U-21 Football Championship (Castletownkenneigh, 17th March 2012)
Ibane Gaels 1-12 St James’ 0-3
The U21 footballers took their leave of this year’s championship with heads held high after coming up against the combined forces of Timoleague and Barryroe, who this year are lining out together as Ibane Gaels. For a young St James’ side the task was all but impossible – not least because of a lack of subs due to injuries – yet the commitment, energy and tenacity of our players brought pride to the club.
On a very heavy early-season Mathúna’s pitch, St James’ were forced to chase the game throughout, and only found their first score early in the second half, by which time Ibane had their work done and could sit back and absorb the pressure. Nevertheless, the three points accumulated by St James’ were well worked and were a justified reward for a team that refused to bend the knee despite the obvious mismatch.
Team: Pa Keohane, Danny O’Connor, Seán Scully, Thomas Nyhan, Peter Barrett, Eoin Feen, Niall Evans, Michael Santry, James Hayes (0-1), Niall Barrett (0-1), Shaun Goggin (0-1), Dylan O’Sullivan, Tadhg Casey, Emmet Hayes, Reuben O’Hea
Junior A Football League (Ballineen, 18th March 2012)
St James’ 1-9 St Mary’s 2-6 (draw)
The junior A footballers met St Mary’s on a glorious Sunday afternoon in the first league match of the season, and will be satisfied with the outcome, a draw. A respectable scoring rate kept St Mary’s at bay for most of the match, with the immense Paul O’Sullivan chalking up four points, and Kieran O’Donovan proving too much for the St Mary’s defence. But St Mary’s stuck to their task and could not be denied a share of the spoils.
The St James’ coaching staff will no doubt be pleased with a team that looked the part in every corner of the field. As a bonus, the return of Tadhg Feen to the St James’ defence has been both welcome and productive, and he once again demonstrated his know-how and resolve.
Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Tadhg Feen, Micheál McCarthy, Denis Fitzpatrick, James O’Sullivan, Micheál McCarthy, Seamus McCarthy, James O’Driscoll (0-1), Kevin O’Brien, Mark Evans (0-1), Kieran O’Donovan (1-0), Kevin O’Leary, Conor Hegarty (0-1), Finbarr McCarthy, Paul O’Sullivan (0-4), James Hayes, Frank Hayes (0-1), Micheal Santry (0-1), Brian O’Donovan, Donnacha McCarthy
Under 16 Football League (Clonakilty, 19th March 2012)
Clonakilty B 5-13, St James’ 4-8
The U16 footballers had a bank-holiday league meeting with Clonakilty, but despite a good first-half performance that kept them to within three points of Clon at the break (2-6 to 2-3), St James’ lost touch in the second half as Clon moved up a gear.
Team: Conor Scully, Jack Oates, Brandon Creagh, Brian Lombard, Cian McPeake (0-1), Aaron Hayes (1-2), Peter Walsh (0-2), Joseph O’Sullivan, James Taylor (0-2), Seán O’Connor, Jack Butler (2-0), Seán O’Reilly (1-0), Kevin Horan (0-1), Peter Whelton, Ciarán O’Donovan