Castlelyons GAA Club

17 October, 2017

Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 16.10.17 by Kieran McGann

Rousing wins for Under 21 Hurlers in County Qr Final and Imokilly in Senior Semi - Final.

Castlelyons 4-11 Clonakilty 2-15.

Castlelyons advanced to the County U21A hurling semi-final with a well-earned win over Clonakilty in Ovens, home of the Eire Óg club last Sunday. The pitch was in great condition despite the persistent rain during the week and both sides were well supported which lent to good game of hurling. Clonakilty started very strong and reminded us of the rise in the West or is it the levelling of hurling standards as they led 0-4 to 0-2 reaching 15 minutes on the clock. But in the second quarter we played well within ourselves as we tidied up in the backs and Jack Barry had 1-2 while Niall O Leary had 1-1 from midfield and we added 0-2 more to leave the half time score was 2-6 to 0-9

We came out of the traps for the second half bubbling with energy and Keith O Leary had a rasper of a shot saved on the line but in came Andrew O Neill to finish to the net and put us in a good place. Then we drifted and seemed to lose concentration again as Clonakilty settled and came at us to score 1-3 without reply and with twenty minutes left on the clock it was all square and anybody’s game. However, credit our men as they rallied again as Niall O Leary scored another goal and some fine points and pull away. Clonakilty were off target with some frees and on the death Mark White had a 1-0 for them from a free but it was too little too late and it’s next up Inniscarra in the semi-final.

Well done once again well done to the lads and the management outfit. The team from the goalie John Paul out, backs, midfield and forwards hurled well for the hour and with a bit of luck we could make the final of this competition. We were missing lads as Jamie O Leary was on holidays, Seamus Moroney had an unfortunate injury and Pierse Varner at work. Hopefully, we will be at full strength for the semi-final and more on that next week. This was down for next Saturday but is now changed to the 28th inst to give Imokilly star Niall O Leary some valued rest and preparation time for the county senior final as the Candy Stripes take on Blackrock next Sunday.

Castlelyons Team: - John Paul Murphy, Redmond Walsh, Declan Varner, Peter Roche, Conor McCarthy, Shane Fenton, Michael Geary, Niall O Leary, Barry Murphy, Dave Morrison, Shane Moroney, Ian O Riordan, Andrew O Neill, Jack Barry, Keith O Leary. Subs: - Shane O Flynn (got game time) Alex Henley, Mark Henley, Seamus Moroney (injured).

Imokilly pass the test in outstanding County senior hurling semi-final replay.

The moving feast continues and the fruit at the table gets better as Imokilly came from a rousing draw with last year’s champions Sarsfields in stately Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the disco lights of Páirc Uí Rinn in successive weeks. Wonder what would the maestro, Christy himself, would have said if he had was to play under lights on a Saturday night. Well his

spirit lives on as another Cloyne man, Paudie O Sullivan, treated us to an array of skills in positioning, layoffs and banging in 2-3. County star and captain Sheamie Harnedy was also in scintillating form scoring 2-3 and his colleague in the red jersey Brian Lawton put in a massive hour too. Theses lads dictated the play and our own Castlelyons men Colm Barry and Niall O Leary played their part at the back in a cracking game of hurling as Imokilly advanced to the County Final on a score of 4-17 to 4-10. We sure had a sprinkling of numerous stars throughout the field on the night and the form is good.

Now to the County final versus Blackrock is on in Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Sunday the 22nd inst. Please come early as there is a huge crowd expected. We look forward to a memorable day with the replay of the football finals between Nemo Rangers and St Finbarrs at 1 pm. Then the official opening with Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLCG. The throw in for the hurling final is timed for 4 pm and it is imperative that Imokilly get a good week and keep a cool head on the day. Plans and goodies are nice, necessary and being put in place but it is the hurling and form on the field that will count.

We have a reasonable chance on the day as we have a very good team. History records Imokilly as having two county senior titles while the Rockies, the record holders, have thirty-two of them and they did not pick them off the ground so we must respect them and only an honest and supreme effort will swing the day for Imokilly. Best of luck to our own lads Colm Barry, Niall O Leary, Tom Carroll and Aidan O Sullivan. The Uí Mac Coille Manager, Fergal Condon has worked extremely hard over the last three years in putting together this outfit and now is the hour and we wish the entire Uí Mac Coille panel and team management the very best in the hope that the Sean Óg Murphy cup will return to the barony of Uí Mac Coille for 2017.

Castlelyons in East Cork Division 3 Football League Final.

Castlelyons play Fr O Neill in the East Cork Division 3 Football League Final in a game awaiting to be played. Our lads played four games in the League winning three drawing one and being awarded the points in their last game. We won two games in the championship defeating Carrigtwohill in a dour battle 0-8 to 0-4 and Aghada 0-13 to 2-2. We suffered an unlucky defeated 1-13 to 1-10 to Erins Own in the semi-final as this was a game that was ours but for a few misfortunate incidents. Incidentally Erins Own went on to win the East Cork Final and have reached the semi-final of the county since. So, we are not far off a success in football and lets us finish off the year with a good result in the league. Ourselves and Fr O Neills will have a date for this final shortly to be ratified at the next Board meeting. No doubt the football management will be keeping the lads fresh for this final.

Stewards required for Opening and County Final Day in the Park.

On Sunday next October 22nd October, we will be hosting the County Senior Football and hurling Finals in, 2017 in the new Pairc Uí Chaoimh. The official opening will also take place between games. This is a very important event for the County Board, the participating clubs

and all Cork Supporters. It is vital that the administration of these games is in accordance with best practices and all the relevant health and safety regulations as laid down by the laws governing large assemblies.

Upwards of 150 stewards are required to ensure the event is managed correctly. It would be appreciated if members of the Club could help with stewarding on Sunday next if possible. You will be required to attend at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 10.20 am sharp for briefing and refreshments as gates open early. Please contact Kieran McGann on 086773100 or ktmcg@iol.ie if available.

Weekly Lotto Draw.

The Weekly Lotto draw normally held on Monday postponed due to the dreadful weather conditions is now down for Tuesday17th so we will have results on social media immediately and on print next week.

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 “Andrew O Neill No 11 in action for Castlelyons scored an important goal for us after half time on Sunday in the U21 Qr Final v Clonakilty”