Junior A Football League (16th April 2012, Bandon)
St James’ 0-12 Bandon 0-12
The junior A footballers put in a good pre-championship performance against Bandon in the league, drawing the match at 12 points apiece. Diarmuid O’Donovan resumed goalkeeping duties, making a number of saves to deny Bandon a goal. The defence stood up well, whilst six different players up front garnered the points, foremost among them the big-kicking Paul O’Sullivan (0-3), sharpshooter Mark Evans (0-3, 2 frees) and the skilled and composed Finbarr McCarthy (0-2). Donnacha McCarthy again found scores (0-2), whilst the effervescent Conor Hegarty and the lightning-fast Frankie Hayes also popped up for a point.
Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Feen, Micheál McCarthy (D), Seán Scully, James O’Sullivan, James O’Driscoll, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Donnacha McCarthy (0-2), Tadhg Casey, Mark Evans (0-3), Michael Santry, Paul O’Sullivan (0-3), Finbarr McCarthy (0-2), Conor Hegarty (0-1), Fearghal Beamish, Tadhg Feen, Frank Hayes (0-1), Pa Keohane, Brian O’Donovan, Mark O’Brien, Danny O’Connor
Junior B Football League (14th April 2012, Ardfield)
St James’ 1-10 Tadhg MacCarthaigh 1-7
The junior B footballers opened the season with victory over Tadhg MacCarthaigh (Caheragh), with junior debutant Shaun Goggin bagging the last score of the game – a goal – to give St James’ a winning margin of three points. Michael Santry caught the eye, scoring two points, whilst Finbarr McCarthy again kept the scoreboard ticking over with a good haul of four well-taken points. The supply up front was for the most part channelled through the energetic forwards Denis Fitzpatrick (scorer of two points), Conor Hegarty, Tadhg Casey and Danny O’Connor (with the latter two each scoring a point). Damian Dooley played very well in defence, whilst Jonathan O’Donovan anchored the team with a commanding midfield performance. Mark O’Brien’s return to the fold after several weeks out due to injury was both welcome and productive. Eoin Deasy eased himself back into football as he recovers from injury by taking charge of the goal, and made a crucial late save to deny Caheragh shortly before Goggin scored the winner for St James’.
Eoin Deasy, Damian Dooley, Fearghal Beamish, Thomas Nyhan, Mark O’Brien, Eoin Feen, Denis Fitzpatrick (0-2), Jonathan O’Donovan, Michael Santry (0-2), Danny O’Connor (0-1), Finbarr McCarthy (0-4), James Hayes, Niall Evans, Tadhg Casey (0-1), Conor Hegarty, Andrew O’Leary, Shaun Goggin (1-0), Seán Scully
Minor Hurling League (13th April 2012, Skibbereen)
St James’ 3-11 O’Donovan Rossa 4-4
The minor hurlers travelled to Skibbereen to take on an O’Donovan Rossa team comprised of players drawn from Rossa’s and several clubs where minor hurling is not played. No doubt the opposition needed time to gel, because Rossa’s scored only a point in the first half in reply to three points and two goals by St James’, with those scores shared by Tadhg Casey and Shaun Goggin, assistance having been provided by the splendid Aaron Hayes and the impressive Kevin Horan. Rossa’s got into the swing of it in the second half, scoring 4-3, but a consistent St James’ continued to score at the other end to ensure a winning margin of four points. Casey and Goggin added more scores to bring match tallies to 2-5 for Casey and 0-4 for Goggin, whilst Kevin Horan scored a couple of points – one an absolute cracker – and Seán O’Connor scored a nice goal that was nothing less than he deserved for his commitment to the cause. Adam Ahern in goal displayed superb hurling skills, and was not at fault for any of Rossa’s goals. Whatever about those goals, the defence worked hard and well, with Niall Evans unflappable, Seán Scully determined, Peter Walsh steadfast and Cian McPeake indefatigable. The determination and commitment of Brandon Creagh was instrumental in ensuring the win for St James’, as was the contribution of the talented Brian Lombard.
Panel: Adam Ahern, Peter Walsh, Seán Scully, Seán O’Connor (1-0), Cian McPeake, Niall Evans, Aaron Hayes, Brandon Creagh, Kevin Horan (0-2), Brian Lombard, Tadhg Casey (2-5), Dylan O’Sullivan, Shaun Goggin (0-4), Ciarán O’Donovan
U-16 Hurling League (15th April 2012, Ardfield)
St James’ 2-8 Mizen Rovers 2-8
The under-16 hurlers faced Mizen Rovers at home in the league on a cold Sunday morning in Ardfield, and though the supporters shivered on the sideline, on the field it was hot and heavy. St James’ dominated the first half, scoring all of their match total in that first thirty minutes. Aaron Hayes led the scoring with two fabulous goals and a couple of points that were the product of excellent hurling and dogged determination. Brian Lombard was on song, scoring three points with well-taken frees, the inspirational Peter Walsh pointed twice, and young Jack Oates also scored a point from a well-taken free. Mizen dominated the second half, scoring 2-3 without reply, but two fantastic saves by Peter Whelton in goal for St James’ kept them at bay to ensure that St James’ picked up a league point for the draw.
Panel: Peter Whelton, Adam Ahern, Brandon Creagh, Cian McPeake, Seán O’Connor, Alan Butler, Aaron Hayes, Peter Walsh, Jack Butler, Brian Lombard, Joseph O’Sullivan, Jack Oates, Conor Scully, Ciarán O’Donovan, Eoin Lombard
U-14 Hurling League (12th April 2012, Leap)
Kilmacabea 5-4 St James’ 0-8
The under-14 hurlers came off second best in this league encounter despite making a big effort. The first half was even enough, with points from Seán O’Reilly, Seán White and Gary Lombard a good reply to Kilmacabea’s 1-2. The boys from Leap went for goal in the second half, so that points by O’Reilly, Jack Oates and Conor Scully were not enough to reverse the outcome.
Panel: Peter Whelton, Conor Scully (0-1), Seán O’Reilly(0-3), Joseph O’Sullivan, Ciarán O’Donovan, Jack Oates (0-2), Eoin Lombard, Conor Hayes, Gary Lombard (0-1), Seán White (0-1), Fionn McPeake
U-12 Football League (15th April 2012, Castletownkenneigh)
Mathúna’s 7-10 St James’ 3-3
The under-12 footballers gave a good account of themselves in their first outing of the 2012 season as they fought bravely in a thrilling encounter at Castletownkenneigh. But playing with just ten players against a numerically stronger team refreshed with seven substitutes, it was inevitable that St James’ would run out of steam. The scoreline gives the misleading impression that it was all one-way traffic to the St James’ goal – in reality, St James’ ran themselves into the ground, never gave up, and ensured Mathúna’s had to work hard for their win. Conor Hayes was first to score for St James’, from a free, with Harry Oates adding a goal and a point late in the first half to keep St James’ in the game. In the second half, Evan O'Driscoll coolly converted a penalty after Conor Hayes was fouled in the square. Despite his sprained ankle, Conor bravely played on and grabbed a goal during a late siege of the Mathúna’s goalmouth, after which Pádraig O'Donovan added a glorious point from play.
Team: Fionn McPeake, Conor Hayes (1-1), Pádraig O'Donovan (0-1), Michael White, Cristoir Hayes, Niall O'Donovan, Evan O'Driscoll (1-0), Harry Oates (1-1), Sinéad O'Connor, Rory O'Connor