U13 Hurling League 20/03/2013

Whites Cross 8-3         Crosshaven 1-4

Our u13 hurlers had another hugely impressive victory over Crosshaven on Monday evening in a sun-kissed White’s Cross. Playing conditions were ideal for hurling and this really showed in the manner of the display that the ‘Cross lads produced.

The minute the sliothar was thrown in for the first clash to get proceedings underway the pressure was piled on the Crosshaven defence. Four-goal hero Sean Kelly was simply superb in the opening half. His first goal was a great individual effort, taking it around his man and rifling it to the net, giving the goal keeper little chance of stopping after two minutes of play. That score quickly settled the Whites Cross unit and they went seeking further scores.

A long ball was delivered to Sadiq Baker on the wing and he showed great skill and awareness to get the ball into Kelly who flicked it over his opponents head and controlled it beautifully before billowing the back of the net for his second goal of the game. The same player chipped in with another well taken point following good work from Captain Jack Stuart to leave the scores 2-1 to no score after ten minutes of play.

To their credit the Crosshaven team put up a strong challenge. After some neat play by their midfielder the resulting free managed to find its way to the back of the net and gave the WX lads food for thought and if they were to get a win they were going to have to earn it. The O’ Hara brothers in the half back line , Daniel and younger brother Patrick rose to the challenge, ball after the ball they cleared their lines time and again, setting up numerous attacks for the forward division.

Gavin Cronin operating at midfield was working tirelessly with some great attacking and defensive play. After some good work by Tom Casey and Adam Kent in the back line, the ball was worked up field and Gavin was at hand to slot the ball between the posts to further stretch the WX lead. Daniel O Hara at centre back was epitomising the teams work rate and covering a huge amount of ground, joining the attack at any chance he could and this paid off with a well taken point. Jack Stuart added to the scoreboard when he goaled following some good work by Cormac O Flynn in the corner. As the half was drawing to a close it was none other than Sean Kelly to add his fifth score of the half to the referees notepad which left the scores at 5-3 to 1-0 as the players retired for a well deserved half time break.

The Whites Cross management rung the changes at half time with Harry Fitzgerald and Jordan Brandsfield joining the attack. Within minutes of their introduction they were causing the Crosshaven fullback line numerous amount of trouble and were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard in the opening stages of the second period.

With ten minutes gone into the second half the scores remained the same until Daniel O Hara roamed forward from the backline and slotted a great point between the sticks. Crosshaven replied with a fine point from their wing forward and this gave them a bit of momentum with three more unanswered points in the space of the next ten minutes.

Conor Docherty and Jack O Callaghan were introduced to add a bit of renewed energy to the attack. After some trojan work from Peter Twomey at wing back the ball was delivered into the Crosshaven square and full forward Harry Fitzgerald pulled first time to finish to the back of the net.

The Crosshaven lads dominated for a period of five minutes towards the closing stages of the game and more often than not there was one man in particular keeping them at bay and that was the aforementioned Twomey, his bravery at times went beyond the call of duty and he ensured the scoreboard was kept in favour of the boys in the green and white. Before the end of the game Luke Murphy passed to Jordan Brandsfield and he finished to the goal to wrap up proceedings with a very comfortable win in the end.

The hard work in training and the commitment of this bunch of players was there for everyone to see and they fully deserved the win.

U11 Football, Away to Tracton, Sunday May 26th

We made the long trip to Tracton on Sunday evening for a highly anticipated duel with the home side in U11 Football. Tracton fielded a strong side of lads on the age, and since we were missing a few we felt we would be up against it with a team which included 7 year old Eddie Coughlan! Right from the throw-in however our lads tore into the game, even though we were playing against the wind. With Conor Docherty in great form we took the fight to Tracton, and added early points from Fionn Hickey and Patrick O’Hara. However as the half went on we were regretting some missed chances in front of goal including twice hitting the crossbar. Tracton came back at us and levelled the scores. However some great blocking in front of goal from Harry Coughlan and Brendan Quain and a fine save from Daniel Kelleher frustrated them. From a breakaway Ethan Ryan fed a great pass to Patrick O’Hara who in turn picked out Fionn Hickey for a cool finish and we had our noses in front again. The margin at the break was only a few points, but in the first 10 minutes of the second half Tracton had no answer to the White’s Cross play. Stephen Whooley displayed great spirit in twice blocking Tracton’s attempted clearances and this resulted in Jack O’Callaghan putting Adrian Buckley, who stormed into the game, in for the first of 3 goals. Plenty of scores followed from Daniel Kelleher, Fionn Hickey, Conor Docherty, Harry Coughlan and Patrick O’Hara and we had built up a good lead in the closing stages. However Tracton came back at us again and it took some great defending from Eddie Coughlan and 2 great saves from Brendan Quain to keep them out. The workrate throughout was outstanding from White’s Cross, as well as playing some fine football, and in the end we came away with a deserved win from a tough match in a hostile environment! Well done to all the lads.

