Youghal 0-11 Kilnamartra 1-12.
Youghal bowed out of this years competition after a dissapointing result in Pairc Ui Rinn. They got off to the worst possible start when they conceded 1-2 inside the opening 2 minutes and then lost the services of long standing servant to Youghal football Paul O 'Driscoll, when he had to retire with a groin injury with less than 5 minutes, and this certainly had a profound affect on this game, as there was very little between both teams for the full hour, but the Youghal lads will know they could have won this one had they taken any one of four great goal chances that came their way in the first half, the highlight of which was an unbelievable point from a sideline kick at the corner flag by Leigh Desmond. It was dissapointing for Tony(Baa) Barrett and selectors who put a lot into this squad recently, but it was the overall play of the experienced former Cork great footballer Noel O'Leary, coupled with the impressive pair of Cork Minors, Dineen and Desmond that was the difference between the sides in the end.
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Youghal 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-15
It was a night for Youghal to celebrate a significant victory after the bitter disappointment of losing in the first round following their return to senior ranks in the Cork SHC.
And their supporters acknowledged it in kind by applauding them off the field in Carrigtwohill on Saturday.
Conversely, it was another setback for a confident Na Piarsaigh who made the early running only for their challenge to be undermined by two goals in the second quarter and weakened by inefficient forward play in the second half.
Notably, rising Cork star Bill Cooper played a key role in the Youghal victory, having a bigger impact than Christopher Joyce for Na Piarsaigh. John Gardiner never really settled, was yellow-carded in the 19th minute, cautioned after giving away a penalty and didn’t appear for the second half.
The city side’s unhappiness with the outcome was reflected in a polite refusal to publicly comment. In sharp contrast, winning manager Christy Cooney was in high spirits after the final whistle, describing it as “a great night for the Youghal club”.
“It’s always hard when you come from intermediate up to senior,” he said, adding that they were “in better shape” for this test.
“We played very few matches — just a lot of hurling on the field — and our lads were well up for it. I know Na Piarsaigh got a goal in the last minute but we were always that bit better. It’s upwards and onwards for us now. We’re thrilled. It takes enormous pressure off us to be in a position to stay up senior.”
Named at centre-back but lining up at the edge of the square, Gardiner had little involvement in the early stages and the best of Na Piarsaigh’s play came from the forwards. Padraig Gould and Cian O’Mahony were quick to make an impression on the two wings and good approach play generally saw them lead 0-6 to 0-2 after 11 minutes.
The two Youghal points had come from Brendan Ring, the first from a free won by Bill Cooper and – praised by Cooney for his “class” – he was to finish top scorer with 1-8. His goal, the result of good work by full-forward Brett Moloney, came in the 14th minute and, followed quickly by a point from Moloney, it had them level and in a position which didn’t appear likely earlier on.
Opposed by Ó hAilpín, Cooper covered a lot of ground on the right wing and his inspired play enabled the seasiders to become more competitive. And, he was the player fouled by Gardiner for the 23rd minute penalty from which Leigh Desmond scored to complement his general play around midfield.
Almost immediately afterwards, Na Piarsaigh had an opportunity to get the ball in the net, from an opening made by Alan Kenneally, but as he attempted to strike on the turn, wing-back Michéal Ó Cróinín blocked his shot. Half-time saw Youghal lead 2-6 to 0-11, with all of Na Piarsaigh’s scores coming from play and all six forwards contributing. Resuming with Joyce at full-back (before moving outfield later), Na Piarsaigh paid the penalty for some early missed chances. Cooper showed the way for Youghal with a well-worked point and while they added four more up to the threequarters stage, the city side were confined to a single score from O’Mahony in the same period.
The last ten minutes saw Na Piarsaigh penetrate more, except that they found it increasingly difficult to get sores against a defence in which John Grace and Conor Spillane were commanding in the centre. Indiscipline at the other end also proved costly, meaning that the game was as good as decided before Gould goaled from an angled free in injury time.
