Gray's last point rescues Kinsale
By Denis Hurley (Courtesy of Irish Examiner)
Youghal 0-11 Kinsale 1-8
YOUGHAL and Kinsale must meet again for a place in the semi-finals of the Cork IFC after their stalemate at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.
Having looked liked victors for long periods after leading from the 22nd to the 58th minutes, Kinsale then appeared to be heading out as Youghal rediscovered their scoring touch with a blitz of four points in five minutes, having gone 19 minutes without a score.
Derry O’Callaghan’s monstrous – and disputed – point levelled it at 1-7 to 0-10 in the 60th minute for Kinsale, but despite lots of pressure they could not get the winner in injury time. While James O’Mahony then scored to put Youghal back in the lead in the 64th minute, there were still three more minutes of added time, with Barry Gray pointing at the death to secure a replay for the south-east side.
In the first-half, Youghal were unable to convert their early dominance into scores, Paul Moylan’s sharpshooting notwithstanding, and then when Kinsale got on top they failed to take their chances.
They had kicked eight wides by half-time having played with the wind, though it must be said that, once Derry O’Callaghan’s 13th-minute goal drew them level at 0-3 to 1-0, they were playing the more fluid football.
Their half-forward line of Barry Gray, Brian Coughlan and Niall Stanley were linking very well while Gearóid Finn also weighed in as Youghal’s early fluency began to desert them.
Moylan, who scored the game’s first three points, was their most dangerous attacker, but O’Mahony’s point to draw them level at 1-2 to 0-5 in the 20th minute was their last one of the half.
Finn and Coughlan, with the last score of the half, pointed to give Kinsale a slight cushion, but turning with the wind Youghal would still have been fancied. While Brendan Ring did score the first point of the half, Finn responded immediately, and despite having more territory, Youghal wasted three goal chances, Paul Kelly, Nigel Roche and Moylan all guilty.
Barry Ring was very good at centre-back for the Imokilly club, though, and Kinsale were denied chances until Finn pushed them three clear in the 54th minute.
Subs Jonathan Ormond and Conor Spillane pointed for Youghal before two by Brendan Ring, though, putting them back in front before the frantic closing stages.
Scorers for Youghal: P Moylan (0-2f), B Ring (0-1f), 0-3 each, J O’Mahony 0-2, J Ormonde, N Roche, C Spillane 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kinsale: G Finn 0-4 (0-1f), D O’Callaghan 1-1, B Gray, B Coughlan, N Stanley 0-1 each.
YOUGHAL: S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, P O’Driscoll, A Fox; M Cronin, Barry Ring, B Coleman; K Dempsey, D Ring; J O’Mahony, Brendan Ring, P Kelly; N Roche, D O’Mahony, P Moylan.
Subs: B Cooper for D Ring (half-time), C Spillane for D O’Mahony (37), J Ormonde for Moylan (53).
KINSALE: C Hackett; N McCarthy, M O’Sullivan, C McCarthy; J Gould, J Keohane, R O’Sullivan; D O’Callaghan, D Coughlan; B Coughlan, A Gould, N Stanley; B Gray, C O’Sullivan, G Finn.
Subs: M Coughlan for Gould (37), P Buckley for C O’Sullivan (43, injured), M Eaton for Buckley (54 injured), C Stallard for C McCarthy (55), D Murphy for Stanley (59).
Referee: P Downey (Inniscarra)
Youghal travelled to Newcestown last Friday evening, weather not our side for travelling but the journey had to be made.
Youghal had a slow start in the game with Niamh Roche showing some great play as full back to keep the ball out, and Clodagh O Keeffe in goals, but Newcestown kept the pressure on with 2 pts before Youghal realised they were in a game they needed to fight for. Youghal gradually came into the game and showed the Newcestown what they were made of with only the 2 pts separating them at half time.
Half time score 2-2 to Youghal’s 2 goals coming from Erin Galvin and Ciara Falvin.
Youghal started the second half a full speed, but so too did the Newcestown girls who ran in packs and stopped the Youghal girls hurling to their ability. A further goal from Niamh Kelly and points from Aofie McCarthy wasn’t enough to secure a place in the semi final of the U14 League for 2011.
Team: Clodagh O Keeffe, Chloe Landers, Niamh Roche, Elizabeth Brennan, Lousie Dempsey, Amerah Hickey, Eimear Farrell, Shauna O Connell, Catriona O Keeffe, Aoife Daly, Aoife McCarthy, Aoife O Neill, Niamh Kelly, Erin Galvin, Ciara Flavin.
Subs: Cassie O Brien for Ciara Flavin, Siobhan O Brien for Elizabeth Brennan, Aine Forest for Aoife O Neill, Sarah Keane, Ashling Cremin, Ellen O Brien.
