a notch or two to a contest now occasionally played out at championship fervour. Andrew O’Neill with the Castlelyons goal. But the issue began to sway the home team’s way. Substitute Kieran English only just on the pitch and with virtually his first touch forced in the priceless second goal right on the three quarter mark and when keeper Eoin Davis unleashed a mighty free, touched off a defender’s hurley to the net, the Saints were in a strong position. Keith and Niall O’Leary added points from placed balls, but still a six-point margin in at the finish.

Castlelyons scorers: K O’Leary (0-07 frees), A O’Neill (1-00), P Varnier and B Murphy (0-02 each) and N O’Leary (0-01 free).

St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-06 frees) (1-08), K English and E Davis (free) (1-00 each), N O’Regan and T O’Donnell (0-02 each).

St Catherines team: E Davis, S O’Regan, E Wallace, K Geary, C Galvin, K Neville, Richard Galvin, T O’Donnell, P Keane, L Beecher, N O’Regan, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, R Galvin and C Hickey. Subs: K English for C Hickey (43’), A O’Brien for O O’Neill (50’). Also on panel: B McKee. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

U16 B Football League - Section Two - Round Five

Glenville 7-13
St Catherines 4-02

It was the home team who dominated from the outset when this U16 B football league game was played in Glenville on Tuesday evening, April 26th last. Catherines finding the going tough in this particular competition.

Scorers: E Davis and R English (0-01 ‘45’) (1-01 each). B McKee and H Draper (1-00 each).

Team: E Sheehan, A Leahy, C Galvin, E Philpott, J O’Keeffe, A Long, S Kelleher, B McKee, R English, H Draper, A O’Brien, C England, C O’Brien, E Davis and K Barry. Also on panel: G England.

U14 C Football League - Section One - Round Four

St Catherines 8-08
Aghada 6-04

There were three games played in the adult section allied to the most intense Rebel Óg East programme of the year thus far and you know what - this was probably the best of the lot. A competitive keenly fought yet sporting at all times U16 C football league match between two well matched teams and played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Throw in at 11.15am.

Catherines having the better of it and ahead at 3-04 to 2-00 at the break. Still the opposition attack looked threatening and well capable of scoring. Evan Philpott, Eoin O’Riordan and David McDonnell had to be alert, they duly were. Catherines looked to have eased into a winning position into the minutes following the restart. Tom Hartnett and Kevin Barry adding further goals. As did Gavin England with as cool a finish as you like. Now standing at 6-06 to 2-00 just six minutes into the second half. But Aghada are a club renowned for spirit and never say die attitude. They duly responded. Eoin Motherway, Neil Cunningham, Seán Óg O’Keeffe and Jack Colbert all prominent. Scores kept coming and a daunting lead gradually being whittled away bit by bit. It was at 6-07 to 5-02 to three quarter mark and again at 7-08 to 6-02 minutes later. A brace of well taken Harry Draper goals central to the end result.

Scorers: H Draper (2-02), G England (2-00), K Barry (0-02 frees) (1-03), C O’Brien (1-02), D Galvin and T Hartnett (1-00 each) and D McDonnell (0-01 ‘45’).

Team: E Philpott, E O’Riordan, C England, J O’Keeffe, D McDonnell, D Galvin, J McGuckian, G England, K Barry, H Draper, G O’Brien, T Hartnett and C O’Brien. Subs: G Leahy, F O’Connell and B O’Connor for C O’Brien, J McGuckian and C England (all 41’). Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

U12 A Hurling League - Round Two

St Catherines 6-04
Ballinhassig 3-04

A loss to Lisgoold in the first match now balanced by a win over visitors Ballinhassig when this round two U12 A hurling league match was played at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening April 27th last. Ballinhassig were having the better of it at the start and with Seán Healy, Darragh O’Sullivan and Paul O’Mahony to the fore were ahead at 2-02 to 1-01 after fourteen minutes of play.

Catherines coming much more into it. Strong running Fionn O’Connell releasing Kian O’Donoghue to pop over a smashing point. But the real turning of the screw emerged on the approach to half-time. Wind intensifying, hail stones falling as a three goal salvo in a glorious five minute burst now had the home team to the good on a 4-02 to 3-02 scoreline. Denis Temple charging through finishing off the first football style. Stephen Cotter with his second also goaled. As did Jamie Pratt.

