Local Derby

Bragging rights were restored in the locality of White’s Cross once more with our recent success over near neighbours Carraig na bhFear in the semi-final of the McSwiney Cup – but only just! This competition, organised by the Seandun Division has attracted the interest of a number of outside clubs in recent years. The decision of Carraig to enter the competition in 2006, was followed by two more of their Imokilly counterparts in 2007, with both Glenville and Glanmire entering this straight knock-out cup. 

However both of these new entrants faltered along the way and thus exited the competition. Carraig defeated Douglas and Passage on route to the semi-final while White’s Cross overcame Na Piarsaigh and other near neighbours Rathpeacon. Thus the scene was set for a repeat of last year’s final which White’s Cross had won on a score-line of 1-7 to 0-5. Incidentally that game had been the first time these two Clubs, who had historically been the keenest of rivals, had met in competitive action in over twenty years. They were back in battle again within twelve months!

What added to the sense of occasion in this particular game was that it was played under floodlights, the first time a round of this competition was played under lights, and also new territory for the White’s Cross lads. As per the previous encounter, the game proved a low-scoring clash, with both sets of defences taking the plaudits. While it might have lacked some of the physical intensity of its equivalents from twenty years and on, it more than made up for this in terms of honest commitment and some excellent passages of football.

In the White’s Cross full-back line Martin Kelleher and Kevin Fennessy, along with Thomas Meade defended stoically while outside them Eoin Murnane exerted real influence on matters from the pivotal position. At the opposite end of the field the intense energy of Paddy O’ Brien, Bryan O’ Sullivan and the Buckley brothers Kevin and Conor, caused problems at times for the Carraig defence, but over the hour they managed to put the shackles on our crew! Nonetheless White’s Cross won out in the end by the most slender of margins 0-8 to 0-7.

Fun for Young-Ones…

This year’s Outdoor Football coaching has proven very popular to date and great fun too! Aided greatly by the fine weather throughout October there has been great numbers each week. Held each Sunday morning at the Upper Glanmire Community Field, adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School, the sessions are for both boys and girls, aged from 5 to 11 years inclusive. The key ingredient to our sessions is fun – we want the boys and girls to enjoy the experience of learning the skills of Gaelic football. Furthermore with our relatively small numbers we are able to offer individual attention. This training, led by Ciarán Allen, Paul O’ Donovan, Richard Sherlock, Brian Conway and Conor Kelleher, runs from 11:30 to 12:30 each Sunday morningNew recruits are always most welcome to our small club – feel free to bring along your son / daughter any Sunday morning to try out this fun experience. The sessions cost 3 euro per week to attend. You can contact Ciarán at 086 3662914 or Conor at 087 6293430 with any additional queries.

Five in a Row…

This victory over Carraig na bhFear set the White’s Cross lads up for a possible five-in-a-row of triumphs in this historic competition. What makes our recent monopoly of wins in this competition all the more interesting, is that prior to the 2003 victory, the Club had never previously won it! Again we were pitted against keen rivals, this time St. Vincents, who we had defeated in both the 2006 Championship Final and the League Semi Final.

Fresh from the Carraig win three nights previous, White’s Cross settled quicker, with Murt Kelleher and John Drummy totally dominant at midfield, and raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes. The points were scored by the rampant Paul O Sullivan (2), Paddy O Brien, Conor Kelleher and Bryan O Sullivan. However Vincents rattled the Cross with a well taken goal, slotting home past Aidan Harte, who had an excellent outing deputising for Billy Sheahan between the posts. Conor Kelleher did pop over a free before the short whistle to settle matters somewhat again.

The second commenced as had the first with White’s Cross totally dominant, culminating in an excellent goal from Paul O’ Sullivan after good interplay between Drummy and Conor Buckley. With the score at 1-8 to 1-2 it did not look good for Vincents. However they rallied very well and reduced the margin to three. Indeed it could have been worse only for some good defensive work from John O’ Connell, John Meade and Sean Gorman and the timely introductions of Jonathan Kenneally and Thomas Meade. This helped halt the Vincents onslaught and ensured a 1-9 to 1-6 victory for White’s Cross.

In his victory speech the victorious captain Kevin Buckely, heaped praise on the tireless work of selectors Paudie Curtain and TC Buckley, and singled out the coach Finbarr Kiely, for his great managerial qualities.

Having experienced defeat in the finals of both the championship and the cup, St. Vincents will be out for redemption in the League semi-final, and yes you have guessed it here again they are pitted against White’s Cross! At the time of going to print the result of this clash is unknown; the winners play either Douglas or Nemo Rangers in the final.