Courcey Rovers 3-8 V 1-6 Carrigaline
Pairc Ui Rinn Friday May4th
Third Time Lucky
Rovers came good at the third time of asking by winning the Cork
County Millennium Junior A Hurling Championship title at Pairc
Ui Rinn last evening.
The Ballinadee club put the disappointment of losing two Junior
County Finals in recent years behind them to record a fully
deserved victory over their South-East neighbours.
Just a point separated the sides with eight minutes remaining,
when Courceys finished with a flourish, scoring 1-4 without
reply with the decisive goal coming from Michael O’Donovan.
Niall Murphy was a constant thorn in the loosers’ defence,
scoring his side’s final four points.
Carrigaline were four points in front after 18 minutes and would
have been more but for shooting five wides. They were boosted by
a seventh minute goal by midfielder Philip Aherne, whose
speculative shot hopped over the goalkeeper Seamus Hurley.
A couple of points from Cork footballer Nicholas Murphy aided
Carrigaline’s cause as they swept 1-3 to 0-2 clear before
Courceys took a grip.
A questionable refereeing decision, which denied Carrigaline
centre forward Peter Murphy a clear free, ended with Courcey’s
left corner-forward Michael O’Donovan setting up his colleague
in the other corner, Brian Hayes, for a well taken goal.
That left a point between the sides before O’Donovan completed
the first half scoring.
Hayes grabbed his second goal after 45 minutes, his shot from
the left deceiving backs and forwards alike, to leave Courceys
2-4 to 1-4 in front. A few Brian O’Driscoll frees reduced the
gap to the minimum and produce a gripping climax only for
Courceys to have other ideas.
B. Hayes, N. O’Donoghue, J.O’Donoghue, D. Murphy, T. Lordan,
S. Hayes, J. Murphy, L.Twomey, D. Hayes, S.Twomey, J. Murphy, M.
O’Donovan, N. Murphy, B. Hayes. Sub:: D.Twomey.
P.Foster, P.O’Driscoll, L.Guinan, G.Dillon, J.Murphy, A.Kelly,
N.Murphy, P.Aherne, E.Cronin, P.Murphy, B.O’Driscoll, K.O’Driscoll,
G.Coomey, B.Horgan. Sub:: D.Fleming
C. McAllister (Midleton)
(Taken from "The
Irish Examiner" newspaper)
Courcey Rovers 1-15 V
Pairc Ui Rinn Sunday 8th April@
Courcey Rovers eased
confidently through to the final of the 2000 Millennium Cup junior
'A' hurling competition by virtue of a decisive victory over
Banteer at Páirc Uí Rinn last Sunday. Playing
into a strong wind in the first-half, Courceys, with Sean Hayes,
Gary Moloney and John O'Donoghue forming an unyielding full back
line, soaked up some strong early pressure before firmly stamping
their authority on the proceedings following the boost of a
well-taken goal by corner-forward, Michael O'Donovan in the 6th.
That made it 1-2 to 0-1, and Courceys, aided by particularly
significant contributions from Brian Hayes at wing-back, John K.
Murphy and John R. Murphy at midfield, and classy full-forward,
Niall Murphy, had little difficulty in consolidating their
advantage before half-time.
Lordan and David Murphy also showed up well in a Courceys defence
which limited Banteer to just two points in the first-half, and
both of these were scored by wing-back, Michael Doyle, the second
from a long-range free in the 17th. minute.
By then, Courceys had put 1-4 on the board, and they
stretched the gap through
Seamus Hayes and David Hayes before wing-back Brian Hayes got in
on the scoring act with six minutes to the interval. It
had taken a fine save by dependable Banteer custodian, Paul
Murphy, to deny Michael O'Donovan a second goal less than a minute
earlier, and Courceys were out of luck again nearing half-time
when corner-forward, Donal Twomey, failed to control the ball
after Niall Murphy and John K. Murphy had combined to put him
Such was the extent of Courceys' control, however, that those
wasted opportunities appeared to be a luxury which the South-East
men were well able to afford, especially after John K. Murphy
tacked on a late point to leave them 1-8 to 0-2 to the good at the
But Banteer enjoyed their best spell during the third-quarter when
Michael O'Connor worked hard to give them a definite edge at
midfield, and Teddy Fitzgerald, Michael J. O'Keeffe and Michael
Doyle began to make their presence felt in the half-back line.