Perhaps the best goal of the game came through Ben O’Connor just on the change of ends. James Mulcahy confirming the win with another goal late on. Perhaps the best goal of the game came through Ben O’Connor just on the change of ends. James Mulcahy confirming the win with another goal later on.

Scorers: S Cotter (1-00 free) (2-01), B O’Connor (0-01 free) (1-01), D Temple, J Pratt and J Mulcahy (1-00 each), K O’Donoghue and F O’Connell (0-01 each).

Team: D Morrison, O Fitzgerald, J O’Callaghan, C Sheehan, S O’Donoghue, K Wallace, A O’Donnell, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, J Pratt, F O’Connell, S Cotter, J Mulcahy, D Temple and K O’Donoghue. Also present were: S Dillon, C McAuliffe and L Dillon.

Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

U12 B Football League - Section Two - Round Three

Lisgoold 3-03
St Catherines 3-07

St Catherines maintained their unbeaten start. Third win from as many matches recorded; completing the hat-trick when this round three U12 B football league tie went ahead at Lisgoold on Saturday morning last. Catherines were ahead at half-time. Score 2-03 to 1-03 and with Gearóid O’Brien ably assisted by Kian O’Donoghue and Stephen Cotter all on scoring form stretched their advantage now standing at 3-06 to 1-03 to forty four minutes and able to withstand extra opposition pressure before the finish. Compensation too for the visitors, beaten by the opposition in the hurling equivalent at home a fortnight ago.

Scorers: G O’Brien (2-03), K O’Donoghue (1-00), S Cotter (0-02), J Pratt and D Temple (0-01 each).

Team: A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, J Pratt, F O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, S Cotter, G O’Brien, K O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, D Temple and J Mulcahy. Also: C Feeney and B Warrens. Referee: Michael Franklin (Midleton).

U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Two

St Catherines 3-02
Aghada 2-03

A more difficult assignment this time around with the Saints just withstanding a dogged Aghada challenge, when this U11 hurling league round two tie was played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 25th last. Two Ciaran Pietropaolo goals, one at the start of each half, central to the end result. Catherines with the conditions in their favour were ahead at 1-02 without reply to the break. As Aghada began to turn the screw a little, John Walsh converted back to back sixty fives and a Noah Devoy goal had the gap down to three points at 2-02 to 1-02 eight minutes into the turnover of what are twenty five minute halves. Kian O’Donoghue’s goal effectively sealed it. But it was close.

Scorers: C Pietropaolo (2-00) and K O’Donoghue (1-02).

Team: E O’Driscoll, O Fitzgerald, C McCarthy, C McAuliffe, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D Morrison, N Sheehan, D O’Connell, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter,  C Sheehan and C Feeney. Also: C Dunning and C Hayes. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).


Adult Club

Saturday May 7th at Ballynoe - Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round One v Carraig na bhFear at 7.30pm.


Saturday May 7th at Ballynoe - Féile na nGael eliminator involving four teams.

Monday May 9th - U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Three v Killeagh Itas (away at 7.15pm.


Adult club meeting tonight (Thursday) May 5th at 9pm.

First Communion

We congratulate all the young boys and girls receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at Ballynoe Church on this forthcoming Saturday morning May 7th. It will be the turn of Conna students just one week later, Saturday May 14th.


Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw with an accumulated jackpot of €9,600 was held over until Tuesday night last, May 3rd at The Big Tree in Aghern.

U21 Football

Surely the concession of five goals in any top-level football match will undo the challenge of any team. Such as happened in the All-Ireland U21 final in Ennis on Saturday evening last. Five goals are equivalent to fifteen points. One more than what the Rebels scored in a match in front of an attendance of 8,000. Yet the fact Cork were still in contention until very late on, gives you some idea of what this was like and where the root cause of the problem was. Cork has twenty-six provincial titles in this grade, generating eleven All-Ireland successes. Next year it ends. Then it becomes an U20 competition in 2018 with senior intercounty players denied access. It will move to the summer with no replays on the agenda.


T & A Plant Hire are St Catherines chief club sponsors.