St Catherines GAA Notes.
- Sep 10,2022
By John O Mahony PRO St Catherines.
Awesome late Mangan point sees first team grade maintained
A sweetly struck Daniel Mangan point from a sideline cut, coming as it did four minutes overtime, saw the Saints pick up their first point in group C of the newly introduced County Premier Junior Hurling Championship. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Although a share of the spoils with Glen Rovers meant the Saints still propped up their group, it was a result also meaning Glen safety with Dripsey and St Finbarrs now meeting in the relegation final. Match report to follow.
We nose-dived with Rebels’ Bounty. Draw will now take place this week. While closer to home and the results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday, August 29th. Numbers drawn were 4, 15, 19 and 22 and the jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners were P/R Hartigan, c/o PH, Conna, Aideen Bolger, online, Adam O’Keeffe, Fermoy, Rose Noonan, c/o PH, Conna and Elaine Wallace, Ballynoe, online. Next draw with €20,000 jackpot and bonus consolation prizes will be on Monday, September 5th.
Also, as we’re at it, can we inform you that the Imokilly final of Scór Sinsir will be on Sunday evening, September 18th at Lisgoold Community Hall. It starts at 6pm. County final is on September 24th. County quiz will be on Wednesday, September 14th. Anyone over 17 interested in quiz, solo singing, recitation, instrumental group, ballad group or sketch please let Marie Clancy, Cultural/Irish Officer of St Catherines know. Thank you.
Round 3 Group C Co-op Superstores County Premier Junior Hurling Championship
St Catherines 1-19 Glen Rovers 3-13
One thing sure and certain, conditions were an asset to this match. But from the evidence of the exciting conclusion to this tie when played in sunny Lisgoold on Friday evening last and there can’t be too many more games with a 7pm throw in. We got away with it. Just. But living on borrowed time. Also matches in this particular grade have been passing off without any media coverage. It’s up now to your humble PRO to come up with the goods, Here’s hoping. At least there is a happy ending.
Glen Rovers making an imposing start with the physically strong Owen O’Neill securing the vital touch and credited with the first and lead goal on four minutes. For the Saints both corner forwards were involved. Kyle Wallace picking out Gearoid O’Brien, who despite the best efforts of Cian Long between the posts, was able to finish off the Saints’ goal just four minutes later. Indeed the Saints, despite that rocky start were now edging towards ascendancy and a Gearoid O’Brien point edged them two points ahead at 1-06 to 1-04 to nineteen minutes. But a probing Conor O’Sullivan delivery wasn’t dealt with, again finishing up in the net and the famed Glen from the northside of Cork City were back in front at 2-05 to 1-06 to 21 minutes. Problem compounded when the ideally placed Cian Mullane drilled in a third goal. When Ed Quiligan pointed on 32 minutes it meant the entire sextet of Glen forwards were on the scoresheet by half-time. Glen Rovers to the good on a 3-07 to 1-09 scoreline.
Try as they might, three times the margin between two evenly matched teams had been trimmed to just one point including at 3-07 to 1-12 to 34 minutes and again at 3-10 to 1-15 to the end of the third quarter when following another display of Herculean Conor Hegarty defending saw keeper Eoin Davis point a lengthy free. Tying it all up again. That said, the Glen were putting up a ferocious challenge and points from a Glenn Kennefick free and Conor O’Sullivan had them a psychologically crucial two scores ahead at 3-13 to 1-17 to 58 minutes.
Kyle Wallace from a placed ball had it down to the minimum again when up stepped the experienced Daniel Mangan splitting the posts from a sublimely struck sideline ball four minutes overtime. Securing the Saints a share of the spoils, their first point on the championship table. With it rescuing their grade for another season. Leaving Dripsey and St Finbarrs to now play out the relegation battle. We thank Shane Kearney, manager, for his work with Martin O’Keeffe, Tim O’Connor and Shane Fitzgerald, selectors, Denis Ring was coach. John Hartnett, Mike Hegarty and Colm Burke were also involved. St Catherines have also earned a place in the semi-final of the Division 3 Red FM County Premier Junior Hurling League. So it’s not over yet. There’s more!
Scorers: K Wallace (0-07 frees) (0-09), E Davis (0-05 frees) (0-01 ’65) (0-06), G O’Brien (1-01), D Mangan (0-01 sideline cut) (0-02) and R O’Connell (0-01). Glen Rovers scorers: C O’Sullivan and O O’Neill (0-02 frees) (1-03 each), C Mullane (1-02), G Kenefick (0-02 frees), L Coughlan, L Quilligan and A Evans (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Davis, James Neville, Shane O’Brien, Philip Keane, Eoin Condon, Eoghan O’Riordan, Conor Hegarty, Shane Cotter (c), Fionn O’Connell, Daniel Mangan, Richard O’Connell, Thomas O’Donnell, Kyle Wallace, Kevin Barry, Gearoid O’Brien. Subs: Brian Mulcahy for Richard O’Connell (36), Matthew Mulcahy for Kevin Barry (41), Aaron Neville for Thomas O’Donnell (50). Referee: Brian Murphy (Carrigtwohill).