And Courceys' might well have found
themselves with a fight on their hands but for the excellence of
netminder, Seamus Hurley, who brought off three fine saves to nip
a possible Banteer revival in the bud. With
the score at 1-9 to 0-3, Hurley foiled Banteer centre forward,
Conor Buckley, in the 39th. minute. And,
after Banteer were awarded a close-in free in the ensuing
goalmouth scramble, he came to Courceys' rescue again when proving
equal to Michael Doyle's effort for goal.
Two minutes later, Hurley brought off a spectacular save from
Banteer corner forward, John Lane, whose point from a free within
seconds was scant reward for a spell of severe pressure by the
losers. Perhaps Courceys had been
guilty of resting on their laurels in the third-quarter, but,
whether or which, the difference in class was glaringly obvious
again on the run-in as they smoothly raised the tempo to leave
Banteer floundering in their wake. A
good score from John R. Murphy in the 46th. minute was the signal
for Courceys to get back on course, and their ticket to a
mouth-watering final showdown with South-East neighbours
Carrigaline was safely in the bag when they led by 1-14 to 0-5
approaching the last five minutes. Niall
Murphy, from a free, and John K. Murphy increased Courceys lead
before John Lane bagged a consolation point for Banteer in
Scorers – Courcey Rovers: M. O'Donovan 1-1, J.K.
Murphy 0-4, N. Murphy 0-4, 0-1 free, Seamus Hayes and D. Hayes 0-2
each, B. Hayes and J.R. Murphy 0-1 each.
Banteer: J. Lane 0-3, 0-2 frees, M. Doyle 0-2, 0-1 free,
M. O'Connor 0-1.
Courcey Rovers: S. Hurley, Sean Hayes, G. Moloney, J.
O'Donoghue, B. Hayes, T. Lordan, D. Murphy, J.R. Murphy, J.K.
Murphy, D. Hayes, S. Twomey, Seamus Hayes, M. O'Donovan, N.
Murphy, D. Twomey. Subs, C. White , B. Hayes , L. Twomey , D
Banteer: P. Murphy, D.J. O'Sullivan, C. Lane, W.
Sweeney, T. Fitzgerald, M.J. O'Keeffe, M. Doyle,M. O'Connor, G,
Buckley, A. McCarthy, C. Buckley, P. Doyle, J. Lane, J. O'Mahony,
C. Lawlor. Subs, D. Fitzgerald for A. McCarthy, P. O'Riordan for
C. Lane, D. Sheehan for C. Buckley (injured),T. Kelleher for P.
Referee, C. McAlister, Midleton.
(After Extra Time)
Courcey Rovers 2-14 V 2-12 Castletownroche
Kilworth Sunday14th January
Courcey Rovers defeated
Castletownroche by two points in the Co Millennium Hurling
championship quarter final at Kilworth on Sunday afternoon last
after extra time. This was a thrilling game between two evenly
matched sides. Castletownroche started the better and had three
early points by Jonathan O'Callaghan before Denis Twomey opened
Courcey’s account in the 9th min 0-3 to 0-1.In the 10th min
Edmond O'Connor set up Christopher Relihan for a goal for the
North Cork side. Courcey Rovers came more into the game and had
three points by Niall Murphy (2) and Seamus Hayes 1 -3 to 0-4.
Maurice O'Shaughnessy put Castletownroche three points clear by
the end of the opening quarter. Courcey Rovers added four quick
points in succession by Niall Murphy (3) and Michael O'Donovan
to go ahead 0 - 8 to 1 - 4 by the 22nd min. Jonathan O'Callaghan
had the sides level by the 27th min and the Avondhu side took
the lead in the 28th min when Maurice O’Shaughnessy pointed to
lead at the interval 1-6 to 0 -8.
