Aghada GAA Club

Founded 1885

Co. Cork

Juvenile Hurling & Football Notes wk27

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Aghada GAA Juvenile News

Hi folks, last Monday night we had a double header in Rostellan with our U12 hurlers first up against our seaside neighbours Cobh, the game was played on the forest pitch in a picturesque tranquil setting as the field looks across the harbour towards Cobh cathedral that only looks like a stone throw away in the distance. This Cobh side had some fine individual performers who caused our young camáns plenty of bother as our lads stuck to their task manfully, the three Eoins in the backline of Eoin Kirrane, Eoin O’ Donoghue and Eoin O’ Shea were clearing loads of ball and only for some fine goalkeeping by the Cobh custodian and some wayward shooting on our part the scoreline would have been a lot closer. In the second half full forward Rian O’ Brien collected a high delivery and billowed the net for a fine goal and with Kaylan Cunningham, Cathal Lowney, James O’ Neill and Tim O’ Hanlon to the fore Aghada pushed hard to get back in the game as Cobh ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-3. This was a fine battling performance by our lads who showed enough promise that will have them back in the winners enclosure before too long. On the main field our U15 Div 3 hurlers were in action against Courcey Rovers and as they say goals win matches and that was certainly the case for Aghada as we scored six of the best in a 6-7 to 2-14 win against a fine Ballinspittle side. Early first half goals from Colm White who calmly struck with a precise finish and a cracker from Nathaniel o Driscoll had Aghada in the ascendancy . A further green flag from the dynamic Sean O’ Callaghan put the lads in a strong halftime position as Courcey Rovers were doing some fine attacking themselves only to be repelled by some staunch Aghada defending with Killian Falvey and Conor Baxx in control. Goalkeeper James O’ Donnell showed great accuracy with his puckouts to launch many attacks with Jack Lenihan and Andrew Murphy buzzing around the middle and it was Jack who notched goal number 4 with a speculative effort, this was followed by the impressive Jude Devoy with another goal and he also added some fine white flags, then Joe Connolly was unlucky to see a sweet shot excellently blocked by the rovers keeper, before Cormac Walsh cracked home goal number 6 to put the gloss on the scoreline and seal the Aghada win, all in all this keeps this teams unbeaten run going as they look forward with confidence.

U17 Hurling championship report by Ben Walsh

A massive win for the U17’s as they beat Douglas in their Hurling Championship 2nd round game. The lads were looking to build from their previous game which was a disappointing defeat to Kilara Og. Aghada came straight out of the blocks with Fionn O Connor and Ronan Murphy providing some early points on the board. Aghada led by 0:5 to 0:3 at the first water break. Some stunning free taking from Oscar Slye and some brilliant running from Stevie and Fionn O Connell kept Aghada ticking over. Douglas were able to take advantage of some poor defending to level the game at half time, 0:9 to 1:6. Aghada were able to claim a goal at the beginning of the 2nd half thanks to some great battling from Conor G, Sean B, Ronan Murphy and Stevie. Fionn O Connell battled hard along the floor to claim the ball and add another point. Douglas slowly closed the gap to 2 points but another brilliant strike from 40m out on the right hand side from Stevie saw the gap remaining at 3 points. The exceptional partnership of Pete White and Fionn O Connor saw the ball delivered up front and placed in the back of the net by Stevie. Douglas were able to scrape a goal just before the second water break to reduce the lead to 3 points. Aghada fell asleep for a bit until some savage battling from Tommi Oosthuizen and Sean B saw the ball worked between Fionn O Connell and Stevie to extend the lead.Another goal was scored thanks to huge work from Oscar after massive work in the middle by Aaron A.The Ball was stuck inside Douglas 40 for a few mins due to carrying and work of the full forwards Seanie, Stevie & Tommi to complete a Stevie hattrick. The full time score ended 4:11 to 2:12 in Aghadas' favour. A massive win for these lads tonight. Hunger, workrate and a huge level of teamwork in support of each other tonight. Not perfect but heading in the right direction.

