By Shane Connolly, Mitchelstown CBS.
Mitchelstown CBS U14 hurlers played their second competitive match on Thursday last, Oct. 22, when they faced Midleton in Ballygiblin. After a comfortable victory over Douglas in their previous game, they were confident heading into this game. The teams were evenly-matched in the opening exchanges but this was followed by a goal and several points from Darragh Brennan in quick succession. Great work-rate was displayed by Darragh Flynn in midfield and the full back line was looking solid. Another goal and more points from frees by Darragh Brennan help extend CBS` lead.
When half time arrived, CBS lead 2-07 to 1-02. CBS were now cruising in the third quarter of the game but Midleton were not finished and showed heart and determination to get back into the game. Two outstanding goals from Midleton put CBS under pressure. A change in formation by moving Aaron O`Brien to midfield help curb Midleton`s comeback at its source. Points from Sean Watson, Cieran Connolly and Micheál Roche along the way, aided with some superb scores from Darragh Brennan then helped CBS pull away and win by five points on a scoreline of 2-14 to 3-06.
Team: Daniel O`Flynn, Cathal McLoughlin, James Crotty, Conor Noonan, Pádraig Finn, Aaron O`Brien, Declan Mullins, Seán O`Connell, Darragh Flynn, Shane Mullins, Cieran Connolly, Fionn Desmond, Micheál Roche, Seán Watson, Darragh Brennan. Sub used: Pierce Pigott.
U16 ½ hurlers book their place in Munster semi-final
Mitchelstown CBS U16 ½ hurlers came out on top of a hard-fought battle against Scariff in Boher on Wednesday last. CBS were suffering from the losses of Lorcan Finn and James Keating through injury, meaning everyone had to step up to the mark on the day. The match began as a tight, close game with both teams getting off the mark with early points. Matthew Dawson-Furey made some crucial saves to keep CBS in the game in the first half. Kevin Noonan was outstanding at left wing back and Jack Lewis found himself in the unfamiliar role of midfield. Cathal Harrington was also forced to play in an unnatural position of centre back due to the absence of Lorcan Finn. There was also an early introduction for Oisín Brennan at right corner back when David Hyland was forced off with an ankle injury.
At half-time, it was 1-07 to 0-06 in Scariff`s favour but the half-time team talk proved instrumental as CBS blasted their way into the lead with nine unanswered points, which included some inspiring efforts from Cathail O`Mahony, Tomás Vaughan and Mark Keane. Scariff fought back and came within a point but Mark Keane’s move out the field was a significant one and his superb aerial ability helped severely limit Scariff`s comeback. After two excellent Tomás Vaughan points, the deal was sealed by Killian Finn with a goal late on, following a wonderful cross-field pass from Dean Finn, a late sub for Jesse Walsh at corner forward. The final scoreline read 1-20 to 1-11 with CBS coming out as winners. They now move on to a Munster semi-final against Blarney in November.
Team: Matthew Dawson Furey, Seán Leonard, Mattie Walsh O`Grady, David Hyland, John Hunter, Cathal Harrington, Kevin Noonan, Cillian Dollion, Jack Lewis, Killian Finn, Cathail O`Mahony, Tony Watson, Tomás Vaughan, Mark Keane, Jesse Walsh. Subs used: Oisín Brennan, Dean Finn.
U16 hurlers advance in Cork Colleges competition
By Cathal Walsh O’Grady, Mitchelstown CBS.
The under-16 hurlers overcame their first hurdle in their quest to obtain the county title for the second time in three years, with a hard fought victory against Pobalscoil na Tríonóide , Youghal on Tuesday last. The sides were well matched in the first half with the CBS taking a slight advantage into the second period. Strong defensive performances from Mark Keane and Kevin Noonan, as well as Matty Walsh O'Grady at full back, put Mitchelstown in a solid position going into the second half and the 'Town boys pushed on from there, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with some fine points from Cathal Harrington and Tomas Vaughan. A well taken goal from Jordan White put daylight between the sides, and a strong team performance led to a final scoreline of 1-16 to 1-11 in favour of Mitchelstown. This was a great victory for the boys first day out and congratulations should be extended to the players and the coaching outfit of Mr Walsh and Mr Duggan.
Team: Matthew Dawson Furey, Sean Leonard, Matty Walsh O'Grady, Seamus Coleman, Dean Finn, Mark Keane, Kevin Noonan, Dylan Mulqueen, Christy O'Sullivan, Oisín Brennan, Cathal Harrington, Michael Caplice, Jordan White, Jack Fogarty, Tomas Vaughan. Subs used: Sean Cunningham, Cian O'Brien.
Under 15 footballers record second victory
The CBS Under 15 footballers recorded their second victory in the Munster competition with a 3-10 to 0-08 win over Mallow’s Patrician Academy in Kildorrery. Mitchelstown CBS enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, and a goal by corner forward Sean Cunningham helped them take an early lead. Mallow responded with well-taken points to leave just a point between the sides at half-time, 1-04 to 0-06. CBS learned their lesson well, and in the second half they maintained their superiority throughout. The defence laid the foundations in confining Mallow to just two points in the half. The forwards, buoyed by early scores after the break, continued to apply pressure and the 2-06 accrued was just reward for their efforts.
Mitchelstown CBS will now face Kerry side Causeway in the next round, scheduled for early November.
Team: Jody Finn, Dylan Mulqueen, Matty Walsh O’Grady, David Hunter, Seamus Coleman, Oisin Brennan, Dean Finn, Gavin English, Dylan Connolly, Colin Brenock, Timmy O’Sullivan, Aaron O’Brien, Sean Cunningham, Christy English, Darragh Flynn. Sub used: Darragh Brennan.