 

 

Minor Reports

White’s Cross 3-12 Ballyphehane 0-02

In first league game of the year White’s Cross took on Ballyphehane in White’s Cross. From start to finish White’s Cross dominated their opponents. Feargheal Reid and the outstanding Adam Bransfield were constant threat from half back line,making menacing runs pegging the opposition back at every opportunity. Bransfield kicked a peach of point from 30 yards out in second half.Captain Killian Ryan was fielding great ball all over the field with spectacular high catches. Scoring a tally of 5 points in total with standout point of great skill from acute angle in first half. Donnacha Fitzgerald also impressed in full forward line with 2 points from play. Paul Hayes did trojan work in midfield engine room. White’s Cross were deserved winners in great display of attacking football.

White’s Cross 1-08 Crosshaven 3-05

White’s Cross had a Jekyll and Hyde performance against Crosshaven in poor blustery conditions in .An early Donnacha Fitzgerald goal put the Cross on front foot, bravely challenging the goalkeeper and getting his just reward. The backs were completely on top for the first half. Tony O’ Keefe and Robert McEllhinney were defending strongly in the full back line. The team produced an excellent display of free flowing attacking football with half back axis of Feargheal Reid, Seán Twomey and Adam Bransfield the architect of many of these attacks. White’s Cross led 1-05 to 0-00 at half time. The second half was completely different story as Crosshaven got strangle hold on possession. They began to dominate kickouts and exerted massive pressure aided by a strong wind.Missing Captain Killian Ryan fielding skills were greatly missed against a very physical opposition. Paul Hayes worked himself to stand still. Young Jack Kiely performed admirably in goal. Two late goals sealed an unjust win for Crosshaven. White’s Cross team will feel they left this game behind.

White’s Cross 4-08 Shamrocks 3-09

White’s Cross went into this game looking to put the disappointment of Crosshaven game behind them. White’s Cross led for the first 20 minutes of game. Skillful Centre Forward Luke Collins scored two goals in this spell. For the last 10 minutes of the first half Shamrocks had a good spell. Going in at half time Shamrocks led by a point. Tony O’ Keeffe was outstanding in full back line. Not giving his man an inch. White’s Cross were very wasteful at times in front of goal and not making the most of the chances they created. Luke Cambridge was starting to dominate at wing forward and carve them open at will using his speed to run directly at them. With 10 minutes remaining White’s Cross trailed by 7 points. Switching Robert McEllhinney out to midfield worked a treat as he scored a great goal to rally the troops. White’s Cross dominated possession completely for last 15 minutes of the game. The team dug deep to secure a deserved hard earned victory. White’s Cross were clearly the better side reflecting on full game. But they’ll be relieved they got out of jail in this game and made it hard on themselves.

 

See pictures of our Minor team in action  here

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U12 Football, Away to Dripsey, Friday May 17th

Our Under 12s had a great win tonight away to Dripsey. On a fine evening for football our lads tore into the game from the start, with Gavin Cronin, Tom Casey and Patrick O’Hara winning a lot of 50/50 balls. This gave great ammunition to our forwards and we registered an early goal from Cathal O’Flynn, and a flurry of points from Fionn Hickey, Adrian Buckley, Gavin Cronin & Jordan Bransfield. While Dripsey tried to mount attacks our defence held firm. Some fine defending from Robert O’Driscoll, Tom Casey, Harry Coughlan & Cathal O’Flynn denied them the scores that they needed. In the 2nd half Peter Twomey and Conor Docherty made some great driving runs from midfield. Scores were harder to come by in the early part of the 2nd half but the lads continued to work hard, and added some fine points from Luke Murphy & Patrick O’Hara. However Dripsey replied with some good scores and the game was more competitive. Finally some excellent work from Kaelen Skillington & Jack O’Callaghan set up further goals for Adrian Buckley and Tom Casey, and in the end White’s Cross came away with a comprehensive win. Well done to all the lads!

