St Catherines GAA

10 May, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Intermediates lose in Páirc Uí Rinn

County Intermediate Hurling Championship – First Round

Cloughduv 0-17

St Catherines 0-15

Cloughduv emerged victorious in the tussle involving the county junior champions from the past two seasons in this county intermediate hurling championship first round tie, when played under the lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Friday evening last. 

Cloughduv would lose a wing back to a straight red card on eighteen minutes. But responded well to the sending off and fired over four unanswered points, a hat-trick from Brian Verling including a brace from placed balls before Daniel Mangan narrowed the gap in time added on. Trimming the deficit to the minimum with Cloughduv still to the good and leading on a half-time scoreline of 0-09 to 0-08.

It was an evenly fought third quarter with two well-matched teams level on three occasions including at 0-12 each to forty two minutes. With ace free taker Shane O’Brien accurate from placed balls taking in frees and sixty fives, Aidan Murphy and Mark Walsh extending the advantage with the opposition ahead by a three point margin on as many occasions as the fourth and final quarter advanced. Standing at 0-17 to 0-14 to fifty four minutes. Kieran Neville pointed a beauty from distance. Richard Galvin went on a mazy run, parted to Brian Mulcahy but a goalbound effort was kept out by Jonathan Buckley. We await the second round draw. 

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-03 – 65’) (0-09), B Mulcahy and D Mangan (0-02 each), B O’Brien and K Neville (0-01 each). Cloughduv Scorers: B Verling (0-08 frees) (0-10), D Corkery (0-02), J Ryan, M Verling, D O’Sullivan, A Murphy and M Walsh (0-01).

St Catherines team: E Davis, E Wallace, L O’Connor, J Neville, C Hegarty (captain), D Lonergan, S Cotter, Shane O’Brien, C Kearney, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, Richard Galvin, P Roche and N O’Regan. Subs: K Neville for L O’Connor (4’), B O’Brien for P Roche (second half), Stephen O’Brien for E Wallace (33’), T O’Donnell for N O’Regan (48’), P Keane for S Cotter (50’).

Referee: Ciaran O’Regan (Ballyhea). 

Intermediate Hurling League – Division Four – Round Eleven

Midleton 2-15

St Catherines 4-21

All space last week was reserved for the preview. So this time around we revisit the round eleven division four intermediate hurling league tie played in Clonmult Park on Tuesday evening, April 23 last. A Niall O’Regan goal had the Saints ahead at 2-06 to 0-03 to thirteen minutes. A lead standing at 2-11 to 1-06 by half-time.

An under strength Midleton battled away and twice on the resumption had the deficit trimmed to a four point margin including at 2-14 to 2-10 to forty one minutes. But a Brian Mulcahy goal and Richard Galvin with his second lifted the siege. 

Scorers: Richard Galvin (2-02), B Mulcahy (1-05), S O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-06), D Mangan and R Galvin (0-04 each) and N O’Regan (1-00).

St Catherines Ttam: E Davis, J Neville, C Hegarty, Stephen O’Brien, E Wallace, S Cotter, S O’Regan, B O’Brien, Shane O’Brien, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, N O’Regan, P Roche and Richard Galvin. Subs: P Keane for P Roche (second half), T O’Donnell and R Clancy for B O’Brien and N O’Regan (both 50’) and W Walsh for S Cotter (51’).

Referee: Simon Stokes (Tullylease).

Junior A Football Championship

Following the obvious attraction brought about by last Friday night’s match and the focus now immediately transfers itself to this weekend’s junior football championship. St Catherines facing Fr O’Neills in a first round clash fixed for Dungourney. A repeat pairing from exactly the same weekend of twelve months previous, which was played in glorious sunny conditions in Magniers Hill in Youghal. O’Neills altogether too strong, inflicting a sizeable defeat on a 4-14 to 0-05 scoreline.

Catherines rocked the East Cork division with a win over a fancied Glenbower Rovers in the subsequent round before bowing out of contention against Erins Own at Ballinacurra towards the end of May.

Fr O’Neills only lost to Midleton by a point in the East Cork final later in the autumn. They also overcame Ballincollig in the hurling championship three weeks ago. So they have had that bit more time together. For the Saints preparation has not been ideal. Only four football matches have been played thus far and that included a challenge game against Carraig na bhFear back towards the end of January. Losing both league ties played thus far, to Castlemartyr and Dungourney in turn. Both were on in mid-February. Although to be fair a third league fixture against Russell Rovers, which was to be played under the lights at Ballynoe on the night of Friday, March 1st went off because of the weather.

A round three tie rescheduled for its original venue of Shanagarry on bank holiday Monday afternoon, May 6 last. There was an intense series of matches in the round robin U21 football championship. Intermediate hurling league and challenge games were ongoing, so it hasn’t been easy for the footballers. 

Round Five Rebel Óg East U16 Football League Division Two

St Catherines 5-08 Fermoy 0-04

St Catherines were wasteful with chances presented in the opening periods of play from this round five Rebel Óg East division two U16 football league tie when played in sunny, yet deceptively windy conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last.

