Castlelyons GAA Notes.

  • Sep 13,2022

By Eoin Barry, PRO Castlelyons GAA Club.

Juniors Win Thriller in Ballynoe

Our Junior B hurlers served up a thriller against St. Catherines in Ballynoe last Friday evening. We had a score to settle after they sent us out of the championship last year when we drew in Rathcormac. Castlelyons started brightly with Griffin O’Keeney scoring a fine point from his right-hand side. We kept the pressure on and Jack Waters was accurate from two placed balls. Ronan O’Regan scored a point to mark his return from an extended spell on the sidelines through injury. We were 0-4 to no score up after 10 minutes and we were playing very impressively. Shane Cotter, Griffin and Cees were all on top in the full forward line and were first to every ball. St. Catherines, however, came back into the game and began to have their purple patch. Ronan Clancy was accurate from the frees for the Ballynoe side and it was our indiscipline that kept them in the game. Our back line played well. Liam Moroney, Stephen Casey and Eoin Barry on top in the full back line while John Healy, Conor McCarthy and Seamus Moroney hurled well in the half line. Catherines scored 6 points unanswered in the next 20 minutes of the 1st half. Cees Kouwenberg had a goal disallowed through a dubious square ball decision by the referee. Jack Waters scored a needed point before the first half ended to leave it 0-6 to 0-5 to the home side at half time. 

St. Catherines began the 2nd half stronger and scored 3 points in a row to extend their lead. Gavin O’Neill pulled off a couple of fine saves in goal to keep us in it. Shane Flynn was hurling well at wing forward and was able to draw a much needed free that Jack Waters converted. Cees Kouwenberg scored a brilliant poacher’s goal when he pulled on a loose ball near the square. Jack Waters scored another free to place us 1-8 to 0-10 to place us back into the lead. The pressure form St. Catherines was intense. There was heroic defending by all the Castlelyons players to keep Catherines out. Ronan Fenton came on and was a great outlet winning puck outs and breaking ball. Darren Tobin showed his experience winning some loose ball in the middle third. Catherines scored another free to draw the game and they had another opportunity to go a point up with time up when the referee went against his umpires to wave a 25 yard free wide. Ronan O’Regan placed a ball over the bar only for the referee to repay the compliment and disallow that score as well. We thought it was going to be another heart-breaking draw but the St. Catherines keeper got blown for barging and Jack Waters kept his cool and slotted the point to place us a point up. The referee played another 2 minutes added time and with St. Catherines over extended, Ronan Fenton found Jack Waters who soloed the ball in and took a shot at the keeper who saved well to his left. Cees Kouwenberg was the man in the right place again who pounced on the rebound and stuck the ball into the net. The final whistle was blown with the restart, and we ended up winning a tight encounter on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-11. The victory will see us progress to the quarter-finals of the East Cork championship. Well done lads.

Team: G O’Neill, S Casey, L Moroney, E Barry, S Moroney, C McCarthy, J Healy, J Waters (0-7, 0-6f), R O’Regan (0-1), S Flynn, D Tobin, A O’Regan, S Cotter, G O’Keeney, (0-1) C Kouwenberg (2-0): Subs: D Morrison for S Moroney, R Fenton for S Cotter

Work Progressing Well on Pitch

The wet weather has slowed down our progress on our pitch works a bit. Drainage pipes have been laid, electricity has been connected and sand has been delivered so there has been a lot of work done still. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to so far. If the weather goes our way, we still hope to have seeds sowed this autumn so the pitch will be playable by next summer. Donations are still needed so if you wish to contribute, please contact our treasurer Mick Spillane at 0868196232.


Our Intermediate hurlers will take on East Cork rivals Castlemartyr in the PIHC semi-final.

The match has been fixed for 5.45 pm on Saturday 24th September in Páirc Uí Chaoimh


There was no winner of this week’s lotto Jackpot of €20,000. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 25 and 30. The lucky dip winners were Carol & Liz c/o James Moroney, Claire O’Brien, Noreen Fitzgerald, Ned Fitzgerald, Maura Fitzgerald, Martin Dorgan, John Drislane and Anne Healy. Next week’s draw will take place on Monday 19th September at 8pm in the Community Centre.

Votes of Sympathy

We would like to express our sincere condolences to Fox family, Youghal and the McGann family Castlelyons on the death of Alan Fox recently. May he rest in peace.


Our main sponsor is Zeus Packaging. We would like to thank them for their continued support.