Junior A Hurling League (Castletownkenneigh, 29th April 2012)
St James’ 1-14 Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s 3-8
The junior A hurlers of St James’ will surely affirm the saying ‘an ill wind blows no good’ after drawing Sunday’s league fixture with Mathúna’s in the crazed meteorological swirls of Castletownkenneigh. With the wind in their sails for the first half, St James’ built up a useful six-point lead, only to see it clawed back by Mathúna’s once they had the benefit of the force-9 gale. A substantial number of scores for both sides came from frees, with Damian Dooley (0-5, 5 frees) and James O’Driscoll (1-4, 2 frees) on the mark for St James’.
Despite the disruption caused by the elements, St James’ put together some nice passing moves leading to a goal and three points for Brian O’Donovan – one a superb strike from a difficult position – and one apiece for Conor Hegarty and Kevin Kearns. The fact that Mathúna’s scored only three of their eleven scores from open play serves to illustrate the near-impenetrability of the St James’ defence, with goalkeeper Diarmuid O’Donovan in good form and corner-back Eoin Deasy twice clearing off the line.
Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, Denis Fitzpatrick, James O’Driscoll (0-4), Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Kearns (0-1), Micheál McCarthy (D), Brian O’Donovan (1-3), Damian Dooley (0-5), Conor Hegarty (0-1), Tadhg Casey
Junior B Football League (Bandon, 28th April 2012)
Bandon 1-11 St James’ 3-2
The junior B footballers came unstuck in Bandon in their second league game of the season, losing by three points. Despite the defeat, the club was encouraged by the performance of several young players: corner-forward Danny O’Connor scored a couple of goals, Niall Evans also scored a goal and a point, whilst sixteen-year-old Dylan O’Sullivan put in a good effort on what was his junior debut. Other youngsters looking good were goalkeeper Pa Keohane, who made a couple of fine saves, defenders Seán Scully and Thomas Nyhan, and Michael Santry and Shaun Goggin further up the field. That said, the unexpected involvement of team coach Pearse O’Sullivan both outfield and in goal served to remind us that there’s no substitute for experience.
Team: Pa Keohane, Pearse O’Sullivan, Seán Scully, Eoin Deasy, Andrew O’Leary, Thomas Nyhan, Mark O’Brien, Brian O’Donvoan, Jonathan O’Donovan, Michael Santry, Niall Evans, John Santry, Shaun Goggin, Danny O’Connor, Connie Leahy, Dylan O’Sullivan, Damian Dooley
Minor Hurling League (Ardfield, 26th April 2012)
St James’ 2-15 Mizen Rovers 0-6
The minor hurlers sustained their good form in the league, with a third win in a row, this time against Mizen Rovers. Tadhg Casey (1-9) and Shaun Goggin (1-5) got all but one of the scores for St James’, whilst young Peter Walsh also scored a point. Though St James’ dominated the entire match, Mizen put in a fine effort and would have scored a goal but for a good save by temporary goalkeeper Aaron Hayes, despite the injury he was carrying. Niall Evans was masterful in midfield, as was his partner Kevin Horan, not least when practising the art of the block. Meanwhile, defence duties were admirably fulfilled by Seán O’Connor, Seán Scully, Peter Walsh and Cian McPeake.
Team: Aaron Hayes, Seán O’Connor, Seán Scully, Peter Walsh (0-1), Cian McPeake, Niall Evans, Kevin Horan, Brandon Creagh, Tadhg Casey (1-9), Dylan O’Sullivan, Shaun Goggin (1-5)
U-14 Hurling League (Ardfield, 29th April 2012)
Bantry 6-9 St James’ 0-2
The under-14 hurlers will prefer to forget this match, but sometimes defeat is hard to avoid, particularly when several players are not available, and the key thing is to bounce back. Given the potential of this fine group of hurlers, we can expect better results as the season goes on. (Teamsheet not available)
U-12 Hurling League (Dunmanway, 1st May 2012)
St James’ 2-2 Doheny’s 0-6
In a thrilling match in Dunmanway, the under-12 hurlers won their first game of the season against difficult opposition. Harry Oates did a fabulous job in goal, making several important saves, whilst his defenders worked non-stop to keep Doheny’s at bay. Full-backs Michael White and Christeoir Hayes were unflappable, with Christeoir stepping up for frees and sideline balls, one of which he cut three-quarters the length of the pitch. Lorraine Callanan and Pádraig O’Donovan were superb in the half-back line, with Pádraig repeatedly pucking long balls up the pitch. Fionn McPeake and Liam Crowley took charge of midfield, with Fionn tasked with making the play and tracking Doheny’s dangerman, whilst Liam delighted the supporters with good hurling skills and his repeated runs at the defence. James Hodnett and Andrew Whelton, the half-forwards, gave their all, with James chasing every loose ball and Andrew excelling in every department, be it marking, tackling, winning ball, shooting and frees. Brother and sister Eavan and Aoife O’Driscoll played alongside one another as full-forwards, and both were committed and very effective. The goals were scored by Fionn McPeake and Eavan O’Driscoll, with Andrew Whelton converting a free for a point, and Michael White also pointing.
Team: Harry Oates, Christoir Hayes, Michael White (0-1), Pádraig O’Donovan, Lorraine Callanan, Fionn McPeake (1-0), Liam Crowley, Andrew Whelton (0-1), James Hodnett, Eavan O’Driscoll (1-0), Aoife O’Driscoll