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14th March 2012

posted 14 Mar 2012, 04:47 by Mark Evans   [ updated 14 Mar 2012, 04:50 ]
U-21 Football Championship (played in Leap, 10th March 2012)
St James’ 4-16 Doheny’s 1-1

The under-21 footballers advanced with ease to the second round of the championship at the expense of Doheny’s second string. Scores for St James’ came from ten different players, with full-forward Tadhg Casey leading the charge and the scoring with a goal and two points, closely followed by midfielder Kevin Kearns, who chalked up a goal and a point – a well-deserved reward for a commanding performance in his area of operations. Dylan O’Sullivan – at 16 the youngest player on the panel – scored three neat points, whilst centre-forward James Hayes added a couple of points of his own to the pile of scores he made for other players with his accurate and unselfish distribution. Hayes was involved in the move that culminated in a nice goal by Johnny Carroll, whose experience and composure was instrumental in ensuring St James’ stuck to their task.

Michael Santry was a rock-solid presence in midfield, and as usual made time and space to occasionally advance upfield for scores. Niall Barrett’s energetic performance paid dividends in the form of three points, whilst twin brother Peter unexpectedly popped up from wing-back to hammer the ball into the net for a goal.

The St James’ defence was rarely troubled, but when called into action was only twice caught out. It will not be so easy in the next round against Ibane Gaels, but this impressive opener has laid a good foundation for the campaign.

Panel: Pa Keohane, Danny O’Connor, Seán Scully, Thomas Nyhan, Peter Barrett (1-0), Eoin Feen, Niall Evans, Kevin Kearns (1-1), Michael Santry (0-2), James Hayes (0-2), Niall Barrett (0-3), Shaun Goggin (0-2), Dylan O’Sullivan (0-3), Tadhg Casey (1-2), Johnny Carroll (1-0), Emmet Hayes (0-1), Reuben O’Hea. 

U-16 Football League (played in Ardfield, 11th March 2012)
St James’ 1-10 Ballingeary 2-9

The under-16 footballers took on Ballingeary in the league last Sunday, and started brightly with a point in the opening minutes after a first-class solo run by Peter Walsh, who covered virtually the entire length of the pitch before firing the ball over the bar. Though neither team could put a telling distance between themselves and the opposition, at the break St James’ were three points to the good (0-8 to 0-5), with scores having come from eight different players. Upon resumption, Ballingeary quickly pushed ahead, and ultimately scraped the win by two points.

Panel: Ciarán O'Donovan, Peter Walsh, Brandon Creagh, Brian Lombard, Joseph O'Sullivan, Conor Scully, Cian McPeake, Jack Oates, James Taylor, Seán O'Connor, Jack Hurley, Jack Butler, Alan Butler, Seán O'Reilly, Peter Walsh