East Cork Championships Commence

• Noel O’Leary, Castlelyons, and John Millerick, Fr O’Neills, during the East Cork B Football Championship game (Photo by Denis O’Flynn)

U21A Football round 1
Glanmire 1-13
Midleton 3-9

The championship season began on Friday night with the U21 A and B competitions starting under the lights in Sallybrooke and Youghal. In Glanmire, Midleton were the visitors and helped by two first half goals, Midleton led by 2-7 to 0-8 at half time with Garran Manley getting both goals. However, four points in a row closed the gap to a single point by the 40th minute. It was score for score thereafter until Midleton got another major from sub Luke Smith with six minutes remaining to lead by 3-8 to 0-13. The home side continued to battle hard and were rewarded with a late goal, but Midleton had done just enough to hold out for a two-point win. For the home side Danny Lonergan, James Murphy and Shane O’Driscoll did best, while for Midleton Sean O’Leary Hayes, Cormac O’Brien, Tommy O’Connell and top scorer Garran Manley were the leading lights.

U21C Round 1
Youghal 1-6 St
Catherine’s 2-13

Here again at Maginers Hill the visitors came out on top on Friday night where St Catherine’s were too strong for the home side on a bitterly cold night in the first of the round robin games in group 1 of the u21 C Championship. Playing a few games will certainly help clubs and St Catherine’s with Rory Galvin, Kieran Neville, Eoin Davis, Thomas O’Donnell and Philip Keane to the fore, had too much firepower for the home side with the two first half goals leaving the visitors in control, leading by 2-8 to 0-4 at half time. A strong defensive display in the second half saw the visitors hold out and while Youghal did raise a green flag it was not enough to close a widening gap as St Catherine’s ran out winners by ten points in the finish. Both sides have games against Cobh and Cloyne still to come so it is all still to play for.

Cobh 1-15
Cloyne 0-2

his game was played in Cobh on Saturday afternoon with the home side in control throughout as they recorded a very easy win over a young Cloyne side.

Lisgoold 1-9

Glanmire 0-5

Lisgoold proved that bit too strong for the Glanmire second team at Sallybrooke on Sunday morning with Liam O’Shea and Cathal hickey to the fore for the winners.

U21B Round 1
Glenville 2-16
Castlemartyr 3-8

Castlemartyr made the trip to Glenville for this opening round U21 B fixture and it turned out to be a cracking contest with the home side coming out on top after a splendid contest. Castlemartyr will face Erin’s Own when they will need to win to stay in contention.

Fr O’Neill’s 5-6
Castlelyons 4-4

Nine goals scored was the dominant feature coming out from Aghavoine following the meeting of Fr. O’ Neill’s and Castlelyons in the second game played on Sunday last in the East Cork Under-21 ‘B’ Football Championship. Six of those goals came in the opening thirty minutes with Castlelyons’s Niall O’Leary kicking a hat trick as David Morrison added a fourth while O’ Neill’s Adrian Leahy and Adam Kenneally, from a close in free, bagged the home sides goals, leaving the score at the break Castlelyons 4-1 Fr. O’ Neill’s 2-1. Colm Swayne kicked O’ Neill’s first point of the second half as Jason Hankard finished a great move from the back to score another goal. Nine minutes into the second half Jake Shine scored goal number eight (O’ Neill’s fourth) when he kicked the ball into an empty net having run onto a high ball into the danger area. This goal put the home side into a five-point lead, but Niall O’Leary kicked the next three points to reduce the deficit to two points. The final score, a ninth goal, fell to Conor Lee when a Jason Hankard kick lobbed over the Castlelyons defence and Lee was in like a flash to finish the ball to the net.