St Catherines GAA Club

04 May, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Junior footballers lose out to Glenbower Rovers

Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork Junior A Football Championship – Quarter-Final St Catherines 1-09 Glenbower Rovers 2-14

There were various spells of recovery, especially through the second and fourth quarters. But overall it was Glenbower Rovers who would dominate this divisional junior A football championship quarter-final when played at a dull and overcast Copper Alley grounds in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Apart from a pointed free which saw it at 0-02 to 0-01 after six minutes, Glenbower would then embark on a scoring spree yielding 1-07 without reply. Extending their advantage on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-01 after twenty minutes. Goalscorers were threatening forward Seán Long on twelve minutes and he finished up the game’s top scorer with a contribution of 2-04. Maybe a bit over-elaborate in their opening forays into opposition territory. But Catherines were coming much more into it. Points from Alan Carr and David O’Connor trimmed the margin. But the opposition again confirmed their superiority. Three further unanswered points had them ahead on an intimidating half-time scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04. Catherines to resume with whatever advantage an ever-decreasing breeze would throw up. Long killing the game off as a contest, adding a soft second goal five minutes into the second half. Daniel Mangan kicked over the point and probably the score of the match, before Rory Galvin delightfully flicked the ball onto replacement Liam Kearney, who in turn picked out cousin Conor Kearney to slot home a consolation Saints goal with about five minutes to go. Mild confusion reigned as to the full time score. We are going with the published one. Glenbower 2-14 St Catherines 1-09

Glenbower Rovers scorers: S Long (0-01 free) (2-04), K Lane (0-03 frees) (0-04), J O’Connor (0-01 free) (0-03), S Murphy, M Murphy and D O’Brien (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-02 frees) (0-04), C Kearney (1-00), P O’Connor (0-02), A Carr, D O’Connor and L Kearney (0-01 each). St Catherines team: Eoin Corcoran, Philip Keane, John Mulcahy, James Neville, Alan Carr, Pádraig O’Connor, Dave O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Rory Galvin, Daniel Mangan, Ed Kenneally, William Walsh, Shane Cogan, Eoin Condon (team captain) and Shane O’Brien.Subs: Pa Roche for Shane Cogan (21’), Liam Kearney for John Mulcahy (second half), Stephen Carr for Shane O’Brien (37’), Conor Kearney for Liam O’Connor (49’). Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League – Round Three St Catherines 2-05 Ballinacurra 2-05

Unusual backdrop going with this U16 B2 football league tie played in cold conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 24th last. Two Imokilly based teams playing in a Rebel Óg North fixture, determined by soft border. Kevin Barry was in early top scoring form. Further scores from Conor England just before half time and Adam O’Brien immediately after every bit as important as what went before. St Catherines withstanding an imminent opposition recovery greatly helped by conditions now in their favour. A game not for the purist. Absence of an appointed referee wouldn’t help. You might get through the younger age groups because of this. It’s a bit more difficult at U16 level.

Scorers: K Barry (0-02 frees) (2-03), C England and A O’Brien (0-01 each). Team: C Roberts, E McCreedy, J Duncan, D Galvin, C O’Brien, E O’Riordan, B McKee, J McGuckian, J Hayes, A O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, K Barry and E Sheehan. Subs: C England for J Hayes (11’), M Geary for J O’Keeffe (36’), W McAuliffe for E Sheehan (37’), E Sheehan for A O’Brien (52’). Referee: Joe Coppinger (Ballinacurra).

Minor B2 Football League – Round Three Buttevant v St Catherines

Match not played. Points to be played for when same two teams meet in the championship later in the summer.

Minor Hurling Challenge

With the football situation sorted, quickly arranged was this minor hurling challenge. Played in Aghavine on Wednesday evening April 26th last. Fr O’Neills were having the better of it. But Kevin Barry reacting quicker than anyone else first-timed the sliotar to the net on twenty-three minutes. Cutting the deficit down to three points on an interval scoreline of 2-06 to 1-06. Effectively O’Neills a premier two graded team, sealed the deal with a four goal burst in a glorious six minute spell just on the change of ends. Dominic Barry hit a hat-trick. While the threat of Jason Hankard was never successfully dealt with. Colin Sloane regularly on the ball as well. Nevertheless Catherines weren’t giving up, shifted things around a bit and can be well pleased when they reflect back on scoring contributions from nine players in a minor hurling challenge refereed by Mary Byrne Swayne. From the night before, we congratulate Eoin Davis substitute goalkeeper on the Cork team that defeated Waterford on a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-12 in the Munster U17 hurling championship final. Match played in Dungarvan on Tuesday evening April 25th last. Though not listed on your official programme Ben O’Brien is a member of what’s called the extension panel. Representing Munster the newly crowned provincial champions now face Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final around mid July. Minor match in Aghavine finished on a scoreline of Fr O’Neills 6-15 St Catherines 4-13.

Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Hurling League – Section Two – Round Two Fr O’Neills 4-08 St Catherines 1-05

Following a junior football league match on the first Sunday of March and a minor hurling challenge only two nights previous, a third visit of the year thus far to Aghavine for this round two U14 B hurling league game on Friday evening last. O’Neills exacting revenge, having lost out by a four point margin in the equivalent football tie at Ballynoe exactly a week earlier. That said Catherines started well. Eoin O’Riordan receiving able support from Cathal Bryan and Darragh Galvin were to the fore defensively. Gearóid O’Brien was regularly on the ball around midfield. He hit over their opening three points including a brace from placed balls and played a significant role in the goal. Eventually forced over the line by William McAuliffe after twenty-two minutes. Visitors ahead at 1-05 to 0-02 at the interval. But a physically stronger O’Neills were the dominant force after that, running out emphatic and deserving winners.

Scorers: W McAuliffe (1-00), G O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-03), C England and D Temple (0-01 each). Team: C Dinneen, G Leahy, E O’Riordan, C Bryan, B O’Connor, D Galvin, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, G O’Brien, A O’Donnell, F O’Connell, C England, J Mulcahy, D Temple and W McAuliffe. Subs: E Philpott and J Pratt for W McAuliffe and A O’Donnell (both second half). A O’Donnell for C Bryan

(50’). Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

U11 Hurling League – Match Three Fermoy 2-03 St Catherines 8-02

Another satisfactory performance. Keeping the winning run going following this round three U11 hurling league tie when played in Fermoy on Thursday evening last. Jack Leahy, Dylan Murphy and Adam Bryan showed up well on a night when all the skills of the game were on display.

Scorers: D O’Connell (4-00), S Cotter (2-01), C Pietropaolo (1-01) and C Leamy (1-00). Team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, C McCarthy, T Barry, C Leamy, C Pietropaolo, J Leahy, D O’Connell, D Murphy, S Cotter and A Bryan.

Juvenile Fixtures

Sunday May 7th U16 B2 Hurling League – round three v Nemo Rangers (away) at 3pm. Monday May 8th at Ballynoe - U14 B1 Hurling League – Section Two – round three v St Vincents at 7.30pm.

Adult Club Fixtures

Friday May 5th at TBC - East Cork Junior C Football Championship semi-final v Carraig na bhFear at 7.30pm Monday May 8th at Ballynoe - Junior Hurling League – Division One – round three v Killeagh at 7.30pm. Wednesday May 10th at Rathcormac - Junior Hurling League – Division Two – round one v Bride Rovers at 7.30pm.

First Communion

We congratulate all those boys and girls who will receive their First Holy Communion in Ballynoe on this forthcoming Saturday morning, May 6th. Boys and girls of Conna will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on the morning of Saturday, May 13th.

Fundraiser – “Guess The Score”

St Catherines are organising a fundraiser of “Guess the Score” on the forthcoming Munster senior hurling championship quarter-final involving Cork and Tipperary. Lines will cost €2 each or three for €5. First prize is €100 with an open draw then taking place if there is no correct winner. Cards will be available from committee members.

Battery Collection

Also on this forthcoming Saturday, May 6th in the pitch in Ballynoe, there will be a used battery collection. Times are 12 noon to 2pm and again at 5 to 7pm. Used car, tractor, truck etc batteries all welcome. All proceeds in aid of St Catherines GAA Club.


Reverting to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw, which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night April 24th last. Numbers drawn were: 2, 18, 24 and 29 and the jackpot of €4,000 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Matt Harper, Glasshouse, Curraglass; PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Ballynoe and Michael Lane, Shanakill, Curraglass.


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

And Finally

We congratulate Finola Neville, a member of the Cork team that defeated Derry in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League division two final when played in Kinnegad on Sunday afternoon last. That’s a league and a Munster championship medal into the club inside one week. Can’t be bad!