Junior B Football League (played in Ardfield)
St James’ 5-5 Carrigaline 1-5
What might have been a dull end-of-season fixture was enlivened by goalkeeper-turned-goalpoacher Diarmuid O’Donovan’s hat-trick of goals, not to mention his three points. Carrigaline again turned up without the full complement, so St James’ kindly lent them two players: Niall Evans and Alec Butler. Evans took it all very seriously, and quickly scored the first point of the match for his new Carrigaline friends. Now full of optimism, Carrigaline went looking for a goal, and got their reward in the form of a penalty. Rookie St James’ goalkeeper Micheál McCarthy (Brittas) made a stupendous save only to see Carrigaline score by following-up.
Diarmuid O’Donovan was first to reply for St James’, skilfully rounding Alec Butler to put the ball over the bar for a point – possibly his first for several years. Then, only thirty seconds later, he hammered the ball into the roof of the net for a goal. The floodgates were open, and Conor Hegarty added a goal and a point of his own before Diarmo burst through for his second and third goals. Shane Field added a fifth just before half time. Diarmo, now on fire, scored another two points in the second half, whilst Hego scored his third point of the game. And so ended the junior football season.
Junior A Hurling League (played in Ardfield)
St James' 2-15 Carrigaline 1-7
An under-strength Carrigaline were no match for the junior A hurlers of St James’ in last Saturday’s league fixture played in typical October conditions of long grass and rain, augmented with Ardfield fog. Eight different St James’ players were able to get on the score sheet, with the excellent James O’Driscoll topping the charts with 1-4. Damian Dooley was again on song, scoring three points, and more points came from forwards who can always be depended on: Ian Evans, Conor Hegarty and Mark Evans. Wing-back James O’Sullivan gave himself a birthday present of three points, Mark O’Brien’s forays into the top half of the pitch earned him a point, and David Hayes was rewarded for his typically energetic play with a long-range point.
The Evans brothers – Mark, Ian and Niall – played junior A hurling together for the first time, with Niall marking the occasion with a superb flick of the sliotar into the path of Ian, who returned the compliment with a well-taken point (the white flag for a point raised by umpire/dad Liam Evans).
Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Donnacha McCarthy, Denis Fitzpatrick, Mark O’Brien 0-1, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan 0-3, Kevin Kearns, James O’Driscoll 1-4, Mark Evans 0-1, Micheál McCarthy (D), David Hayes 0-1, Damian Dooley 0-3, Ian Evans 1-1, Conor Hegarty 0-1, Andrew O’Leary, Niall Evans, Kevin O’Brien
Under-12 Football League (played in Ahiohill)
St Oliver Plunkett's 7-9 St James' 3-6
The U12 footballers were involved in a remarkable league semi-final with St Oliver Plunkett’s during which they clawed their way back into the game only to see a skilfull Ahiohill team pull away for victory. Plunkett’s ran up a half-time lead of fourteen points, but St James’ returned to the pitch after the break in determined mood, scoring 3-3 without reply to reduce the Ahiohill lead to just two points. However, once Plunkett’s had weathered the storm, they again went into attack mode and secured the victory.
Though no doubt disappointed, the players should be pleased with the way they bounced back, with each and every player having made a big effort to turn the game around.
Panel: Harry Oates, Michael White, Eoin Lombard, Frank Meaney, Pádraig O’Donovan, Seán White 1-1, Corrie Beattie, Jack Creagh, Orla Connolly, Fionn McPeake, Daniel O’Driscoll 1-1, Rory O’Connor, Sinéad O’Connor, Fionn Courtney, Clodagh Walsh, Niall O’Donovan 1-1, Conor Hayes 0-3, Liam Crowley