By Derek Kiely
Youghal Comfortably through to the Semi Finals with a four point victory at Pairc Ui Rinn
Evening Echo Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Eochaill 0-19 Valley Rovers 3-06
Youghal have made it through to the semi final of the 2011 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship with a win over Valley Rovers on Sunday night and after a week of distractions off the field, the smiles were broad and wide on the turf at Pairc Ui Rinn at the final whistle of what was another important victory for the Youghal men.
Youghal under Peter Queally were here last year and know only too well the heartbreak of coming so close, but yet so far, but this year nothing has been taken for granted, no stone has been left unturned and the spirit within the group is fantastic.
Valley drew first blood with a fine score off Richard Butler, but then Youghal started the ball rolling in their direction with 5 unanswered points four points from play and a monster strike.
Youghal leveled through Lee Desmond on the third minute, then led through Brendan Ring two minutes later.
Youghal then added three further points in a five minute spell. James O'Mahony, Andrew Curtin and huge free from miles out off Damien Ring all pointing and on the 11 minute mark the Youghal Gaels led by four points.
Ray O'Donovan and Eamonn Collins pointed for Valley Rovers, but Youghal's powerhouse duo, Brendan Ring and Lee Desmond added a further two points each to extend Youghal's lead to six points after 25 minutes of play.
Then a mini disaster for Youghal who conceded a soft goal on the 26th minute when a defensive mix up left in Collins who swept the ball into the net.
Youghal responded with a score from Brendan Ring, Valley scored another point before Lee Desmond wrapped up the first half with a score from play to leave Youghal leading by four points at the short whistle.
Youghal started the second half brightly with a score from a Brendan Ring free, but then out of the blue Collins struck another goal for Valley Rovers.
No panic from Youghal who then hit back three pointed scores without reply to redress the balance and the five point advantage, with points from Ciaran O'Mahony and two from Brendan Ring.
Rovers scored a '65' on the 46th minute to reduce Youghal's lead to four points, but again Youghal responded well with two scores, one from Bill Cooper and the other from play off Brendan Ring.
Then with nine minutes to go Valley Rovers were awarded a very controversial penealty and Collins made no mistake converting the chance, but as was the way all night, Youghal responded with pure hurling.
Brendan Ring pointed a free one minute later and then Lee Desmond was on target 3 minutes from time, to give Youghal the five point cushion. Valley did add a further point, but in the end the four point victory was the very least the Youghal side desreved.
There were standout performances for Youghal all over the field and the spirit of the side is stronger than ever.
Scorers for Youghal: Brendan Ring 0-7, Lee Desmond 0-5, Bill Cooper 0-3, Andrew Curtin, Ciaran O'Mahony, Damien Ring and James O'Mahony 0-1 each.
Scorers for Valley Rovers: E Collins 3-1, Chris O'Donovan 0-2, R Butler, R O'Donovan and E Manning 0-1 each.
YOUGHAL: Richard Cunningham; Brendan O'Sullivan, Kenneth Walsh, Stephen Twomey; Barry Ring, Conor Spillane (Captain) Damien Ring; Bill Cooper, Nigel Roche; Ciaran O'Mahony, Brendan Ring, Brett Moloney; James O'Mahony, Lee Desmond, Andrew Curtin.
Subs: Barry Goggin for Stephen Twomey (45) Ken Dempsey for Ciaran O'Mahony (55) Jonathan Ormonde for James 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.
Referee: Peter Downing
The Juniors were in action again last Friday night in the third game of the Championship. There were 4 teams in this round robin fixture - Ballincollig, Glen Rovers, Youghal and Castlemagner. Ballincollig and Castlemagner had 2 wins each under their belt and Youghal had one.
Going into the game against Castlemagner they knew they had to win in order of qualifying for the next round.
Youghal had met Castlemagner earlier this year in the league but Youghal travelled there with alot of their team injured, Castlemagner thought this would be another walk in the park for them.
The game started off well and it didnt take long for it to get into a good rythmn. Youghal were not aloud to hurl much with the phsicalllity that Castlemagner brought to the game.
The new look centre half side, of Catherine O'Donoghue, Ashleigh Corcoran and Kerri Hancock played a fantastic game not leaving the full back line with very little to do. When the ball did come back there which was not to often Michaela Dalton was on top of her marker and did not give her an inch.
Shona cunningham was on form again with her free taking knocking over 8 points from frees.
Shanne Bulman who was left out of the starting 15 against the Glen, showed exactly what she is all about by scoring a lovely point from play in the first half and was undoubtly a great accet to the team on the night. Siobhan Downing was back to her old trickery again this week by putting another goal to the back of the net and popping a fine point over from play.
All our subs got a run and when they came on played a very important role which proves what skill there is in the Youghal side.
The juniors now must await the draw for the next game to see who they will meet, have no doubt about it though, they are side in this Junior B Championship that know they are in with a great chance of bringing home some more silver ware this year.