U15 premier 1 Hurling championship

Aghada 4-18 Midleton 1-16

Last year Bell X1 covered a Don Henley song, the boys of summer and as we exited lock down, and the Sunday

game was back on our screens and we dreamed of the summer ahead, and the excitement of our national

games played on a pristine pitch with skill and endeavour on a fine summers day, well we got it all in

Rostellan on Saturday afternoon when we took on a fantastic Midleton team and our boys revelled in the

sunshine. We started in blistering fashion scoring 1-3 in the first five minutes, an early free from James

Hurley was added to by a goal from ace corner forward Jude Devoy and points from the impressive

Samuel O’ Driscoll, whose high fielding was a joy to watch and electric full forward Tomás Condon, who

was unmarkable at times and finished with the impressive tally of 2-6 all from play. Midleton’s first score

was a goal when a high ball came back off the post and their corner forward reacted quickest to smash the

ball past goalkeeper James O’ Donnell who had no chance, in fact Midleton’s next five points all came from

placed balls as Aghada went to work diligently with corner backs Ronan Devoy and Jack Buckley on the

front foot as an early move by the selectors made dividends as Sean Santos O’ Sullivan went to full back

with Hugh Mulcahy going to centre back and both would go on to have storming games. More scores followed

points from James Hurley, Tomás 2, Calum Roberts and goals from James and Tomás with a cracking

finish had us in the ascendancy. The midfield partnership of Sean O’ Callaghan and David Wallace was

working well as a fine individual score from Seán completed the first half entertainment as he won a great

ball out on the wing and drove forward to point audaciously from a narrow angle. This left the halftime

Score Aghada 3-8 Midleton 1-6. We all knew Midleton would not lie down and they came storming from

the blocks to score the first four points of the half as Aghada worked tirelessly to keep them at bay and

tenacious defending from wing backs Colm O’ Donoghue and Robert Dean and the introduction of

the impressive Evan Crowley blocked their path to goal. Aghada had their first score of the half from

Samuel O’ Driscoll after another superb catch and they drove on from here, points flowed from Tomás 3,

James Hurley 3, another from hard running centre forward Calum Roberts and a fine goal from man of

the match Tomás Condon with another superb finish, before the icing on the cake a final score and

point from the lively James Motherway that best exemplified this teams overall honest and hard working

mentality, that will certainly stand to them for the tough assignments ahead, as our group includes

matches against Sars and Glen Rovers, with both games away from home, there will be no time to rest

on our laurels and for this group of players there is no place they would rather be than pitting their

skills against the best, ah yes the temperature is rising for the boys of summer.

Aghada team and scorers:

James O Donnell Ronan Devoy Hugh Mulcahy Jack Buckley 0-1 Colm O Donnoghe Sean Santos O Sullivan

Robert Dean David Wallace Sean O Callaghan 0-1 Samuel O Driscoll 0-2 Calum Roberts 0-2

James Hurley 1-5 0-3f Jude Devoy 1-0 Tomas Condon 2-6 James Motherway 0-1

Sub used Evan Crowley

All Ireland U20 Hurling Final win

You would be forgiven for thinking that Aghada U15 Hurling Bainisteoir Fergal Rasper Condon

boarded a private helicopter as he headed from Rostellan on Saturday afternoon from watching

his charges defeat Midleton to head to Nowlan Park Kilkenny as a selector and an integral part of

Pat Ryan’s backroom team, as the rebels annexed their first hurling All Ireland at this grade formally

U21 since 1998, and the first All Ireland hurling title to Leeside since 2005, along time in the history of

this proud hurling county. This Cork team has come through the rebel Óg academy structure under

the initial tutelage of East Cork GDA Seán Crowley and many more, as they start to fulfil their

promise and we are sure another All Ireland will not be too far away for this talented group of players

As the rebel Óg structures begin to bear fruit. Rasper is involved with Cork U20’s again this year as he

has added an All Ireland to an already impressive coaching CV. What’s to say he won’t be patrolling

the sidelines with Cork seniors in the years ahead as his profile rockets, well done Rasper a great

achievement for you, your family, our club, our county and the barony of East Cork.

Fixtures:

Mon 12th Rebel Óg East U12 Group 3 Football League V St. Colmcilles 19:30 Whitescross

Wed 14th Rebel Óg U18 Prem 2 Football League V Na Piarsaigh 19:00 Rostellan

Thur 15th Rebel Óg U15 Div 5 Football Championship V Youghal 19:30 Copperalley

Fri 16th Rebel Óg East U13 Group 3 football League V St. Colmcilles 19:00 Rostellan

Sat 17th Rebel Óg East U15 Div 1 Football Championship V Glenville 12:00 Glenville

Sat 17th Rebel Óg U16 Group 3 Football League V Whitechurch 14:00 Whitechurch

Slán go fóill

BE SEEN WEAR THE GREEN

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