St Catherines GAA

06 April, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Replay victory for U21s

East Cork U21 C FC quarter-final replay:

4-06 Glanmire B 1-07

Understandably fixed for Sallybrook but this divisional U21 C football championship quarter-final replay had to be relocated and was played in Ballynoe on Easter Monday evening last.

Catherines were having the better of the early exchanges, but had been wheeled in when at the end of a pacy four-man move Thomas O’Donnell struck for the lead goal on twenty nine minutes. Into time added-on and making most of a breaking ball, Aaron Long ideally placed added an invaluable second. Setting up a lead on a half time scoreline of 2-02 to 0-03.

Early on the resumption this time goalscorer O’Donnell set up brother Stephen to clinically finish off a third goal just five minutes into the second half. Richard Galvin picked out Aaron Long for the insurance fourth goal on fifty five minutes. Chris Kelleher scored a consolation Glanmire goal direct from a free kick very near the finish. Next up this weekend is a meeting with Cobh in the semi-final. Hope the good news reached Eoin Condon.

Scorers: A Long (2-01), T O’Donnell and S O’Donnell (0-01each), R Galvin (0-2 frees) (0-03).

St Catherine’s team: E Davis, S Leamy, R English, P Keane, K Neville, E Wallace, A Long, R Galvin, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, B Davis, T O’Donnell. Subs: J Walsh for N O’Regan (49’), L Beecher and C Hickey for B Davis and RD Galvin (both 56’). L O’Callaghan McCarthy and A O’Brien for S O’Donnell and O O’Neill (both 59’). Referee: Ger Scully (Glenbower Rovers).

Junior football league division three - round four

St Catherines 0-10 Bride Rovers 2-09

Having been the free team for the third round, St Catherines lost out to Bride Rovers in round four of the divisional junior football league division three when played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 26. Thankfully a blanket of fog, prevalent for an earlier juvenile hurling league match, just lifted prior to throw in.

A key score was a William Finnegan penalty goal on eighteen minutes, helping to establish a halftime lead for the Rovers on a scoreline of 1-06 to 0-04. Shane O’Flynn, reacting quicker than anyone, added a second on thirty eight minutes. Confirming the win against a Saints outfit for whom Liam O’Connor, Aaron Long, Padraig O’Connor, Rory Galvin and John Hurley were prominent.

Scorers: R Galvin (0-2) frees (0-01 ‘45) (0-03), Pa O’Connor (0-02), S Carr, E Wallace, S Cogan, L O’Connor and J Hurley (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Corcoran, R Condon, L O’Connor, P Keane, S Leamy, S O’Brien, A Long, S Cogan, J Neville, C Kearney, P O’Connor, S Carr, E Wallace, R Galvin, I Hurley. Subs: D Wallace for E Wallace (35’), also on panel C Molloy, Referee John Kirby (Midleton).

Imokilly hurlers

Reigning champions Imokilly exploded out of the blocks in their opening defence of the county senior hurling championship title with a resounding victory over Muskerry in the divisions and colleges section when played at Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday evening, March 27. Scoring honours were shared by Catherines forwards Brian Mulcahy and Daniel Mangan who between them amassed a tally of 3-06 in an overall total of 5-22. Imokilly, now able to call on the services of intercounty players Colm Spillane and Bill Cooper, had another fixture imminent against CIT when compiling this report.

Cork footballers

What goes around comes around and Cork footballers, relegated on scoring difference from division one of the national football league two seasons ago, now stay in division two for the very same reason at the conclusion of this year’s competition. Anything only slightly inferior and they would have gone to a lower division again. Still we’re told they are in a good place!!!

Adult club fixture

Friday, April 16 at Ballyanly intermediate hurling league division four round five v Inniscarra at 7pm.

Juvenile column

Rebel Óg East Minor B2 football league - round two

Castlelyons 9-07 St Catherines 2-03

Apart from a twenty minute spell at the outset, it was the home team who dominated this thirteen-a-side Rebel Óg East minor B2 round two football league tie when played under lights at Castlelyons on Wednesday night, March 28.

Jack Kenny and in particular David Morrisson were regularly carrying openings through a troubled Saints defence. They would go on a scoring spree as the opening half advanced and, even though Eoin Davis responded with a peach of a goal following a thunderous strike, virtually had the points in the bag when ahead on a half time scoreline of 5-04 to 1-01. Mark Geary, Rupert English, Aaron Long and Owen O’Neill did their best but the margin was too wide and opposition too good.

Scorers: E Davis (2-00), R English (0-02) and O O’Neill (0-01).

Team: E Sheehan, M Geary, J Hayes, R English, A Long, S Kelleher, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, K Barry, E Davis, H Draper, C England, J O’Keeffe. Subs: C Roberts and A Leahy for E Sheehan and J O’Keeffe. Both second half. Referee: Mary Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Rebel Óg East U16 B 1 hurling league - round one:

1-14 Fr O’Neill’s 0-07

St Catherines confirmed superiority attained in last year’s county U15 championship semi-final with a deserved victory over Fr O’Neill’s in this Rebel Óg East U16 B1 hurling league tie when played in foggy conditions at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 26. Catherines were on top in the halfback line with Mark Geary prominent in the centre. Josh McGuckian drove over a classy, well taken point. Up front a quartet of Harry Draper points divided equally between paced balls and open play helped open up a halftime lead. Score standing at 0-07 to 0-03.

