Castlemartyr Fail To Progress

23 March, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR FAIL TO PROGRESS IN FOOTB ALL CHAMPIONSHIP

CARRIGTWOHILL.......................4-8

CASTLEMARTYR........................0-9

Carrigtwohill overcame an error-ridden Castlemartyr outfit in the first round of the junior A football championship at a windswept Rosdellen on Sunday last the 15th of March. In truth, the Reds enjoyed plenty of possession throughout the game, but committed too many unforced errors which were punished clinically by a slicker and more economical Carrigtwohill side.

Playing with the aid of the stiff breeze Castlemartyr started brightly and had a score on the board after only 1 minute when Eddie Clifford blasted over a point from close range. However Carrigtwohill settled quickly and by the 8th minute had slotted over 3 points of their own before Eddie again struck with a long range effort, with 10 minutes on the clock.

As the game wore on Carrig were finding it easier to come out of defence with the ball thus creating an overlap throughout the field, which in fairness to the Reds defenders were under terrible pressure to try and cope with. Points were exchanged at the end of the first quarter and Mike O Neill’s effort was a fine score from an acute angle.

The Reds were hanging on gamely but the last five minutes before half time were to prove disastrous. First of all Carrig stretched their lead further with a point to make it 5 points to 3 and then they rampaged through the middle of the Castlemartyr rearguard to bang home a goal past the hapless M.J. Cremin.

A minute later Castlemartyr put together a fine move of their own, only for the luckless Barry Lawton, see his palmed effort from a high delivery into the square rebound off the crossbar to safety. This was a major blow for the Castlemartyr men’s efforts to stay in touch but Eddie Clifford notched over his third point in the 29th minute to leave it 1-5 to 0-4. If it had stayed at that before the break Castlemartyr may have had a chance to regroup, but a move that started in Carrigs full back line ended up in the Reds net a few swift passes later to leave the lads 2-5 to 0-4 adrift at the break. The hill had become a mountain now, especially with the strong wind to face in the second half.

The second half was barely underway when captain Barra O Tuama leading by example broke up field to score a fine point after an exchange of passes with Jimmy Smiddy but this did not prove to be the catalyst for a Reds revival. Both teams struggled for scores in the third quarter and the only other Castlemartyr score in this period was a Maurice Hodnett free . By the 45th minute the Carrig boys led by 2-7 to 0-6 and one could say that the Reds were still in with some chance if they could only cut out the unforced errors. Alas this was easier said than done and over the next 10 minutes the Carrig boys walked 2 more goals into the Reds net and a further point. Castlemartyr finished strongly with 3 unanswered points, two from the boot of impressive substitute Kevin O Leary and another from Barry Lawton to leave it 4-8 to 0-9 and the end of the game.

So it’s the backdoor for the Reds this year but they should not be too despondent. There was plenty positives to take from the display including impressive performances from Brian O Tuama and the evergreen Jimmy Smiddy. If they knuckle down over the next two weeks and address the mistakes they are making the could yet rescue this football season and give either Carrignavar or Castlelyons a game of it in the backdoor round on Sunday week. Keep the faith.

TEAM: MJ CREMIN, J DEEHAN, R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY, BARRA O TUAMA, A BOWENS, BRIAN O TUAMA, O SMIDDY, D BOWENS, BARRY LAWTON, BRIAN LAWTON, J SMIDDY, M HODNETT E CLIFFORD M O NEILL. SUBS USED D MCAULIFFE K O LEARY.