THE ball was thrown in for the start of the Credit Union U-20 Football Invitation Cup on Tuesday night where defending holders St Kierans overcame newcomers Beara 3-11 to 1-8 at Knocknagree.
A long trek to the northern end of the county failed to generate a positive return for the Cup debutants yet from a brave showing, Beara had enough of the play and the chances to be much closer. On three occasions during the course of the hour, the woodwork denied the peninsula side.
At their best, St Kieran's recovered from a hesitant opening to offer plenty of resolve and superior finishing to land the deserved spoils to confirm their intentions of seeking back to back titles. Action is due to continue before the weekend with Rathmore / Kilcummin coming up against Douglas. The fare continues on Tuesday, December 27 with Clonakilty encountering East Kerry and hosts Duhallow pitted against Laune Rangers.
Duhallow's side will centre around a playing panel drawn from a cross section of clubs with Lorcan O'neill (Kanturk), T J Brosnan (Newmarket), Michael Vaughan (Millstreet), Fintan O'connor (Knocknagree) and Gene Casey (Kiskeam) on board to backbone the side.
Over the holiday spell, Croke Rovers and Dromtariffe are scheduled to renew rivalry on the double with two Rebel Óg North Cork Minor B Football and Hurling League Finals down for decision.
First on offer is the hurling decider in on Wednesday next, December 28. Earlier in the season, Crokes got the measure of Dromtariffe in both the North Cork and County championship finals.
It took a replay and extra time for Croke Rovers to shade matters in the North Cork Championship Final. However a power packed second half display allowed Croke Rovers overwhelm Dromtariffe 4-14 to 2-7 in the county decider. Following a closely contested and low scoring opening half, Rovers made the push for victory after the restart to yield goals that swung the tide.
Dromtariffe will not lack motivation in search of a prize yet Croke Rovers are equally keen to add league honours to the prospect of an interesting tussle. Meanwhile, the football equivalent between the pair is scheduled for Friday week, December 30. Scór DUHALLOW clubs Boherbue, St Peters, Millstreet, Newmarket and Kiskeam form a strong representation for the County Scór na nóg Finals on Thursday, December 29 in the Éire Óg GAA Pavllion, Ovens. Exciting talent emerged at the divisional decider, confirmed at a county semi final where the strong Duhallow line up gained progress to a country final scheduled to commence at 6pm.
The qualifiers are: Figure Dancing: Watergrasshill, Boherbue, St Peters, Carrigaline Solo Singing: Clodagh O'donovan (Courcey Rovers), Christine Moran (Aghada), Muireann Buckley (Millstreet), Tracey Cronin (Iveleary) Instrumental Music: Killeagh, Cobh, Milford, Boherbue Recitation: Ciarán O'donovan ( Ilen Rovers), Kate O'donovan (Kilmacabea), Tracey Cronin (Iveleary), Niamh Browne (Newmarket) Ballad Group: Kilmeen, Boherbue, Millstreet, St. Catherines Question Time: Carrig na bhfear, Caheragh, Aghada, Aghabullogue, Boherbue, Millstreet Novelty Act: Ross Ladies Football, Newmarket Football, Newmarket Hurling, Carbery Rangers Set Dancing: Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas, St. Catherines, Boherbue, Kiskeam
RESULTS Credit Union U20 Football Invitation Cup St Kierans 3-11 Beara 1-8. CO. PREMIER 2 U16 FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINAL Boherbue 2-15 Inniscarra 4-8 Co. U16B Football League Final Aghabullogue 4-14 Wolfe Tones 1-2 Co. U16A Football C'ship semi-final Macroom 2-20 Dromtariffe 0-4
FIXTURES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Credit Union Invitation Cup Clonakilty v East Kerry, TBC 2pm Duhallow v Laune Rangers, Knocknagree 2pm WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 Rebel Óg North Cork MBHL Final Croke Rovers v Dromtariffe, TBC FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 Rebel Óg North Cork MBFL Final Croke Rovers v Dromtariffe, TBC