St Catherines recorded a sizeable victory on a 5-06 to 0-09 scoreline over Enniskeane in their section of the SE Systems County Senior Camogie Championship when played at Castle Road, Mahon, on Saturday evening last. They play St Finbarrs this weekend. See camogie notes for more.
Juvenile notes start with semi-final division 1 Rebel Óg East U17 (Minor) Football Plate
Carrigtwohill 7-05 St Catherines 2-12
It was the home team surging into a commanding start, grateful to the scoring prowess of Daniel Murnane and in particular Kyle Graham up front. In so doing building up a sizeable lead and ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 6-04 to 1-05 of this tie played in sunny conditions at Carrigtwohill on Wednesday evening, August 24th.
That bit of reshuffling and the prevalence of a deceptive breeze stood the visitors in good stead on the change of ends. Limiting the opposition to just a goal and a point. There was the eye-catching contribution of Timmy Barry surging menacingly up from the back and the kicking of some impressive and well-taken Adam Bryan second half points. Much improved. But the damage was done. We thank Pat Firzgerald, Noel Kielthy, Kieran Morrison and Rory Galvin for work put in during a long season stretching right back to January and February. Now refocusing for an equivalent hurling plate quarter final v Bishopstown down for Ballynoe this upcoming weekend.
Scorers: T Barry (1-01), S O’Donoghue (1-00), K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, A Bryan and D O’Connell (frees) (0-02 each) and C Hayes (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: Jake Bryan, Timmy Barry, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Ciaran Leamy, Conor Hayes, Evan O’Driscoll, Cian Dunning, Nathan Sheehan, Cathal McAuliffe, Dylan ‘Chips’ Murphy, Kian O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Connell, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Sean O’Donoghue, Jack Hickey. Subs: Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy and Adam Bryan for Ciaran Pietropaolo and Jack Hickey (both second half), Ciaran Pietropaolo for Sean O’Donoghue (42), Jack Hickey for Conor Hayes (49). Referee: Eoin Colman (Youghal).
Round 3 division 2 Rebel Óg East U15 Football Championship
St Catherines 4-08 Carrigtwohill 2-09
Running concurrent with the aforementioned Minor Football Plate was this championship tie played on Wednesday evening, August 24th at 7pm in Ballynoe.
Having taken something from both previous encounters against Bride Rovers and Castlelyons and this well earned success, they lead 2-06 to 0-04 at the break, ensures they top their group. Thus booking a semi-final place. Now the hurling plate semi-final v Fr O’Neills and the championship semi-final in the football against Kiltha Óg are both on the itinerary for Wednesday evening, September 7th. So something has to give. No doubt the powers that be will have it well sorted in due course.
Scorers: A Cotter (2-04), J Temple (0-01 free) (1-03), B Aherne (1-00) and J Pietropaolo (0-01). St Catherine’s team: T Dee, C Barry, C Murray, J Pratt, T Clancy, F McCready, S Walsh, C Hickey, J Pietropaolo (0-01). St Catherine’s team: T Dee, C Barry, C Murray, J Pratt, T Clancy, F McCready, S Walsh, C Hickey, J Pietropaolo, L Moore, J Temple, K O’Donoghuye, S Wallace, G Sheehan, A Cotter. Subs: B Aherne for L Moore (33), J Kenneally for F McCready (40), C O’Driscoll for S Wallace (57). Also L Kilmartin, R Hickey and E O’Mahony. Referee: Gavin O’Brien (Lisgoold). Please note that the Round 5 Division 1 Rebel Óg East U13 Football League match between St Catherines and Mayfield was not played.
What’s coming up
Friday, September 2nd at Ballynoe, quarter final Premier Two U17 (Minor) Hurling Plate v Bishopstown at 7.30pm. Saturday, September 3rd at Ballynoe, semi-final Division One Rebel Óg East U13 Hurling League v Castlelyons at 11am. Monday, September 3rd Round 3 Group 2 East Cork Junior B Football Championship v Dungourney, time and venue tbc. Wednesday, September 7th at Ballynoe, semi-final Division 2 Rebel Óg East U15 Football Championship v Kiltha Og, time tbc, 6.45pm possibly. (Fixtures correct at time of going to press)
St Catherines GAA Club sponsors
T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA Club.
Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA Club.