St Catherines GAA

04 April, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Dream over for U21s

St Catherines 0-12 

Bride Rovers 3-11

Overriding factor dominating the opening exchanges of the contest was the ratio of scorers emanating from the opposition camp. Always a solid guide as to how a match was unfolding. Even though the teams were level twice through the opening minutes it was DJ Cahill with the first goal on fourteen minutes had the Rovers into a lead they weren’t going to relinquish when this divisional U21 C football championship semi-final was played under the lights in Ballynoe on Friday night last.

As the contest progressed, eight different scorers had contributed to a lead of 1-07 to 0-03 to twenty two minutes. One or two more might have seen capitulation from the home team. But digging deep they responded positively to a clearly ominous situation. Attacking corner back Philip Keane among the scorers and while Gavin England’s opening point of this championship semi-final was a score of beauty nothing would surpass the point of the night finished off by team captain, Rory Galvin playing his first match for a month since coming back from a hand injury. Half time arrives with the Rovers still ahead. But now on a more respectable 1-07 to 0-06 scoreline.

It remained a still-competitive match on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-08 and again at 1-09 to 0-09 through the three quarter stage and beyond. But Rory O’Sullivan’s goal clearly had the Rovers in the ascendency. Catherines trying all their might as points followed through Richard Galvin, Owen O’Neill and youthful substitute Ciaran O’Brien. But there certainly would be no come back from the concession of a third goal finished off by influential midfielder Cian Hogan on fifty two minutes. Bride Rovers will play either Lisgoold or Cobh in the East Cork final.

We thank mentors Padraig O’Connor, John Mulcahy, Laurence O’Connor and Pa Roche for work put in right from the outset. 

St Catherines scorers: O O’Neill (0-02 frees) (0-04), R Galvin and Rd Galvin (0-02 each), G England, N O’Regan, P Keane and C O’Brien (0-01 each). Bride Rovers scorers: C Hogan (1-02), C Barry (0-1 free) (0-04), DJ Cahill and R O’Sullivan (1-00 each), G O’Keeney Sullivan, C Ryan, E Roche, J Connor and S O’Connor (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Eoin Davis, James Hayes, Eoin Wallace, Philip Keane, Shane O’Regan, Thomas O’Donnell, Conor Hickey, Rory Galvin (captain), Aaron Long, Gavin England, Richard Galvin, Kieran Neville, Ben O’Brien, Niall O’Regan and Owen O’Neill. Subs: David McDonnell for Niall O’Regan (second half), Ciaran O’Brien for Gavin England (35’). Also on panel: Kieran English, Eoin Sheehan, Adam O’Brien and Kevin Geary.

Referee: James ‘Dingle’ Daly (Youghal).


Going back nine years from U21 age group and Bride Rovers again inflicted pain in overcoming the Saints challenge in the 13-a-side divisional U12 C hurling championship final played in Dungourney on the evening of Friday, September 3, 2010. That being the last year of the old East Cork juvenile board prior to the introduction of Rebel Óg. That Bride Rovers team started with Jack Connor, DJ Cahill, Conleth Ryan and Griffin O’Keeney Sullivan. Winning captain was Jordan Service.

While it’s been all of twenty three years since the Saints played four matches at U21 B football championship level in the one season. Wins over Carrig na bhFear, Glenbower Rovers and Fr O’Neills preceding a final win over Cloyne at Castlemartyr on the evening of Sunday, May 5, 1996. 

2010 U12 lineout: Shane O’Regan (captain), Philip Keane, Niall O’Callaghan, Eoin Wallace, Niall O’Regan, Kieran Neville, Rory Galvin, Darren Leamy, Thomas O’Donnell, Richard Galvin, Eoin Davis, Conor Hickey and Luke Beecher. Subs used were: Kevin Geary and Kyle Twomey. Also on that panel were Killian Fox, Cormac Galvin, Owen O’Neill, Shane O’Connor, Kieran English and Shane Spillane.

