St Catherines GAA Club

05 March, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Loss to Castlemartyr in junior football league

East Cork junior football league - division three Castlemartyr 0-10 St Catherines 1-04

St Catherines would lost out by a three point margin in their second match in division three of the junior football league played in understandably heavy conditions at Castelmartyr on Sunday afternoon last. In many ways damage inflicted in the opening half. At the end of which the visitors found themselves a point in arrears. Having played with the benefit of the prevalent stiff breeze we took the lead through an Eoin Condon free inside fifty seconds. A brace of Shane Cogan points still had the teams level at 0-03 each to to twenty one minutes, were fortunate when a full length Shane O’Brien lunge prevented a seemingly certain goal. Before the home team regained the initiative. Barra O’Tuama pointing on twenty five minutes, establishing a Castlemartyr lead on a 0--04 to 0-03 half time scoreline. Now favoured by the conditions and the home team, mainly through Mike Kelly, confirmed their superiority in the important early stages of the resumption. A goal would be essential to resurrect the Saints hopes. It duly arrived when corner forward Peter Ryan drilled in the breaking ball along the ground. Trimming the deficit now to the minimum one point at 0-07 to 1-03 eleven minutes into the second half. Shortly afterwards a sprawing fulll back length Eoin Corcoran stop maintained momentum. Yet three unanswered opposition points, the most relevant coming off the foot of full forward Colin Beausang had the Saints adrift once more. Alan Carr pointed from a placed ball but there was no further scoring through the closing miniutes. It finished at 0-10 to 1-04 for Castlemartyr which following the opening night draw with Castleylons leaves the Saints with one point from their opening two matches in the third division of the junior football league. Glanmire, Fr O’Neills and Carrigtwohill are also in the group.

Scorers: P Ryan (1-00), S Cogan (0-02), E Condon and A Carr (both frees) (0-01 each). St Catherines team: E Corcoran, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, P Keane, W Walsh, P O’Connor, A Neville, P Roche, L O’Connor, A Carr, S O’Brien, S Carr, S Cogan, E Condon, P Ryan. Subs: D Wallace for A Neville (43’), N O’Brien for P Roche (53)’. Referee Brian Walsh (Aghada).

Challenge games

St Catherines were enjoying the lions share of possession through the opening exchanges of this junior hurling challenge played under lights in cold conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. That said wasteful shooting largely undermined their challenge and a half time lead on a scoreline of 0-05 to 0-02 was a poor reflection of their efforts through the opening thirty minutes. Following at least four mindboggling saves through both halves as good as weve ever seen on this pitch, Ballyhooly goalkeeper Pa O’Connor’s almost single handed defiance was eventually undone. In the uncustomary role of left corner forward Eoin Wallace finishing off the Saints goal. Establishing a 1-08 to 0-03 lead a minute into the final quarter of a challenge game refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill. Denis Kiely goaled for the opposition. Keeping it all competitive right to the finish. Padraig O’Connor with the final say. His late point confirming a Saints win on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 1-04. Two first half Brian Mulcahy goals enabled a share of the spoils on a half-time scoreline of 2-01 to 0-04 in a second junior hurling challenge played in difficult conditions at Ballincollig on Saturday afternoon last. Shane O’Brien accurate with the frees and from general play securing the points that saw the visitors edge one over the endline on a final score of 2-08 to 0-13. While Kilara Óg were a tour de force in an under sixteen football challenge refereed by James Hennessy of Kiltha Óg and played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, February 22nd last with a 7.30pm start. Basically in an irretrievable half-time position Catherines in fairness rallied a bit on the changeover. Harry Draper and James Hayes kicked over a brace of tasty points. In one of the moves of a one sided encounter, clever play taking in Gavin England and Brendan McKee finished with Kevin Barry bagging the Saints goal. That said Kilara Óg a commbination of Kilworth and Araglin had excellent players in Jack Casey, John Tobin, Conor Coakley and Paul Hynes, were dominant throughout and won pulling up on an emphatic 5-22 to 1-04 scoreline. While the probable effects of Storm Ewan, a combination of gale force winds and heavy rainfall lead to the cancellation of a proposed under fourteen football challenge vs Youghal and set for Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Briefly looking ahead and St Catherines juvenile GAA and camogie clubs registration morning goes ahead on this forthcoming Saturday, March 4th, time 10am until 11.30am. Light training for children. Refreshments for parents. Club gear for sale. Get measured for the correct size of hurley. Please donate unwanted helmets hurleys and boots. Club lotto promotion. All welcome especially new members of all ages. Membership free is €20 for juveniles. Adults €50. Also can we wish the very best of good luck to all qualifiers participating in the East Cork Scór na bPáisti finals which are on in Watergrasshill Community Hall on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon, March 5th. Starting at 2.30pm.

Juvenile fixture

Sunday, March 5th under twelve BI East 2 football league v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 11.30am.

National league

Well the Rebels sealed that vital first victory in a win over Fermanagh in round three od the national football league when played early in Pairc Uí Rinn on Sunday afternoon last. An itense weekend of league activity fast approaching. Both teams on the road. With the footballers travelling to the Banner county. Cork play Kilkenny in round three of the national hurling league. A win in the two might help to restore some resemblance of hope from the general public and reignite that bit of confidence, so badly needed in the two teams quest for further improvement.

Get well soon

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan currently hospitalised. Ex Ballynoe based curate Fr Andrew Carvill CC present for the vigil Mass in Conna on Saturday night last. Fr Carvill now a curate in Mallow.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last February 27th. Numbers drawn were 4, 14, 29 and 30 and the jackpot of €2,400 wasn’t won. With the consolation winners being Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe; Margaret and Mary, Ballymurphy, Conna; Michelle O’Donovan, Kilosserargh, Ballynoe; Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe and Colm Doyle, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. A draw with a jackpot of €2,600 will be held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night next, March 6th.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsor.