Junior A Football Championship: Round 1 (played in Rosscarbery)
Barryroe 2-14 St James’ 0-10
The first round of the championship was a severe disappointment for the junior A footballers, but lessons will no doubt be learnt before they embark on the scenic route. A full match report appears in the Southern Star.
Minor Hurling League (played in Ardfield)
Carbery Rangers 7-8 St James’ 4-7
In hurling, the minors faced Carbery Rangers in Ardfield last Friday, and here, too, the outcome was unwelcome. The final score of Carbery Rangers 7-8 St James’ 4-7 at least reflects the endeavour of St James’, as a score of 4-7 would ordinarily be enough to win a match. Also encouraging was the response when it became obvious that goals were required, with James Hayes and Tadhg Casey quickly bringing St James’ back into contention with a succession of goals. At that point, and with not much time remaining, only four points separated the teams, but Carbery Rangers put paid to any lingering hopes with two more goals.
Panel: Adam Ahern, Danny O’Connor, Thomas Nyhan, Aaron Hayes, Niall Evans, Reuben O’Hea, Brian O’Donovan, Tadhg Casey 2-2, Shaun Goggin 0-3, Seán O’Connor, James Hayes 2-2, Brian Lombard, Kevin Horan
Under-14 Hurling League (played in Ardfield)
St James’ 5-10 Mizen 1-3
It was left to the under-14 hurlers to rescue an otherwise forgettable week for St James’, and they were not found wanting. The final score of St James’ 5-10 Mizen 1-3 was emphatic, and one had to feel for the Goleen lads as they departed Ardfield on the long trek home. Ten of those starting for St James’ played at under-12 level last year yet their confidence and skills were very apparent. Seán O’Reilly led the charge for St James’, scoring three good goals and pointing four times. When not winning the ball in midfield and keeping the forwards supplied, James Taylor found time to score a goal and three points of his own, one fired through the narrow uprights of the under-age goal from within his own half. Goalkeeper Peter Whelton inspired confidence in his defenders Peter Walsh, Daniel O’Driscoll and Eoin Lombard, and together they kept Mizen scores to a minimum.
Panel: Peter Whelton, Peter Walsh, Daniel O’Driscoll, Eoin Lombard, James Taylor 1-3, Joseph O’Sullivan, Frank Meaney, Seán O’Reilly 3-4, Jack Oates 1-1, Alan Butler, Cian McPeake 0-1, Ciarán Whelband, Seán White