St Catherines GAA

06 October, 2017

St Catherines GAA

First juvenile title of season claimed

There was a loss to Cloyne in the second division of the junior hurling league. St Catherines overcame the challenge of Lisgoold who were trying to win their third successive title, in the Rebel Óg East U14 B hurling championship final which was played in Castlelyons.

East Cork JHL division 2 
round 7

St Catherines 2-12 Cloyne 3-11

Cloyne collected the points on offer from this divisional junior hurling league division two round seven tie when played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday, September 27 last.

Nicky Costine and a bullet-like drive from Niall O’Regan for the home side were the first half goal scorers. Ten points from James Nyhan, including seven from placed balls of which six emerged in the opening half, would keep the visitors ahead on a half time scoreline now standing at 1-07 to 1-04.

Substitute John Casey and a brace of back-to-back points from midfielder Liam O’Connor strove to reduce the impact of a third Cloyne goal finished off by Michael Walsh and a lead of 3-08 to 1-08 to the end of the third quarter.

A powerfully struck Pa Roche free, forced back into play, was flashed to the net by John Mulcahy. Then Thomas O’Donnell quickly followed up with his second point. Margin trimmed to two. But Cloyne held out, thus collecting the league points on offer.

St Catherines scorers: N O’Regan (1-01), P Roche (0-03 frees) (0-04), J Mulcahy (1-00), T O’ Donnell, N O’Brien and L O’Connor (0-02 each) and J Casey (0-01).

St. Catherines team; C Leahy, B Crowley, D Lane, K Geary, S O’Regan, E Kenneally, E Wallace, P Roche, L O’Connor, J Hurley, N O’Brien, P O’Connor, N O’Regan, J Mulcahy, T O’Donnell. Sub: J Casey for P O’Connor (20’). Also on panel: P Ryan, S Walsh and S Spillane. Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).

Juvenile Matches played

Rebel Óg East U14 B section 2 hurling championship final

St Catherines 7-09 Lisgoold 2-03

We would come close in an earlier decider, eventually losing out to a good Owen Gaels outfit in the Coiste na nÓg organised county U15 B hurling championship final when played in Mayfield back in mid-July. Then, the star player Cian McCarthy would eventually join Ciaran O’Brien on the All-Ireland winning Cork team in their U15 tournament final success at Brinny played at the end of August. Now thankfully a first juvenile title of the year has arrived by overcoming the challenge of hat-trick seeking Lisgoold in the Rebel Óg East U14 B section two hurling championship final when played at overcast Castlelyons on Saturday afternoon last.

Yet the Saints would make a horrible start. A well struck Isaac Walsh delivery from the middle of the pitch ended up in the net for the game’s first score and lead goal after nine seconds. Parity for the only time in the contest was restored with a Cathal Dinneen equalising goal just short of ninety seconds later. Couldn’t have asked for a more exciting start.

Lisgoold put paid to the Saints prospects of feile progress earlier this term, but were undone by a powerful performance due in the main to the four goal contribution from Harry Draper, when leverage was escalated in a league match at Ballynoe towards the end of June. So honours even you could say, going into this regional final. As Harry Draper drove the Saints into a lead, they never looked like relinquishing, with a stunning goal on nine minutes.

Now Gearóid O’Brien was the orchestrator-in-chief up front. Two back to back unanswered goals extended the Saints advantage as the Lisgoold challenge visibly unravelled. Any opposition attack was terminated at source with Kyle Wallace, Mark Geaney and the tireless Ben O’Connor prominent in a defence behind a midfield pairing of Fionn O’Connell and William Leamy regularly on the sliothar. Two further first half goals ensued. Catherines ahead on a half time scoreline of 6-04 to 1-02 and in a very strong position in a championship match where the wind wasn’t a factor.

No heroics now required. Keep it simple. Adam O’Donnell scored a clever second half goal. Eoin O’Riordan connected two, well-struck from distance, pointed frees. As five substitutes were picked from the bench, they revelled in the action and none of them disappointed.

Result long decided before game’s conclusion. Now parents, players and supporters take note. This championship was sub-divided into two sections. Courcey Rovers, Aghabullogue and Cloughduv are among the teams in the other group. Both section winners go forward as champions of their respective groups. Beaten finalists also go into the county rounds as runners up. Teams from the west and the north will also be involved and expect more action this upcoming weekend.

