BY Ian Cusack (Courtesy of www.irishexaminer.ie)
Youghal 5-16 Tracton 0-11
A vastly superior Youghal outfit inflictedy
Monday, July 30, 2012 a humiliating defeat on Tracton in this one-sided Premier IHC meeting at Caherlag on Saturday.
It was a relief to all in attendance that there was no repeat of the fighting which marred last year’s encounter between these two sides, however the game provided little in the way of edge-of-the-seat entertainment as Youghal dominated throughout.
Playing with the strong breeze, Youghal hit top gear from the first whistle and by half-time they had racked up a 2-11 to 0-2 lead and should have been further ahead, having registered eight wides.
Captain Brendan Ring proved flawless from the dead ball, knocking over seven frees and a 65 as well as striking two points from play to claim a tally of 0-10.
Potency in attack was a major difference between the sides. Tracton never looked like creating a goal while Youghal threatened the net every time they got the ball to their full-forward line.
Corner-forwards Alan Frahill O’Connor and Jonathan Ormonde claimed goals in each half with centre forward Brendan Coleman also netting in a ruthless display of finishing.
Tracton couldn’t be faulted for resilience, to their credit they battled until the final whistle but they had no answer for the pace and skill of Youghal, who seemed to have the edge in every department.
The extent of Youghal’s control was reflected in the fact Tracton only managed three points from open play in the 60 minutes, from Seán O’Sullivan and Kieran Lynch, and those came in the final quarter.
It didn’t take Youghal long to get a grip on proceedings with O’Connor handing them the lead with a point inside the opening minute.
Tracton did little to help their cause by repeatedly giving away needless frees in their own half and with Ring on form Youghal were able to build up an early lead without breaking a sweat.
Having missed two early frees, Ronan Walsh finally opened Tracton’s account after 15 minutes but Youghal’s response was immediate with O’Connor flicking a pass from Brett Maloney into the net to open up a seven-point lead.
A second Walsh point was followed by three Ring frees before Ormonde got on the end of a long Andrew Curtin ball to hit Youghal’s second goal and knock the wind out of Tracton on the stroke of half-time.
Youghal got off the mark in the second half with another goal. This time Coleman applied the crucial touch, when he flicked a long Ring free into the Tracton net.
James O’Mahony looked to have netted seven minutes later but Tracton keeper Damien Walsh kept the effort out only for Ormonde to knock in the rebound to make it 4-11 to 0-4.
With the contest decided, Youghal understandably sat back somewhat and the sides traded point for point during a rather lacklustre third quarter.
Tracton tried to up their game late on, hoping to bring some respectability on the scoreboard and O’Sullivan produced two fine points in quick succession to mark their only purple patch in the match five minutes from time.
But Youghal were determined to go out on a high and it was O’Connor who supplied the final flurry with a tremendous double score, sending over a brilliant point before smashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner of the net to complete the rout.
Scorers for Youghal: B Ring 0-10 (7fs, 1 65), AF O’Connor 2-3, J Ormonde 2-0, B Coleman 1-0, J O’Mahony 0-2, A Curtin 0-1.
Scorers for Tracton: R Walsh 0-8 (7fs, 1 65), S O’Sullivan 0-2, K Lynch 0-1.
YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; B Ring; J Grace; S Twomey; B Goggin; C Spillane; D Ring; N Roche; J O’Mahony; A Curtin; B Coleman; B Maloney; J Ormonde; B Ring; AF O’Connor.
Subs: K Dempsey for Brendan Ring (56), K Walsh for O’Mahony (57).
TRACTON: D Walsh; B Lynch; M Barry; C McGuinness; R Cronin; K Corrigan; C Lordan; K Lynch; J Harrington; S O’Sullivan; J Kingston; G Kingston; R Walsh; F Lynch; M Sullivan.
Subs: David O’Callaghan for G Kingston (36), T McGuiness for Harrington (37), J Kingston for F Lynch (54).
