Narrow Defeat In Mid Cork Final Our Junior A Hurlers narrowly lost to Ballinora in the Muskerry Junior A Hurling Championship Final on the 4th of September last in Ovens. Blarney who were looking to capture the club’s first Mid Cork Hurling title since 1993, had a good opening half. Mark Cremin pointed a free for Blarney on the 3rd minute in response to Ballinora’s converted 65. The game started with high intensity and it was a battle to win primary possession in the middle of the field. Ten minutes in, Mark Cremin scored a great individual goal where he won back lost possession, beat his man and finished brilliantly to the back of the Ballinora net. The score board now read Blarney 1-1 Ballinora 0-2. The red and green of Ballinora responded with another free before Sean Crowley found Vincent O’Mahony in space from a side line ball, where he pointed from the middle of the field. On the 20th minute, Ballinora capitalised on a breaking ball in the full back line where the corner forward ran in at pace striking hard to give Richard O’Shea no chance in goal. The green flag was raised to the delight of the large Ballinora following. Blarney did not panic and had plenty attacking options with Mark Cremin in fine form in the first half. Cremin converted a free and added two more points from play to leave the half time score Blarney 1-7 Ballinora 1-5. Ballinora quickly levelled the game in the opening minutes of the second half. Again Blarney battled and Sean Crowley playing at mid-field scored a point from play in the wet conditions. Cremin soon followed with another free to give Blarney a two point lead again. However Ballinora kept applying pressure and Blarney found it more & more difficult to win puck outs as the game went on. Ballinora scored three points on the trot, but on the 45th minute Eugene McCarthy found himself in space in the full forward line to finish well for Blarney’s second goal of the game. The score was now Blarney 2-9 Ballinora 1-12. However the concession of frees was costing Blarney. Ballinora scored two more points from the placed ball before McCarthy scored from play on the 51st minute, which was Blarney’s last score of the game. Ballinora finished strong, with their superior fitness helping them to see out the game. Full time Blarney 2-10 Ballinora 1-15. It was a brave performance from Blarney and lads deserve a lot of credit. Some will look back on the game as a missed opportunity, but the lads will learn from it and no doubt be back stronger next time round. Richard O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, Daniel Cronin, Wayne Shine, Vincent O’Mahony, Conor O’Reilly, Donal O’Neill, Sean Crowley, Anthony O’Shea, Eugene McCarthy, John Daniel Good, Owen O’Connor, Conor Forde, Mark Cremin, Michael John Shine. Stephen Sheedy for Donal O’Neill, Kevin Cremin for John Daniel Good, Sean
Coley ensures Fe21’s progress Blarney U21 hurlers are through to the quarter final of the Premier U21 Hurling Championship after defeating Killeagh/Itas by 3 points on the 31st of August in Pairc Ui Rinn. Both sides exchanged pointed frees in the opening minutes before Blarney wing forward Conor Forde converted a great side line ball from the 45 metre line. Blarney settled well into the game with Mark Coleman and Michael John Shine often on the ball in midfield. Coleman and Stephen Sheedy added more points from play, but Killeagh/Itas were staying in touch by pointing frees. The number of goal opportunities created by the east Cork team was a concern, but Blarney keeper Conor Murphy made three good saves in the opening 10 minutes to keep the opposition goalless. On the 13th minute centre back Peter Philpott scored a huge point from play after a well worked puck out. Again the sides were trading points thanks to Coleman’s accuracy from the dead ball. A few minutes later a high ball into the full forward line broke to David Cremin who pulled on the ground into the Killeagh/Itas net, scoring Blarney’s only goal of the game. The score board now read Blarney 1 – 8 Killeagh/Itas 0 – 6. Killeagh/Itas responded well, scoring three points on the trot before Coleman leading by example created space to score a well taken point from play. However three minutes before half time Killeagh/Itas exposed the Blarney defence and scored their first goal of the evening. A converted free and a point from play from Ray Murphy, who was moved out as a third midfielder, gave Blarney a two point lead at the break. Blarney 1 – 12 Killeagh/Itas 1 – 10. Michael John Shine opened the scoring from play 3 minutes into the second half with a well taken point from the right wing under the stand. Two minutes later his brother Wayne got in the score sheet hitting off his left on the 45 metre line. Again Killeagh/Itas responded, with a point from play. Murphy scored two more points from play soon after in what was a very open game. Killeagh/Itas got their second goal 6 minutes into the half to leave a single point again between the sides. Blarney responded well again with their forwards creating more scoring opportunities, which was the real difference between the sides. Blarney were the better team but could not put Killeagh/Itas out of reach. Coleman who scored 12 points (7 frees) in total with the highlight being a side line cut scored under the stand in the second half. The lads did very well to keep the work rate up which forced the opposition to make mistakes. However it was a nervous finish with only two points the difference in added time. Coleman scored his last free of the evening just before the final whistle to leave the final score Blarney 1 – 20 Killeagh/Itas 2 – 14. Our U21′s are now in the quarter final in the first year of this competition. However the lads will have to improve their performance if they are to overcome Fr. O’Neill’s in the next round. Conor Murphy, Conor Power, Sean McSweeney, Wayne Shine, Paul O’Connor, Peter Philpott, Sean Crowley, Michael John Shine, Mark Coleman, Conor Forde, Stephen Sheedy, David Dunlea, Mark Coleman, Ray Murphy, David Cremen, Kevin Cremen.
