St Catherines GAA

25 July, 2019

St Catherines GAA

U21 hurlers lose out to


Round 2 section 1 East Cork U21 A hurling championship

Carrigtwohill 0-19  St Catherines 1-8

Previous winners over Youghal, Carrigtwohill recorded a second victory in this round 2 section 1 divisional U21 A hurling championship game when played in Dungourney on Saturday evening last. Both teams weren’t settling down and were off target with their finishing, just 3 points being registered from play as Carrigtwohill would lead 0-5 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Excellent points from Owen O’Neill and David McDonnell for the Saints meant that two point cushion still separated the teams, with the opposition now ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-9 to 0-7.

Carrigtwohill had a greater spread of scorers with team captain Liam Gosnell ever reliable from placed balls. There was a brief semblance off hope when Eoin Wallace released Ben O’Brien to crash home the Saints and the game’s only goal. Carrigtwohill ahead at 0-17 to 1-8 on 52 minutes. Responding to the concession of the goal with late points from aforementioned Gosnell and Kitan Oke.

Scorers: B O’Brien (1-1), R Galvin (0-3 frees), D O’Neill, D McDonnell, P Lonergan, E Davis (0-1 each).

Carrigtwohill scorers: L Gosnell (0-11, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65), M Kidney, K Oke (0-2 each), D McCann, S Walsh, O Baverstock, D Crotty (0-1 each).

St Catherines team: Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Robert English, Shane O’Regan, Ciaran O’Brien, Kieran Neville, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, David McDonnell, Rory Galvin (captain), Danny Lonergan, Conor Hickey, Luke Beecher, Niall O’Regan. Subs: Gavin England for Niall O’Regan (26’), Adam O’Brien for Conor Hickey (40’), Kieran English for Luke Beeher (55’), James Hayes for David McDonnell (59’). Also Eoin Sheehan and Kevin Barry.

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh)

St Catherines v Barryroe 2013

St Catherines are fixed to play Barryroe in the second round of this year’s intermediate hurling championship, down for Ballincollig on the evening of Friday, August 2nd. It will be the third meeting between the teams in a condensed seven year period, the first ever clash being an intermediate hurling championship quarter-final at floodlit Pairc Ui Rinn on Friday evening, September 23rd, 2013.

Current team manager Sean O’Farrell was a major influential figure on proceedings from full forward, scoring a first half goal in setting up a lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-6 to 0-7, then firing over an audacious point just seconds into the changeover. He supplied the key pass for Matthew Mulcahy who duly added another, before sending an unstoppable drive to the roof of Billy O’Donovan’s posts. St Catherines ahead at 2-8 to 0-8 on 33 minutes.

Barryroe responded with four unanswered points of their own, including a brace from Kieran Griffin, playing at wing forward. Team captain Shane Cotter, Brian Mulcahy from the seated stand side of the ground and a duo from Shane O’Brien placed balls all pointed for the Saints to lead at 2-11 to 0-12 on 52 minutes. John O’Donovan goaled from a free before a late Tadhg Harrington goal-bound effort rose above Ed Aherne’s posts, making for a nervy finish. St Catherines winning on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-14.

Next week a brief look back to a third round meeting in the summer of 2014.

Catherines line out 2013: Ed Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, Conor Hegarty, James Neville, Cal Aherne, Shane Fitzgerald, Liam O’Connor, Daniel Mangan, Shane Cotter, Eoin Condon, Shane Kearney, Matthew Mulcahy, Brian Mulcahy, Sean O’Farrell, Shane O’Brien. Subs used: Patrick Roche, Padraig O’Connor, William Walsh.

Challenge matches

Coinciding with the two away juvenile matches on Monday, July 15th was a high scoring share of the spoils with Ring of Waterford in an intermediate hurling challenge at Ballynoe. A sort of a return visit being paid with the end result being of a freakish nature, Catherines having been to the West Waterford Gaeltacht on the afternoon of Saturday, 23rd March.

Same could be said about a friendly for the junior hurlers based in division two for league purposes and who will play in the East Cork junior B hurling championship this summer. Points from Kevin Dineen, John Mulcahy and Owen O’Neill allied to a tally of 1-4 from Richard Condon helping to set up a lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-9 to 0-8 when playing Glen Rovers of Melleray on Tuesday evening, July 16th last.

Second half points from Shane Kearney kept the momentum going, helping the Saints get over the line on a winning score of 1-17 to 2-12. Referee for the intermediate match was Mike Walsh, likewise Jime Hennessy of Dungourney taking charge of the junior game the evening after.

Cork football

Another period of time producing results of the mixed variety. Cork started well against Tyrone, early goals from Luke Connolly and James Loughrey helping to establish a 2-4 to 0-5 half-time lead.

Tyrone turned it around, winning by 3 points. But still a totally different end result from the 16 point hammering dished out by the same opposition over 12 months ago.

Defeats in the championship inflicted by Kerry at provincial level and by Dublin and Tyrone from the bigger picture. Still that final match in the super eights against Roscommon at Pairc Ui Rinn on the afternoon of Sunday, August 4th looks a hard sell. Overall though, performances through the championship were much improved and highly respectable, frequently making a mockery of the new-found division three status. For the first time in many years the expectancy level will go up.

Cork denied Kerry a clean sweep of Munster titles, already laying claim to the senior, junior and minor finals they were thwarted in no uncertain terms in the U20 decider at Pairc Ui Rinn last Thursday evening. Okay, some Kingdom players of the age are on the senior panel and you can’t play the two. But they’re coming off the back of five years in a row of minor success and have plenty of players. A healthy and reassuring win for the Rebel county and we wish them the very best of luck for the future. Incidentally, the equivalent hurling final was due for Thurles last Tuesday evening, July 23rd and will have been played by the time you read these notes. Here’s hoping for a twenty double!