Referee: J Sexton (Ballyhea).
Our U10s travelled to Rostellan to take on the local hosts Aghada on a sunny Friday evening with conditions perfect for football. In front of a big enthusiastic crowd of families and friends both sides gave a brilliant exhibition of football over the 2 halves. In a tight game throughout with each side complimenting each other's scores mistakes were to the prove the difference between the sides. 2 goals in the first half gave the Youghal girls a slight lead of 2-2 to 1-4. The second half proved to be a tight affair with both teams going all out for a win. At the final whistle Aghada won by a goal much to the bitter disappointment of the Youghal girls who could not be faulted on the night. Best for Youghal were Niamh Flavin, Hannah O'Keffee and Sarah O'Sullivan.
In our next U10FL Youghal beat a much younger Carrigtwohill team in Magners Hill to leave them with 2 wins out of 5 in the league. On the night Youghal were best served by Sorcha Connolly, Chloe O'Connell, Abby Goggin and Ciara Kiely.
By Derek Kiely
Youghal 5-16,Tracton 0-11
WHAT an incredible performance this was from the Youghal team who dominated matters from start to finish at Caherlag in a performance that would match any game seen this weekend.
When the two sides met last year Youghal's dominant hurling should have been the only talking point, because on that occasion in Riverstown last year Youghal were out the gate with ten minutes to spare, despite losing Bill Cooper to a serious foul, but after Saturday nights performance the only talking points will be the way Youghal struck the net on five occasions and the fluency of their play and the masterful stick work of all the team from the back line right through to the full forward line.
Youghal struck early with a score from play off Alan Frahill-O'Connor just one minute in, then the Youghal Captain Brendan Ring raised the first of his ten white flags during the evening and like a flash it was five scores without reply on the 8th minute following two further pointed free's from the Youghal Captain and a masterful score from half way from James O'Mahony.
The first score from Tracton came from a Michael Cahalane free on the 13th minute, but the cheer from the Tracton faithful was soon silenced seconds later when a great ball from Jonathan Ormonde bounced invitingly between Frahill-O'Connor and the Tracton keeper Damien Walsh and there was only going to be one winner as the Youghal corner forward threw his body on the line and buried the ball into the Tracton net.
Ring was on target soon after with another pin point accurate free and on the 18th minute O'Mahony sent over his second point of the night for Youghal giving his side the 9 point advantage.
Tracton were very restricted by the Youghal half back line with Barry Goggin, Conor Spillane and Damien Ring snuffing out attack after attack limiting the Tracton team to free's from Cahalane who pointed his sides only other score of the first half with eleven minutes remaining to the short whistle.
Youghal piled on the scores before the break with Brendan Ring firing over three free's on the 23rd, 25th and 27th minutes respectively, then on the stroke of half time Youghal had their second goal of the match when a beauty of a pass from John Grace found Jonathan Ormonde and the man from Youghal blasted the ball home, Ring added another pointed free before the Réiteoir Seán Ó Seasnáin blew the half time whistle leaving Peter Queally's men 15 points clear at the break, 'Game Over'
The second half started brilliantly for Youghal with yet another goal when a long ball in was met brilliantly by Brendan Coleman who connected to send the ball into the Tracton net.
Tractons response was two Cahalane free's, before Youghal piled on the agony with another goal.
Jonathan Ormonde had already seen green in the first half, by the 10th minute of the second half it was becoming his favourite colour when he netted again and this match was turning into a bit of a slaughter.
Cahalane pointed, Andrew Curtin sent one over in response for Youghal and when Cahalane was on target again for Tracton, Alan Frahill O'Connor sent one straight back, leaving a massive 19 points between the sides with 15 minutes to go.
Tracton eventually got a score from play on the 46th minute from Kieran Lynch, but this wasn't down to poor shooting from a Tracton point of view, the lack of scoring chances for Youghal's opposition was down to the dynamic play of players like Nigel Roche, Barry Ring, Stephen Twomey, Brett Moloney and the very talented John Grace.
