10th February, 2000
THE playing season finally got
underway at the weekend with three games played and three wins
Our under 15 "A" footballers who are called St. Columbas, struggled to get the better of Bishopstown in the opening round of the league and after an exciting hour emerged 26 to 23 winners, after being five points down at half time.
The second half recovery was spearheaded by Paddy White and Thomas Cotter who scored a goal piece while Stephen Barry, Colin Doyle and Eoin Carroll also made worthwhile contributions. For the first time we fielded a second under 15 team. They are called Mick Mackeys and this team also got off to a flier beating Rathpeacon 47 to two goals. The sides were level at half time, but excellent displays by Edwin McCarthy, Joe Lennon and Cormac Kelly ensured our lads the two points.
Our junior "B" footballers had a useful workout against neighbours Rochestown and scored a 29 to 17 win despite the difficult weather conditions.
Mark Kennedy, Paudie McCarthy, Mick O'Neill and Declan Reidy played well. The junior "A" team had their game against St. Nicholas called off because of the weather.
The AGM of the Under Age section of the club took place recently and again another magnificent season on the playing front was recorded.
Glowing tributes were paid to the under 14 team which won the county "A" hurling and football championships for the very first time and also on their great Feile Peil displays in Ennis last Summer.
Sunday, February 13
"A" Minor FL away to Bishopstown, 11 a.m.
"B" Minor FL away to Fr. O'Callaghans, 2.15 p.m.
"A" Junior FL at home to Nemo Rangers, 11.30 a.m.
"B" Junior FL at home to Ballinure, 2.30 p.m.
Senior football challenge, away to Dohenys, 3 p.m.
Brendan Larkin (PRO Adult Section).
DOUGLAS HALL AFC
There was almost a full programme of matches,
with some of Sunday's fixtures falling foul of the weather. The
MSL Juniors and Under 17's both recorded wins and clean sheets;
the Youths and Under 15's were also successful, with the Over
35's performing creditably.
However, mixed with this good news was another disappointing performance from the Seniors. They trailed 2-0 against Ballincollig, having played against a strong wind, and when Brian McSweeney scored an early second half goal, it looked like a possible victory. They failed to make another breakthrough and finished disappointing losers.
The MSL Juniors got their league challenge back on the rails with a fine 2-0 win over Fermoy. Brian Foley and Andy Lehane (penalty) were the scorers in a fully merited win. Gary Aherne, deputising for Dave Kilgannon, is credited with the clean sheet.
The Over 35's seem to have discovered a new scoring ace. Paddy Carroll, demonstrating deft touches in front of goal, was their scorer in a 1-1 draw against Crofton Celtic. The form which the 35's are showing at the moment is very encouraging and augurs well for the remainder of the season.
The Youths were given a huge fright by Grattan Utd. in the League Cup. Trailing 2-0 with fifteen minutes to go, they stormed to a late 3-2 victory. Damien O'Callaghan scored twice to bring the 'Hall back into the game, and Derrick Bowen moved his tally on to 18 with the winner.
The Under 17's were far too strong for Rathcoole Rovers, running up a 9-0 win. This consolidates their position at the top of the league. Their goals were scored by James O'Leary, Damien O'Callaghan (2 each), Paul Rose, Roger Barrett, Declan O'Connell, Kevin Clancy and Eddie Fitzgerald. Colm McCarthy was in goals, earning another clean sheet.
In the Under 15 league, the 'Hall got their campaign back on track with a 3-2 win over Nufarm Utd. There were good performances here from Colin Doyle in goals and Daniel Ryan. The goal scorers were Gavin Draper, Kevin O'Connell and Darren O'Connor.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Seamus Long, one of our Under 14's, who suffered a serious arm injury recently.