Minor hurlers reach county final Blarney defeated Aghada in Pairc Ui Rinn on the 24th of August to reach the final of the Premier 2 Minor Hurling Championship. There were a number of changes to the match programme but the main omission was David Sheahan who missed out due to a hamstring injury. With the game played under lights, it was Aghada who got off to a blistering start scoring the first 6 points in the opening 6 minutes. James Dineen settled Blarney popping over a tricky free from the left wing 2 minutes later. Blarney made a few positional changes to win more ball in the middle of the field and manage the Aghada centre forward Charlie Terry who was having a major impact on the game. The lads dug in and on the 11th minute found the back of the Aghada net when Barry Dennehy showed good strength to get around the corner back and coolly finish. It was a big score and gave Blarney much confidence. Blarney started to dominate possession now and Dineen was showing great leadership in attack pointing two more frees and scoring the point of the game on the 16th minute from play, when he striked on the turn to hit it over the black spot. Dineen, Dennehy and Cathal Hegarty added more points to leave the score Blarney 1-9 Aghada 0-6 after 23 minutes. But the game took a turn again a minute later when Aghada scored a goal from a 21 metre free. Despite another point from Hegarty, the east Cork side scored a flurry of points in quick succession to leave the teams all square at half time. Blarney 1-10 Aghada 1-10. In a very entertaining game for supporters, both sides came out in the second half trading points in the opening quarter with Michael John Shine and Eamon O’Mahony getting on the score sheet. It was end to end and Blarney were showing great team spirit fighting for every ball with no lost cause. It was 1-13 a piece on the 43rd minute. Dineen scored again from play a minute later and Alan McEvoy who was carrying an injury score two well taken points in quick succession from corner forward. The green and white of Aghada responded with a point before the hard working Declan Hanlon got his first point of the night. Both sides again traded scores before Eamon O’Mahony scored a great individual goal at the death running through the Aghada defence from 45 metres out to ensure Blarney reached their first final at minor grade since winning the Minor A Hurling title in 2004. Final score Blarney 2-19 Aghada 1-15. It was another great performance from all involved. Blarney were well disciplined, never gave up, chased every ball and worked together as a team. There was some great skill displayed all over the field and their hard work in training over the last number of months paid dividend last night in Pairc Ui Rinn. Conor Murphy, Gavin Mullane, Conor Power, Dan Forrest, Olan Hegarty, Alan McEvoy, Brian Walsh, William Crowley, Eoin Hyland, Michael John Shine, Declan Hanlon, Cathal Hegarty, Barry Dennehy, Eamon O’Mahony, James Dineen. Donal Hoare for Dan Forrest, Will Crowley for Cathal Hegarty, Jack O’Keeffe for William Crowley.
Fe16 footballers win Our Fe16 Footballers defeated St Finbarrs in the Premier 2 Football Championship on the 15th of August last in Ballincollig. It was a great performance from the lads who should plenty spirit and determination to get the deserved result.