The Bantry Blues U12s

Munster U12 Fun Blitz

The U12 footballers had a great trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday, July 25th  for the Munster U12 Fun Blitz.

They had games against Ballyporeen of Tipperary, Spa of Killarney, Eire Óg and Canovee.

Afterwards the lads got to meet Cork county star Paddy Kelly and they were taken on a tour of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh dressing rooms and gym.

Players who travelled were Matthew Harley, Daniel Downey, Billy Foley, Ayrton Doyle, Mel Deasy, David O’Sullivan, James Crowley, Charlie Lavin, Shane Crowley, Shane Buckley, Liam Deasy, James O’Shea, Cillian Ó Crulai, Luke O’Shaughnessy, Shane Murray, Kevin Clifford and all played.


Win for U14s

On Saturday evening last Blues U14 footballers came away from Skibbereen with a win but struggled for much of the game to stay in touch.

O’Donovan Rossa had knocked over four points before Daniel Murray opened Bantry’s account. Jack O’Neill, Dylan Carthy (F), Patrick Casey and Daniel Murray (F) tacked on points without reply but Skibbereen hit 1-1 to put them back in front. Pointed frees from each team left the halftime score O’Donovan Rossa 1-06, Bantry Blues 0-06.

The home team scored 1-03 to a single point from Daniel Murray in the opening period of the second half to take an eight-point lead.

However Bantry upped a gear and a goal from Shane McSweeney and two points from Patrick Casey and substitute Savo Dragos narrowed the gap.

Blues continued to push and when they were awarded a penalty Daniel Murray dispatched it to the net.

A goal from play minutes later from the same player levelled matters at 3-09 apiece. The sides exchanged points before James Lavin put Blues into the lead with a goal and when Ronan O’Mahony clipped over another two points it left the final score Bantry Blues 4-12, O’Donovan Rossa 3-11.

Team: Barry O’Sullivan, Kevin Coakley, Gavin Cronin, Sean Thornton, Robyn McCarthy, Eoghan O’Shea, James Lavin (1-0), Jack McCarthy, Ronan O’Mahony (0-2), Aiden O’Sullivan, Daniel Murray (2-4), Shane McSweeney (1-0), Dylan Carthy (0-2,F), Patrick Casey (0-2), Jack O’Neill (0-1). Savo Dragos (0-1), Russell Barry, Eoghan Minihane.


U13s defeat O’Donovan Rossa

The U13 football league home fixture between Bantry and O’Donovan Rossa was played in Skibbereen on Monday evening last due to pitch maintenance in Wolfe Tone Park.

Blues won by the narrowest of margins but looked rusty as they had not played for a few weeks and this was reflected in their kicking for scores throughout the game. Team captain Dylan Carthy and midfield partner Eoghan Minihane won a lot of possession the first half and Blues had lots of scoring chances.

Points from Eoghan Minihane, Shane McSweeney, Liam De La Cour, Dylan Carthy and free taker Matthew Barry put Bantry into a half time lead of nine points to three. Blues were well on top for the opening period of the second half and Dylan Carthy goaled to put his side further in front. However O’Donovan Rossa were always dangerous in attack and stayed in the game. In the last ten minutes they scored 1-02 to come within a point of Bantry but with great defensive work the Blues held on to win. Final score Bantry Blues 1-15, O’Donovan Rossa 3-08.

Best for Bantry were Kevin Coakley, Shane McSweeney, Dylan Carthy, Liam De La Coeur and Matthew Barry was on top form with his free taking. Man of the match for Bantry was Eric Dowling who put in a great performance at wing back throughout the game.

Team: Sean O’Regan, Michael Hanley, Kevin Coakley, Jack Maguire, Eric Dowling, Liam De La Cour (0-1), Eoin Black, Eoghan Minihane (0-1), Dylan Carthy (1-4,2F), Liam Coakley, Shane McSweeney (0-4), Billy Foley (0-1), Sean Downey, Matthew Barry (0-4,3F), Shane Murray. Subs David Clifford, Liam Clifford, Tom O’Regan, David O Sullivan, Dean Horgan, Ronan Shiels