U14,Minor,Senior,Fixtures, Cul Camp, Lotto - 02/08/2011

Under 14s:
        “It’s a shame there has to be a winner” said one spectator at the recent Carbery Rangers v. Bantry Blues Rebel Óg West Region semi-final and how true for this cracker of a match between two highly competitive sides. From the first breaking ball Carbery Rangers’ Brian Callanan burst forth and in an impressive series of passes there was a lovely point from corner forward David O Donovan to put the Rangers first on the scoreboard to be followed shortly by another Ross point from O Donovan again. Bantry had a shot blocked by the able Cian Daly and a lovely interplay of football between Cathal O’ Rourke and Maurice Allshire put the score at 0-3 for Carbery Rangers. Bantry Blues, physically much bigger, were reeling with the shock for the first twenty minutes but soon knocked over their first point. Rangers’ Jack O Donoghue was proving to be a brick wall for the Blues forwards, and cleared a number of potentially dangerous balls throughout the game. Brian Callanan gave a great effort at goal only to be blocked by the Blues goalie, who wouldn’t have looked out of place in a Minor team.  Carbery Rangers had some great interplay between Cathal O Rourke and Sean Gordon but again the goalie was not making it easy, even saving two points in the game. On the other side of the field, Bantry took their own goal despite the best efforts of goalie Shane O’ Sullivan. Carbery Rangers’ Stephen O Donoghue, a reliable and hard working forward throughout the match, scored a cool point to make the scoreline 1-3 to Carbery Rangers 0 –5 at half time. 
         In the second half, Carbery rangers kept up an impressive play of football with opening points from the ever solid Cathal O Rourke and the highly impressive Brian Callanan. Goalie Shane O Sullivan himself made a few cool saves to keep the match level all the way. Solid displays from Robert Hegarty, now in mid field and  Ian Lawlor-O Donovan with some great blocks from corner backs Brian O Sullivan and Michéal O Mahony, kept it level all the way.  In the closing minutes, it seemed as if the Rangers could pull off a sneaky victory as substitute Mark Hodnett just skimmed the post. 
         With the scores level, and both sides fighting tooth and nail to secure the win, the closing minutes were exciting to watch. Carbery Rangers goalie Shane O Sullivan held his nerve with a great save to end the match with a draw and certainly the fairest result for the night. With the two sides meeting again shortly, it really is a shame to have a winner! Final Score: Carbery Rangers 0-9 to Bantry Blues 1-6TEAM: Shane O Sullivan, Michéal O Mahony, Jack O Donoghue, Brian O Sullivan, Sean Gordon, Robert Hegarty, Ian Lawlor O Donovan, Cathal O Rourke, Cian Daly, Brian Callanan, Danny Reynolds, Kieran Vickery, Stephen O Donoghue, Maurice Allshire and David O Donovan SUBS: Mark Hodnett, Adam O Mahony

         Carbery Rangers Minors bowed out of the Premier Two minor football championship on Sunday evening last when they took on Castlelyons. Ross were dealt a blow after only forty three seconds when Castlelyons had the ball in the back of the net right after throw in. Gearoid O Brien got Ross on the score board with a appoint after three minutes only for Castlelyons to do likewise at the other end of the field. Thomas O Rourke, who had his hands full in midfield, scored two well taken points to reduce the deficit to just one point. Castlelyons added two more from play in the space of a minute before Tadhg O Mahony and Sean O Regan got on the scoreboard with points of their own. Castlelyons went in at half time leading 1-4 to 0-5.
 From the restart Carbery Rangers started to stamp their authority on the game when Tadhg O Mahony who was now being very influential in the Ross forward line scored two points which was soon followed by another from Sean O Regan. This put Ross in the lead for the first time. Castlelyons’ first score of the second half came in the forty fifth minute when they got their second goal of the game. Ross’ reply was a free from Sean O Regan but Castlelyons upped their game again and added two more points before once again Tadhg O Mahony pointed for Carbery Rangers, which was to be their last score of the game. Castlelyons scored a  further two points in injury time winning out on a final score of Carbery Ranger 0-10 to Castlelyons 2-8.
         In preparation for the Senior Championship fixed against Ballincollig on this Sunday night the 7th August, in Kilmichael at 730pm, Carbery Rangers recorded a hard earned two point win over Ilen Rovers in a recent Kelleher Shield fixture.

         The Junior Fours meet St Colum’s in Kealkil at 7pm on this Saturday 6th August in a league game. Their championship quarter final is against St Oliver Plunkett’s on Tuesday August 16th in Ahiohill at 730pm.
Carbery Rangers hold their annual Cúl Camp this week where over 120 boys and girls will enjoy top class coaching for the week.

        There was no winner of this week’s Lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 1, 6 and 34. The 50 euro winner was Pat O Sullivan, Burgatia, 30 euro goes to Greg O Donovan, Downeen and 20 euro to Loretta Daly, Ardagh. The next lotto jackpot is 3000 euro and will take place in the Nolans’ Bar on Monday 15th August.

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