Junior A Hurling League (Ballinascarthy, 12th May 2012)
St James’ 1-12 Ballinascarthy 0-15 (draw)
The junior A hurlers showed plenty of spirit in Saturday’s away fixture with Ballinascarthy, taking the lead towards the end despite having trailed throughout. Conor Hegarty’s goal with just minutes remaining might have been enough to secure the win for St James’, but the talented Bal were able to draw level just as the final whistle was about to blow. Only two points had separated the teams at half-time, with Damian Dooley for St James’ having scored two well-taken points from play in addition to converting a free, Brian O’Donovan having picked off a couple of terrific points, and James O’Driscoll scoring from a long-range strike.
In the second half, Dooley and O’Driscoll accounted for six scores between them, bringing St James’ to within a point of Bal. With time running out, O’Driscoll sent a long ball into the danger area, and it was Hegarty who emerged from a tussle of players to pull on it for a goal. However, Ballinascarthy were not finished, and two quick points earned them the draw.
Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Kearns, James O’Driscoll (0-3, 2f), Micheál McCarthy (D), Brian O’Donovan (0-2), Damian Dooley (0-7, 4f), Conor Hegarty (1-0), Shaun Goggin, Michael Santry, Eoin Feen, Johnny Carroll
Junior B Football League (Ardfield, 11th May 2012)
Clann na nGael 0-9 St James’ 0-5
For the junior B footballers, the league meeting with Clann na nGael was a case of something old (the combined age of the panel c. 600 years), something new (Shane O’Connell the top scorer), something borrowed (time, in the case of the seasoned campaigners) and something blue (the bruises every player acquired as a memento of an occasion they may prefer to forget). Aside from O’Connell’s welcome scores (one off the right, one off the left), points were clocked up by Denis Fitzpatrick (John Santry the provider), Kevin Kearns and Diarmuid Keohane. Clann na nGael, though not exactly rampant, put together enough scores to secure victory, though the biggest winner on the night was SouthDoc, which afterwards tended to the injuries of three players (St James’ wishes them a speedy recovery).
Panel: Pa Keohane, John Santry, Seán Scully, Damian Dooley, Brian O’Donovan, Mark O’Brien, Kevin Kearns (0-1), Denis Fitzpatrick (0-1), Jonathan O’Donovan, Tadhg Casey, Eoin Deasy, Shaun Goggin, Shane O’Connell (0-2), Diarmuid Keohane (0-1), Vince O’Donovan, Finbarr McCarthy, Andrew O’Leary, Noel O’Donovan, Jim Ahern, Pearse O’Sullivan
Under-12 Football League (Ahiohill, 13th May 2012)
St Oliver Plunkett’s 8-22 St James’ 4-2
The under-12s came up against a very versatile and accomplished Oliver Plunkett’s last Saturday, and initially kept pace with two goals from Fionn McPeake followed by two points from Harry Oates. Plunkett’s went for goal at every opportunity, but Gary Lombard and Liam Crowley were both outstanding between the sticks, saving several shots (both also made an immense contribution as midfielders). Despite this, St James’ trailed 2-2 to 4-6 at half-time. The second half saw Conor Hayes convert a penalty, whilst Fionn McPeake scored his second goal, this time from a free. Every St James’ defender was outstanding, so Plunkett’s turned to taking long-range points. The game was played at an amazing pace, with skillful fielding and good ball-handling by both sides. Each St James’ player put in a great effort and gave a good account of him/herself, but Plunkett’s ran away with the win.
Panel: Gary Lombard, Conor McCarthy, Evan O'Driscoll, Cristoir Hayes, Niall O'Donovan, Conor Hayes, Liam Crowley, Fionn McPeake, Alison Taylor, Harry Oates, James Hodnett, Alexander Brennan, Aoife O'Driscoll, Aaron O'Brien