Castlemartyr GAA

29 August, 2009

Castlemartyr reach East Cork Final


Erins Own..................0-10

Castlemartyr reached their first East Cork final since 1975 after a fantastic victory over Erins Own in Midleton on Saturday evening last. There were great scenes of joy at the final whistle after the Reds held on by the narrowest of margins. In a low scoring game Castlemartyr played with excellent spirit together with some very intelligent hurling.

It was Erins Own who started much quicker and scored three unanswered points before Castlemartyr were able to settle into the game. They did manage to settle however and would go on to dominate the next 20 mins. It started off with Evan O’Keeffe winning a great ball on the sideline and delivering a high speculative ball into the Erins Own goal mouth. Barry Lawton judged the flight of the ball perfectly, gathered it, shook of his marker and finished to the net to open Castlemartyr’s account. This was just what was needed and seemed to give the Reds great confidence.

Erins Own then responded with a pointed free but after this Castlemartyr went on to score five unanswered points. Jimmy Smiddy pointed one from play and two from placed balls. Barry Lawton, who was causing the Erins Own defenders all sorts of problems, raised a white flag as did Mark Bowens who was proving a hand full at full forward.

With Castlemartyr now dominating, Erins Own tried to get back in the game but were denied on two occasions by the Castlemartyr net minder Dave Fleming. On the second occasion he put his body on the line when he pounced on a loose ball to avert the danger.

As the teams retreated for their half time break Castlematyr found themselves with a four point cushion which I'm sure they were delighted with after such a slow start.

The second half started much the same as the first with Erins Own finding scores much easier to come by. It wasn’t long before the sides were level as Erins Own raised four white flags without reply. It was game on now and Castlemartyr really needed to stop the rot. Seanie Hennessey was the man who stepped up to the mark with two great points from play. The hurling was fast and furious with both teams playing with great intensity. Barry Lawton stretched the Castlemartyr lead to three points but this proved to be our last score. With Erins Own pressing hard for scores the Castlemartyr backs kept their heads and gave very little away. Barra O’Tuama proved a colossus clearing his lines time and time again and outside him Adrian Bowens was hurling a storm.

A long range pointed free from the Erins Own goalkeeper reduced the margin to two and when he repeated the feat minutes later just one point separated the teams. We were put out of our misery shortly after however as Cathal McAllisters long whistle was music to the ears of every Castlemartyr person. Finally after years of near misses we had reached the East Cork final!

While it may not have been the best spectacle in terms of scores this will matter little to Seamus Lawton and his team as they can now begin to prepare for a huge gameagainst Sars.

Team: D Fleming, B O’Tuama, R O’Donovan, J Deehan, O Smiddy, B Smiddy, A Bowens, Brian Lawton, P Horgan, J Smiddy, S Hennessy, D Bowens, Barry Lawton, M Bowens, E O’Keeffe. Sub used: C Bowens