Castlemartyr Progress in JAFC

29 March, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR PROGRESS IN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

CASTLEMARTYR............................4-8

CASTLELYONS................................0-13

Castlemartyr’s ability to score goals at vital junctures was the main difference between the sides when they met in the second round of the junior football championship on Sunday last the 29th of March in Carrigtwohill. This performance by the Red’s was a major improvement on the previous championship encounter against Carrigtwohill , as the forwards worked a lot harder and were richly rewarded for their endeavours , when the scores eventually came.

In what was an open, attacking game of football, both sets of forwards were on top in an entertaining game. Castlelyons were first on the board on the 5th minute but straightaway a good move by the Castlemartyr men carved open the Castlelyons defence and the impressive Barry Lawton brought a fine save from their keeper who somehow tipped it over the bar. The next 15 minutes belonged to the Castlelyons men however, as they raced into a 7 points to 2 lead and threatened to overrun the Castlemartyr men with their running at the Reds defence and impressive point taking. Ollie Smiddy scored a fine point in this period to stem the tide with a fine punt from distance and Brian Lawton was unlucky to hit the woodwork twice in the 17th minute, first with a free and almost immediately after when through on goals.

The Reds luck was about to change though. On the 23rd minute Barry Lawton got on the end of a Jimmy Smiddy defence splitting pass and stuck a peach of a goal into the Castlelyons net from 14 yards out. The lads had in an instant cut the deficit to only 2 points and the mood of the game changed. The Reds tails were up and when 4 minutes later a viciously struck free by Barry Lawton was deflected into the Castlelyons net we were now amazingly in front after having been on the back foot for most of the first half. Brother Brian added a point a minute later and Adrian Bowens chipped in with a thunderous point from centre back immediately after. It was a fruitful purple patch for the Reds who had turned a five point deficit into a 2-4 to 7 point lead just before the break. But the question was could they keep it going after the break

On the resumption Castlemartyr started where they had left off and Maurice scored his now customary Hail Mary point on the 32nd minute to settle his side. Scores became hard to come by for the next quarter as the game ebbed and flowed but at the end of this period the Castlelyons men had narrowed the gap to 2 points 2-5 to 0-9.

But another Red purple patch was on the way. It started on the 48th minute with Derek Bowens showing Maurice that he can say his prayers too with another Hail Mary that raised the white flag. Three minutes later came the games defining score. Impressive substitute Evan O Keeffe sought out Barry Lawton with a defence splitting pass that set Barry on his way and when Barry released to Maurice Hodnett after creating the overlap there was only going to be one outcome. Maurice went for glory and soon the net was dancing. Brian O Tuama added another a minute later and this flurry of scores had now put us into a commanding 3-7 to 9 points lead with only 8 minutes remaining.

Castlelyons did not lie down and die though. Tony Baa deputising for the long serving veteran goalkeeper M.J Cremin produced a wonderful save on the 53rd minute when the Castlelyons men swarmed through the Reds defence. Seeing that there was no way past the big man between the sticks they chose to concentrate on point scoring and rifled over 4 unanswered points as the game entered its final minutes. There was now only 4 points in it again but Rob O Donavan steadied nerves when he slotted home the fourth goal deep into injury time and Maurice Hodnett put the icing on the cake with another acute angled point at the stroke of full time to leave the Reds celebrating a surprising but deserved win on a score line of 4-8 to 13 points.

On now to Aghada in the third round which will prove to be another steep challenge. It will be hard to reverse the 3-13 to 0-2 mauling that we received in the league but look as Declan Kidney says lets enjoy the good days when they happen.

TEAM:T BARRETT, J DEEHAN, R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY, BARRA O TUAMA, A BOWENS, BRIAN O TUAMA, O SMIDDY, E CLIFFORD (KEVIN O LEARY 45MIN), J SMIDDY, D BOWENS, BARRY LAWTON, M O NEILL(E O KEEFFE39MIN), BRIAN LAWTON,M HODNETT