2016 - East Cork J A F - Jim Ryan Cup

Erins Own (1 - 5) VS Castlemartyr (0 - 6)
Date Saturday 26 March 2016
Time 14.30
Venue Ballinacurra
Referee John Kirby
Competition East Cork J A F Football Championship
Round 2
  Jim Ryan Cup

Derek Kiely Match Report

Erin’s Own       1-05   v  Castlemartyr     0-06

Derek Kiely in Ballinacurra

ERIN’S Own will progress in to the next round of the ‘Michael O’Connor Motor Factors’ sponsored East Cork JAFC with a win over Castlemartyr in Ballinacurra last Saturday afternoon in what can only be described as horrific conditions for football.

It means that the Castlemartyr footballers will be out again in two weeks’ time and the victory for the men from Caherlag will mean that they will get almost a month to prepare for their next encounter.

Despite the conditions, both sides must be credited for putting together a fairly good match that could have swung either way right up until the final whistle.

Castlemartyr had the wind in the first half and got off to a good start putting pressure on the Erin’s Own half back line and on the fifth minute the pressure paid off as Adrian Bowes struck one over from play with a well taken point.

Just seconds later the Castlemartyr team doubled their lead with a well kicked point from play from Declan Kelly and Castlemartyr were on top.

Erin’s Own had a lot of possession over the next five minutes, holding the ball up well and making the occasional sortie into the Castlemartyr half. The patient build ups bore fruit on the twelfth minute when Shane Murphy broke some tough tackles in attack and gave the ball to Cian O’Callaghan who slipped the defence brilliantly and then bravely slotted the ball past Conor Whyte in the Castlemartyr goal to raise the only green flag of the afternoon.

The goal certainly spurred on Erin’s Own who rallied with three further first half scores, two from placed balls by Stephen Lee and a superb point from play from Eoin Murphy to give Erin’s Own four point lead at the short whistle.

Most people would have written off Castlemartyr at the re-start, but Castlemartyr have some very experienced players and a lot of heart and started to try to bridge the gap with a very early Cian Hayes free just seconds into the second half.

Erin’s Own responded swiftly with two scores of their own as again Eoin Murphy showed style and composure with another fine point from play, followed seconds later by a point from Andrew Power.

Still Castlemartyr fought back with points from Cian Hayes on the 42nd and 45th minutes to leave just a goal between the teams and with just ten minutes to go the Castlemartyr team were right back in this one and it got better for the ‘Reds’ when three minutes later Hayes converted another placed ball effort to cut the deficit to just two points and Erin’s Own were starting to rock just a little bit.

Castlemartyr tried the right wing, up the middle and on the left, but just couldn’t seem to break down a stubborn and well organised Erin’s Own defence who kept the Castlemartyr forwards far out enough to stop any thought of shooting.

Erin’s Own broke a few times late on into injury time, but the conditions made it very tough to string any passages of play together properly.

In the end Erin’s Own saw this one out with some clever possession football using the full width of the Ballinacurra pitch and to be honest over the entire match Erin’s Own were just about worthy winners.

The lack of football was apparent to both sides and both Erin’s Own and Castlemartyr will improve a lot once the championship gets into full swing, but Erin’s Own progress, Castlemartyr will have to go again.

Scorers for Erin’s Own: C O’Callaghan 1-0, S Lee and E Murphy 0-2 each, A Power 0-1.

Castlemartyr: C Hayes 0-4f, D Kelly and A Bowes 0-1.

ERIN’S OWN: D O’Sullivan; D Dennehy, C Dooley (Cpt) C O’Connor; K Murphy, J Sheehan, J Carroll; K Murphy, M Collins; A Power, S Murphy, E Murphy; S Lee, S Horgan, C O’Callaghan.

Subs: J O’Flynn for S Horgan and C O’Mahony for A Power (41) C O’Mahony for J Carroll (50)

 

CASTLEMARTYR: C Whyte; C Martin, E Ronayne (Cpt) J Murphy; L Martin, B O Tuama, J Lawton; A Bowes, C Hayes; J Martin, C Beausang, E Clifford; D Kelly, B Lawton, C Lynch.

 

Referee: John Kirby (Midleton)