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26th May 2011

posted 26 May 2011, 11:10 by Unknown user   [ updated 26 May 2011, 11:13 by Mark Evans ]
Junior A hurling (played in Castletownkenneigh)
Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s 2-10 St James’ 1-7
With the first round of the junior A hurling championship just a week away for Mathúna’s, the Castletownkenneigh side were determined to ensure this league meeting at home with St James’ would serve as a springboard for their big game. For St James’, a bye to the second round of the championship, whilst an advantage of sorts, means operating to a different timetable. And, for the record, the broken collar bone suffered by James O’Driscoll recently has dealt a severe blow to the Ardfield/Rathbarry side. That said, this match was close enough – just a few points in it as the second half progressed – but a second goal for Mathúna’s towards the end of the game propelled them to victory.

Though St James’ will regret missed goal chances, they can derive some comfort from the match: Eoin Deasy was solid in his new position of full-back, and corner-back Shane Field was quickly up to speed in this his first game of the season. Garrett Lombard also impressed in what, for him, was the unfamiliar position of wing-back. James O’Sullivan and Micheál McCarthy (Brittas) both had good games, as did the consistent and invaluable Mark Evans, who scored two points and a great goal courtesy of a perfect Paul O’Sullivan lay-off. Damian Dooley was clinical in his free-taking, and added to his three from frees with a point from play. 

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Shane Field, Eoin Deasy, Donnacha McCarthy, Garrett Lombard, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan 0-1, Kevin O’Brien, Micheál McCarthy (B), Mark Evans 1-2, Seamus McCarthy, Micheál McCarthy (D), Damian Dooley 0-4, Kieran O’Donovan, Brian O’Donovan. Subs: James Hayes, Denis Fitzpatrick, Danny O’Connor

Under-16 Football League (played in Ardfield)
Barryroe 5-11 St James' 3-7
The under-16 footballers seemed out of sorts during their home game against Barryroe last Thursday evening as they suffered defeat in a league fixture that on another day they would have won. St James' started brightly and had a goal (Seán O’Reilly) and a point on the board before Barryroe got going. After a keenly contested first half, only one point separated the teams thanks to a second Seán O'Reilly goal and one from Cian McPeake together with a slew of points from a team that seemed capable of the win. In the second half, injuries to St James' players had an impact. Undeterred, Peter Walsh continued to lead by example, scoring four points and expending every ounce of energy. However, Barryroe made more of their shooting opportunities and pulled away for victory.

Panel: Conor Scully, James Taylor, Frank Meaney, Joseph O'Sullivan 0-1, Eoin Lombard, Seán White, Conor Frost, Alan Butler, Peter Walsh 0-4, Seán O'Reilly 2-1, Peter Whelton, Ciaran Whelband, Paul O'Donoghue, Micheal O'Mahony, Cian McPeake 1-0, Jack Oates 0-1

Under-12 hurling (played in Ardfield)
The under-12 hurlers met Barryroe in Ardfield in the new non-league format. For St James’, this was their first fixture for the season, whereas Barryroe already have several games under their belt. A young St James’ panel played with a lot of spirit but were no match for Barryroe on this occasion. But the key thing at this age is to enjoy the sport and to develop skills in the hurly-burly of a game, and there’s no doubt that every player came off the pitch a little wiser and sharper.

Panel: Harry Oates, Cristeoir Hayes, Conor Hayes, John O’Donovan, Clodagh Walsh, Lorraine Callanan, Pádraig O’Donovan, Gary Lombard, Ciarán Whelband, Eoin Lombard, Liam Barry, Michael White, Ian O’Keeffe, Seán White, Daniel O’Driscoll, Jack Creagh, Andrew Whelton, Fionn McPeake