St Catherines GAA

10 November, 2017

St Catherines GAA
Junior final ends in a draw
County Junior A Hurling Championship Final
St Catherines 2-10 Brian Dillons 1-13
It’s all a bit surreal and a tad irrelevant. Last Sunday afternoon’s county junior hurling final ended in a sharing of the spoils. It now seems like being in limbo and we won’t know our destination, be it heaven or hell, until the replay, which was scheduled again for Páirc Uí Rinn at 7.30pm on Tuesday night last, November 7.
It all started so well for the Saints. Shane Kearney was involved as the sliotar fell to team captain, Daniel Mangan to clash in the opening goal as early as the third minute. Parity had been restored at the end of the opening quarter. But after Brian Mulcahy saw an effort charged down, Daniel Mangan was in again, finishing off the second goal and a lead of 2-04 to 0-05 built up after twenty-one minutes. Mulcahy was proving a major thorn in the opposition defence and the player who secured the insurance goal for Imokilly in the recent county senior final tallied five points in all four alone in the opening half in a lead of 2-06 to 0-05 to the break.
The opposition fight back
But what a transformation we had on the change of ends. A sweetly struck John Horgan sideline ball, (his shooting, be it from frees, line balls or general play was one of the features of this county final), picked out Darragh Rodgers to goal from close range three minutes into the second half and Brian Dillons were now very much in the ascendancy. Colin Lynch found the target and were denied as they came from an alert Ed Ahearne. As two evenly matched teams were together again for the third time at 2-06 to 1-09 with a classy leveller from the always prominent Horgan. A county final now very much in the balance. Catherines without a third quarter score and still to register as the second half advanced. An unfortunate sad statistic well and truly breached. Back in front, from a Shane O’Brien pointed free. Then turning provider with the key pay to pick out Mulcahy who duly added another. Substitute Pa Roche finds the target. A hat trick of unanswered points in a glorious five-minute spell and now ahead on a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-09 to fifty-three minutes. But this was far from over as a contest, again the threatening Rodgers pointed the way. 
Shane O’Brien gets the vital equaliser
A hattrick of Horgan points (including two from frees and a subliminal effort from out near the sideline at the seated covered stand side of the ground) from play had the opposition now narrowly ahead right on the sixty minutes. Thankfully Shane O’Brien again popped over a leveller in the four minutes that were added on. Brian Dillons had one last chance to secure victory. But this time it was a bit too far out. Outside of Horgan’s range. It fell short and all were back in Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday night, for proceedings opened with victory for Inniscarra over Fermoy in the county U21 A hurling final. A reminder to patrons that the winner of the Catherines/ Brian Dillons replay are up against newly crowned Tipperary champions Ballybacon/Grange in the semi-final of the Munster junior hurling championship at Ardfinnan next Sunday afternoon.
Catherines scorers: D Mangan (2-0), B Mulcahy (0-05), S O’Brien (0-03 frees) and P Roche (0-01).
Brian Dillions scorers: J Horgan (0-07 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-10), D Rodgers (1-01), T Lawrence and C Lynch (0-01 each).
St Catherines team; E Aherne, E Wallace, S Morris, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, C Aherne, E Condon, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R O’Connell, B Mulcahy, S Cotter, R Galvin, D Mangan (team captain), S Kearney. Substitutes; J Neville for C Kearney (38’), E Kenneally for S Morris (40’- temporary), P Roche for S Kearney (45’).
Referee: Justin Murphy (Castletownroche.)
Coiste na nÓg county U16 B2 hurling championship 
Doneraile 1-08 St Catherines 0-08
In a dour struggle not for the purist, Doneraile emerged victorious by a three point margin in this Coiste na nÓg county U16 B2 hurling championship semi-final when played at an endearing Kildorrery venue at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon last.
Darren Linehan with decisive score
Favoured by the conditions, a physically stronger opposition, who also dismissed the Saints from the equivalent Rebel Óg north football championship when played in Mitchelstown five weeks ago, searched the vital and probable match winning scores through the opening quarter. Tony Flynn was finding the target. But the goal finished off by the ever-dangerous Darren Linehan on sixteen minutes was the game’s decisive score.
Establishing a lead of 1-04 to 0-02. Moving onto 1-06 to 0-04 by the break captain Adam O’Brien pointing his second point of the game, thus reducing the margin as the Saints would turn around with the sun albeit reduced wind capacity to their backs.
Ten minutes into the second half, following a skirmish, a player from each side would receive their marching orders when cards of various colours were flashed. Points from the youthful, industrious and hardworking Gearoid O’Brien to which Cathal Dinneen added his fourth from a placed ball kept the Saints momentum going. But you feel Stephen Ryan’s point was a blow.
Pressure maintained right to the end
Doneraile again four points to the good to fifty-three minutes. Numerous Saints attacks now going unrewarded. Wide after wide as the pressure and intensity mounted. Ciaran O’Brien added a pointed free won by James Hayes. One thought time would be added on when the sendings off were being sorted. There was. But fifty seconds hardly seemed justifiable. In a repeat of a Rebel Óg north decider Doneraile will now meet Kildorrery again in the county final.
Doneraile scorers: D Linehan (0-01 free) (1-04), T Flynn and S Ryan (0-02 each). St Catherine’s scorers: C Dinneen (0-04 frees), A O’Brien (0-2), G O’Brien and C O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Sheehan, Ciaran O’Brien, Kyle Wallace, Mark Geary, Brendan McKee, Josh McGuckian, James Hayes. Gavin England, Cathal Dineen, Eoin O’Riordan, Kevin Barry, Gearoid O’Brien, Adam O’Brien (team captain). Sub: Harry Draper for Eoin O’Riordan (21’).