U13A Imokilly camogie League
Youghal and Cobh played the first game of the Imokilly League competition on Monday 15th August, and it turned out to be a very exciting game in such bad weather on the night.
Youghal under pressure in the first 10 mins of the game where Cobh took advantage and scored a great goal. This in turn woke up the Youghal girls and return the score with 2 points from Erin Galvin in play. Youghal continue the pressure through the first half, leaving the scoreline to 1-0 to Youghal’s 0-2pts at half time. Rain continued to pour down but both teams did not leave this interfer with their game and continued to play great camogie throughout the second half. With Louise Dempsey in half back position not leaving very much pass her and Shauna O Connell kept feeding the ball into the forwards, giving them plenty of work to do, but with the strong Cobh backs Youghal were finding it hard to break through, but eventually just before full time whistle Ciara Crowley found the back of the net.
Youghal scorers: Ciara Crowley 1-0, Erin Galvin 0-2
Team: Lydia Blanke, Chloe Landers, Niamh Roche, Laura White, Aine Forest,Lousie Dempsey, Eimear Farrell, Catriona O Keeffe, Shauna O Connell, Amy Herlihy, Erin Galvin, Aoife O Neill, Ciara Crowley, Clodagh O Keeffe, Fidelma Falvin,Megan Brophy.
Before the game they had bad news with their starting corner back Ann O'Connell having to pull out of the game due to injury. From the throw in Youghal were on top of their game. looking to get revenge after giving away so many frees the week before against Ballincollig the girls knew exactly what they had to do. Their disipline was fantastic throughout the game.
The game got off to a great start for the youghal team with Siobhán Downing scoring a super goal, it was her against 3 defenders and the goal keeper, but the full forward kept her composer and volleyed a perfect goal to the back of the net. Captain Siobhan Downing had been out of the game due to injury for the last number of months and she proved her worth with this perfect display. Youghal continued to dominate the game scoring another 3 points 2 of which were scored by Shona Cunningham and another from Leah Broderick. Young Leah who has returned to the club with a Munster medal U16 with Cork showed exactly why she is a starting forward on the team.
Amy Motherway was also on hand to score a great goal from play, she looked unstoppable throughout the game, making it very dificult for the back to mark her. Shona Cunningham was on top form for the Youghal side scoring another 2 points before Siobhán Downing struck again scoring another goal. Siobhán Downing and Shona Cunningham were to score another 4 points between them before the half-time whistle blew leaving the half-time score at 4-11 to no score.
The second half started off with a bang with Katie Sloane making a great run up the field resulting in a cracking goal from the mid-fielder. Shona Cunningham and Shannen Bulman Joyce who both sent the ball soaring over the bar leaving the final score at a whopping 5-14 to no score leaving the Youghal side victorious. This was a great victory for the girls as the week before the Glen were only beaten in extra time to Castlemagner.
The girls now face Castlemagner in the next round of the Championship and they know exactly what they are up against with Castlemagner beating them margenly in the league. The Glen Rovers game is now behind them and the girls are hard at training this week to prove their worth in the next round.
After winnning the Junior C last year the Youghal side ar in the thick of this Junior B chanpionship and will not lay down without a fight and now with all the girls back to full fitness they are a source to be reckoned with in the Championship.
oughal played the first of 3 games in a round robin series against Ballincollig last Sunday night in Ballincollig.
On the way to the field it looked like the game would be cancelled as the forcast was horendous, but just before the warm up the sun came out and it was a perfect evening for the game.
Conditions were a little slippery and it took both teams a few minutes to settle into the play. The game started off slowly and Ballincollig were the first on the score board scoring from a free. Youghal were given 2 consecutive frees from the 45 but were unable to hold their composure and both went wide.
A change of free taker and Edel O'Connell stepped up to the plate and knocked a fine point over from a placed ball. Ballincollig scored another 2 points from frees leaving the score at 0-3 to 0-1 to the Ballincollig team. Shannen Joyce was nest to score for the youghal side sending a great score over from play. Surging runs from Edel O'Connell and Catherine O'Donoghe into the forward line gave the side line something to cheer about, but it was unlucky for Youghal on the night as they hit the cross bar 4 times, 3 in the first half and once in the second. Another 2 frees were awarded and Ballincollig took all their chances sending both points over the bar. Leah Broderick scored a great answering point from play from the half forward line. At half-time the score stood at 0-5 to 0-3 to Ballincollig. there was no lying down at half time and subsitute Siobhan Downing, who is still not back to full fitness with an ankle injury put a fine point over after 1 minute of the second half, but Ballincollig weren't far behind scoring 2 points from frees. The Youghal side were trailing by 3 points but never dropped the heads, they continued to battle hard and a goal always looked inevitable.
