By Derek Kiely
Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship
YOUGHAL progressed in some style last Saturday in the Evening Echo Intermediate Football Championship with a dominating second half performance in a much deserved victory over Glanmire in Rostellan.
Youghal got the dream start to this match, when Dave O’Mahony who was raining in on the Glanmire goal was tripped in the square by the Glanmire corner back Anthony Garvey in the third minute and referee James Dorgan signalled a penealty.
Paul Moylan stepped up to take the penealty for Youghal, sending Brendan O’Connell the wrong way in the Glanmire goal giving Youghal the early goal advantage.
Youghal playing with the elements in the opening half, struck again on the fifth minute when Ken Dempsey sent over a point from play from 50 meters out.
Then Glanmire got into their stride with three unanswered points in a five minute period all off the boot of James Murphy, one from play and two from placed balls, then Nigel Roche of Youghal had a score from the right wing on the 13th minute to give Youghal the two point advantage.
Glanmire’s Michael Cussen dominated a lot of ball in the opening quarter and was setting up some good attacks, but Glanmire were failing in the shooting department and Youghal who were slightly starved of possession took advantage of a break out of defence on the 17th minute when John Grace scored a beautiful point from play and Youghal had the goal lead again.
Murphy pointed from a free on the 23rd minute for Glanmire, but the last score of the first half came off the boot of Paul Moylan on the 30th minute to send Youghal into the half time break with a three point advantage.
The first half may have been a tight enough affair, but the second half was completely dominated by Youghal.
Moylan pointed from a placed ball on the 34th minute and when the very impressive Nigel Roche pointed from play seconds later Youghal had a five point advantage.
Glanmire simply couldn’t get the ball in the opening quarter of the second half and when Roche picked up the ball 30 meters out on the 37th minute he carved through the Glanmire defence and buried the ball into the top right hand corner of the Glanmire net and as a contest this championship game was over.
Moylan and Roche added further points to give Youghal a ten point advantage with just fifteen minutes remaining.
It took Glanmire 18 minutes to register a score in the second half when Daniel Molden pointed from play.
With a significant breeze at their backs in the second half Glanmire failed to take advantage of the elements and the Youghal full back line of Brendan O’Sullivan, Paul O’Driscoll and Alan Fox were impassable and Glanmire were restricted to long range efforts, with Michael Cussen sending one over on the 50th minute from 50 meters out.
Youghal’s response was impressive as they moved the ball back up the field eventually drawing a foul 13 meters out.
Paul Moylan’s free hit the post and rebounded into his hands, the second time he took the option of shooting for goal and finished in style to give Youghal and eleven point lead on the 55th minute.
Glanmire did get two late consolation points, one from James Murphy and the other from second half substitute Jonathan O’Callaghan, but it was a very impressive display by the Youghal side who coped with everything that Glanmire threw at them and looked controlled throughout the entire 60 minutes.
Scorers for Youghal: P Moylan 2-3, N Roche 1-2, D O’Mahony, K Dempsey and J Grace 0-1 each.
Glanmire: J Murphy 0-5, M Cussen, J O’Callaghan and D Molden 0-1 each.
YOUGHAL: P Mackey; B O’Sullivan, P O’Driscoll, A Fox; Barry Ring (Cpt) J Grace, B Coleman; K Dempsey, D Ring; P Kelly, J O’Mahony, Brendan Ring; N Roche, D O’Mahony, P Moylan.
Subs: J Ormonde for P Moylan (55) S Twomey for B Coleman (56) C Spillane for B O’Sullivan (57)
GLANMIRE: B O’Connell; D O’Regan, K Sheehan, A Garvey; M Connolly, B Murphy, K Mulvihill; T Leahy, M Hopkins; B O’Sullivan, B O’Callaghan, J Murphy; K Kenneally, M Cussen, D Molden.
