St Catherines GAA

17 March, 2017

St Catherines GAA

U21 footballers lose out in extra time

East Cork U21B FC Round 2 St Catherines 2-09 Erin’s Own 0-16 (aet)

Those side-tracked with the obvious distraction of the Principality Stadium and its closed roof were the real losers. At this divisional U21 B football championship second round clash and played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last turned out to be a real exciting affair. Erin’s Own were having the better of it. Then in the twinkling of an eye, an exciting championship encounter turned on its head. A duo of back to back Eoin Davis goals, to which reliable kicker Rory Galvin added a point from a free, saw the Saints turn a five point deficit to a two point advantage. All in, a glorious one hundred and eighty second spell from the 27th minute. Thus, establishing an interval lead on a 2-03 to 0-07 scoreline. Harry Murphy, Joe Ryan, Ronan Twomey and Stephen Lee with four unanswered points had the opposition back in front through the third quarter. As a left footed Thomas O’Donnell effort saw parity restored for a second time. Taking an absorbing championship encounter to 20 minutes of extra time, on a full time scoreline of 2-06 to 0-12. A Kieran Neville point sandwiched between a brace of Philip Keane efforts had the home team in the ascendency. Stephen Horgan replied for Erin’s Own. Now a two point lead on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-13 at the end of the first period of extra time. In the end substitute James Taylor was the opposition hero. His two points contribution saw them over the line to the slimmest of margins. In a contest where truly there didn’t deserve to be a loser. A fresh draw now ensues for the semi-finals of this year’s East Cork U21B football championship.

St Catherine’s team: Eoin Corcoran, Philip Keane, Robert English, Ben O’Brien, Richard Galvin, Shane O’Brien (captain), Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Eoin Wallace, Kieran Neville, Rory Galvin, Thomas O’Donnell, Eoin Davis, Niall O’Regan and John Walsh. Subs: Aaron Long for John Walsh (’44), Kieran English for Eoin Wallace (’61) and Eoin Wallace for Richard Galvin (’66). Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).

Junior Hurling Challenge

St Catherine’s reversed proceedings, proving too strong for Erin’s Own in a junior hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last. Brian Mulcahy in sparkling form for the home team. Yielding a first half tally of 1-07 in establishing a half time advantage on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-05. A number of players were introduced off the bench, on the resumption. With Daniel Mangan contributing four unanswered points through the third quarter. Kevin Fenton, Sean Dunne and Paul Fenton were prominent for the opposition in a junior hurling challenge refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill. Final score being 1-19 to 0-08 in favour of St Catherines.

Juvenile Rebel Óg North Minor B FL Rd 1 St Catherine’s 1-03 Ballycastle Gaels 4-08

Although billed as an away tie, this Rebel Óg North minor B football league match was played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Many thanks to Edmond Galvin for taking charge until the arrival of the appointed referee. With the opposition dominant taking the lead through a Dylan O’Connor goal in their first attack on two minutes. Catherines recovered when Eoin Davis released Niall O’Regan who goaled just at the end of the opening quarter. Ballycastle Gaels, a combination of Ballyhooly and Castletownroche, ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-05 to 1-01. Man of the match O’Connor with the key pass setting up James Roche for a second goal. Each scored again as the contest advanced. They might have had one or two more, were it not for the excellence of Eoin Sheehan between the posts for the home team.

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, S Spillane, C Galvin, A Leahy, G England, E Wallace, S Kelleher, RD Galvin, A Long, P Keane, N O’Regan, A O’Brien, E Davis, K English and K Barry. Sub: J Duncan for S Spillane (’44). Referee: John Kenneally (Kanturk).

Rebel Óg East U12 B FL Section 2 Rd 1 Carraig na bhFear 1-02 St Catherines 2-05

A victim of poor weather conditions initially. But both outfits were quick off the mark, rearranging this round one U12 B football league tie for the college grounds in Carraig na bhFear on Sunday morning last. Catherines doing the bulk of the work through the opening half. Oisín Fitzgerald and Kian O’Donoghue among the scorers and ahead at 1-05, without reply to end of the first passage of play. Diarmuid O’Connell and Shane Cotter were the goal scorers. A good start then. Next up are St Colman’s at home.

Team: J Bryan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, E O’Driscoll, C Sheehan, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, O Fitzgerald, C Pietropaolo, A Bryan, D Morrison, D O’Connell, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue and C Feeney. Sub: D Murphy for A Bryan. Referee: Graham Murphy.

Rebel Óg East U14 B FL Section 1 Rd 1 Cobh 6-06 St Catherines 0-03

Cobh were just physically too strong. Winning out this U14 B football league tie at O’Connell Park on Sunday evening last. Catherines kept the deficit at 1-03 to 0-02 at the break. Favoured by the elements, the home team dominated from there.

Team: E Philpott, K Wallace, M Geary, J Mulcahy, D Galvin, E O’Riordan, W Leamy, C England, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, D Temple, D O’Connell, C Dineen and W McAuliffe. Referee: Chris Broderick (Na Piarsaigh).

Croke Cup

Though nowhere near the mauling inflicted by St Mary’s, Templemore in the Munster final for the Harty Cup at Páirc na nGael, eighteen days previous, St Colman’s lost out by a three point margin to Connaught champions, St Brigid’s Loughrea in the quarter-final of the Croke Cup when played on the astro turf surface of UL on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 8th last. Having been originally intended for Kilmallock on the previous Saturday afternoon. It meant that all Catherines players on the panel tasted game time throughout the various college competitions. With Niall O’Regan lining out at full forward, Eoin Davis, Kieran Neville, Eoin Wallace and Richard Galvin all involved as the respective campaigns advanced.

Juvenile Fixtures

Saturday, March 18th at Ballynoe, Rebel Óg North under sixteen B 2 football league round two v Doneraile at 2.00pm. Sunday, March 19th at Ballynoe, under twelve B1 Rebel Óg football league section two round two v St Colman’s at 11.30am.

Scór na bPáistí

Divisional champions St Catherines made their set dancing exit when the Scór na bPáistí county semi-final went ahead at the Éire Óg pavilion in Ovens on Saturday afternoon last. Nevertheless, a commendable achievement in progressing this far. Group members being Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Gráinne Dinneen, Ciara McLoughlin, Gearóid Ó Ceallacháin MacCarthaigh and Abbie Leahy. Scór activity now terminated for this season.

National hurling league

Sensation would be too strong a word. But Cork created a mild tremor with what could be described as a shock victory over Waterford when their round four fixture in the national hurling league went ahead at Walsh Park on Sunday afternoon last. Now it’s all up in the air again. Tipperary are assured of progress but at this stage any three from the remaining five could join them. Or vice versa conceivably go down. It’s all down to the final weekend of matches. Cork are at home to Tipperary. While next up for the footballers is a visit from the old adversary, Meath.


Sympathy to the family of James O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe, one of the elder statesmen of the parish who sadly passed away last weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last March 13th. Numbers drawn were: 8, 14, 18 and 26 and the €2,800 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Olivia Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; P Egan c/o PH, Conna; Shane Walsh, Conna;Mary O’Brien, Glenarousk; Castlelyons and Brian Barry, Conna. Next draw for a now accumulated €3,000 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night, March 20th.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.