St Catherines GAA

21 March, 2019

St Catherines GAA

U21 football championship 
resumes this weekend

St Catherines will play a fancied Cobh outfit in round three of section one when the divisional U21 C football championship resumes this weekend. Throw-in will be in Ballynoe on this forthcoming Friday night, March 22 with a 7.45pm throw-in.

Both teams are on full points. But it’s a match that will determine pairings for the semi-finals scheduled for the following weekend. Depending on the progress of Midleton CBS through the All-Ireland College’s senior hurling championship. Two teams from a trio of Lisgoold, Bride Rovers and Carrigtwohill will enter the penultimate round from the other side.

Looking briefly ahead and Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua will play host to the attractive pairing of Castlelyons and Youghal in an opening round tie of the County Premier Intermediate hurling championship. That’s on Saturday evening, April 20 starting at 7pm which is the only tie down for that evening. The Saints themselves face reigning county and provincial junior champions Cloughduv in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship at Páirc Uí Rinn on Friday evening May 3. It goes ahead at 7.30pm.

Fourteen teams entered the hat in the draw for the divisional junior A football championship, constituting seven first round matches including that of St Catherines and Fr O’Neills and it will be played in Dungourney on the afternoon/evening of Saturday, May 11. Twenty-four hours later sees the commencement of the Munster senior hurling championship. Cork and Tipperary clashing at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Next week we take a brief look at other East Cork championship ties pertaining to the Saints.

It looks unlikely that there will be another game in division four of a revamped intermediate hurling league played in March. They’re honing in now on getting matches played up to the fixtures date with five points allotted for a win and three for a draw. One point given for playing the match, meaning challenge games are required. St Catherines having to work hard to see off a stubborn Ballysaggart challenge in damp conditions, when played under the lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Kenneth Cashell although almost losing control finished off the first of his two goals from a placed ball making it level playing at 0-05 to 1-02 to sixteen minutes.

Richard Galvin with a neat finish reignited the challenge for the home team and were back in front when Shane O’Brien goaled a penalty very late in the half with the Saints just shading it on an interval scoreline of 2-06 to 1-05. Goalscorer Galvin then turning provider picking out substitute Conor Kearney to finish off the third goal just on the three quarter mark. Ballysaggart then goaled a penalty and in an evenly contested friendly match played out between two under strength outfits remained competitive from there to the end. Finishing up in a narrow four point win for the Saints on an end scoreline of 3-10 to 2-09. Mike Walsh was on the blower.

Rebel Óg East U16 Football League div2 rd 2

St Catherines 3-10

St Colmans 1-02

Apart from a brief spell through the opening quarter St Catherines went on to be the dominant force from this round two Rebel Óg East division two U16 football league tie when played at midday in Ballynoe on Saturday last. Kian O’Donoghue, Tom Hartnett and Ben O’Connor amongst the scorers, as the Saints turned it around to lead on a half-time scoreline standing at 1-07 to 1-02.

With Harry Draper lording it at centre back and midfielder Kyle Wallace executing a few skilfully taken points, the Saints dominance intensified. Virtually encamped in the Colmans half of the field and victory confirmed following a brace of goals from substitute Denis Temple. Scorers: K Wallace (1-01 frees) (1-05), D Temple (2-00), T Hartnett (0-02), K O’Donoghue, B O’Connor and G Leahy (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Philpott, N Sheehan, M Geary, D Morrison, C Bryan, H Draper, F O’Connell, K Wallace, T Hartnett, W Leamy, G O’Brien, C Dineen, K O’Donoghue, S O’Donoghue and B O’Connor. Subs: D Temple for M Geary (19’), A O’Donnell for C Dineen (second half), G Leahy and S Cotter for B O’Connor and K O’Donoghue (both 40’).

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Rebel Óg East U12 Football League div1 rd1

St Catherines 4-03 

Erins Own 3-05

A lot of new names to be familiarising oneself with, as the Saints completed an underage double with a narrow victory over Erins Own in this round one U12 football league division one tie played at 2pm in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. An evenly contested affair between two well-matched teams. With Erins Own just edging it on a half-time scoreline of 2-02 to 1-03. John Temple scored the goal as early as the fourth minute of what are twenty-five minute halves. Calum O’Driscoll kicked over a duo of points. Cillian Hickey with the first score of the match in the opening seconds.

Trailing 3-04 to 1-03 early on the changeover yet the Saints finished strongly. Their cause greatly boosted with an invaluable goal from a sublime Gearóid Sheehan finish. Reducing the margin still further when Fionn McCreedy neatly tucked away a penalty kick. Very much in the melting pot when Thomas Dee struck for the fourth and match winning goal right at the finish. No time to come back from that.

Scorers: J Temple, G Sheehan, T Dee and F McCreedy (penalty) (1-00), C O’Driscoll (0-02) and C Hickey (0-01). St Catherines Team: B Aherne, J Pratt, C Murray, S Aherne, F McCreedy, J Pietropaolo, J Temple, T Clancy, T Dee, G Sheehan, C Hickey, S Wallace and C O’Driscoll. Also: C Barry, M Kearney, B McKee, S O’Donoghue, K O’Donoghue and L Kilmartin. 

Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

National Leagues

A weekend of mixed results for the Rebel County through the various leagues. It’s possible Cork could be relegated prior to making the lengthy trip up North this upcoming weekend to face Armagh for their final group game in divisional two of the National Football League. Overall it’s been a poor and disappointing campaign with just three points collected thus far following a share of the spoils with Fermanagh. Their only win was in Thurles over Tipperary. Overall competitive Munster finals against Kerry seem a long way away now.

Not really sure of the implications of that win in Nowlan Park, as both counties retain their division one status. Maybe it might decide which groups Cork and Kilkenny play in when the National Hurling League comes round again.


Being a bank holiday as we celebrated our national feast day meant this week’s lotto draw with €3,200 jackpot was held over until Tuesday night, March 19th at The Big Tree, Aghern. Results will appear next week.

What’s On This Weekend

Friday, March 22 at Ballynoe - U21 C Football Championship Section One - Round Three v Cobh at 7.45pm. Saturday, March 23rd at Ballynoe - Thirteen A Side Rebel Óg East U14 Football League – Division Three – Round Two v Brian Dillons at 2pm.


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