By Derek Kiely
Youghal 1-12 Erin's Own 0-11
YOUGHAL are the East Cork under 21'A'football champions after a four point victory over Erin's Own Friday evening in Midleton.
This was a hard game to call prior tothe throw in and there wasn't much between the sides in the firsthalf.
Youghal playing into the wind had thefirst score three minutes in when wing back Ronan O'Sullivan put theball over from play.
Three minutes later and the sides werelevel when Niall Scanlon pointed for the Caherlag men also from play.Erin's Own struck the lead for the only time on the eighth minutewhen Calvin O'Callaghan landed a free, but this was cancelled outseconds later when the Youghal captain James O'Mahony put one overfrom 21 meters out.
Adrian Curtin re-established the leadfor the Youghal men with a great score off the right boot, but againErin's Own levelled when Diarmuid Ryng pointed from play on the 14thminute.
Then Youghal had their best spell ofthe first half when O'Mahony gave Youghal the lead two minutes laterand after a great move on the 22nd minute Andrew Curtinscored a goal to give Youghal the four point advantage. Soon itbecame a five point gap when Adrian Curtin landed another score fromplay, but Erin's Own did have the last say of the first half with twopoints from David Smiddy and Mark Collins.
The second half was yet again a tightaffair and a costly opening 15 minutes for Erin's Own who missedchance after chance, but some great Youghal defending and someoutstanding goalkeeping from Scott O'Sullivan kept the Caherlag menout.
Youghal's full forward Dale Donoghuescored three crucial points all from play and Adrian Curtin put overfour points to help seal a famous victory for the Youghal Club who will now contest the County championships against Beara.
Scorers for Youghal: Adrian Curtin 0-6(2f) D Donoghue 0-3, Andrew Curtin 1-0, J O'Mahony 0-2, R O'Sullivan0-1.
Erin's Own: Calvin O'Callaghan, NScanlon, M Collins and D Ryng 0-2 each. D Smiddy and C O'Connor 0-1each.
YOUGHAL: S O'Sullivan; D Power, AKenny, L McCarthy; R O'Sullivan, M Cronin, P O'Sullivan; AFrahill-O'Connor, A Daly; Andrew Curtin, J O'Mahony (Cpt) AdrianCurtin; D O'Mahony, D Donoghue, C Keenaghan.
Subs: A O'Connor for D Power (HT) TColeman for A O'Connor (45) M Flaherty for C Keenaghan (61) V Cahillfor Andrew Curtin (62)
ERIN'S OWN: R O'Neill; K Moynihan, CDooley, N Fouhy (Cpt); C O'Connor, J Sheehan, N Scanlon; CalvinO'Callaghan, A Power, D Smiddy; Cian O'Callaghan, D Ryng, I Mylod.
Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers)
Our juniors continued their league games against a strong Lisgoold team last Wednesday, though short a few regulars the girls never gave up and tried their best throughout the hour. Our U14s played top of the table Mayfield in Copperalley on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a tremendous game of football where after playing against the wind the Youghal girls in the 2nd half tore into a 2-5 to 0-1 half time deficit to leave it 2-5 to 1-4 with 5 minutes remaining only to conceed a goal which killed off the contest. Well done to all in what was a great battle and no doubt will stand to you come championship. Their last league game is against Lisgoold. Our U10s headed off to WhiteChurch just north of Cork City to play Rock Bán in their first league game on Sunday. In a very exciting game of football were both sides scored some brilliant scores and gave it their all, the sides were evenly matched going in at half with the homeside 1 pt ahead 1-2 to 1-1. On the resumption Rock Bán extended their lead with 2 goals but full credit to the Youghal girls who fought back to score 1-2 leaving the final score 3-2 to 2-3. Best for Youghal were Lesley Cashman, Kate Galvin and Caoimhe O'Mahoney. Next up is Erins Own at home. While the U10s were doing battle our U9s & 8s also played Rock Bán in which honours were shared and great fun was had by both teams. Our U12s continue their league campaign with an away trip to Bride Rovers on Wed 18th April @ 7pm
Valley Rovers 1-3
Youghal took the road to Innishannon last week to play Valley Rovers is the first of a series of league games for 2012. Youghal took control of the game at the start with points coming from Siobhan Downing and Allannah Finn and with Shona Cunningham and Katie Sloane centre of the field showing their skills and fitness thoughout the game letting the Valley Rovers girls who was in charge of this game. Position changes on the field this year showed great play from Shannen Bulman Joyce and Edel O Connell, with no chance of the Valley girls catching us to the end of the game.
