Main Sponsor – Irving Oil
Dinner Dance Social Night
The best part of 200 Aghada supporters and guests made their way to the beautiful Garryvoe hotel on Saturday night the 3rd of February to celebrate the year gone by in 2017 and in particular the U21 East Cork football win and of course our 1st ever adult hurling county title won by the Intermediate hurling squad. After a lovely meal, our chairman Jimmy O’Leary welcomed the large crowd and praised the winning 2017 teams and managements including the ladies junior football team that won an historic All-Ireland title in 2017 and Imokilly hurlers, Cork senior county hurling champions. He also thanked all the Aghada clubs (senior, juvenile, ladies football and camogie) for the work done in hurling and football in the parish during the past year. He also gave thanks to Irving Oil for the sponsorship deal in 2017. And special mention was reserved for a few of our members that recently passed away. Des Cullinane spoke very well on behalf of the county board and gave a well received special mention to Kieran O’Connor. Our own Michael O’Brien spoke on behalf of the East Cork Board and left no one in any doubt that Aghada GAA has had a long and proud history on the hurling fields of Cork. Then MC for the night, the one and only Paul Kilbane, called on the members of the 2 victorious panels to receive their medals. The form Bana was in, it was dangerous for your name to be on the list for a medal, and plenty fellows had to face down a good natured ribbing on the short walk to collect their award. The club also recognised the intermediate hurling management – Colm O’Brien, Brian Murphy, Martin Hennessy, Kenneth O’Keeffe and coach Niall McCarthy. Hurling captain John Paul O’Connor also made a presentation to the management group on behalf of the players. The club also gave out awards to Fergal Condon manager of victorious Imokilly, and to Cian Fleming and Will Leahy two of Imokilly’s main forwards. Will was also recognised for his contribution to Cork intermediate hurlers along with Ronan Dwane who was their manager. John Looney (Cork U21 hurling player) and Eoin O’Neill (Cork senior football selector) were also honoured on the night. Jennifer Lewis accepted a presentation on behalf of the ladies junior football champions. The final 3 awards of the night were the annual hurler, footballer and U21 clubman of the year awards. Daniel Creedon was named U21 clubman, Trevor O’Keeffe won hurler of the year, with Cian Fleming picking up the footballer of the year. After that, it was time to kick back to the sounds of the Love Junkies and dance the rest of the night away. Well done and congratulations to all who received presentations on the night. A big huge thanks for putting on a great night out goes to the organisers, Gillian Berry, Darren Lee, Colm O’Brien and Cian Fleming.
Senior Football League Div 4 – Aghada 0-12 v Kinsale 0-10; Kinsale 4/2/18
No respite for our players as the day after the dinner dance they had to travel to Kinsale for our opening league fixture of 2018. No sign of a hangover (neither real nor proverbial) in the opening 12 minutes as we raced into a 4 point to no score lead. Pearse O’Neill and Shane Bennett had a point each from play and Cian Fleming converted 2 frees. The home side slowly got going and the rest of the half was even-stephen with Aghada going in at half time 2 points to the good on a 7 v 5 scoreline. 3 more Fleming frees completed the 1st half scoring for Aghada while 4 of Kinsale’s 5 points also came from placed balls in very difficult underfoot conditions. On resumption, 2 points in quick succession from Pearse O’Neill restored the 4 point lead. On 10 minutes a Cian Fleming ’45 cancelled out Kinsales 1st second half point. Aghada didn’t score again until there was only 5 minutes to play and at that point the lead was again down to 2 points. O’Neill repeated his earlier trick and hit 2 more points in 2 minutes to restore the 4 point advantage. Kinsale finished stronger kicking the last 2 points and floating in a couple of frees in the hope of snatching a winning goal, but Aghada held on for a deserved victory. Along with Pearse, Shane Wall, Tommy Donoghue and Marcus Leahy were to the fore for Aghada, who will be happy to come away with the 1st two points that were on offer for the season.
Team and scorers – Ciaran O’Shea, Tim Hartnett, Shane Wall, Jake O’Donoghue, David Rice, Tommy O’Donoghue, Aaron Berry, Marcus Leahy, Conor O’Driscoll, Daniel Creedon, Ronan Kennedy, Charlie Terry, Shane Bennett (0-1), Cian Fleming (0-6, 4f,1 ’45), Pearse O’Neill (0-5). Subs Used – Aaron Stafford, Jordan Tynan, Eoin Healy.
