Juvenile Match Reports
REBEL ÓG FÉ15 PREMIER 2A HURLING LEAGUE
ERINS OWN 2-6 BISHOPSTOWN 1-4
SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 (6PM THROW IN)
The weather conditions were perfect for this match. Erins Own had a panel of 22 players on the night (12 on the age). The official referee didn’t show up so Denis Moynihan obliged to referee the match with the agreement of both clubs.
The minute the sliotar was thrown in it was clear that this was going to be a really tough competitive game, with both sides giving it their all. Bishopstown were ahead 1-1 after the first quarter but Erins Own responded really well when it was put up to them and the game was level at half time 1-1 each. As evident from the scoreline both teams were not giving much away with few scoring opportunities. The middle third of the field was where the majority of the first half was played and both defences played really well when the sliotar found its way inside to the inside forwards. Erins Own had a goal disallowed as Eoin Murphy was in the square when he batted the ball into the nett. But credit to Eoin as he followed up with a fine goal soon after.
The second half was a real cracker with both teams hungry to kick on and win the game. Erins Own had the better of the second half winning the majority of the 50/50s in the middle third, and the full back line gave nothing away all night. The Erins Own half forward line gave the team a platform to kick on and win the game. Erins Own outscored Bishopstown in the second half by 1-5 to 0-3.
Both sides had a real hunger / desire to win tonite, with strong challenges on the breaking ball and 50/50s. It was a really competitive encounter with no quarter given. The Erins Own team really clicked tonite and it was a really great team performance – the coaches were mightily impressed. It was a difficult game for the referee Denis Moynihan to handle but he handled it well leaving the game flow as much as possible in this hectic encounter. He had to handle numerous skirmishes throughout the field but got the game back on track each time.
Erins Own team: 1. Colm Moynihan, 2. Tommy Browne, 3. Matt Moroney, 4. Emmett Brosnan, 5. Jason Daly, 6. Conor Lenihan, 7. Sean Power, 8. Cormac O’Sullivan, 9. Jack Nolan, 10. Louis Casey, 11. Ben Smith, 12. Conor Casey, 13. Eoin Murphy, 14. Cathal Lynch, 15. David Mueller. Subs: 16. Donal O’Connor, 17. Ben Bradley, 18. Andrew Dwyer, 19. Tom Dwyer, 20. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), 21. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), 22.Ronan Murphy.
Selectors: Pat Casey, Ian Smith, Alan Moroney.
Scorers: Eoin Murphy 2-0, Conor Lenihan 0-2 (frees), Conor Casey 0-2 (1 free), Louis Casey 0-1, Ben Smith 0-1
All the lads played their part this evening – this was all about the team. Colm Moynihan played very well in goal and made a number of great saves. His puck outs were strong and direct. The full back line of Tommy Browne, Matt Moroney and Emmett Brosnan played very well tonite – there was nothing getting past these lads – a very tough back three who compete strong and determined but very fair showing great discipline. The half backs of Jason Daly, Conor Lenihan and Sean Power were a solid unit all night and their determination was inspiring to their team mates – they were all over the breaking ball – very sharp indeed. Conor Lenihan carried an injury into the match led by example at centre back and gave a powerful performance throughout. The midfield pairing of Cormac O’Sullivan and Jack Nolan competed really well tonite and covered a lot of ground linking up well with the half backs and half forwards – they gave the team a real platform to attack – they complimented each other very well in midfield – two skilful hurlers with a great first touch, and an ability to compete in tight area. The half forward line of Louis Casey, Ben Smith and Conor Casey played with real composure up against a half backline who were physically bigger – but the lads hurling skill and balance won out on the night – they beat their marker time and time again winning numerous frees in the process and linked up well with the inside forwards. The inside forward line of Eoin Murphy, Cathal Lynch and David Mueller battled for every ball the was directed inside – they were also up against a physically bigger full back line but they really put it up to them and didn’t shy away. Eoin took his goals well – goal poacher supreme when the ball dropped kindly he buried both chances. Cathal tied up the full back all night and David chased down everything that came his way. The subs also did very well when introduced – Donal O’Connor at left corner forward, Andrew Dwyer at centre forward, Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) at left half back. The other subs encouraged their team mates throughout the game roaring them on when they needed to kick on.
Man of the match: Its difficult to single out an individual when a team puts in a great performance like they did tonite.
Fé14 Hurling Premier 2A Hurling Challenge Cup Final
Erins Own 0-10 V Shandrum 4-11 (23)
Wednesday 30th August 2017 (throw in 6.45pm)
We had 24 players available for this match from a panel of 27, and Shandrum had 23 players. Weather conditions were perfect for the game with a slight breeze.
Erins Own started well and opened the scoring on 2mins with a Louis Casey scoring a great point, after Conor Hughes burst out of defence and played the sliotar into Sean Power who layed off to Louis and over the bar. Shandrum equalized with a point from play on 4mins. Louis slotted over his second point from open play 20m from goal on 5mins. Shandrum had a free on 6mins but shot wide, and then scored a point from open play on 8mins to level the game again. Louis was fouled on 9mins and Oran O’Regan slotted the free over the bar. Billy O’Riordan was fouled on 10mins and Oran slotted over the bar again stretching the lead to two. Cathal Lynch was fouled on 11mins and Oran again slotted over bar, to give Erins Own a three point lead. On 11mins Sean Power struck at goal and the Shandrum keeper made a fine save and cleared. Shandrum dug in and scored a point on 12mins, another on 13mins and a goal on 15mins. The scoreline now read Erins Own 0-5 Shandrum 1-4. Louis shot wide on 18mins, and Ben Foleys shot on 20mins was saved by the Shandrum keeper and cleared. Shandrum scored another goal on 23mins. On 24mnins Louis was fouled and Oran slotted over the bar. On 28mins Erins Own made a switch with Adam Horan replacing Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) in midfield. Louis scored another point in the 27th minute. The scoreline at halftime read Erins Own 0-7 Shandrum 2-4 (10). There was a real intensity to the first half and only three points in it at the interval.
The second half began and Louis was fouled running at goal, and the resulting free went wide. On 33 mins, Louis struck a free from halfway which as dropped in and Cathal Lynch flicked ball overhead which was again saved by Shandrum and cleared away. On 35mins, Sean Power was fouled and Oran O’Regan slotted over the bar. Shandrum scored the next point from a free. On 38 mins Oran O’Regan shot wide from a free. Shandrum then scored a goal on 40mins. The scoreline now read Erins Own 0-8 Shandrum 3-5. Shandrum then scored another 1-2 over the course of the next 10mins, before Oran O’Regan then scored another point from a free. The scoreline now read Erins Own 0-9 Shandrum 4-7. Erins Own then made another switch with Peter Layton replacing the injured Billy O’Riordan in midfield. Shandrum then scored another point on 52mins. Erins Own then had another two goal scoring chances which were saved by the keeper and cleared. On 55mins Oran O’Regan scored another point from a free. On 56mins Erins Own made four substitutions with Gabriel Ezekiel, Jack Dunphy, Leo Dineen and Cian Jeffers replacing Cathal Lynch, Ben Foley, Peter Coomey and Sean Power. Shandrum then scored another two points.
The final score line Erins Own 0-10 Shandrum 4-11 (23).
Erins Own: Ben Bradley, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), Tommy Browne, Sean O’Connell, Ronan Murphy, Conor Hughes, Peter Coomey, Cormac O’Sullivan, Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), Billy O’Riordan, Louis Casey, Cathal Lynch, Oran O’Regan, Sean Power, Ben Foley. Subs: Adam Horan, Peter Layton, Jack Dunphy, Kai Desmond, Leo Dineen, Gabriel Ezekiel, Cian Jeffers, Fintan Kenneally, James Casey.
Selectors: John Coomey, John Dunphy, Austin Lynch.
Scorers: Oran O’Regan 0-7 (all frees), Louis Casey 0-3.
Shandrum: Daniel O’Connell, Paddy Twohill, Shane O’Leary, Ciarán O’Brien, Eoin O’Connor, Cormac Foley, Jamie Reidy, Rory Troy, Kieran Ahern, Shane O’Riordan, Mark Buckley, Colin Quaid, Cillian Quinn, Colm Tynan, Robert Troy. Subs: Charlie Hayes, Seamus O’Donnell, David O’Riordan, Bill Collins, Eoin Tynan, Kieran Murphy, Eoin O’Mahony
Selectors: Mike Collins, Robert Troy, Mike O’Leary, Ger Buckley, Mattie Ryan.
