Catherines GAA Club

14 August, 2016

St Catherines GAA

East Cork Oil Sponsored U21 A hurling championship semi-final
Aghada 2-11 St Catherines 2-03
Ironically playing their first match in the competition having received a walkover in the previous 
round and now Aghada are in the divisional decider. Too strong for a subdued Saints challenge when 
this East Cork U21 A hurling championship semi-final was played in Youghal on Saturday afternoon 
last. Yet, this was a contest that may not have taken place at all. Surviving a 3.15 inspection 
for a 4pm throw-in. Such was the severity of a thick mist and descending fog which can frequently 
effect the top of the hill venue.
It was a third championship victory inflicted by Aghada over the Saints this playing year. Following
on wins in both the junior B football and hurling. Aghada are East Cork under twenty-one A football
champions. Defeating Glanmire in the final back in mid March. Ironically played in Pairc Naomh 
Caitrionaigh, but your not comparing like with like as a premier grade now exists in the county 
under twenty-one hurling championship

Aghada were on top from the start. Led four points without reply to thirteen minutes and again at 
0-07 to 0-02 by half-time. A clever three man move finished with Kevin O'Hanlon scoring their 
first goal. He duly added a trio of well taken points. Pushing it out to 1-09 to 1-02 to the end 
of the third quarter. Ian O'Brien the Saints goalscorer, Daniel Creedon scored for Aghada, adding 
their second goal on fifty one minutes. A probing Luke Beecher delivery was touched to the net by 
team captain Eoin Condon, for a consolation Saints goal very near the finish. Overall disappointing.

Aghada scorers: K O'Hanlon 1-03, D Creedon 1-00, A Stafford and L O'Connell 0-02 each, C Terry, 
C O'Driscoll, J O'Donoghue and J Looney(free 0-01 each.
St Catherine's team: Cathal Leahy, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Lucas O'Callaghan McCarthy, 
Shane O'Regan, Shane O'Brien, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (team captain), Richard Galvin, 
Luke Beecher, Brian Davis, Eoin Corcoran, Thomas O'Donnell, Ian O'Brien and Niall O'Regan. 
Subs: Christopher, O'Donnell for Niall O'Regan second half, John Walsh for Shane O'Brien 44, 
Ronan Barry for Eoin Corcoran (56). Also on panel: Rory Galvin.
Referee: James 'Dingle' Daly Youghal.

Coiste na Nog Cork County under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final
Kilbree 2-19 St Catherines 2-13
A sterling first half performance when aided by a strong wind stood Western champions Kilbree in 
good stead. Thus qualifying for the decider following an eventual six point success over the 
Saints when this Coiste na nÓg Cork county under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final was 
played in Passage on Saturday evening last. Conditions were that bit better than earlier in 
Catherine's were doing alright. An Eoin Davis goal somewhat agaist the run of play had the teams 
together at 1-01 to 0-04 after eight minutes. He might well have had another. Denied by a smart 
Jack Murphy save in the Kilbree goal. Points from Davis frees saw the teams still together. Like 
at 1-02 to 0-05 to twelve minutes and again at 1-03 to 0-06 to the end of the first quarter.
But from there Kilbree inficted serious damage. It was probably the fifteen minutes that decided 
this championship match. Culprit in chief was the powerful Thomas Tyner at centre forward. Greatly 
aided by Jaimie Santry at full and between them, picked off points at will. Paul Lyons goaled after 
twenty minutes. Robert English in response pointing for the Saints. It was 1-14 to 1-04 at half-time, leaving the Saints with a mountain to climb. Though the wind was as strong as ever and would be favouring the team in arrears for the change of ends.
Kibree's second goal again scored by Lyons was a real killer blow. Santry quickly added a point, 
his fifth of the hour and by forty minutes the margin stood at 2-16 to 1-07.

With wonderful encouragement from the line, Catherines gamely maintained their challenge. Taking 
the game to the opposition with bravery, heart and commitment. In fairness they weren't being 
daunted by that lopsided scoreline. Midfielder Ben O'Brien was enjoying his most lucrative period 
of the game, popping over four second half points. Kevin Barry, as he did in the replayed divisional
final at Rathcormac the previous Sunday morning, was again on hand with another timely score and 
when Eoin Davis again added his and the Saints second goal, this match was suddenly in the melting 
pot. It was now 2-16 to 2-12.

Forty eight minutes elapsed but still loads of time left. For the first time since the opening 
passages of play a game that looked in the balance. Next score vital! Get it down to three points 
and anything is possible. Extending the margin to five or maybe more would be fatal. As it was 
man of the match Tyner added back to back points. Brendan McKee on target for the Saints’ flagging 
challenge not really able to absorb the loss of three players since the Whitechurch clashes. 
Fittingly Tyner had the last say, pointing a free right at the death.
Kilbree narrow winners over Kilbrittain in the Rebel Óg West final will now play Whitechurch, 
conquerors of nothern representatives Banteer, in the county final. It’s in the schedule for this 
Friday evening. But Whitechurch have a replayed junior football final with Killavullen for that 
night. So something must give way, or maybe not. Clashing of fixtures mightn’t be a major issue 
Kilbree are from the little west Cork village of Kilmeen, well known in amatuer dramatic circles. 
Geographically they are situated roughly halfway between Dunmanway and Clonakilty. Back in June 
they drew at home with the Saints in the county junior hurling league. St Catherine's beat them 
in the 2008 county minor B hurling final.

