St Catherines GAA Club Notes

06 August, 2016


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Mixed Fortunes from a Quintet of Championship Matches.

East Cork Oil Sponsored East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final.

St Catherines 1-19 Midleton 0-08.

There wasn’t even a hint of uncomfortability from this divisional junior A hurling championship quarter-final played in Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. Daniel Mangan at the second attempt scored the vital goal and the Saints were making the perfect start on four minutes. Seven points without reply ensued. With a sweet passing move initiated by Stephen O’Brien out of defence to Shane Cotter, who in turn picked out Patrick Roche finishing with Matthew Mulcahy was a real class point, making it 1-04 to 0-01 after eleven minutes. Onto 1-08 to 0-01 nine minutes later. There was a slight scare when following a foul on Aonghus Cotter; reliable free taker Luke Finnerty pointed the resultant penalty. It was 1-11 to 0-03 by half time.

Liam O’Connor and Brian Mulcahy were among the scorers following the change of ends. Making it 1-16 to 0-06 to forty five minutes and already a one sided championship match was beginning to peter out.

Catherines began to empty the bench prompto and one of those substitutes Pádraig O’Connor found the range. Eoin Condon pointed just before the finish, bringing to nine the number of Saints players registering on the scorer’s chart.

Midleton Scorers: W O’Brien (0-05 frees), L Finnerty (0-01 free) (0-01 penalty) (0-02) and J Costigan (0-01).

St Catherines Scorers: D Mangan (1-03), S O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-04), M Mulcahy and P Roche (0-03 each), B Mulcahy (0-02), R Galvin, L O’Connor, P O’Connor and E Condon (0-01 each).

Team: E Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, S Kearney, E Condon, L O’Connor (captain), M Mulcahy, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, R Galvin, Shane O’Brien and P Roche.

Subs: P O’Connor for M Mulcahy (Temp - 42’), P O’Connor for Shane O’Brien (47’), J Neville for P Roche (49’), C Kearney for R Galvin (50’), R Clancy for S Fitzgerald (50’) and K Neville for Stephen O’Brien (56’). Also C Leahy, B Davis, T O’Donnell, J Mulcahy, J Casey and L O’Callaghan McCarthy.

Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).

East Cork Oil Sponsored Junior B Hurling Championship Second Round.

Erins Own 1-15 St Catherines 0-13.

A sound and reliable performance from the Saints just came up a tad short. Ronan Clancy playing his first match for a while and Jim Lane at left corner back mopped up a lot of loose ball. In the centre Pa Roche reliable with the free taking. His half dozen successive points from placed balls ushering the Saints into a 0-06 to 0-05 lead on twenty five minutes when this divisional junior B hurling championship second round tie was played in Castlelyons on Thursday evening last. Minor Thomas O’Donnell registered the teams first score from open play. John Mulcahy named at corner back, but lining out in the half forward line quickly added another. Still ahead by the minimum one point, score standing at 0-08 to 0-07 by half time.

A similar scenario on the turnover with two evenly matches teams locked in further deadlock, including at 0-11 each to forty-nine minutes. It was obvious watching from the sideline that a goal would be crucial to the destination of this championship match. It duly arrived with the opposition the beneficiaries. Probably finished off by Calvin O’Callaghan on fifty minutes. Substitute Luke Beecher pointed twice as the Saints tried their utmost to claw back a now two-point deficit. But Diarmuid Ryng and Paul Ryan had the final say. Erins Own move on. Advancing on a final scoreline in their favour standing at 1-15 to 0-13.

Scorers: P Roche (0-07 frees) (0-01 65’) (0-09), L Beecher (0-02), T O’Donnell and J Mulcahy (0-01 each).

Team: Cathal Leahy, Dave Wallace, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Ronan Clancy, Patrick Roche (captain), Kieran Neville, Peter Ryan, Brian Davis, Shane Walsh, John Mulcahy, Thomas O’Donnell, John Casey, Laurence O’Connor and Noel O’Brien.