Erins Own started well and were three points ahead at end of first quarter. The Shandrum goal keeper then made some great saves in the first half, and Shandrum scored two goals. There was only three points in it at halftime and all was to play for in the second half. Shandrum kicked on in the second half and won the second half by a scoreline of 0-3 to 2-7. The Shandrum keeper made some more great saves in the second half and was protected by a very tough defense. Erins Own only managed to score three points from open play with the rest of their tally coming from frees (a sign of the very tight and determined Shandrum defense). Only two of the Erins Own forwards scored on the night – again credit to Shandrums defense. Shandrum scored 4-8 from open play and 0-3 from frees. So this game was won by the Shandrum defense and particularly the goalkeeper – who let nothing past him tonight even when his defense was breached. Shandrum also dominated the middle third particularly in the second half. They fully deserved their victory on the night.
Erins Own coaches were very proud of the lads who did very well to get to the final, but things didn’t go their way on the night. There is a good bunch of lads here and better days lie ahead – they just need to learn from this and kick on.
Man of the match – Daniel O’Connell (Shandrum goal keeper).
Best for Erins Own – Ronan Murphy who put in another solid display at right half back tonight. Oran O’Regan and Louis Casey also put in a determined performance tonight but were marshalled by a very tough Shandrum defense.
Fé14 Hurling Premier 2A Challenge Cup
Erins Own 4-10 (22) Cobh 5-6 (21)
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 (throw in 6.45pm)
We had 19 players available for this match from a panel of 28, and Cobh had 18 lads. The main pitch was heavy after the rain so conditions were not ideal on the night, although there was no wind which was a plus.
Erins Own started well and Oran O’Regan scored a point from open play on 2mins. Erins Own had two frees close in but didn’t score. Cobh responded with a point 8 mins and a goal on 10mins to take a three point lead. Oran O’Regan slotted the sliotar over the bar from a free on 12 mins, before Cobh responded with another two points. Oran shot narrowly wide from a free on 22 mins. Cobh then scored a point and a goal to stretch the lead to 8 points. Erins Own made some tactical switches with Ronan Murphy and Peter Coomey swopping flanks in the half back line, and Cathal Lynch moved up to left half forward with Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) going to midfield. The switches lead to better match ups and Erins Own grew more into the game. On 26mins Cathal Lynch won the 50/50 secured the sliotar and raced towards goal and was fouled by three defenders on his trail – penalty. Louis Casey stepped up and took the penalty which deflected in off the goal keeper.. Erins Own won another free on 31mins which Oran O’Regan slotted over the bar. The deficit was now down to four. Cobh restored their 5 point lead with a well taken free. Erins Own had the last two chances of the first half – two frees taken by Oran O’Regan with one sailing over the bar and the other going narrowly wide. The first half ended with a scoreline of Erins Own 1-4 (7) Cobh 2-5 (11). Erins Own were well on this game at half time with some great displays throughout the field – but this was always about the team performance which the coaches impressed on the team at the interval – a final awaited who could kick on in the second half – we could see the hunger in the lads and they were eager to restart.
The second half began with Cobh scoring a goal in the first minute to stretch the lead to seven points. This placed a question mark over the character of the team, and what reaction would ensue. Well the reaction was simply superb with Erins Own scoring two goals and three points over the next 15 minutes of play – Oran O’Regan took four frees converting three – Sean Power scoring a cracking goal at full forward berth (the high ball in and a quick reaction) – Oran O’Regan rifled a shot to goal with the full back wrapping up Cathal Lynch who flicked his hurl and defected Orans shot past the full back and goal keeper. Erins Own now led by two points. What a turn around – game on!Cobh scored a well taken point on 20mins. Erins Own then won the next three frees – with Oran O’Regan converting two points from the three frees. Erins Own now led by three points. Cobh responded with a goal to level the game. Erins Own inside forwards were sniffing around the edge of the square and there was a lot of high ball going in – Ben Foley pounced when the goal keeper saved one high ball and Ben scored a goal. Erins Own now led by three points. Erins Own lade two substitutions in the closing stages with James Casey replacing Peter Coomey at left half back and Jack Dunphy replacing Ben Foley at left corner forward. Cobh then scored another goal to level the game once more, and also won a penalty which they failed to convert. Erins Own had the last puck of the game a free which was slotted over the bar by Oran O’Regan.
The final score line Erins Own 4-10 (22) Cobh 5-6 (21).
What a second half performance from Erins Own having been four points down at the interval, and then winning the second half by a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-1. A real gutsy performance – the team played for each other tonight and really stepped up and showed the potential we always knew they had in them. There was a real edge to the game throughout, both teams played hard but fair.
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley, 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), 3. Tommy Browne, 4. Sean O’Connell, 5. Ronan Murphy, 6. Conor Hughes, 7. Peter Coomey, 8. Cathal Lynch, 9. Cormac O’Sullivan, 10. Billy O’Riordan, 11. Louis Casey, 12. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), 13. Oran O’Regan, 14. Sean Power, 15. Ben Foley, Sub: 16. Gabriel Ezekiel, 17. James Casey, 18. Jack Dunphy, 19. Fintan Kenneally. Selectors: John Coomey, John Dunphy, Austin Lynch.
Scorers: Oran O’Regan 0-10 (8 frees), Louis Casey 1-0, Sean Power 1-0, Cathal Lynch 1-0, Ben Foley 1-0.
The team performance was really impressive tonight – not once did the teams heads drop even being seven points down at one stage. The defence was tight all night – the full back line of Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), Tommy Browne and Sean O’Connell were absolutely outstanding and no doubt played a major role in the victory. The half back line was also impressive with Ronan Murphy and Peter Coomey on the flanks and Conor Hughes at center back. Conor had a great battle with his opponent throughout the match. Both Ronan and Peter have put their hands up for the half back flank berths and proven how good they are at defending this vital area of the pitch – they had a real desire to stop their opponents and win the 50/50s. The midfield pairing of Cormac O’Sullivan & Cathal Lynch started well – with Sully again showing his agility and skill around the middle third, and Cathal started well but was moved into half forward midway through first half – and he played very well causing havoc in the Cobh half backline strong in the 50/50 winning numerous ball and racing away strong direct line from the tackle. The half forward line of Billy O’Riordan, Louis Casey and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) again had a mighty game. Billy leading by example in the captains role – Billy bawks at nothing and never shys away from the 50/50s winning majority of them this evening – Louis Casey showed his class again this evening – this lad has great balance and turned the center back inside out all night – his stickwork is superb in tight space – a great addition to the Cork U14 Development Squad. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) played well at half forward and was moved to midfield with strict instructions to man mark which he carried out superbly – a real gutsy performance. The full forward line of Ben Foley and Oran O’Regan in the corners and Sean Power at full forward were very productive always sniffing around the edge of the box, chasing down every ball and hassling the Cobh full back line winning numerous frees – they showed real desire tonight. The subs also did very well when introduced.
The nominations for man of the match:
- Tommy Browne (full back) – dominated the zone all night and was unstoppable bursting powerfully out of defence to clear the danger.
- Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) – this lad is a natural corner back (can –play in either corner) he attacked every ball tonite and I can’t recall the Cobh corner forward beating him once – in fact I recall one moment in the second half where he won the 50/50 and blazed past four Cobh forwards – moments like that are an inspiration to your team mates. His stood his ground all night and never gave an inch.
- Oran O’Regan – his best position seems to be corner forward – a real scoring threat. Very direct style of play and great stickwork. Has been really great in the last two games converting many scores. Very accurate from frees.
The man of the match goes to Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha). The quite man.
Erins Own V Castleyons
Sunday 16th July 2017 (throw in 10.30am)
We had 13 players available for this match from a panel of 28, and Castlelyons had 12 lads. So the teams lined up 12 v 12 on the main pitch. We agreed to play full length pitch so plenty of room for the lads to run about. Weather conditions were perfect for the game.
Castleyons scored the opening point of the game on 3 mins, before Cathal Lynch scored the opening goal of the game outpacing the Castleyons defence and batting the ball past the advancing keeper. Billy O’Riordan slotted over the bar on 4mins, before Castlelyons scored a goal on 5mins, and a point from a free on 8mins to take a one point lead. Oran O’Regan replaced Adam Horan in midfield on 10mins. Sean O’Donoghue slotted over from a free on 11mins to tie the game. On 15mins Cathal Lynch won a ball in and again outpaced the defence and struck past the keeper into the net – Erins Own now led by three points. 20mins in and Adam Horan replaced Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane). Castlelyons then scored a goal to level the game once more, before scoring a point to regain the lead. Jack Dunphy then scored a point on the 24th minute to level the game again. Castlelyons then pointed, before Oran O’Regan scored a goal on 28mins and a point from a free on 30mins. The first half ended with a scoreline of Erins Own 3-4 (13) Castelyons 2-4 (10).