Both sides missed a number of scoring chances on the changeover
before Brian Hayes set up Vincent Hurley for a goal in the 40th
min for the Carrigdhoun side 1-8 to 1-6.Jonathan O'Callaghan
restored Castletown's lead by the end of the third quarter when
he goaled from a close in free 2 - 6 to 1 - 8. Niall Murphy and
Jonathan O'Callaghan exchanged a point each by the 48th min.
Niall Murphy had the sides level in the 49th min and the same
player gave the winners the lead in the 50th min 1-11 to 2-7.
Jonathan O'Callaghan had the sides level in the 52nd min. Both
sides failed to score in the last 8 mins and the game finished
level 2-8 to 1-11.
In extra time Jonathan O'Callaghan had two early points for
Castletown 2 -10 to 1-12. In the 71st min a long clearance by
Seamus Hayes set up Denis Twomey for a goal for Courcey Rovers
to give them a slight advantage at half time in extra time 2-12
On the restart Dave Relihan cut the lead to a point for the
North Cork side. Niall Murphy and Jonathan O'Callaghan exchanged
a point for the 81st min 2-13 to 2-12. Two mins later Denis
Twomey set up Niall Murphy for a point to leave two points
between the sides. Castletownroche tried hard in the closing
minutes but were unable to break through a strong Courcey's
Scorers: Courcey Rovers -Niall
Murphy 0 - 11 (0 - 3 frees), Denis Twomey 1 - 1, Vincent Hurley
1 - 0, Michael O'Donovan 0 - 1, Sean Hayes 0 - 1,
Castletownroche - Jonathan
O'Callaghan 1 - 9 (1 - 5 frees) 0 - 1 65), Christopher Relihan 1
- 0, Maurice O'Shaughnessy 0 - 2, Dave Relihan 0 - 1,
Teams: Courcey Rovers -Seamus
Hurley, Sean Hayes, Garry Moloney, John O'Donoghue, Brian Hayes,
Vincent O'Donovan, Denis Hurley, Seamus Twomey, Dave Hayes,
Seamus Hayes, Denis Twomey, Brian Hayes, Michael O'Donovan,
Niall Murphy, Donal Twomey. Subs: Vincent Hurley, Jamie Hayes ,
Owen Hayes , Liam Twomey , Michael O'Donovan , Padraig
Roche, Robert Cotter, Wesley Walsh, Bill O'Brien, Dave Relihan,
Mattie Noonan, John Batterberry, Derek Noonan, Eugene
O'Shaughnessy, Maurice O'Shaughnessy, Jonathan O'Callaghan,
Michael Browne, Christopher Relihan, Edmond O'Connor, Brian
Magnier, Sub Maurice O'Shaughnessy .
Referee: Charlie McAllister (Midleton).
Courcey Rovers 2-22 V Meelin 1-4
Grenagh Sunday 28th May @8:00pm 2000
Courcey Rovers 6-13 V
Watergrasshill Sunday May 7th@3:30pm 2000
Courceys started their Millennium Hurling campaign in style with a
good win over our North Cork opponents, Courceys were always the stronger but had to endure playing second fiddle at times
during the second half when Ballyhooly upped the pressure, only
for a few soft goals in the first half the final scoreline would
have been alot closer. We now go on to meet Meelin in the next
round but a big improvement will have to be made to reach the
heights of last year.
Rovers 2-10 V 3-16 Illen Rovers
Clonakilty Sunday May21@
Any ideas that Illen supporters had of an easy
win over Courcey Rovers in this Millennium junior A football
contest in Clonakilty on Sunday evening last were quickly
dispelled by the battling south-east men and by the end of a
hard hour the men from Church Cross- Baltimore certainly knew
they had been in a match. Forced to line out without the
influential Pat Connolly it took Illen some time to get going in
this game and again it was their penchant for scoring
spectacular goals that steered their rocky boat to safe waters.
Courceys were quickly into their stride on a fine evening and
looked keen and eager. With the aid of the breeze they had four
points on the board before Illen got a look at the goalposts.
Hero of this great start was Declan Murray who lofted over all
four points and it took Illen some time to come to grips with
him. Lining out at centre forward, Cork player Fachtna Collins
finally got Illen on the scoreboard in the 12th minute and he
followed with another from a free two minutes later.
