St Catherines GAA

28 September, 2017

St Catherines GAA
Week dominated by 
juvenile affairs
East Cork Junior Hurling League Division Two Round Four
St Catherines 0-19 
Carraig na bhFear 1-20
As the headline aptly puts it this was a week dominated by underage affairs. Carraig na bhFear collected the points on offers from this r4 JHL div2 match played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last, a gifted double save from Cathal Leahy maintaining the Saints early interest as four points shared equally between John Mulcahy and John Casey had two events matched teams together at 0-05 each after eighteen minutes. Patrick Roche was accurate with the frees as the opposition were just claiming the upper hand to lead narrowly on a half time scoreline of 0-11 to 0-9.
Peter O’Sullivan scored the all-important solitary goal of the game in the third minute of the second half. Con Burns and Brendan Murphy also found the target and with Conor Hayes unnerving from frees and general play, it was 1-18 to 0-16 for the opposition to the end of the third quarter.
Thomas O’Donnell, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Johnny Hurley and Padraig O’Connor replied with points of their own. Keeping the high scoring ratio attached to this game going, Conor Hayes with the eleventh point of a sporting contest confirmed a four-point win for Carrig na bhFear very near the finish. 
St Catherine’s scorers: P Roche (0-04 frees) (0-06), J Mulcahy and J Casey (0-03 each). T O’Donnell, J Hurley and L O’Callaghan McCarthy (0-02 each) and P O’Connor (0-1).
St. Catherine’s team: C Leahy, E Kenneally, B Crowley, K Geary, S O’Regan, K Neville, P Ryan, P Roche, P O’Connor, T O’Donnell, N O’Brien, J Hurley, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, J Mulcahy and J Casey. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg North Minor B1 Football Championship Quarter Final 
Buttevant 4-13 St Catherines 0-07
Buttevant were clear and comprehensive victors, dominating this Rebel Óg North minor B1 football championship quarter-final, played in idyllic Autumnal conditions at sunny Killavullen on Sunday afternoon last.
Billy Keane had them ahead with the lead goal after eight minutes. Most definitely the Saints needed a quick response to ensure they remained competitive.  Neat, clever play involving Ciaran O’Brien and Ben O’Brien lead to Kieran English looking like he had secured it, first timing the ball to the net at twenty-three minutes.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t allowed due to a square infringement. In the subsequent passage of play Mark Lenihan scored a second opposition goal. In a contest that might by now be a three-point game, it was Buttevant 2-04 to 0-1. This stretched out to 2-07 to 0-3 by half time. Small margins. Huge complications.
Dillon McAuliffe more or less settled it by adding a further brace of goals through the third quarter and a lead of 4-12 to 0-04 on forty-five minutes.
Throwing caution to the wind Catherines came in search of a few late consolation scores. They were rewarded with a few late, well taken points, with Niall O’Regan, Owen O’Neill and team captain Eoin Wallace all contributing. But the margin was too big to bridge.
Buttevant scorers: M Lenihan (0-01 free) (1-05), D McAuliffe (2-00), B Keane (1-01), Mr O’Neill (6-01 free) (0-04), M Walsh, S O’Connor and P Holmes (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Sheehan, Adam O’Brien, Robert English, Shane Kelleher, Brendan McKee, Eoin Wallace (team captain), James Hayes, Philip Keane, Ben O’Brien, Ciaran O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Owen O’Neill, Eoin Davis, Kieran English and Shane Spillane. Sub: Andy Leahy for Shane Spillane (43’). 
Referee: Dwayne Collins (Charleville).
Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football Championship
St Catherine’s v Doneraile called off. Match to be rescheduled for this week.
Coiste na nÓg County U13 A1 Hurling League Semi-Final 
St Catherines 1-06 Ballinora 1-03
These two teams served up an enthralling encounter in a regular group match won by Catherines when played at the opponent’s venue back on Wednesday, May 31, resulting in them finishing higher up the table and so given a home draw when this Coiste na nÓg county U13 A1 hurling league semi-final went ahead at Ballynoe on Monday evening, September 18. 
Maybe both defences were dominant Ben O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue, Oisín Fitzgerald (and slightly further up) Darragh Morrison doing well for the home team. The real leader of the pack though was the sweet striking Fionn O’Connell at centreback. He hit an ocean of ball. Often ideally placed where Gearoid O’Brien with ideal vision and a willingness to work would prove the principal beneficiary. He contributed 1-05 of the overall Saints tally including the goal after ten minutes and all first half scores, in a half time lead of 1-03 to 0-01.
But a well-taken goal from Stephen Forde on thirty-three minutes ensured a competitive and evenly contested second half hour. Indeed Danny Dineen, accurate with the frees, had the margin down to the minimum in a clear low scoring contest. Catherines got over the line with invaluable late scores from Kyle Wallace and the aforementioned O’Brien.
Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien (0-01 free) (1-05), K Wallace (0-01).
