St Catherines GAA

20 July, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Junior hurlers advance in extra time East Cork Oil sponsored JAHC first round St Catherines (2-13) 3-22 Lisgoold (0-19) 1-26 In a contest of at least eighty minutes of action St Catherines survived an expected arduous Lisgoold challenge from this East Cork junior A hurling championship first round tie when played at a well attended Castlelyons venue on Saturday evening last. Catherine's making the better start with Richard Galvin one of two players making their first team championship debut evading his immediate opponent and planting the sliotar right in the corner for the lead goal on four minutes. But any indiscretion caused almost irrespective of its location on the field would be severely punished by the ever accurate John Cashman. Likewise Shane O'Brien was doing the business for the saints from placed balls and although trailing narrowly for the major part of the opening half eventually saw parity restored at 1-08 to 0-11 with a stunning equalising point from team captain Daniel Mangan right on thirty two minutes. Back to back Rory Galvin points still had two evenly matched teams locked in deadlock at 1-12 to 0-15 to the three-quarter mark. But Cashman was still piling on the scores both from frees and general play and playing the entire second half without influential keeper Ciaran Cronin, the ex Imokilly and Cork U21 custodian having to depart the action with a thigh injury. Lisgoold had built up a three point lead and looked like winners right on the sixty minute mark. Catherines staring defeat in the face, granted one last lifeline. Sensibly, Shane O'Brien guided a close in free into the thick of the action where in a flash the sliothar was first timed to the bet, Cal Aherne credited with the equalising goal and on a score of 2-13 to 0-19, this most exciting of championship matches is heading for twenty minutes of extra time. Ten a side, two substitutes combining. Liam Kearney releases Pa Roche for the lead point. Catherines now ahead for the first time since the eighth minute of the first half at 2-16 to 0-21. Yet in a twinkling Kieran Cashman guides over a well struck point. In a frenzy of excitement Catherines and Lisgoold are level for a twelfth time. Six minutes elapsed in the first period of extra time when another impressive substitute Stephen "Skinner" Morris gets Richie O'Connell away to lash in a skillfully taken third goal. An invaluable score. Such was the closeness of the teams to each other. Catherines three points ahead at 3-17 to 0-23. First ten minutes complete. Kearney, O'Connell, Mangan and Galvin all quickly pointing as the advantage was standing at 3-21 to 0-25 six minutes into the second period. But sure enough there was another twist to the tail when Liam O'Shea, a Munster minor medal winner with Cork in Thurles the previous Sunday goaled for Lisgoold. Whittling it down to just a point. Wingback Conor Hegarty stretches it again. Pointing from a long distance much to the delight of Catherines supporters in a large sized attendance. Lisgoold were searching for what would prove the match winning goal. Out emerges Shane Cotter with the ball. While fouled he clearly displays his possession of the sliothar. That's it, no more time. An absorbing match grinds to a halt. Catherines advance to a quarter-final pairing with Cobh on an end scoreline of 3-22 to 1-26. Should the two teams stay afloat another meeting is a possibility. Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-14 frees) (0-01 65') (0-20), L O'Shea (0-01 sideline cut) (1-03), B Flynn, K Cashman and C Cronin (free) (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-07), S O'Brien (0-05 frees)(0-01 "65") (0-06), R O'Connell (1-02), R Galvin (0-04), Rd Galvin and C Aherne (1-00 each), P Roche, L Kearney and C

