Cashel Community School had a sensational win in the Munster U16½ final for the Corn Iognáid Ris, played on Friday 10th December in Charleville, when they held out against a resilient Bandon side to win on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-13.
This game had been postponed several times due to the inclement weather and great credit is due to both sides for serving up a thriller after all the delays. The Cashel lads had trained indoors for the previous few weeks to get ready for this game and it stood to them near the end when they finished the stronger to claim the cup.
There were heroes all over the field for Cashel and indeed all panel members can be proud of their efforts, some thirty three students have trained three times a week since last September to get to this stage. Cashel got off to a great start with early points from Josh Keane and Gearoid Slattery and they got a deserved goal after ten minutes when a ball broke off Shane O' Connell and Walter O'Carroll raced through and buried it. Bandon were looking very dangerous however and it took some superb defending from the half back line of James Ryan, Simon Delaney and Stephen Griffey to keep them at bay. They were helped in no small measure by Philip Falvey and Kevin O'Donnell in midfield who worked tirelessly all day. Cashel got their second goal after twenty minutes when Eoghan Ryan picked up a break from Oisin Slattery and made no mistake. They were flying at this stage, backed up by some superb defending in the full back line by Shaun Coffey, Andrew Ryan and Colm O Dwyer. Behind them Conor Butler was in superb form, brilliantly saving from point black range just before half time to give the team a lead of 2-05 to 0-06 at the interval.
In the second half, with a slight breeze behind them, Bandon threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Cashel to get back in the game. Gradually they began to eat into the Cashel lead, bringing the score down to two points. Cashel however held their never and some great scores by Josh Keane and Eoghan Ryan kept them just in front. At this stage James Casey, Shane Murphy and Killian Loughman were introduced and they too gave Cashel the lift they needed. The big moment of the game came with ten minutes left when a Bandon forward raced through only for Shaun Coffey to pull off an outstanding block to deny a certain goal. With time almost up Cashel had a two point lead and Bandon were still looking for that elusive goal to win the game. Josh Keane then had a free from an almost impossible angle that he sent straight between the posts to finally break Bandon's spirit and give Cashel a great three point win. There were exuberant celebrations at the final whistle and the magnificent trophy was gratefully accepted by joint captains Simon Delaney and James Ryan.
Final score Cashel 2-10 Bandon 0-13
Scorers – Josh Keane 0-7, Eoghan Ryan 1-01, Gearoid Slattery 0-1, Walter O'Carroll 1-0 Conor Butler, Shaun Coffey, Andrew Ryan, Colm O Dwyer, Stephen Griffey, Simon Delaney, James (Winnie) Ryan, Kevin O Donnell, Philip Falvey, Josh Keane, Gearoid Slattery, Walter Carroll, Eoghan Ryan, Oisin Slattery. Shane o Connell-
Subs used: Shane Murphy, James Casey, Killian Loughman, Alan Cummins. Others : Daniel Currivan, Tom Long, Cormac O Donnell, Brian Burke, James Cummins, Thomas Grogan, Daniel Bowes, Colin Dikkenberg, Conor Devitt, Daniel Hayde, Owen Butler, Brian Hand, Paraic o Donoghue, Darragh Dwan.
Choirs at Christmas
The senior choir sang at the Vigil Mass in Cashel's St. John the Baptist Church on last Saturday night and the junior choir sang at the midday Mass on Sunday. Later on Sunday they joined with the parish choir and choirs from the primary schools of the parish for the annual community carol service, also in the parish church. The outstanding c.d. of Christmas music, released by the school choirs in 2009, is giving pleasure in many homes this year.
On last Friday the Sixth and Fifth LCA class groups took part in a retreat day at St. Patrick's College, Thurles.
They found it a most worthwhile and enjoyable experience. They were accompanied by course co-ordinator Mrs. Harris and school chaplain Fr. Moloney, and the group rounded off the day with a meal at a Cashel restaurant.
The U15 hurlers took on Borrisoleigh on Tuesday of last week in the final of the County Tipperary schools championship for the Hennessy Cup. Played at Dr. Morris Park, Cashel started brightly, with Paraic O'Donoghue opening their tally with a great point. Cashel's hard battling on the ball paid off when a ball, dropped in the six-yard box, was picked up and buried to the net by Seanie O'Halloran. As expected, Borrisoleigh fought back and picked off three quick points. Cashel added two more points thanks to James Casey and Killian Loughman, to lead at half-time by 1 – 4 to 0 – 3.
On the resumption, things went downhill for Cashel as Borris quickly added 1 – 1 to bring them right back into the game, and then added another goal. However, the Cashel boys re-grouped and threw everything at the Borris defence. James Casey secured three long-range points and Michael Ryan (W) scored a superb goal. The game went right down to the wire but Borrisoleigh held on to win by two points, 2 – 8 to 2 – 6.
This was a high-standard game, with both teams playing at their best. Although deeply disappointed at losing, the Cashel team can be proud of their fine performance. They now turn their sights towards the Corn Solo – a Munster competition – in the springtime.
Team: Jonathan Walsh, Colin Brosnan, James Cummins, Ryan O'Donnell, Brendan Ryan, Killian Loughman, Conor Devitt, James Casey, Aaron McCormack, Christopher Hickey, Paraic O'Donoghue, Donn
Acha Quinn, Killian Maher, Seanie O'Halloran, David Wade. Subs used: Paraic O'Carroll, Michael Ryan (W.), Eoin Cleary. Others: Evan Hayde, Cormac Ryan, Padraig Ryan, Niall Manton, Darragh Dwan, Denis Fogarty, Thomas Wade.
Scorers: James Casey 0 – 4 (4 frees), Seanie O'Halloran and Michael Ryan 1 – 0 each, Paraic O'Donoghue and Killian Loughman 0- 1 each.
Senior Hurlers Qualify
On a cold winter's day, the Community School's senior hurlers travelled to Charleville to play a must-win game against Rochestown of Cork in the final qualifier of the Corn Phadraig. As the rain and hail poured down Cashel were determined to come out on top and, playing with the wind, they put up an impressive "whirlwind" first half performance to lead 5 - 8 to no score at half-time. In the second half Cashel again came out with all guns blazing, with an early goal from Pa Ryan and two points added by Dylan Fitzell and Josh Keane. On the day, Cashel proved too strong for Rochestown, beating them on a scoreline of 7 – 11 to 2 – 2.
Scorers: Pa Ryan 4 – 3, Josh Keane 1 – 3, Dean Thompson 1 – 2, Kieran Carroll 1 – 1, Dylan Fitzell 0 – 2.
Cashel C.S. will now go on to play Dungarvan CBS in the quarter-final of the Corn Phadraig, on a date yet to be decided.