Brendan Ring sent over yet another free on the 48th minute, Tracton got another pointed free, that was wiped out seconds later as Ring split the posts putting yet another free over the bar.
Tracton got three late scores, but the moment of the match for me came on the 59th minute, when a ball out to the left corner found Alan Frahill-O'Connor who caught the ball brilliantly, dropped on to his right shoulder and from 20 meters out at an angle he struck a rocket of a shot into the top right hand corner of the goal, leaving the Tracton keeper motionless, it was a goal that would grace any hurling arena, it was a bullet of a goal.
The referee blew the final whistle and just like twelve months earlier the quality hurlers left the sod at Caherlag victorious, just like they did in Riverstown last year.
Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring 0-10 (8f) Alan Frahill-O'Connor 2-03, Jonathan Ormonde 2-00, Brendan Coleman 1-00, James O'Mahony 0-02,Andrew Curtin 0-01.
Tracton: M Cahalane 0-8f, S O'Sullivan 0-2, K Lynch 0-1.
YOUGHAL: Richie Cunninghan; Barry Ring, John Grace, Stephen Twomey; Barry Goggin, Conor Spillane, Damien Ring; Nigel Roche, James O'Mahony; Andrew Curtin, Brendan Coleman, Brett Moloney; Jonathan Ormonde, Brendan Ring (Capt) Alan Frahill-O'Connor.
Subs: Ken Dempsey for Brendan Ring (52) Kenneth Walsh for James O'Mahony (55)
TRACTON: D Walsh; B Lynch, M Barry, C McGuinness; R Cronin (Capt) K Corrigan, C Lordan; K Lynch, J Harrington; S O'Sullivan, J Kingston, G Kingston; M Chalane, A Johnson, F Lynch.
Referee: Seán Ó Seasnáin (Baile hAodha)
In the East Cork Plate Final hosted in Youghal GAA grounds our U12 girls were victorious against a very strong Cloyne team. Youghal went into this game after beating St. Colmans of Shanagarry in the semi final. On a very poor evening weather wise for any game credit much go to both teams for a very entertaining game of football and to both sets of supporters who came displaying their colours galore. Both teams gave it their all over both halves and at the short whistle the Youghal girls lead 2-0 to 1-2 afte just getting a goal before half time. As expected the Cloyne girls came back to lead with just 10 minutes remaining on a score line of 2-3 to 2-1. With both sets of supporters really getting behind their teams it was nick and tuck with chances going amiss on both sides and it was anyone's game heading into to final minutes. A slick move started by captain and superb full-back on the night, Keilin Coleman, ended up with a late Youghal goal which proved to be the difference between two very evenly matched teams on the night for a Youghal victory on a scoreline of 4-1 to 2-3 It was a great team spirit at the end with Youghal retaining the plate for the second year in a row. The team paraded through the town with honours which is becoming a very welcome tradition for this young club.
The month of July will be a quiet affair on the training ground until August when full steam ahead for championship in September . A big thank you goes out to all parents and supporters for all the help on the evening.
Our Minor hurlers travelled to Killeagh on Thursday 5th July to take on St Vincents in round 1 of the East Region A grade hurling championship. We started brightly and took the game to St Vincents with Ronan O’Sullivan & Colin Keenaghan at midfield supplying good ball to the inside forward line of Mark Coady, David O’Mahony & Ollie Dempsey. After 10 mins we were 2-3 to 0-2 up. Dale Donoughe finished of the first half with a well taken goal after good work by Lee Mc Carthy and Chris Savage.
The second saw St Vincents make a good start and only for some resolute defending by Bill McGrath, Chris Morrison, and Michael O’Neill they might have forged a way back into the game. Mark Flaherty and Matthew Farrell combined to set up David O’Mahony for a goal; from here on in we were in control of the game and ran out comfortable winners in the end. Next up is the winners of Nemo Rangers & Inniscarra.
