U-16 Football County Final
Carrig na bhFear 2-8 St James’ 1-9
The under-16 footballers of St James’ came to within a whisker of winning a county title last Saturday, only to be denied by a last-minute goal by their opponents, and losing by two-points.
St James’ dominated the first half with scores from five different players – including a fabulous goal by Kevin Horan – whilst Carrig na bhFear found it difficult to break through the St James’ defence. Nevertheless, it took a brilliant penalty save by Adam Ahern to ensure St James’ held the lead at half time.
After the break, Carrig na bhFear piled on the pressure though to little scoring effect. However, the three points they managed for the half met with minimal response from a very defensive St James’, who scored just two points for the half. Still, with only minutes left, it looked as though St James’ would hold on for the win, but that last-minute goal for Carrig na bhFear turned the game on its head, and though St James’ came close to an equaliser just as the final whistle was about to blow, Carrig na bhFear emerged as champions.
Panel: Adam Ahern, Cian McPeake, Brandon Creagh, Seán O’Connor, Peter Walsh, Euan Courtney, Aaron Hayes (0-1), Jack Butler (0-1), Jack Hurley, James Taylor (0-1), Seán O’Reilly (0-4), Kevin Horan (1-1), Brian Lombard, Alan Butler, Ciarán O’Donovan, Peter Whelton, Joseph O’Sullivan, Conor Scully
U-14 Football League Final
St James’ 5-11 Glengarriffe 5-5
The under-14 footballers added the league title to their SW and county championship titles by beating Glengarriffe by six points in Sunday's final. St James’ took control early on, going in at half time with a 13-point lead (4-9 to 2-2). However, Glengarriffe bounced back in the second half, scoring 3-3, but St James’ were able to add a goal and two points to maintain their advantage. Great goalkeeping by Pádraig O’Donovan helped maintain the St James’ lead, and team captain Peter Whelton received the trophy on behalf of his delighted team mates.
Panel: Pádraig O’Donovan, Peter Whelton, Eoin Lombard, Joseph O’Sullivan, Frank Meany, Seamus O’Sullivan, Conor Scully, James Taylor, Jack Oates, Conor Frost, Seán White, Seán O’Reilly, Daniel O’Driscoll, Conor Hayes, Michael White
Under-12 Football League
St James’ 1–7 Barryroe 5-8
The under-12 footballers travelled to Barryroe last week to play an exciting match under floodlights. It took St James’ some time to get into the match, and at half time they trailed 0-3 to 3-4. But the second half saw a complete transformation. Harry Oates was superb in goal, and his quick and accurate kick-outs launched several attacks. Michael White, Aibhlin Barry, Conor McCarthy, Niall O'Donovan, Lorraine Callanan and Evan O'Driscoll were superb in defence. All put in brave tackles and all contributed to the attack. Pádraig O'Donovan was industrious in midfield and never gave up running despite it being his third game in two days! He was richly rewarded with a goal from a long-range free kick. The forwards, Fionn McPeake, Cristeoir Hayes, Cameron Whelton, Liam Barry, James Hodnett, John O'Donovan and Aoife O'Driscoll, were all extremely busy as they laid siege to the Barryroe goal. There were several goalmouth incidents but the ball just would not go into the net.
Panel: Harry Oates, Michael White (0-1), Aibhlin Barry, Conor McCarthy, Niall O'Donovan (0-1), Lorraine Callanan, Evan O'Driscoll, Pádraig O'Donovan (1-0), Fionn McPeake (0-1), Cristeoir Hayes (0-1), Cameron Whelton, Liam Barry (0-1), James Hodnett (0-1), John O'Donovan (0-1), Aoife O'Driscoll