Scorers for Youghal: B Ring (1-8, 0-4fs), L Desmond (1-0 pen), B Cooper and B Moloney (0-2 each), AF O’Connor and C O’Mahony (0-1 each).
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: P Gould (1-3, 1-0f), C O’Mahony (0-4), K Buckley (1 65), S O’Sullivan and E Moynihan (0-2 each), P Bourke and A Kenneally (0-1 each).
YOUGHAL: R Cunningham (capt); B O’Sullivan, J Grace, Barry Ring; M Ó Cróinín, C Spillane, K Walsh; L Desmond, O Dempsey; B Cooper, AF O’Connor, D Ring; N Roche, B Moloney, Brendan Ring.
Sub: C O’Mahony for Dempsey (29).
NA PIARSAIGH: D O’Connell; D Mannix, J Gardiner, C Buckley; A Dennehy, C Joyce, S Óg Ó hAilpín; E Moynihan, R McGregor; P Gould, P Rourke, C O’Mahony; A Kenneally, S O’Sullivan, K Buckley.
Subs: A Dennehy for Gardiner (ht), S Warren for O’Mahony (39), S Curtin for McGregor (42), S Duggan for Kenneally (44).
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).
Youghal 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-15.
If Frank Keane, author of "Up The Youghal Boys" a best seller which was published way back in 1991, ever decides to write another book on the history of Youghal Gaa from that year up to the present time, then events that unfolded last Saturday night in Carrigtwohill will surely be one of his highlights.
If memory serves me right it is 30 years since the seaside town last won a Senior Championship hurling game and the celebrations were unbelievable at the full time whistle. Yes the club had a wonderful season last year, and to be back up senior was a dream come true but to beat a star strewn Piarsaigh side, and in the process secure senior status again for 2015 was nothing less than this battle hardened panel of players deserve. Maybe not a classic game of hurling, but the intensity over the full 60 minutes was immense. The loss to Newtownshandrum in the first round was something in the distant past, and this was a whole new ball game, confidence looked high among the players in the warm up and the huge following that this squad has behind them nowadays, were very vocal as soon as the ball was thrown in. Na Piarsaigh were on the score board in the first minute when influential corner forward Paudraigh Gould scored his first point and who contributed a total of 1-4 over the hour, before Brendan Ring had 2 points, one from a free, while in between Alan Keneally, nephew of former Cork great Tony O'Sullivan had another to level matters 0-2 a piece. Then Na Piarsaigh upped the tempo of the game and 4 unanswered points saw them lead 0-6 to 0-2 by the 10th minute. Bill Cooper stemmed the tide for Youghal with a beauty before Keith Buckley restored Na Piarsaigh's 4 point lead. Then came a brilliant passage of play from the Youghal lads that ended with Brendan Ring rattling the net with a superb goal in the 15th minute, followed within seconds by a point from the excellent Brett Moloney to leave the score midway through the first half 1-04 to 0-7. Brendan Ring and Stephen O'Sullivan exchanged points before Bill Cooper, who showed huge leadership qualities right throughout this game, was unceremoniously brought down in the square as he was about to unleash a shot for goal, by John Gardiner who was already on a yellow card and was lucky to escape without a second one for this infringement. As in the game against Newtownshandrum, up stepped Leigh Desmond to take the resultant penalty and bury the ball in the back of the net. Cian O'Mahony added a point for Na Piarsaigh to leave the score 2-5 to 0-9 before a huge turning point in this game. Na Piarsaigh looked to be in for a goal when Barry Ring, who had my nomination for man of the match brought off a miracle save and from the clearence Brett Moloney pointed at the other end for what in effect was a 4 point turnaround. Na Piarsaigh added 2 more points before the half time whistle to leave the game delecately balanced Youghal 2-06 Na Piarsaigh 0-11. In those first thirty minutes, and indeed even more so in the second half, the 6 Youghal backs performed majestically under intense pressure, and with Kenneth Walsh working like the proverbial "old dog for the hard road" one had the feeling that this was going to be a very special night for the seasiders. Na Piarsaigh started the second half without the services of John Gardiner and it was left to Sean Og O' Halpin and current Cork senior Christopher Joyce who lined out at midfield to try and ressurect Na Piarsaigh's fortunes.