Senior League: Away v. Castleview, 10.45, Sunday
MSL Junior League: Home v. Everton, 2.30, Sunday
AUL Junior League: Away v. Dunbar Celtic, 3.00, Saturday
Youths League: Away v. Midleton, 3.00 Sunday
Under 14 League: Away. v. Blarney St. Utd., 1.00 Sunday
DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT
3 Ball Scramble
1st Nett: Jim Hanover, Jamie Fahy and Susan Gregson
Cork County Leagues
Senior 'A' beat St Stephens: 6 1/2 to 2 1/2
Senior 'B' lost to The Ranges: 5 to 4
Intermediates beat The Ranges: 6 to 3
Juniors beat St Stephens 'B': 5 to 4
Next Weeks League Fixtures
Senior 'A' V ESB 'B' @ Collins
Senior 'B' V Fermoy 'A' @ Lakewood
Intermediate V Dunlops @ St Annes
Juniors V Dunlops @ Templebreedy
all games at 10:30 am sharp
Weekly Lotto Results
No's Drawn 6, 17 and 27
CAB Sponsored Winners
Pádraig O' Shea c/o the club
Keith Anthony c/o Martin O' Riordan
Richard O' Sullivan c/o The Grange
Next Week £900 @ The Sounth County
BATTLE OF CORK
The much awaited rematch between Neptune and Esat Telecom Demons takes place on Friday night in Nepune Stadium. Under the watchful of the TG4 cameras, this ESB SuperLeague clash promises to be a cracker. Neptune are currently four gamoes ahead of Demons at the top of the table and are hoping to continue their good run. Neptune had a tremendous win over Denny Notre dame last weekend when in the dying seconds Stephen Mc Carthy laid the ball up for the winning basket. Demons are also having a good run and have won all of their last five games, so the game promises to be a tense affair with the all important local bragging rights at stake.
The game tips off at 9.00pm and a great nights entertainment is guaranteed.
Douglas first team secured two
valuable points this weekend against new castle west.
After dropping a point last weekend douglas knew nothing short of a victory would do.
This they earned in fine style . a try by Martin Pinfield ,and a penaly and conversion by Ger Glavin won the match by ten points to six. Douglas are one match away from promotion they need to beat St Marys at home next weekend to go up. If ever your friends and neighbours in Douglas RFC needed your support its next weekend , at two thirty at home.
The Douglas second team having secured promotion , lost their first league of the season, it was a case of the good, the bad, and the ugly .they were good ,we were bad, and the score was ugly.
In blustery conditions in Crosshaven , douglas lost by ten points to nil . a break away try in the dying minutes sealed Douglass fate . it was a messy match due to a howling wind and poor pitch conditions.
douglas were guilty of squandering possession and too many handling errors. Diarmuid Quinn, Jonathan Payne and Steven O'Cconnor all had excellent games for Douglas. It seems the presence of Steven O'Connor s lady friend brings out the best in him . she did however spend the match in the bar watching Eastenders. The other mile stone was Billy Tracey playing in five decades, having played in the 60's 70's 80's 90's and 00's . poor man, looking at him after the match you would be forgiven for thinking he had been playing for five decades . ( 5 x 10 = ? ).
Next weekend both douglas teams are at home . the second team at 12 noon against Bantry and the all important first team clash against St Marys at two thirty . follow the signs for the douglas pitch on Maryborough Hill.
COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC
The focus of attention switches
very much back to the Corinthians Senior Team next weekend when
they take on Rockmount in the replay of the quarter final of the
FAI Intermediate Cup. Despite the loss of long term injury
victims, Paul Bird, Ollie Nagle and Pat Murray, Manager, Fergus
McDaid will still be hoping that there is enough talent in his
squad to overcome Rockmount. It promises to be another cracking
game. Kick-off in Rockmount Park is 10.45am on Sunday morning.
The Corinthians Senior Team are not the only club side involved in National Cup action at the weekend, with the second juniors taking on Evergreen from Kilkenny in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup. The Corinthian's lads have played some outstanding football in the competition so far, defeating the likes of Greenmount Rangers and Clanmanny Shamrocks from Donegal, however they will face a stiff challenge from Evergreen who recently qualified for the FAI Senior Cup. Corinthians, with the likes of John Turner, Martin Burke and Dave Soden in their squad will not lack for experience and I am sure they will give a good account themselves on the day. Kick off is 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.
Corinthian Boys Underage Section
The underage programme was hit badly last weekend by the adverse weather conditions, but two cup games did survive and they provided outstanding entertainment.
Ballincollig 2 Douglas Corinthians 2.
