Match 1 – Football, Away to St Catherine’s, Monday 2nd April 2012
Our first match of the season was a very encouraging outing against a physical St. Catherine’s side. Our defence was outstanding, with some excellent saves from Conor Dochert. Jack Burke & Mark Wallace were very solid throughout and Adam Kent had a stormer at half back. Cathal O’Flynn and Jordan Bransfield were prominent in attack. Great heart was shown by all the players and they went for every ball to the final whistle.
Match 2 – Football, Home to Grenagh, Saturday 7th April 2012
This match was played at 9-a-side at the request of Grenagh. The concession of some early scores made for an uphill battle for the rest of the game. However battle our lads did, and there were some fine performances from Sean Kelly, Gavin Cronin, Kaelen Skillington & Fionn Hickey in a great 2nd half effort.
Match 3 – Football, Away to Cloyne, Saturday 14th April 2012
We also played 9-a-side in this game, with thanks to Cloyne for their sportsmanship in agreeing to same as we struggled for numbers on the day. We welcomed some players joining in for the first time, including Harry Fitzgerald, Peter Twomey, Liz Twomey, Jack Stuart & Harry Coughlan. A great game of football followed, commented on by parents and supporters as really worth seeing. Daniel O’Hara put in a trojan effort at midfield, ably assisted by Jordan Bransfield who got a great goal. Luke Murphy & Adrian Buckley made an excellent contribution, and the lads left the field with their heads held high.
Match 4 – Hurling, Away to Lisgoold, Friday 20th April 2012
We played our first hurling game of the year away to Lisgoold with a great turnout. Conditions were difficult but our lads got stuck in. A couple of early scores again made for a difficult battle but the heads never dropped. Sean Kelly had the beating of his marker from the start and got some brilliant scores. Harry Fitzgerald was a rock at the back. Daniel O’Hara, Adam Kent and Gavin Cronin were prominent also. Special mention must be made of the bravery of Cathal O’Flynn and Peter Twomey, who were both injured but recovered manfully to play a great part. The lads put in a great 2nd half in outscoring their opponents and gave great hope for the future.
Match 5 – Hurling, Home to Crosshaven, Saturday April 28th 2012
We welcomed Crosshaven to Whites Cross for what turned out to be a highly competitive game, and came away with our first win of the season with great credit due to all the players. The attitude and teamwork from Whites Cross was great right from the start. It was notable that the exchanges around midfield were being dominated by our lads, with Daniel O’Hara and Jordan Bransfield going on to make a great contribution. Our half back line of Jack Stuart, Adam Kent and Conor Docherty cleared some great balls, and contributed in attack whenever possible, notably when Jack Stuart got forward for a great point. The forward exchanges were keenly contested, and space was at a premium. However Cathal O’Flynn, Alex O’Keeffe, Kaelen Skillington, Cian O’Brien and Fionn Hickey more than matched their opponents. Gavin Cronin had a big influence, after taking an early knock, and went on to score an all-important goal from a free in the 2nd half. The end of the game was a tense affair, with Crosshaven laying siege to our goal. However they could find no way past the outstanding Cathal Quinlan in goal, and Harry Fitzgerald & Peter Twomey in the full back line, who refused to be beaten. The siege was lifted when Patrick O’Hara, bravely going in for the block, won a free out. Whites Cross held sway in the final minutes and ran out deserving winners, a fitting reward for the effort that the whole team put in. Well done to all !
Match 6 – Football, Home to Brian Dillons, Friday May 4th 2012
Brian Dillons were our visitors on the first Friday in May, and there followed a very entertaining game with Whites Cross coming out on top on a 3-6 to 3-2 scoreline. An early goal from Dillons put the pressure on, but our lads showed great resolve to take control in the first half. Goals from Cathal O’Flynn and Gavin Cronin put us into a great position. In the 2nd half we drove on for some good scores, and with Daniel O’Hara, Jack Burke, Luke Murphy and Jordan Bransfield well on top we continued to build a good lead. However we had to rely on a very solid defence to close out the game as Dillons piled on the pressure late on. Alex O’Keeffe, Harry Fitzgerald, Peter Twomey and Adam Kent held the fort to keep the danger at bay. In the end we came out on top by 4 points and this was much deserved for a great performance. Our lads showed great skill, heart and determination all through, and this was a real team performance with everyone playing a part in getting the win.
Match 7 – Football, Away to Lisgoold, Friday May 11th 2012
Our 2nd away trip of the season to Lisgoold unfortunately brought a narrow defeat. This was a great game from start to finish with Whites Cross playing outstanding football in the first half, only to be reeled in late in the 2nd. After conceding an early goal, we got on top quickly. Daniel O’Hara, Jack Stuart, Adam Kent and Jack Burke were on top and this gave us some great scoring opportunities. A flowing move from the back with first time passing all the way put Harry Fitzgerald in for a great goal. Sean Kelly and Jack Stuart added further points to give us a good lead at the break. Alex O’Keeffe, Peter Twomey and Cathal Quinlan in goals were snuffing out the danger at the back. In the 2nd half however the strong wind meant we found it very hard to escape from our own half, and the pressure yielded scores for a well organised Lisgoold side. Our lads never gave up hope and battled to a nervous finish. Cian O’Brien, Alex Loftus and Luke Murphy tried to the end to break the deadlock. But for a few unlucky misses in the final minutes we could have come away with at least a draw but it was not to be on this occasion.