Castlemartyr GAA

29 June, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR OVERCOME CLOYNE IN CHAMPIONSHP OPENER

CASTLEMARTYR.................................2-13

CLOYNE..............................................0-9

Castlemartyr overcame the stubborn challenge of a game Cloyne side in a game that lacked championship intensity throughout, in front of a paltry attendance in Ahavine last Saturday night the 27th of June.

The scoreline at the end rather flattered Castlemartyr, because with the game entering the final quarter only a point separated the sides, but a rather fortuitous Sean Hennessy goal from 50 yards put a bit of daylight between the teams and as Cloyne heads dropped Castlemartyr were allowed to finish strongly and finished the game 10 points to the good.

Castlemartyr started the brighter of the teams with the aid of the breeze with midfielder Barra O Tuama slotting over a fine point from midfield after 3 minutes. A Jimmy Smiddy free on the 5th minute doubled the advantage and when the impressive Derek Bowens delivered a sideline cut all the way to the net 2 minutes later the Reds were 1-2 to 0-0 in front and well positioned.

Cloyne however clawed their way back into the game mainly through the heroics of David Ring who was a constant thorn in the Reds defence throughout. He was unerring from placed balls and by the 13th minute 4 unanswered points had Cloyne only a point in arrears. A Jimmy Smiddy free on the 14th minute increased the Reds margin to 2 points but this was soon cancelled out by two more David Ring efforts to restore parity.

The game chugged along without anyone grabbing it by the throat, but Derek Bowens registered the score of the night when he flung a point over the bar from an acute angle by the touchline on the 20th minute. Amazingly there was to be no more scores from either side in the first half, although Castlemartyr were certainly guilty of some wayward shooting finishing the half with a wide tally of 8. The Castlemartyr mentors were worried at half time because their side were playing with a lack of urgency and only a point up with the wind to face in the second half.

David Ring levelled matters immediately following the resumption making it 1-4 to 0-7 but a Jimmy Smiddy free and a Brian Lawton point following great work by Derek Bowens gave the Reds a 2 point advantage 4 minutes later. But by the 38th minute the sides were level again and Castlemartyr looked a nervous team as Cloyne sensed victory was within their grasp. Another Jimmy Smiddy free on the 42nd minute edged the Reds in front again and then 2 minutes later came the games defining score. Sean Hennessy operating from centre forward after a quite first half started to get more into the game, and he delivered a speculative lob into the Cloyne square which deceived the Cloyne net minder and ended up crossing the line for an invaluable goal. This gave the Reds a bit of breathing space and a Brian O Tuama point 2 minutes later made it a five point game.

Still Cloyne refused to give in but it was their turn now to miss some vital scores which would have brought them back into it. A brace of points from Brian Lawton and Jimmy Smiddy on the 53rd minute killed off finally the Cloyne challenge giving the Reds a 7 point cushion. The game petered out from this point with another Smiddy free on the 56th minute and a fine brace of points from young Barry Lawton (making his championship debut) at the death ,bringing it to a conclusion.

So job done for Castlemartyr. They now advance to the third round ,which has yet to be drawn.But judging on this lethargic performance it’s hard to see the heroes of ‘64being replaced anytime soon. Still hope springs eternal and all Barney Lawton and his backroom team can do is put the head down and try and correct the flaws that were evident in this performance and move on.

TEAM: D. FLEMING,O SMIDDY, R O DONAVAN,A BOWENS, B SMIDDY, E. CLIFFORD,D BOWENS(1-1), BARRA O TUAMA(0-1),J SMIDDY(0-6, (5 frees),S HENNESSY(1-0), BRIAN LAWTON(0-2), BRIAN O TUAMA(0-1), E O KEEFFE, BARRYLAWTON(0-2)