By Derek Kiely
Youghal 0-04 Castlelyons 0-04
YOUGHAL and Castlelyons played out a draw in the East Cork junior B football championship final in Ballynoe last Sunday afternoon and as the scoreline indicates, this game was a real battle, with scores at a premium.
It took all of twelve minutes for a score to be registered and it came from the boot of the Castlelyons centre field player Colm Spillane from the right wing. Castlelyons had the breeze at their backs in the first half , but were wasteful with three early wide's, two from play and one from a placed ball.
Youghal levelled on the 19th minute when Daniel Savage pointed from play with a good score from distance, but immediately Castlelyons re-established the lead with another score from play off the boot of Darren Tobin, raising a white flag.
Castlelyons added a further score eight minutes later when Michael Spillane pointed over a close range free, but with the breeze a narrow two point lead at the break was not a great return and six first half wide's could have been very costly.
Youghal started well in the second half with a score after just two minutes when half time substitute Ciaran O'Mahony made an immediate impact with a point from play.
Youghal had to rely on some great defending from Patrick O'Mahony and Vincent Murray to keep the momentum going and when Adrian Curtin sent over a free on the 45th minute the sides were level.
On the 59th minute of play Barry Goggin sent over the score to give Youghal the lead for the first time and Youghal had one hand on the cup, but an outstanding score from the left wing from Castlelyons wing forward Robert Feeney levelled matters and that is the way it ended, meaning that they will have to do it all over again, probably this coming Saturday afternoon back in Ballynoe.
Scorers for Castlelyons: C Spillane, D Tobin, M Spillane and R Feeney 0-1 each.
Youghal: D Savage, C O'Mahony, A Curtin and B Goggin 0-1 each.
CASTLELYONS: E Barry; C Barry, C O'Leary, B Carroll; A O'Sullivan, S Kenny, E Maye; C Spillane, C McGann; D Tobin, D Wallace, R Feeny; M Spillane, R Fenton, A O'Regan
Subs: T McCarthy for C McGann (HT) D Lawlor for R Fenton (39)
YOUGHAL: E Coyne; V Murray, P Monaghan, A Foley; P O'Mahony, A Kenny (Cpt) D Savage; Alan Frahill O'Connor, A Curtin; A Sheehan, D Mulcahy, Barry Goggin; K McCarthy, Anthony Frahiil O'Connor, Ritchie Cunningham.
Subs: C O'Mahony for D Mulcahy (HT) R Cronin for K McCarthy (HT)
Referee: Brian Walsh (Aghada)
Team Nianh Kelly, Niamh Crowley Shanne Watson © Gemma O’Brien, Chloe Landers, Michaela Dalton, Amerah Goggin, Niamh Roche, Aoife McCarthy, Emily Roche, Leah Broderick, Erin Galvin, Shannen Bulman Joyce, Ellie Budds,. Subs Louise Dempsey, Clodagh O’Keeffe, Sophie Monaghan Jane Walsh, Ciara Flavin, Cassie O’Brien, Aine Forrest Sarah O’Brien, Amy Forrest.
Youghal started well but cobh were on top form getting the first score on the board, this was closey followed by 2 goals which totally rattled the Youghal defence.
The U16'swere in action last Saturday in Cobh in the County league semi final. After a thrilling Minor final the week before the girls were ready to take on the world.
Ellie Budds, who was on hand the week before for the minors played an excellent game and battled hard to get the first goal for the Youghal side, this was answered quickly by yet another goal from the Cobh forwards but the Youghal girls never dropped their heads.
Shannen Bulman Joyce who has been consistent throughout the year from U16 to Junior level was there to knock a fine score over the bar just before the half time mark.
Youghal trailed 3.1 to 1.1 at half time.
Shannen Bulman Joyce and Leah Broderick scored 2 points after the break to bring the margin to 2 goal. The game was on again and both teams battled hard, Shannen yet again scored a cracking goal and boosted the spirit of all the side line. It was not too be though as just before the final whistle Cobh scored a point leaving the score line 3.2 to 2.3.
Youghal travelled to Killeagh to play in the Go Games League Finals, facing Bride Rovers in their league games. With 16 players available, Youghal had two teams both to play Bride Rovers. Team 1: Shauna O Connell, Ciara Crowley, Jennifer McCarthy, Fidelma Flavin, Mairead Lucey, Emer Hogan, Sarah Keane, Team 2: Ciara White, Caitriona O Keeffe, Eimer Farrell, Amy Herlihy, Danni Twohig, Chloe Delaney, Alicia McCathy, Molly O Neill. Great games were played with 3 x 12mins games showing great skill and team play, and playing to the rules of Go Games. Both teams were awarded medals at the end of the games, with special awards given to Caitriona O Keeffe, Shauna O Connell, Eimear Farrell and Mairead Lucey for the excellent skill shown on the day. Well done to all the Youghal girls.
Youghal 3-4 v Ballinora 2 - 4
It has been a long year for our underage girls with the Minor final having to be played for the 3rd time. The girls took it in their stride though and trained hard while awaiting this date. The first game ended in a draw, with both teams putting up an excellent performance.
The replay was the following week and fair play to players and supporters for braving the horrendous weather, the game went to half time and was then cancelled due to health and safety reasons with the weather.
Third time lucky they say and so it proves for youghal's minor camogie team.
