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12th July 2012

posted 12 Jul 2012, 02:52 by Mark Evans   [ updated 23 Jul 2012, 02:15 ]
Junior A Football League (9th July 2012, Leap)
Kilmacabea 0-13 St James’ 2-4

The junior-A footballers travelled to Leap on Monday for this league fixture in good form and with a large and willing panel, but the game refused to go to plan. Nevertheless, with championship on the horizon the timing was good in that silver linings were observed and lessons learnt.

Panel: Conor Hegarty, Mark O’Brien, Micheál McCarthy (D), Kevin O’Leary, Micheál McCarthy (B), James O’Driscoll, Seamus McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Michael Santry, Paul O’Sullivan, Mark Evans (1-1), Frank Hayes, Kieran O’Donovan (1-3), James Hayes, Finbarr McCarthy, David Hayes, Seán Scully, Danny O’Connor, Denis Fitzpatrick, Eoin Feen, Brian O’Donovan, Shaun Goggin.

Minor Hurling League (12th July 2012, Ardfield)
Barryroe 1-19 St James’ 3-8
The minor hurlers played Barryroe at home on Tuesday and the absence of Niall Evans was painfully felt (eight of the panel of thirteen were under 16). Nevertheless, the defence made a valiant effort to curtail Barryroe, with Ruairc Courtney a steely addition to the back lines, whilst up front the forwards managed a reasonable tally of scores: Tadhg Casey scored 1-6, whilst goals also came from Shaun Goggin and Aaron Hayes. Kevin Horan also scored a good point – a deserved reward for a hard-working and skillful performance.

Team: Adam Ahern, Seán O’Connor, Seán Scully, Peter Walsh, Cian McPeake, Kevin Horan (0-1), Brandon Creagh, Aaron Hayes (1-0), Tadhg Casey (1-6, 3 frees, 1 65), Dylan O’Sullivan (0-1), Shaun Goggin (1-0), Ciarán O’Donovan, Ruairc Courtney

Under-16 Football League (9th July 2012, Ardfield)
St James’ 4-7 Gabriel Rangers 0-9
In the first outing since March for the under-16 footballers (on Monday, in Ardfield), the better start was made by Gabriel’s, who scored the first point after four minutes. Soon, though, poor handling by the Gabriel’s goalkeeper allowed Seán O’Reilly to pounce on the ball for a goal. A succession of points for St James’ came from  James Taylor, Aaron Hayes and Jack Butler – who continuously caused difficulty for his marker – whilst Adam Ahern in goal made an outstanding one-on-one save. Gabriel’s kept in touch with two points before half time, but by then St James’ had put decent distance between the sides through a James Taylor goal.
Gabriel’s scored the first point of the second half, but St James’ responded with a goal produced by excellent work between Jack Butler and James Taylor, with Butler smashing the ball past the opposition goalkeeper, followed by points from Kevin Horan and James Taylor. Gabriel’s managed to pull back three points without reply and also hit the posts and crossbar, but an excellent Peter Walsh point stopped them in their stride, and when Ciarán O’Donovan hit St James’ fourth goal a minute from time and Peter Walsh pointed seconds before the final whistle, St James’ could reflect on a job well done.

Panel: Adam Ahern, Peter Walsh (0-2), Cian McPeake, Ciarán O’Donovan (1-0), Kevin Horan (0-1) Brandon Creagh, Aaron Hayes (0-1), Brian Lombard, Conor Scully, Jack Butler (1-1), James Taylor (1-2) , Seán O’Reilly (1-0), Euan Courtney, Seán O’Connor