The first few scores of the second half were going to be crucial and Youghal's latest Munster Senior Medal winner with Cork, Bill Cooper opened the scoring after five minutes with as good a score as will ever be seen in a hurling field, when he took the ball on the run out along side the sideline and off his left, pointed a beauty, to be followed by two more points from Brendan Ring to give Youghal a little breathing space, 2-09 to 0-11 before Piarsaigh got one back only for another one from a free by Brendan Ring and another from Alan Frahill O'Connor, playing his first full game since his leg surgery, left the score 2-11 to 0-13 with 15 minutes remaining, and Youghal looking good. From there to the finish Brendan Ring converted a free and a 65 to bring his tally for the hour to a whopping 1-8, and just as he did to win the County final last year with an injury time winner against Castleyons, super sub Ciaran O'Mahoney hit over a beauty to finish the scoring for Youghal and in the 26th minute Ritchie Cunningham, the Cork Intermediate goalkeeper who play Galway shortly in the All Ireland semi final, brought off a very courageous save, to deny the opposition a certain goal. Na Piarsaigh fought to the bitter end and had narrowed the gap to 5 points before Paudraigh Gould struck for a goal from a free deep into injury time to give the Youghal lads a nervy last few seconds. But it was Youghal's night, and nobody could deprive them of this latest marvellous victory. Congratulations to all involved and who knows, we might have to listen to O'Laochdha's version of " Sweet Yawl Bay" again, in Cricklewood sooner than we thought.
The draw for the 4th round was made after the game in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, and Youghal were paired with my own home village of Carrigtwohill (lovely) with the winners to play either Midleton or Douglas in the 1/4 final.
The Eochaill U7‟s have been regular attendees at the Rebel Og blitz blitzes over the summer months. These 3 weekly blitzes as well as an extra Wednesday night training sessions have served to increase both the skill level and enjoyment level for all the lads. A great week was also had at the recently held Cúl Camp. The good news is we plan to keep up the good work over the next few months. A special note of thanks to the regular coaches Alan Healy & Colie Walsh as well as the other dads and even granddads that help out at training and blitzes! During September plans are in place to hold a parish football league for the U7 &8‟s following on from the success of the hurling version (Fe 9-11)! Looking forward to seeing you all there. Brendan
Panel: Charlie Healy, Phoenix Troy, Cian Galvin, Tadgh Reilly, Cal Cashman, Jack Clancy, Conor Coffey, Fionn Crotty Nagle, Hugh Carson, Jack Brennan, Jack Leahy, Harry Fitzgerald, Ryan Cunningham, Josh Hickey, Conor O Brien, Alex Hennessy, Leo Murray, Noah Bates, Jimmy Nicholson, Rory Walsh, Finn Coleman, Harry Philips
The week started brightly on the hurling front when Youghal's second team defeated near neighbours Killeagh in the championship. Trailing at half time by 1-5 to 0-5, the lads found plenty In the second half, and a goal by Ronan Sullivan ensured victory and a place in the next round. The victory was achieved by big performances from Brendan Coleman and Barry Goggin in the half back line, Aron Kenny at midfield, Conor Sullivan at centre forward and a brilliant display from Darragh O'Connell at corner forward. So well done to the management team of Stevie Twomey, John Ward and Miko Brien for keeping the lads on the senior panel on their toes with this bunch of very determined players breathing down their necks looking for their place in the first team.
TEAM. S Spillane M Flaherty C O'Laochdha L Mc Carthy Bill Mc Grath B Coleman B Goggin J Ormonde A Kenny D Scanlon C Sullivan P O'Mahoney D O'Connell R Sullivan A Joyce.