The second half began with Castlelyons putting Erins Own defence under huge pressure and scoring three goals and a point in the first six minutes of the second half without response. Castlelyons now lead by seven points. Erins Own then woke up and Oran O’Regan scored a goal on 37mins and a point from a free on 38mins, before Jack Dunphy slotted over his second point of the game on 40mins. The score line now read Erins Own 4-6 (18) Castlelyons 5-5 (20). Sean O’Donoghue replaced Jack Dunphy on 40mins. Castlelyons then scored the next point to stretch the lead to three points. Oran O’Regan then scored the two points (one from a free) on 45mins and 48mins. Jack Dunphy replaced Cian Jeffers on 50mins. Sean Power scored a cracking points from 45metres in the 52min to tie the game once more. Castlelyons then scored another two goal on 54mins and 56mins. Erins Own got the last two scored of the game Sean O’Donoghue scoring a goal on 58mins and Oran O’Regan scoring a point on 59mins.
The final score line Erins Own 5-11 (26) Castleyons 7-7 (28).
Scorers: Cathal Lynch 2-0, Billy O’Riordan 0-1 (free), Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 1-1 (0-1 free), Jack Dunphy 0-2, Oran O’Regan 2-5 (free 0-3), Sean Power 0-1.
The Erins Own coaches were very impressed with the teams performance today. Gabriel did well in goal. The full back line of Tommy Browne and Sean O’Connell were solid, with Tommy bursting out of defence on numerous occasions and Sean very composed attacking the ball bearing down on him. The half back line of Billy, Sean Power and Peter Coomey played very well. Peter Coomey is impressing at half back looking very composed attacking the ball in front of him. The midfield pairing of Cormac McDonnell and Adam Horan played well today mopping up the breaking ball. The half forward line of Sean O’Donoghue and Jack Dunphy also did very well today taking their scores when presented. The full forward line of Cathal Lynch, Oran O’Regan and Cian Jeffers worked very hard today and Cathal and Oran were very productive with scores, and Cian chased every ball inside.
The man of the match is split between Cathal Lynch and Oran O’Regan based on the quality of the goals they scored a very direct line of running and clinical finishing from both lads.
Rebel Óg Fé14 Premier 2A Hurling League
Erins Own 1-4 (7) V Whitechurch 5-5 (20)
Monday 15th May 2017 (7pm throw in Caherlag)
The league leaders Whitechurch were the visitors to Caherlag tonite for this premier 2A hurling encounter. Whitechurch had a turnout of 19 players on the night (two U13s), and Erins Own had a turnout of 22 players (one U13) from a panel of 28. The conditions were poor after a day of heavy rainfall, and the pitch was suffocated in mist on the night which led to poor visibility for the players and officials. Whitechurch won the previous meeting between these two sides in August 2015 at eastern A Fé13 grade by a scoreloine of 4-3 to 1-3.
The sliotar was thrown in and both teams were well up for it from the off. Whitechurch had the opening chance of the game with the sliotar deflecting wide for a 65. The 65 was dropped in on the full forward which Ben Bradley pounced on and gathered and cleared away down field. Whitechurch scored the opening point of the game from open play in the 5th minute. Erins Own levelled on 10mins with Louis Casey tapping over from 30m. Whitechurch had another 65 on 15mins, which again was dropped in and contested by a ruck of six players, and eventually Whitechurch put the sliotar in the back of the net – they now lead by three points. Erins Own battled hard and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) won a ball into left half forward, looked up and picked out Louis Casey who dropped the shoulder turned his marker, ran 15metres and shot at goal from 20m before last defender got to him, but it went narrowly wide. Cathal Lynch then won a high ball at centre forward beat his marker, and played a suttle pass into Louis hand left of goal who made no mistake this time and rifled the sliotar into the net. All square 1-1 a piece. Peter Layton was battling hard at right half forward (just back from a broken hand that ruled him out since late March). 22 mins in and Peter won a 50/50 scooped the ball up and into hand, drove it into Peter Coomey top of the right, who again scooped it into hand looked up and spotted Louis who darted just right of goal, passed low ball to Louis who again gathered into hand and stuck it over the bar. Whitechurch levelled on 25 mins with a well taken point from open play – all square 1-2 to 1-2. Whitechurch kicked on for the remainder of the first half scoring two goals and two points. Louis had another chance in the dying monents of the half again shooting high and narrowly wide. The first half ended Erins Own 1-2 (5) Whitechurch 3-4 (13) – a margin of eight points at the interval. Erins Own didn’t deserve to by behind by eight points having played out of their skin in the first half against a strong Whitechurch team and leading the game in the 22ndminute – it was a much closer affair than the scoreline suggested.
Erins Own had to make a forced change at half time, with Tommy Browne having limped off the field having got a bad whack on the shin. Oran O’Regan was put in full forward, Louis went centre back, Sean Power full back (& Tommy unable to play on his leg heavily bandaged with ice bag to keep swelling down). Ben Foley replaced Peter Coomey top of the right. Erins Own won a 65 on 35mins which Conor Hughes put narrowly wide. Whitechurch scored the opening point of the second half on 38mins. Erins Own then had to make another forced change when Sean O’Connell was unable to play on having got a bad shoulder injury after a heavy challenge – he was playing very well all night and was just back from a knee injury and will now miss the hurling Féile next weekend (a huge loss for the team). Adam Horan replaced Sean O;Connell at left corner back. Conor Hughes shot another two narrow wides from long range, before Whitechurch scored in two goals in the 46th and 48th minute. In the 49th minute Billy O’Riordan beat the right corner back and the full back before striking from left of goal from 30m and hit the crossbar deflecting over for a point. Erins Own then made a number of substitutions – Fintan Kenneally replacing Billy O’Riordan at left corner forward, Cian Jeffers replacing Peter Layton (Cian went in top of the right, with Ben Foley moving out to right half forward), Gabriel Ezekiel replaced Sean Power at full back, Leo Dineen replaced Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) at right corner back. Conor Hughes had the last chance of the match a long range effort sailing over the bar. The score line in the second half was Erins Own 0-2 Whitechurch 2-1 (7).
The final scoreline Erins Own 1-4 (7) Whitechurch 5-5 (20). Whitechurch deserved their victory on the night with some powerful performances in midfield, and half forward in particular. However, the game was a much closer afair then the scoreline suggested, and no doubt the loss of Tommy and Sean impacted on proceedings. Erins Own were right in this game up to five mins before the interval when lapses in concentration gifted Whitechurch two goals. Erins Own battled hard in the second half restricting Whitechurch to just three scores to Erins Own two scores.
Despite the thirteen point deficit at full time – the coaches were hugely impressed with Erins Own attitude & desire particularly in the first half, and the never say die attitude in the second half. Worryingly for Erins Own – Sean O’Connell now joins the longe term injury list of Kieran Collins and Adam Murphy – these three lads will be hugely missed at next weekends hurling Féile.
Best for Erins Own tonite were Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), Tommy Browne, Louis Casey, Ronan Murphy, Peter Layton and Conor Hughes.
Man of the match – Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) – once again a great corner back display from Sean.
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Sean O’Connell 5. Cormac McDonnell 6. Sean Power 7. Ronan Murphy 8. Cormac O’Sullivan 9. Conor Hughes 10. Peter Layton 11. Cathal Lynch 12. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 13. Peter Coomey 14. Louis Casey 15. Billy O’Rirodan. Subs: 16. Ben Foley, 17. Adam Horan 18. Oran O’Regan 19. Cian Jeffers 20. Leo Dineen 21. Gabriel Ezekiel 22. Fintan Kenneally.
Scorers: Louis Casey 1-2 Conor Hughes 0-1 Billy O’Riordan 0-1
Whitechurch: Ronan Blake, Cillian Egan, Alex Fogarty, Chulainn Gough, Luke Hall, Cathal Hennessy, Edmund Hyde, Aidan Linehan, Ryan Lynch, Sean Lynch, Patrick McGrath, Michael Mullins, Kyran O’Connor, Aidan O’Donovan, Jake O’Driscoll, Daniel O’Reilly, Grey Twohig, Victor Ugwah, Dan McSweeney.
Referee: Canice Walsh.
Fe 15 Premier 2A Hurling Challenge Cup Semi Final 2017.