Team: Dawn Kelly, Shannon Waston, Ashleigh Corcoran, Ann O Connell, Michealla Dalton, Edel O Connell, Niamh Quill, Katie Sloane, Shona Cunningham, Allannah Finn, Samatha Swayne, Shannen Bulman Joyce, Niamh Crowley, Siobhan Downing, Ciara O Siochru.
Subs: Ashling O Siochru for Shannan Watson, Ashley O Brien for Niamh Crowley, Sarah Coughlan for Ciara O Siochru.
Scorers: Siobhan Downing 0-5pts, Shona Cunningham 0-3pts (frees),Shannen Bulman Joyce 0-2, Allannah Finn 0-2, Katie Sloane 0-1
Youghal 2-6 Bride Rovers 2-0
On Monday evening last Youghal U16s played Bride Rovers, with home advantage to Youghal. Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, Youghal started well and it didn’t take long for the first score from Erin Galvin and another followed from Niamh Roche. As Youghal half- back line pushed up the field putting the Bride Rovers under pressure. Shauna O Connell scored a great goal followed by further points from Erin Galvin and Cassie O Brien, leaving half time score Youghal 1-4 to no score. Substitutes Clodagh O Keeffe and Sophie Monaghan came on for the second half of the game, Bride Rovers put pressure on the Youghal girls and scoring a goal in the second half, Youghal kept the pressure on with further points from Erin Galvin and Aoife McCarthy kept the Bride Rover girls at bay. Bride Rovers finished the game with another goal. Final score 2-6 to Youghal with Bride Rovers scoring 2-0
Team: Niamh Kelly, Gemma O Brien, Amerah Goggin, Niamh Crowley, Chloe Landers, Louise Dempsey, Ciara Flavin, Aoife McCathy, Niamh Roche, Shauna O Connell, Emily Roche, Sarah O Brien, Erin Galvin, Cassie O Brien,
Subs: Sophie Monaghan for Sarah O Brien, Clodagh O Keeffe for Ciara Flavin.
In our first outing of the season on Easter Saturday we hosted newly formed Club St. Nicks from the famed Glen Rovers Club. From the off the Youghal girls meant business and with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half were first on the score board after great inter-link play from our midfielders and half forwards. This score settled the team and any St. Nicks attack was superbly dealt with by our defence over the first half. At half time we lead 2-3 to no score. The second half as expected was a battle with both teams giving it their all. With St. Nicks scoring 1-2 in the first 10 minutes the Youghal girls responded in style to finish the game off with 1-2. Best for Youghal were Jenny Doyle, Eabha Walsh and Chloe O'Connell. Next up is our first league game next Sunday against Rock Bán way @ 11:30am. Well done girls and here's to more successful days in 2012.
This was the U14’s sixth outing in their league campaign. On this occasion they were up against the new kids on the block, Na Piarsaigh, who have only been playing since the start of the season. They took the game to Youghal from the throw in, which was a complete surprise to both the Youghal mentors and players. Youghal were a bit flat throughout the first half and this allowed Na Piarsaigh grow in stature as the half progressed with the score at half time four points to one in favour of Youghal. Things could have been on a more even keel only for the outstanding display by our full back, Eimear Farrell.
After a stern discussion and a number of positional changes at half time, most notably Shauna O’Connell moving to centre forward, the second half began on a more upbeat tempo than what the first half produced and finished on.Shauna scored three points in the second half while Laura White and Catriona O’Keefe really put in super performances to finish on a high for Youghal. Well done to all.
Team:A. Arthur , E. Farrell, L. Sheehan, N.Kelly, C.Landers, H. O’Connell, S. O’Connell,C. O’Keefe, L.White, S. Keneally, C. Crowley, E. O’Brien, C.O’Keefe,L.Dempsey (c) , C. Smith.
