Killeagh GAA Club

27 August, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS August 27th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO


East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship Killeagh 4-15, Cobh 0-15

Sunday August 26th saw our Junior B squad engaged in a high noon shoot-out with Cobh in Cloyne in Round 2 of the championship. Before a ball was thrown in our team had to reverse their jerseys to avoid a colour clash with Cobh. Our opponents started well and had two points scored against the strong wind before our team settled. Andrew Leahy’s first goal on four minutes helped that settling process, as he finished a move that had begun with Barry Motherway at full-back clearing to Luke Fogarty who delivered to Martin Fitzgerald whose effort was saved but finished by Andrew. On six minutes a similar finish from Andrew (through Luke and Olin Hennessy) gave us a 2-1 to 0-2 lead, and ten minutes later when Andrew pulled overhead on a ball delivered by Colm Crowley following a Colin Cunningham pass, the lead was 3-3 to 0-6. Our defence was well on top, with Darren Cusack commanding in goals, the Motherway full-back line (Dermot, Barry and Kieran (Daly)) solid, and the half-back line of Dylan Coleman, Colin Cunningham and Adrian Galvin mopping up everything around them. By half-time, we led by 3-9 to 0-9, although the wind was sufficiently strong to cause supporters to wonder if a nine-point lead would be sufficient. Not to worry, the second half performance was perhaps even more impressive, with great teamwork and honest effort continuing throughout the pitch. Paul Keniry and Jack Merkushev (he scored our first and last points) continued to work tirelessly at midfield, while up front Andrew’s continued havoc-making and score-getting was well supported by Luke, Martin, Olin and Stephen Byrne, while Colm Crowley used all his hurling brain to pop up all over the pitch and take the clever options in distribution and positioning throughout the second half. Even though Cobh had the wind, their shooting was awry, so much that we outscored them also in the second half – 1-6 to 0-6 – with Luke’s goal on 56 minutes closing out the game, just minutes after a wonderful full-length diving save from Darren. All in all, this was a heartening performance for the team and supporters, particularly those who had seen the first-round annihilation at the hands of an admittedly star-studded Midleton side. Next up is Cloyne in the quarter final on Tuesday September 4th at 6.30 p.m. with venue to be confirmed.

Team: Darren Cusack, Dermot Motherway, Barry Motherway, Kieran Daly, Dylan Coleman, Colin Cunningham, Adrian Galvin (0-1), Paul Keniry, Jack Merkushev (0-2), Stephen Byrne, Luke Fogarty (1-1), Colm Crowley (0-2), Martin Fitzgerald, Andrew Leahy (3-8), Olin Hennessy (0-1). Subs: Kevin O’Connor, Eamonn Byrne.


The weekly Lotto draw was held on Tuesday last, August 21st with no winner of the €7400 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 7, 23, 32, 34. €30 goes to Declan Whelan, Catherine Foley, Cora & Ellen O’Driscoll and a Kennedy’s voucher for the Gaelic Mothers and Others. Next week it goes to €7600. The range of options is increasing every week for spending that prize!


Rebel Óg Fé 16 Hurling League

Killeagh-Ita’s 3-8, Bandon 2-17

When trying to figure out what happened to our Under 16s in this match in Páirc Uí Chinnéíde on Tuesday evening last it appears that we were, to steal a phrase, “blinded by the light”. Our first half performance in daylight was excellent, with Eoin Brenner rattling in two goals, the second just before half time an outstanding strike, and Christian Coughlan adding 1-2 of his own in an impressive display. This gave us a 3-6 to 1-6 lead, and all seemed well. Then the sun dropped, the lights came on, and Bandon took over for the second half, outscoring us by 1-11 to 0-2. Our final score came on 37 minutes from Paudie Mackey (who worked hard all through the game) and while we did continue to pressure Bandon, all our attacks were either snuffed out by a strong last line of defence for Bandon or ended in narrow wides or wide wides (but all wide, regardless)! So full credit to Bandon who headed home with their two points, and food for thought for our players and management for the next day out!

Team: Ryan Farquhar, Colm Treacy, Padraig Landers, Evan Lane, Robbie Treacy, Brian Murphy, Paul Kent, Ciaran Leahy (0-1), David Collins, Paudie Mackey (0-2), Christian Coughlan (1-2), Daniel Doherty, Eoin Brenner (2-0), Ciaran O’Rourke (0-3, 0-2f), Tony McCarthy. Subs: Ben Budds, Callum Martin White.


Rebel Óg Eastern B1 Minor Football Championship Fr. O’Neill’s v Killeagh-Ita’s on Thursday August 30th at 7.00 p.m. in Ahavine.

East Cork U21 B Hurling Championship Killeagh-Ita’s v Sarsfields on Saturday September 1st at 6.00 p.m. – venue TBC.

East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship Killeagh v Cloyne on Tuesday September 4th at 6.30 p.m. – venue TBC.

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Killeagh-Ita’s v Sarsfields on Wednesday September 5th at 6.00 p.m. in Midleton.



Walk No. 32: On Sunday September 9th we will head to Killarney National Park where we will walk up past Torc Waterfall and onwards to Torc Mountain Walk, Killarney. It’s not Carrauntoohill, but it’s still a challenge – taking about 3-4 hours return in total. We will meet at the car park underneath the waterfall on the Ring of Kerry road, co-ordinates are 52.006 N and 9.510W. Are you up for it? If you would like to join us, please text 085-7540973 to book.


Páirc Uí Chinnéíde looked resplendent on Friday evening last as we hosted the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship second round match between Cloyne and Youghal. Many thanks to the grounds staff led by Seán Treacy for ensuring that all was well for the hurlers and match officials, and to the many club volunteers, led by cathaoirleach Padraig McGrath and rúnaí Mary Fitzgibbon, who assisted with tickets, parking and stewarding, ensuring that all was well for supporters. Only one crowd went home happy but that was something of which we as hosts were not in control! Elation for Cloyne, disappointment for Youghal. The vagaries of sport!

Photo attached: The large attendance in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Friday evening last for the Youghal v Cloyne Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship game.