Junior A Hurling Championship (Timoleague, 28th July 2012)
Clonakilty 1-15 St James’ 1-12
The junior A hurlers of St James’ took their leave of this year’s championship after losing to Clonakilty by three points. This was a game in which the pendulum swung just twice: in favour of Clonakilty in the first half – who built up a 12-point lead – and then in the direction of St James’, who staged a magnificent fightback to score 1-9 in the second half whilst limiting Clon to just three points. It was also a game in which strength of character was put to the severest of tests.
Following the first-half battering, a thundering half-time team talk by Kevin O’Brien fired up St James’, and the storming hurling played in the second period came close to overturning Clon. Paul O’Sullivan put on an electrifying performance, covering the length and breadth of the pitch and scoring three powerful points, whilst Kieran O’Donovan let loose to score 1-3 and would have had more goals but for terrific saves by the Clon keeper. James O’Driscoll pointed twice from 65s and once from a free, whilst Mark Evans and Micheál McCarthy (D) contributed three points to the tally, McCarthy’s scored early in the game and both humdingers. The St James’ defence stood their ground and kept Clon scores to a minimum, whilst Conor Hegarty in goal fired a barrage of intelligent puck-outs to the forwards. Clonakilty had no choice but to soak it up, knowing that their first-half efforts might be enough to see them through to the next round, and the final whistle was both confirmation of this and, no doubt, a mighty relief.
Team: Conor Hegarty, Donnacha McCarthy, Finbarr McCarthy, Eoin Feen, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan (0-3), James O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien, James O’Driscoll (0-3), Micheál McCarthy (B), Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Kearns, Mark Evans (0-1), Kieran O’Donovan (1-3), Micheál McCarthy (D) (0-2); (subs used): Damien Dooley, Michael Santry, John O’Sullivan
U-16 Hurling Championship (Ballydehob, 31st July 2012)
St James’ 3-14 St Colum’s 2-3
In the U16 hurling championship, St James’ made short work of St Colum’s, though the final scoreline is misleading in that Colum’s conceded at half-time having not replied to the 3-7 scored by St James’, and St James’ subsequently withdrew a number of their stronger players to ensure some sort of match. In fairness to St Colum’s – who began the game a man down – they then put in some decent hurling and put on a few scores. St James’ will now meet O’Donovan Rossa in the final.
Team: Peter Whelton, Brandon Creagh, Adam Ahern, Cian McPeake, Peter Walsh, Seán O’Connor (0-1), Aaron Hayes (0-1), Brian Lombard (0-6), Kevin Horan (0-1), James Taylor (0-5), Jack Oates (1-0), Seán O’Reilly (2-0), Ciarán O’Donovan, Jack Butler, Alan Butler, Conor Scully, Joseph O’Sullivan
U-14 Football League (Ardfield, 1st August 2012)
St James' 4-24 Castletownbere 2-9
Castletownbere made the long journey to Ardfield on Tuesday evening only to return empty-handed after being overrun by a strong St James’ side. By half-time, St James’ led 2-11 to 1-2, despite having kicked ten wides. A dominant St James’ improved on their good first-half tally by scoring 2-13 in the second half, and most of these scores were on the board before Castletownbere finally scored. Still, the visitors managed a credible 1-7 in the second half, and their tally could have been substantially higher were it not for a terrific man-of-the-match performance by goalkeeper Pádraig O’Donovan, who made a string of terrific point-blank saves and prevented a goal from a penalty half-way through the second half.
Panel: Pádraig O’Donovan, Peter Whelton (0-1), Eoin Lombard, Conor Scully (0-1), Frank Meaney, Joseph O’Sullivan, James Taylor (1-7), Seamus O’Sullivan (0-2), Conor Frost (1-2), Jack Oates (1-2), Daniel O’Driscoll (0-2), Seán O’Reilly (0-6), Seán White (1-0), Michael O’Mahony, Corry Beattie (0-1), Fionn McPeake, Michael White
Junior B Football League (Clonakilty, 31st July)
Clonakilty 2-9 St James' 0-5
No report available.
Under-12 Hurling League
The under-12 hurlers played twice this week, and despite great efforts and some fine hurling, failed to overcome very strong opposition on both occasions. On Saturday it was away to Timoleague, and on Tuesday it was a home game against St Mary's.
Panel: Harry Oates, Micheal White, Conor Hayes, Christeoir Hayes, John O'Donovan, Niall O'Donovan, Lorraine Callanan, Gary Lombard, Andrew Whelton, Pádraig O'Donovan, Evan O'Driscoll, Aoife O'Driscoll, Fionn McPeake, Alison Taylor, James Hodnett.