Castlemartyr GAA Notes

14 August, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR REACH DECIDER

CASTLEMARTYR........................1-17

BRIDE ROVERS..........................1-9

Castlemartyr booked their place in the 2010 East Cork hurling final, when they dug out a hard earned win against a highly motivated Bride Rovers outfit, at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last the 14th of August. Indeed this is the second year in a row that the Reds will grace the final, which is a tribute to all the hard work that Barney and all those involved have put in over the last few years.

On a perfect evening for hurling, Castlemartyr got off to a great start when their industrious midfielder Peter Horgan opened the scoring inside the first minute. Three Jimmy Smiddy points(one from play) after 8 minutes made it 4 points to 1 but then the Rovers men were winning the duels in their half back line and the scores were tied 4 points apiece at the end of the first quarter.

A fine Brian Lawton points restored Castlemartyrs advantage but by the 25th minute the sides were level again at 6 points each. However two fine scores just before the break by Barry Lawton and Eddie Clifford, gave the Reds a 2 point cushion at the interval.

Castlemartyr sprinted out of the blocks on the resumption and added on 3 quick points to put themselves 5 ahead. Adrian Bowens slotted the first one ,after a sortie down the field, and Eddie Clifford’s second of the night was a beauty from an impossible angle. The Rovers had the lead reduced to 3, when the games defining score came on the 44th minute.. Barry Lawton was quickest to react to a ball bobbling around the square and pulled first time to the net. This gave the Reds a healthy 6 point advantage entering the final quarter, and 5 unanswered points soon after put the Castlemartyr men 1-16 to 0-9 in front. Although the Rovers bagged a goal of their own, following a rebound off the post on the 54th minute, it wasn’t enough, and it was Jimmy Smiddy who rounded off the scoring for the night with a pointed free on the 56th minute.

So it’s now on to the final on the 4th of September. There is no venue decided yet, but where ever it is on, I’m sure the Full House signs will be up when The Reds take on their near neighbours.

TEAM: D FLEMING, O SMIDDY, R O DONAVAN, BARRA O TUAMA , D O KEEFFE, B SMIDDY, A BOWENS(0-1), BRIAN LAWTON(0-2), P HORGAN(0-1), BRIAN O TUAMA, S HENNESSEY, J SMIDDY(0-9(0-8 frees)),E CLIFFORD(0-2), E OKEEFFE, BARRY LAWTON(1-2)

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