St Catherines GAA

02 September, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Saints win their third round tie

championship round 3

St Catherines 3-14 Castlemartyr 3-11

Granted there was a few scary moments towards the finish, but overall the Saints had done enough in winning out this intermediate hurling championship third round tie when played before a sizeable crowd at Lisgoold on Friday evening last.

Both teams were sizing each other up with Michael Kelly and Shane O’Brien exchanging four points, all from placed balls, through the opening nine minutes before proceedings were raised a notch with Joe Stack goaling the opposition into the lead. This was cancelled out within 60 seconds by a Conor Kearney leveller. Yet Brian Mulcahy and Pa Roche were among the scorers as the Saints edged their noses to the fore through the second quarter and coming up to the break when ahead on a half time score of 1-9 to 1-5.

Just like the last match against Barryroe the Saints made an explosive start to the second half, Daniel Mangan picking out Ben O’Brien who duly found the net from close range within 90 seconds at the change of ends. Stack pointed two beauties for the opposition, likewise Shane Cotter on target for the Saints before enjoying a really lucrative period midway through the fourth and final quarter.

A lengthy Eoin Davis free reached substitute Niall O’Regan who forced his way through before crashing home a third Saints goal. Rory Galvin and Daniel Mangan added back to back points with the score now building up and ahead on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-09 to 57 minutes.

Castlemartyr made it awkward with two late goals, one from a placed ball from substitute Barry Lawton. Thankfully the Saints had done enough and were safely over the line.

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees), C Kearney, B O’Brien and N O’Regan (1-00 each), S Cotter (0-03), D Mangan (0-02), B Mulcahy, P Roche and R Galvin (0-01 each).

Castlemartyr scorers: M Kelly (0-06 frees) (0-07), B Lawton (1-00 free) (2-00), J Stack (1-02), M Cosgrove and D Moran (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherine’s team: E Davis, J Neville, L O’Connor, K Neville, C Hegarty (captain), E Wallace, D Lonergan, S O’Brien, S Cotter, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, C Kearney, P Roche and B O’Brien. Subs: N O’Regan for C Kearney (T) (15’), N O’Regan for P Roche (50), W Walsh for C Kearney (57), S O’Regan for N O’Regan (59). Referee: Niall O’Neill (Midleton).

Cork teams

There were nine scores in the opening eight minutes of play in the inaugural All-Ireland U20 hurling final at LIT Páirc Na nGael stadium on Limerick’s Ennis Road on Saturday evening last, but the concession of four goals meant rebel prospects of adding to the hard earned football title claimed in Portlaoise three weeks previous were in early tatters.

As the week advances all conversation will centre on the Dubs and can they retain their title? It is the sixth time in GAA history that a team is striving for five in a row of titles. Seamus Darby’s late goal undoing the Kingdom in 1982. A stunning Lar Corbett hat trick derailing Cody’s Cats in more recent times. But back in the day Cork couldn’t do it in the forties. Kerry also in the thirties. Dublin defeated Wexford in the 1919 Leinster football semi-final. Wexford were on the five in a row trail at that time. So teams have come close. But no team yet has attained that magic achievement. We now see if the impossible will unravel before our very eyes. Before that, rebel focus centres on the county minor football against Galway in the All-Ireland U17 final.

Standing to Cork against Kerry, Monaghan and Mayo, who defeated Galway in the Connacht final, is their uncanny ability to etch out goals. In the end it might come down to that. Here’s hoping. That’s what I’m basing my theory on anyway. Rebels Abu!!!

No joy for the rebelettes. Losing out to reigning title holders Dublin by a six point narrow in the second of last Sunday’s semi-finals. Dublin now face Galway in this year’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies Gaelic football final. It’s on in Croke Park on the afternoon of Sunday, September 15.

So now we have Dublin in the drive for five to retain Sam and going for three in a row in the ladies football. Not to be outdone Galway are going for three All-Irelands in the next three weeks.

This week’s juvenile news

Semi-final Rebel Óg East division 2 U16 football shield

St Catherines 2-07 

Erins Own 3-03

An exciting, close and entertaining contest is what unfolded. Billed in the notes for the Wednesday but as time progressed this semi-final of the Rebel Óg East U16 football shield was moved and played in Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, August 20 last. This is a new introduction to the schedule. It’s for teams beaten in the first round of the championship. Erin’s Own lost out to Killeagh/Ita’s likewise Fr O’Neill’s overcame the challenge of the Saints at Aghavine on July 24th last.

It was the home team taking the lead. Cutely assessing the merits of the breeze it was full forward Tom Hartnett kicking over an exquisitely taken point on eight minutes, but second quarter goals from Cian Jeffers and Sean O’Donoghue, one of three players on the pitch with the same name saw the visitors take advantage and they were ahead on a half time scoreline standing at 2-01 to 0-03.

But Catherines were back into it straight away. Substitute Denis Temple and William Leamy were involved before Conor England, playing his first match since the championship loss, drilled in his and the Saints first goal within sixty seconds of the turnover. A third Erins Own goal finished off by midfielder Anesh Spawni would see two evenly matched teams still together at 2-04 to 3-01 right at the end of the third quarter.

