Under-21 Hurling Championship
Doheny’s 5-13 St James’ 2-8
For the second time this season, Doheny’s have put paid to the hurling hopes of St James’ (with the superb Darren Sweetnum once more doing most of the damage). On Tuesday in Clonakilty, the under-21 hurlers came up against the Dunmanway team in the championship and despite putting in a big effort could not get the better of them.
A fairly even first half was reflected by the manageable deficit of just four points (1-3 to 1-7) as the teams went in for the break, with St James’ having notched up points courtesy of Tadhg Casey, Kevin Kearns and Joseph Collins (Kimacabea) together with a fabulous goal by James Hayes (Michael Santry the provider).
However, as the first thirty minutes came to an end, so did the realistic prospects of victory for St James’ when Garrett Lombard had to be stretchered off with a knee injury. A broken bone had already ruled Brian O’Donovan out of the match, and so the depleted forces of St James’ were to be seriously tested in the second half, during which Doheny’s scored a handful of points and four more goals. St James’ never gave up the ghost, and points from Joseph Collins, Kevin Kearns (2) and James Hayes (2) kept hopes alive. A great goal by Tadhg Casey with five minutes still to play reignited the fading hopes of the St James’ supporters, but a quick goal in reply by Doheny’s brought the final curtain down.
Panel: Niall Evans, Danny O’Connor, Eoin Feen, Thomas Nyhan, Cian Kavanagh, James O’Sullivan, Pa Keohane, Joseph Collins 0-2, Kevin Kearns 0-3 (2 frees), Emmet Hayes, Garrett Lombard, Tadhg Casey 1-1, James Hayes 1-2, Michael Santry, Johnny Carroll, Reuben O’Hea, Ryan Petit-Mee
Under-16 Football Championship
Caheragh 7-12 St James’ 2-7
After a whirlwind start that saw St James’ lead 2-4 to no score within ten minutes in this under-16 football championship semi-final played at windswept Ballinacarriga last Wednesday evening, the elements gradually wore down St James’. The task of beating a Caheragh team that looked much taller and stronger was formidable, yet within seconds of the throw-in Shaun Goggin scored the first point and followed up immediately with a second. Dylan Twomey-O’Sullivan, who had a superb outing, followed suit, as did Brian Lombard. Joseph O’Sullivan upped the stakes by scoring a great goal, and Jack Butler immediately did the same. Things looked good at that point, but Caheragh were coming to grips with the situation and struck for two goals. Dylan Twomey-O’Sullivan added a point, but a goal and three points for Caheragh gave them a one-point lead at the break.
Upon resumption, St James’ faced into the gale-force wind yet still gave their all. But the sheer strength of Caheragh began to tell, and they were comfortable winners at the end.
Team: Ciarán O’Donovan, Brandon Creagh, Peter Walsh, Cian McPeake, Shaun Goggin, Ewan Courtney, Aaron Hayes, Seán O’Connor, Dylan Twomey-O’Sullivan, Jack Butler, Brian Lombard, Joseph O’Sullivan, Kevin Horan, Alan Butler
Junior A Hurling League
St Oliver Plunkett’s 0-11 St James’ 0-10
Junior A hurling champions Oliver Plunkett’s brought the entire parish with them to Ardfield last Sunday for this league fixture that was to serve as a warm-up for their county championship campaign. But with under-21 hurling only days away for St James’, Plunkett’s had to test themselves against nothing more than a makeshift opposition. The words ‘wake-up call’ were muttered by several amongst the Ahiohill faithful as the match petered out, despite Plunkett’s having won by a point.