Aghada GAA Juvenile News - Donal Walsh
Hi folks, hope all is well, what a cracking weekend of sport we enjoyed and especially the thrilling spectacle of the Munster senior hurling game between Cork and great rivals Tipperary, in a sunny Pairc Uí Chaoimh last Saturday evening. Once again from our point of few it was fantastic to see our own Fergal Rasper Condon and Lauren McAllister involved in such a joyous occasion. With all the talk about GAA GO and it was very unfortunate for anyone who did not get to see the match live, especially the younger kids and older people in our parish, everyone will say there is nothing better than being there. Going to the match is the greatest, win lose or draw, supporting the team is what matters. Dejection and disbelief plummet true supporters to the depths of despair as their team falls behind and then as they roar back into contention jubilation is unbridled, spontaneous leaps to punch the air in response to their team’s positive performance. There is nothing like a match, be it in your local club or elsewhere, it can carry emotions to the highest pitch of elation one instant, then crash them down to rock bottom the next. Going to the match is the greatest, certainly a lot better than fibre optic, chromecast and a HDMI cable.
U14 football League Aghada (1) 6-15 Carrigtwohill 3-3
A comprehensive win for our first u14 football team against Carrigtwohill in Rostellan on Friday evening. We opened brightly with 3 points on the trot, Shay Rooney with 2 and Robbie Oosthuizen with the other before ace netminder CathalLowney was called into action to produce a stunning save to keep the lead intact. Both sides traded goals in an entertaining first half, our first a speculative effort from Hugh O’Loingsigh, the second a fine finish from Matthew Condon after quick passing through the hands involving a number of players and the third a rocket by Aidan Johnston after being set up nicely by Eoghan O’ Shea to leave the half time score 3-11 v 2-1 in our favour. The goals continued to flow in the second half, wing back Jake Morrissey raced clear and finished well, Robbie billowed the net after following up well on the initial shot that was saved by the Carrig keeper and Hugh struck his second with a clever finish. This was a complete team performance with Seán O’ Reilly reading the game intelligently, cutting out attacks and setting the play in motion. Ciarán Cashman was soundness personified at full back in a dominating display, Rossa White, Evan Courtney, Conor Padden and Kaylan Cunningham all playing their part as well as the players introduced in a strong showing from our lads. Team & scorers Cathal Lowney, Rossa White, CiaránCashman, Seán O’ Reilly, Jake Morrissey 1-,2 Conor Padden, Evan Courtney, Shay Rooney 0-6, Kaylan Cunningham 0-2,Matthew Condon 1-1, Hugh O’ Loingsigh 2-1, Eoghan O’Shea 0-1, Conor Fleming, Aidan Johnston 1-1, Robbie Oosthuizen 1-1. Subs used Jamie Sweeney, Donncha Walsh, David Murphy.
U16 football League
Aghada 2-10 Carrigtwohill 4-12 The proverbial game of two halves from our point of view, leading by eight points at half time only to lose by eight at full time. We conceded a soft goal straight from the throw in as the away side broke through unopposed to find the net giving our reliable goalkeeper Jago Evans no chance. Once we awoke from our slumber, we went on to play nice passages of football. Joe Connolly and Cillian Falvey led the charge as full forward Isaac Oosthuizen fired over point number 1 and that was quickly followed by 2 from Cormac Walsh 1 from a free to level proceedings. We then hit the front Cormac finishing smartly to the net after a clever Eanna Crowley pass. More points followed from Cormac, Isaac, Sam McAllister and Cian Moore before Isaac cracked home goal number 2 and we were in total control or so it looked at the short whistle 2-7 v 1-2 in front. We came out for the second half to face a stiff breeze that was not evident in the first 30 minutes and what transpired was a collapse of an epic magnitude. We lost total control around the middle third and could not win any of our kick outs as Carrig pushed up and put us on the back foot. Cian Moore managed to stem the tide with a point and Isaac hit a late double but in truth it was a second half to forget as we succumbed to the away sides challenge. The only bright point of the half was the welcome sight of the returning Andrew Murphy getting in some game time after an extended time on the side-lines due to injury. Team & scorers Jago Evans, Pierce McLoughlin, Seán O’ Brien, Joe Connolly, Eoin Walsh, Dara O’ Conchubair, Cillian Falvey, Eanna Crowley, Tom Walsh, Sam McAllister 0-1, Colm O’ Donoghue, Cian Moore 0-2, Jack Kelleher, Isaac Oosthuizen 1-4, Cormac Walsh 1-3. subs used Andrew Murphy, Jack Mulcahy, Josh McCarthy.
