Some club notes from the last few weeks which saw our underage and adult teams take on teams from all over the country.
23rd June, Blarney/Rathpeacon U-14 v. Cobh, Hurling League, Rathpeacon.
Our U-14s had a resounding win against Cobh in their hurling league. A fantastic second half saw the lads run out convincing winners on a 6-11 to 3-9 scoreline Local Rathpeacon lads had a great impact on the game. Robert Farrell had a stormer in midfield, while Darragh Rowley and Thomas McCarthy caused Cobh major problems from wing forwards!
Callum McMahon was a rock at centre back on a very good Cobh half forward and Shane Coleman played well in full forward Well done to all involved. The lads are having a great few weeks with wins in both hurling and football under the guidance of our own Terence McCarthy.
24th June, Blarney/Rathpeacon Minors v. Donoughmore, Football Championship, Blarrney
Blarney/Rathpeacon had a brilliant win in the Mid Minor Championship against local rivals Donoughmore. Local lad John Óg Walsh lined out at corner forward as the boys in red won by the bare minimum on a scoreline of 4-09 – 3-11.
27th June, Rathpeacon v Lough Rovers, 2020 Junior B County Hurling Championship, Páirc Uí Rinn
Things weren’t looking good at half time as we were 11-4 down, but a strong second half performance showed we are improving all the time. A lucky goal put some gloss on the Lough’s game but the scoreline didn’t reflect the game as a whole. It definitely didn’t reflect the second half. We are improving all the time and will come good this year.
The Lough had all the hard work done in the first half and were seven points to the good at half time. However, the second half was a much tighter affair, both teams getting six points each with the Lough adding the aforementioned lucky goal.
We fielded a vastly depleted squad for this game, like most of our games so far this year, but every lad who togged out did the jersey proud. Bernard O’Riordan had a stormer in midfield and Richie O’Riordan had a great game in the sweeper role.
1st July, Rathpeacon v St. Finbarr’s, Junior B Football League, Rathpeacon
After a poor first half, the lads came back to within two scores, dominating the second half! Unfortunately the gap was too much but it was a rousing second half with brilliant performances from young and old, keeping the Barr’s to three points in total in the second thirty minutes. Final score: St. Finbarrs – 2-11 – 1-08 Rathpeacon. Well done to debutants Aaron Murphy and Eoin O’Donovan, two young Rathpeacon men. It was great to see other young lads line out alongside some of our long serving members!
2nd July, Blarney/Rathpeacon U-14 v. Nemo Rangers, Football league, Rathpeacon
The U14S were home again in Rathpeacon Thursday evening for a meeting with Nemo Rangers in the football league With both teams depleted due to holidays it was all hands on deck for the lads. The heat from the sunny summer evening meant trying to let the ball do the work rather than running the ball After a tit for tat start Blarney/Rathpeacon got a good hold on the game to go in leading well at half time This allowed coaches to try some of the players in different positions than they would be used to to allow them get an understanding of what is expected of each position and take players out of their comfort zone. We ran out comfortable winners with local Rathpeacon lads Callum McMahon midfield and full back, Robert Farrell corner back and half back and Thomas McCarthy wing forward and full forward putting in great efforts
10th July, Blarney/Rathpeacon U-15 v. Sliabh Rua, Hurling Championship, Riverstick
Blarney/Rathpeacon U15s won an enthralling hurling championship match in Riverstick against Sliabh Rua. This was their first outing this year and they got off to a great start. With two of our own lining out Robert Farrell and Eoghan Ahern.
It was a tough encounter with nothing spared. Down 4 points at the first water break, they looked in some bother. Spurred on by midfielder Danny O’Mahony and their captain Andrew Condron, they turned it around by half time and led by one with Robert scoring a great point They increased their ascendancy in the third quarter and led by 4 at the second water break. Some dubious refereeing decisions kept Sliabh Rua in the game. The final quarter was a nail biter Sliabh Rua pushed hard and scored a goal and a point to draw level. But our lads never panicked and Eoghan plucked a great ball from the sky and passed it off to Brian Hoare to score a point. He also won a free moments later and they scored the resulting free. They held on to the final whistle to win by a score of 2-15 to 3-10! Well done lads
11th July, Rathpeacon v. Bantry, Junior B County Hurling Championship, Newcestown
Unfortunately our Junior Hurlers lost by three points in a tightly contested county championship game against Bantry in Newcestown.
Richie O’Riordan fired us into the lead with a brilliant goal and we looked in control in the first half. However, some very soft frees saw Bantry leading by a point at the break.
Bantry must have scored thirteen or fourteen points from frees which is a testament to their free taker in corner forward. However, the lads shut them out at the back and there was never any danger of a Bantry goal.
Richie O’Riordan buried a penalty which saw us close the gap to the minumum but time just ran out. It finished up 17 points to 3-5 in Bantry’s favour.
John Wiseman had a brilliant game while Donal O’Neill and Terence McCarthy put in great performances while soldiering on through the wars.
We hope to meet Bantry again in the 2021 County Championship for another tough game!