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14th July 2011

posted 14 Jul 2011, 02:53 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Jul 2011, 06:36 by Mark Evans ]
Junior A Championship (played in Ahiohill)
Doheny’s 1-15 St James’ 1-8
The juniors of St James’ succumbed to championship fatigue last Sunday when called upon for the third weekend in a row to produce the goods. Having dispatched Gabriel’s in the football and then the hurlers of Kilbree in successive weekends, this latest championship challenge just one week later was never going to be easy, and was made much harder by a Doheny’s side firing on all cylinders.

An early score at the end of a passing move involving full back Shane Field, midfielder Brian O’Donovan and, finally, corner forward Kevin O’Leary was a good indication of the kind of hurling St James’ can play. However, a sharp and incisive Doheny’s also put on the style, and though the 9 points (4 frees) scored by the sharp-shooting Darren Sweetman will be of interest to anyone concerned about Cork’s inter-county hurling prospects, St James’ would have prefered to have kept the Cork minor scoreless on this occasion. The Doheny’s star came close to adding a goal to his tally, but St James’ keeper Diarmuid O’Donovan stood his ground and pulled off a magnificent save.

Wing forward James O’Driscoll was again on song for St James’, scoring 6 points (2 65s, 3 frees), whilst Kevin Kearns once more found the back of the net and raised the hopes of St James’ players and supporters alike. But Doheny’s had already done enough, and signed off with yet another Darren Sweetman point.

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Shane Field, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Micheál McCarthy (B), James O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien 0-1, Brian O’Donovan, Mark Evans, Seamus McCarthy, James O’Driscoll 0-6 (2 65s, 3 frees), Garrett Lombard, Micheál McCarthy (D), Kevin O’Leary 0-1. Subs: Damien Dooley, Kevin Kearns 1-0

Under-16 Hurling League (played in Ardfield)
Final score: St James’ 2-15 Ahiohill 2-8
The under-16 hurlers proved too strong for Ahiohill in their most recent league match, played in Ardfield. Shaun Goggin for St James’ scored an impressive 1-10, with points coming off his left, his right, on the run, from frees and from a 65, all of which were topped by a goal hammered into the net after a battling solo through the Ahiohill back lines. James Taylor, Aaron Hayes, Seán O’Connor and Kevin Horan also got on the scoreboard. Adam Ahern played a tremendous game in defence, and prevented an Ahiohill shot at goal from crossing the line with a brilliant last-ditch save. 

Team: Peter Walsh, Brandon Creagh, Adam Ahern, Seán O’Connor 0-1, Aaron Hayes 0-1, Conor Scully, Shaun Goggin 1-10 (4 frees, 65), Brian Lombard, Jack Butler, Kevin Horan 1-2, James Taylor 0-1, Dylan Twomey-O’Sullivan. Subs: Alan Butler, Ciarán O’Donovan, Seán O’Reilly

Under-14 Football Championship
Ballingeary 4-13 St James’ 2-7
The under-14 footballers had the misfortune to play their championship game against Ballingeary whilst a number of players were away on holiday, and so were unable to field a full team. Stand-in keeper Seán White did well to deny Ballingeary goals in both the first and second halves, whilst James Taylor, Peter Walsh, Joseph O’Sullivan and Seán O’Reilly chalked up the scores for St James’. 

Team: Seán White, Conor Scully, Alan Butler, Eoin Lombard, Frank Meaney, Peter Walsh, James Taylor, Joseph O'Sullivan, Seán O'Reilly, Ciaran Whelband, Daniel O'Driscoll

Under-14 Hurling Championship (played in Rosscarbery)
St James' 1-15 O'Donovan Rossa 0-5
St James' under-14 hurlers progressed to the South West championship final last Monday, having disposed of O'Donovan Rossa, and they must be saluted not just for the win but for their efforts to ensure St James’ fielded a full team. Realising they would struggle to make numbers for the game (due to holidays), a few of the lads had walked mile upon mile of the parish roads to muster a team, and were rewarded for their efforts when the regulatory twelve players took to the field in Rosscarbery. 

On a beautiful summer’s evening, supporters were treated to a wonderful game of hurling, courtesy of both sides. The early scores were shared, but by half-time St James’ had opened up a lead of six points (James Taylor 8, Seán O'Reilly 1). Both Taylor and O'Reilly were on the mark again early in the second half, and though Rossa’s added another two points to their match total, the game was put beyond doubt when Taylor crashed the ball into Rossa’s net. The best move of the game saw the ball travel quickly from the back lines to the front and over the bar (Joseph O’Sullivan the scorer). James Taylor rounded off a super performance with a further two points, bringing his score to 1-12.

Each and every player for St James’ was outstanding, but special mention must be made of the under-12 players, Seán White, Pádraig O'Donovan and Conor Hayes, who each played a great game. Goalkeeper Eoin Lombard was also of critical importance, as he prevented Rossa goals on two occasions with fine saves.

Team: Eoin Lombard, Alan Butler, Pádraig O'Donovan, Conor Scully, Peter Walsh, James Taylor 1-12, Daniel O'Driscoll, Conor Hayes, Seán O'Reilly 0-2, Joseph O'Sullivan 0-1, Ciaran Whelband, Sean White

Carbery Minor Hurling
Three St James' minors played for Carbery in the minor hurling championship on Wednesday 13th July: Niall Evans, James Hayes and Tadhg Casey. Though Carbery were knocked out of the competition, the St James' players each gave a good account of themselves in the three games they played this season. A fourth St James' minor, Thomas Nyhan, also played with Carbery earlier in the season.