Illen were at last beginning to get their running game going at
this stage despite some timely interceptions from the lively
Courcey men and in the 14th minute they scored one of their
classic goals when Donie Duggan, Jason Whooley and the
outstanding Brian O’Sullivan combined to send John Shih through for a cracking major and the lead for the first time.
While Whooley was to emerge as the scoring
hero over the hour, it was O’Sullivan at full forward
who was involved in all that was good in Illen's playmaking. But Courceys were in no way intimidated by
Illen's reputation and they were quickly level with a
David Hayes point.
Tackling and running hard, the south-east men
hit the front again when a high ball into the Illen goalmouth was
fisted by John Murphy. Goalie Gary Coakley looked to have it
well covered but let it fall from his grasp and Brian Hayes
(Castle Park) was on hand to finish to the net. With centre back
Denis Twomey marshalling his backs very well, Brian Downey and
Séamus Hurley working hard at midfield and the two Brian Hayes's, John Hurley and especially Declan Murray looking lively
up front Courceys were looking very impressive.
However, in the space of four minutes the third goal arrived
when Brian Daly and Fachtna Collins combined to send Jason
Whooley in for a smashing goal in the 20th minute to level the
scores. After this frantic burst of goals the scoring slowed
down somewhat and Con O’Driscoll, who was to emerge as the
main figure in the second half, kicked his first point to put
Ilen in front. Back came Declan Murray to level but it was Ilen
who finished the half on top with two points from Jason Whooley
and Donal Duggan to lead by 2-5 to 1-6 at the break.
Ilen took up in the second half where they left off at the end
of the first and with Con O’Driscoll rampant in the corner
they quickly kicked over seven points from O’Driscoll (0-4),
Kieran Daly and Brian O’Sullivan (0-2) with only a single
reply from Courceys’ Donal Twomey. Eight points to the good,
2-12 to 1-7, it seemed Ilen were on their way to another
comprehensive victory but somebody forgot to tell Courceys to
lie down and in the 43rd minute they were back in the game with
a bang when Brian Downey struck the Ilen post and David Hayes
was on hand to finish the rebound to the net. When Jamie Hayes
added a point the lead was down to four points as the third
Alarm bells were ringing in the Ilen camp at this point and it
was the experienced Jason Whooley who steadied the boat with a
good point. In a hectic period of action, points were exchanged
between Diarmuid Duggan and John Murphy and then between Alex
Whooley and Declan Murray from a free. Fachtna Collins missed a
great chance of a goal as the Ilen supporters worried and again
it was the flying Jason Whooley who came to the rescue in the
53rd minute when he raced through to take a pass from Kieran
Daly and finish to the net in spectacular fashion.
A Fachtna Collins’ point closed the scoring after a cracking
hour’s football, played at a fierce pace which reflected great
credit on both sides. The game was fairly physical at times but
was well handled by referee Michael Collins of the Clon club.
Ilen Rovers: Gary Coakley, Donal Murphy, Donal O’Driscoll,
Ciarán O’Driscoll, John Wycherley, Diarmuid Duggan 0-1, John
Sheehy 1-0, Kieran Daly 0-1, Alex Whooley 0-1, Donie Duggan 0-1,
Fachtna Collins 0-3 (0-2 frees), Jason Whooley 2-2, Chris
Collins, Brian O’Sullivan 0-2, Con O’Driscoll 0-5 (0-1).
Subs, Finbarr O’Donovan, Florrie O’Donoghue, Raymie Seymour.
Courcey Rovers: Michael Hayes, Adrian Collins, Seán Hayes,
Niall Murray, Séamus Hayes, Denis Twomey, Donal Twomey 0-1,
Séamus Hurley, Brian Downey, John Murphy 0-1, Brian Hayes (C)
1-0, Jamie Hayes 0-1 free, David Hayes 1-1, Brian Hayes, Declan
Murray 0-6 (0-1 a 45, 0-1 free). Sub, John Galvin.
Courcey Rovers 1-14 V 2-8
Mayfield Monday May 1st@3:30pm
While it took a great save by goalkeeper
Michael Walsh near the end to see Courcey Rovers through to the
third round of the millennium cup county junior football
championship, they were full value for their victory over Fr.
