Bantry’s U16 footballers are through to the county final after overcoming Glanmire by the narrowest of margins in Castletown-Kinneigh on Saturday last.
Despite conceding two goals in the first half due to defensive errors they were still level at half time at 0-9 to 2-03.
After the break both teams both teams really went for it but great blocking and defensive work by the Bantry’s backs led by Tim Cronin and Eoin Lynch kept Glanmire at bay.
However the concession of a third goal put Blues behind but Seán O’Leary and Tim Foley drove the team on to get back on level terms with a few minutes to go.
With the game on a knife edge Tim Foley landed a sideline ball into the square. Substitute Cathal McCarthy won it and passed to Anthony Hanley who scored the point to win the game for Bantry.
Final score: Bantry Blues 0-16, Glanmire 3-06.
This hard fought win was a result of great defensive work throughout the game by Bantry along with good displays in the forwards by Mark Keohane and Daniel Murphy and the freetaking of Tim Foley.
The scorers were Tim Foley (0-10), Daniel Murphy (0-2) and Shane McCarthy, Mark Keohane, Darren Cronin and Anthony Hanley with a point apiece.
The team will now play Clonakilty in the final on Sunday, October 14th in Drimoleague.
In U13 football, Blues beat O’Donovan Rossa to qualify for a West Cork semi-final but lost to Sam Maguire’s by 0-16 to 2-03.
The Bantry lads tried hard throughout and came within three points of their opponents in the second half but Dunmanway finished strongly.
In goals John Enderson was superb as was Sean O’Regan.
Blues scorers were Shane Murray (1-0), Matthew Barry (1-01), Shane Mc Sweeney (0-1) and Billy Foley (0-1). Dylan Carthy was unlucky to have to go off injured in his last game before his family heads to the U.S. He has been with this group since he was U8 and will be a big loss.
The U12 hurlers had two games last week.
On Tuesday evening they played Sam Maguire’s in Dunmanway and were unlucky to lose by a point in a very close game.
On Saturday morning they played their last hurling game of the year against Gabriel Og and finished the season with a good win.
Among those who played in both games were James O’Shea, Billy Foley, Greg Cotter, Oisin Bennett, Conor O’Shea, James Buckley, Mike Hanley, David O’Sullivan, Tim O’Driscoll, Shane Crowley, Tom Flynn, Charlie Lavin, James Crowley, Mike Cronin, Keelan O’Sullivan, Luke O’Shaughnessy, Cillian O’Crulai, Patrick Barry.
A large crowd gathered at the club house on Friday evening last to show their appreciation for Sean Carthy who leaves for the US in the next few weeks.
Sean has done a huge amount of work in terms of coaching for Blues underage teams, work in Bantry schools and with Carbery development squads.
His unique style and well prepared sessions brought benefit to every team he was involved with and he will be missed by all in Bantry Blues.
Underage chairman Eamon McCarthy presented Sean with a clock inscribed with the words “Sean, A Gifted Coach To All Ages. Thank You From Gorma Beanntraí”. Sean’s son Dylan played in both the U14 football and hurling West Cork finals this year and will also be a loss to the club.
All in Bantry Blues wish Sean, his wife Bina and Dylan the very best of luck with their move.