St Catherines GAA

25 September, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Junior hurlers into county quarter-final

County junior A hurling championship quarter-final

St Catherines 2-12 Tracton 1-03

Ok there would have been underage and minor friendlies and league games in the interim but this would have been the first game of significance between these two teams in some considerable time. Tracton defeated the saints in the first rounf of the county junior A hurling championship in 1957. Match was played on Sunday, September 29th at the old Athletic Grounds in the city. Precussor to the modern stadium that is Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Two weeks short of sixty years ago. It finished up on a scoreline of 4-0 to 2-08. That then provides the backdrop as the saints have now secured a quarter-ifnal place following an emphatic success over Tracton in this county junior A hurling championship first round tie. Originally billed for Carrigtwohill it was relocated and played in dull, overcast, wet albeit calm conditions in Watergrasshill at 4.45pm on Saturday evening last. In another change after a few officials had been mentioned official referee appointed was Ger Scully of Killeagh.

Off to a near perfect start. Team captain Daniel Mangan gains possession and with the whole play opening up on front of him charges through the heart of enemy territory, quickly parts to Rory Galvin whose touch with the aid of a hop evades Declan O’Neill for the saints and the games first score after twenty five seconds. A goal sure to settle any early nerves. Indeed the saints monopolised the day and with Brian Mulcahy and Conor Kearney also on target the scores gradually built up. Taking a Frank Lynch pass and almost against the run of play it was Cormac Kiely who pouned for the opposition’s goal after thirteen minutes. It was to be their only score from open play as David Griffin added a duo of back to back points from placed balls late in the half and Catherines comfortably ahead on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-2. But it could and should have been more extensive. In all the saints recored an almost embarrassing tally of twenty two wides, fourteen alone in the first half and the mentors can’t be happy. Still there is plenty to work on there for the next day.

Padraig O’Connor was involved as Daniel Mangan virtually killed the game off. Adding a second Catherines goal on thirty three minutes. In a disappointed second half only after highlights were a brace of well taken Richard O’Connell points right at the commencement of the fourth and final quarter to which substitute Pa Roche much to the approval of what was only a moderate attendance added the final score of a poor game with about five minutes to go when whipping on the sliotar on the volley of the grass ending ip as an eyecatching point. It won’t be as easy the next day. But tighten up on the shooting.

Tracton scorers: C Kiely (1-00) and D Griffin (0-03 frees), C Kearney, P Roche and S O’Brien (free)(0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, S Morris, L O’Connor, S O’Brien, C Aherne, W Walsh, S Cotter, C Kearney, P O’Connorm D Mangan (team captain), R O’Connell, B Mulcahy, R Galvin and S Kearney. Subs: E Wallace and P Roche for C Aherne and S Kearney (both 39’). L Kearney for B Mulcahy (51’). Also on panel: C Leahy, R Clancy, C Hegarty, K Neville, S O’Regan, D Lane, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, S Walsh, J Casey, E Condon, J Mulcahy, J Neville and J Hurley.

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

East Cork Oil sponsored junior B huring 
championship semi-final

Castlelyons 2-17

St Catherines 1-19

What a contest as following previous equally exciting encounters against Erins Own and Carraig na bhFear as the saints strove manfully in search of progress in the divisional under twenty one B and junior C football championship, this latest instalment enters the annals as one of the top championship games of the season. All were exciting encounters. In the balance right to the end all three were lost as Castlelyons successfully negotiated this junior B hurling championship semi-final when played in warm and sunny conditions at Dungourney on Sunday afternoon last.

It was an open, full flowing contest with the sides together twice through the opening exchanges when the saints began to assume control. An Aaron Neville cross field delivery out of defence was collected by team captain John Mulcahy. Quickly parting to Niall O’Regan who charging through clinically finished off the saints goal from close in. Wing forward Johnny Hurley quickly tagged on a well taken point from distance, one of two he converted in the first half as the lead stretched, ahead at 1-08 to 0-04 after eighteen minutes. Ronan Fenton, Brian O’Donovan, Ronan O’Regan and Colm O’Neill were on target for Castlelyons. But Catherines with Thomas O’Donnell among the scorers recorded the final three scores of the first half. Enough to establish a half-time lead on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-08.

But everyone in the ground knew that Castlelyons still had a major trump card to play. That of the introduction off the bench of county minor, Barry Murphy. Denied by a brave Cathal Leahy stop after twenty minutes this time Chris Cotter wouldn’t be denied and a goal triggered off the opposition recovery just three minutes into the second half. Ronan Clancy, who scored one well taken point from play in the first half, was unerring from placed balls and mainly through his accuracy Catherines were still ahead now at 1-17 to 1-13 to fifty two minutes. When Barry Murphy goaled for Castlelyons adding the crucial match winning point about ninety seconds overtime. He justified his inclusion all right! A clean, sporting exciting contest far exceeding any junior A match witnessed this term. Best of luck to Castlelyons when they play the final.

Castlelyons scorers: B Murphy (0-04 frees) (0-01 65’) (1-06), C Cotter (1-00), R Fenton, R O’Regan and B O’Donovan (0-02 frees)(0-03 each), S Moroney and C O’Neill (0-01 each).

