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16th April 2014

posted 15 Apr 2014, 16:48 by Noel O'Donovan   [ updated 13 Jul 2015, 15:40 by Mark Evans ]

St James reach U21 Football decider

U21 "C" Football Semi-final (Played Saturday, April 12th in Dunmanway)

St James 1-15   St Colums 1-13

The scoreline suggests a tight affair and this it certainly was, it was also a thriller from start to finish. St James hung on at the end but overall deserve to be in the final against hot favourites Kilbrittain on May Bank Holiday weekend. Throughout the first half the lead changed hands on a number of occasions, and then Colums goaled to open up a three point gap before St James came back with two good points to go in one behind 1-6 to 0-8 having played with the wind. Six different scorers contributed to the eight points. A great run from Tadhg Casey ended in the net early in the second half and this spurred the whole team on. They were never led throughout the second half but were level on a few occasions. Five James Hayes pointed frees added to by Rueben O'Hea and Sean O'Connor was enough to see them over the line after a fantastic hours entertainment. Well done to both teams for contributing to a great game.

Panel: Patrick Keohane, Rueben O'Hea (0-1), Brian Lombard, Peter Walsh, Tadhg Casey (1-0), Thomas Nyhan, Sean Scully, Sean O'Connor (0-2), Aaron Hayes (0-2), James Hayes (0-7), Shaun Goggin (0-2), Niall Evans (0-1), Danny O'Connor, Cian McPeake, Jack Butler, Brandon Creagh, Ciaran O'Donovan. 

This week’s action 

All roads must surely lead to Leap for this Sunday's Junior A Football Championship First Round fixture where Tadgh MacCarthaigh provide the opposition. A daunting task for the St James lads as Caheragh are unbeaten in their five League fixtures to date. These two teams met in the Championship last year where Caheragh ran out winners by sixteen points on a score line of 1-16 to 3 points. Please come along and support the lads in this mammoth task.

U-18 Football League (Game played Monday April 14th in Clonakilty)

Clonakilty 0-11 St James 4-13

In perfect playing conditions St James found it relatively easy against a hosting Clonakilty side that only managed four points in the second half of this encounter, yet who were just two points behind at the break, 1-6 to 0-7. Sean O'Connor, Seán O'Reilly and Jack Butler between them put the Ardfield based outfit in the driving seat for the second period of the game but it took St James four Clonakilty points before they could get themselves off the mark and into their stride. There were a few moments during the game that the result could have looked better on paper for Clonakilty but they just could not put away the scores when it mattered. The second half was all one-way traffic though. Peter Walsh's introduction brought more directness through the centre of the park where his penetrating runs not only brought scores but also allowed those on the wings to find more space and punish Clonakilty, and punish them they did with Man of the Match, Whelton leading the way, Butler knowing exactly where to find the net on several occasions and O'Reilly continuing his scoring ways from play and from frees conceded by the opposition.

Panel: Ciarán O'Donovan, Conor Scully, Brandon Creagh, Peter Whelton, Cian McPeake, Euan Courtney, Sean O'Connor (0-1), Adam Ahern, Jack Butler (3-3), Conor Frost, Joe O'Sullivan, Seán O'Reilly (0-6), Jack Oates, Jack Hurley, Peter Walsh (1-3).

U-12 Football League (Game played Monday April 14th in Ardfield)

On what was a tough old night for the U12 Hurlers, St Oliver Plunketts ran out convincing winners in St James first League encounter of the season. Unfortunately, as St James had only nine Players available to them, the game was played as a nine-a-side. While not the fault of the Players who togged off or Trainers Joe Hayes & Padraig McCarthy, it would be fair to say that the numbers that turned up was disappointing. On the night, all seven lads played very well and gave it their all before understandably running out of steam. Nevertheless they registered a respectable score of 2-4.

Team: Harry Oates, Criostoir Hayes (0-2), John O'Donovan (2-2), Brian Carroll, Denis White, James Hodnett, Evan O'Driscoll, Declan McPeake, Ben McShane.

St James GAA Club Lotto 

Club Lotto this Sunday night in the Mountain House at 10.30pm, Jackpot €6,400. Please come along and support. No winner in the latest draw, the winning numbers were 22, 24 & 41. The three "Lucky Dip" winners were Colm Milner – Rosscarbery, Stephen Murray – Rosscarbery and PJ O'Brien – Kilkernmore. Jackpot now stands at €6,400. Many thanks to everyone who continues to support the Club Lotto.