O'Neill's in an entertaining encounter at sun-drenched Mayfield
The fact is that the South-East side enjoyed much the better of
the exchanges over the hour, and it was primarily due to erratic
shooting, which brought them a total of 16 wides, that they
struggled to put the game beyond the reach of the spirited
Courceys certainly dictated matters to a huge degree in the
first-half when Seamus Hurley made a major impact to give them a
pronounced grip at midfield. It led to a generous service to the
attack where John Murphy on the '40, David Hayes in the left
corner, and full-forward Brian Hayes all managed to make life
most uncomfortable for an overworked Fr. O'Neill's defence.
Stung by a goal from Fr. O'Neill's wing-forward John Flavin
which made it 1-0 to 0-1 inside six minutes, Courceys quickly
got back on terms through points from midfielder Tim Lordan and
John Murphy before full-forward Brian Hayes inched them ahead
again in the 10th. minute.
As things turned out, Fr. O'Neill's never managed to earn
equality after that, and they appeared to be in dire trouble
after Courceys stretched the gap to five points entering the
To their credit, Fr. O'Neill's stuck to their task, and, with
John Flavin moving to midfield to good effect, they lifted the
siege somewhat as the first-half drew to a close.
They were rewarded with three points on the trot per John Flavin,
and Eoin Conway and Ger Holland, from frees, before John Murphy
replied to leave Courceys leading unflatteringly by 0-9 to 1-3
at the end of a lively opening period.
Courcey's prospects received a huge boost within two minutes of
the resumption when David Hayes made a perfectly-timed run into
the square to fist a Seamus Hurley delivery past hesitant Fr.
O'Neill's custodian Michael Mellerick. But Fr. O'Neill's
tightened up considerably in defence after that, and they fared
a lot better too at midfield where an obviously tiring Seamus
Hurley wasn't nearly as influential for Courceys in the
The result was that Courcey's were unable to consolidate their
advantage, although they remained firmly in the driving seat
until Fr. O'Neill's full-forward Donal Broderick fisted in an
opportunist goal, after Michael Walsh had initially parried a
rasper from centre-forward Michael Broderick, in the 49th.
minute. That made it 1-11 to 2-5, and the scene was set for an
exciting finish when Eoin Conway, who was constantly in the
picture when brought out from corner-forward to midfield for the
last quarter, tacked on a point for the East-Cork side six
It was to be a case of tit-for-tat in the ensuing minutes, and
Courceys, aided by good scores from Declan Murray, arguably
their most effective forward in the second-half, and substitute
Donal Twomey, were looking good when they led by three points
well into injury-time.
Fr. O'Neill's were prepared to battle to the very end, however,
and they went agonisingly close to earning a dramatic reprieve,
with Courceys' custodian Michael Walsh diving full-length to
keep out a cracking drive from Donal Broderick just seconds
before the last whistle.
Sean Hayes, Seamus Hayes and Denis Twomey were best in defence
when the pressure increased after the break for Courceys, who
will face a most daunting assignment against last year's
defeated county finalists, Ilen Rovers, next time out. Billy
Murphy, Colm Mellerick, John Flavin, Eoin Conway and Michael
Broderick achieved most over the hour for Fr. O'Neill's.
Courcey Rovers: M. Walsh, M. Roche, Sean Hayes, A. Collins,
Seamus Hayes, Denis Twomey, E. Hayes, T. Lordan(0-1), S.
Hurley(0-2), B. Hayes, J. Murphy(0-2), D. Murray(0-5), J. Hayes,
B. Hayes(0-2), D. Hayes(1-1). Subs, B. Murphy for E. Hayes,
Donal Twomey(0-1) for Lordan, N. Murphy for Collins.
Courcey Rovers 3-12 V 2-8
Kilmurry Sunday April 16th 3:30pm
(After Extra Time)
We had a god win over Glengarriffe in the first round of the Millennium
football competition, after a very bad start and two
early goals for Glengarriffe, Courceys came back to finish the
stronger to level matters at full time on a scoreline of 2-7
each, after being 2-5 to 1-3 down at half time. In extra time we
got a quick goal and stayed in front for the remainder to
qualify for a 2nd round meeting with F. O'Neills.