Weekly Notes for 26th August 2019

26th August 2019

Seniors through to Quarter Finals

Our Senior hurlers sponsored by Relate Care are through to this years quarter finals after a hard fought victory against Ballyduff Upper on Saturday last in Fraher field. An early lead was maintained to the end to see us finish the game 2-15 to 2-13 but it could have been comfortable if we had taken some of our goal chances.

Three Gavin O’Brien points (1f) and a Brian Nolan point could only be answered with some poor finishing from Ballyduff Upper in the opening five minutes before they scored their first point from a free. After ten minutes the opening goal of the game came from Emmet O’Toole and shortly after his shot at goal close in narrowly missed the target. A further pointed free from Ballyduff Upper was answered with two Gavin O’Brien points (1 x 65) and players such as Charlie Chester, Conor Ryan and Frank McGrath were restricting chances for our opposition. Ballyduff Uppers first point from play after twenty minutes was followed with our second goal when Eoin Madigan fired to the net which was followed by an Gavin O’Brien free to see us lead by ten points as the half drew to a close. A foray into Ballyduff Uppers goal area saw us miss a goal chance when substitute Brian Cooke could not connect with the ball with the goal at his mercy. In the final six minutes of the half we could only manage one further point while Ballyduff Upper finished strongly to score 1-03 and our lead at half time score was 2-08 to 1-06.

Right at the start of the second half Billy Nolan was unlucky when his shot at goal was deflected out for a 65 which he converted and for the next ten minutes points from Emmet O’Toole, Billy Nolan (f) and Ray Connolly were cancelled out to maintain a five point advantage. Our opponents were pushing forward and Jack Chester in our goal had to be alert to make a double save but could do nothing when two points were converted (1f). Gavin O’Brien then fired over and Billy Nolan was unlucky when his powerful shot just missed the target. In the 58th minute the deficit was two when we conceded a second goal and was further reduced to one when a point sailed over. Cian Chester celebrated next when he shot into the net only for the goal to be disallowed. Our scoring was completed by Billy Nolan and Gavin O’Brien and the Ballyduff Upper were awarded a close-in free in the dying seconds but could only manage a point with the final whistle seeing us prevail on the 2-15 to 2-13 scoreline.

We now face De La Salle in the Quarter final stage on Sunday 1st September in Walsh Park at 1.30pm

Junior Hurlers Season Over

Our Junior hurlers season came to an end last Friday evening in Walsh Park when they failed to beat Ballygunner. Although only trailing by two points at halftime courtesy of points from Ian Chester a strong second half Ballygunner performance saw them win 2-13 to 0-08. Hard luck lads.

Minors Unbeaten Run ended

Our Minor hurlers unbeaten run in this years championship came to an end at our pitch in Cleaboy on Saturday morning after a 0-19 to 0-13 loss to Ballygunner. It is a credit to the team that although they were forced to field a young team with the U15 team featuring strongly that they competed through out the game. The halftime score was 0-10 to 0-06 in Ballygunners favour with our scores coming from Sean Burke (2fs) and two Sam Pender scores.

We started strongly in the second half with Sam Pender and then Josh Sheridan firing over and Ethan Hayes made a great save from a penalty. As the half progressed it was Ballygunner that converted additional scores but Sean Burke, Cian Carroll and Josh Sheridan continued our scoring but unfortunately we could not out score Ballygunner. A great display by the team who have many great days ahead of them.

U11 Football

Our U11 Football team had a good win over Portlaw in the City League on Friday last in a very skillful and enjoyable game played by two sporting teams. The lads are enjoying the Football and the different challenges it brings we have two more games to play in the league dates and times will be sent in due course.

CP2CP Charity Cycle

On Saturday last the Roanmore GAA club were only too glad to host cyclists and provide refreshments for a group cycling from Croke Park in Dublin to Cork Port (CP2CP). This saw the group travelling through counties Wicklow, dip a toe into Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and of course Cork. The distance travelled on the day was 300 kilometre. This years chosen charities are 'The West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group and CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

The group stopped off at our Centre on Cleaboy road after being in the saddle for six hours and stayed with us for a short time until they re-commenced their journey onwards.