Junior A Hurling League (Match played Friday, April 4th in Ballinascarthy)

Ballinascarthy 0-10 St James 2-6

The Junior hurlers and footballers were in action last weekend with the hurlers making it two wins from two when getting the better of Ballinascarthy in Bal on Friday evening in very poor weather conditions. St James led all of the way through the game before winning on a (questioned) score line of 2-6 to 0-10. (St James felt that the score was actually 2-7 to 0-9). Team: Diarmuid O'Donovan, Adam Ahern, Shane Field, Mark O'Brien, Brian O'Donovan, Seamus McCarthy, James O'Sullivan, Shane O'Driscoll, Micheal McCarthy (B), Aaron Hayes, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Ian Evans, Mark Evans (0-2), James O'Driscoll (2-4). Subs used: Eoin Deasy for M.O'Brien, Micheal McCarthy (D) for A.Hayes, Kevin Kearns (0-1) for F.McCarthy, Cian Kavanagh for B.O'Donovan.

Junior A Football League (Match played Sunday, April 6th in Ardfield)

St James 2-4 Kilmacabea 0-8

The footballers played Kilmacabea in Ardfield on Sunday and emerged victorious on a score of 2-4 to 0-8. A strong cross wind made scoring very difficult and it came down to a last minute goal from a free kick out some 30 metres drifting to the net just under the crossbar for St. James' to gain the league points. Some of the younger panel members got a chance to show their abilities and took their chances well. Team: Diarmuid O'Donovan, Tadhg Feen, Eoin Deasy, Tadhg Casey, Kevin O'Leary, Micheal McCarthy (B), Micheal McCarthy (D), Seamus McCarthy, Sean Scully, James O'Sullivan, David Hayes, Peter Walsh, Ian Evans (1-4), James O'Driscoll (1-0), James Hayes. Subs used: Thomas Nyhan for M.McCarthy (D), Mark Evans for J.Hayes, Brian O'Donovan for P.Walsh.

U6 Training/Activities

The Club would love to hear from you if you were interested in helping out for an hour during one evening on a week-night. There are a number of five/six year olds who are not quite ready for the step-up to U8's just yet. Some of the five year olds are keen to play GAA sports but are not physically ready to join in with the 7/8 year olds while on the other hand, some of the 6 year olds are keen on coming to the pitch once a week but their interest in GAA sports mightn't fully be there yet. If anyone would like to help out (maybe half 6 on a Tuesday night for one hour – Children born in 2008 & 2009), the Club would love to hear from you. You don't need any GAA knowledge; it's more about playtime at that age. If the lads/girls born in 2008 (that have turned 6 years of age) are keen on getting stuck into GAA Sports, our U8 Trainers will be more than happy to take them on.

Clubs Draw

You can now enter the remaining draws in the Cork GAA Clubs monthly draw for just €40. Cars, holidays, and cash to be won, contact club officers for details.

Last Man Standing

Congratulations to Gary Ronan who recently won the second instalment of the Clubs "Last Man Standing" competition. Thank you to everyone who entered.

St James U8’s

St James U8's took part in a recent Monster Football Blitz in Clonakilty on Saturday March 29th. Three very sporting games were played vs Kilbrittain, Caheragh and Kilmacabea.

Panel: Sean Whelton, Shornu O'Brien-Coker, Jack Barry, Mark Fitzpatrick, Liam Dooley, Joseph O'Sullivan, David O'Sullivan, Laura Hodnett, Shane Barrett, Eoin Fitzpatrick.

Well done Ciara 

Congratulations were recently conveyed to Ciara Hodnett. St James GAA are very proud of Ciara’s performance in Scor Na bPaisti. On Saturday, March 29th a large Parish support headed for Ovens where there was no success for Ciara in the Recitation section at the County Final of Scor na bPaisti. While it would have been nice to have come home with a County Medal, Ciara and her parents should be very proud of her efforts and no doubt we’ll be hearing from Ciara again in the near future. 