Thursday, 4th May 2017: Erin’s Own v Mallow:
On a lovely sunny, but somewhat windy, evening this semi-final took place in Caherlag. Erin’s Own made the most of the benefit of the wind in the first half and also thanks to a fine goal by Conor Casey turned at half time with a three points lead. Mallow, as expected, came back into the match in the second half, again with the benefit of the wind in their favour. It was nip and tuck throughout the second half with both teams exchanging points. Ultimately Sean Power seized on an opportunity and put the ball in the net for Erin’s Own leaving them some five points up with ten minutes to do. Unfortunately Mallow made the most of a subsequent breaking ball in their favour and scored a goal to reduce the deficit to two points. Mallow persevered and eventually levelled the match. The match turned on an incident late in the match. Erin’s Own had a free close to full time to go one point up, but the (Mallow) umpire controversially claimed that it went wide. All the Erin’s Own players, coaches and supporters at the match were adamant that the ball had gone over the bar for a point to give Erin’s Own a one point lead. The referee after some consideration eventually accepted this (Mallow) umpire’s call and declared the ball wide, much to the angst of Erin’s Own. Mallow cleared the ball down field and themselves got an even later free with time almost up. The Mallow forward put the ball over the bar to put Mallow one point up. The referee shortly afterwards blew the final whistle to break the hearts of the Erin’s Own players, coaches and supporters.
Mallow went on the following Saturday to beat Ballygarvan in the Final by some five points.
Colm Moynihan; Emmet Brosnan; Matt Moroney; Jason Daly; Cormac O’Sullivan; Conor Lenihan; Jack Nolan; Ben Smith; Conor Hughes; Andrew Dwyer; Brian O’Grady; Conor Casey; Sean Power; Cathal Lynch; Eoin Murphy.
Substitutes: David Muller Neff; Tom Dwyer; Donal O’Connor; Sean O’Donoghue; Adam Murphy.
Scorers for Erin’s Own: Conor Casey 1-4(3fs); Sean Power 1-0; Ben Smith 0-2; Brian O’Grady 0-2; Conor Lenihan 0-2.
U13 football league (12 a side)
Erin’s own 3.2 st. Catherines 2.7
A fantastic game of football and on a knife edge right too the end.
Erin’s own captained by the impressive Scot Sexton decided to play with the wind in first half and started well but found the Catherine’s defense in stubborn form. Catherines raced into a two point lead before tieran O’Connell and James McGreal combined well to play Sexton in to pop over our first point. The outstanding defense of Sean fox , Luke Cronin Luke Dunlea were restricting Catherine’s to long range efforts and Liam O’Shea and Michael Delaigy movement up front were causing Catherines defense all sorts of problems. On 13 minutes Oran O’Regan in goal, collected the ball before passing out to callum lynch, Callum held off two defenders before crossing to Luke Cronin who raced forward and chipped in to Delargy inside the 20 yard line but his shot came back off the post, the rebound fell kindly to Liam O’Shea to slot over our second score. Catherines were next to attack but Dunlea and the excellent Aron Horan cut out the attack and started a move forward which the towering Sean O’Mahoney played in a perfect pass into the path of Sexton and he played in Delargy who side stepped the defender and expertly converted into the bottom corner to leave it level at halftime.
Erin’s own moved a lot of players around to try players in different positions but it did effect us and Catherine’s punished us with two well taken goals and a point before Erin’s own players settled into their new position. Erin’s own dominated the last 15 minutes with O’Connell,. O’Shea Lynch and McGreal all finding space around the midfield and supplying some superb passes to the inside forward line of O’Shea Delargy sexton and Mulchay and when Sexton hammered home our second goal it looked like Erin’s own were going to win this contest. Goal of the game came with 8 minutes to go, keeper Oran O’Regan who had a fantastic game and started most of our attacks always finding his target with passes out or kickouts, passed to fox who played a one two with O’Mahoney before kicking a long pass to Horan, he did well to keep the movement going to Mulchay who seemed to be fouled but the ball broke to Liam O’Shea who danced pass two defenders and hand passed to the live wire Delargy to score our third. Erin’s own pushed on for the winner but unfortunately the clock was to runout on us but a fantastic performance with some fantastic football by both sides. Congrats to Catherine’s on a 3.2 to 2.7 win
Best tonight, Delargy, Dunlea, tieran O’Connell with Sean Fox the man of match
Fé14 Premier 2 Hurling League
Cobh V Erins Own
Monday 8th May 2017 (7pm throw in)
A fine summer evening on top of the hill in Cobh, the conditions were great for hurling but a slight easterly breeze blowing down the pitch and the low evening sun behind the goal would prove a handful for the players playing towards it this evening.
Cobh had 19 players on the night, and Erins Own only had 17 players fit (including one Fé13) from a panel of 28 players.
The same fixture in 2016 resulted in a drawn game.
The first half of tonites game was a live wire with a real edge to it. Erins Own defence were all over everything that came down the field. Louis Casey had a chance to score to opening point from a 30m free after Cormac O’Sullivan was fouled inward bound. Louis put the free in high but it went slightly wide of the post. Cobh scored the opening point with four minutes on the clock with a well take point on the run 15m from goal. Erins Own then had the next two chances but Louis and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) shooting wide. Erins Own then won a free 40m out, which Louis Casey dropped in on the goal but the keeper saved and Cian Jeffers playing top of the right pounced and buried the rebound into the back of the net. Erins Own led by two points. Cobh responded with a goal and a point taking a two point lead. Erins Own then levelled the game, with Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) scoring a beauty of a point 35m out, and Louis Casey scoring a point from a free 30m out. All square with 22mins gone. Cobh responded with a point. Louis Casey then scored a fine point from top of the left on the run and cooly slotting over the bar. Cathal Lynch then won a ball in from Conor Hughes before turning the centre back and running at goal before being taken down – the ref blew for a penalty. Louis Casey popped up and calmly struck a powerful shot low to the right of the keeper with inches to spare – a cracker of a goal. Ben Bradley saved a powerful shot at goal and cleared his lines. Cobh then scored the last point of the first half. The score at halftime Cobh 1-4 (7) Erins Own 2-3 (9). Erins Own defence were well on top in the first half and the direct style of hurling was reaping rewards.
The second half was equally entertaining and both teams gave it their all from the off. Sully and Hughes were battling hard in the middle and winning alot of the 50/50s. Louis Casey pointed from a 30m free on 34 mins stretching Erin Own lead to three points. Cobh then responded scoring a goal and a point, taking a one point lead. Erins Own then made two substitutions on 50mins with Leo Dineen replacing Peter Coomey and James Casey replacing Cian Jeffers. Erins Own then kicked on and scored a goal (Louis followed in the high ball and batted it past the keeper ….classic full forward stuff from Louis), and then Louis then pointed from a 30m free, before Conor Hughes pointed from a 50m free. Erins Own led by four points. Cobh then responded with a point before adding another goal. All square 3-6 each. Conor Hughes struck a well taken point from 40m to edge Erins Own ahead once again. Cobh scored a goal in the dying moments of the game. The referee blew the final whistle and the final scoreline Cobh 4-6 (18) Erins Own 3-7 (16).
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Ben Foley 5. Cormac McDonnell 6. Sean Power 7. Ronan Murphy 8. Cormac O’Sullivan 9. Conor Hughes 10. Billy O’Riordan 11. Cathal Lynch 12. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 13. Cian Jeffers 14. Louis Casey 15. Peter Coomey Subs: 16. Leo Dineen 17. James Casey
Scorers: Louis Casey 2-4 (frees 0-3) Conor Hughes 0-2 (frees 0-1) Cian Jeffers 1-0 Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 0-1
Cobh: Alex Lynch, Jack Ryan, Rory Pierce, Darragh Burke, George Rasmussen, Conor McNamara, Jay Donachie, Eoin Cullimore, Sean Devlin, Cian Cotter, Bradley Hullen, Colm O’Neill, Alex Quirke, Bailey Frahill, Mark O’Rourke, Chris Ruxton, Charlie O Reagain, Michael White, Jake Sawawi
Best for Erins Own tonite – that a really difficult call! Having travelled with a depleted squad hampered by injuries the lads dug really deep and put in a magnificent effort in a really exciting game from start to finish. Ben Bradley had another fine game between the sticks (this lad has real potential). The defence has to be commended for the way they battled hard all night (Tommy Browne out in another powerful display at full back attacking everything that came his wasy and bursting out of defence and striking clear time and time again all evening, Ben Foley competed very well at left half back and was very good in the air all evening, Sean O’Donoghue Knockraha once again showed his natural corner back instincts and didn’t give his opponent much all night, Sean Power hurled well at centre back all evening, as did Cormac McDonnell to his right and Ronan Murphy to his left – a very good half back line tonite. The midfield pairing of Conor Hughes and Cormac O’Sullivan ran some hard yards tonite, and Conor carried a thigh injury in the last quarter. These two lads have great engines and Conors long puck was a delight for the inside forwards and his long range frees sail over the bar with ease, while Sullys balance and skill is a great asset in the middle of the park. The half forward line put in a great shift tonite with Billy O’Riordan really getting stuck in and putting himself in the thick of it all nite (this lad shys away from nothing and only has one thing on his mind – winning the 50/50), Cathal Lynch showed his strength tonite in a real tussle with the Cobh centre back and Cathals strength won threw most battles (he did well to win the penalty in the first half), Sean O’Donoghue Glounthane once again showed us that he can strike some really great scores from distance – half forward seems to be his natural berth. Louis Casey was put in full forward tonite to score goals – he got two and also scored four points (three from frees). Cian Jeffers got his third goal of the season reacting after the keeper saved Louis shot – great corner forward play by Cian. Peter Coomey also did well top of the left and chased the corner back down all night denying clearances with some great hooks. Both Leo and James did very well when introduced during the second half.