U14 Football League
Aghada (2) 2-6 Youghal 5-14 Our under 14 second team found our seaside neighbours too hot to handle in Rostellan on Sunday afternoon. We started slowly although playing with the stiff breeze and allowed our visitors to dominate the early exchanges. We then settled and put together some good moves that yielded some fine scores. One such move started by Donncha Walsh in the half back line ended with Jack Kelleher firing to the net from a nice David Murphy pass. Donncha then fielded a fine ball and put a good pass over the top for Jack to run on to and he made no mistake with another clever finish. Points from Robbie Oosthuizen 2,Cormac Cashman, Sam Ahern and sub-Cathal Lowney left us 1 point behind at half time 2-5 v 3-3, with Dara O’ Brien, Finbarr Alcock and Rossa White prominent. That was as close as we got as all we had to show for the second half was a solitary score from Rían, who went up front after being released from his goalkeeping duties. In fairness to our lads, they never threw in the towel and created numerous chances, but Youghal were much the stronger side on the day. Team & scorers Rían O’ Brien 0-1, Jamie Sweeney, Finbarr Alcock, Dara O’ Brien, Rossa White, Donncha Walsh, Colin White, Ciarán Cashman 0-1, Aidan Johnston, Conor Fleming, David Murphy, Darragh Crowley, Sam Ahern 0-1, Robbie Oosthuizen 0-2, Jack Kelleher 2-0, Cathal Lowney 0-1.
U12 Hurling League
Aghada (2) 3-6 Bishopstown 3-4 A fantastic last quarter powered our u12 second hurling team to victory over a gallant Bishopstown side in Rostellan on Tuesday evening. Played on our quarry field the teams had a very strong wind that blew up towards our clubhouse tocontend with, this favoured our visitors in the first half, and they made good use of it, to lead at the break 2-4 v 0-3. All our points in the first period came from the hurl of the lively Bobby Creedon 2 from frees and 1 from play, but we had shown enough that with the strong wind at our backs in the second half the lads were well capable of turning it around and so it transpired. We opened the scoring with another well struck Bobby free but were rocked on our heels when the town found the net again to stretch out their lead. The boys responded brilliantly and in a top-notch team performance it was all Aghada from there until the end. Michael Creedon got the ball rolling when he blasted home goal number 1, Dara Kelleher and Ronan Callanan hit over some nice points and Dara struck a fine goal, before in a welter of excitement in front of our vocal and happy supporters he found the net from long range to top off the comeback. The selectors will be very happy with the application shown by the players and well done to all in a terrific panel performance. Team & scorers Aaron Murphy, Daniel O’ Neill, Seán Walsh, Seán O’Sullivan, Mícheal Lowney, Mason Sheehan, Eoin Condon,Robbie O’ Hanlon, Corey O’ Leary, Shay Casey, Rory Casey, Michael Creedon 1-0, Bobby Creedon 0-4 0-2f James Connolly, Cathal Lehane, Jack Arundel, Dara Kelleher 2-1,Ronan Callanan 0-1.
U15 P2 Football League
Aghada 6-12 Carrigtwohill 2-7 Our u15 footballers produced an excellent first half performance that laid the foundations for a superb victory over the recent Féile hurling winners Carrigtwohill on our quarry pitch in Rostellan on Tuesday night. There was no fewer than 7 different scorers in a half that sparkled and was sprinkled with quality goals from Jake Morrissey, Jack Mulcahy and Cian Moore with clever link up play from Shay Rooney that ensured a solid half time lead. Carrig had the wind in the second half and succeeded in putting more pressure on our defensive rear guard, but our lads weathered the storm playing controlled football to break forward with purpose to register more goals from Jack Mull, Cillian Scanlon and Jack Dorney to close out the game in an excellent team performance.
Well done to Tom Walsh and Sam McAllister who were involved with the Cork u15 football development squad away in Limerick last weekend.
Great win for Cork East in the Celtic Challenge u17 hurling quarter final against Limerick in UL last Saturday with Robert Dean, Samuel O’ Driscoll, Tomás Condon and James Hurley all playing their part along with selector Ger Sheehan. They now go on to a semi-final meeting and a local derby with North Cork and we wish the lads all the best once again.
No joy for Seán O’ Callaghan and the Cork minor hurling team who lost out to Clare in the Munster hurling final in Thurles last Tuesday night. All is not lost however as they are still in the All-Ireland series where they will play the winners of the Leinster decider on the weekend of May 20/21
This Saturday in Kilworth @ 13;00 the Celtic league semi final takes place between Cork East and North Cork in what promises to be a thrilling encounter between both sides who know each other so well. The Best of luck to Ger Sheehan, selector and to James Hurley, Tomás Condon, Robert Dean and Samuel O’ Driscoll who are representing the club with pride.
The Best of luck to Scoil Íosagáin Aghada National School in the Sciath Na Scol hurling semi-final this Friday away to Rathduff in Grenagh.
Sat 13th May U14 Hurling League Aghada v Lisgoold 11am Rostellan.
Sun 14th May U16 P2 Hurling League Shandrum v Aghada 11am Shandrum.
Sun 14th May U12 Football League Aghada v Nemo Rangers 17:30 Rostellan.
Mon 15th May U12 Football LeagueAghada v Midleton 18:30 Rostellan.
Wed 17th May U17 Football LeagueAghada v St Michaels 19:00 Rostellan.
Slán go fóill Be Seen wear the Green.
Ár nDícheall Go Deo.