Castlelyons GAA Notes.

  • Sep 05,2023

Ballincollig Edge Close Encounter

We made the journey to Mallow last Sunday afternoon to take on Ballincollig in the 3rd round of the Premier Intermediate hurling championship. We knew a victory would take us straight into a semi-final final so the incentive was strong for a big performance. Ballincollig needed a victory to have a chance of going through. Indeed, it was the Muskerry side that started brighter with a goal nearly from the throw in. their corner forward beat our last defender and left Jack no chance in goals. Castlelyons responded well with a fabulous team goal that Anthony Spillane first-time finished to the net when the ball was squared across to him. Ballincollig raced into a 5 point lead but Castlelyons knew where the goal was and David Morrison found the net for his first goal and Anthony Spillane was able to keep the scoreboard ticking with some nice points. Ballincollig were finding the target that bit easier than we were and playing with the breeze in the first half they made use out of it with some good long-range points. David Morrison had a chance of another goal but his shot narrowly blazed wide. Oscar Hallihan and Alan Fenton pointed a free before the break to leave us trailing 2-07 to 1-13 at the break.

Castlelyons started the 2nd half well with Anthony (2) and Alan both scoring from play to help tie the game. We never managed to push on however and credit to Ballincollig they didn’t roll over easy and kept responding with scores of their own. Barry Murphy levelled the game again on 47 mins at 2-13 to 1-16 but Ballincollig dominated the final quarter. They scored 7 of the next 8 points only for David Morrison to score his 2nd goal with one of the last pucks of the game to leave the final score 3-14 to 1-23. Ballincollig were deserved winners on the day. We can rue some missed chances and poor use of the ball that resulted in a lot of wides. This result leaves us 2nd in our group and we will play a ¼ final V Ballymartle on Friday 15th September at 7.30pm in Páirc Ui Rinn. Still everything to play for so the dream very much lives on. Castlelyons Abú!

Team: J Barry, N O’Leary, C Barry, D Spillane, K O’Leary, C Spillane, L Sexton, J Kearney, S Moroney, A Fenton (0-05,0-3f, 0-01 65), L Doocey, C McCarthy (0-02), O Hallihan, A Spillane (1-05), D Morrison (2-00).

Subs: B Murphy (0-01) for S Moroney (h/t), J O’Leary for L Sexton (48 mins)

Juniors Win by Single Point

Later that same Sunday evening our Junior hurlers took on Lisgoold in the East Cork Championshop in Rathcormac. We knew a win would see us qualify for a quarter final so there was a lot at stake. Both defences were on top in this game with scores hard to come by. Lisgoold went into a 2 point lead before Griffin O’Keeney opened the scoring. Cees Kouwenberg and Brian Spillane playing as a 2 man full forward line looked like they had the beatings of their men inside. Both lads got onto the score sheet with good points from play. Cees had a great chance for a goal saved by the keeper when his shot was well blocked. Our backs were playing well. Matthew Rosner, Eoin Barry and Liam Moroney in the full back line did very well all evening. While, John Healy, Conor McCarthy and Seamus Moroney were solid in the half back line and won most puck outs. Alan O'Regan popped up with a good point from play to leave the score 0-05 a piece at the break. 

Castlelyons came out of the traps well in the 2nd half. Brian Spillane was fouled in the box to win a penalty but Cees’ shot was again saved by the Lisgoold keeper. Thankfully 5 minutes later Brian gt his goal when he managed to finish a scramble to the net. We managed to stay in the lead for the next 15 minutes with points from Cees and Griffin. Our shooting left a lot to be desired and thankfully we don’t have statsmen with the Juniors because our shooting efficiency percentages and wides would have been off the charts. Lisgoold never gave up and unleashed a torrent of pressure on us ver the last few minutes and managed to draw the game 1-8 to 0-11 nearing the end. Griffin o’Keeney managed to score the all important winner and we won the game by the narrowest of matrgins when referee Pa O’Driscoll blew his whistle.

Team: G O’Neill, E Barry, L Moroney, M Rosner, J Healy, C McCarthy, S Moroney, C O’Neill, S Cotter, A O’Regan (0-01), C McGann, S Flynn, B Spillane (1-1), C Kouwenberg (0-4,0-2f)), G O’Keeney (0-03). Subs J Water for C McGann(15 mins inj),

Open Evening 9th September

Construction is nearly finished on the Walkway and Carpark / One -Way System.  The 1km lit walkway and the Carpark for 80spaces – is a fabulous addition to Castlelyons. An information update on the Development will take place on Saturday 9th Sept at 6pm in the new Carpark. The plan is; 6:00PM Meet in Carpark, Walk around the development and see new pitch/ fencing / one- way   system and walkway, 6:30PM Information update and followed by light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to see the completion of this phase and to start using the walkway and one-way system. There has been monumental progress made over the last few months and we are very proud to open the grounds for the evening and give supporters a chance to see where their donations have gone. We will explain the plan going forward and the next steps in the development. Hopefully, the rain will stay away and we will see you there.  Everyone Welcome. Note: Area is CLOSED for use until the 9th of September info night while the construction area is being made safe.


Up-Coming Fixtures

PIHC ¼ Final V Ballymartle Friday 15th September at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn


Numbers drawn on 4th September were 4, 10, 11 and 13. There was no winner of the Jackpot. Lucky Dip winners were Michael O’Mahony, Steve Motherway, James Martin, Melissa Rice, Lucy Murphy, Shane Collins, Marian Galligan and Stephen Hickey. Next week’s Jackpot is still a huge €20,000. Make sure to buy your ticket to be in with a chance to win. Next draw will take place on Monday 11th September in the Community Centre.


Our main sponsor is Zeus Packaging. We would like to thank them for their continued support.