So there were some great and inspiring performances all over the park tonite – the lads didn’t deserve to lose this game. It was a cracking contest – tired legs in the last ten minutes proved costly in the end. It was a truly great team performance. The two standout performers on the night were Tommy Browne at full back and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) at left half forward – a split decision.
Fé14 hurling challenge
Whitescross V Erins Own
Friday 4th May 2017 Throw In 7.30pm
A warm summers evening for this friendly at Whitescross. The conditions were good and the pitch was reduced in size from the 20m line to the 20m line. Whitescross had 15 available for this match whereas Erins Own had a travelling squad of 19 players (2 under 13s) from a panel of 28. The Fé14 squad is decimated with injuries at present – a real worry ahead of Féile 20th May.
Whitescros scored an early goal with a lapse of concentration in Erins Own defence. Whitescross kicked on and scored another three points unanswered to lead at half time 1-3 to 0-0. Erins Own defence grew in confidence as the first half evolved and limited Whitescross to only four scores in 30minutes of hurling while Erins Own had plenty of opportunities to score at the other end but weren’t clinical enough with the sliotar either going wide of the goal or cleared down the field. The scoreline should have been a lot closer. Best for Erins Own in the first half were Sean Power in goal, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) corner back, Tommy Browne full back, Cormac McDonnell centre back, the midfield pairing of Adam Murphy and Oran O’Regan, and Adam Horan at centre forward.
Erins Own first half team: 1. Sean Power 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Fintan Kenneally 5. Brian O’Connell 6. Cormac McDonnell 7. Leo Dineen 8. Oran O’Regan 9. Adam Murphy 10. Ben Foley 11. Adam Horan 12. Peter Coomey 13. Cian Jeffers 14. Gabriel Ezekiel 15. James Casey. SUBS: Billy O’Riordan, Cathal Lynch, Cormac O’Sullivan, Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), Ronan Murphy.
Erins Own made some switches at half time with Billy O’Riordan, Cathal Lynch, Cormac O’Sullivan and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) replacing Gabriel Ezekiel, James Casey, Oran O’Regan and Cormac McDonnell. Erins Own dominated the second half of the match with Billy O’Riordan slotting two frees over the bar, and Sean O’Donogue (Glounthane) shooting wide of the mark. Whitescross then responded with two points, before Billy O’Riordan and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) stepped up and scored two well taken points from the halfway line. Ronan Murphy replaced Ben Foley on 45mins. Erins Own had plenty chances to win this match with Billy O’Riordan, Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), Cathal Lynch all shooting high and wide late on and Peter Coomey’s goal bound volley shooting just wide of the post with a few minutes to go. Erins Own won the second half 0-2 to 0-4. Billy, Cathal, Sean, Cormac and Ronan made a big impact in the second half.
Erins Own second half team: 1. Sean Power 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Adam Murphy 5. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 6. Cormac O’Sullivan 7. Brian O’Connell 8. Billy O’Riordan 9. Adam Horan 10. Ben Foley 11. Cathal Lynch 12. Leo Dineen 13. Cian Jeffers 14. Fintan Kenneally 15. Peter Coomey. SUBS: Ronan Murphy, Gabriel Ezekiel, Cormac McDonnell, Oran O’Regan, James Casey.
Best tonight for Erins Own were Sean Power, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), Tommy Browne. Sean excelled between the posts. Tommy has really grown as the teams first choice full back this year and is getting better every game he plays (his awareness of the full back role this season, scanning the zone in front of goal for danger and his natural strength is clear to see, bursting clear after winning the ball). Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) was the man of the match with a towering performance at corner back – he can operate in either corner and his stickwork is top class, coupled with determination in the 50/50 and a keen eye for the ball – his stand out moment tonight was when his opponent gathered the ball well when played in, but Sean picked his moment with perfect timing and a hard and fair shoulder (to perfection) and then calmly collecting the sliotar dropped by his opponent in the crunching challenge and driving the sliotar down the field to the centre forward (a great trait for a corner back).
Fé14 HURLING CHALLENGE
TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 2017
CROSSHAVEN V ERINS OWN
CROSSHAVEN GAA PITCH
U14 hurling challenge on a very cold & windy nite at Camden – Final Scoreline: Crosshaven 2-6 Erins Own 2-6.
The teams lined up 14 V 14 in the first half. Cathal Lynch made a guest appearance at centre forward for crosshaven against his erins own team mates and scored a great goal midway through the second half. A good contest tonite the score line at end of first half C 0-1 EO 1-4.
Sean Power swapped sides in second half and wore the black and red jersey of the village went in centre back and locked down the defence. Crosshaven kicked on and won a good battle in second half outscoring erins own by 2-5 to 1-2.
A great contest for development of both clubs young players.
Erins Own: 1. Conor Hughes 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Adam Murphy 5. Leo Dineen 6. Sean Power 7. Cormac McDonnell 8. Cormac O’Sullivan 9. Ben Bradley 10. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 11. Kai Desmond 12. Ben Foley 13. Gabriel Ezekiel 14. Fintan Kenneally Sub: 15. Oran O’Regan.
Erins Own scorers: Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 0-4, Cormac O’Sullivan 1-1, Ben Bradley 0-1, Ben Foley 0-1.
Half time switches: Oran O’Regan went in centre back in lieu of Sean Power (who put on a crosshaven jersey in second half to give crosser the extra man to even the game).
Best for erins own: Conor Hughes (goalkeeper), Sean Power (first half), Tommy Browne, Cormac O’Sullivan, both Sean O’Donoghues. Cormac McDonnell also did really well having just returned from concussion he got at recent Feile.
Best for Crosshaven: Cathal Lynch, goalkeeper (outstanding saves second half), nr. 11, nr. 12 (Finn), Sean Power (second half centre back for crosser – really shored up there defence).
Man of the match: Split between Sean Power, Crosshaven nr 12 (Finn), Tommy Browne & Cathal Lynch.
Referee: Aiden Coniry
Thanks to Adrian Glossip and Crosshaven GAA for hosting this game.
TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 2017
ERINS OWN V WHITESCROSS
Erin’s own had our first football match against a very solid whitescross side tonight on a very cold night in Caherlag. Whitescross started strongly and raced into a 2.2 to 1 lead after 5 mins with the skilful Michael Delargeg slotting over our score after great work out of defense by Luke Cronin and Sean O’Mahoney. But unfortunately it was a lead we tried all night to close but they match our scoring for the rest of the game. Joey mulchay in goal first half started our next… score with a fantastic save and clearance to Luke Dunlea and he brushed aside two defenders before crossing to James Casey who slotted over the second. Erin’s own back line of Luke Cronin Sean Fox and contender for man of the match Brendan O’Donnell were very solid all night and got in some fantastic tackles with Joey Mulchay marshalling the defense well in goal. Luke Dunlea and Sean O’Mahoney were a very good defensive barrier in front of the back line. But it was the speed and workrate of James Casey, Alex Cresenau Liam O’Shea and Michael Delargeg which was very impressive all night. Goal of the game came with a fantastic passing move started by Joey Mulchay to Brendan O’Donnell who hand passed to Liam O’Shea who carried the ball into the Cross defense before passing to Alex Cresenau who found Michael Delargeg with a fantastic pass and he hammered it into the net for one of the best team goals seen at Caherlag. Casey was another contender for man of match was working hard all game and set up Joey Mulchay who had moved to full forward at halftime for our second goal and Mulchay did well to get his shot away with 3 defenders closing in on him. Casey and O’Shea added points in second half but after a slow start we couldn’t close that gap even though we were the better side in second half. Very enjoyable game and thanks to Whitescross for traveling down and giving us a very tough game.
The match was excellently ref by a young Erin’s own Matthew Moroney who kept the game flowing and was up with the play all night.
Fé14 Hurling Challenge
Erins Own V St. Colmans
Sunday 23rd April 2017 (6.30pm throw in)
Erins Own had a panel of 20 players available for this match from a panel of 28 (a lot of players out injured a present…which is a worry ahead of upcoming hurling Féile 20th May). The conditions were perfect for hurling on the main pitch at Caherlag.
