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Coiste na nOg Notes 2015-04-26 16:12:00

The last two weekends were taking up with some brilliant football action in the U14 Football Feile, but last Saturday it was the turn of the hurlers to show what they could do, and they did so in terrific style.

A huge thanks from Coiste na nOg to all the players, supporters, mentors, the host clubs Kilmoyley, Kilgarvan, and Dr. Crokes, the referees Keith Boyd, Patrick Corridan, and Paddy White, and everyone who helped to make it a great day of sporting hurling.


Feile Hurling Group Games


A Feile Hurling Group One

Three teams contested the U14 Feile hurling competition in Kilmoyley on Saturday in perfect ground conditions, Kilmoyley, Ballyduff and Ballyheigue.

The first game was between Ballyheigue and Kilmoyley.  Great effort by both teams with players giving it their best.  Final score with Ballyheigue coming out winners Kilmoyley 2-0 Ballyheigue 4-7. Ballyduff and Ballyheigue proved very one-sided as Ballyduff took control early in the first half scoring five goals.  Final score Ballyduff 5-3 Ballyheigue 0-1.

Finally, it was the deciding game of Kilmoyley and Ballyduff.  Again, Ballyduff proved too strong for the Kilmoyley boys.  Final score Kilmoyley 0-03, Ballyduff 5-06. 

All three teams had players who gave great sporting performances.

The referee for three games Keith Boyd.

Finally thanks to Kilmoyley Ladies who provided lots of beautiful food and drinks for the players and supporters which was greatly appreciated on the day.

Ballyduff and Kilmoyley go forward to the semi-finals.


B Feile Hurling Group One

Abbeydorney and Crotta O’Neills served up a fantastic opening match. Crotta led by two points when Oisin Maunsell opened Abbeydorney’s account. Crotta replied but Jack Parker and Keith O’Connor (f) made it all square. A late free gave Crotta a narrow 0-4 to 0-3 lead at the break and on the turnaround they edged further ahead. In a very fast, tight game with scores at a premium, a spectatcular long range point by Jack Parker wasn’t enough and Crotta won a thriller by 0-6 to 0-4.

Abbeydorney were back out again after a short break to play excellent hosts Kenmare/Kilgarvin.  The game was a closely fought encounter right up to the last 3 minutes with both sides level on 0-2 each all of which were scored in the first half. The second half had everything. The impressive Jack Foley pointed a free for Kenmare/Kilgarvan , this was the boost needed. A point from play from Liam Palmer and Dan McCarthy followed for Kenmare/Kilgarvan. Then Dan McCarthy made a run and finished it by scoring a goal from the 21 yard line. Abbeydorney bowed out of the competition with pride on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-2.

Great credit should be given to all a gallant Abbeydorney, especially player of the tournament Shane Donovan who had a flawless performance at full back and inspired his team mates to excel.

That left the deciding game between Kenmare/Kilgarvan and Crotta O’Neills.

Kenmare/Kilgarvan's Mark Looney got a goal in the first minute of the game. Crotta replied with a point. James McCarthy from Kenmare/Kilgarvan got a great goal from play. Crotta replied again with a point. Again Kenmare/Kilgarvan scored a goal, Liam Palmer the scorer. Crotta scored a point and  a goal just before the half time whistle. 

Half time Kenmare/Kilgarvan  3-0 Crotta 1-3

Crotta opened second half with a goal making the sides level for the first time. Kenmare/Kilgarvan goalie Senan Sheehy made a vital save before Crotta pointed. Jack Foley leveled matters from a free and added another in a tight finish to a cracking game, only for Crotta to equalize with a  free in the dying seconds. Fantastic stuff from two great teams.

Standout players for Kenmare/Kilgarvan were Jack Foley, Dan McCarthy, Gary Randles and Cian Hanley.


B Feile Hurling Group Two

Hosts Dr Crokes and Rathmore were first up and after a tight first half it ended level with a pointed free a piece courtesy of Michael Linehan (Dr Crokes) and Fionn Houlihan (Rathmore). In the second half Dr Crokes started to open a gap with Michael Lenihan unerring from the placed ball. An outstanding point blank save from goalkeeper Paudie O’Leary kept Rathmore in the game. With only minutes remaining and a battling Rathmore team down three points the outstanding Darragh Rahilly set off on solo run from his own 45 yard line passing several players en route to laying off the ball to full forward Tomas Houlihan who finished the sliothar low and hard to the Dr Crokes goalkeeper’s right. Despite a chance for both teams to steal the win the game ended Rathmore 1-01 Dr Crokes 0-04

Crokes, for whom Mike Lenihan, Pauric Looney, and Gary O’CConnor were outstanding, kept up their goalscoring ways, raising two green flags in a hugely entertaining battle against St. Brendans (who had brilliantly vocal and enthusiastic support on the day). The sides were deadlocked at 2-0 to 1-3 when Nathan O’Driscoll hit a magnificent winner for the visitors.

That left St. Brendans vying with Rathmore for top spot. St. Brendans had star performers in captain David Ryle, Dara Hogan, and Lorcan Ryan, but there has been an awful lot of hard work put into hurling in Rathmore and they reversed their league defeat to the same opposition in superb style. Dara Rahilly was the star of the show, blasting home two early goals from midfield, with Fionn Houlihan (2f), James Darmody (2), and Eoin Fitzgerald all on target as well and Tomas Houlihan finishing the half with another goal. St. Brendans did fight back hard in the second half, but Rathmore topped the group after a stupendous display.