Southern Star 3rd September - 2016-09-01

Bandon Minor footballers eased their way into the West Cork semi-final after a 2-16 to 1-5 victory over Mhuintir na nGael last Tuesday week.  Game played in ideal conditions on a perfect pitch at Ballinacarraiga.  

An under-strength Mhuintir na nGael who only fielded 2 players up to the age found it challenging against a physically stronger Bandon team. A solid defense and midfield dominance kept Mhuintir na nGael scoring opportunities to a minimum. The Bandon forwards kept the score-line ticking over and led 0-9 to 0-4 at half time.   

To their credit Mhuintir na nGael started the second half much stronger but were unable to breach a hard-working Bandon defense.  Bandon free takers punished all frees conceded by Mhuintir na nGael throughout throughout the second half. Best on the night were defenders Aaron Burns, Kieran Walsh and Jack Kelly, Midfielders David Behan and Mark O' Regan and Eoin O'Sullivan, Aidan O' Mahony and Gavin O'Connell in the forwards.

Bandon now advance to the semi final where they await the winners of Western Gaels/Urhan.    

Unfortunately, there is nothing good to report on the Under16 Premier 2 Footballers who were mauled 3-28 to 1-2 by Carbery Rangers in the first round of the championship at Ballinascarthy last Monday evening.  Conor Calnan, Michael Laffan, Shane Lowney never stopped trying and away trip to Fermoy on this Wednesday evening may afford this team an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

The Intermediate Footballers play Mitchelstown in the County Quarter-Final at Caherlag on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.  The team came of age in the last game against Glanworth and it is fantastic to be playing championship football in September in our first year at this higher grade