Catherine’s team: S Cotter, J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, K Wallace, D Morrison, K Kelleher, G O’Brien, C McAuliffe, J Mulcahy, K O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell. Subs: C Pietropaolo for C McAuliffe (second half), D O’Connell for J Mulcahy (40’), D O’Donovan for A O’Donnell (58’). Also on panel: C. Feeney and S. Cotter. 
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Football
Championship quarter final - section 1
also U14 B1 Football League section 1 rd7
St Catherines 3-03 Mayfield 1-10
Difficult enough to analyze this U14 B1 football championships quarter-final played at 3.00pm in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Mayfield played with the benefit of a ferocious wind and were ahead at 0-08 to 1-00 at half time. But would it be enough? Team captain Mark Geary was able to pick out Gearoid O’Brien who, with the aid of the crossbar, finished off a seemingly priceless Saint’s goal after fourteen minutes.
But Mayfield who also eliminated Catherines from the Pail na mug back in very early April wind on the changeover. Nathan McCarthy with a clinical goal and a lead of 1-09 to 1-00 established now ten minutes into the second half. When excitement intensified Kyle Wallace from a sideline ball declined the entire opposition defence. Ball finished up in the net and excitement now in a frenzy. Conor England quickly adds on a duo of back-to-back points from placed balls. 
The deficit was now reduced to the minimum at 1-09 to 2-02 at forty-eight minutes. Colin Moynihan then pointed for the opposition. As important as anything that would go before enabling Mayfield to withstand the impact of Kyle Wallace again goaling from the penalty spot with ninety seconds remaining. Drawn to a point. But Mayfield were on the move when the final whistle blew. No need for extra time. A tie that also doubled up for league points. Then for many it was the U12 B football league quarter final against Courceys. Assuredly those heading for Ballinspittle were in for the worst of the weather.
St Catherines scorers: K Wallace (1-00 sideline kick) (2-01). G O’Brien (1-00) and C England (0-02 frees).
St Catherine’s team: Evan Philpot, Gerard Leahy, Eoin O’Riordan, Cathal Bryan, Brian Barry, Kyle Wallace, Ben O’Connor, Mark Geary (team captain), Fionn O’Connell, Cathal Dineen, Gearoid O’Brien, William Leamy, James O’Callaghan, Conor England and William McAuliffe. Subs: James Mulcahy and Adam O’Donnell for Gerard Leahy and William McAuliffe (both second half). 
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Rebel Óg East U12 B1 Football League Quarter Final
Courcey Rovers 1-01 
St. Catherines 3-05
Yes, those in attendance did get the worst of the climatic conditions for this Rebel Óg east U12 B1 football league play off played in Ballinspittle on Saturday evening. But when you win, that rain and wind is instantly forgotten. 
With the Saints ahead at 3-02 to 1-01 by the break and adding a further three-second half points, they claimed victory and are thus looking a semifinal place in the competition.
Scorers: S O’Donoghue (2-01), S Cotter (1-01), K O’Donoghue (0-02) and K Kelleher (0-01).
Panel (not in any particular order): K O’Donoghue, K Kelleher, D Murphy, D Fitzgerald, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, J Bryan, D O’Donovan, E O’Driscoll, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, S Cotter, D O’Connell, T Barry, C Cunning and A Bryan. 
Referee: Pat O’Leary (Valley Rovers).
U11 Hurling League 
St Catherines 6-07 
Watergrasshill 2-03
St Catherines keep the winning run going with the latest win in the U11 hurling league coming in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
Scorers: J Temple (2-01), S Cotter and T Barry (1-02 each), C Leamy and G Sheehan (1-00 each) and D O’Donnell (0-02). 
Panel as previously listed.
Rebel Óg East Fixture
Friday, September 29 at Castlelyons Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Section Two Hurling Championship final v Lisgoold at 7.00pm.
County Junior Championship Draws
Defeated Imokilly finalists Russell Rovers have been paired with Kilbrin in the quarter final of the county junior A hurling championship. Draws for this were made on Sunday afternoon last. Winners to play newly crowned East Cork champions St Catherines in the ensuing semi-final. It’s Ballyhooly v Nemo Rangers and Brian Dillions v Dromina on the other side.
Camogie Replay
Best of luck to Finola Neville and the entire Cork team when facing Meath in the replayed All-Ireland intermediate camogie final which goes ahead at Pairc Na nGael Limerick on this coming Sunday, October 1 at 1.30pm.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, September 25. 
Numbers were: 11, 25, 27 and 28 and the €8,400 jackpot was not won. The consolation winners on the night were: Liam Rice, Ballinglegane, Ballynoe, Orna Neville, Ballyknock 5th, Ballynoe, Callum Kingston Lismore, Padraig O’Connor, c/o PH and Eoin, Cathal, Áine and Aisling Glentrasna, Ballynoe. 
Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €8,600 will be at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night, October 2.
TA Building and Civil Engineering, Contractors Ballynoe, St Catherines GAA Club. Juvenile sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.