East Cork Junior Football Division 2 – Aghada 1-7 v Fr. O’Neills 0-9; Rostellan 2/2/2018
Our Junior A footballers got the weekend off to a great start on Friday night, when they opened their 2018 league campaign with a narrow one point victory against Fr. O’Neills. O’Neills played with the wind in the 1st half a led a low scoring game 6 points to 4 at halftime. Aghada dominated on resumption however, with Charlie Terry playing a prominent role at half forward. He kicked 3 points from play and then set up Kevin O’Hanlon who finished very well to the back of the O’Neills net for a vital goal. That score came on 20 minutes and gave Aghada a 1-7 v 6 point lead. From here to the end it was all O’Neills however as they mounted attack after attack on the Aghada defence. Alan Walsh used all his experience at corner back and had a great game, while alongside him in the full back line, Michael Gilroy and Kyle O’Shea also impressed. With 2 minutes of normal time to play O’Neills had it down to a one point game, but despite having plenty possession, they couldn’t breach the Aghada rearguard and Aghada held on for the win and the 2 league points. A good start to the league. Another positive was that 23 players togged out and with the new rules all 9 subs came on and got game time, the majority of which, were introduced at half time.
Aghada team and Scorers – Ciaran O’Shea, Alan Walsh, Michael Gilroy, Kyle O’Shea (0-1), David Rice, Jordan Tynan(0-1), Shane Dorney, Aiden O’Connell, Paul Daly, Daniel Creedon (0-1f), Charlie Terry (0-4), John Connolly, Shane Bennett, Jordan Ryan, Robert Whelan. Subs Used – Stephen Daly, Aaron Stafford, Aaron Berry, Eoin Healy, Kevin O’Hanlon (1-0), Tadgh Gilroy, Declan Morrissey, Luke O’Connell and Ray Savage.
Senior Football League Div 4 – Aghada 0-9 v Glenville 0-6; Rostellan 11/2/18
Our first ever league game on the new forest pitch, saw our senior football team make it 2 wins out of two in this years league after a 3 point victory over East Cork rivals Glenville. This pitch has been developed to be playable in all weather conditions and this was certainly put to the test last Sunday. A sustained hail and snow shower left the place completely white just minutes before throw in. But still the underfoot conditions were excellent when the game commenced at 2:30 pm. Aghada started the better and virtually owned possession in the opening 10 mins. Nothing was clicking upfront however and a point from wing back Aaron Berry was the only score Aghada had to show for this dominance. Glenville grew into the game and kicked 2 points in as many minutes to lead after 12 minutes. Pearse O’Neill, as usual, took the game by the scruff and kicked 2 points on minutes 14 and 15. The second came after a strong run from defence by Kalen O Donoghue. These points spurred on his teammates and Aghada hit the next 3 scores as well. Cian Fleming hit one from a free and one from play and then John Looney kicked a fine long distance point to give Aghada a 6 v 2 lead after 22 minutes. Glenville completed the 1st half scoring with a fine strike of their own on 25 minutes and went in at the break 3 down, but knowing they would have the wind for the second half.
It was a 2 point game 5 minutes after the restart, when Glenville pointed a free. Aghada then converted 2 placed balls of their own through Fleming, with Marcus Leahy and O’ Neill drawing the fouls. Midway through the half the sides exchanged points, Glenville from play, a Fleming free for Aghada after being fouled himself. On 17 minutes Glenville pointed another free. That made the score line 9 v 6 in Aghada’s favour and neither side would trouble the scoreboard for the rest of the contest. In truth apart from an important save from Andy O’Donoghue on 20 minutes, not much else of note happened to keep the spectators warm. Still Aghada held on comfortably for the win and now have maximum points from their opening 2 games. Jake O’Donoghue at full back and Aiden O’Connell at wing back were others that impressed on the day.
Team and scorers – Andy O’Donoghue, Tim Hartnett, Jake O’Donoghue, Kyle O’Shea, Aiden O’Connell, Tommy O’Donoghue, Aaron Berry (0-1), Marcus Leahy, Conor O’Driscoll, Daniel Creedon, John Looney(0-1), Charlie Terry, Ronan Kennedy, Cian Fleming (0-5, 4f), Pearse O’Neill (0-2). Subs Used – Aaron Stafford, Jordan Tynan, Eoin Healy, Shane Bennett.