Subs: J O’Callaghan for M Hopkins (46) D O’Brien for B O’Callaghan (55)
Referee: James Dorgan (Nemo Rangers)
Congratulations to Katie Sloan, Sarah Flavin & Catriona Bulman representing Youghal Camogie Club, who won the Youghal Ladies Inter-Club Superstars held as part of the Youghal GAA Family Fun Weekend on Saturday July 30
Youghal girl’s U/12 team produced their best performance all year to win the Plate Final against Midleton yesterday evening in Killeagh GAA grounds. From the off, Youghal were the hungrier side with superb displays in all positions. In attack the Youghal girls showed superior skills in taking fine scores when the opportunities arose. Fine flowing moves and off-loading of the ball at the correct moment to their team mates seemed the order of the evening as in the early stages Youghal took a commanding lead. When the defence were called upon, the girl’s never wained with again some fine displays in all positions. Only for a couple of lapses in concentration where Midleton scored two goals to keep the tie alive, the game could have been over by half time. In the end the half finished 1–05 to 2-01 in Youghal’s favour.
The second half began with Youghal taking the game to Midleton and notching up some fine points in quick succession. Youghal were in total control of this game, although the score line at times did not reflect their superiority. On a whole the mentor’s, and I am sure all who were there to witness the game were delighted with the effort and high standard of football played by this young Youghal team. Nerves were jangling in the crowd and on the sideline with seconds to go when Midleton scored a late goal, their only score of the second half, to bring the tie to a nail bitting finish. In the end even this goal could not deny this fine team from what they truly deserved as the game finished with Youghal edging their opponents by two points.
The future looks extremely bright for Ladies football in Youghal considering the talent that was on display for all to behold.
Team: F. Flavin, A. Arthur, E. Farrell, K. Coleman, K. Malone, H. O’Connell, M. Hannon, S. Kennealy, C.O’Keefe, C. Crowley, S. O’Connell , S. Hannon, A. Flavin, A. Farrell, L. Sheehan.
Subs: C. Dempsey, S. Barron, S. Twohig, S. Keane, K. Coughlan, M. Brophy, E. Irwin, A. Flavin.
16’ were in action last Wednesday in Dungorney in a game that was to be their 3rd consecutive win.
Shannen Bulman Joyce was yet again on top scoring form clocking a wopping 3.4. Aoife McCarthy was also on form to put one in the back of the net .
The teams played 13 a side and the coach Mary Fosx said afterwards she was delighted with their performance.
Team Clodagh O’Keeffe Jane Walsh, Gemma O’Brien, Amy Hennessey, Michaela Dalton Shannon Watson, Leah Broderick, Alannah Finn, Sarah O’Brien, Emily Roche, Aoife McCarthy Shanne Bulman Joyce Ellie Budds. Subbs Ciara Flavin Niamh Roche Aoife Daly & Cassie O’Brien.
By Therese O’Callaghan (Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)
Youghal 0-19 Valley Rovers 3-6
A MAGNIFICENT four-point win for Youghal in the Cork Premier IHC quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn last evening.
After a solid opening half, played with plenty of heart, they went on to bag some magnificent scores over the 60 minutes.
A quick glance at the scoresheet tells the story — Valley Rovers were heavily dependent on superb full-forward Eamonn Collins, while Youghal had a far greater contribution, Leigh Desmond and Bill Cooper the outstanding players up front.
In reality, the outcome was seldom in doubt, with the seasiders hitting the ground running.
They were without John Grace and Brendan Coleman and whether this acted as incentive or not, they played like a team inspired. Their point-scoring was of top quality and, after a smart start to the game, raced 0-5 to 0-1 ahead inside the first 10 minutes.
As well as Desmond, Brendan Ring, James O’Mahony, Andrew Curtin and Damian Ring hit points. Richie Butler scored a pair for the Rovers but with Cooper coming into his own, Youghal stretched the lead with some outstanding points from Desmond and Cooper.
The east Cork team moved six points clear but up stepped Collins to capitalise on a mix up in the Youghal defence — he finished the easiest of tap-ins after a lengthy delivery from sub Ronan Lehane.
Eoin Manning added another point but Youghal went to the dressing-room with a 0-11 to 1-4 advantage.
A Brendan Ring free ensured a positive start for Youghal but they were reeled in when Collins hit the net six minutes in.
All of a sudden, it was a two-point game and the Innishannon side were hurling with far more intent.
However, Youghal were unrelenting.
