Bantry’s U14 hurlers finished all square with Argideen Rangers in a thrilling West Cork final played in Skibbereen on Sunday evening last.
From the throw-in Blues were up for this and were two up with points from Barry O’Sullivan before Rangers got going.
The Timoleague lads pushed hard for a goal, forcing two great saves from Shane Murray before they hit the net.
Argideen followed up with a point before James Lavin steadied the ship for the Blues with converted 65. Ronan O’Mahony levelled matters with a pointed free but Rangers edged ahead with a point from play before the break.
Bantry needed a good start to the second half but it was Timoleague who pushed on to score 1-03 without reply and things were looking bleak for Bantry at this stage.
James Lavin reduced the deficit with his second 65 and Bantry began press forward. Substitute Tom Daly finished to the net and suddenly there was a goal in it.
Rangers got a point from play but Bantry’s second substitute Billy Foley was on hand to get Blues second goal.
The game was at fever pitch at this stage as Timoleague put over another point.
With time running out James Lavin dropped a long free into the area and Billy Foley got a touch on the sliotar to get the goal Blues needed to put them ahead by the minimum. Now it was Rangers turn to chase the equaliser and it came in the shape of 65 just before the final whistle.
Final score: Bantry Blues 3-05, Argideen Rangers 2-08.
In a game where no one deserved to lose perhaps the draw was the fairest result and all who were there will look forward to the replay on Saturday next at 2pm.
Team: Shane Murray, Tadgh McCarthy, Robyn McCarthy, Gary Butler, James Lavin (0-2, 65’s), Sean Thornton, Ronan O’Mahony (0-1,F), Aiden O’Sullivan, Daniel Murray, Jack McCarthy, Barry O’Sullivan, Shane McSweeney. Subs: Tom Daly (1-0), Billy Foley (2-0). Sean Cronin, Eoin Minihane, Ronan Shiels, James McGlinchey, Matthew Barry, Kevin Coakley, Patrick Casey, Mike Hanley, Eric Dowling.
U16 hurling Bantry Blues 5-14, Kilmacabea 1-3
On the previous Tuesday evening the U16 hurlers had a big win over Kilmacabea in the championship.
They led by 2-9 to a goal at half time with John Lavin scoring 1-03, Tim Foley 1-1, Sean O’Leary 0-3 and Anthony Hanley and Shane McCarthy with a point apiece. Bantry emptied the bench in the second half and went on to record a 5-14 to 1-3 win over a Kilmacabea side who battled to the end but were up against a very strong Blues side.
Team: Cathal McCarthy, Killian O’Sullivan, Tim Cronin, Paddy O’Shea, Eoin Lynch, Owen O’Flynn, Sean O’Leary (0-3,1F, 1-65), Sean Hodnett, Tim Foley (2-4, 3F), Shane McCarthy (0-2), Anthony Hanley (2-2), John Lavin (1-3). Subs: Shane Keevers, Kieran Hanley, Arthur Coakley, Stephen Hanley, James Lavin.
U16 football Bantry Blues 3-09, Clonakilty 0-12
Monday evening last saw the visit of Clonakilty U16 footballers to Wolfe Tone Park for their league fixture. Blues were very sluggish in the opening half and were 0-9 to 1-3 behind at the interval, a Daniel Murphy goal just before the break keeping them in the game.
They showed much more commitment in the second half and turned things around to run out 3-09 to 0-12 winners. Scorers: Daniel Murphy 2-1, Tim Foley 0-3,2F, Mark Keohane 1-0, Shane McCarthy 0-2, Arthur Coakley 0-1, Sean O’Leary 0-1.