Castlemartyr GAA Notes

19 July, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR EDGE OUT CARRIGTWOHILL IN TREMOUNDOUS BATTLE
CASTLEMARTYR................................1-12
CARRIGTWOHILL..............................1-10

Reigning East Cork champions Castlemartyr, had to dig deep and call on all their resources of courage and energy, to overcome a fired up Carrigtwohill outfit, on a dismal night for hurling on Sunday last the 18th of July in Shanagarry. It had been raining for 24 hours continuously before the teams took the field and it continued to drizzle away throughout the game, but this did not deter in any way from both teams serving up a most compelling and entertaining hours hurling. The commitment levels on display were huge, and Castlemartyr can now march on to the quarter final knowing that at least that the hunger is there again in 2010.
In a game that there was never more than two points between the teams at any stage, Castlemartyr were first on the scoreboard through a Jimmy Smiddy free in the first minute. Barry Lawton added another two minutes later with a well taken score but this was immediately pegged back by the Carrig men. At this stage the Castlemartyr
full forward line were seeing plenty of ball, but unfortunately it was coming out as fast as it was going in. In fact the Reds forwards were guilty for a lot of the game for not putting the necessary pressure on the Carrig backs as they cleared balls largely unopposed down the field.
It was 2 points a piece by the 8th minute but the Reds edged in front a minute later when the Lawton brothers combined well , and Barry supplied the finishing to put the ball over the bar. But on the puck out the Carrig forwards combined well and a well placed cross out by the corner flag was caught by an incoming forward and he bellowed the net from close range. It was game on now and the intensity levels grew a further notch. A Jimmy
free at the end of the first quarter reduced the deficit to a point, but a minute later Castlemartyr had a goal of their own, when Evan O Keeffe was first to react after a Barry Lawton goal bound shot was well saved. Evan gathered the ball with his back to the goal about fourteen yards out and swiveled round to crash the ball to the net. It was now 1-4 to 1-2 but by half time the sides were tied together again at 1-5 each with Evan getting the sole Castlemartyr score, with Carrig's points coming from some unnecessary frees.
If the first half was tough the second was tougher still. Most of the scoring came from frees with both sides swapping points throughout the half. By the 40th minute it was 1-8 each with Jimmy’s free taking abilities being the source of all Reds scores. But then came the game changing decision of the match from a Castlemartyr point of view. The introduction of Mark Bowens at full forward changed the focus of the Castlemartyr attack
and suddenly their seemed to be more of a scoring threat from the Castlemartyr inside line. Marks enthusiasm seemed to rise the lads around him and Evan responded with a well taken point to put the Reds back into the lead. Carrig replied almost immediately to level again, but when Mark gathered the sliothar on the 21 and rounded his man and headed for goal we all expected the net to dance. He did everything right, but his kicked
shot just went agonizingly wide and the chance was lost. But on the 49th minute some good work by Mark again, released Seanie Hennessy who slotted over the bar from
out by the sideline. The Reds were now 1-10 to 1-9 in front and we were entering the final 10 minutes. A Jimmy free stretched it to 2 on the 51st minute but Carrig trimmed the margin to the bare minimum with 5 minutes to go with a point of their own. They also had a goal disallowed for a square ball infringement at this stage which would surely have got them over the line, and the Reds rearguard were soaking up some serious pressure as the game drew to a close. But thankfully for Castlemartyr the only further score of the game was from yet another Jimmy Smiddy free, to leave it at the death 1-12 to 1-10.
The next step is the quarter final against Russell Rovers which promises to be another absorbing battle. Already the Russell Rovers men easily dismissed the challenge of the Carrig men so going on that form line the mantle of favourites should rest with the sea siders. This game will be played on the weekend of the 7th of August.
TEAM: D FLEMING, O SMIDDY. R O DONAVAN, BARRA O TUAMA, D O KEEFFE, B SMIDDY, A BOWENS, BRIAN LAWTON, P HORGAN, J SMIDDY(0-7frees),S HENNESSY(0-1),BRIAN O TUAMA, BARRY LAWTON(0- 2)E O KEEFFE(1-2) E CLIFFORD
Subs used. M BOWENS