Half-backs Conor Spillane and Damian Ring were tremendous and a trio of unanswered points were signed for up front.
They were looking good for a semi-final spot at 0-17 to 2-5 with 10 minutes remaining. There was one more twist though as Collins struck again. After winning clean possession he was fouled and then blasted the resultant penalty high to the net. It was back to a three-point match.
This was when Youghal dug deepest. Brett Moloney and Nigel Roche worked hard and when Brendan Ring knocked over a free, they could breathe a sigh of relief.
Ray O’Donovan hit back for the Rovers but when Andrew Curtin’s clearance found Desmond there was only going to be one result as he notched his fifth point from play to secure Youghal’s victory.
Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring 0-7 (5f), L Desmond 0-5, B Cooper 0-3, J O’Mahony, A Curtin, C O’Mahony and D Ring 0-1 each.
Scorers for Valley Rovers: E Collins 3-1 (1-0 pen), R Butler 0-2, E Manning, R O’Donovan and J Hurley (1 65m) 0-1 each.
YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; B O’Sullivan, K Walsh, S Twomey; Barry Ring, C Spillane, D Ring; B Cooper, N Roche; C O’Mahony, Brendan Ring, B Moloney; J O’Mahony, L Desmond, A Curtin.
Subs: B Goggin for S Twomey (45), K Dempsey for C O’Mahony (55), J Ormonde for J O’Mahony (59).
VALLEY ROVERS: W Burke; C Lynch, N O’Donovan, F Coughlan; J Hurley, C O’Donovan, D Lynch; R O’Donovan, R Butler; B Lehane, T Burke, D Coughlan; S O’Sullivan, E Collins, E Manning.
Subs: R Lehane for D Coughlan (22), J Burke for S O’Sullivan (40), T Fitzgerald for B Lehane (52), D Crowley for R Butler (54)
The first game of minor championship took place in youghal July 12th. The team faced Grenagh who the under 16's had beaten a few weeks previous. The game was played thirteen-a-side which soon dropped to twelve-a-side with an early injury for a grenagh player. After less than 30 seconds of play a stunning goal was scored by Leah Broderick.A quick point was scored by shannen Bulman Joyce which seemed to effortlesley Glide over the bar. Grenagh did not give up without a fight and battled on meeting many challenges from the half-back line.
Shannen Bulman Joyce proved a crucial member of the team scoring 1.16 with only 2 points coming from frees. Nora Sheehan who stood between the posts made a couple of impressive saves before a good goal came from the Grenagh forward. Róisín O Keeffe was certainly an important player for Youghal making many long runs up from her mid-field position to assist the forward line and help set up scores.
Alannah Finn scored an effortless point just before the half-time whistle blew. Scores were coming thick and fast from the Youghal side before half time and the girls and the coaches were pleased with the efforts of all on the field.
Three changes were made at half-time. Gemma O Brien replaced Jayne Walsh in the half-back position. Emily Roche substituted Leah Broderick in the half -forward position and Sally-Ann Quill replaced Nora Sheehan in goal. Róisín O Keeffe scored a stunning point within the first minute of the second-half putting Youghal ahead by 1-14 to 1-0. Grenagh showed no signs of giving up and gave Youghal a run for their money scoring two goals in succession with one of which coming from a free. Shannen Bulman Joyce scored three answering points putting the Youghal side well ahead. Amy Hennessy stood in now replacing Alannah Finn and Ellie Budds substituded Ashley O Brien in the full forward position. Great work and superb skill was to be seen again in the half back line by Chloe Daly who had a hard battle with the centre forward who made some great runs but was cut off by Chloe who was just to strong for her opponent with her superb hooking and blocking skills. Emily Roche, when she came on proved to be a great asset to the team and was the cause of a clever goal from Ellie Budds. Róisín O Keeffe scored another beautiful point from the corner flag leaving spectators and players in awe. Shannen Bulman Joyce who had already scored a whopping 15 points scored a net-rippling goal leaving the score at 2-19 to 3-0. Just before the whistle sounded another super goal was scored by Niamh Quill who played a superb game all round leaving the final score at 4-20 to 3-0.
