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posted 11 Dec 2016, 13:50 by Liam Evans

Gabriel Rangers 3-10, St. James’ 1-7

A fantastic Junior A football league run all year saw St. James’ top the league table and reach the final against county champions and Munster runners up Gabriel Rangers. Played in Church Cross, last Sunday’s final was a step too far for St. James’ as they had to give way to the team of the moment. Circumstances dictated that Gabriel Rangers had played most weekends over the past ten weeks while St. James’ had no game since the league outing in Ballydehob against the same opposition on  September 11th. In that game St. James’ came away with a two point win, and hoped for a repeat performance. A bit of ring rusty was evident at times but fair play to the lads they never gave up.                                                                   Gabriel’s started well and had an early point before an equaliser from Frank Hayes. Frank was on form early on and hit the net shortly afterwards to put St. James’ ahead, and after fifteen minutes it stood 1-2 to 0-3. Gabriels gained control around the middle and the supply of ball to their forwards extended their lead to 2-5 to 1-3 at the break. The second half was much the same with the slicker Gabriel forwards creating more chances, St. James’ did have opportunities and young Joseph O’Sullivan introduced towards the end had a point and was denied by the cross bar.  Afterwards Carbery board secretary Donal McCarthy presented the trophy to the winning captain Mark Cronin.

St. James’- Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Feen, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin O’Leary, Aaron Hayes 0-1, Micheal McCarthy (Brittas), James O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donovan 0-1, Micheal McCarthy (Dunnycove) 0-1, David Hayes, Mark Evans, Damien Bennett, Frank Hayes 1-2, Paul O’Sullivan, Ian Evans.  Subs –Kevin O’Brien, Joseph O’Sullivan 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy, Sean O’Reilly 0-1, Sean O’Connor, Mark O’Brien.  Patrick Keohane, Ciaran O’Donovan, Niall Evans, Tadhg Feen, Thomas Nyhan, Peter Whelton, James O’Driscoll, Shane O’Driscoll, Denis Fitzpatrick, Alan O’Shea, Eoin Deasy. After the game the management team of Finbarr McCarthy, Diarmuid Keohane, and Conor Hegarty were thanked for the tremendous service and commitment to the team over the past three years, as they have decided to stand down for the coming year. Hopefully their experience and knowledge can be harnessed and put to use at some other level in the club.

St. Stephen’s Day road hurling

Plans are well advanced for this year’s competition and a big turnout is expected as players shake off the cob webs after the festivities. Categories include ladies, open, individual U16 and individual over 16, and family. Beautiful trophies to be won, along with the annual Fr Seamus Murphy cup, please observe all safety instructions. Competition begins at the club rooms at 12noon, with last out at 2.30pm.