Castlemartyr GAA Notes

28 March, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR PROGRESS IN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

CASTLEMARTYR.............................1-15

CASTLELYONS................................0-10

In a game that was far from the real cut and thrust of do or die championship fare, Castlemartyr did just about enough to overcome the challenge of Castlelyons in Ahavine on Sunday last the 28th of March. The game suffered from too many unforced errors, and numerous fouls from both teams for it to be a memorable one, but Joe Stack and his fellow mentors will be glad to have overcome this obstacle and to be in the hat, for the knock-out phase of the championship. For Castlelyons it’s now the lottery of the backdoor, and with a few hot teams, like Cloyne lurking there, it’s not a good place to be.

On a perfect day for football, Evan O Keeffe opened the scoring for the Reds with a well worked point with the ball moving quickly through several pairs of hands before the final strike. By the 6th minute Castlelyons had struck back with 2 frees, but the impressive Jimmy Smiddy now in his 20th championship season for the Reds equalised with a free of his own, after Oz bound Derek Bowens was fouled. The next 10 minutes belonged to the Castlelyons men as they raced into a 5-2 lead, primarily because of their ability to win frees , when running at the Reds defence. They also had a firm grip around the middle of the park at this juncture, but all this dominance was cancelled out in one swift move, when Castlemartyr swept down the field with some clever passing, and Maurice Hodnett was on hand at the end, to coolly slot the ball into the net.

Castlelyons took the lead again on the 20th minute with yet another pointed free, but four nice points from play, 2 apiece from Jimmy and Brian Lawton put the Reds 1-6 to 0-6 in front approaching the break. However Castlelyons had the final say on the stroke of half time, with another point leaving it 1-6 to 0-7 at the short whistle.

Castlelyons opened the scoring on the resumption, to cut the gap to the bare minimum, but it was during the next 10 minutes that the game was won and lost. The Reds were now starting to play more fluently and some of their intricate passing moves were starting to earn dividends. Derek got a fine point on the 33rd minute, followed quickly by another from Maurice Hodnett following good work in the corner from Evan. Soon after, Barra O Tuama won a great ball in the half back line, and seconds later Brian Lawton was dissecting the posts with another beauty. Maurice made it 1-10 to 0-8 after Derek won a kick out, and Barra added another, when making a rare raid into the forward line. On the 43rd minute Jimmy added a free and the Reds now found themselves 1-12 to 0-8 ahead entering the final quarter,

It was now a case of seeing the game out, which they duly did. From here to the end Castlemartyr added 3 more points, the highlight of these being a superb solo effort from Eddie Clifford, while Castlelyons bagged 2 of their own, the last of these coming at the death following some flamboyant showboating from the stout Castlemartyr net minder M.J. Cremin.

So onwards and upwards lads to the next round. Best of luck.

TEAM: M.J CREMIN,BARRA O TUAMA(0-1), R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY,D O KEEFFE, A BOWENS, BRIAN O TUAMA, D BOWENS (0-1) O SMIDDY, D DEEHAN, J SMIDDY(0-5), B LAWTON (0-4), M HODNETT(1-2), E CLIFFORD(0-1)E O KEEFFE(0-1)

Subs used: C BOWENS, S O DDONAVAN, M BOWENS.