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9th March 2011

posted 9 Mar 2011, 04:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Apr 2011, 12:42 by Mark Evans ]
Junior A Football: Challenge
St James’ 1-8 Clonakilty 1-8

The junior A footballers gave another good account of themselves in this challenge match played last Saturday in Ardfield. A draw, it must be said, was a fair result, with both teams using the occasion to move up another gear in preparation for the tests ahead. In a match played at a very fast pace, the early-season training in the sports hall and at Ballyva certainly paid off in terms of fitness, with St James’ comfortably sustaining their work rate up to the final whistle. Not surprisingly for so early in the season, conditions underfoot were heavy, and the bounce of the ball was dull and unpredictable. The ability to solo at speed – a skill ably demonstrated by the lightning-fast Tony Hayes – was therefore at a premium.

Scoring chances for both sides were scarce enough: Mark Evans was first off the mark for St James’ with a confidently-kicked free, followed by James O’Driscoll with a well-taken point from a difficult angle. Clonakilty responded with several points and a goal, but were quickly pulled back by a Paul O’Sullivan point and a converted free by Kieran O’Donovan. Kieran notched up another three points from frees in the second half, while Seamus McCarthy added a nice point of his own to keep St James’ in the reckoning. A determined full-back line of Mark O’Brien, Eoin Deasy and Fearghal Beamish kept Clon scores to a minimum, and the turning point came late when Kevin O’Leary burst through to hammer the ball into the back of the Clon net. The visitors had enough fire power to level the score, but the final whistle denied either side bragging rights.

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Fearghal Beamish, Mark O’Brien, Eoin Deasy, Seamus McCarthy (0-1), Kevin O’Leary (1-0), David Hayes, Mark Evans (0-1), Kieran O’Donovan (0-4), Paul O’Sullivan (0-1), James O’Driscoll (0-1), Donncha McCarthy, Frank Hayes, James O’Sullivan, Tony Hayes. Subs: Gareth Lombard, Eoin Feen, Brian O’Leary, James Hayes, William Sheehan, Patrick Keohane.

Vocational Schools Football Championship
Clonakilty Community College has advanced to the final rounds of the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship with the involvement of three St James’ players: Shaun Goggin for the juniors, and Niall Evans and James Hayes for the seniors. Both juniors and seniors have won their respective Munster Championships and will shortly contest the All-Ireland semi-finals. Best of luck to the lads from the Mountain.

Sports Hall Official Opening: Friday 1st April 8pm
Just three weeks to go before former GAA president Seán Kelly MEP performs the official opening of the sports hall.
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