- Juvenile Details -

Rebel Og East match report

Round 6 divison 2 U16 football league

Kiltha Og 3-4 St Catherines 3-9

St Catherines worked hard to secure the points on offer this this round 6 division 2 U16 football league tie when played in calm, overcast conditions at Dungourney on Monday evening last, July 15th.

Gearoid O’Brien scored the opening goal for the visitors on ten minutes, while Tom Hartnett was central to the action as the contest progressed, converting 3 first half points. His goal-bound effort denied by both netminder and upright before the perfectly placed William McAuliffe forced in the rebound after 24 minutes, setting up a half-time lead on a 2-6 to 1-1 scoreline.

Kiltha Og were much better in the second half and asked a lot more questions than before. Eoin O’Riordan, Mark Geary, Harry Draper and Darragh Galvin were up to the task with the status quo more or less maintained at 2-9 to 2-4 on 48 minutes. A peach of a cross-field Kyle Wallace delivery was first timed to the net by an alert Stephen Cotter. At this stage Paul Flynn and Jack Leahy were to the fore for the opposition. Niall Geaney adding a third goal on 54 minutes, but that was as close as it would get.

Scorers: S Cotter (1-1), T Hartnett (0-4), G O’Brien, W McAuliffe (1-0 each), C England (0-2 frees), W Leamy (0-1) and K Wallace (0-1 free).

St Catherines team: E Philpott, C Bryan, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, M Geary, H Draper, D Galvin, C England, K Wallace, C Dineen, T Hartnett, G O’Brien, W McAuliffe, W Leamy, A O’Donnell. Subs: N Sheehan, S Cotter, G Leahy for C Bryan, W McAuliffe, A O’Donnell (half-time), D Morrison for B O’Connor (45’), C Sheehan for C Dineen (49’). Also J O’Callaghan, C McAuliffe, C Feeney.

Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers)

Division 3 13-a-side U14 football league semi-final

St Catherines 1-8 St Colmans 2-7

St Catherines prospects of attaining a double, having taken the division one hurling title in the northern division with a final victory over Aghabullogue at Grenagh early last month were terminated by St Colmans when this 13-a-side division 3 Rebel Og East U14 football league semi-final was played in dull, overcast and windy conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

Catherines were on the back foot for many parts of the opening exchanges, yet little cameo roles from Ciaran Leamy, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Darragh Morrison, Evan O’Driscoll, with Kieran Kelleher and Ciaran Pietropaolo carrying the ball into opposition territory meant the half-time scoreline of 0-3 apiece seemed justifiable enough.

But St Colmans, a combination of Cloyne and Russell Rovers, assumed control and goals from James O’Brien and Adam Lee just four minutes apart meant the scoreline was standing at 2-4 to 0-7 on 58 minutes. But the Saints finished strongly. Sub Dylan Murphy finding Diamuid O’Connell close in to drill home a well worked goal. Nathan Sheehan quickly pointed a free. Unfortunately time ran out. The other semi-final involves White’s Cross and Carraig na bhFear.

Scorers: D O’Connell (1-1), K O’Donoghue, N Sheehan (0-3 each, 0-2 frees each), S Cotter (0-1).

St Catherines team: J Bryan, C Leamy, E O’Driscoll, D O’Donovan, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, K Kelleher, K O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, C Sheehan, S Cotter. Subs: C Hayes for C McAuliffe (second half), C Dunning and C McCarthy for S Cotter and C Leamy (both 53’), C Feeney and D Murphy for K O’Donoghue and C Sheehan (both 57’). Also A Bryan and T Barry.

Referee: Niall O’Neill (Midleton)

Round 6 division one U12 football league

Aghada 2-12 St Catherines 1-3

A James Kenneally goal allied to the strong play of Shane O’Donoghue, Tristan Clancy and Gearoid Sheehan helped the Saints to a half-time lead of 1-2 to 0-3 when this round 6 division one U12 football league tie was played at Rostellan on Monday evening last, July 15th.

But maybe having been to Ballinhassig and Croke Park in the previous days was having an effect and Aghada dominated on the resumption

Scorers: J Kenneally (1-0), G Sheehan (0-2), T Clancy (0-1).

St Catherines team: J O’Connor, J Pratt, C Murray, S O’Donoghue, S Aherne, F McCready, D Pietropaolo, J Temple, G Sheehan, T Dee, T Clancy, J Kenneally, B Aherne, D Turley, S Wallace. Also: K O’Donoghue, C O’Driscoll, C Barry.

Referee: PJ Aherne (Carrigtwohill)

Juvenile Fixture List

Wednesday, July 31st – Division 4 Rebel Og East minor football championship semi-final v Castlelyons at 7.30pm, venue TBC.

Wednesday, July 31st at Ballynoe, round 7 division 1 Rebel Og East U12 football league v Killeagh/Itas at 7.30pm.

Club meeting

Next parent club meeting will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 15th. That will be a busy weekend as Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Baile Nua is the appointed venue for the eagerly awaited pairing of Fr O’Neills and Fermoy in the third round of the premier intermediate hurling championship at 7pm on Saturday evening, August 17th.

Lotto results

A combination of 1, 3, 16 and 17 enable a duo labelled ‘Up the Rebels’, Ballynoe to winning the jackpot of €4,000 following the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, July 22nd. Consolation winners on the night were: Aisling O’Reilly, c/o R Higgins, Ballynoe; Mgt O’Regan, Ballynoe; Patrick Moroney, c/o Kal’s; Bill and Therese O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe and Tommy Hurley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.

A draw will be held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Mondy night, July 29th for a now basic jackpot of €2,000.


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