Castlemartyr GAA Club News

18 July, 2011

CASTLEMARTYR GRIND OUT WIN IN LOCAL DERBY

CASTLEMARTYR.....................................0-19

KILLEAGH............................................... 1-14

Castlemartyr advanced to the 3rd round of the JAHC, after a tough hours hurling, against their near neighbours and old rivals Killeagh, at Ahavine last Thursday evening the 14th of July.

This was an important win, especially, following the debacle in the opening round against Dungourney, and sets up Castlemartyr for a clash with Carrigtwohill, in a bid to reach the quarter final.

Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze the Reds settled quickly and had 3 points on the board inside the opening 5 minutes courtesy of Sean Hennessey, Barry Lawton and Adrian Bowens.

Castlemartyr had all the play, but were rocked backed on their heels on the 7th minute, when Killeagh goaled, following some poor defending to tie the game at 0-4 to 1-1.

The Reds never panicked however, and making full use of the strong breeze knocked over some lovely long range points during the rest of the first half, with all of these coming from play, bar a lone strike from Jimmy Smiddy.

Killeagh remained in touch though, and as the lads trooped off at half time, the Reds held a fragile 0-11 to 1-5 lead, but with the wind to face in the second half. The second half exchanges were equally tense and robust with little to separate the sides.

Castlemartyr’s forwards looked dangerous when in possession, but Killeagh remained in the game throughout, due to the sharpshooting of Kevin Lane. Indeed with 2 minutes to go the sides were level, when Killeagh equalised to tie the game at 0-17 to 1-14.

However a fine score squeezed over by Brian O Tuama, followed immediately by another from the impressive Seanie Hennessey, put the Reds back in front, and when the final whistle sounded soon after, it was Castlemartyr who had garnered the spoils. Best for the Reds on the night were their hard working forwards, who really stepped it up since the first round.

The welcome return of Brian Lawton steadied the ship considerably also, and young Damien McAulliffe clearly revelled in his new half back position.

TEAM: D FLEMING, O SMIDDY, R O DONAVAN, BARRA O TUAMA, D O KEEFFE, B SMIDDY, D MACAULLIFFE , B LAWTON (0-1), A BOWENS (0-2), J SMIDDY (0-6). S HENNESSEY (0-4), BRIAN O TUAMA (0-3), D O TUAMA, E O KEEFFE, BARRY LAWTON (0-3) Subs used: M BOWENS