Each team taking it in turns, trying to assume control. We thought substitute Adam O’Donnell had achieved just that with the lead point once more on fifty eight minutes. End of the excitement? Not on your life!

Right on the stroke of full time Erins Own were awarded a penalty. Denied by an Evan Philpott block, his third penalty save of the season. With the rebound also off target Catherines place in the final was secure.

Scorers: C England (1-04 frees) (2-04), T Hartnett, K Wallace and A O’Donnell (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: E Philpott, N Sheehan, E O’Riordan, S O’Donoghue, D Galvin, H Draper, M Geary, C England, K Wallace, C Dineen, W Leamy, G O’Brien, S Cotter, T Hartnett and G Leahy. Subs: A O’Donnell, D Temple and O Fitzgerald for S Cotter, G Leahy and C Dineen (all second half). Also C Sheehan, J O’Callaghan, W McAuliffe, C Feeney, C McAuliffe and R O’Donoghue. Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Round 2 Rebel Óg central GL U13 

hurling league

St Finbarrs 0-10 

St Catherines 0-07

Victory for the Barrs from this round 2 GI U13 hurling league tie when played in Togher on Thursday evening last. A very similar end scoreline from the U12 league tie played at Ballynoe 14 months previously. This is an ongoing competition with a few games still to be played.

Scorers: S Cotter and D O’Connell (frees) (0-02 each), J Temple, D O’Donovan and D Murphy (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, J Leahy, E O’Driscoll, C McCarthy, T Barry, C Pietropaolo, C Dunning, C Hayes, D O’Connell, S Cotter, D Murphy, D O’Donovan, J Temple, C Leamy and G Sheehan. Subs used: A Bryan, S Mulcahy, S Wallace and C Murray. Referee: Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).

Willie Ryan U12 

hurling tournament

St Catherines went unbeaten through their campaign in group two of the Willie Ryan U12 hurling tournament when played in perfect weather conditions at Rostellan on Saturday last. First match against Ballygiblin finished a draw on a scoreline of 0-05 each. Before overcoming Blackrock (1-03 to 0-00). Then edging out Carrigtwohill (1-04 to 1-03) in the final group two encounters.

Placing St Catherines in the semi-final where they would unfortunately lose out to host club Aghada on a scoreline of 1-06 to 0-07. Aghada themselves losing out to Bride Rovers (1-07 to 0-04 in the final.

Consolation for the Saints overcoming Ballygiblin (4-03 to 2-03) in the plate final. Scorers in the plate final: 

J Temple (1-00 penalty, 2-00), C Hickey and J Kenneally (1-00 each) and G Sheehan (0-03 frees). Panel of players: Gearoid Sheehan, Jake Pratt, John Temple, Conor Murray, Shay Wallace, Cillian Hickey, Stephen Mulcahy, Callum O’Driscoll, Julian Pietropaolo, Kyle O’Donoghue, Shane O’Donoghue, Tristan Clancy, James Kenneally, Liam Kilmartin, Alan Cotter and Sean Walsh.

Next on your fixture list

Sunday, September 1 rd8 G3 Rebel Óg central premier U12 hurling league v Cobh (away) at 11.30am. Monday, September 2 at Grenagh semi-final division 1 Rebel Óg North U14 hurling plate Kilara Óg v Whitechurch at 6.45pm. Wednesday, September 4 final Rebel Óg East division 1 U16 hurling championship v Kiltha Óg. Time and venue tbc. Wednesday, September 4 group one junior B hurling championship v Youghal. Time and venue tbc.

Lotto jackpot at €3,000

You can now play St Catherines GAA weekly lotto draw online. There are two ways to play. One is log on to type st catherines gaa under find your lotto and click the search button. Or download the clubforce app to your phone (from the app store or google play) and select St Catherines GAA. Once you are logged in you may then play for five, ten, twenty five or fifty draws at the usual cost of just €2 per draw. You can buy one or more lines for each draw and you will receive email details to your phone each week advising you of the winners.

Did you know that St Catherines field over forty adult and juvenile teams incorporating hurling, football and camogie? With membership approaching seven hundred your support is critical in ensuring that we continue to support over three hundred playing members as well as our army of mentors and volunteers. So don’t delay, why not try it out today. You’ve nothing to lose and you could be the next winner of our club lotto jackpot.

Now we’ve been behind since the bank holiday. Starting to update you with what emerged from The Winner’s Enclosure on Monday night, August 19 last. Numbers drawn were 3, 19 and 24. There was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Maria Collins c/o Tom Morrison; Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Tom Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Annemarie Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe and Paddy Williams c/o Kal’s.

Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at the Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, August 26. Numbers drawn being 2, 8, 27 and 30. €2,800 jackpot not won. Consolation winners were – Tom Fitzgerald, Ballynoe; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna; Maura O’Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons; Noreen Moroney, Conna and Carol Earley, Church View, Ballynoe.

A draw for an accumulated jackpot of €3,000 goes ahead at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night, Septembers 2.


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