Also: William McAuliffe, Darragh Galvin, Conor England and Callum Roberts. Referee: Colm Maher (Buttevant).
U14 B1 hurling league 
St Catherines 4-10 Aghabullogue 4-9
St Catherines U14 hurlers are through to the East region B1 hurling league final following a pulsating victory over Aghabullogue on Sunday, November 5.
With both teams having won their sections of the East B1 championship the teams were always going to be evenly matched and so it proved. Aghabullogue scored a point in the very first minute, to which Cathal Dineen equalised from a free 2 minutes later. By the end of 1st quarter St Catherines had 7 points on the scoreboard courtesy of Harry Draper (2), Gearoid O’Brien, Eoghan O’Riordan and two more Cathal Dineen frees. Aghabullogue however registered 1-3 in the same period, leaving just a point between the teams. The Saints then hit a purple patch - Cathal Dineen had a point from play before Harry Draper scored a goal, which was then followed by a point from Conor England. Aghabullogue replied with a goal, but a brilliant passing move started by fullback Kyle Wallace ended up with Harry Draper billowing the net for a halftime lead of 2-9 to 2-4 in favour of the Saints.
Heroic defending
Aghabullogue got the first 2 points of the second half before Gearoid O’Brien scored a smashing goal. However, 2 goals in quick succession from Aghabullogue saw the game tied up 3-9 to 4-6 at the midway point of the half and slight breeze and hill favouring Aghabullogue. Then Gearoid scored his second goal followed by another Cathal Dineen free, to leave the Saints 4 points to the good with 10 minutes left to play. 
However, that proved to be the Saints last score and from there to the end the boys defended heroically to keep the Aghabullogue forwards at bay. The Saints did concede 2 points, leaving them 2 points up deep in injury time and facing a 21m free. But the ball flew over the crossbar to leave the bare minimum between the teams. A further 2 minutes of injury time were played but the Saints held out to win on a final scoreline of 4-10 to 4-9. Well done to the team who really dug deep towards the end and got their just rewards. St Catherines now play St Vincents in the league final in Ballynoe, possibly this coming weekend.
Scorers: Harry Draper 2-2, Gearoid O’Brien 2-1, Cathal Dineen 0-5,0-4 frees, Conor England and Eoghan O’Riordan 0-1 each.
Team: Stephen Cotter, James O’Callaghan, Kyle Wallace, Oisín Fitzgerald, Ben O’Connor, Mark Geary, Darragh Galvin, Cathal Dineen, Fionn O’Connell, William Leamy, Harry Draper, Conor England, Gerard Leahy, Gearóid O’Brien, Eoghan O’Riordan. Subs: Evan Philpott, Nathan Sheehan, William McAuliffe and James Mulcahy. 
Referee: Stephen Murphy (Carrigaline).
Parish Leagues
Highly successful parish league finals, with over 150 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 attending, were held in Ballynoe over the past two weekends. Cork, captained by Cathal Sheehan were victorious in the division 3 hurling final by 11 and 12 years old.
Panel of players; Cathal Sheehan, Sara Clancy, Colm Feeney Nathan Sheehan, Jack Hickey, Evan O’Driscoll, Dylan Murphy, Shane Cotter, Jake Bryan, Chloe Draper, Dawn Clancy, Tara Leahy, Cathal McAuliffe, Oisín Fitzgerald, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cian Hegarty, Jack Leahy, Ciaran Leamy, Gearóid O’Callaghan, Nadine Pratt, Cliona Dunning, Keira O’Donnell, Kieran Kelleher, Sean O’Donoghue, Adam O’Keeffe, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Shane Hegarty, Timothy Barry, Cian McCarthy, Jessica O’Brien, Doireann Hayes, Darragh Morrison, Cian O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Adam Ryan, Cian Dunning, Conor Hayes, Kianna O’Sullivan, Áine Twomey, Sinead Goss and Eabha Twomey. 
More about the other age groups in the following weeks.
If anyone out there is willing to recite, sing, act or take part in question time, please contact our Irish officer, Marie Clancy. The East Cork Scór na nÓg finals are on in Lisgoold hall on Saturday, November 25 at 7.30pm.
Mini Hallowe’en Camp
As the schools were closed for midterm break we had over 60 boys and girls, from the three schools of the parish, attend last week’s GAA and camogie mini Halloween camp in the pitches in Ballynoe. The camp was held from Tuesday 31st to Thursday 2nd, from 10.00am to 12.45pm daily. Coaches were Noel O’Brien, Seanie Farrell, Rory Galvin, Aoife Hurley, Adam O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Eoin Sheehan and Mike Walsh, Helpers from second year were Cliona Dunning, Kyle Wallace, Jessica O’Brien, Jane England, Mark Geary, Darragh Galvin and Conor England. Thanks to the following who helped out the first morning: Mags Fitzgerald, Susan Sheehan, Mags England, Majella Pietropaolo and Tracey O’Driscoll. Super weather made for an enjoyable three days.
No great surprises with all stars revealed last week. Dublin, Mayo, Galway and Waterford dominated as expected. Cork picked up two hurling awards with Sean Powter picking up a nomination in the Young Football Player of the Year award. This was won emphatically by Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan, who between both codes has had a mesmeric year. Picking up three phenomenal and a further three All-Ireland medals along the way. One of those unforgettable years.
Because of the bank holiday, last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday, October 21st at the Plough, Curraglass, Numbers drawn were 1, 16, 19 and 24. There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were: Kieran Morrison, Conna, Aisling O’Reilly c/o R. Higgins, Maura Lyons c/o Liz Cullihane, Ballynoe, Noreen Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and Liam Burke, Glengoura.
T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of St Catherines juvenile club.