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21st July 2011

posted 21 Jul 2011, 13:10 by Unknown user   [ updated 21 Jul 2011, 13:18 by Mark Evans ]
Minor Football Championship (played in Clonakilty)
St James’ 6-9 Barryroe 2-6

The minor footballers trounced Barryroe in the first round of the championship with an avalanche of goals and a good points haul. By the twentieth minute, St James’ had built up a lead of 2-3, with a goal from Aaron Hayes – made by Ruairc Courtney-Fitzpatrick and James Hayes – and one from James Hayes himself. Barryroe were shaken into life, and were no doubt relieved to have levelled the game at 2-5 each just as the half-time whistle was about to blow. However, Aaron Hayes for St James’ prefers goals to oranges, and helped himself to a thirty-first-minute three-pointer that sent his team mates to the dugout with spirits raised.

For the record, Barryroe did score again – just once: a point from a free. After that, St James’ put the pedal to the floor. James Hayes led the way with three points (2 frees), followed by a nice point from under-16 player Aaron Hayes. Barryroe were down but not out, and forced a magnificent save from Pa Keohane. However, the ball was quickly turned round and sent up the field to Shaun Goggin and from there to the back of the net (with an assist from Lady Luck). It was only fitting that the next goal should come from Tadhg Casey; he had been pulled back illegally a fews minutes earlier when a goal had been a certainty, but this only served to increase his determination to rub salt into the Barryroe wounds, and his goal was just reward for a busy and productive fifty-eight minutes. Then, with only a minute to go, Niall Evans capped off a great game with a nice goal (Casey and Evans had both been the recipients of pinpoint passes from a quick-thinking Reuben O’Hea).

As always, these scores would have counted for nothing if the defence hadn’t done its job, and mentors Eoin Deasy and Micheál McCarthy (D) would have been delighted with their back lines. Danny O’Connor and Thomas Nyhan were cool under pressure, Jack Hurley grew in stature as the game progressed, and Brian O’Donovan made a lot of good passes. In midfield, Niall Evans and Seán Scully both caught a lot of high balls, and their distribution was very good. It was also encouraging to see the subs hit the ground running, and under-16 player Ewan Courtney-Fitzpatrick was particularly impressive. All in all, a good start to the campaign.

Pa Keohane, Danny O’Connor, Thomas Nyhan, Jack Hurley, Seán Scully, Brian O’Donovan, Niall Evans 1-0, Shaun Goggin 1-2, Ruairc Courtney-Fitzpatrick 0-1, Tadhg Casey 1-0, Aaron Hayes 2-1, James Hayes 1-5. Subs: Ewan Courtney-Fitzpatrick, Reuben O’Hea, Harry Creagh, Cian Kavanagh, Dylan Twomey-O’Sullivan, Seán O’Connor, Ciarán O’Donovan