Credit were it is due, the Grenagh goal keeper made some fantastic saves in both halves and was the saving grace for the Grenagh team – certainly one to watch in the future.
Nora Sheehan, Aisling Ní Shiochru, Shannon Watson, Chaela Dalton, Jayne Walsh, Chloe Daly, Niamh Quill, Róisín O Keeffe, Leah Broderick, Alannah Finn, Ashley O Brien, Shannen Bulman Joyce.
Sally-Ann Quill, Gemma O Brien, Emily Roche, Amy Hennesy,Ellie Budds
The match was made up of 4 x 10 mins quarters Some fantastic skills where on show on both sides. Kate McCarthy showed great tenacity in between the posts and with the support of her back line, kept the Youghal goals intact. After the 1st game, Youghal led by a single point scored by Chloe O'Connell from midfield.
There were several chances from both sides, which were not converted and we must mention the goalie for Aghada who on one occasion saved 4 attempts in one attack to keep their goal intact.
Aghada made several changes to their starting line up, such is the depth of their squad in the U10 category. These fresh legs really challenged the Youghal team who remained focused and determined. A fine team combination starting in defence, through midfield and into the forward, saw Chloe O'Connell again register a score, a fine goal taken with great skill and speed.
With very little between them, both teams gave one final effort, with near misses for both sides.
With time running out, the sliotar was lifted into the forward line for Youghal and again, with the player of the match display, Chloe O'Connell latched onto the opportunity and didn't hesitate striking it first time and leaving Aghada's goalie with little chance of saving. A very narrow win for Youghal but great credit to both teams with the effort, commitment and skills that they showed proudly applauded by all the parents and spectators who were present on the evening.
The Youghal Team on this evening who all contributed so much to the game were
Aine Walsh, Amy Whyte, Caitlin Murphy, Caoimhe Whelan, Caoimhe McSweeney, Cassie Irwin O'Brien, Chloe O’Connell, Emily Gallogley , Emma Delaney, Hannah O’Keeffe, Kate McCarthy, Natasha Killgannon, Abby Crowe
By Brendan Larkin (Courtesy of Irish Examiner)
Youghal 2-12 Watergrasshill 2-9
Friday, July 01, 2011
YOUGHAL survived a tremendous Watergrasshill second-half rally before securing a place in the next round of the Cork Premier IHC at Ballynoe last night.
The Seasiders looked to be cruising after leading by nine points at the break but the Hill refused to roll over and it took a brilliant save by ‘keeper Eoin Coleman from a Sean O’Callaghan effort a minute from time to deny them extra-time.
And the outcome could have been a lot different had Watergrasshill not been so wasteful. Over the hour they hit 12 wides and must now beat Valley Rovers to avoid the relegation play-off.
Wind assisted Youghal had two points on the board inside the opening three minutes, but the Hill enjoyed more of the play which wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard.
With limited possession, the Seasiders added two further points, the second a beauty from out on the touchline by county senior player Bill Cooper, who was hugely influential.
The Hill continued to enjoy the majority of possession but could only add to their wides tally and they hit seven by the end of the opening quarter. In contrast Youghal made use of possession they won with a Leigh Desmond goal, set up by Richard Cunningham, which had them 1-6 to 0-2 in front after 20 minutes, the two Hill points coming from placed balls by Paddy O’Regan.
Youghal’s hurling was crisp and it showed with a superb second goal, created by centre-back Conor Spillane and carried on by Bill Cooper and Leigh Desmond and finished in style by Richard Cunningham. Coming up to half-time the Hill applied a lot of pressure on the Youghal defence as they looked for a goal, but keeper Eoin Coleman denied John Halbert to leave Youghal in front at the break, 2-6 to 0-4.
Youghal continued to hold sway on the changeover with John Grace and Conor Spillane rock solid in defence where they held the Hill forwards in a vice like grip. But the game was thrown wide open in the 40th minute when Halbert placed Jason Foley for a goal. It was just the spark this dull affair needed and with Halbert now at centre forward, he (Halbert) rocked Youghal with his side’s second goal.
Bill Cooper eased the pressure on the Youghal defence with a splendid point and another by Brendan Ring gave them a four point cushion coming up to full time. The Hill continued to press forward and after Paddy O’Regan pointed a long range free, they were denied an equalising goal by that brilliant Coleman save.
Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring 0-6 (0-4 frees), L Desmond 1-1, R Cunningham 1-0, B Cooper 0-3, B Moloney, A Curtin 0-1 each.
Scorers for Watergrasshill: J Halbert 1-3 (0-3 frees), P O’Regan 0-3 (frees), J Foley 1-0, S O’Callaghan 0-2, E Barry 0-1.
YOUGHAL: E Coleman; S Twomey, J Grace, B O’Sullivan; K Walsh, C Spillane, B Coleman; B Moloney, Barry Ring; N Roche, B Cooper, R Cunningham; A Curtin, Brendan Ring, L Desmond.
Subs: J Ormond for A., Curtin (55).
WATERGRASSHILL: A Foley; E O’Reilly, E Enright, W O’Leary; D McCarthy, S O’Callaghan, G Hogan; A Cronin, P O’Regan; K Coakley, N O’Riordan, J Foley; P Cronin, J Halbert, E Barry.
Referee: D. Kirwan (Eire Óg).
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By Derek Kiely
Evening Echo Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Youghal 2-12 Watergrasshill 2-09
YOUGHAL showed that when it comes to seeing out victories in this years championship, they could have been forgiven for thinking that their first round defeat was a little unfair, but Peter Queallys men made no such mistake last Thursday evening at St. Catherine’s, when they deservedly held on for victory, but an Eight point lead at the short whistle should have been a bigger cushion in the second half.
Youghal played a brilliant first half of hurling, where Bill Cooper, Stephen Twomey and Brendan Ring were outstanding.
Youghal strolled into a four point lead with scores from play from Ring, Cooper, Leigh Desmond and Brett Moloney. It took the hill 11 minutes to register a score, eventually it came from a free from midfielder Paddy O’Regan.
Brendan Ring responded with a free of his own a minute later, but a ‘65’ from O’Regan on the 15th minute made it a four point game once more.
Youghal then got their first goal of the match, when Richard Cunningham played the perfect pass to Desmond who rounded the Watrergrasshill keeper Aidan Foley and carefully slotted the ball home.
Seconds later Ring was on target again from play and a rather shocked looking Watergrasshill side, significantly playing into the breeze trailed by seven.
Eoin Barry pointed for the Hill on the 21st minute, but it did nothing to suppress the Youghal pressure.
Relentless in attack Youghal again found a big gap in the Watergrasshill defence, when Cooper fielded a magnificent ball on the right he found Desmond who fooled the former Tipperary Inter-County hurler Eddie Enright with ease and found Richard Cunningham who drilled the ball into the Watergrasshill net for Youghal’s second goal of the evening.
The Hill had the last say of the first half with a Jason Foley pointed free, but at the break confidence was booming out of the many Youghal supporters who had made the journey to Ballynoe./
The second half performance from the Hill dented that confidence significantly with an early goal from John Halbert and a couple of early points drew the Hill eventually to within a goal, but Youghal had something extra about them and kept chipping away at the score board.
With just 7 minutes remaining Watergrasshill scored their second goal, this time from Jason Foley and just two points separated the sides, but cometh the hour cometh the men as both Cooper and Ring slotted over the winning scores, add to that a couple of significant saves by the Youghal captain and keeper Eoin Coleman and you can round off a very good team performance from the Youghal Gaels
Youghal: E Coleman; S Twomey, J Grace, B O’Sullivan; K Walsh, C Spillane, B Coleman; B Moloney (0-1) B Ring; N Roche, B Cooper (0-3) R Cunningham (1-0); A Curtin (0-1) B Ring (0-6) L Desmond (1-1)
Subs; M Cronin for B Coleman (40) J Ormonde for A Curtin (58)
Watergrasshill; A Foley; E O’Reilly, E Enright, W O’Leary; D McCarthy, S O’Callaghan (0-2) G Hogan; A Cronin, O’Regan (0-3); K Coakley, N O’Riordan, J Foley (1-3); P Cronin, J Halbert (1-0) E Barry (0-1)
Referee; Diarmuid Cronin (Eire Og)