U16 Football League (Game played Sunday, March 30th in Castletownbere)

Castletownbere 4-11   Ardfield 6-6
"They were a big team" was the comment. "Not when you got in close" came the reply from man of the match Daniel O'Driscoll after a pulsating under sixteen football league encounter in Castletownbere last Sunday. Up against a physically stronger home team and trailing by six points after ten minutes, not many in attendance would have given the visitors much of a chance. Sean O'Reilly with three goals and a peach of a goal from the above mentioned Daniel O'Driscoll ensured Ardfield trailed by only two points at the short whistle. Two more beauties from James Taylor and Fionn McPeake gave the lads in green and gold something to hang on to. Hang on they did to win by the minimum in spite of being reduced to ten players after the rather harsh dismissals of Frost and O'Reilly for second yellow cards.
Sean White in goal made some crucial saves late in the game, with the five backs standing up to everything that was thrown at them. James Taylor in the first half and Sean O'Reilly in the second worked their socks off in midfield. Conor Hayes, Fionn McPeake and Padraig O Donovan are maturing into fine footballers with very promising futures ahead.  The fantastic rear guard action late in the game ensured a great atmosphere on the bus for the long journey home.
Padraig O'Donovan, Conor Scully, Owen Lombard, Jack Oates, Conor Frost, Daniel O'Driscoll (1-0), James Taylor(1-2), Conor Hayes, Joseph O Sullivan, Fionn McPeake(1-2), Sean White, Sean O'Reilly(3-2)

Junior A Football League (Game played Sunday March 30th in Bandon)

Bandon 1-13, St. James' 0-8

Last Sunday in Bandon the footballers of St. James' came up against a very strong Bandon team. St. James' had a very good opening half and the lead was swapped on a few occasions. At the break Bandon led 0-5 to 0-4. Tadhg Casey, Eoin Deasy and Tadhg Feen in defence were prominent while the midfield battle was evenly poised and a good supply of ball kept the forwards moving and they worked well as a unit. Again St. James' opened well and were on level terms within a minute. That was as good as it got as Bandon bit by bit took control to win out easily at the finish.

New St. James' referee has his first official outing

Newly qualified referee Niall Evans officiated at the under 16 football league game in Clonakilty on Sunday, March 30th in which Goleen beat Clonakilty 6-9 to 2-16. This was Niall's first official game since he completed all the necessary courses. The club would welcome more new referees on the scene. 

Under 21 Football Championship – Group Stage (Game played Sat March 22nd in Ballinascarthy)

St James 3-13 Randal Og 0-5

On a bitterly cold and wind swept day last Saturday in Ballinascarthy, St. James recovered from a slow start to end up comfortable winners over a gallant Randal Og team. Randals opened the scoring with a point after five minutes and led until St James produced their first score, a point after fifteen minutes from Danny O'Connor. Scores were hard to come by and playing into the wind with hailstone battering against their faces St. James drove on once they had the comfort of a James Hayes goal from a penalty and a black card to Randals. Jack Butler added another goal before the break and from here on in the outcome was never in doubt. Half time 2-5 to 0-1. St. James had the opportunity to give game time to the entire panel and each performed well. Ciaran O'Donovan made his debut at U21 in goal, Brian Lombard and Cian McPeake settled in comfortably in defence while Jack Butler was always a threat up front. With wind behind them for the last thirty minutes the forwards saw a plentiful supply and made the most of their chances, running out comfortable winners. St James have now topped Group A and await the Runners-up in Group B which has yet to be completed. 

St. James' panel Pa Keohane, Brian Lombard, Colm Murphy, Danny O'Connor (0-1), Thomas Nyhan, Cian McPeake, Sean Scully, Aaron Hayes (0-2), James Hayes (Captain) (1-3),Shaun Goggin (1-2), Jack Butler (1-2), Niall Evans (0-1), Tadhg Casey (0-1), Ciaran O'Donovan, Cian Cavanagh (0-1), Rueben O'Hea, Sean O'Connor, Peter Walsh.  

Junior A Hurling League (Game played Sunday March 23rd in Ardfield)

St. James 2-10, St. Colums 0-8

St. James playing at home last weekend produced a good first half of hurling to lead 2-7 to 0-3 at the break, however the second half did not live up to the standard set earlier. James O'Driscoll opened the scoring with a point and ended the half with a personal tally of 1-5. Mark Evans also found the net and points from Ian Evans and Aaron Hayes left them comfortably ahead. The second half brought points late in the half for James O'Sullivan and two for Shane O'Driscoll. Peter Walsh made his junior A debut and acquitted himself very well. Overall a top class performance from the players in defence.

