St Catherines GAA

30 March, 2017

Two point victory over Magpies in junior A football championship first round

Michael O’Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork Junior A Football Championship - First Round St Catherines 3-04 Midleton 1-08

In the notes for Castlemartyr on Sunday morning, by midweek moving to Magner’s Hill, eventually this divisional junior A football championship first round tie relocated again and played in Spring like conditions at Copper Alley grounds in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Taking awhile for both teams to settle, Daniel Mangan carrying the main scoring threat for the Saints. A magnificent individual effort pointing from play after eight minutes sandwiched between a brace of opening quarter points from placed balls helping them to a half-time lead of three points without reply. But the Magpies replied instantaneously on the changeover. Alwyn Kearney with their opening score, pointing from play inside ninety seconds. John Comer pointed twice from placed balls. Parity restored for the first time at 0-03 each. When almost straightaway and in one of the moves of the match initiated by Alan Carr onto William Walsh and eventually Shane Cogan finished with substitute Stephen Carr goaling a pacy, clever combination passage of play on thirty five minutes. Midleton rallied. A brace of Seadna Smith points had it all tied up again, when the scores that decided this junior A football championship tie emerged. Daniel Mangan drilling in the second goal when just over sixty seconds later team captain Eoin Condon, back in the action after being taken off injured late in the first half, won the penalty kick, cooly slotted home by a focused Mangan. Adding another point from a free it meant the Saints now enjoyed a lead of 3-04 to 0-06 to fifty one minutes. But far from game over. Cormac Beausang pointed twice. Margin trimmed to just two points when Declan Ryan goaled from close range, but the Saints held out. Midleton will get another chance in the second round.

Midleton scorers: J Comer (0-02 frees) (0-03), D Ryan (1-00), S Smith and C Beausang (0-02 each) and A Kearney (0-01). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-00 penalty) (0-03 frees) (2-04) and S Carr (1-00). St Catherines team: E Corcoran, J Neville, J Mulcahy, P Keane, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, A Carr, R Galvin, L O’Connor, D Mangan, E Kenneally, W Walsh, S O’Brien, E Condon and S Cogan. Subs: S Carr for E Condon (24’) C Kearney for S O’Brien (39’), E Condon for W Walsh (45’), W Walsh for R Galvin (59’). Also: C Molloy, Richard Galvin, D Wallace, P Roche, S O’Regan, P Ryan and E Wallace. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Junior Football League - Division Three - Round Three St Catherines 0-11 Glanmire 1-0

St Catherines were completing pre championship preparations resulting in a share of the spoils with Glanmire when this junior football league division three round three fixture was played in miserable conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 21st last. Glanmire flew out of the traps and with Tom Mullins finding the range surged into a four point lead without reply to ten minutes. Getting a grip around half back and a competitive middle of the field area and Catherines were now much more involved. Upsides their opposition when David O’Connor popped over a peach of a point from a tight angle as the rain cascaded down on twenty minutes. We were lucky as later this would fall as snow. Both teams added a point each from frees. It was 0-05 each to the break. Alan Carr to which cousin Stephen Carr added two more, pointed Catherines into a lead of 0-09 to 0-07 to the end of the third quarter. Lead short-lived. James Cussen goaling for Glanmire. But Shane Cogan had the home team back in a slender lead in a now exciting and evenly fought junior football league match. But parity was restored for a sixth and final time. Conor Kiely with the Glanmire leveller right at the death.

St Catherines scorers: S Cogan (0-03 frees) (0-04), S Carr and A Carr (0-02 each), P O’Connor, E Kenneally and D O’Connor (0-01 each). Team: E Corcoran, D Wallace, J Mulcahy, P Keane, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, A Carr, S Cogan, L O’Connor, S Carr, E Kenneally, C Kearney, P Ryan, S O’Brien and S O’Regan. Subs: E Wallace for S O’Regan (second half), L O’Callaghan McCarthy for P Ryan (47’). Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Junior Hurling Challenge

On a scoreline of 2-05 to 0-08 ,visitors Tallow were victorious over the Saints second choice junior hurling team in a challenge game played in bitterly cold conditiions under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 20th last.

