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28th May 2012

posted 28 May 2012, 08:11 by Mark Evans   [ updated 31 May 2012, 03:01 ]
Junior A Hurling Championship (Bandon, 26th May 2012)
St James’ 2-13 St Mary’s 1-10

The junior A hurlers of St James’ got the better of St Mary’s in the first round of this year’s championship in a game played in perfect conditions weather-wise and pitch-wise (for which Bandon must be congratulated). St James’ led for virtually the entire match, only going behind once – midway through the first half – and even then immediately reversing the deficit with a goal by Kevin Kearns. That goal was added to the one scored very early in the match by St James’ full-forward Kieran O’Donovan, who left his marker in a daze as he turned for goal after receiving a long ball from wing-back James O’Sullivan, who had an outstanding game. It was a productive night for both O’Sullivan brothers, with Paul also a pivotal figure for St James’.

St Mary’s will regret their huge tally of wides, but St James’ rock-steady defence can take most of the credit for the failure of the opposition to make good on their scoring opportunities. St James’ midfielder James O’Driscoll must also receive a good share of the credit for the win with a sterling performance during which he scored four points, one from a 65 and the other three the product of good support play together with his own hurling attributes.

Another very skilful St James’ player, wing-forward Mark Evans, scored three excellent points, whilst championship debutant Michael Santry hit the ground running with a superb point within minutes of coming on during the latter stages of the game, and followed up with more good work that might have earned another score for St James’. But by then St Mary’s trailed by a goal and three points and, even had they the wherewithal to do anything about it, time had run out.

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan, James O’Driscoll (0-4), Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Kearns (1-1), Micheál McCarthy, Brian O’Donovan, Mark Evans (0-3), Kieran O’Donovan (1-2), Damien Dooley (0-2). Subs: Conor Hegarty, Michael Santry (0-1).

Under-14 Hurling League (Ardfield, 24th May 2012)
St James' 6-7 Iveleary 5-7
The under-14 hurlers played twice in four days, winning one, losing one. At home to Iveleary, St James’ put on a great show, clocking up a score of 4-6 to just 2 points by half-time, with Seán O’Reilly on 3-4, Jack Oates on two points, and under-12 player Conor Hayes having scored a fabulous goal. Goalkeeper Peter Whelton made a couple of superb saves to deny Iveleary certain goals, and the back lines put in a trojan effort to keep Iveleary at bay. In the second half, Iveleary somehow found their way back into the game, and were a mere 3 points in arrears when the final whistle blew. However, a second goal by Conor Scully (to add to his first-half goal) and another point by Seán O’Reilly ensured the win for St James’.

Team: Peter Whelton
, Ciarán Whelband, Pádraig O'Donovan, Seán White, Jack Oates (0-2) Seán O'Reilly (3-5), Conor Scully (2-0), Eoin Lombard, Daniel O'Driscoll, Michael White, Fionn McPeake, Joseph O'Sullivan, Conor Hayes (1-0)

Ilen Rovers 8-10 St James’ 6-9
(Rath, 28th May 2012)
The under-14 hurlers were away for this league meeting with Ilen Rovers, and though at times played very commendable hurling, they were on the losing end of a very entertaining game. The loss of key players through illness and other very important personal commitments had taken its toll. The return of an almost fit-again James Taylor was the key to this St James’ performance, as he scored all but one of the scores for St James’, whilst Jack Oates also scored a nice point. Mentors Shane O'Connell and John Lawless had to shuffle players, and this limited St James' in terms of real scoring chances. There was nothing between the sides at the break (St James’ 3-3 Ilen Rover 2-6), but the hosts took charge in the second period and put a fistful of goals past an unwell Seán O’Reilly (who subsequently took to the sick bed). To their credit, St James' kept the pressure on as best they could, and twice came within two scores of Rovers. But the opposition – several of whom towered over the St James’ players – held their grip on the lead until the final whistle.

Team: Seán O'Reilly, Pádraig O'Donovan, Joseph O'Sullivan, Seán White, Jack Oates (0-1), Peter Whelton, James Taylor (7-10), Ciarán Whelband, Daniel O'Driscoll, Michael White, Conor Hayes, Eoin Lombard