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10th May 2012

posted 10 May 2012, 02:19 by Mark Evans   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 09:16 ]
Junior A Hurling League (Ardfield, 6th May 2012)
St OIiver Plunkett’s 1-15 St James’ 1-10

The junior A hurlers were unable to get the better of Oliver Plunkett’s in the Bank Holiday league fixture, played in Ardfield. The teams were level at half-time, with St James’ having put together some good moves leading to three points and a goal (scored by Kieran O’Donovan). Well into the second half, the match was still evenly balanced, but no sooner had St James’ nudged ahead by a couple of points when Plunkett’s went up a gear and scored several points and a goal without reply. A couple of good saves by Diarmuid O’Donovan were complemented at the other end of the pitch by a couple of points for St James’, one by Shaun Goggin on his junior A hurling debut. But it was too little too late, and Plunkett’s held on for the win. (DC)

Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Denis Fitzpatrick, Eoin Deasy, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan, James O’Driscoll (0-2), Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Kearns (0-2), Micheál McCarthy (D) (0-1), Tadhg Casey, Damian Dooley (0-2), Kieran O’Donovan (1-2), Conor Hegarty, Michael Santry, Pa Keohane, Shaun Goggin (0-1)

Minor Football League (Castlehaven, 3rd May 2012)
Castlehaven 2-14 St James’ 1-6
The minor footballers travelled to Castlehaven with only the bare twelve players (including seven U16s), and were the slower team to start as the Haven built up an early lead of 1-4 to no score. Shaun Goggin was first off the mark for St James’, scoring after a good move that began with the effective Niall Evans fielding a high ball on the 40. This single point was sandwiched between two more Haven points before the young St James’ team came into its own just before half-time, scoring two points without reply, the first from distance by the impressive Goggin after a typically strong run by agile centre-forward Jack Hurley, the second by captain and midfielder Niall Evans from thirty yards. St James’ played the second half in a positive manner, first adding to their score with an elegant point from Tadhg Casey after a trademark break from the middle of the field. However, the Haven again picked it up with an efficient and muscular running game that saw quick balls fed into the inside-forwards, who were both accurate and intelligent. Yet under immense pressure from the St James’ defence – in which Peter Walsh shined throughout and the hard-working Brandon Creagh also caught the eye – the Haven forwards kicked eight wides over the course of the hour.
The move of the game resulted in a well-taken goal by the determined Aaron Hayes of St James’, who despite carrying an injury was a constant threat. The score was initiated by Seán Scully collecting a loose ball in the full-back line and hand-passing to Casey, who soloed out of defence and with a simple kick-pass set up Hayes for the goal. The physically stronger Haven came up with three points and a goal either side of two neat and stylish scores by strong St James’ midfielder Evans, which brought his match total to 0-3. The final score does not truly reflect the course of the game as it could have been much closer only for some superb stops by the Castlehaven goalkeeper, and with the post having denied St James’ a certain goal. Nevertheless, St James’ will have learnt a lot about themselves from this game against an older Castlehaven side, many of whose players were part of the U16 team that won a county title last year.  (E. Feen)

Team: Ruairc Courtney, Brandon Creagh, Seán Scully, Peter Walsh, Tadhg Casey (0-1), Seán O’Connor, Niall Evans (0-3), Cian McPeake, Jack Hurley, Aaron Hayes (1-0), Shaun Goggin (0 -2), Jack Butler

U-14 Football League (Durrus, 5th May 2012)
Muintir Bhaire 3-10 St James' 1-4
Three great saves by goalkeeper Pádraig O'Donovan were not enough to keep Muintir Bhaire at bay, nor were the three points scored by Seán O’Reilly, Jack Oates’ point or Seán White’s goal, so St James’ play their next league fixture against Adrigole having won one, lost one.  (DC)

Team: Pádraig O'Donovan, Joseph O'Sullivan, Seán O'Reilly (0-3), Conor Scully, Peter Whelton, Daniel O'Driscoll, Seamus O'Sullivan, Conor Frost, Ciarán Whelband, Eoin Lombard, Seán White (1-0), Conor Hayes, Jack Oates (0-1), Micheal O'Mahony, Michael White

U-16 Hurling League (Ballydehob, 7th May 2012)
St James' 6-18 Gabriel Rovers 8-10
St James’ can take credit for the performance of both sides in this league fixture, since players had to be lent to Gabriel’s in order for the game to go ahead. Even when Jack Oates took his turn in a Gabriel’s shirt, St James’ were still too strong for their opponents. St James’ still have players on the injured list, and the team will only get stronger when they return. (DC)

Panel: Peter Whelton, Eoin Lombard, Cian McPeake, Joseph O'Sullivan, Brian Lombard, Seán O'Reilly, Peter Walsh, Ciarán O'Donovan, Jack Butler, Seán O'Connor, Aaron Hayes, Alan Butler, Brandan Creagh
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