Juvenile News

St Catherines have been paired with Erins Own in an eight team Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship. Draws for which were made following a board meeting at the Nemo Rangers Pavilion on Monday night, March 20th last. Catherines received a bye in the B2 U16 hurling championship. There are seven teams in the fifteen a side B1 East 2 U14 hurling championship. Catherines play St Vincents and likewise are up against Mayfield in an eight team U14 B1 football championship. We gave you Rebel Óg North U16 and minor B football championship draws last week. Coiste na nÓg are looking after thirteen and fifteen knock out draws in both codes.

Rebel Óg North minor B Football League - Round Two. St Catherines 5-05 Killavullen 3-08

A game to savour between Catherines and Killavullen in this round two Rebel Óg North minor B football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Sunday evening last. Two Kieran English goals had the home team off to a flyer. Ahead at 2-03 with reply to the end of the first quarter. Michael Fresh goaled from the penalty spot on forty seven minutes. Gap narrowed with Catherines ahead on a half time scoreline of 3-03 to 1-02. James Fitzpatrick goaled almost straight away on the changeover. Setting up an exciting second half. Catherines now a man short consolidated their position after an Eoin Davis goal. Fionn Magner narrowing the gap again. In the end Shane Spillane’s goal was crucial for a Saints outfit off target with a penalty kick with five minutes to go.

Catherines scorers: K English (2-00), Richard Galvin (1-02), E Davis and S Spillane (1-00 each), P Keane (0-02) and R English (0-01). Team: E Sheehan, A Leahy, C Galvin, S Kelleher, G England, E Wallace, B O’Brien, Richard Galvin, P Keane, R English, N O’Regan, J Hayes, E Davis, K English and S Spillane. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).

Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Football Leeague - Section One - Round Two St Catherines 2-04 Kiltha Óg 6-15

Kiltha Óg dominated from the start, running out comprehensive victors of this round two U14 B football league tie played in sunny conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last. Scorers: D Temple (2-00), C England (0-02), H Draper and S Cotter (0-01 each).

Team: E Philpott, D Galvin, M Geary, G Leahy, K Wallace, E O’Riordan, B Barry, H Draper, W Leamy, F O’Connell, T Hartnett, C Dinneen, D Temple, C England and W McAuliffe. Subs: S Cotter, J Mulcahy and J O’Callaghan.

U11 Football League - Round Two St Catherines 7-07 Fr O’Neills 0-04

Winners over Carrigtwohill the previous weekend and the Saints maintain their good start to the campaign with an impressive victory over Fr O’Neills in the U11 football league when played in Ballynoe on Saturday last.

Panel: A Bryan, J Bryan, J Leahy, C Hegarty, S Hegarty, C Dunning, C Leamy. C Pietropaolo, J Hickey, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, D O’Connell, D Murphy, E O’Driscoll, S Cotter and C McCarthy.

Fixtures - Juvenile

Tonight (Thursday), March 30th Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League Round Three v (away) Killavullen at 6.45pm. Monday, April 3rd at Ballynoe U12 A East One Hurling League v Watergrasshill at 7pm. NB: Peil na nÓg is also on this weekend.


Saturday April 1st Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round One v Lisgoold (away) at 7pm. Monday April 3rd at Ballynoe Junior B Football Championship Prelimnary Round Youghal v Glenville at 7.30pm.

National Leagues

Overriding factor irrespective of bonuses from last weekend’s series of matches is that both county senior teams consolidated their positions for next season. Cork now face Limerick in the national hurling league quarter-final this weekend. Cork footballers wind up what has largely been a disappointing campaign when they play Down. A game of huge importance for them in a round seven fixture in the national football league division two at Páirc Uí Rinn this forthcoming Sunday afternoon.

Great Success for the Irish

Well that was the week that was as the Irish consolidated themselves as a real force in world sporting circles. Limerick’s Andy Lee made a successful return to the ring. Successful Olympian Michael Conlan makes a winning debut as a professional bantamweight fighter. Cross channel all records were broken. Ireland overcoming the UK by nineteen wins to nine in the race for the Prestbury Cup at the National Hunt Festival of horse racing around the Cotswolds. The annual Cheltenham pilgrimage without fear of argument accepted as the Olympics of the sport. Ireland deny England what would have been a world record of nineteen Rugby Union tests in a row. While closer to home John Caulfield and Liam Kearney continue their ultra consistent start with Cork City to the season. All in and around the cauldron of our National feast day. Memorable achievements all.


