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Cobh Gaa Notes 5th Sept

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Minor B Hurling East Cork Final: Cobh 1-12 Carrignavar 3-09. The old adage ‘ goals win championships’ was proven true in this game. Cobh played well, scored more regularly than their opponents but, in the final analysis the concession of three, poorly defended, goals ten minutes either side of half time was to be our downfall. Cobh went into a five point lead a minute before half time when Cian Spriggs goaled, but a lack of discipline in midfield from the resultant puck out saw Cobh concede an extra ten metres when a free was awarded to Carrignavar and from this free the winners goaled with the final puck of the half to leave just two points between the teams and Cobh turning around to play into a stiff breeze in the second half. Cobh needed to start well but unfortunately it was Carrignavar who got the breaks and had two more goals and a seven-point lead before Cobh mounted a comeback spurred on by the excellence of Jamie Moynihan. On this occasion, however, the winners defended very well and Cobh could not find a way through to score a much-needed goal. The Cobh lads tried hard right to the final whistle and brought the deficit down to a single goal before time ran out. Well done to all involved, lessons will have been learned and the lads now move on to the semi-final of the minor football championship which will be played in Rathcormac at 12noon on Sunday next against Carrignavar again, and they are also in both the hurling and football league finals.

U12 Hurling Championship – Our U12 hurlers had a home semi final against Sarsfields on Monday night.  Within the first minute Sarsfields scored a fine point from play. For Cobh Dylan Higgins scored an immediate response. For the next 15 minutes the game was closely fought with both sides seeking supremacy, but unable to put scores on the scoreboard. In the 17th minute David Coffey scored a point from play to put Cobh in front, but Sarsfields replied immediately with a pointed free. Again almost immediately David Coffey scored another point from play to put Cobh ahead. When Cobh got a free some minutes later, there was great excitement as Ciarán Leahy struck the ball straight to the net, leaving Cobh 4 points to the good after 25 minutes (1-3 to 0-2). This was to be our last score for some time. In the last 5 minutes of the first half, the constant Sarsfields pressure told, and Sarsfields scored 2-2, reversing the 4 point lead, and building a platform for the second half. During the first 20 minutes of the second half Sarsfields built upon their half time lead, scoring 5-4 without reply. In the last 10 minutes Cobh added 3 points from play (Neil Harte 0-2 and Keith Donnachie 0-1) but Sarsfields also added another goal to bring the final score to Sarsfields 8-8, Cobh 1-6.  Overall a very disappointing night for our U12 hurlers and supporters, but even still, the overall performance of Pádi Kearney, Odhran Kidney Power, and David Coffey, set a great standard for this team, and the future. In what has been a long season for this team, they have now won the ‘B’ football League, reached the Football Championship final, and over the next few weeks our the hurlers can look forward to an East Cork ‘B’ Hurling league semi-final against Bride Rovers.

Results: Intermediate Hurling, Ó Murchú Cup, Cobh 4-04 Blackrock 1-10

Fixtures: (In Cobh unless stated otherwise)

Sun 12th Sept., MFC v Carrignavar at 12noon in Rathcormac. Intermediate Hurling, Ó Murchú Cup Semi-final away to Barryroe, time and date tbc.

All-Ireland Football Final: All ‘Rebel’ fans note that the All-Ireland football final will be screened in the club pavilion on Sunday 19th September, starting with the minor game at 1:30pm and then the clash of Cork v Down in the Senior final at 3:30pm. All ‘Rebel’ are welcome to come along and watch the game in the club.

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