A Ger Leahy goal on four minutes helping them to settle down and able to absorb the effect of Peter Walsh and Brian Shanahan points when still ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-03 to 0-03. Having played with the first half benefit of that breeze to their backs. 

They actually played better against the elements. Making a subliminal start on the resumption. Just introduced substitute Darragh Morrison finishing off an opportunistically presented goal almost straight away. A duo of goals from the very good Tom Hartnett, one from a free, meant the destination of league points had long been decided before game’s end. 

Scorers: T Hartnett (1-01 frees) and D Morrison (2-01 each), G Leahy (1-01), M Geary (0-02), A O’Donnell, K O’Donoghue and W Leamy (0-01 each). St Catherines team: E Philpott, C Bryan, E O’Riordan, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, H Draper, W Leamy, M Geary, D Galvin, C Dineen, T Hartnett, A O’Donnell, W McAuliffe, K O’Donoghue and G Leahy.Subs: C McAuliffe for G Leahy (18’), S Cotter and D Morrison for W McAuliffe and C McAuliffe (both second half), G Leahy and C Feeney for K O’Donoghue and A O’Donnell (both 48’).

Referee: Niall O’Neill (Midleton).

Round Three Rebel Óg East Division Three U14 Football League

Whites Cross 0-08

St Catherines 0-09

St Catherines only just secured the victory, edging over the line by the slimmest of margins from this free ridden Rebel Óg East division three U14 football league tie played in dull overcast conditions on an excellent White’s Cross surface at 7.15pm on Thursday evening last.

It was the home team who pointed twice in the opening exchange, Ruairi Quinlan among the scorers maintaining that slender two-point advantage when ahead on a half time scoreline of 0-06 to 0-04. A four point scoring salvo through the third quarter secured it for the visitors. Kieran Kelleher, Shane Cotter, Nathan Sheehan and Kian O’Donoghue all on the mark against a White’s Cross outfit who virtually laid siege to the Saints posts in the closing passages of play.

Scorers: S Cotter and K O’Donoghue (0-02 frees) (0-03 each), K Kelleher, N Sheehan and O Fitzgerald (free) (0-01 each). St Catherines Team: J Bryan, C Hayes, D Morrison, D O’Connell, D O’Donovan, N Sheehan, C McAuliffe, O Fitzgerald, C Pietropaolo, C Leamy, S O’Donoghue, K Kelleher, K O’Donoghue, C Sheehan and S Cotter. Subs: C Dunning and C McCarthy for D O’Connell and D O’Donovan (both 44’), D Murphy for S Cotter (50’), C Feeney for C Sheehan (53’). Also: A Bryan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy and J Leahy. 

Referee: David Daly (Brian Dillons).

Munster Hurling Championship

It’s back. Next Sunday afternoon sees the commencement of what surely will be the most eagerly awaited provincial senior hurling championship. Waterford and Clare do battle. Throw-in will be 2pm at Walsh Park. Home games now for the Déise adding much needed spice to an already attractive competition. Then two hours later Munster’s two most successful hurling counties, Cork and Tipperary cross camáns for a 4pm start at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It goes without saying such is the intensity of the structure and the games that you simply must get at least a point from your home matches. It’s going to be especially precarious for the Rebels. Annihilated by this weekend’s visitors in the league a few short weeks ago. Imagine tasting a defeat and having to pick up the pieces in Páirc na nGael just seven days later. Now there’s a tall order. It might be over simplifying it. But first two weekends will tell us a lot. However, in the best of sporting clichés - “Let the games begin”.

Fixtures

Adult Level

Saturday, May 11 at Dungourney – East Cork Junior A Football Championship first round v Fr O’Neills at 8pm. Sunday, May 12 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster Minor Hurling Championship - Cork v Tipperary at 2pm also Senior Hurling Championship – Cork v Tipperary at 4pm. 

Juvenile Fixture

Friday, May 10 at Ballynoe – thirteen a side – Rebel Óg East round four Division Three U14 football league v Carraig na bhFear at 7.15pm.

Congratulations

Well done to Ballynoe based postman Brian Toomey on winning three bronze medals at the European karate championships in Montenegro recently. Not quite as exotic a venue as the Seamus Spillane trained Wrong Direction won the most valuable point-to-point race ever staged in the country at Dromahane near Mallow on Sunday, April 28 last. 

Well done to successful pilot Johnny Hurley, maybe now when things settle down Johnny might find the time to return to Kevin Gavin’s junior B hurling squad, as it’s unlikely there will be any amateur drama for the summer months. A busy man is Johnny Hurley. 

Cork GAA Clubs Draw

Not to be outdone as Pat O’Leary, Thorn Hill, Conna won third prize of €3,000 in the April Cork GAA clubs draw.

Lotto Results

Back to its regular slot for the weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, April 29 last. Numbers drawn were: 3, 5, 16 and 25 and there was no winner of the €4,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Esther Power, Ballynoe, Eimear Doyle, Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, Brian Davis, c/o PH, Conna, Sheila O’Leary and Leo and Juliette Coffey, c/o TVM, Bartlemy. Being a bank holiday, so this week’s draw with a now accumulated €4,600 jackpot was held over until Tuesday night last, May 7th at The Winners Enclosure, Conna.

Sponsors

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