St. Colmans started the game really well shooting three wides before Erins Own woke up. Conor Hughes who was motoring well in midfield shot wide on 5mins. St. Colmans had the next two chances but shot wide. Conor Hughes then scored the opening point of the game from 45m out. St. Colmans then scored two points, the first from a well taken 40m free, and the other from open play 30m from goal. Ben Foley was then fouled and Oran O’Regan slotted the ball over the bar from 20m – the game was level at two points each. Cormac O’Sullivan and Conor Hughes both pointed from open play to give EO a two point lead. St. Colmans then pointed from open play 15m out with a well worked move. Jack Dunphy went over awkwardly on 22 mins and broke a bone in his foot (at risk of missing the upcoming Féile). Cian Jeffers replaced Jack at left half forward. St. Colmans had the next chance but shot wide. Ben Foley was then fouled having gathered the ball at left corner forward, and up stepped Oran O’Regan to slot it over the bar from the close in free. Cormac McDonnell was then fouled and Conor Hughes slotted the ball over the bar from the long range free. Ben Bradley then made a fine save to deny St. Colmans a goal. Sean Power then made another goal line save and deflected wide for a 65. St. Colmans were upping their game, and dropped in the 65 towards goal but Erins Own defence gathered and cleared away. Conor Hughes scored another long range point from open play. Oran O’Regan then slotted over with a close in free, before Ben Foley shot wide close in and Conor Hughes show wide from halfway line. The first half ended Erins Own 0-8 St. Colmans 0-3. The first half was a good contest and the scoreline was somewhat deceiving given the number of wides St. Colmans had in the first half.
Erins Own made a number of switches at half time – Billy O’Riordan replacing Ben Foley, Adam Murphy replacing Oran O’Regan, James Casey replacing Brian O’Connell. You could sense that there was an edge to the game, and both teams seemed eager to win the second half of this match. Conor Hughes scored a goal in 32nd minute followed by a point from open play. St. Colmans then struck back scoring two goals. Gabriel Ezekiel then won a ball into full forward and scored a goal. St. Colmans shot at goal from a 30m free which was saved by Sean Power on the line and out for a 65. The 65 was dropped in and St.Colmans won a penalty. St.Colmans buried the penalty. Gabriel Ezekiel then scored his second goal of the game having gathered the loose ball dropped in and struck a strong shot into the goal. Cathal Lynch then replaced Ronan Murphy at left half back. St. Colmans won a free on 42mins and scored another goal, and added a point 3 mins later. Game all tied. Billy O’Riordan was then fouled and took the free but shot wide of the mark. Adam Murphy was then fouled and Conor Hughes shot at goal but was saved and Billy O’Riordan pounced on it and buried it into the net. Adam Murphy was then replaced by Oran O’Regan. Cormac O’Sullivan and Billy O’Riordan then pointed stretching Erins Own lead to five points. St. Colmans then went for goal from a 20m free but it was saved on the line again by Sean Power and cleared away. Gabriel then scored his third goal of the game having pounced on a loose ball striking it cleanly past the goal keeper. Fintan Kenneally was then replaced by Ben Foley on 55mins. St. Colmans scored a goal from a 20m free before the referee blew the final whistle. The second half scoreline was Erin own 5-3 (18) St. Colmans 6-0 (18) – all square in the second half which shows how entertaining it was with no team willing to lie down – St. Colmans were determined for goals in the second half. It was a great contest with both teams doing really well.
The final scoreline was Erins Own 5-11 (26) St.Colmans 6-3 (21)
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Leo Dineen 3. Tommy Browne 4. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 5. Ronan Murphy 6. Sean Power 7. Cormac McDonnell 8. Conor Hughes 9. Cormac O’Sullivan 10. Brian O’Connell 11. Oran O’Regan 12. Jack Dunphy 13. Ben Foley 14. Gabriel Ezekiel 15. Fintan Kenneally
Subs: 16. Billy O’Riordan 17. Cian Jeffers 18. Adam Murphy 19. Cathal Lynch 20. James Casey
Scorers: Gabriel Ezekiel 3-0, Conor Hughes 1-3 (1 free), Billy O’Riordan 1-1, Oran O’Regan 0-4 (4 frees), Cormac O’Sullivan 0-3
Referee: Niall Barrett
Man of the match – All players played well tonite, but the man of the match was Tommy Browne who put in a real powerful performance at full back tonite (he owned that zone of the field tonite). Conor Hughes & Cormac dominated midfield. Leo Dineen did very well at corner back. Sean O’Donoghue was excellent in the opposite corner back berth. Ben Bradley made some fine saves again tonite under pressure. The half back line of Ronan Murphy, Sean Power and Cormac McDonnell (just back from concussion) were solid all nite and competed well. The half forward line of Brian O’Connell, Oran O’Regan and Jack Dunphy played well tonite. Jacks injury is very unfortunate for the panel ahead of Féile (he was hurling really well up to this point of the season, but no doubt he will be back as strong as ever after injury healed). The inside forward line of Ben Foley, Gabriel Ezekiel and Fintan Kenneally battled well and Gabriel took his goals well when the opportunity presented. The subs tonite played their part – James Casey was lively, Billy O’Riordan battled well and linked up play, Adam Murphy hurled well, Cain Jeffers got stuck in, and Cathal Lynch played well at left half back.
Fé14 Premier 2A hurling
Erins Own V Killeagh Itas
Wednesday 19th April 2017 (7pm throw in)
Erins Own had 23 players available for this match from a panel of 28. Killeagh had 19 players on the night from a panel of 25. The conditions were perfect for hurling on the main pitch at Caherlag. Killeagh had won the two previous league encounters – winning the 2015 encounter by a margin of 17 points, and winning the 2016 encounter by a margin of 5 points. Erins Own panel were hurling well since the start of 2017 season and both teams looked well up for this game.
Killeagh scored the opening point of the game, before Kieran Collins levelled the match with a free from 45m. Killeagh then pointed a free from 30m, before Louis Casey pointed a free from 34m once again levelling the scoreline. Killeagh then had the better of the first half scoring five points in succession (three from frees), before Louis Casey scored the final point of the first half from a free 25m out. Erins Own tinkered with some positions midway through the first half with Ben Foley moving from full forward to left corner forward, Cathal Lynch moving from left half forward to full forward, and Peter Coomey moving from left corner forward to left half forward. The scoreline at half time was Erins Own 0-3 (3 frees) Killeagh Itas 0-7 (5 frees). Erins Own failed to score from open play in the first half and poor discipline cost them dearly which Killeagh Itas clinical with their free taking.
Erins Own made one switch at half time with Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) replacing Peter Coomey. Sean went into his natural left corner back berth, with Sean O’Connell moving into left half forward. Erins Own selectors spoke to the panel at half time and mentioned yet again we had a poor second quarter and were losing at half time. While the lads were hurling well, the ill discipline has cost us dearly in the opening half. The team was instructed to raise their intensity in the second half and give it their all. The lads responded very well and Kieran Collins was dominating the midfield with Cormac O’Sullivan. Erins Own were awarded a penalty when Ben Foley was pulled down running towards goal. Louis Casey took the penalty and drove it past the keeper reducing the deficit to a single point. Killeagh pointed another free soon after stretching the lead to two points. Both teams raised their game and the contest had a real edge to it with everyone giving it their all and competing for the 50/50s. Erins Own then took the lead when Jack Dunphy gathered a loose clearance 30m from goal, running 5 metres before picking his spot and lobbing the retreating goal keeper putting the sliotar into the goal giving Erins Own a one point lead. Killeagh Itas fired back to tie the match with a well taken free midway through the second half. It was then that Erins Own really kicked on with Kieran Collins scoring a point 30m out, Cathal Lynch won the ball in from Louis Casey and turned his man before slotting past the goal keeper, Louis then scored a point from a free, Sean O’Connell scored a well taken point 35m from goal having won the 50/50. Killeagh Itas responded with a goal to reduce the deficit to three points heading into the last five minutes. Erins Own then slotted the ball over the bar from two frees – one from Louis close in, and one from Kieran Collins further out – the lead was now stretched to five points. Killeagh Itas then won a 20m free and Erins Own defence assembled numbers on the goal line, but despite this Killeagh Itas scored a goal with a lowly driven rocket of a shot beating the man at left side of the goal – the deficit was now down to two points. But that was the final score of the match.
This was a real cracking encounter. Killeagh Itas had the better of the first half with Erins Own ill discipline costing them dearly. But the exact opposite was the case in the second half with Erins Own finishing the final quarter with a powerful display and coming out on top in the second half by a margin of 3-5 to 2-2.
The final scoreline Erins Own 3-8 (17) Killeagh Itas 2-9 (15).
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Adam Murphy 3. Tommy Browne 4. Sean O’Connell 5. Ronan Murphy 6. Sean Power 7. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 8. Cormac O’Sullivan 9. Kieran Collins 10. Billy O’Riordan 11. Louis Casey 12. Cathal Lynch 13. Jack Dunphy 14. Ben Foley 15. Peter Coomey.
