Junior A Hurling League (17th June 2012, Clonakilty)
Clonakilty 1-10 St James’ 0-11
The junior-A hurlers of St James’ slipped up in the league against Clonakilty, losing by two points. A low-scoring first half saw Clon’s four points answered by two points from frees by Damian Dooley and a point from play by Kieran O’Donovan, whose trademark turn-and-shoot technique would again pay dividends after the break. In addition to converting two more points in the second half, Dooley scored two from play, both a product of his highly skilled stick work together with good support from the hard-working Mark O’Brien at right wing-back. Other scores for St James’ came from Michael Santry – a reward for the battering he received throughout the match – and Tadhg Casey, whose accuracy from narrow angles again paid off. However, the final tally of 11 points for St James’ was undone by the only goal of the game, scored by Clonakilty early in the second half when they broke through an otherwise dogged St James’ defence spearheaded by the authoritative Paul O’Sullivan.
Eoin Deasy played his last game before heading down under, and his cool and assured presence in the back line will be sorely missed. Fortunately, others are ready to step into the breach, including Eoin Feen, who on Sunday played well at corner-back.
Panel: Diarmiud O’Donovan, Eoin Feen, Eoin Deasy, Shaun Goggin, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, Micheál McCarthy (B), Micheál McCarthy (D), Kevin O’Brien, Kevin Kearns, Kieran O’Donovan (0-3), Brian O’Donovan, Damian Dooley (0-6), Michael Santry (0-1), Tadhg Casey (0-1), Shane O’Connell, Johnny Carroll.
U-14 Hurling Championship (16th June 2012, Rosscarbery)
St James' 1-15 Kilmacabea 1-7
The under-14 hurlers commenced their championship campaign with an eight-point victory over Kilmacabea in a match where a well-drilled and hard-working St James' kept the opposition at bay and took most of their opportunities. Midfielder James Taylor scored the goal and nine points, whilst the other points for St James’ came from the talented Jack Oates and Seán O’Reilly.
Playing against the wind in the first half, St James’ looked to be heading into the break just a point up when Taylor set the cat amongst the pigeons with his goal.
Upon resumption, and with a strong wind at their backs, St James’ pulled away from Kilmacabea, with Taylor and Oates both showing good skill with frees. Kilmacabea’s outstanding keeper, Odhran Kerrisk, must be credited with keeping his team in the game, as must his brother Tiernan, who was formidable at centre-back and a challenging marker for James Taylor. Despite losing touch with St James’, Kilmacabea never wilted, and were rewarded with a late goal. But by then St James’ – captained by the inspirational Conor Scully – had done more than enough to seal the win, and advanced to the semi-final.
Panel: Peter Whelton, Ciarán Whelband, Joseph O'Sullivan, Eoin Lombard, Daniel O'Driscoll, James Taylor (1-9), Seán White, Conor Scully, Fionn McPeake, Jack Oates (0-3), Michael White, Pádraig O'Donovan, Conor Hayes, Seán O'Reilly (0-4).