Killeagh GAA Club

13 August, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS August 13th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO


Senior Hurling Championship St. Finbarr’s 2-15, Killeagh 2-13

East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Killeagh 2-24, Bride Rovers 1-07

A mixed day for Killeagh’s hurling teams on Sunday last saw us suffer defeat at the hands of St. Finbarr’s in Midleton in the senior hurling championship but gain some solace later the same evening when a team of youth mixed with experience put in a great performance to defeat Bride Rovers and qualify for the Junior A Hurling quarter final against Lisgoold.


St. Finbarr’s were the better team in the senior championship Round 2 match played on pitch-perfect Clonmult Park, Midleton on Sunday afternoon last. They got the score of the game in the second minute when Billy Hennessy soloed for 70 metres before burying a great shot past Colin Walsh, and while Killeagh briefly led when Kieran Lane hit an excellent point in the 7th minute, the Barr’s regained that lead within minutes and retained in until the end. And yet.... Daniel Walsh’s fine goal on 55 minutes, finishing a great move started by Sean Long at corner back and continued by Andrew Walsh on the left wing, left us just one point in arrears, 1-14 to 1-13, and within striking distance. Critically, we were unable to add to this score in the next play, while Barr’s eventually got their second goal which had been threatening for some time, and they managed to close the game out, despite Daniel’s second goal coming deep into injury time. Killeagh had excellent performances from Killian Treacy and Gary Leahy in the first half (two points each) and from Andrew Walsh in the second, as he set up multiple attacks by winning clean aerial possession on the left wing, but the wides count – 22 to 5 – gives an indication of how superior our opponents were in terms of possession, if not in terms of conversion of scoring opportunities. So Barr’s march on while we now face the dreaded “Slán Leat” round – and think about where we go from here with our senior hurlers. Credit is due to the whole panel who have put in a huge effort in a very frustrating season where Cork’s success left club players hanging on week by week, unsure of when they would be required to peak for the next round of championship. Great credit is also due to the management team of James O’Connor, Ray Rochford, Brendan Barry and the many others involved, who have also made trojan efforts to prepare this team as well as possible. Beidh lá eile againn!

Team: Colin Walsh, Cian Fogarty, Christy Coughlan, Sean Long, Pa O’Brien, Kevin Murphy (0-2f), Allen Keniry, Brian Collins, Mikey Fitzgerald, Kieran Lane (0-1), Daniel Walsh (2-0), Killian Treacy (0-2), Gary Leahy (0-2), Eoghan Keniry (0-5, 0-4f), Andrew Walsh (0-1).


Morale was not at its highest among supporters as we headed for Ballynoe later the same evening, especially given that our opponents Bride Rovers were feeling ecstatic given their senior team’s excellent performance when they comprehensively defeated Na Piarsaigh by 2-24 to 0-17 in the senior hurling championship game that followed ours. One straw of comfort for the Boys In Green supporters was the unavailability of the named full-forward Einne Ó hEochaidh for our opponents, as he had earlier caused havoc for the Na Piarsaigh defenders in the senior championship game, thereby ruling himself out of any involvement in this particular game. Ryan Prendergast and Conor Barry were the Rovers’ stand out performers, but we had brilliant performances throughout the pitch, with that mix of youth and experience gelling very well in all areas. Among the Under 21 players, Aaron Walsh was the scorer in chief (from frees and play), aided by Padraig Leahy, David Ogbebor, Keane Kelly Budds and Kevin Fennelly, while those who might be considered the “more experienced” brigade such as goalkeeper Shane Scully, Padraic Carroll, Tadhg O’Connor (a monster point before half-time was one of the highlights of the game) and Ger Collins gave great leadership throughout. This qualifies us for a quarter final against Lisgoold and an opportunity to go further in this competition, which looked most unlikely after our first-round wipeout at the hands of Erins Own.

Team: Shane Scully, Aidan Morrison, Padraic Carroll, Padraig Delaney, Tadhg Crotty (0-1), Jack O’Rourke, Tadhg O’Connor, Jerry Dullea, Keane Kelly Budds (0-3), Aaron Walsh (0-13, 0-7f), David Ogbebor (0-2), Ger Collins, Padraig Leahy (1-1), Kevin Fennelly (1-3), Dan Landers (0-1). Subs used: Dylan Hogan, Shane Kearney, Fionn McDonnell, Sean Walsh.


That ‘small car’ prize is increasing every week as our Lotto jackpot continues to be ‘un-won’, with €7200 now on offer in the next draw. The draw last week, on Tuesday August 7th, saw no winner but €30 won by Tadhg Crotty, Eileen O’Callaghan, Dick O’Shea and Lisa O’Connell. Numbers drawn were all even – 12, 16, 28 and 36. You know the story, if you’re not in ….


Our minors had a comprehensive win over Carrigaline in their final league game last Wednesday – winning by 6-20 to 2-14 – with Darragh O’Connor and Olin Hennessy showing up well in the forwards and Robert Sinclair, Dan Lucey and Owen Cosgrove impressing in defence. On Sunday morning our minor panel said goodbye to coach Brendan Delaney who flew out later that day to a new life in Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Best wishes Brendan, and thank you for all your great work with the minors over the past few years. Our Under 8’s, 10’s and 12’s

had a great day out in Carlow on Sunday last, and we will have a full report on this in next week’s news. Our Under 14 hurlers are in championship action on Wednesday evening August 15th away to Lisgoold at 7.30 p.m. Cilliath Abú!



On our visit to Clonmult Park on Sunday last, we joined forces with our opponents (St. Finbarr’s) and our hosts (Midleton), who were the original two Healthy Clubs in Cork in 2014, and put on a showcase of all things positive about the Healthy Clubs Project. Twenty children in total, representing the three clubs, formed a guard of honour for the teams and were met by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn and Cork County Board chair Tracey Kennedy, along with legends Charlie McCarthy and John Fenton. The children representing Killeagh were Daire Crowley, Aoibhinn McGrath, Alex Fogarty, Orla Motherway, Adam Barry and Amy Fogarty. Flags and banners on display included the Amber Flag (mental health), Respect The Water (water safety), Smoke-Free signage and the Healthy Clubs flags from the three clubs. A half-time obstacle course set up by Helen Cusack provided great fun for the children involved and those watching from the sideline. Well done to everyone involved, with thanks to Helen, organisers Janas Harrington from St. Finbarr’s and Mairead Beausang from Midleton, and especially to Coleman Quirke, Midleton PRO and master of ceremonies for the whole day, whose support enabled this idea to come to fruition.


Our planned walk to Ballyhoura on Sunday last was postponed due to the senior hurling championship match. Here’s our new schedule for the next three months.

Walk No. 31: Sunday August 19th, Lismore walks (a range of walks around the town and beyond, suitable for all ages and abilities). Meet at car park opposite castle at 10.00 a.m.

Walk No. 32: Sunday September 9th, Torc Mountain Walk, Killarney. Meet at Torc car park at 10.00 a.m.

Walk No. 33: Sunday October 14th, Ballyhoura Hills Walks, 10.00 a.m. (provisional).

As always, we welcome new walkers – text 085-7540973 if interested.

Finally, to celebrate Heritage Week, a walking tour of historical sites around Killeagh takes place on Saturday next, August 18th at 2.30 p.m. Meet at Community Hall where Paudie Lee will be our guide. Text 085-7184892 to book a place.