Subs: 16. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 17. Leo Dineen 18. Cian Jeffers 19. Gabriel Ezekiel 20. Fintan Kenneally 21. Kai Desmond 22. Brian O’Connell 23. James Casey
Scorers: Louis Casey 1-4 (4 frees) Kieran Collins 0-3 (2 frees) Cathal Lynch 1-0 Jack Dunphy 1-0 Sean O’Connell 0-1.
Killeagh Itas: Colm Tracey, Evan Lane, Jamie Fogarty, Aaron Fitzgibbon, Rory Lynch, Paidi Mackey, David Buttimer, George Walsh Wallace, Jack Flanagan, Ben Fogarty, David Buckley, Rory Motherway, Ben Kelly-Budds, Conor Meade, Ciaran Brennan, Cormac Fitzpatrick, G Mellerick, Callum Martin White, Nathan Mulcahy.
Man of the match – again a lot of lads really put their hands up tonite – it must be said that this was a really determined team performance particularly in the second half having been 4 points down at the interval, so on this occasion its too difficult to call. Louis Casey’s score tally and all round performance puts him in contention every game, Kieran Collins consistently has a powerful performance and leads by example, Cormac O’Sullivan sublime stickwork and balance in the middle, Ben Bradleys reflexes between the posts (this lad is a really fine goal keeper and doesn’t leave much past him), Tommy Browne strength at full back, Sean O’Connell/Adam Murphy and both Sean O’Donoghues (K&G) shoring up the defence and winning the 50/50, Ronan Murphy slotting into the half back berth tonite getting stuck in and growing in confidence as the game evolved, Peter Coomeys speed and movement, Ben Foleys stickwork in close quarter and his ability to win the high ball, Jack Dunphys calmness under pressure and his eye for goal, Cathal Lynch ball winning and strength at full forward, Sean Powers powerful centre back display (he’s getting back to his level of 2015 and early 2016 before his injuries…a real plus for this team), Billy O’Riordan slotting in at half forward today looking like he plays there every week a natural hurler. However, I have to give the man of the match to Ronan Murphy who was called upon tonite to fill in at left half back and performed admirably against a very good Killeagh side.
FÉ13 HURLING FRIENDLY
WHITESCROSS V ERINS OWN
WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL 2017
Erin’s own u13 had our first game tonight away to Whitescross in a 12 a side friendly. Team: 1 Joey Mulcahy, 2 Luke Cronin, 3 Sean Fox, 4 Brendan O’Driscoll, 5 Oran O’Regan, 6 Sean O’Mahoney, 7 James Casey, 8 Michael Delargig, 9 Liam O’Shea, 10 Alex Cresenau, 11 Luke Dunlea, 12 anon.
Erin’s own came flying out of the blocks when Casey played in O’Shea to score an unbelievable point from a good distance out. On the restart Oran O’Regan collected the puckout and ran at the heart of the Whitescross defence before passing into Alex and he helped the ball into O’Shea who was fouled as he was about to shoot for goal. He popped over the free for a fantastic start. Cross came more into the game and were level on 10 mins. Erin’s own have always been blessed with great defenders and the u13 are keeping that going with Sean Fox Luke Cronin and Brenden O’Driscoll all outstanding all night and set up a protective barrier in front of Joe Mulcahy who made two outstanding saves with the save in second half being one of the best saves ever seen from a hurling keeper when a ball was driven just over his left shoulder from close range but managed to move and flick the ball against the crossbar. Sean O’Mahoney did a great holding job at half-back while Oran who is in the running for man of match was everywhere creating chances for the forward line as well as defensive work also.
Oran even got forward for a fantastic point near full time and was full of running all night to add to his point in first half. James Casey in midfield worked very hard in midfield and scored two excellent points and also in for man of match with a very solid display. Casey was always available for a pass when our defense was clearing up field. Our half-forward line was our most productive with Liam scoring 1.3 and Michael scoring the goal of the game when Casey and Oran combining well out the pitch and when Casey crossed in to the Box both Alex and Luke kept the defense busy as Michael ghosted into the back post to hammer home our second goal. Alex worked hard all night and was brilliant winning a lot of dirty ball and Luke who normally plays in defense had a very productive game up front and was causing their defense all sorts of problems with his movement and passing. A very enjoyable game thanks to Whitescross for the match and both teams got a lot from the game. Well done to all involved.
FÉ14 HURLING FRIENDLY
ST COLMANS V ERINS OWN
TUESDAY 11th APRIL (7.15PM THROW IN)
Erins Own had 17 players available for this match from a panel of 28 (2 of the 17 were Fé13). The weather and the pitch were perfect for hurling. It was St. Colmans first hurling match of the season ahead of their hulring league fixtures, whereas this was Erins Own 4th hurling match this year. The first half was contested well by both sides, and St. Colmans edged it at half time on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-2. The second half was equally entertaining with Erins Own edging it 1-1 to 2-7. The final scoreline St. Colmans 2-4 Erins Own 2-9. This was a good game from both sides perspective, there was good intensity and some great match ups around the pitch.
Erins Own first half staring team: 1.Gabriel Ezekiel, 2. Adam Murphy, 3. Tommy Browne, 4. Sean O’Donoghue (K), 5. Ronan Murphy, 6. Sean Power, 7. Ben Foley, 8. Cathal Lynch, 9. Billy O’Riordan, 10. Peter Coomey, 11. Kieran Collins, 12. Ben Bradley, 13. Leo Dineen, 14. Fintan Kenneally, 15. Cian Jeffers, Subs: 17. Cormac O’Sullivan, 18. James Casey.
Erins Own second half starting team: 1. Ben Bradley, 2. Adam Murphy, 3. Tommy Browne, 4. Sean O’Donoghue (K), 5. Ronan Murphy, 6. Sean Power, 7. Ben Foley, 8. Kieran Collins, 9. Billy O’Riordan, 10. Leo Dineen, 11. Cormac O’Sullivan, 12. James Casey, 13. Peter Coomey, 14. Gabriel Ezekiel, 15. Cian Jeffers, Subs: 17. Cathal Lynch, 18. Fintan Kenneally. Substitutions made during second half – Cathal Lynch replaced Billy O’Riordan 45mins, Fintan Kenneally replaced Peter Coomey 45mins, Billy O’Riordan replaced Adam Murphy 52mins, Peter Coomey replaced Ronan Murphy 52mins.
Scorers: Kieran Collins 0-5 (65 0-1, Free 0-3) , Cormac O’Sullivan 0-3, Peter Coomey 1-0, Cian Jeffers 1-0, Billy O’Riordan 0-1.
The team performed well tonite and the coaches were impressed with the attitude, commitment and intensity following the recent defeat to Blarney in the league. The back six were solid throughout the game, Ronan Murphy had a great battle with his opponent all night coming out on top in majority of 50/50s, Sean Power once again looked very composed and his positioning / reading of the game was great and its his second game following his return from injury, Sean O’Donohgue (K) attacked the ball all night and didn’t give his opponent much throughout the match, Tommy Browne again had a powerful game at full back, while Adam Murphy and Ben Foley also had good games in defence. Ben Bradley made some great saves in the second half, and was unlucky to leave a goal in having made a great save with the ball deflecting off his hurley – his reflexes are superb and it could have been a different scoreline only for Bens numerous saves. Kieran Collins did well at centre forward in the first half – and his distribution to the inside forwards was impressive. Kieran excelled at midfield in the second half with a powerful performance. Billy competed well again and did particularly well at centre forward in the second half when switched with Cormac O’Sullivan. Peter Coomey scored a goal in the second half and proved a real handful all night – particularly when switched from half forward to corner forward in the second half. Leo Dineen got stuck in during the first half at corner forward competing well but did very well at right half forward in the second half. Cian Jeffers played well throughout the match and scored his second goal in as many games – a real goal poacher following in once again a rebounded save. Fintan Kenneally got stuck in at full forward and proved a handful and also did well at corner forward in the second half. Cormac O’Sullivan put in a really strong performance in the second half when introduced to the forwards. Cathal Lynch competed well in midfield/full forward in the first half, but proved a real handful in the half forward role when introduced in the second half. Gabriel started in goal and was moved into full forward in the second half – his puck outs were very good while in goal and he competed well at full forward in the second half. James Casey played well at left half forward and won a lot of his battles with his marker.
Man of the match: Kieran Collins.
Fé14 Hurling – Premier 2A
Blarney V Erins Own
Wednesday 5th April 2017 (throw in 7pm)
We had 23 players available for our opening league game of the 2017 season, from a panel of 27. The game was played at Rathpeacon GAA club. The same fixture last year resulted in Blarney 6-11 Erins Own 5-11, so there really wasn’t much between these teams.
