Castlemartyr GAA Notes

20 September, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR SECURE MORE SILVERWARE

CASTLEMARTYR..............................0-15

DUNGOURNEY...............................0-12

Castlemartyr bagged the inaugural East Cork Junior C Hurling Championship trophy, when they had a narrow three point win over their fellow parishioners’ Dungourney, on Saturday last the 18th of September in Killeagh.

In a free ridden match, the Reds were grateful to Colin Bowens, for his near flawless free taking, and he ended the match with a total of thirteen points, with all but two coming from placed balls.

Dungourney started the match with the aid of a strong breeze, and at the end of the first quarter, both sides were level with four points apiece. Both sets of defences were on top, but it was noticeable that Jason Barrett operating at number 13, was on his game. Indeed he went on to have memorable game, and ended the game having earned seven frees, with six of those being pointed.

The second quarter proceeded along the same line, with Castlemartyrs half back line of John O Donavan, Damien Roche and Dwayne Bernard, now coming to the fore, as they dealt with some serious Dungourney pressure. Dessie Murphy was showing well on the “40” too, winning a lot of possession, and using it wisely. By half time it was seven points to six in favour of Dungourney, with all the Reds scores coming from the stick of Colin Bowens.

With the aid of the breeze to come for the second half, Castlemartyr looked to be in a strong position at half time. However being the type of tight , close game that it was, the wind had very little bearing on the outcome.

Captain Fantastic Dessie Murphy, equalised for the Reds on the restart, and had their noses in front by ten points to nine at the end of the third quarter. Then ,came the games defining moment. For once, Castle martyr’s magnificent full backline of Shane O Donavan, Dan Barry and Chris Moran, was breached, and a goal seemed almost certain. In a game like this a goal would have been a certain deal maker, but Colm O Keeffe flung himself across the goal, to tip it out for a 65. Although this was pointed, to level the scores again, it was a huge let off for the Reds.

Points were exchanged quickly between the teams on the 47th minute, to leave it eleven apiece, but when Steven “Stag” Collins broke through from midfield on the 52nd minute, it put the Reds in front again. The introduction of veterans Ciaran Collins and Pa Beausang, seemed to give the Reds new energy for the closing stages, and with the aid of a few more Colin Bowens frees, ran out winners by fifteen points to twelve.

There were great scenes of joy at the end. This was a relatively old Castlemartyr team, and for all, except Colin Bowens, was their first outing in an adult East Cork final. It was wonderful to see old warriors like Pa, Tony, Danno, Damien, and Dessie. Stag, Ciaran, Carey and Jason finally get their hands on some silverware, and were some reward for all the years of service they have put in.

The younger brigade of Colm ,Shane, Chris, John, Dwayne, Kevin, Killian, Colin ,and Bonnie will hopefully go on to greater things, but can always tell their grandchildren, that they once played with the great Pa Beausang.

TEAM: C O KEEFFE, S O DONAVAN, D BARRY, C MORAN, D BERNARD, D ROCHE, J O DONAVAN, S COLLINS(0-1), K O LEARY, K ABERNETHY, D MURPHY(0-1), C BOWENS(0-13), J BARRETT, T BARRETT, MJ CROWLEY

Subs used: P BEAUSANG, C COLLINS, C JOYCE

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