Kilbree scorers: T Tyner (0-03 frees) (0-01 '65) (0-13), P Lyons (2-00), J Santry (0-05) and 
D O'Regan (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: E Davis (0-5 frees) (2-06), B O'Brien (0-04), R English, K Barry and 
B McKee (0-01each).
St Catherines team: Eoin Sheehan, Eoghan O'Riordan, Cormac Galvin, Mark Geary, Brendan McKee, 
Ciaran O'Brien, Shane Kelleher, Gavin England, Ben O'Brien, James Duncan, Robert English, 
Josh McGuckian, James Hayes, Eoin Davis (captain), Kevin Barry. Subs: Cathal Dineen for 
James Hayes (34'), Andy Leahy for Mark Geary (56'). Also: Joe O'Keeffe, Darragh Galvin, 
Evan Philpott, Harry Draper, Owen O'Neill, Adam O'Brien and Aaron Long.

Referee: Tony O'Brien, Ballygarvan.

Best of juvenile news
Rebel Óg East report
Under thirteen A hurling league - round six
St Catherines 1-02 Inniscarra 5-14
An extremely youthful Saints fifteen/too young, were no match for a strong Inniscarra outfit 
in this round six under thirteen A hurling league tie when played at Ballynoe on Thursday 
evening last. One game remains, a home fixture with Bride Rovers. It's a double league with 
every team playing each other on a home and away basis.
Scorers: D Temple (1-00), F O'Connell and K O'Donoghue (free) (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, J O'Callaghan, M Geary, G Leahy, S O'Donoghue, E O'Riordan, D Galvin, 
B O'Connor, K O'Donoghue, N Sheehan, F O'Connell, D Morris, A O'Donnell, J Pratt, W McAuliffe. 
Also D Temple and C Bryan.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

Under eleven football league group one round four
Youghal 2-06 St Catherines 2-02
In effect any mistakes made were incurred in the opening eight or nine minutes of this round 
four under eleven football league tie. Although in the master plan for Ballynoe by the mutual 
agreement of both teams was relocated to Magner's Hill on Friday evening last. The hurling 
equivalent won by the Saints was played at home on Monday evening, July 11th. It's called 
Catherines, although behind at 1-04 to 1-01 to the break against the group leaders, tightened 
up considerably as the contest progressed. Diarmuid O'Donovan and especially Sean O'Donoghue 
provided  a master class in defending, were excellent at the back. Confidence soared and the 
visitors were now coming forward in search of a few much needed scores. A semblance of light 
appeared. Kian O'Donoghue winning and expertly converting a well placed penalty kick fifteen 
minutes into a second half of twenty five minutes duration.
In fairness Youghal responded quickly. Sign of a good team. James Murray, son of team coach 
Vincie, goaling almost straight away. Probably the match winning score. Still the Saints came 
forward in droves. Oisin Fitzgerald with a cracker of a goal. They might well have had a few 
more. Liam Durkin defending well. Overall tally now is six points from as many league matches 
Scorers - K O'Donoghue (1-00 penalty) (1-01), O Fitzgerald (1-00) and D O'Connell (0-01).
Team: C Hayes, S O'Donoghue, C Sheehan, O'Fitzgerald, D O'Donovan, C Pietropaolo, N Sheehan, 
D Morrison, S Cotter, D O'Connell, K O'Donoghue and C Feeney.
Referee: Home based (very good).

Under eleven hurling league - group one - round seven
Bride Rovers 1-05
St Catherines 2-03
An exciting contest between two evenly matched teams when this round seven under eleven hurling 
league tie was played in Pyne's Field in Rathcormac on Wednesday evening, August 3rd last. 
Catherine's almost making the perfect start. Denied by a stupendous Frank Flynn stop down low 
to his left and ball subsequently cleared. Kian O'Donoghue though, forgaging again, lashing 
in the lead goal on four minutes, key score in keeping the visitors just ahead at 1-01 to 0-02 
at half-time.
Parity restored within three minutes of the turnover. Bride Rovers continued to pile on the 
pressure. Killian Barry a major threat. Catherine's back in front through a coolly taken Jake 
Bryan goal. Diarmuid O'Donovan, Nathan Sheehan, Darragh Morrison and Sean O'Donoghue defending 
as if their lives depended on it. Catherine's keep the momentum going. A seventh win from eight 
hurling league matches.
Scorers: K O'Donoghue (0-01free) (1-03) and J Bryan (1-00).
Team: C Leamy, O Fitzgerald, D O'Donovan, S O'Donoghue, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, 
D Morrison, D O'Connell, C Sheehan, K O'Donoghue. Also: J Bryan, J Temple, C Hayes, C Feeney, 
A Bryan, C McCarthy and G O'Callaghan McCarthy.
Referee: Barry Hazelwood (host club).

Under twelve hurling league
Table toppers Lisgoold will play St Catherine's in the semi-final of the under twelve A 
hurling league. Killeagh meet Erin's Own on the other side. Draws made at the most recent 
board meeting in Nemo Rangers on Tuesday evening August 2nd last, ties set for Saturday, 
August 20th. Alternative date Friday, August 19th.
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, August 2nd 
at The Plough, Curraglass. Numbers drawn were 10, 12, 25 and 27 and the jackpot of €12,200 
wasn't won. Consolation winners being Pa and Mary Rumley, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Maura Lyons
 c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe; Paddy Williams c/o Kals; Angela Byrne, Knockmourn, Conna and 
Patrick Moroney c/o Kal's.

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