Key score and all important match winning goal coming off the stick of Ciaran O’Brien. A lengthy free ending up in the net for a slightly fortuitous score. Making it 1-12 to 0-05 to the three quarter mark. Kevin Barry and Gearoid O’Brien were also prominent against an O’Neill’s team who had good players in Sean O’Riordan, Darragh Higgins and Tom Wall.

Scorers: H Draper (0-05 frees) (0-08), C O’Brien (1-01 frees) (1-03), G O’Brien, J McGuckian and K Barry (0-01 each). Team: C Roberts, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, J McGuckian, M Geary, D Galvin, C O’Brien, G England, G O’Brien, H Draper, J Hayes, C England, K Barry, K Wallace. Subs: W Leamy for C England (second half).

C Bryan for G England (44’), T Hartnett for K Wallace (45’), W McAuliffe for C O’Brien (51’) G Leahy for J Duncan (54), Also on panel F O’Connell. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg East U12 A football league - round two

St Catherines 5-13 Grenagh 1-03

We expressed hope that improvement would be forthcoming following the early season reversal in Rostellan four days previous. It duly arrived following a comprehensive victory over Grenagh when this Rebel Óg East U12 A round two football league tie went ahead at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, March 28. St Catherines will shortly begin their sojourn in the Coiste na nÓg premier two hurling league. Other teams in the group will be Ballincollig, Bishopstown, Douglas, Inniscarra, Midleton, Na Piarsaigh, Sarsfields, Youghal, St Finbarrs and Glen Rovers.

Scorers: v Grenagh: D O’Connell (2-05), C Pietropaolo (2-02), J Temple (1-01), S Cotter (0-03) and C Hayes (0-02), J Temple (1-01), S Cotter (0-03), and C Hayes (0-02). Team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, G Ó Ceallacháin McCarthaigh, T Barry, D O’Donovan, C Dunning, C Pietropaolo, C Hayes, G Sheehan, D O’Connell, C Leamy, J Temple, S Cotter. Referee: Jamie Lane (Kiltha Óg).

Rebel Óg East U14 B1 football league R2

1-04 Cobh 2-10

St Catherines haven’t emerged out of the blocks yet. Going down to their second loss from as many outings following this Rebel Óg East U14 B1 round two football league tie when played in dull overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.

A physically stronger Cobh more or less assumed control as the second quarter advanced. A well taken Sean O’Donoghue goal to which Kian O’Donoghue and Denis Temple points were added were keeping the Saints in touch. Allowing for a 2-05 to 1-02 deficit to the break. Try as they might a margin that couldn’t be closed. Further fixtures against Courcey Rovers and Whitechurch are imminent. Best for Cobh were Ben Murphy, Conor O’Shea and Fionn Walker.

Catherines scorers: S O’Donoghue (1-00), K O’Donoghue (0-02), D Temple and G O’Brien (0-01each). Team: S Cotter, J O’Callaghan, D Morrisson, J Mulcahy, C McAuliffe, G O’Brien, O Fitzgerald, B O’Connor, K Wallace, S O’Donoghue, F O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, D Temple, W O’Driscoll. Subs: C Sheehan for C McAuliffe (second half), C Feeney for W O’Driscoll (39’), C Pietropaolo for O Fitzgerald (47)’. Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Upcoming juvenile fixture list

Sunday, April 8 U13 premier two hurling league v Cobh (away) at 6pm. Monday, April 9 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East U14 B1 football/league round four v Whitechurch at 7pm.

Speedy recovery

We wish a speedy recovery to the sidelines to U12 manager Mark O’Driscoll. A little out of sorts for the moment, with Brian Sheehan looking after the house in his absence.

Easter camp

Eighty five boys and girls of primary school age took part in the juvenile GAA and camogie clubs Easter camp held in the pitches in Ballynoe from 10am to 12.45pm on Tuesday 27th to Thursday, 29th March. Cost was €20 per child. €50 for family of three or more. A great way to try the GAA for the first time. Head coach was Sean O’Farrell ably assisted by Kieran Neville, Caoimhe Hayes, Kyle Wallace, Laura Hayes, Eoin Sheehan, Eoin Wallace, Robert English, Jessica O’Brien, James Hayes, Nadine Pratt and Mark Geary.

Thanks to all the parents who helped all in so many ways, especially those for registration on the first day. Namely Susan Sheehan, Cathy Cotter and Majella Pietropaolo.

Juvenile hurling championship draws

In a nice even competition to organise made up of eight teams, St Catherines have been paired at home with Aghada in the first round of the Rebel Óg East under sixteen B1 hurling championship. They face a trip to either Riverstick or Belgooly in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship quarter-final. Draws made recently following a meeting of Rebel Óg East at Páirc Uí Rinn. Because of the soft borders St Catherines are drawn against Killavullen in the Rebel Óg North U14 A hurling championship. That should keep you up to speed.


Back to its normal slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night, March 26. Numbers drawn were: 6, 16, 25 and 29. The jackpot of €13,400 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna; O’Neill grandchildren, Ballynoe; James Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Judy Donnelly, Glenreigh, Ballynoe and Marion O’Neill, Ballynoe.

Being yet another bank holiday, this weekend’s draw with a jackpot standing at €13,600 was held over until Tuesday night last, April 3 at The Big Tree, Aghern. Winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. All the details on the website. Results in this publication next week.


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