1996 U21 lineout: Shane Fitzgerald, Jim Lane, Martin O’Keeffe, Mike Dorgan, Bill O’Keeffe, Ger Lynch, Richard Cotter, Johnny Sheehan, Paul O’Connell, Brendan Hickey, Dave O’Connell, Michael Hegarty, Richie Hegarty, Paddy Lane and Brian Cotter (captain). Sub used was: Shane Kearney. Also on panel: Kieran Morrison, Donal Lynch, Ian O’Connell, Pat Morrison, Brendan Noonan, James Caples and Gordon Bryan.

This week’s juvenile report

Rebel Óg East

division one U12

football league – rd2

St Catherines 2-02 

Glenville 1-09

Visitors Glenville were winners of this division one Rebel Óg East U12 football league round two fixture played in spring-like conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Being awarded a trio of forty fives in the opening six minutes a measure of their early dominance. Going on to lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-04 to 1-00.

But the complexion of matters changes a bit on the turnover. James Kenneally finished off the second of his two goals, both from subliminal first touches and parity was restored when following strong defensive Conor Murray play it was Gearoid Sheehan on hand to point the equaliser from a placed ball. But Glenville finished the stronger and with prominent play from Sean Buckley, Shayne Curtin and Mike O’Riordan were first over the line by a four point margin.

Scorers: J Kenneally (2-01) and G Sheehan (0-01 free). St Catherines team: B Ahern, S O’Donoghue, C Murray, S Aherne, J Temple, J Pratt, G Sheehan, J Pietropaolo, T Dee, D Turley, J Kenneally, S Wallace and C Hickey. Also: C Barry, L Kilmartin, K O’Donoghue, M Kearney and C O’Driscoll. 

Referee: Eoin Coleman (Youghal).

Rebel Óg East U16 football league div2 rd3

Erin’s Own 1-04 St Catherines 2-14

A horrible start above in Mayfield preceded a subsequent home victory over St Colmans (Russell Rovers and Cloyne) and saw ever-improving fortunes continue with a well-earned victory over Erins Own when this Rebel Óg East U16 football league div2 rd3 tie was played in Caherlag at 4pm on Saturday afternoon last.

Scorers: K Wallace (1-04), D Morrison (1-01), C England (0-04), T Hartnett and M Geary (0-02 each) and D Temple (0-01). St Catherines team: E Philpott, B O’Connor, D Temple, W McAuliffe, W Leamy, T Hartnett, S Cotter, C England, K Wallace, S O’Donoghue, H Draper, F O’Connell, M Geary, E O’Riordan and N Sheehan. Subs: K O’Donoghue for B O’Connor; O Fitzgerald for D Temple; D Morrison for W McAuliffe and C McAuliffe for S Cotter.

Referee: Ger Scully (Glenbower Rovers).

Juvenile fixtures to hand

Saturday, April 6 Rebel Óg East minor hurling league division two round one v Castlelyons (away) at 1.30pm NB location and time may change. Saturday, April 6 at Ballyhooly Peil na nÓg qualifier. Monday, April 8 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East U16 hurling league – div1 rd1 v Watergrasshill at TBC.

Club meetings

There will be a juvenile club meeting tonight (Thursday, April 4) at 8.30pm. Executive are meeting on Thursday night, April 11. Next regular parent club meeting is on Thursday night, April 25. Secretary Eleanor will update you on official starting times.


It was a sad weekend, with the deaths of two esteemed citizens of the parish. Sympathy to Kal, Noreen, James and Patrick on the death of their mother, Kitty Moroney. Both Kal and Noreen are outstanding lotto supporters. With the Winners Enclosure a regular venue in staging the weekly event. Many the match we fixed with James in his capacity as an administrator with Castlelyons Juvenile GAA Club. Condolences also to the family on the sad and untimely death of Jerry Jones from just outside of Ballynoe village. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dilse.

Lotto results

Returning on March 25th to its regular Monday night slot for the weekly lotto draw at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Numbers drawn being 7, 9, 13 and 21. There was no winner of the €3,400 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night were Stephen Cotter, Barrafohona, Vera and Bernie, Ballynoe, Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna, Ann O’Keeffe, Barrafohona and Patricia Moroney c/o Kals.


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