Club History - 2008

2008 - The Year to date

Under 21: Training began in January as this championship was due to begin in March. The panel was very limited with only a few players up to the age. However a good number of minor players joined the panel and as a result numbers at training were generally good. We played a number of challenge games in preparation for the first round championship tie against Kilmeen which was played in Ballinacarriga. The team played well and recorded an easy win against a weak Kilmeen side on Sunday 2nd March. The second round war against Barryroe which was played on Thursday 13th March in Castlehaven at 9.00 p.m., a very unsuitable date and time, however the team played very well in the first half and led by six points at half time. The performance level dropped in the second half and Barryroe took over. In the end we were lucky to secure a draw with a late equaliser. The replay went ahead on Easter Monday 24th March in Castlehaven. Although we were ahead by one point at half time a stronger Barryroe team dominated the second period and ran out deserving winners. It was a disappointing end to this championship but with most of the panel still eligible next season and with an earlier start to training there is great potential in this team.

Minor: Due to very limited numbers the minor team were looking to re-grade to ‘C' for 2008, this was rejected on appeal to the County Board. Under new trainer, Eugene Lynch, they started training in February with a number of players re-joining the panel. The hard work and training paid off when they had a big win in their first league game against Gabriel Rangers in Ballydehob. Their next game was against a very strong Clan na Gael side at Aughaville. Caheragh played outstanding football and led for most of the game, however a disputed goal gave the visitors victory by the narrowest of margins. Their third league game was away to Ilen Rovers on Wednesday 30th April, again the team played some excellent football and were unlucky to be defeated by a single point - 2-10 to 1-12. The league then took a break for the summer months but the team has continued to train regularly in preparation for their championship clash with St. Colums which is fixed for late August.

Junior ‘A': The Junior ‘A' team also commenced training in February under new trainer, Colman Corrigan. The league commenced very early with the first game against championship opponents, Ilen Rovers in Aughaville. After a tough battle we collected the league points with a narrow victory. The second game was away to Castlehaven where we were beaten by a strong Haven side. We defeated Muintir Bhaire in Aughaville before drawing with Gabriel Rangers in Ballydehob where we were well in control at half time. A storming finish against St. Colums at Aughaville gave the team their third league victory. In early June the team made two long trips to Beara in the space of a week to play Urhan and Garnish and recorded two good wins. On Tuesday 10th June they played O'Donovan Rossa in Skibbereen and were defeated after a poor display. The league is now on hold until the championship is completed.

Junior ‘A' Championship: The team played Ilen Rovers in the first round on Saturday 10th May in Goleen. It was a young inexperienced side that took the field with a number of players having retired from the previous year. In a very close game where the lead changed hands on a number of occasions the sides finished level and the replay went ahead a week later also in Goleen. Again there was very little to choose between the sides and with time almost up they were level. Rovers scored a free with the last kick of the game to give them victory 0-11 to 0-10. This forced Caheragh through the back door route where they were drawn against neighbours Clan na Gael. This game was played in Baltimore on Saturday 28th June. With so much at stake it was a very tense occasion and the sides were level with ten minutes to go. Both sides missed chances before a late Colm O'Sullivan free gave Caheragh victory to the huge relief of all players and supporters. In the third round we were drawn against Barryroe, a game that was played in Rosscarbery on Friday 11th July. Several missed chances in the first half left us one point in arrears at the break. A very good second half ensured victory with a late Colm O'Driscoll goal leaving the final score 1-12 to 0-7. This win gave the team a quarter final tie against O'Donovan Rossa in Castlehaven on Saturday 19th July. A very good first half saw them lead by five points at half time. However, a strong comeback by Skibbereen saw the lead reduced to a single point. Caheragh rallied again and scored a couple of late points to record a 1-11 to 1-8 victory and a place in the West Cork Semi-Final against St. Marys.

Junior ‘B': This year the Junior B & C championships have been combined and we have been drawn against Ballinascarthy in the first round, no date has yet been finalized for this game. The team has played a number of league games. Back in February in their first game they defeated Goleen in Aughaville with a team mixed with youth and experience. There was a long break to their next game in May when we defeated Kilmacabea also at Aughaville and followed this up with a third win against Glengarriff also in Aughaville on Friday 31st May. The team suffered their first defeat against Gabriel Rangers in Ballydehob on Saturday 7th June with a very depleted side. However they got back on the winning trail on Saturday 26th July when they travelled to Kealkil and defeated the home side by 1-9 to 0-11. It is hoped to play a few more league games before championship.

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