County Junior A Hurling Final 


Courcey Rovers qualified for the Clubs first County Final appreance on the tenth anniversary of the founding of the club and also in the process recorded a record Five in a Row West Cork Junior A Hurling Championships, a feat that has never been equaled since.

Southern Star 10th Aug 1957   

Courcey Rovers fifth win in succession

For the fifth year in succession Courcey Rovers annexed the South West Cork Junior Hurling Championship when they defeated Kilbrittain by three goals and two points in the final at the new grounds in Bandon on Sunday. There was a big attendance of spectators, one of the largest yet to witness a divisional final in the area.

Kilbrittain opened the scoring with a point from O'Regan, but Keogh quickly replied with a goal for Courcey Rovers and Corcoran followed with a brace of points. After Hayes had reduced the deficit with a goal for Kilbrittain, Courcey Rovers went further ahead with two more majors. However before the interval Kilbrittain put on a goal and two points to leave the position at that stage,

    Courcey Rovers 3-2     Kilbrittain 2-3

On resuming Bowen quickly increased Courcey Rovers lead with a goal. A point for Kilbrittain from O'Regan followed but Keogh added a brace of points to Rovers total and Corcoran supplemented with a goal. Despite a Kilbrittain rally during which Cowhig registered a goal, Courcey Rovers had maters well in hand and they closed the scoring with a goal from Keogh and a point from Corcoran to leave the score at the end, Courcey Rovers 6-5  Kilbrittain 3-3.

Mr. C.O'Brien of Clonakilty was the referee and the teams were::

Courcey Rovers:: C. Corcoran Captain), D. Keohane, D.O'Sullivan, T. Fitzgerald, Z. O'Donovan, C.O'Regan, C. Coakley, T.O'Donovan, L. Keogh, M. Nolan, J. Hales, P. Bowen, J. Nyhan, D.Griffin and D. Collins.

Kilbrittain:: J. Collins, J.O'Sullivian, M.Cowhig, J Madden, M. Hayes, D. Aherne, P. Aherne, M. Aherne, J. Young, E. Young, D. Kingston, P. Cronin, T.C. Coffey, S. Crowley and M. O'Regan.


       Southern Star November 23rd 1957

Title For Tracton

Courcey Rovers go down fighting:

An attractive pairing in Tracton and Courcey Rovers, fairly near neighbors, though representing different divisions, lent additional interest to the final of the County Junior Hurling Championship which was decided at the GAA grounds Kinsale on Sunday last. There was an attendance of over one thousand five hundred spectators who were treated to a stirring display of close hard hurling in which the issue was in doubt up to within five minutes of the end.

There was a strong wind blowing from end to end and Courcey Rovers the South West Champions who had the advantage of it in the first half built up a pretty commanding lead of three goals and two points at the interval. The South East standard bears Tracton, had, however, sufficient of the play to enable them get two points and their monopoly of the exchanges in the second half was so pronounced as to deny their opponents any reward at all.

However, although dominating the course of the game and confining their opponents practically to their own territory they found themselves up against a rugged defense and for a long time it looked as if they would not make up the leeway.

Not until twelve minutes had elapsed did they notch their first goal, and despite relentless pressure, they only managed to get on terms four minutes from time. They were then in storming mood and availing of a more perceptible wilting of the opposition under the terrific strain they tacked on a goal and a point to win the title for the first time.

For their victory they owe a lot to Tom Brady who gave a stirring display at midfield. He was one of the neatest strikers on view and it was quite in the order of things he should put them in front towards the end with a point. They were also much beholden to W. Farrissey who in the centre-half back berth rendered signal service in an anxious first half. Their forwards came into their own in the second half though for a time they overdid the picking up business instead of pulling first time and preventing defenders from getting into position. Ted Lyons at full forward had a fine personal tally of three goals and Sean Kelly played a captains part in attack, while Brendan Barry lending a helping hand.

Nothing but praise can be bestowed on Courcey Rovers for their gallant effort to gain the spoils. They availed pretty well of their opportunities when having the assistance of the elements in the first half and rose to even greater heights in their dour second half struggle. Their strong man was the veteran Mick Nolan, who was a dynamic force all through. While lacking speed somewhat he covered with great effect and reduced scoring opportunities to a minimum. He was ably flanked by Con Coakley and Sean Hales both of whom were most effective and Jer Keohane was a resolute full back, with Tommy Donovan bringing off a few noteworthy saves in goal. Con O’Regan caught the eye most at midfield and Chris Corcoran and Liam Keogh were the pick of the forwards.

Although facing a strong breeze, Tracton opened the scoring with a point from Brady. It was not long, However until Courcey Rovers got going and from a twenty-one yards free Corcoran sent to the net. After Kelly got Tracton's second point Courcey Rovers enjoyed a fruitful innings during which Keogh and Nyhan added a goal each and Bowen, Corcoran and Coakley three points between them to leave the position at half time...Courcey Rovers 3-4, Tracton 0-2

On resuming Tracton went into attack and set up practically a non-stop offensive through the period. Barry started the scoring for them with a point, but it was only in the twelfth minute that the same player registered a goal. Brady followed with another point and then Lyons put on two more goals to equalize. In the closing stages Brady got a point and Lyons completed the scoring with a goal, to leave the final score. Tracton 4-5, Courcey Rovers 3-4.

Referee was Mr. .M. Walsh of Mayfield.

Teams:: Tracton: J. Quinn, J. Crowley, J. Farrissey, W. O’Neill, R. Desmond, W. Farrissey,, D. Asheroft, T. Barry, J. Reilly, S. Kelly, B. Barry, D.J. Murphy, P. Sick, T. Lyons and J. Lynch. Subs used: S. Castleton.

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