By Derek Kiely
YOUGHAL will meet Erin's Own in the 2012 'Clonmult Memorial Cup' championship final after a five point win over Glenbower Rovers in the under 21 'A' football semi final in Aghavine last Saturday afternoon.
Youghal dominated play in the opening 30 minutes, but it was Glenbower Rovers who took the lead through a David Cahill pointed free on the sixth minute.
Youghal didn't take long to respond when a kicked ball forward from Alan Frahill O'Connor found Dave O'Mahony who turned and shot low to the left for the goal.
Youghal then hit five further points without reply with Dale Donoghue and Adrian Curitn scoring a brace off points each and Ronan O'Sullivan putting one over from distance.
Again it was the ever reliable boot of Cahill on the 21st minute of play from the placed ball that raised a white flag for the Killeagh men.
Youghal added two further points before the short whistle to lead by seven points at the break. The second half saw Glenbower Rovers bring themselves back into the match, but Youghal were still looking for scores early on.
Frahill O'Connor put one over on the 35th minute, then Martin Murphy pointed for Glenbower. Aaron Daly who must surely start in the final put one over for Youghal when on as a blood sub.
Glenbower looked much more threatening in attack in the second half and after some good pressure deep in the Youghal half Glenbower were awarded a penalty and Cahill made no mistake with the kick to make it a six point game.
Then Cahill put over two from play on the 46th and 52nd minutes respectively for Glenbower Rovers to get within four points, but the Youghal half back line and full back line tightened up their play, in particular Dylan Power who was excellent and when Andrew Curtin pointed with five minutes remaining, Youghal never looked back. It should be an intriguing final.
Scorers for Youghal: D O'Mahony 1-1, Adrian Curtin, R O'Sullivan, D Donoghue 0-2 each, Andrew Curtin, A Frahill O'Connor and A Daly 0-1 each.
Glenbower Rovers: D Cahill 1-4 (2f) M Murphy 0-1.
YOUGHAL: S O'Sullivan; D Power, A Kenny, Leigh McCarthy; R O'Sullivan, M Cronin, P O'Sullivan; P Quill, A Frahill-O'Connor; Andrew Curtin, J O'Mahony (Cpt) Adrian Curtin; C Keenaghan, D Donoghue, D O'Mahony.
Sub: A Daly for C Keenaghan (43)
GLENBOWER ROVERS: C McMahon; T Crotty, J Rohan, D Murphy; M Fitzgerald, P O'Brien, J Glavin; I Cahill (Cpt) C O'Brien; D Cahill, A Keniry, M Murphy; P Keniry, D Walsh, D Long.
Referee: Michael Walsh (Bride Rovers)
Youghal 2-6 Castlelyons 0-1
On Monday last U16s played their first league of the season away to Castlelyons. Youghal started well with Aoife McCathy and Niamh Roche working well at centre field and a score coming form Aoife settled the Youghal girls for this game, following another point from Emily Roche. Youghal started to find their feet, and with Cassie O Brien and Clodagh O Keeffe working hard, paid off with goals coming form both players. Castlelyons worked hard and got the ball down the field and found the net, great saves from our stand in keeper of the night Shauna O Connell made great saves to stop them from scoring any further. Youghal added 2 more points from Niamh Roche and Sophie Monaghan leaving the half time score 2-4 for Youghal.
Youghal started well in the second half and with Shauna O Connell coming out to her usually position at centre field feeding the full forward line with great ball. Erin Galvin and Emily Roche added a further points to the Youghal scoreboard that left the game out of reach for the Castlelyons girls.
Team: Shauna O Connell, Amerah Goggin, Gemma O Brien, Chloe Landers, Louise Dempsey, Ciara Flavin, Niamh Roche, Aoife McCarthy, Erin Galvin, Emily Roche, Sophie Monaghan, Sarah O Brien, Clodagh O Keeffe, Cassie O Brien.
Scorers: Aoife McCarthy 0-2, Emily Roche 0-2, Clodagh O Keeffe 1-0, Cassie O Brien 1-0, Sophie Monaghan 0-1, Erin Galvin 0-1.