Great runs again from the half back line that were now conecting well with the half forwards made space for each other. The Youghal tactics were starting to come together and a dangerous ball from the youghal forward line resulted in a quick goal from Kerry Handcock leaving the score level. All was looking well with a minute to go then a free was awarded to ballincollig in their half-forward line resulting in a point for Ballincollig leaving the Ballincollig team victourious at 0-8 to 1-4.
The Youghal juniors now take on The Glen on Friday 12th August at the Top field at 7pm please support the girls
By Derek Kiely
East Cork Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship
Russell Rovers 4-11 Youghal 1-14
RUSSELL ROVERS made sure of their place in the next round of the East Cork Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling Championship, with a resounding win over Youghal in Killeagh last Tuesday night and even though they trailed by two points at the short whistle, they looked to have plenty in the locker going into the second period.
Youghal started impressively with an opening score from Keith McCarthy from play on the 2nd minute and Youghal added a further two early points without reply off the sticks of James O’Mahony and Leo Lyons-Troy respectively.
It took Rovers 5 minutes to register a score when the very impressive Daniel Moynihan struck over from play on the right wing 35 meters out.
Youghal replied brilliantly with a Alan Frahill-O’Connor ‘65’ on the 7th minute and a James O’Mahony free on the 9th minute.
Rovers looking rather shaky at this point began to re-group and up popped Shane Fleming with a super score from play on the 11th minute to start the Russell Rovers revival.
O’Mahony slotted a free for Youghal on the 21st minute to restore the 4 point lead, but back came Rovers through Daniel Moynihan and Fleming raising white flags.
Youghal through long range expert Andrew Curtin were three ahead after 21 minutes when he slotted over a monster strike, but Rovers were now awake and two scores from play off Moynihan within a minute put just one point between the sides with 7 minutes of the first half remaining.
To their credit Youghal rallied again with David O’Mahony scoring from play and Curtin sending over another long range effort to re-establish a three point advantage, but two late first half pointed free’s from Moynihan left just one point between them again, before James O’Mahony pointed for Youghal on the 34th minute of the first half.
The second half got off to a flier for Rovers when just two minutes in Rovers wing forward Kevin O’Brien, playing in the corner finished off a great move with the matches opening goal.
Youghal responded with a free from Curtin to level matters, but Russell Rovers Kevin Tattan re-established the lead with a point from play.
Curtin again showed tremendous accuracy on the 40th minute when he sent over a long range free to level the game again. Moynihan pointed from a placed ball for Rovers, only for O’Mahony to respond with a pointed free of his own seconds later, making it a level game yet again.
Then the game really swung the way of the men from Shanagarry with a goal on the 41st minute from Shane Fleming and even though Youghal did respond with a score from Leo Lyons-Troy two minutes later it wasn’t enough to stop Rovers who dominated the rest of proceedings with a scoring spree of two goals, one from James Moynihan and the other from Kevin Ivors, plus a point on the 62nd minute from play off Eoin McGrath.
Youghal did get a late consolation goal from Aaron Kenny, but it was too little too late and a devastating 12 minute period at the end of the game was enough to see Russell Rovers through to the next round.
Scorers for Russell Rovers: D Moynihan 0-7 (3f) S Fleming 1-2, K O’Brien, K Ivors and J Moynihan 1-0 each, K Tattan and E McGrath 0-1 each.
Scorers for Youghal: J O’Mahony 0-5 (3f) A Curtin 0-4 (3f) A Kenny 1-0, L Lyons 0-2, A Frahill-O’Connor 0-1 (65) K McCarthy and David O’Mahony 0-1 each.
RUSSELL ROVERS: A Hartnett; J Ahern, D Whelan, P Lane; R Walsh, T Crowley (Cpt) S Fleming; D Moynihan, D O’Brien; K O’Brien, E McGrath; K Ivors, J Moynihan, A Beausang.
YOUGHAL: s Spillane (Cpt); L McCarthy, Andrew Curtin, D Scanlon; Aidan Curtin, A Kenny, E Flavin; D Power, A Frahill-O’Connor; L Lyons-Troy, R Desmond, D Mulcahy; K McCarthy, J O’Mahony, D O’Mahony.
Referee: David O’Hanlon (Aghada)
Under 8s & 10s Blitz
Youghal held one of a series of blitz which has been organised between a few clubs in the surrounding area, last thursday.
With over 130 kids turning up for the event from Clubs -Killeagh, Fr O Neills, Carrigtwohill and Dungourney, great excitement was had by all.
Youghal U8s had 4 games to play, with Killeagh, Fr O Neills, Carrigtwohill and Dungourney,.
Players on the night for the Youghal Team were: Arvil Cashman, Jenny Doyle, Amy White, Caoimhe McSweeney, Rachel O Driscoll, Grainne Alex Cashman, and Aine Walsh.