Youghal settled early with a well taken free from Shannen Joyce who was carrying an injury into the game. Both teams exchanged attacks before the busy Ellie Budds made a fine run up the wing centering the ball which the goal keeper failed to control and Emily Roach was on hand to finish it by blasting the ball to the back of the net. Youghal battled on continuing to dominate on the field before Ashley O Brien managed to score an impressive goal at 18 minutes. Youghal were now leading 2-1 to no score when Ballinora registered their first goal from a 45 at 22 minutes. This was quickly followed by a goal at 24 minutes after some loose defending in midfield. The game had suddenly changed with youghal now under pressure. Then a moment of controversy as a perfectly good goal by Shannen Joyce was disallowed. A further point and what seemed like a goal scored from inside the square sent a now more confident Ballinora a point ahead at half time. Youghal resumed the second half with Shannen Joyce scoring a point to level the scores. A goal followed by the same player to put Youghal again 3 points ahead. Shannen scored again on the 43rd minute to put Youghal 4points clear. The game then entered a phase where Youghal defence was under constant pressure. Each player then rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly for the cause. The impressive Niamh Quill and Chloe Daly combo worked hard to keep the Ballinora team at bay which proved a success as the final whistle blew and the youghal team were crowned County champions. The final score stood at 3-4 to 2-4 to Youghal.
Team – Amy Hennessy, Gemma O’Brien, Shannon Watson, Niamh Crowley, Nora Sheehan, Michaela Dalton, Chloe Daly, Aishling Siochru, Niamh Quill, Leah Broderick, Roisin O’Keeffe (C ) Emily Roche, Ashley O’Brien, Shannen Bulman – Joyce, Ellie Budds, Sarah O’Brien, Allanah Finn, Jane Walsh.
By Derek Kiely
Youghal 0-11 Aghada 0-08
LAST Friday at Pairc Ui Chinneide in Killeagh the semi final replay of the East Cork Junior 'B' Football Championship was won by Youghal after an impressive display against Aghada.
In the original semi final Youghal felt that they had left it behind them on the night, but last Friday night’s performance was far superior from the Youghal boys and in the end they were good value for the win.
Unlike the original match Youghal started far better with lots of possession early and after just two minutes of play Daniel Savage had the first white flag raised in the match with a very well taken ‘45’ for Youghal.
Over the next four minutes Youghal had kicked two wides and Aghada got themselves into the match and levelled with a very good point from play off the boot of Padraig Wall.
Both sides cancelled each other out over the next eight minutes with both Youghal and Aghada kicking several wides.
Alan Frahill O’Connor then settled Youghal nerves on the 16th minute with a well taken free to re-gain the lead. Then seconds later the Youghal men struck again with a great score from Andrew Sheehan from miles out to establish a two point lead.
Youghal dominated the ball for several minutes after that score, but had to wait until the 25th minute to add another score from Keith McCarthy, then instantly from the resulting kick out Youghal had another point from Alan Frahill O’Connor to establish a four point lead, but on the stroke of half time the margin was reduced to three points when David Creedon pointed from play.
Creedon was on target just seconds into the second half with yet another pin point accurate free for the Rostellan men, leaving two between the sides.
Youghal’s Adrian Curtin responded with a well taken free on the left side 35 metres out on the 35th minute. Then Curtin was on target just three minutes later from the same tight angle and the four point advantage was re-established.
Since the resumption of the second half both sides were level in terms of possession and both defences were on top. Creedon popped a free over for Aghada on the 39th minute, then amazingly Curtin made it three out of three from the same tight spot on the left side thirty five metres out again, which was a magnificent run of tough free’s for the Youghal man.
Creedon was proving deadly from the placed ball and rose another white flag on the 42nd minute and again there was a goal between the sides.
Youghal increased the pressure with 15 minutes to go, taking several close range shots but not finding a break through, down to some very good Aghada defending, but after five blocked shots Anthony Frahill O’Connor took the initiative close in and popped the ball over for Youghal.
Then incredibly from the same location on the pitch Adrian Curtin made it four long range pointed free’s out of four, this time dropping in off the goal post to give Youghal five point lead with twelve minutes remaining.
Padraig Wall sent a score from play over for Aghada on the 48th minute and Youghal’s full back line through the very impressive Philip Monaghan had to battle hard as the Rostellan men came in search of a goal.
Youghal needed something fast to keep the pressure off and with nine minutes remaining the outstanding Aaron Kenny sent Barry Goggin free and Goggin made no mistake putting the ball over.
Aghada weren’t giving up just yet and rallied with two late scores from David CAreedon from play and also a great score from Shane Wall, but Youghal didn’t panic and saw out the remainder of this game to set up an East Cork Final with Castlelyons on Sunday the 13th of November, with the venue to be announced.
YOUGHAL: E Coyne; V Murray, P Monaghan, A Foley; P O'Mahony, A Kenny (Cpt) D Savage; Alan Frahill-O'Connor, A Curtin; A Sheehan, Anthony Frahill-O'Connor, C O'Mahony; R Cunningham, D Mulcahy, K McCarthy.
Subs: R Cronin for C O’Mahony Injury (13) B Goggin for D Mulcahy (38) S Spillane for A Curtin (52)
AGHADA: M O'Brien; A Walsh, B Wall, E Cotter; A Creedon, S Wall, P O'Connor; C Rice, A Cotter; P Wall, D Creedon, R Goodie; T O'Keefe, J O'Brien, F Day.
D Morrissey for F Day (26) R Condon for R Goode (29)
Referee: Denis O’Flynn (Fr. O’Neill’s)