Castlelyons GAA Club

14 August, 2018

Niall O Leary levels the ‘Hill to send us into East Cork U21 “A” HC semi-final.

Castlelyons 1-13 Watergrasshill 1-13.

The Jamsie Kelleher Memorial Park in Dungourney hosted our U21 hurling championship game versus Watergrasshill on Friday evening last with throw in at 7.15 pm. The Dungourney pitch was in in great condition, with a nice stand, etc, and we wish the club well on their further development as the blocks and fresh mortar were setting on the corner. Brian Murphy a common-sense referee was on the whistle and set the scene for vital game before a good attendance. The game was even early on and after a few minutes Keith O Leary made a great high catch, parted to Barry Murphy and he obliged with a well taken point. However, shortly after Pierse Maloney who was causing some us problems in midfield cut in from the wing and planted a great shot in the net to get the ‘Hill off the mark and added 0-3 before Barry Murphy had another point for us. Our shooting could be better, but David Morrison brought us right back in the game with a cracking goal and Keith O Leary added 0-1 to leave it 1-3 to 1-4 for the ‘Hill on twenty minutes.

The game rose a notch with some great defending on either side as our goalie John Paul Murphy was tested a few times but held sound, Conor McCarthy holding down full back and Niall O Leary doing mighty in the centre back position. Of course, one could not but take note of strong hurling from the ‘Hill full back Aaron Spriggs, with Pierse Moloney going well for them at midfield and Shane O Regan razor sharp from the placed ball. The’ Hill were going well and up 1-4 to 1-7 when we really hit the problem button as Barry Murphy pulled up with hamstring injury. We all know Barry’s hurling and what a loss to us. However, we held our own again to half time as the ‘Hill had a further 0-1 and Niall O Leary responded with a rousing 0-1 from play. This left us down a puck of a ball 1-5 to 1-8 at half time.

We started the second half well but were off target and in fact had five wides on the trot in between 0-1 for the Hill and looked in trouble. However, Peter Roche moved on a ball sweetly to Jack Kenny who got us off the mark with a good 0-1, while David Morrison and Keith O Leary had two more points to leave the minimum now at 1-8 to 1-9. There was some cracking hurling in the game now with great catches, blocks and commitment as the both crowds got behind their teams. Our full back line and half backs with Jack Kenny and Ian O Riordan really helping Niall did very well. Shane O Regan put over a ’65 for the Hill to put them in front but our man Peter Roche put over a great point to level it at 1-10 apiece. We were in added time and massive excitement as Keith O Leary put us 0-1 up but the ‘Hill levelled and went ahead 0-1 again. Then with surely the last puck out Niall O leary was fouled and unphased from about 70 yards out put over the resultant free and draw the game on 1-13 apiece. This result has put us into the semi final versus Bride Rovers or Youghal as a draw did the business so well-done lads.

Team: - John Paul Murphy, Eoin O Neill, Conor McCarthy, Michael Buckley, Jack Kenny, Niall O Leary, Ian O Riordan, Peter Roche, Barry Murphy, Shane Bargery, Keith O Leary, Jack Ronayne, Andrew O Neill, David Morrison and Richard Morrison. Subs: - Seamus Morrison, Shane Cotter, Michael Buckley, Seamus McCarthy and Alex Henley and Mark Spillane.

Gutsy show not enough to halt the Cloyne Brigade in Division 1 Hurling League

Castlelyons 0-16 Cloyne 0-19.

Our lads were at home to Cloyne at midday on Sunday in a much-awaited League game. We are now in the business end of the hurling year with the next round of the championship due shortly and the last few games in the league so it’s serious stuff. With Colm Spillane back from county duties, Colm Barry and Anthony Spillane back long-term injury and Declan Varner from the States there was a real buzz in Páirc an tAthair Peadar and the strong crowd knew that Cloyne would test any team. The pitch was good though a bounce to the sliotar and the game was under the watchful eye of referee Mark Murphy. Cloyne ran up an early lead of 0-1 to 0-4 as their corner forwards were lively and accurate. Jack Barry our goalie did land a massive 70 yard free for our first score. Ciarán McGann won a ball on the forty and set up Eoin Maye for a good score. Ronan O Regan, 0-1, Ml Spillane, 0-1 (free), and Eoin Maye, 0-2 (one a great assist from Darragh Lawlor) brought us level with 15 minutes on the clock. We then went ahead 0-7 to 0-6 with another from Eoin Maye after a mighty run by Tom Carroll. Paudie O Sullivan was going well for Cloyne at centre back as was Keith Dennehy at centre forward. The hurling was tough and physical as Ian Cahill and Tom Carroll were having a battle royal. Darragh Lawlor had to come off after a receiving a bang in the knee and he was replaced by Ian O Riordan. We were under serious pressure in the middle in the last ten minutes of the first half and a little untidy at the back thus giving away a few frees. Cloyne duly planted 0-3 from frees and 0-1 from play to lead 0-11 to 0-7 at half time.