Subs: Luke Beecher for Shane Walsh (second half), Eoin Corcoran for Laurence O’Connor (48’), Ian O’Brien for Noel O’Brien (53’).

Also: Mark Walsh, David O’Connor, Kevin Mangan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Chris O’Donnell and Colm Ahern. Referee: Dominic Rooney (Carrigtwohill).

Rebel Óg East Report.

U16 B Hurling Championship Final Replay.

St Catherines 1-12 Whitechurch 1-10.

Anyone coming through the gates at 12 noon in Rathcormac on Sunday last for the Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final replay could have been mildly confused. St Catherines and Whitechurch by rule wearing change strip due to a clash of colours. Whitechurch recording five wides from their opening attacks, punished when Eoin Davis goaled at the other side. Owen O’Neill added a point from an exquisitely taken sideline cut. But the opposition settled down and favoured by the conditions rattled off eight points without reply to lead at 0-08 to 1-02 by the break. Remarkably similar scoreline to the first night. A few positional switches worked a treat. Ben O’Brien now at midfield drilled over a hat-trick of points. Parity restored within six minutes of the turnover. But Whitechurch were back in front when a lengthy Jason O’Riordan delivery was first timed to the net from a timely Fionn Brickley touch. Making it 1-09 to 1-06 to thirty nine minutes. But the Saints kept at it. Cormac Galvin, Brendan McKee and Ciaran O’Brien were excellent at the back. Tying up the issue once more. Eoin Davis pointing a 65’ late on. With the clock winding down and the possibility of extra time looming large, the excellent O’Brien had the Saints in front right on the sixty minutes. Kevin Barry adding a sweetener right at the death. Seán Twohig vice chairman Rebel Óg East presented the winning cup to captain Eoin Davis. Many thanks to the Bride Rovers club and the Rathcormac pitch for hosting both matches. At a time when other clubs wouldn’t let you inside the gate. It’s only right they be complemented. Expect the Saints to play in the County possibly this upcoming weekend.

Scorers: E Davis (0-03 65’s) (0-02 frees) (1-05), B O’Brien (0-05), K Barry and O O’Neill (sideline cut) (0-01 each).

Team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, C O’Brien, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, O O’Neill, A Long, G England, R English, A O’Brien, K Barry, E Davis (capt) and J McGuckian.

Sub: C Dinneen for A O’Brien (56’). Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

U16 B Hurling Championship Final.

St Catherines 2-10 Whitechurch 1-13.

A late Ben O’Brien goal to which he duly added the equalising point, were the scores which rescued the Saints, forcing the draw from this Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final, when played at Rathcormac on Monday evening July 25th last. Centre forward Jason O’Riordan was in irrepressible form for the opposition firing over seven first half points including half a dozen without reply and eleven in total. Free taking par excellence. Whitechurch ahead at 0-08 to 0-02 to the break. Catherines beginning to make inroads early on the turnover. Eoin Davis deadly in the finish taking his goal with aplomb. A recovery dented when amongst a plethora of players, team captain Peter Cronin was credited with the Whitechurch goal. Still six points to the good at 1-10 to 1-04 now fourteen minutes into the second half.

Slightly favoured by an ever diminishing breeze and the Saints were sticking to their task. Robert English who supplied the key pass for the goal pointed a beauty. So too did Gavin England. Still on twenty-nine minutes the Saints were still four points behind. Then came Ben O’Brien’s goal. With the equalising point coming on sixty three minutes, with the length of time added on fully justified, following a lengthy stoppage Whitechurch wing forward Ronan Murphy running into trouble early on the turnover.

Whitechurch Scorers: J O’Riordan (0-08 frees) (0-02 65’s) (0-11), P Cronin (1-00), J McGrath and R Murphy (0-01 each).

St Catherines Scorers: E Davis (0-03 frees) (1-06), B O’Brien (1-02), G England and R English (0-01 each).

St Catherines Team: E Sheehan, S Kelleher, C Galvin, J Duncan, B McKee, B O’Brien, C O’Brien, O O’Neill, A Long, G England, E Davis (captain), A O’Brien, K Barry, R English and J McGuckian.

