Minor Hurling League (5th April 2012, Ardfield)
St James’ 2-12 Kilmacabea 3-4
The minor hurlers gained a couple of league points for a good home win over Kilmacabea. For most of the match St James’ were on top, though a couple of late goals gave Kilmacabea belated hope and brought the best out of the St James’ defence, which rallied to ensure the lead was held.
A well-taken goal by Dylan O’Sullivan just minutes into the game gave St James’ a good start, and though Kilmacabea responded with a goal and a point, St James’ answered with six points in a row whilst keeping Kilmacabea scoreless for the rest of the half. An early second-half goal by Aaron Hayes together with three more points by Tadhg Casey (bringing his match tally to six) and one superb long-range score by Kevin Horan gave St James’ what seemed like an unassailable lead, but Kilmacabea came back into it with a couple of goals, and found themselves just four points behind St James’. But time was about to run out, and the final point by Brandon Creagh served to punctuate a good St James’ performance and well-deserved win.
Panel: Adam Ahern, Seán O’Connor, Peter Walsh, Seán Scully, Niall Evans (0-1), Cian McPeake, Aaron Hayes (1-1), Brandon Creagh (0-1), Kevin Horan (0-1) Brian Lombard, Tadhg Casey (0-6, 4 frees), Dylan O’Sullivan (1-0), Shaun Goggin (0-2), Ciarán O’Donovan
Minor Football League (8th April, Ardfield)
Gabriel Rangers 2-11 St James’ 2-9
In the football league, the minors lost to Gabriel Rangers in a closely fought match on a cold and windy Easter Monday evening in Ardfield. Goals from Jack Hurley and Shaun Goggin were matched by Gabriels, and by the end only a couple of points separated the teams. Goggin added to his goal with three points, whilst Cian McPeake, Niall Evans and Aaron Hayes also pointed, with Evans and Tadhg Casey instrumental in most of the St James’ scores.
Panel: Ruairc Courtney, Brandon Creagh, Seán Scully, Jack Butler, Cian McPeake (0-1), Seán O’Connor, Tadhg Casey, Niall Evans (0-2), Jack Hurley (1-0), Shaun Goggin (1-3), Aaron Hayes (0-2), Dylan O’Sullivan (0-1), Euan Courtney, Ciarán O’Donovan
Under-14 Hurling League (5th April 2012, Skibbereen)
St James 3-6 O’Donovan Rossa 2-5
The U14 hurlers commenced their league campaign with a good win against O’Donovan Rossa. Playing at home turned out to be no advantage for Rossa’s, and there was very little between the teams in terms of hurling. Though Skib were first off the mark, with a goal, St James’ replied with a goal and enough points to ensure the lead at half time. In the second half, Rossa’s again hit the net, but Jack Oates quickly cancelled out the goal with one of his own. Skib were kept scoreless for the remainder of the game, whilst Peter Whelton and Jack Oates scored a point each either side of a second Seán O'Reilly goal.
Panel: James Taylor, Peter Whelton (0-1), Seán O'Reilly (2-0), Conor Scully, Conor Hayes, Daniel O’Driscoll, Joseph O’Sullivan, Seán White (0-1), Jack Oates (1-4), Eoin Lombard, Michael White, Pádraig O’Donovan
Junior A Football League (7th April 2012, Ahiohill)
St Oliver Plunkett’s 3-8 St James' 1-7
Though only a point separated St James’ and Plunkett’s at half time in this Junior A league match, St James’ went off the boil in the second half, and paid the price. The first-half points were all well-worked, and Kevin O’Brien’s goal from the penalty spot was confidently placed beyond the keeper’s reach. Ahiohill took control of the second half, but St James’ will pore over the details of this match so as to make the corrections in time for championship.
Team: Pa Keohane, Tadhg Feen, Micheál McCarthy (D), Fearghal Beamish, James O’Sullivan, Seamus McCarthy, Eoin Feen, James O’Driscoll, Kevin O’Brien (1-0), James Hayes, Kieran O’Donovan (0-2), Kevin O’Leary (0-1), Paul O’Sullivan (0-3), Mark Evans (0-1), Frankie Hayes. Subs: Donnacha McCarthy, Micheál McCarthy (B), Tony Hayes, Finbarr McCarthy