Subs used; M Farrell Vincent Murray ( yes readers he is still trying) Rory Walsh and Conor Hennessy.
Our under 6 players have had a busy few weeks playing hurling and football. They have enjoyed every minutes while learning a few new skills along the way. On Saturday 25 July we travelled to Killeagh for a monster hurling blitz, we had five teams on the day. Team A: Andy O Sullivan, Jack Mc Carthy, Isaac Mc Mahon, Jayden Linehan and Nathan Geary. They had two games playing Kilta Og & Killeagh. Managers - Carmel O‟Sullivan & PJ McCarthy. Team B: Marley Walsh, Ciaran Hehir, Cormac Foley, Dylan Hogan, Abbey Cooper and Sam Murray. They played Killeagh & Lisgoold. Managers - Joe Hehir & Aidan Foley. Team C - Donnacha Coleman, Brian Griffin, Shauna Smiddy, Leo Nicolson and Shane Coffey. They played Kilta Og & Carrig na Bhfearr. Managers - Eoin Coleman. Team D: Darragh Murray, Mathew Murray, Enda Terry, Seoirse Hill, Grace O‟Callaghan, Oisin Walsh. They played Kilta Og & Russell Rovers. Managers - Warren Terry & Vincent Murray. Team E - Oisin Crowley, Cian O Connell, Adam O Leary, Conor O Sullivan and Carthaoch O Leary. They played Kilta Og & Killeagh. Managers - Hilary Crowley & Joe O Connell.
Saturday 15 August we played in a monster East Cork hurling blitz that we hosted in Youghal. There were 18 teams on the day - Youghal, Midleton, Kilta Og, Russell Rovers & Carrig na Bhfearr. Team A: Andy O‟Sullivan, Ciaran Hehir, Cormac Foley, Ben O Driscoll, Sean Lyons, Amy Lyons, Nathan Geary, Abbey Cooper, Seoirse Hill and Leah Lenane. They played Midleton & Kilta Og. Managers - Carmel O‟Sullivan, Joe Hehir & Paul O‟Driscoll. Team B: Marley Walsh, Brian Griffin, Donnacha Coleman, Killian McCleverty, Isaac Mc Mahon, Dylan Hogan, Sam Murray and Charlie Varion. They played Carrig Na Bhfearr and Midleton. Managers - Eoin Coleman & Claire Mc Cleverty. Team C: Oisin Crowley, Carthaoch O‟Leary, Oisin Walsh, Jayden Lenihan, Evan O‟Driscoll, Cian O‟Connell and Michael Donnelly. They played Kilta Og & Midleton. Managers - Hilary Crowley & Joe O Connell. Team D: Darragh Murray, Mathew Murray, Adam O‟Leary, Enda Terry, Leo Nicolson, Eirinn O‟Brien, Grace O‟Callaghan, Sam Coleman and Eoghan Gleeson. They played Kilta Og & Russell Rovers. Managers - Carmel O‟Brien, Warren Terry & Vincent Murray.
Saturday 22 August we played our first football blitz away to Killeagh. Each Youghal team played Killeagh in 2 matches. Team A: Marley Walsh, Ciaran Hehir, Cormac Foley, Conor Clancy, Sam Coleman, Ben O‟Driscoll and Dylan Hogan. Managers - Aidan Foley and Paul O‟Driscoll. Team B: Oisin Crowley, Cian O Connell, Leo Nicholson, Isaac Mc Mahon, Evan O‟Driscoll, Sean Scully, Charlie Varion and Michael Donnelly. Managers - Hilary Crowley & Joe O Connell. Team C: Andy O Sullivan, Jack Mc Carthy, Killian Mc Cleverty, Conor O‟Sullivan, Nathan Geary, Seoirse Hill and Cathal Horgan. Managers - Carmel O‟Sullivan, Claire McCleverty and PJ McCarthy.