We started the second half with Colm Barry coming off as he was limping and Colm Spillane coming on at full back. Aidan O Sullivan had a very good early point for us, but Cloyne recovered with a point from a free. Then a red mist descended on Brian O Donovan’s helmet as he received a nasty blow and a Cloyne player walked the line to the red signal from referee Mark Murphy. Despite being a man down it was Cloyne who reorganised as they brought out their corner forwards choking midfield and our half back line. Colm Spillane landed a massive point from his own forty, but we tended to go for the long one rather than leave it in and had a few wides. Anthony Spillane came in for the last ten minutes and got on the scoring board after good work by Shane Moroney. His brother Colm land another massive point from way out with Ronan Fenton finding target also. Ciarán McGann came off injured with ten minutes left but Castlelyons fought on hard but could not cut into the Cloyne lead as they picked off a few hand points also. There is never anything soft from Cloyne and they dug out a result with craft, good moves and overall deserved their win.

We have Kilworth and Watergrasshill to play in the league and the championship is up shortly. Niall O Leary should be back as the All-Ireland U21 is listed for 24th August, should be back from injury. But we now have Alan Fenton, Barry Murphy, Jamie O Leary, Ciarán McGann. We have a few good lads from the U21 and minor and who knows if we got a run at the championship they could be a mighty help. All in all, tough going for our Coach Darren Tobin and selectors mentors Mick Spillane, John McCarthy and Padraig Murphy as they set about their work for the championship and await recovery on a few of the lads.

Team: - Jack Barry, Brian Carroll, Colm Barry, Robby Feeney, Tom Carroll, Aidan O Sullivan, Colm O Neill, Darragh Lawlor, Eoin Maye, Brian O Donovan, Ciarán McGann, Ronan Fenton,

Michael Spillane, Shane Moroney, Ronan O Regan. Subs: - John Paul Murphy, Colm Spillane, Anthony Spillane, Declan Varner and Noel McAuliffe.

Minors advance with strong victory over Nemo Rangers.

Castlelyons 3-21 Nemo Rangers 1-12

Our minor team advanced to the semi-final of the Rebel Óg East Minor B1 Hurling championship as they had a comprehensive wine over Nemo Rangers in Páirc an tAthair Peadar last Tuesday evening. Fair play to our lads and to the juvenile club, who are working hard, as there is a strong group of good hurlers coming through again with Eoin O Neill sound in goal, Conor McCarthy strong at full back, Shane Cotter, Leo Doocey and Peter Roche shaping up around the middle and the Morrison brothers’ hard workers in attack plus many more. We now play Tracton in the semi-final who defeated St Colman’s in the other semi final on a score 3-11 to 0-14.

Hard to judge the form in this final but Tracton head up the League with eight points from four games where as we have three points from four games but conceded our game to Tracton. I see that this game is down for Minane Bridge on Tuesday 14th inst. What a pity it is not at neutral venue, but one must appreciate the difficulty in getting venues. Incidentally Lisgoold await the winners in the final as they had a comprehensive 5-16 to 3-8 win over Aghada.

Result of our Weekly Lotto of the 4.8.18.

The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 14 and 17 There was no winner. There were eight "Lucky Dip" winners of €20 each as follows: - Griffin Family, Maibh Coleman, Seamus Forde, Martina Minihane, Declan Sexton, Breda Jacob, Chrissie Mackessey, Billy Kelleher. There was no winner of the Jackpot of €10,600.

Our next draw was held on Monday 13th August for a Jackpot of €10,800. There was no winner. The eight “Lucky Dip” winners were as follows: - Dave Hoare, Anne Tobin, Anne O Connor, Marie Barry, Chrissie Mackessey, Michael John Dorgan, John and Kieran Barry and Stephen Rice.

The Jackpot is now a cracking €11, 000 so here is your chance to land a big one for just €2. Our next draw is Monday 20th August at 9.30 pm in the Abbey Tavern. Thanks for your support and please remind your friends that they can play our Lotto Online or purchase from the usual sources.

Congratulations to Barry and Julie Fitzgerald.

We wish to congratulate our former star Barry Fitzgerald and his wife Julie on their new baby girl Fay.

County Championship Draws.

Well the much-awaited draws were made at Páirc Uí Rinn last evening. There are some cracking games in Round 3 of the PIHC. However, Castlelyons received a bye and are now down to play Courcey Rovers in the Quarter final on a September date. This will be a tough game as we had some mighty battles with Courceys down the years. More on the game later.

Imokilly last year’s county senior hurling champions are now down to play Bishopstown in the next round. We have a strong interest in this as several our players should make the panel. Imokilly are strong but it is the team that counts and no doubt Fergal Condon is working hard in getting his panel ready.

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 "Jack Kenny clearing his lines in the East cork U21 Championship versus Watergrasshill in Dungourney".