Hegarty (0-01 each). St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, L O'Connor, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, W Walsh, S O'Brien, C Kearney, C Aherne, D Mangan (team captain), S Kearney, R Galvin, Rd Galvin and R O'Connell. Subs: L Kearney for S Kearney (35'), S Morris for C Kearney (61'), P Roche for Rd Galvin (63'), S Kearney for C Aherne (73'). Also on panel: C Leahy, K Neville, S O'Regan, D Lane, N O'Regan, S O'Brien, J Mulcahy and J Casey. Referee: Patrick O'Driscoll (Bride Rovers). Juvenile column Coiste na nÓg county U15 B hurling championship final Owen Gaels 1-17 St Catherines 1-09 Owen Gaels retained their title won twelve months ago at Peddlar's Cross when this Coiste na nÓg county U15 B1 hurling championship final was played at a well prepared Mayfield venue on Friday evening last. A decider overshadowed when following a collision between two saints players saw Joe O'Keeffe, central to the equalising point on four minutes, stretchered from the field and taken to hospital with an ankle injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. No doubt it would have put a cloud on the team’s efforts and a fully warranted eight minutes of first half injury time having played with the benefit of a strong breeze were behind on an interval scoreline of 0-09 to 0-05. Clearly facing an uphill struggle. That said a positive response was forthcoming inside a minute of the change of ends Harry Draper, the other player momentarily injured in that unfortunate collision after six minutes, pointed from an almost impossible angle. But the response was emphatic. Centre forward Cian McCarthy immediately surging through for the opposition goal. But the saints kept their efforts going. Tom Hartnett pointed, a subsequent Kevin Barry free wasn't dealt with and Cathal Dineen, ideally placed, first timed the breaking ball to the net and the margin was trimmed to three points at 1-11 to 1-08 to forty seven minutes. But Owen Gaels, a combination of Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunkett's and coached by Jerry Ryan, a Cork senior selector in the Denis Walsh regime, finished strongly. With man of the match McCarthy pointing six of the games last seven scores including four magnificent points in succession, all from play bringing his overall tally to 1-14. Coiste na nÓg chairman John Purcell presenting the successful cup to Owen Gaels captain in their respective speeches. Well done to the saints for their commendable efforts in advancing thus far. They were due to commence their U15 B2 football championship campaign last night (Wednesday) in Ballynoe. Owen Gaels scorers: C McCarthy (0-07 frees) (0-01 65"), (1-14), B Lovell, C Cullinane and J O'Brien (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: K Barry (0-04 frees), C Dineen (1-00), H Draper and C O'Brien (0-01 65") (0-02 each) and T Hartnett (0-01). St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Gearoid O'Brien, Mark Geary, Eoin O'Riordan, James Duncan, Ciaran O'Brien (captain), Darragh Galvin, Josh McGuckian, Tom Hartnett, Cathal Dineen, Harry Draper, Joe O'Keeffe, William Leamy, Kevin Barry and James Hayes. Sub: Cathal Bryan for Joe O'Keeffe (14'). Also on panel: Callum Roberts, Gerard Leahy, James O'Callaghan and William McAuliffe. Referee: Tony O'Brien (Ballygarvan). Rebel Óg East U16 B2 hurling league round four

St Catherines w/o Grenagh What’s up next? In with the heads in Castlelyons pavilion on Saturday evening last were the draws for the junior A hurling championship quarter-finals were taking place. A clear message emanating there was for the U21 A hurling championship quarter-finals to go ahead this upcoming weekend. St Catherines are paired with Carrigtwohill. Sympathy Our condolences to the Murphy family, Bartlemy and the Bride Rovers club on the sad passing of esteemed gentleman, Martin Murphy last weekend. Ar dheis Dégo raibh a anam dilís. Lotto results Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night last, July 17th. Numbers drawn were 1, 3, 5 and 11. There was no winner of the €6,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were Majella Pietropaolo c/o PO, Vera and Bernie, Ballynoe, Ann Finn c/o Helen O'Connor, Maura O'Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons and Gabriel and Geraldine Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare. A draw for a jackpot of €6,600 goes ahead at McAuliffe's, Ballynoe on Monday night coming, July 24th. County U21 hurling Stupendous scoring performances in this grade like Seanie O'Leary from the early seventies and Aidan Walsh from six seasons ago were rekindled by Declan Dalton from the provincial U21 hurling championship semi-final in Walsh Park, on Wednesday evening, July 12. Dalton recorded Cork's four opening scores including contributions from a placed ball, open play and a subliminal sideline cut. In all he was responsible for seven of the county's ten first half points and while down injured on at least two occasions throughout the contest added a further 1-05 on the resumption. With the match winning goal coming from a penalty five minutes overtime. A masterful performance from the Fr O'Neill's man equally proficient as a goalkeeper. Cork now play Limerick in the Munster final. Limerick have mangled all opposition encountered thus far. Running up huge tallies in the process and will be fancied by many to attain outright honours. As the focus slowly but surely now shifts to the grand opening. This weekend the newly revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh plays host to three all Ireland hurling quarter-finals. One minor and two senior spread out over the two days. Playing wise the picture should be clearer after that. Spare a thought amidst all the hype that Cork play Mayo in a senior football qualifier in Limerick on this forthcoming Saturday evening. Sponsor T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.