St. James Junior A footballers played host to St. Oliver Plunketts on Sunday morning last, in what was a first outing for many of the junior panel. Both sides displayed elements of ring rustiness, with a number of handling errors and passes going astray. St. James had the better of the first half with Donnacha McCarthy and Kevin O’ Brien to the fore, continuing where they left off from last season. The first-half points were all well-worked, with Donnacha McCarthy, Kevin Kearns and the lively Mark Evans all registering scores from play. Although St. James had much of the scoring chances from the first half, this was not adequately reflected in the scoreboard with the home team only leading 0-5 to 0-2 at half time.
St James’ went somewhat off the boil in the second half, and were made to pay the price. Ahiohill took control of the second half, and were on top for long periods. In defence James O’ Driscoll was at his very best once again, while newcomer Jack Hurley proved he was more than capable at junior level. However two frees from Paul O’ Sullivan was all St. James had to show for their second half efforts, with Ahiohill pulling away with a couple of late points in the final quarter of the game.
Much can be said for lack of match practice at such an early stage of the year however St. James will be hoping for a much improved performance sustained over 60 minutes in their next league outing. Special mention also goes to two new debutantes to the junior panel with Jack Hurley and Aaron Hayes making their first appearances at this level.
Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Mark O’ Brien, David Hayes, Fearghal Beamish, James O’Sullivan, James O’ Driscoll, Seamus McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy (0-1), Kevin O’Brien, Kevin Kearns (0-1), Mark Evans (0-2), Micheál McCarthy (B), James Hayes, Paul O’ Sullivan (0-2) , Frank Hayes (0-1). Subs used: Tadgh Casey, Aaron Hayes, Jack Hurley, Eoin Feen.