This year we entered a junior lge team to get game time for more players. The team played in Div 4 of the lge and have 3 games left to play.The junior team play in the c grade championship and have their first outing against Glenbower Rovers next Thursday. Like all lower grade competitions in East Cork this year they are all been played on the round Robin format.
With the Cork Senior teams out of competition now it will be all systems go in the next few weeks as the club championship kicks in ,so a busy few weeks ahead.
Like our intermediate hurling team,the football league has also concluded with Youghal finishing bottom of DIV 5.
Overall the team have been competitive and lost some of their games narrowly.Sometimes no's were small for games given management no options as they couldn't make changes .It is also hard to get rhythm when you have a different team and no consistency during the league.
With the league done and dusted for another year ,it is now time to concentrate on Championship, if we want to prolong our season and progress to the latter rounds like last year. Next round of championship is against Millstreet and will be played on the August weekend.
This team are probably the most difficult to organise as with most of the team playing minor, junior and intermediate it's hard to get them together as a unit.This year they will have three games in the championship as it is a round Robin competition. The team played Carrigtwohill in the first round and put in a very gutsy performance. Youghal gave as good as they got and led at half time.The second half was very tight and with 10 mins to go the sides were level.Carrig kicked on in those final mins and ran out winners after a very gallant performance by the Youghal lads.
Fifteen players togged out on the night and hopefully the next night a few more players will be avaliable to give the management some options off the bench.Next game is against Watergrasshill and will be coming up shortly
Under the guidance of 3 current players the junior team are going well and won there 4 league games to date.The team are playing in Div 3 of the East Cork lge and the aim is to try get promoted from Div 3 for this year.
Fielding a blend of youth and experience performances have been good so far.
The team came up short against Carrigtwohill in a very tight championship game played recently 1-14/1-15 been the final score.EOCHAILL missed a few handy frees on the night and some day we might learn that referees don't change their minds and players need to get on with it.The team meet St.Catherines in the next round of championship and have 3 games left to play in the league,where hopefully they can get to a final and more importantly, get promoted to Div 2 for next year.
With the new league format finishing on July 14th,Youghal finished at the bottom of the table and are relegated to Div 3 for next year.
The team didn't have a good league losing ten of the eleven games played. The good thing from a club point of view is the game time given to younger players.
For a lot of the games the team performance was ok but the second last against neighbours Fr.O'NEILL'S had to be our low point.This game also doubled up as an Abernethy Cup 1/4 final.
It's all about the championship now and the lads have 5 weeks to get themselves ready if they want to be playing in September or twiddling the thumbs until next spring. Total commitment is what's needed now if we are to put a stop to this losing streak that we are on.