Hopefully conditions remain favourable for the annual Ballynoe point-to-point races on Pat Spillane’s land at Kilavorilla on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon April 2nd. First race is at 2pm.


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

Lotto Results

First of all omitted from last week’s list of consolation winners were Veronica Martin, Tallow, Jeremiah O’Donovan, Glentane, Ballynoe and Tom English, Conna. Finishing up with the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, March 27th. Numbers drawn were: 7, 8, 12 and 13. There was no winner of the €3,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night nbeing: Carol O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Eabha Twomey, c/o Fishermans Rest, Conna; Bill and Therese O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe, Mary O’Dowd, Castlelyons and Ely and Carol (phone number included). Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,400 will be at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, April 3rd. a

Junior A football championship this weekend

It was a week which saw a series of practice games played. Perhaps the most relevant being a junior football challenge with Carraig na bhFear as championship starts this weekend. An ever intensifying underage programme of games cotinues reports shortly.

But first the results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Fishermans Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, March 20th. Numbers drawn 17, 18, 28 and 29 and there was no winner of the €3,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being - Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Nuala Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe. A draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,200 will be held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night coming, March 27th.

Junior football challenge

St Catherines were struggling a bit at the start. Then left off the hook. Carraig na bhFear fluffling their lines. Off target after just a minute with a penalty kick in this junior football challenge when played in sunny, albeit windy conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last.

Eoin Condon finished off the Saints goal Joe O’Donnell responded for the opposition. Parity restored at 1-02 apiece to thirteen minutes. As slightly favoured by the conditions the home team were shading it and ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-05 to 1-03.

Carraig na bhFear dominated the third quarter popping over five unanswered points and what proved the match winning scores. Turning it around and now leading at 1-08 to 1-05.

Rory Galvin from a placed ball and a splendid Padraig O’Connor effort trimmed the deficit to just a single score at 1-08 to 1-07 to forty nine minutes. Aidan Hegarty with the game’s final score had Carraig na bhFear winning out on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 1-07 to a junior football challenge refereed by James Bermingham of Bride Rovers.

Final preparatory game was to have been a round three fixture in division three of the junior football league vs Glanmire under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night last, March 21st. As St Catherines play Midleton in the first round of the East Cork junior A football championship this upcoming weekend. It’s on in Castlemartyr on Sunday, March 26th. Throw-in time will be 12 midday. Best of luck to all concerned.

Junior hurling challenge

Friendly ties have produced a steady run of results this far. Back to back successes against Ballyhooly and Ballincollig in turn of the final weekend of February preceded a hatrick of wins. Completed with a positive results over Erins Own in mid March. Daniel Mangan with the key delivery picked out full forward Rory Galvin to finish off the lead goal in this latest junior hurling challenge at Ballynoe on the morning of our national feast day on Friday last at 11.30am. Shane O’Brien caught a great ball around the middle of the pitch. His first time delivery expertly picked out by Eoin Wallace who duly finished off the second goal on twenty six minutes. Establishing a seven point advantage on a half-time scoreline of 2-08 to 0-07.

Catherine’s rattled off six points without reply in the opening eight minutes of the turnover. Also using up the opportunity to empty the bench in the process and it was one of those substitutes Pa Roche, who scored the eyecatching points very early in that second half was on hand to score the third goal. Stretching the advantage now standing at 3-15 to 0-12 to forty nine minutes, Donal O’Sullivan, Paul Sexton and Mark Kennefick were prominent for Ballygarvan who play in the intermediate grade in a hurling challange refereed by James ‘Dingle’ Daly of Youghal. It finished on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-14 in favour of the Saints.

Juvenile news

Junior hurling challenge

A second win from as many friendlies when this minor hurling challenge was played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night March 15th last. Ben O’Brien was the main scoring threat for the home team. Four first half goals in a glorious fourteen minute spell setting up an interval advantage on a scoreline of 5-06 to 2-05. To which were added five second half points, both from frees and placed balls, bringing his overall tally to 4-06. Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace, Cormac Galvin, Shane Kelleher and Ciaran O’Brien also figured prominently in a minor hurling challenge refereed by Jim Hennessy of Kiltha Óg. Best for Watergrasshill, being Colin Cronin Cathal Fitzgerald and Daniel Dennehy. Final score favouring the Saints was 7-14 to 3-11.