Blarney started well scoring the opening point, before Louis Casey equalized from 10m out in the 4th minute. Blarney scored the next point with Louis Casey levelling the game from a free in the 6th minute. Blarney once again took the lead before Kieran Collins rifled the back of the net with a well taken goal in the 9th minute, putting Erins Own ahead by two points. Blarney then scored the next two points to level the score. Erin Own were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute which Louis Casey slotted over the bar giving Erins Own a one point lead. Blarney then kicked on for the last ten minutes of the first half and scoring 1-5 without reply. Blarney overran Erins Own in the middle third in that period and their number 11 was particularly impressive. The scoreline at half time was Blarney 1-11 Erins Own 1-2.
Erins Own raised their effort and competed far better in the second half. There was a real bite to the game and everything was contested with a real edge in the 50/50. The score line in the second half read Blarney 3-4 to Erins Own 4-2 (Kieran Collins scoring two goals and Cian Jeffers and Jack Dunphy scoring the other two goals. Louis scored both points). Both teams showed real character in the second half with nobody willing to give their opponent anything easy. Erins Own won the second half by a point.
The final score line Blarney 4-15 (27) Erins Own 5-4 (19).
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Sean O’Connell 3. Tommy Browne 4. Adam Murphy 5. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 6. Kieran Collins 7. Billy O’Riordan – captain 8. Cormac O’Sullivan 9. Louis Casey – vice captain 10. Oran O’Regan 11. Adam Horan 12. Peter Coomey 13. Ben Foley 14. Ronan Murphy 15. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha).
Subs: 16. Conor Hughes (for Peter Coomey half time) 17. Jack Dunphy (for Ben Foley 40mins) 18. Sean Power (for Ronan Murphy 35mins) 19. Cian Jeffers (for Sean O’Donoghue Knockraha 42mins) 20. Gabriel Ezekiel 21. Kai Desmond 22. Leo Dineen 23. Fintan Kenneally
Selectors: John Coomey, John Dunphy, Austin Lynch.
Scorers: Kieran Collins 3-0, Louis Casey 0-4 (1 free, 1 penalty), Jack Dunphy 1-0, Cian Jeffers 1-0
Erins Own selectors felt the team let the game behind them in the last ten minutes of the first half, but were encouraged the way the lads dug in in the second half and outscored their opponents. We need to focus on the areas to improve on during next training sessions and move on.
Man of the match was Louis Casey (as always a really focused, determined and highly skillful performance….does it week in week out!). Kieran Collins put in a powerful performance in the second half. Conor Hughes worked very hard at centre back when introduced at half time (a real competitor). Sean Power played his first game after breaking his hand and it was great to see him dominating his opponent in his usual calm but skillful performance (introduced at full forward and switched to his natural centre back berth…doing very well in both roles….its a real plus for the squad to have him back in advance of the upcoming hurling Féile). Great to see the two subs (Jack and Cian) being introduced in opposing corner forward berths and reacting to keeper saves and burying the rebound.
U14 Hurling Challenge
Danesfort (Co. Kilkenny) V Erins Own
Sunday 5th March 2017 (throw in 11.30am)
We travelled to Danesfort Co. Kilkenny for a hurling challenge in the morning before heading to the Kilkenny V Cork League encounter in Nowlan Park in the afternoon. Our travelling squad consisted of 24 players (two who were U13 and also two U14s who couldn’t play as had broken hands) from a panel of 27. Danesfort had a matchday squad of 18 (six of whom were U12). After heavy rain over the previous few days the pitch was soft but playable with no surface water. The weather for the game was dull with light rain.
Erins Own dominated the first half of the match with Louis Casey scoring a point from open play 20m from goal in the 2nd minute. Ben Foley rifled the back of the nett in the 3rd minute but it was ruled out for taking too many steps. Jack Dunphy then pointed from top of the right in the 4th minute. Cormac O’Sullivan scored a point in the 5th minute from a distance of 15m. Louis Casey again scored a point from a free in the 7th minute 29m from goal. Danesfort had a chance at goal on the 8th minute but Erins Own cleared away by Ben Bradley who was solid out. Louis Casey scored a point from a free in the 16th minute. Erins Own made a number of changes in the 17th minute replacing Peter Layton, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) and Peter Coomey with Cai Desmond, Oran O’Regan and Ronan Murphy. In the 18th minute Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) scored a point from open play. In the 20th Minute Peter Coomey’s shot was saved by the keeper and Cathal Lynch buried the rebound but it was ruled out as square ball. In the 21st minute Danesfort had another goal chance but again Ben Bradley saved and cleared away. Erins Own made another three switches in the 22nd minute, replacing Ben Foley, Jack Dunphy and Cathal Lynch with Gabriel Ezekiel, Cian Jeffers and James Casey. Louis Casey scored another point from open play in the 27th minute. Erins Own finished the half with two goals Cormac O’Sullivan in the 28th minute, and Gabriel Ezekiel in the 30th minute. The first half ended Danesfort 0-0 Erins Own 2-7. A very strong defensive display by Erins Own, the midfield worked very hard and the forwards took their chances well.
The second half commenced with Oran O’Regan scoring a point in the 32nd minute, and Gabriel Ezekiel scored his second goal in the 33rd minute. Danesfort came storming back with a shot at goal saved in the 34th minute, and they were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute which was slotted over the bar. Danesfort had another goal opportunity in the 36th minute but were again denied. Oran O’Regan scored another point in the 37th minute. Danesfort were again denied a goal in the 38th minute. Erins Own then replaced Gabriel Ezekiel and Ben Foley with Jack Dunphy and Louis Casey. Danesfort won a free in the 41st minute and slotted the bar over the bar. Danesfort then scored a goal in the 42nd minute. Erins Own then replaced Peter Layton with Billy O’Riordan. Ben Bradley who was moved into the forwards scored a point in the 45th minute. Erins Own replaced the injured Peter Coomey with Conor Hughes in the 47th minute. Danesfort scored another point in the 50th minute. Erins Own then replaced Tommy Browne and Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) with Sean O’Connell and Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane). Oran O’Regan scored another point in the 50th minute. Danesfort scored another goal in the 51st minute. Erins Own then replaced James Casey and Cathal Lynch with Cormac O’Sullivan and Gabriel Ezekiel. Danesfort scored another goal in the 52nd minute. Danesfort put in a rally strong second half performance with the second half scoreline reading Danesfort 3-3 Erins Own 1-4. Danesfort showed real grit in the second half outscoring Erins Own, but Erins Own strong performance in the first half was the difference on the day.
The final scoreline Danesfort 3-3 (12) Erins Own 3-11 (20).
Erins Own: 1. Ben Bradley 2. Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) 3. Tommy Browne 4. Sean O’Connell 5. Cormac McDonnell 6. Conor Hughes 7. Billy O’Riordan 8. Louis Casey 9. Cormac O’Sullivan 10. Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 11. Peter Layton 12. Jack Dunphy 13. Ben Foley 14. Cathal Lynch 15. Peter Coomey Subs: 16. Gabriel Ezekiel 17. Cian Jeffers 18. Leon Dineen 19. Cai Desmond 20. Ronan Murphy 21. James Casey 22. Oran O’Regan. Selectors: John Coomey, John Dunphy, Austin Lynch. Injured players who travelled on the day (Sean Power & Adam Murphy).
Scorers: Gabriel Ezekiel 2-0 Louis Casey 0-4 (2 frees), Cormac O’Sullivan 1-1, Oran O’Regan 0-3, Ben Bradley 0-1, Jack Dunphy 0-1, Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane) 0-1.
All of the players played their part today which really impressed the selectors. Ben Bradley had a great game in goal, The back line of Tommy Browne, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha), and Sean O’Connell were solid not giving much away all day. The half back line of Cormac McDonnell, Conor Hughes and Billy O’Riordan were very strong and gave Erins Own a great platform throughout the game. The midfield partnership of Louis Casey and Cormac O’Sullivan mopped up all the breaking ball in the middle third and played some clever passes to the forwards. The half forward line of Sean O’Donoghue (Glounthane), Peter Layton and Jack Dunphy competed very well linking a lot of play between defense and the inside forwards. The full forward line of Ben Foley, Cathal Lynch and Peter Coomey battled for every ball that came inside and proved a real handful. The subs also played a huge part, Gabriel scoring two goals at full forward, Cian Jeffers did well at top of the right, Leo battled away at left corner back, Cai Desmond competed well in midfield, Ronan Murphy played well left half forward, James Casey played well left corner forward, and Oran O’Regan did well centre forward.
The stand out performers today were Tommy Browne, Louis Casey, Cormac O’Sullivan, Sean O’Donoghue (Knockraha) and Conor Hughes. Man of the match was a three was split between Louis, Conor and Cormac.