In the Under 11 Cup Douglas Corinthians travelled to Ballincollig to take on the locals and after a fabulous match honours were shared in a 2-2 draw. Ballincollig made the brighter start and were in front after only two minutes, but as the first half progressed Corinthians came more into the game and equalised after 20 minutes when David Meyler controlled a fine Stephen Good cross before rounding the keeper and slotting it into the empty net. The action swung from end to end in the second half with both teams enjoying periods of domination. Conor O'Reilly put Corinthians into the lead when he took advantage of a slip by the Ballincollig keeper but Ballincollig were back on level terms again within five minutes. Chances were missed at both ends as the two sides searched in vain for the allusive winning goal. Even twenty minutes of extra time couldn't separate the sides and in the end a draw was undoubtedly a fair result. For Corinthians Richard O'Donovan and Theo Cullinane were outstanding in defence, while John O'Brien, Stephen Good and David Meyler were excellent all through.
Kilreen 3 Corinthians Boys 2.
There was disappointment for the Under 13's who went out of the local cup going down 3-2 to Kilreen after extra time. In a game played in atrocious conditions Corinthians performed with great credit coming from 2 goals down to force the game into extra time. With chances at both ends during extra time the game could have went either way, however it was Kilreen who eventually struck for the decisive winning goal. Alan Eaton was on the scoresheet twice for Corinthians while David Fitzgerald, Denis O'Mahony and Ian O' Callaghan played well.
Under 7 and Under 8 Coaching
Coaching takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthians Park for the younger members of the Club. Sessions for the Under 8's born in 1991 and the Under 7's born in 1992/93 take place from 12noon to 1.30pm.
Preparations are now beginning in earnest for this years Street Leagues, this year the Club will be running Street Leagues for the Under 7, Under 9 and Under 11 age groups. Over the next few weeks names will be taken on Saturday mornings. Last year over 30 teams and 300 schoolboys took part in the Street Leagues. with the Leagues running from early March up until the end of May. So if you would like to get involved come along to Corinthians Park on Saturday mornings or contact Terry O'Donovan at 891257 or Ger Kilcommons at 363456 for more information.
NEMO RANGERS UNDERAGE
This past weekend the replay of
the U-16 county final took place in Ballygarvan where Nemo faced
Erins Own on an extremely windy afternoon . Without trying to
abuse the cliché this was very much "a game of two
halves" . Erins Own started the better and tore into a early
lead , leaving Nemo standing and went in at half-time on a
scoreline of 2-6 to 0-0 . Obviously some harsh words were spoken
at the interval to the Nemo lads because they came out a
different team in the second half . Shane Marshall started
gaining some quality possession in mid-field and Steven Heaphy
started to get the forwards motoring and within a short space of
time the scores started to come . However fortune was not to
smile on Nemo and a dubious penalty decision handed the game to
Erins Own despite a valient effort at a come-back from the Nemo
lads . I would like to applaude the team for their brave display
and congradulate them on their fantastic season , and as a
majority of this team are sitting their Junior Cert. exams this
summer I wish them well .
The U-15 team also played a match over the weekend and again they were forced to play in poor conditions with the wind causing trouble for both teams , especialy the goalkeepers . Nemo fought well in the first half against the wind and went in at half-time 3-3 to 0-2 . Nemo came out in the second half with the wind at their backs and were almost neck and neck at mid-way through the half . Unfortuneately John Hydes (Blarney) finished the stronger and ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-4 . Best for Nemo on the day were Brian Hanley , Peter Ghelfi , John O' Keffee and Rory Gibbons . On a different note all in Nemo would like to wish Seamus Long a speedy recovery , who broke his hand during the week .
A challange match was also played at the weekend for the U-14 team who won comfortably against a under-strenght Inniscarra team . Most impressive for Nemo were Alex Kelliher , Darren Dorgan , and Thomas Martin .
Also I would I like to inform all interested parties that copies of the Millenium edition of Nemo News is available at all local shops , garages , banks etc.
Fe 15 Football League v's Strand Road (Carrigaline) @ Nemo 3:00
Fe 13A Challenge v's Mayfield @ Nemo 3:00
Fe 13B Challenge v's Mayfield @ Nemo 3:00
Fe 14 Challenge v's Youghal @ Youghal 3:00
Junior A Football League v's Douglas @ Ballyorbin 11:30
Junior C Football League v's Ballyphane @ Nemo 12:15
Minior 1 Football League v's St. Vincents @ Nemo 11:30
Minior 2 Football League v's Bishopstown @ Bishopstown 3:00
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