Subs: C Dinneen for A O’Brien (56’), A Leahy for J Duncan (58’).

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Minor B Football Championship Round One.

Kiltha Óg 0-15 St Catherines 2-08.

A brave and committed Saints effort only just came unstuck. Losing this minor B football championship first round tie by the slimmest of margins, when played at Castlemartyr on Wednesday evening July 27th last. Kiltha were having the best of it through the opening exchanges. Mike Kelly contributing most of the scores. That said eye-catching snappy play involving Richard Galvin and Jack O’Brien finished with Niall O’Regan popping over the point of the first half. At the end of which it was 0-07 to 0-04 for the home based team at the break. Catherines ahead for the first time in a contest where both teams were minus a full quantity of players before games end. A surging defence splitting run from Philip Keane now at centre forward, finished with team captain Thomas O’Donnell now on for the second half, goaling from close range. Catherines now much more prominent. Midfielder Rory Galvin, both from frees and general play pointing some marvellous scores. Quickly the pain of a penalty miss eroded when another substitute Conor Hickey added a second Saints goal. Galvin again shortly afterwards adding another point from a free kick, making it 2-08 to 0--10 to fifty one minutes. But credit Kiltha too. Bit by bit point by point they clawed back the deficit. Ciaran Newlands tying it all up for the fourth time, before reliable place kicker Joseph Stack kicked the winning point on sixty-five minutes. Good game. Pity there had to be a loser.

Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-06), T O’Donnell and C Hickey (1-00 each) and N O’Regan (0-02).

Team: Owen O’Neill, Ben O’Brien, Niall O’Callaghan, Aaron Long, Kieran Neville, Cormac Galvin, Eoin Wallace, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Luke Beecher, Jack O’Brien, Philip Keane, Eoin Davis, Niall O’Regan and Kieran English.

Subs: Robert English for Eoin Wallace (2’), Thomas O’Donnell (captain) for Eoin Davis (second half), Conor Hickey for Kieran English (35’), Adam O’Brien for Niall O’Callaghan (59’).

Also: Brendan McKee, Kevin Geary and Shane O’Regan.

Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

U13 A Hurling League Round Seven.

Whitechurch v St Catherines.

It was the home team who ran out comprehensive victors of this round seven U13 A hurling league tie when played in Whitechurch on Thursday evening last.

Team: E Philpott, D Galvin, M Geary, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, G O’Brien, S Cotter, W Leamy, C England, S O’Donoghue, B O’Connor, G Leahy, K O’Donoghue, C Dineen (0-02) and W McAuliffe. Also D Morrison (J O’Callaghan) and F O’Connell (K O'Donoghue). Referee: Warren McCarthy.

Challenge Match.

St Catherines recorded a victory on an end scoreline of 1-08 to 1-03 in an U12 hurling challenge played in Kilworth on Friday evening last.


Rebel Óg East - Tonight (Thursday) August 4th - U13 A Hurling League Round Six v Inniscarra in Ballynoe at 7.15pm.

Friday August 5th - U11 Football League - Group One - Round Four v Youghal (away) at 7pm.


Saturday August 6th - U21 A Hurling Championship Semi-Final v Aghada at 4pm. Venue TBC. Fixture provisional.


Cork’s intercounty woes continued with defeat to Donegal in the final round of senior football qualifiers at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon last. Over to you now ladies!!!

Get Well.

Can we wish Castlelyons GAA club chairman John Healy a speedy recovery from his recent injury.

Lotto Results.

Being a Bank Holiday this week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night last August 2nd at The Plough, Curraglass.

Cork GAA Clubs Draw.

Congratulations to Paddy Tierney, on a St Catherines ticket winner of a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 in the July Cork GAA clubs draw held recently at Naomh Abán. He also won €150 in the last draw held in the Catherines clubrooms last month. Paddy Tierney was a good friend of the late Dan Hoare.


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