Bantry Blues U13 footballers played out a thrilling draw in their away game with St Brogans on Monday evening last, final score Blues 2-15, Brogans 3-12.
Under pressure in the first half Bantry were 1-08 to 0-07 behind at the break, Shane Murray, Shane McSweeney and Dylan Carthy the scorers.
They suffered a further blow before half time when Dylan had to retire with a hamstring injury.
Bantry upped their game in the second half with Shane Murray and Shane McSweeney scoring early points.
Eoghan Minihane kicked a great goal and then set up Shane McSweeney who broke through the Bandon defence to finish to the net. St Brogans kept up the pressure and replied with two goals but Bantry remained cool and kept taking their points.
Blues finished strongly and late points from Billy Foley and Shane Murray levelled the game.
On a night of great team effort players who stood out were Liam de la Cour, Eric Dowling, Eoin Black, David O’Sullivan, Eoghan Minihane, Shane Murray, Billy Foley and Shane McSweeney.
Team: John Enderson, Michael Hanley, Sean O Regan, Jack Maguire, Eric Dowling, Liam de la Cour, Eoin Black, Eoghan Minihane (1-0), Dylan Carthy (0-2), Liam Coakley, Shane McSweeney (1-6), Billy Foley (0-1), Sean Downey, Matthew Barry, Shane Murray (0-6,3F).
Subs used: David O’Sullivan, Dean Horgan, Aaron McCarthy, Ronan Shiels, James McGlinchey.
Minor hurling final
The minor hurling West Cork final between Bantry and Ahan Gaels ended in disappointment for the Blues as they lost by 3-12 to 1-09 in Leap on Tuesday evening, August 28th.
In a game where they struggled throughout they were behind at half time by1-06 to 0-05 having being punished by the accuracy of the Ahan freetaker.
In the second half Jack McCarthy again looked the best Bantry player on view but a dominant Gaels side got a couple of goals to extend their lead and run out worthy winners.
On Thursday evening, August 30th the U14 footballers had a good win in the league over St Brogans in Wolfe Tone Park. Eventual winners by 3-11 to 2-05, the goals were scored by Barry O’Sullivan (2) and Daniel Murray.
The U16 hurlers take on Dripsey on Saturday next in the county semi-final, venue and time to be announced. All support welcome.