Castlemartyr GAA Notes

05 October, 2010

HEARTBREAK FOR CASTLEMARTYR IN THRILLER

CASTLEMARTYR...................................0-12

CLOUGHDUV........................................1-11

Ultimately, it was bitterly disappointing, but this bunch of Castlemartyr hurlers, can hold their heads high, even though they bowed out of the County Championship, for the second year running, at the hands of the men from Cloughduv. Although they came up against an opposition playing at the peak of their powers, Castlemartyr raised their own game to meet the challenge, but in the end couldn’t find the scores, to draw the Cloughduv men in. But when the dust settles, and the raw wounds of this defeat begin to heal, Castlemartyr will be able to look back, on a very successful year, and look forward with confidence to 2011.

The first half of this game was champagne hurling. Cloughduv started like a whirlwind and had 4 unanswered points on the board inside the first 4 minutes. But the Reds regrouped, and 4 minutes later were only 6 points to 4 behind, with Adrian, two pointed Jimmy frees and Brian Lawton raising the white flags. The game was being played at a frantic pace at this stage, with both sets of forwards looking like they could score at will, and on the 9th minute came the game’s only goal, which proved decisive. The Reds rearguard failed to clear a ball, and Dara Ring Cloughduv's ace corner forward raced through the Castlemartyr defence, and put the ball across which was first timed to the net by Tom O Mahony.It was now 1-6 to 0-4 and the mountain had got a whole lot steeper.

However this goal seemed to galvanise Castlemartyr. Time and time throughout the last couple of years they have had to dig deep, and out the shovels came again. Brian Lawton took over the midfield area, and the half back line of Adrian, Brian and Darragh got on top. The previously vulnerable full back line of Barra, Rob and young Brian O Tuama became unbeatable and closed down their dangerous opponents.

Plenty of possession therefore, was being delivered into the Reds forwards, and how they tried to capitalise on it. Evan, Mark and Barry especially, in the full forward line, worked their socks off to win plenty possession, but the hooking and blocking from the Cloughduv full back line was out of the top drawer. Castlemartyr had to work very hard for their scores, and eventually by half time had trimmed the margin to 1-8 to 0-8 with Jimmy, Barry, Eddie and a peach from Mark keeping the scoreboard ticking over. During this period however, Castlemartyr were very unlucky on three occasions not to have scored a goal. Twice Mark nearly breached their defence, and Barry Lawton nearly got in too, but the Cloughduv defending was top class, and kept the Reds out.

Drawing breath at half time, after such a frantic first half, Castlemartyr supporters were not too unhappy. After surviving the early Cloughduv onslaught, there was only a puck of a ball in it again, and the Reds had finished the half the stronger. We had been here before, but it was going to take a super human effort, to edge this one.

Unfortunately the second half, started like the first for the Reds. Three quick points by the Cloughduv men put six points between the sides, and the Reds were down at the bottom of the mountain again. But again they begin to climb. Step by step they got back into the game, through savage work rate and no little skill. Eddie and Seanie put their bodies on the line, time and time again and Colin Bowens on his introduction looked lively. A fine Barry Lawton point on the 37th minute sparked a revival, with Jimmy and Eddie making it 1-11 to 0-11 by the 48th minute. A Jimmy 65 on the 54th minute brought it down to two and we were in for a grandstand finish.

But this time there was to be no fairytale. Although plenty of ball bobbled around the Cloughduv square, the Reds couldn’t deliver the final touch, and the Cloughduv rearguard held firm. There were to be no more scores, and when the ref blew the whistle after 2 minutes injury time, the dream was over. However this team lost nothing, but only a game in defeat. They left the field with their hearts broken, but their reputations enhanced, and we can hopefully look forward to following their adventures over the next few years. Well done to Barney and to all the lads. You have made the last couple of years a proud time to be a Castlemartyr man.

TEAM: D FLEMING, B O TUAMA, R O DONAVAN, B O TUAMA, D O KEEFFE, B SMIDDY, A BOWENS(0-1), B LAWTON(0-1), P HORGAN, E CLIFFORD(0-2), S HENNESSY, J SMIDDY(0-5 2fs 1 65), E O KEEFFE, M BOWENS(0-1), BARRY LAWTON (0-2)

Subs used C BOWENS

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