St Catherines scorers: R Clancy (0-10 frees)(0-11), N O’Regan (1-01), T O’Donnell (0-03), J Hurley (0-02), S O’Brien and J Neville (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Cathal Leahy, Paul Tobin, Denis Lane, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Kieran Neville, Aaron Neville, Stephen O’Brien, James Neville, Johnny Hurley, Ronan Clancy, Noel O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, John Mulcahy, Tom O’Donnell and team captain was John Mulcahy. Subs: Luke Beecher for Noel O’Brien (36’), Dave Wallace for Shane O’Regan (60 + 4). Also on panel: Eoin Corcoran, Peter Ryan, Eoin Condon, Shane Walsh, John Casey, Barry Crowley, Matthew Harper, Mark Walsh, Christopher O’Donnell, Cormac Mulcahy and Ronan Barry.

Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Rebel Óg East under sixteen B2 hurling championship final

Nemo Rangers 4-07

St Catherines 1-16

St Catherines would come perilously close to winning. Hauled in by the concession of a late goal resulting in a share of the spoils from this Rebel Óg East under sixteen B2 hurling championship final when played in near perfect conditions at Castlemartyr on Friday evening last.

Man of the match Patrick Campbell scored all four opposition goals. Including two in the opening exchanges which had Nemo, conquerors of Crosshaven in their semi-final, ahead at 2-02 to 0-03 after six minutes. Gradually though the saints began to claw back the deficit. Harry Draper and Cathal Dineen from placed balls, were on target when after strong and influential play from Eoin McCready saw Kevin Barry pop over the leveller for the first time since the second minute. Two even and well matched teams together at

2-04 to 0-10 after twenty six minutes. Catherines worked hard to retrieve the situation only to be undone by a third Nemo goal sixty seconds later trailing on a halftime scoreline of 3-05 to 0-10.

Adam O’Brien, who scored three well taken first half points, clung the equalising goal four minutes into the second half. With Catherines and Nemo still deadlocked at 1-12 to 3-06 to thirty seven minutes. At this period Nemo were very wasteful with their finishing off target with at least five chances presented from open play and frees right through the third quarter. As scores from team captain O’Brien again, Brendan McKee from a penalty and Gearoid O’Brien eased the saints into a threee point cushion to fifty six minutes. Indeed they were presented with a chance to extend that advantage still further. Unfortunately it wasn’t converted and were punished in the extreme when Nemo struck again for yet another equalising goal right at the death. It’s all football this week. So the replay must be worked on. Nothing for board treasurer Michael Murphy to do only put the cup into the boot of his car and drive out the gate both sides will have to do it all again.

Nemo Rangers scorers: P Campbell (0-03 frees)(4-03) and M Harrington (0-04).

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C O’Brien, E McCready, B McKee, J Duncan, J McGuckian, J Hayes, C Dineen, K Barry, H Draper, G O’Brien, A O’Brien (team captain). Subs: M Geary for E O’Riordan (second half). Also on panel: C England, W McAuliffe, K Wallace, C Roberts, E Philpott, G England, J O’Keeffe and D Galvin.

Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Og).

Rebel Óg east under twelve A hurling leauge quarter-final

St Catherines 5-07 Blarney 0-05

St Catherines ahead at 3-05 to 0-02 at half-time were relentless. Proving too consistent and strong in this Rebel Óg East under twelve A hurling league quarter-final when played in Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

Scorers: K O’Donoghue (3-05), S Cotter and C Hayes (1-00 each) and C Sheehan and D O’Connell (0-01 each).

Starting pool: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, K Kelleher, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter. Also: C Dunning, T Barry, C Hayes, A Bryan, G Ó Ceallachain MacCarthaigh, C McAuliffe, C Feeney and C Leamy. Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Under eleven hurling league

St Catherines had a victory on a scoreline of 4-04 to 1-01 in the under eleven hurling league when played in Killeagh on Wednesday evening, September 13th last.

Juvenile fixtures

Tonight (Thursday), September 21st at Kilworth Rebel Óg north B2 under sixteen football championship v Doneraile at 6.15pm.

Saturday, September 23rd at Ballynoe under fourteen Rebel Óg East B1 football championship quarter-final v Mayfield at 3pm.

Saturday, September 23rd at Ballinspittle Rebel Óg East under twelve B football league quarter-final v Courcey Rovers, time 5.30pm.

Sunday, September 24th at Kildorrery Rebel Óg North minor B1 football championship first round v Buttevant at 3pm.


We departed Conna church on Saturday morning last after a moving and touching funeral ceremony for the late Kay Ahern who passed away earlier that week. Kay was a sister of Dolores Hartigan and Pat Ahern, Conna. Our deepest sympathy to the Hartigan, Spillane and extended Ahern families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Strictly St Catherines

Now please take note, tickets for Strictly St Catherines at the Radisson Blu Hotel, on Saturday night, November 11th are going on sale in the next few days. If you want to gpo and arenot getting your tickets from any of our dancers then let club secretary Eleanor Galvin know straight away. We may even be too late with this notice, tickets cost €25 each. Be in the meeting room in Ballynoe on Saturday morning coming, Sept. 23rd to see how you get on. Time 11.00am.

Late news from Monday night last


Coiste na nÓg county under thirteen A1 hurling league semi-final

St Catherines 1-06 Ballinora 1-03

Match played in Ballynoe on Monday night last, September 18th. Report next week.


Lotto results from the most recent draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, September 18th. Numbers drawn were: 1, 7, 9 and 17. There was no winner of the €8,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Pat and Mary Rumley, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Caroline Murphy, Ballynoe; Lane grandchildren c/o Pat Lane; Dan Cotter, Ballynoe and Mossie Hartnett, Ballynoe. Next draw will take place at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, September 25th for a jackpot now standing at €8,400.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Juvenile sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.