Bantry Blues – U16 West Cork hurling champions

U16 hurling – Bantry Blues 1-12, Carbery Rangers 1-4



ON Tuesday, August 14th Blues U16 hurlers won the West Cork championship in a one sided final against Carbery Rangers played in Ballydehob.

Bantry had four points on the board courtesy of Anthony Hanley, Sean Hodnett and two from Tim Foley before Rangers registered their only point of the first half.

Tim Foley converted a free, Anthony Hanley kicked a goal and Seán O’Leary pointed to leave Bantry ahead by 1-6 to 0-1 at the break.

Blues opening three points of the second half came from placed balls before John Lavin hit one from play.

Carbery Rangers had some consolation when they scored 1-3 in the closing stages as Bantry emptied the bench and at the final whistle the score stood Bantry Blues 1-12, Carbery Rangers 1-4.

Presentation by Noel Coakley to captain Seán O’Leary.

Team: Cathal McCarthy, Killian O’Sullivan, Eoin Lynch, Paddy O’Shea, Tim Cronin, Shane Keevers, Seán O’Leary (0-2, F’s), Shane McCarthy, Tim Foley (0-7,4F), Sean Hodnett (0-1), Anthony Hanley (1-1), Stephen Hanley. John Lavin (0-1), Owen O’Flynn, Arthur Coakley, Kieran Hanley, James Lavin.



U14 football final – Castlehaven 2-8, Bantry Blues 1-8



Ballydehob was also the venue for the much anticipated West Cork U14 football final against Castlehaven on Sunday evening last.

The Haven were on the attack from the start and went into a two point lead before Daniel Murray pulled one back for Bantry.

Continued pressure from Castlehaven resulted in a goal.

Daniel Murray got Bantry’s second point from a free but Castlehaven hit 1-2 without reply to put them well in front.

Blues started to get a grip on the game and Eoghan O’Shea broke free in front of goal only to be upended by the Haven goalkeeper.

Daniel Murray’s penalty went over the bar but as Bantry continued to attack they tacked on two more points to reduce the deficit.

However Castlehaven finished the half with two points to leave the score Castlehaven 2-6 to Bantry Blues 0-5 at the break.

Blues opened the second half well and opened the scoring through a Daniel Murray free.

Castlehaven scored next but Bantry continued to push forward.

Dylan Carthy knocked over a point and when Eoghan O’Shea was taken down in the area Dylan stepped up and put away the penalty.

With a goal now between the teams Blues continued to press but could not convert their possession to scores.

Castlehaven scored a point but Dylan Carthy kept the difference to a goal with his second point from play.

As time ticked away it was the Haven who got the goal to put the game out of reach and run out winners in the end on a scoreline of Castlehaven 2-8, Bantry Blues 1-8.

Though Bantry fought hard and pushed Castlehaven close in the second half they sorely missed their captain Ronan O’Mahony who was unable to line out through injury.

The team refused to give up and displayed a never-say-die attitude to the end.

Team: Barry O’Sullivan, Robyn McCarthy, Gavin Cronin, Kevin Coakley, Aiden O’Sullivan, Shane McSweeney, Sean Thornton, Jack McCarthy, Fionn O’Driscoll, Eoghan O’Shea, Daniel Murray (0-6, 3F, 1P), Dylan Carthy (1-2, 1P), James Lavin, Patrick Casey, Jack O’Neill. Subs used: Eric Dowling, Eoghan Minihane.



Minor hurling – Bantry Blues 2-9, Sam Maguire’s 2-8



The minor hurlers took on Sam Maguire’s in Clonakilty on Monday evening last in the West Cork championship semi-final.

This proved to be a cracking game with the teams’ level at half time, 0-6 to 1-3, Tim Foley having scored five of Bantry’s points.

Blues pushed into the lead after the restart, a point from Jimmy O’Leary, a rasping goal from Gary Hurley and a Tim Foley free putting them 1-8 to 1-3 ahead.

The Dunmanway lads got going and scored 1-2 without reply to level matters.

The sides exchanged points and it was substitute Donal Casey who made the breakthrough for the Blues when he shot to the back of the net.

Sam Maguire’s pulled back two points as full time approached but it was Bantry who were ahead by the minimum at the long whistle, Bantry Blues 2-9, Sam Maguire’s 2-8.

This most entertaining game was in the balance throughout with both teams giving it everything but man of the match had to be midfielder Jack McCarthy who was immense for the winners.

Cathal McCarthy, Joe Murphy, James Foley, Colm James, Killian O’Sullivan, Jimmy O’Leary (0-1), Eoin Lynch, Jack McCarthy, Noel O’Flynn, Tim Foley (0-7,6F), Gary Hurley (1-0), Shane McCarthy, Anthony Hanley, Seán O’Leary, Gerald O’Sullivan. Sub used Donal Casey (1-1).