Team – K Ransom, C Savage, L McCarthy, M O’Neill, B McGrath, C Morrison, M Flaherty, Colin Keenaghan, Ronan O’Sullivan, M Farrell, A O’Neill, D Donoughe [Capt], O Dempsey, D O’Mahony, M Coady. Subs – D Walsh for O Dempsey, R Walsh for M Farrell, C Hennessy for B McGrath, R Coady for M,O’Neill.
By Ian Cusack Courtesy of The Irish Examiner.
Beara 0-14 Youghal 0-07
Beara enjoyed a comfortable passage through to the Cork U21AFC semi-final with a comprehensive victory over Youghal in Macroom on Saturday.
A clinical spell at the start of both halves effectively killed Youghal off, leaving them six points behind with twenty minutes remaining.
The East Cork outfit were far too dependent on individual brilliance from Dale O’Donoghue, James O’Mahony and David Scanlon while Beara possessed a deadly weapon in the shape of Dean Murphy who scored 0-8 from full-forward.
Beara selector Finbarr Harrington believes his team’s powerful opening was the crucial factor:
"We knew coming down here we couldn’t let Youghal get on top of us," he said.
"We saw Youghal playing in the East Cork final and they are a tough, tenacious team and we knew if they got on top of us that we would then struggle so we knew we had to get going from the start and luckily for us we had a good start.
Beara hit top gear from the throw-in with Brian Terry O’Sullivan and Connie Shea dominating in midfield while Seán Terry O’Sullivan and Dean Murphy proved their effectiveness in front of goal with an early brace each putting their side four points up inside six minutes.
Murphy knocked over another before Adrian Curtin finally opened Youghal’s account, converting a free on the ten minute mark.
Despite dictating proceedings, Beara’s scoring touch seemed to desert them and Youghal looked dangerous on their rare forays into Beara territory. O’Donoghue was unlucky not to net when he got on the end of an O’Mahony pass, his effort flying just over for a point.
Youghal had the final say when David O’Mahony kicked a late point to leave Beara just 0-7 to 0-4 ahead.
Just as they had done in the first half, Beara came flying out of the traps after the changeover and four points without reply settled the contest.
Youghal finally enjoyed something of a purple patch with 15 minutes remaining and points from Scanlon, O’Mahony and Curtin restored some respectability to the scoreboard before Murphy struck a hat-trick of late points to hammer home Beara’s superiority.
Scorers for Beara: D Murphy 0-8 (4fs), J Walsh 0-3 (f), ST O’Sullivan 0-2, D Harrington 0-1.
Scorers for Youghal: A Curtin 0-3fs, D O’Mahony, J O’Mahony, D Scanlon, D O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
BEARA: A Dunne (Urhan); D Cronin (Urhan); L Harrington (Adrigole); M O’Neill (Adrigole); E Murphy (Garnish); F Sheehan (Garnish); C O’Neill (Adrigole); BT O’Sullivan (Garnish); C Shea (Adrigole); ST O’Sullivan (Garnish); D Harrington (Adrigole); H Sullivan (Garnish); TJ O’Sullivan (Adrigole); D Murphy (Castletownbere); J Walsh (Castletownbere).
Subs: C McElhinney (Glengarrif) for Sheehan (ht), F Dwyer (Urhan) for M O’Neill (ht), D Murphy (Castletownbere) for D Harrington (49), L Daly (Urhan) for C O’Neill (59).
YOUGHAL: S O’Sullivan; D Power; A Kenny; A Curtin; R O’Sullivan; M Cronin; P O’Sullivan; D O’Mahony; A Daly; B Donoghue; J O’Mahony; D Scanlon; A O’Connor; D O’Donoghue; A Curtin.
Subs: K Coyne for A Curtin (12), C Keenaghan for Kenny (50).
Referee: D Murnane (Macroom).