White’s Cross 1-14 St. Finbarr’s 0-11

This A football league was a rematch of the championship decider, where the same
two teams needed a replay and extra-time to separate them. Indeed this was a nip-
and-tuck affair again, with the more recent match practice of White’s Cross a telling
factor in the end of a game played in excellent conditions in Ballinlough. The Barr’s
raced into an early lead and White’s Cross were finding it hard to get into scoring
positions early on. However that all changed dramatically in a telling three minute
burst twenty minutes in. Wing-forward Sean Keane played an exquisite quick free to
midfielder Murt Kelleher, who thundered through the Barr’s defence to score a fine
goal. Sean Keane, Conor Kelleher and Ken O Keeffe all tacked on quick points, and
suddenly the Togher lads were chasing this contest.

In the second half the Barrs tried and tried to break down the Cross defence, but found
Paddy O Brien, John O Connell and Sean Gorman all in majestic form. Behind
them goalkeeper Billy Sheahan stood fine-and-tall for the hour, with the positive
response of his partner Elaine still ringing fresh in his ears, from his proposal of
marriage on the eve of the game! White’s Cross GAA wishes them both every
success together in the future.
White’s Cross lined out as follows: Billy Sheahan, John O Connell, James Cooney,
Sean Gorman, Donal Kelly, Eoin Murnane, Paddy O Brien, Denis O Regan, Murt
Kelleher, Jonathan Kenneally, Conor Buckley, Edwin Buckley, Conor Kelleher, Ken
O Keeffe, Sean Keane. Substitutes: Donnacha Murnane, Brian Murphy, Stuart Kiely,
Dylan Burke, Sean Murnane, Kevin Fennessy, Michael Osborne, Derek O Connor,
Brendáin Murnane, Darragh Keane. Kevin Buckley, Thomas Meade and Paul O
Sullivan were ruled out through injury.

Two out of three isn’t bad…

Two out of three isn’t bad…

As the year of 2010 draws to a close, White’s Cross GAA reflects back on another
year of outstanding success on the field of play, but not without a sense of great
disappointment too. The County Final defeat to Cloyne in the Junior A Football
Championship means that we unfortunately lost out by just the minimum margin
to the county champions in the last two seasons. However Finbarr Kiely’s charges
continue to make progress – it was the first time the club had contested a county final
at this level, with the defeat to 2009 champions Glanworth, being at the semi-final
stage. Credit, and indeed congratulations, must go to Cloyne who showed great
strength of character in this year’s county final, and with their vast array of
experiences, never panicked despite not leading once in the game until the finish
– the best time to be ahead!

Despite this huge disappointment for the Cross, the whole championship campaign
was a real roller-coaster. Moreover the support the team received, from the
people of White’s Cross & Upper Glanmire, Whitechurch and beyond, in
Ballinlough, in Riverstown, in Bandon, in Watergrasshill and in Pairc Uí Rinn
was a real tonic for the team and was hugely appreciated – a great journey
indeed! It was well summed up by Ciarán Flynn, a member of one of our two
Go-Games Squads who both defeated Cloyne in the half-time games at Pairc
Uí Rinn on County Final day who commented – “White’s Cross won two one
overall!”. As they say two out of three isn’t bad!

Indeed the Junior A footballers can also adopt that phrase themselves, as they have
won two of the three finals they have contested thus far in 2010 – a 1-14 to 0-11
league final triumph over St. Finbarrs being the right tonic three weeks on from the
county final heartache.