Castlemartyr GAA Notes

21 February, 2010

DUNGOURNEY EDGE OUT CASTLEMARTYR IN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

DUNGOURNEY..........................1-8

CASTLEMARTYR.......................0-9

The footballers of Castlemartyr and Dungourney served up a reasonable hour’s entertainment in the second round of the football league, played under lights in Dungourney on Tuesday the 16th of February last.

In truth this was a game that the Reds should have won as they raced into a 3 point lead entering the final quarter, but a Dungourney goal altered the course of the game dramatically and it was the Duns that finished the stronger ,once their tails were up.

The sides were level 4 points apiece after a lively first half. Castlemartyr enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but were unable to convert it ,into scores. Jimmy Smiddy carried the main threat up front ,and will need much more assistance in the weeks ahead if the Reds mean to progress further.

The first quarter of the second half was dominated by the Reds ,as they went into a 7 points to 4 lead, but the breakaway Dungourney goal cancelled all that in one stroke. There was little that the portly, veteran goalkeeper Michael John could have done, as he was beaten from close range. Dungourney then went into a 2 point lead but Derek Deehan and Jimmy Smiddy levelled matters with 5 minutes left to play. It was nicely poised at this stage for either team to go on and win it, and it was the home side that clinched the brace of league points with two unanswered white flags.

TEAM: MJ CREMIN, S O DONAVAN, R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY,BARRA O TUAMA, A BOWENS, K O LEARY, O SMIDDY, E CLIFFORD, BRIAN O TUAMA, D BOWENS(0-3), BARRY LAWTON, D DEEHAN(0-1), M BOWENS, J SMIDDY(0-5).

SUBS USED: B BARRETT, E O KEEFFE,D MCAULIFFE,C MORAN

CASTLEMARTYR GET OFF THE MARK

CASTLEMARTYR.............1-10

BRIDE ROVERS...............0-10

Castlemartyr recorded their first win of the current league campaign, when they overcame understrength, yet dogged Bride Rovers side, on Sunday the 21st of February in Castlemartyr.

On a perfect day for football, the Reds got off to a reasonable start and by half time were 4 points to 2 in front. Indeed they were thankful to plump net minder Michael John Cremin, who seemed to defy gravity when pulling off a stupendous save, to deny Bride Rovers the goal that seemed to be on offer.

The second half started with Bride Rovers getting back in the game, and after 35 minutes the Reds were just 5 points to 4 ahead. But then the Reds had their best period of the match when they raced into a 6 point lead which included a great goal by the comeback kid Derek Deehan. Brian O Tuama who was also having a fine game operating from wing forward weighed in also with 2 fine points.

But from this seemingly comfortable position the Reds went to sleep, and Bride Rovers roared back into the game. By the time the game entered its closing moments it was only a 2 point game and the Rovers were pressing hard. It took a fine point by man of the match Derek Deehan to steady the ship and the Reds were relieved to hear the full time whistle with their noses in front and their first brace of league points collected.

TEAM: MJ CREMIN, SHANE O DONAVAN, R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY, K O LEARY, A BOWENS, D MCAULLIFFE, O SMIDDY , E CLIFFORD, D DEEHAN, J SMIDDY, BRIAN O TUAMA, MCE HODNETT, M BOWENS, BARRY LAWTON.

Subs Used: C MORAN, K ABERNETHY.

Sympathies

It was with great sadness that the people of Castlemartyr learned of the untimely death of Ned Morgan last week. Ned came from a family steeped in Castlemartyr GAA, and indeed was himself a part of the legendary 1964 panel which annexed a County for the club. He followed Castlemartyr loyally down through the years, and at least lived to see the 2009 team win the East Cork.

He will be sorely missed by his family. brothers James and Joseph, his sister Mary, his extended family and his many friends.

May he rest in peace.

2010 FUNDRAISING CYCLE

Following the success of last year’s Killarney jaunt, Johnny Walsh and the boys are off on their travels again, but this time setting off from Limerick. Last year’s team of Johnny, Jimmy,Barra, Kevin, Dagger and Adrian are being joined this year by Kieran Lynch, Peter Horgan and Marty O Keeffe.

Good Friday will be the day of the task, so please support the boys with a few bob when you see the sponsorship cards. This year’s proceeds will be going towards getting a new set of jerseys.

Johnny Walsh the head honcho in the whole thing will only be back from his honeymoon with Maired a couple of days by then so here’s hoping he will have enough energy for the job.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club membership is now due and can be paid to club treasurer Charlotte Carroll or any club officer. It is only €50 for Adult Membership and €25 for OAP’s.