Castlelyons GAA Club

27 June, 2017

Castlelyons just fail the test as Fr O Neill’s go through in PIHC

Fr O Neill’s 5-17 Castlelyons 3-20.

Well mar deirtear an seanfhocal “tosach maith leath na hoibre” and Fr O Neill’s got exactly that in Killeagh last Friday evening as they shaded a result in the ‘winner take all’ premier intermediate hurling championship against our lads. The weather was good and a big crowd led to a massive atmosphere as they were treated to some real excitement and great hurling from the throw in.

Fr O Neill’s attacked savage from the start, set up with a two man inside line and banged over a point. Then early drama as they grabbed a good ball turned and appeared to kick the sliotar over the bar but the umpire signalled a goal and it didn’t stop there as Billy Dunne pointed almost immediately and then Eoin Conway banged in another goal for them. Our goalie Shane O Sullivan had little chance as the bigger O Neill’s men held sway. Aidan O Sullivan did score a fine point for us but with just five minutes gone we were 2-2 to 0-1 down.

However, there was some mighty hurling from then on as Colm Spillane was outstanding at midfield and in the next ten minutes we scored 0-3 to 0-2 and even though the recovery was slow there was a hunger in our hurling especially as Tom Carroll laid off one to Colm Spillane who scored a rousing point. But all the time while we got a few scores O Neill’s were outscoring us and as we moved to half time it was 4-11 to 0-11 when Ciarán McGann rose to a high ball and directed it to the net to give us a bit of hope at half time despite being down three goals.

We were really rattled in that first half but the lads reorganised with Colm Barry going back to full back even though he was selected there originally. But disaster again inside thirty seconds of the restart as Billy Dunne banged in goal No 5 for them. But giving credit where it is due our backs, especially, got really into the game and locked down the highway as Colm Barry and Niall O Leary hurled for their life well backed up by the Carroll brothers, Tom and Brian Carroll and Declan Varner as Ronan Bransfield followed their sweeper. We began to click in the forwards and the points came more freely with Alan Fenton scoring a good goal. Remember we were fifteen points down at one stage but then when Ciarán McGann rattled the net after a massive Colm Spillane effort we were just three points behind. Anthony Spillane and Aidan O Sullivan were motoring well and Jack Barry added fierce energy to the game as he came on for Darragh Lawlor who had emptied the tank in serious first half effort. Ronan Bransfield and Keith O Leary replaced Robbie Feeney and Michael Spillane as both men had given their all with Spillane landing a lot of scores.

Fifteen minutes to go with Colm Spillane really directing the orchestra and well assisted by Eoin Maye we drove at ‘em but a few fouls gave O Neill’s Declan Dalton to increase the lead and back we came again as Anthony Spillane 0-3 and a rampant Jack Barry 0-1 cut the gap to

0-2. However, we sent a few hail mary’s left and right of the posts from outfield when it should be dropped in as we were winning the ball inside and O Neill’s held out for what for them was a memorable victory.

For us it is it’s ‘what’s another year’ as we have been somewhat unfortunate since our last county final against Youghal a few years ago because we just seem to lack that steely finish. However, this was a massive game and despite giving away such an early lead we gave a memorable display of heart and quality hurling. Of course, tactics play a major part in the modern game and we have a bit to learn in this department but success will come sooner rather than later as there are some great lads coming though. We are well up in the League and can make the final. We are in the semi-final of the football and Abernethy Cup. There is a lot left to play for and the Juvenile section is going well. The lads have done a lot of good work this year in developing a new gym and shown great camaraderie in arranging club gear.

Scores: - C McGann 2-0, M Spillane 0-6, A Spillane 0-4, C Spillane and A O Sullivan 0-3 each, N O Leary, E Maye and J Barry 0-1 each.

Team: Shane O Sullivan, Brian Carroll, Colm Barry, Tomas Carroll, Robbie Feeney, Colm Spillane, Niall O Leary, Eoin Maye, Keith O Leary, Darragh Lawlor, Ciaran McGann, Aidan O Sullivan, Alan Fenton, Anthony Spillane, Michael Spillane. Subs: Jack Barry, Declan Varner, Jamie O Leary, Ronan Fenton, Ronan Bransfield, Shane Moroney, Ronan O Regan, Colm O Neill, Liam Moroney, Alan O Regan, Michael John Dorgan, John Barry, Noel McAuliffe, Darren Tobin.

Barry Murphy on Cork Minor Hurling Panel for Munster Semi Final this Thursday

All roads to Thurles for this Thursday the 29th June as Cork take on Tipperary in the Munster minor hurling semi-final at 7.30 pm and the referee is Rory McGann from Clare. Cork who had a comprehensive victory over Waterford in Páirc Uí Rinn back in May are really fancied in this game as many of the team done well in games over the weekend and came through unscathed. Barry Murphy had a hamstring injury prior to that Waterford game but came on and done well scoring a fine point. Hopefully, that niggling injury has cleared up and he could well feature in the game in Thurles. The team is expected to be announced this Wednesday. We wish Barry and the Cork team well in a tough assignment.

Tickets for the Munster Hurling Final.

Club members requiring tickets for this game should get their tickets early for this game it could be a full house for the Munster Hurling Final in Thurles on Sunday 9th July. The tickets for next Sunday’s Football Final in will be more freely available as the crowd may not be as big. We wish Cork well in Killarney and there is always a good game in them but a bit of support would be great.

Castlelyons Weekly Lotto Draw Results held on Monday 26.6.17

This week’s draw was held in the Club Bar on Monday 26th June 2017. Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 13 and 18. There was no winner. Next week’s Jackpot is now €2,800. There were eight "Lucky Dip" winners as follows: - Denis Buckley, Neil Spillane, Hegarty Family, Dick Mackessey, Paul Barry, Colman O Flynn Jnr, Eamon McCarthy, Pat & Mgt Noonan.

Next draw will be held on Monday 3rd July at 9.30 pm in the Club Bar. The Jackpot now €2,800. Thanks as always for your great support and please advise your friends that they can purchase tickets Online or from the usual outlets.

Imokilly Grand Clubs Draw.

Imokilly GAA Division have launched a Grand Club Draw 2017 on Wednesday 24th May. However, the sudden postponement of the opening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh was a blow but an immediate meeting of Imokilly Executive reviewed the Draw and we now have an even more attractive one by adding an extra year as follows: - The 1st Prize is Two Premium Seat Tickets for Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the rest of Season 2017 and all of Season 2018 which includes: - Two Premium Seats for all GAA matches played in the stadium for 2017 and 2018. Entry into a lottery for two All-Ireland final tickets if Cork are involved in the senior final 2017. Free entry for two to all Cork County Championship matches anywhere in Cork County for 2017 and 2018. A 2nd Prize of €150 and 3rd Prize of €100.

This is an ideal way to support you Club as sixty per cent of ticket sales by the club goes direct to the club and the draw will be held on Thursday 19th July 2017. Our new Chairman, Maurice Carroll, is coordinating this draw for our Club and the players have taken great interest also. Tickets cost just €10 and for each one sold the Club gets €6 with €4 returned to Imokilly. So, get your tickets and you can support your club, be a winner and in plush surroundings for the All-Ireland quarter finals on the 23rd July.

Club Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group.

 “Great supporters Fr Madden and Martin Dorgan await the start of the big game in Killeagh Castlelyons v Fr O Neill’s last Friday.”