Castlemartyr Notes

26 October, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR’S FAIRYTALE YEAR COMES TO AN END

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East Cork champions Castlemartyr’s bid for County honours came to an abrupt end, when they were comprehensively beaten by a much fresher and slicker Cloughduv outfit in Pairc Ui Rinn last Sunday evening the 25th of October.

In truth, the superhuman exertions, that it took to overcome Nemo Rangers, after nearly 2 and a half hours hurling over the previous couple of Sunday’s, certainly took its toll on the Castlemartyr boys and they looked like a tired team once Cloughduv upped the ante.

But when the final whistle blew on this year’s championship campaign, Castlemartyr can look back proudly on a magnificent year, which gave many talking points and highlights, and made heroes of a special group of players whom were fantastic ambassadors for their club.

On a perfect day for hurling, Castlemartyr started the brighter of the 2 teams. Indeed they were 3 points to 1 ahead after only 6 minutes through a Brian Smiddy free, a fine Evan O Keeffe point from out by the sideline and a lovely score from Jimmy Smiddy when he caught a fine ball on the edge of the square and coolly slotted over. The story could even have been brighter, had Barry Lawton spotted Sean Hennessy lurking with intent on the edge of the square as he cut in from the sideline, but alas the ball flashed harmlessly across the goal and wide.

This was as good as it got for the men in red. Cloughduv took a vice like grip in their half back line and midfield, which they did not relinquish for the rest of the hour. The points flowed freely and the Castlemartyr defence were under intense pressure. By half time they were 13 points to 3 to the good and the game was as good as gone. The Clougduv men were first to every ball and everything they touched turned to gold. Barra O Tuama to his eternal credit tried manfully to beat back the tide and was well assisted in the full back line by Rob O Donavan and James Deehan. Dave Fleming too played his part when on the stroke of half time he saved a certain goal which would really have made a bad situation worse.

Castlemartyr needed a storming start to the second half to try and ignite their challenge but it was not to be. It took until the 43rd minute before the Reds raised their first white flag of the half through an Evan O Keeffe free, and at this stage they were 15 points to 4 behind.

To Castlemartyr’s credit they never gave up, and finished the last ten minutes with their best hurling of the hour. They added on a further 1-3 through two Brian Smiddy frees and a goal and a point from Brian Lawton.

Overall it was a bridge too far for a gallant Castlemartyr outfit. They were never able to raise their intensity levels of previous performances, but we mustn’t be selfish. It was a great year. Marvellous days out. Magnificent memories created.

Roll on 2010.

TEAM: D FLEMING,B O TUAMA,R O DONAVAN,J DEEHAN,O SMIDDY,B SMIDDY(0-3),A BOWENS,P HORGAN,B LAWTON(1-1),D BOWENS,S HENNESSY,E CLIFFORD(C BOWENS 50mins),J SMIDDY(0-1), B LAWTON, E O KEEFFE(0-2)