 

U11 Football, Home to Erins Own, Friday May 10th

Our U11 footballers got off the mark with a great win against Erins Own last Friday night. In terrible conditions for football the match was highly competitive right through. We got off to a great start with an early goal from Fionn Hickey who got on the end of a super pass from Stephen Whooley. However Erins Own came back strongly and we had to rely on 2 excellent saves from Daniel Kelleher to keep the game in the balance. Strong defending from Harry Buckley, Brendan Quain, Senan Ryan and the excellent Patrick O’Hara staved off many Erins Own’s attacks. In the 2nd half , with Conor Docherty outstanding at midfield and Harry Coughlan & Adrian Buckley storming into the game we again tacked on some vital scores. Excellent work from Eolan Dill, Jack O’Callaghan, Ethan Ryan and Danny Linehan lead to further goals from Fionn Hickey & Adrian Buckley. The end of the game was a tense affair but our lads held on for a great 2 point win.

 

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U8’s County Football Blitz

Saturday 11th May 2013

The Whitechurch GAA pitches were buzzing with activity on Saturday morning with 7 different clubs attending the football blitz. The blitz was very well attended.  White’s Cross was able to field 2 teams on the day each playing 3 games a piece.

Match reports for Team 1

Match 1- White’s Cross v’s Brian Dillons

White’s Cross playing with the elements attacked from the throw -in and registered 1-4 before Brian Dillons got their first score. By half time they had registered a further goal and point to leave the score 2-5 to 0-2 at the interval. The second half was more of a defensive effort. However White’s Cross ran out deserving winners in the end. Those to catch the eye were Eddie Coughlan, Liam O’ Connor, Charlie O’ Shea, Mark O’ Keeffe, Aiden Docherty, Rian Harden, Cathal Wholley , Ethan Quain and David Morley.

Match 2- White’s Cross v’s Whitechurch

The rivalry between these two fine sides ensured that this contest remained in the balance until the final whistle. However White’s Cross prevailed with a performance based on determination and sheer “will to win”. White’s Cross started very well but were never going to have matters all their own way with Whitechurch staging a strong second half comeback. However great performances by Eddie Coughlan, Liam  O’ Connor, Cathal Whooley, Mark O’Keeffe, Charlie O’ Shea, Ethan Quain, Aiden Docherty, Rian Harden and David Morley ensured that the spoils went to the boys in green and white.

 

Match 2- White’s Cross v’s Tracton

The supporters concern that the boys had “nothing left in the tank” after the exertions of the Whitechurch game were soon alleviated with the two early points from Eddie Coughlan. Charlie O Shea notched two fine opportunistic goals before half time and Liam O’ Connor “weighed in” with a couple of tasty points.  In a rather one sided affair played in great spirit our boys ran out deserving winners to complete a treble of victories on the day.

Well done to this team  for their performance on the day and to their coach Nick Harden who worked very hard throughout.

Panel :Aiden Docherty, Rian Harden, David Morley Liam O’ Connor, Mark O’ Keeffe, Charlie O’ Shea, Ethan Quain,  Cathal Whooley, Aiden Docherty

Team 2
The second White’s Cross team fielded on the day played three concurrent matches. This team battled against the following  clubs Douglas, St. Nicks & Bishops town on the day.

The White’s cross team played well on the day and held their own in all 3 matches with outstanding play from all involved. Excellent hand passing, kicking, soling were on show from our team which translated into many scores. The players really showed their ability today with the Irish weather taking its toll at times with showers and high winds coming and going but this did not dampen the spirits of the players as they battled throughout.

Great  performances were evident in all three games by James Buckley ,Shane Buckley, Traelach Dawson Sean Delaney,  Evan , Caelon Garde, Luke Mullins, Michael Mullins, Jamie Murphy Oisin O’ Connell, Adam O’ Connor Bobby O Riordan

 

Panel:  James Buckley ,Shane Buckley, Traelach Dawson Sean Delaney,  Evan , Caelon Garde, Luke Mullins, Michael Mullins, Jamie Murphy Oisin O’ Connell, Adam O’ Connor Bobby O Riordan

 

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Another game v Kilmurry U10s

Due to the numbers available on the night a second team of players played Kilmurry on  Tuesday 7th May 2013.  This team contained a number of the U9 lads and was played at the same time as the other game.  With Kilmurry piling on the pressure from the throw in, White’s Cross put up a stubborn defence. Luke Kelleher and Daniel O Keeffe performed very well in defence as did Patrick Harrington. Charlie Browne and James Kelleher worked hard in the centre with Eolan Dill playing extremely well. Robert Docherty performed skilfully and was a key scorer for White’s Cross. Luke Murphy, Ciaran Aitken and Finan Quinlan all worked hard on the night and held their own. Unfortunately White’s Cross came up a little short on this occasion but a great effort was made by all in the harsh weather conditions.  Well done to all the players and the Coach Denis Harrington and a special thanks goes to Sean Coughlan and Martin Kelleher who stepped in on the night to help the U10 trainers with the 2 matches.

