St Catherines GAA

14 March, 2019

U21 footballers win again

East Cork U21 C football championship section 1 round 2

Cloyne 0-4 St Catherines 0-9 

Two from two for the Saints, a second win coming from the divisional U21 C football championship section 1 round 2 tie played in overcast, albeit mild conditions on the old pitch at Cloyne on Saturday afternoon last. Throw-in was 3pm.

Catherines were the better team from the outset, though weren’t availing of all chances presented and were guilty of the odd very poor finish. As it was Richard Galvin was leading the line well from centre forward, kicking over a brace of well worked points from play and saw one goal bound effort coming off the crossbar and back into play right at the end of the opening quarter. Owen O’Neill converted a duo of points from placed balls as the Saints forced themselves into a lead on a half-time scoreline of five points without reply.

Niall O’Regan with a deft touch added to the tally within three minutes of the resumption, while probably the best point of the lot was finished off by Thomas O’Donnell as the margin stood at nine unanswered points at 43 minutes. Still Cloyne showed grit and spirit playing on their own pitch and from there to the finish laid siege to the Saints posts, though Brian Walsh was their only scorer. Next up are Cobh.

Scorers: Richard Galvin and O O’Neill (frees, 0-3 each), T O’Donnell (0-2, 0-1 free) and N O’Regan (0-1). 

St Catherines team: E Davis, J Hayes, M Geary, P Keane, C Hickey, T O’Donnell, S O’Regan, A Long, K Neville, C O’Brien, Rd Galvin, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, K English, B O’Brien. Subs: G England and D McDonnell for C O’Brien and K English (both 36 minutes), A O’Brien for N O’Regan (39 minutes). 

Referee: Gavin O’Brien (Lisgoold).

Rebel Óg East 13-a-side minor football league div 4 rd 2

St Catherines 2-1 Lisgoold 3-8 

Lisgoold probably laid the platform for this result with a commendable first half performance at the end of which and having played against the elements would find themselves ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-4 to 0-1, when this Rebel Óg East 13-a-side round 2 division 4 minor football league tie went ahead in wintry conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Tom Hartnett kicking over the Saints point on ten minutes, finding themselves even further behind when Luke Walsh converted a goal from a penalty kick three minutes into the second half.

But there was a response from the home team when the industrious and always hard working James Hayes picked out David McDonnell to crash home a sweetly struck goal from an unstoppable drive, before the same player won a penalty kick which he duly converted himself. This reduced the margin to a scoreline of 2-4 to 2-1 on 37 minutes.

Robbie Kinnane charged through for his second and Lisgoold’s third goal, while Cormac Hallahan contributed some well struck points to secure a deserved victory for Lisgoold.

Scorers: D McDonnell (2-0, 1-0 penalty) and T Hartnett (0-1). 

St Catherines team: E Philpott, M Geary, W McAuliffe, J Hayes, D Galvin, J O’Keeffe, T Hartnett, C England, D McDonnell, A O’Brien, H Draper, G O’Brien, E Sheehan. Subs: C Dinneen for W McAuliffe (half-time), G Leahy for H Draper (50 minutes). Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

Rebel Óg East 13-a-side U14 football league div 3 rd 1

St Catherines 3-10 Lisgoold 2-5

Running concurrent with the aforementioned U21 football championship match in Cloyne, and the Saints were off to a winning start with a well-earned eight point win over Lisgoold from this division 3 Rebel Óg East 13-a-side U14 football league round 1 tie when played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.

Team: J Bryan, C McCarthy, D Morrison, D O’Donovan, O Fitzgerald, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Leamy, C Sheehan, S O’Donoghue, C Feeney, K O’Donoghue, D Murphy. Also: C Pietropaolo, A Bryan and T Barry. 

Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).

This weekend’s juvenile fixtures

Saturday, March 16 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East U16 football league division 2 round 2 v St Colmans at 12noon; Saturday, March 16 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East U12 football league division 1 round 1 v Erins Own at 2pm (fixtures correct when submitting report).

Scór na bPáistí finals

No success for the Saints from the county Scór na bPáistí finals, which were held at a well-attended Eire Óg GAA pavilion at Ovens on Saturday afternoon last.

Taylor Walsh, representing club and division in the solo dance final, as was Saorla Twomey, with an extract from ‘Jimeen’ in the story telling or recitation category, then teaming up with Isobelle O’Mahony, Leah O’Halloran, Faye Sheehan and Laura Kenneally performing ‘Red is the Rose’ and ‘Ding Dong Dedero’ in the ballad group decider.

Overall it turned out to be a disappointing day for eastern finalists with no county titles finding their way to Imokilly. That signifies an end to Scór competitions for the season. Scór na bPáistí concluding at county final stage, with no provincial or All-Irelands forthcoming. Many thanks to all those who participated incorporating all age groups over a five month period.

Condolences

Belated commiserations to the Maguire family, Conna on their recent sad bereavement while we express our heartfelt sorry to the Tobin family, Rathdrum, Ballynoe on the death of their dad Denis over the weekend, coming as it did just five months after the sad passing of Anna back in early November. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na n-anamnacha dilse.

Juvenile meeting

Items of interest emerging from the most recent juvenile meeting held in the clubhouse in Ballynoe on Thursday night last. First of all the Peil na nÓg qualifiers are down for decision on Saturday, April 6. As you are probably aware, the hurling equivalent takes place this year in Cork. Dates being June 7th/8th/9th. The Easter camp will take place over a three day period on the pitches in Ballynoe, starting on the morning of Monday, April 15 through to April 17.

National leagues

Tipperary beating Cork in the national hurling league could be termed a shock, but the extend of the loss makes for a difficult swallow. Cork now meet Kilkenny in the relegation playoff. But wait – no team will be relegated!

Donegal are visitors to Páirc Uí Rinn this weekend in what will be a vital national league football tie. Not applying pressure but it’s a must win for the Rebels, before embarking on the long trip to Armagh the weekend after.

Lotto

Two names inadvertently escaped the consolation winners from last week’s lotto draw, they being John Ronayne, c/o TVM, Bartlemy and Willie Kearney, Conna. Sorry about that.

As we move on with the results from the most recent draw, which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, March 11. Numbers drawn were 9, 16, 17 and 23. There was no winner of the €3,000 jackpot. Consolation winners being John O’Mahony, Ballynoe; John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Fionn and Eoin McCready, c/o Kal’s and Jerry O’Connor, Ballyclough.

Being a bank holiday, as we celebrate our national feast day, next week’s lotto draw with a jackpot now standing at €3,200 will be held over until Tuesday night, March 19 at The Big Tree, Aghern.

Sponsors

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