St. James: Diarmuid O'Donovan, Adam Ahern, Shane Field, Eoin Deasy, Brian O'Donovan, Seamus McCarthy, James O'Sullivan (0-1), Kevin O'Brien, Paul O'Sullivan, Aaron Hayes (0-1), Micheal McCarthy (B), Donnacha McCarthy, Ian Evans (0-1), Mark Evans (1-0), James O'Driscoll (1-5). Subs: Peter Walsh, Shane O'Driscoll (0-2), Micheal McCarthy (D), Kevin O'Leary, Andrew O'Leary, Tadgh Casey, Finbarr McCarthy, Eoin Feen, Mark O'Brien, Niall Evans Brian Lombard, Pa Keohane.

Dates set for Adult Championships

Some dates for your GAA diary: The First Round of the Junior A Football Championship is set for Sunday next, April 20th. The venue will be Leap where Tadgh MacCarthaigh provide the opposition with the throw-in set for 3pm. Meanwhile the Junior A Hurlers take on Kilbree on Friday May 23rd in Clonakilty at 7.45pm. The U21 Football Final is set for the weekend of April 19th with Kilbrittain providing the opposition.

Underage Training times:

Tuesday nights:

U16 & U14 Hurling, U12 Football, U10 Football/Hurling, U8 Football/Hurling (all 6.30pm)

Wednesday nights:

U12 Hurling, Wednesdays at 7pm in the Sports Hall.

U21 Football Championship – Group Stage (Game played Saturday March 15th in Kilmeen)

St James 3-10 St Marys 1-13

In what proved to be a massively entertaining encounter, St James came out worthy winners when accounting for pre-season Group favourites, St Marys in Group One of the U21 C Football Championship. Again, while St James put in a massive Team performance, it was St Marys that led at the break on a score line of 1-9 to 1-5. But with Reuben O’Hea covering a huge amount of ground, Tadgh Casey’s reading of the game & Thomas Nyhan’s performance from their more suited positions in the half-back line, the scoring exploits of Shaun Goggin along with the ball-winning qualities of Sean Scully in the middle of the field proving to be huge positives, this enabled St James to get their noses in front to gain a well-deserved win. This propels St James to the top of the group with one game remaining. Judging by the results so far, St James would be expected to account for Randal Og but will be taking nothing for granted. This game is set for 4pm this Saturday in Ballinascarthy.

Team: Pa Keohane, Colm Murphy, Reuben O’Hea, Peter Walsh, Tadgh Casey, Thomas Nyhan, Sean Scully, James Hayes (1-0), Aaron Hayes (0-1), Sean O’Connor (0-3), Shaun Goggin (2-5), Niall Evans (0-1). Subs used; Cian McPeake, Jack Butler, Danny O’Connor, Jack Hurley, Brandon Creagh.

Junior A Football League (Game played Friday March 14th in Cloughduv)

St James 0-10 St Colums 1-11

On the previous Friday night the Junior A Footballers suffered their first defeat of the season when going down to St Colums under the floodlights of Cloughduv.

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, David Hayes, Eoin Feen, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin O’Leary, Micheal McCarthy (D) (0-1), James O’Driscoll (0-1), Kevin O’Brien, Donnacha McCarthy, James O’Sullivan, Shane O’Driscoll, Frank Hayes (0-4), Paul O’Sullivan, Mark Evans (0-1). Subs used: Micheal McCarthy (B) for S.McCarthy, Ian Evans for J.O’Sullivan.

Minor Football League (Game played St Patricks Day, Monday March 17th in Ardfield)

St James 8-9 Tadgh MacCarthaigh 3-4

On St Patricks Day, the Minor Footballers kept up their impressive start to the League when beating Tadgh MacCarthaigh on a scoreline of 8-9 to 3-4. Conditions were ideal for playing though the long grass as a result of the poor weather in recent times made the going very heavy underfoot. None the less, under the watchful eyes of mentors Fachtna O’Connor and John Whelton, this St James outfit proved far too skilful for the visitors yet still, at the break, had only scored twice more than the opposition, leaving six points between the teams, 4-3 to 2-3. Caheragh opened the second half scoring with a point and got a goal midway through the half, but that is about as good as it got for them. St James, considerably changed from the first half in terms of positional play, hit a further four goals and six points in those 30 minutes with Cian McPeake outstanding throughout and the home side’s Man of the Match.

Panel used: Jack Oates, Conor Scully (1-0), Brandon Creagh, Cian McPeake, Peter Walsh (0-1), Euan Courtney, Aaron Hayes (1-2), Brian Lombard, Adam Ahern (1-0), Sean O’Connor (3-1), Conor Frost, Jack Butler (2-3), Peter Whelton, Seán O’Reilly (0-2)