Board officer Paul McCarthy presented the winning cup to victorious captain Harry Draper.

Catherines scorers: C Dinneen (1-04 frees) (2-04), H Draper (2-03), G O’Brien (2-00), A O’Donnell (1-00) and E O’Riordan (0-02 frees). Lisgoold scorers: I Walsh (1-02), O Shanahan (1-0) and P Fitzpatrick (0-1).

St Catherines team: E Philpott, J Callaghan, K Wallace, C Bryan, B O’Connor, M Geary, B Barry, F O’Connell, W Leamy, E O’Riordan, M Draper (team captain), C England, G Leahy, G O’Brien, C Linneen. Subs: A O’Donnell for G Leahy (second half), S O’Donoghue for J O’Callaghan (37’), W McAuliffe for H Draper (41’), J Mulcahy for B Barry (49’), O Fitzgerald for C Bryan (53’). Referee: Ger Sully (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg North U16 B2

football championship first round

St Catherines v Doneraile

A virtuoso performance from Nathan Relihan laid the platform for an utterly dominant Doneraile in this Rebel Óg north U16 B2 football championship first round clash when played in mild, overcast, albeit windy conditions at Mitchelstown on Tuesday evening September 26th. He might well have caused further embarrassment but was claimed on a few occasions by a couple of smart Callum Roberts stops between the posts, for a Saints outfit who also had prominent players in Ciaran O’Brien, Eoin O’Riordan and team captain Brendan McKee. Better team won.

St Catherines team: Callum Roberts, Ciaran O’Brien, Mark Geary, James Duncan, Brendan McKee (team captain), Eoin O’Riordan, Adam O’Brien, Josh McGuckian, Conor England, James Hayes, Cathal Dinneen Eoin Sheehan, William McAuliffe. Sub: Gerard Leahy for Mark Geary (37’). Referee: Davy Farrell (Mitchelstown).

U10 Football League

Congratulations to the St Catherines panel of players who won out their section of the U10 football league which was played in Dripsey on Saturday morning last. Wins in turn were recorded over Lee Gaels (6-04 to 0-04) and St Marys on a final scoreline of 7-04 to 1-03. Well done all.

Panel of players: Stephen Mulcahy, Charlie Leahy, Shay Wallace, Thomas Dee, Sam Aherne, Fionn McCready, Cillian Hickey, Tristan Clancy, Jake Pratt, Conor Murray, Mark Kearney, John Temple, Gearoid Sheehan, Julian Pietropaolo and Daniel Turley.

U11 football league finals

Saturday last was a particularly busy day at juvenile level. Apart from the U14 hurling final and the ten football league deciders, Crosshaven was the venue for St Catherine’s group in the u11 football league decider. Beaten by Kilmurry on a scoreline of 3-08 to 0-03 saw the Saints ultimately defeat Sliabh Rua in the eventual plate final. Final score being 2-07 to 2-02. Competition won by Crosshaven. Hurling finals are scheduled to take place this forthcoming weekend.

Panel: Ciaran Leamy, Shane Cotter, Timothy Barry, Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy, Dylan Murphy, Cian Hegarty, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cian Dunning, Shane Hegarty, Adam Bryan, Conor Hayes, Evan O’Driscoll, Jake Bryan, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Ciaran Pietropaolo.

Junior hurling championship

Well the picture is now much clearer. Following their success over Kilbrin at Fermoy on Friday night last Russell Rovers will now, in a repeat of the pairing from the East Cork final, again play St Catherines in the semi-final of the county junior A hurling championship. It’s down for Saturday, October 14.


Our commiserations to Finola Neville and the Cork team who lost out to Meath in the All-Ireland intermediate camogie final replay in Limerick last Sunday. By contrast can we now wish the best of luck to the Saints who on this forthcoming Sunday evening play Carbery in the next round of the county senior camogie championship.

Late result from Monday night last

Result: Rebel Óg east U16 B2 hurling championship final replay, Nemo Rangers 3-11 St Catherines 3-15. Report next week.


Lotto results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe also on Monday night, October 2. Numbers drawn were 4, 11, 14, 15. There was no winner of the €8,600 jackpot. The consolation winners were Margaret Kiely, Glanworth; John O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Margaret O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Margaret O’Dea, Conna and Pa and Mary Rumley, Ballyknock, Ballynoe.

Next draw for a now accumulated €8,800 jackpot will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, October 9.


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