Juvenile championship draws

This season on the recommendation of the gradings committee teams can be moved from their own division to another. Thus making those groups more relevant and competitive. Therefore soft borders will be new terminology in our vocabulary. With resultingly St Catherines relocating to rebel Óg North for minor and uner sixteen football. Just take note there will be no change for championship. St Catherines are paired with Buttevant in the first round of a seven team minor B1 football championship. Doneraile are first round under sixteen B2 football championship opposition. Again taking in seven teams. B1 teams take part in fifteen a side competitions. Its thirteen a side for B2 teams. Rebel Óg east championship draws were due to be made at Trabeg and the magnificent Nemo Rangers complex on Monday night last, March 20th.

Rebel Óg north

Under sixteem B2 football league round two

St Catherines 0-01 Doneraile 6-12

They took the lead when at the end of a four man move Kevin Barry pointed the way on forty seconds. But therafter it was downhill for the Saints. Losing out in a heavy defeat inflicted by Doneraile when this Rebel Óg North under sixteen B football league tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.

Scorer: K Barry (0-01). Team: E Sheehan, E McCready, J Duncan, J O’Keeffe, B McKee, H Draper, G England, D Galvin A O’Brien, J Hayes, C Dineen, K Barry. Subs: J McGuckian for H Draper (22), C O’Brien for B McKee (29’), C England for A O’brien (38’), W McAuliffe for G England (46’), C Roberts for E Sheehan (52’). Also on panel E O’Riordan, Referee Mike Casey (Mitchelstown).

Under eleven football league - Match one

Carraigtwohill 2-04 St Catherines 2-12

Behind at the start and trailing 1-02 to 1-00 to ten minutes St Catherines recovered to lead 1-06 to 1-04 at half-time in their first under eleven football league tie of the season at Carraigtwohill on Saturday morning last. They were much the better team in the second half hour.

Scorers: S Cotter (1-06), D O’Connell (1-02), C hayes and C Pietropaolo (0-02 each).

Team: J Bryan, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Hegarty, D O’Donovan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Pietropaolo, C Hayes, D Murphy, D O’Connell, A Bryan, S Cotter, S Hegarty.

Rebel Óg East under twelve B2 football league section two round two

St Catherines 2-05 St Colman’s 1-03

St Catherine’s maintain their winning start recording an eventual fivepoint success over St Colman’s in this round two under twelve B football league tie, when played in breezy conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

Ciaran Pietropaolo was instrumental in securing the opening four scores of the match. An early free coming back into play was clinically finished to the net by an alert Kian O’Donoghue for the lead goal and opening score of the match on five minutes. Ciaran added the next three scores including the second goal. Daniel Morrissey pointed for the opposition as the home team held sway at 2-02 to 0-01 to the break.

A Ciarán Leamy effort sandwiched between a brace of Shane Cotter points kept the momentum going. James O’Brien netted a consolation goal for St Colmans, a combination of Russell Rovers and Cloyne, just before the finish. Gerry Cowhig and Brian Cotter shared the refereeing duties.

Scorers: C Pietropoalo (1-02), K O’Donoghue (1-00), S Cotter (0-02), and C Leamy (0-01).

St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E Sheehan, C Sheehan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, C hayes, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C Pietropaolo, S Cotter and K O’Donoghue. Also: C leamy, D Murphy, S Hegarty, A Bryan, C Feeney and C Hegarty.

Adult club fixture

Sunday, March 26th at Castlemartyr East Cork junior A football championship first round v Midleton at 12 noon.

Juvenile fixtures

Saturday, March 25th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East under fourteen BI football league section one round two v Kiltha Óg at 4pm. Sunday, march 26th at Ballynoe Minor BI football league round two v Killvullen at 6.45pm.

National league

Realistically what we hope for now is survival. Cork have two remaining fixtures to fulfill i division two of the national football league. Next up is a tricky trip to Derry. With improving Down as visitors for the last match in the group on the afternoon of Sunday, April 2nd. Some points will be essential there.


T&A Building and Civil engineering contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.