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U13 Football League 06/05/2013

Whites Cross 1-9 Ballinora 1-5

After the disappointment of losing their opening two competitive games of the season the Whites Cross u13 Footballers were adamant that they were going to overcome Ballinora with a victory.

On a night when conditions were not the easiest to play in; captain Sean Kelly opted to play with the wind at their backs and this proved to be a key move. Almost immediately from the throw in the Whites Cross boys got on the scoreboard with a well worked point from the aforementioned Kelly. This settled the lads down instantly and was followed up with a well taken score from Jordan Brandsfield playing in the full forward line.

For the next five minutes it was even between the two teams and scores were hard to come by. That is until a long ball was delivered to the edge of the square where full forward Harry Fitzgerald broke the ball and Cathal O Flynn was on hand to bury the ball neatly into the net at the first time of asking.

The Ballinora team replied with a pointed score and reminded the Whites Cross team that they were not going to give up too easily. At the interval Whites Cross led 1-5 to 0-2.

A special mention has to go to the defence and in particular Adam Kent and Tom Casey. These two lads showed commitment, determination and courage beyond their years to see out any threat the Ballinora attack posed in the first half.

The second period was going to be that bit tougher than the first as the Ballinora team were aided with the wind. Goalkeeper Cathal Quinlan organised his defence well and made sure any score for the opposition was hard to come by.

Gavin Cronin who worked very well throughout at centre forward was forced off with a hand injury and was replaced by Luke Murphy who had a great game keeping the pressure on the Ballinora rear-guard.

Ballinora slowly came back into the game with ten minutes gone in the second half. They had a goal and point without reply and closed the gap to just two points between the teams.

The lads showed great character through the likes of Sadiq Baker, Daniel O Hara and Peter Twomey – they kept on working the ball up field to give our attack every chance of stretching the narrow lead and this paid off with another point from Sean Kelly.

Lads were beginning to tire and the introduction of youngsters Conor Docherty and Fionn Hickey made a massive contribution to the team and gave them renewed energy. The latter was causing havoc in the Ballinora goal mouth and was very unlucky not to come away with two goals after some fantastic play from this duo.

As the game was drawing to a close Ballinora again narrowed the gap to just two points with a well worked score. But the WX lads ensured they were going to have the last say with points from our lively wing forwards Jack Stuart and Cathal O Flynn.

It ended on a score line of 1-9 to 1-5 and full credit must go to the Whites Cross lads on a magnificent and workman-like display with a well deserved victory.

 

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U10 Hurling League White’s Cross V’s Shamrocks , Saturday 11th May 2013

U10 Hurling League White’s Cross V’s Shamrocks , Saturday 11th May 2013

The U10’s travelled to Shamrocks for their second league game. Shamrock’s were playing with a very strong wind and held the advantage. As the first half went on White’s Cross began to find their form.

White’s Cross started strong in the second half, hard work in midfield and good defense, managed to stop Shamrocks from scoring. White’s Cross rallied hard with the forwards having some great scores. However the Shamrocks goalie pulled off some great saves so we were unlucky not to have more points on the scoreboard. A great effort was seen on the day with the teams being well matched. Unfortunately on this occasion Shamrocks narrowly edged forward by 2 scores.

Panel: Harry Buckley, Senan Ryan, Sean Twomey, Harry Coughlan, Stephen Whooley, Ethan Ryan, Olan Skillington, Patrick Harrington, Luke Murphy, Danny Linehan, Daniel Kelleher, Seamus Hennessy, Robert Docherty, Luke Kelleher, Ciaran Aitken, James Kelleher, Brendan Quain.

Pictures can be found on our facebook page here

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White’s Cross U12 match report v Lisgoold (hurling)

Our first hurling league game was played away to Lisgoold, who we’re told focus only on hurling and have built a reputation for the game. Right from the start however the attitude of our lads was great, and they showed they cared little for reputation! If anything we took the battle to them and gave them no space and no easy strike. Stephen Whooley made some great saves, and in front of him Peter Twomey, Tom Casey, Harry Coughlan and the outstanding Gavin Cronin held off the Lisgoold attack. At half time there was only a few points in it. In the 2nd half Jordan Bransfield moved to midfield and did well with Conor Docherty excelling there throughout. While Lisgoold added enough to finish worthy winners, it was heartening that the efforts of our forwards in Luke Murphy, Cathal O’Flynn, Adrian Buckley and Jack O’Callaghan were rewarded with some great scores. While we lost the game we couldn’t have been more impressed with the attitude of the team on the night. They gave it everything and if we compete like that we will have a chance every time!

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