Castlemartyr Notes (6th May)

  • May 06,2024
Intermediate Hurling Win

A third win in this year's Red FM Division 5 League for Castlemartyr, who recorded  a 2-15 to 0-9 success away to neighbours Dungourney.

Castlemartyr were sharper, slicker and more economical in front  of the posts, on a day when, as usual at this time of the year, both sides were minus some championship regulars.

Playing into the wind in the first half, the reds laid a very solid foundation for victory, building up a 1-8 to 0-3 lead to the dressing room.  A quick fire start to the second period which yielded three more points inside four minutes set them very much on course to victory.   In the end Jack McGann's rasping shot from distance to the net after great work by Joe Stack, on 48 minutes wrapped up the league points as the advantage then read at 2-15 to 0-7.

Rewinding the tape to the impressive first half, there were a lot of positives. 
 Joe Stack again did the spade work as Eoghan Martin raised the first green flag on nine minutes.  A Barry Lawton free and a follow up score from the excellent Billy McGann helped to set up an early cushion of 1-2 to 0-1 after Shane Hegarty had opened the Dungounrey account with an excellent point.  However, the home side never found any consistency in their long distance shooting and in contrast Castlemartyr with some very solid defending and excellent approach play took early control.  Andrew Kelly and Eoghan Martin pushed the advantage to five points approaching the quarter hour before Jack McGann provided a fine finish to excellent team play on 20 minutes. It was now 1-6 to 0-3 and as Dungourney saw a penalty saved by Derek Bowens and fired a few more wides, Castlemartyr extended their lead through Andrew Kelly and Barry Lawton.

Jack McGann, Brian Lawton and Conor Whtye all had their eye in form distance immediately after the break and when Andrew Kelly added another by minute 35, it was now a eleven point game.  The sides shared six points in the following ten minutes in the lead up to that match clinching  second goal and in the end, the contest ebbed to the finish line with no signs of a changing trend, as Castlemartyr finished with seven different players contributing to their tally.

Team - Derek Bowens, Liam Martin, Barra O'Tuama, Conor Whyte, Darragh Joyce, Brian Lawton, Mike Cosgrave, Mike O'Dwyer, Ciaran Sice, Jack McGann, Billy McGann, Barry Lawton, Eoghan Martin, Joe Stack and Andrew Kelly,
Subs - James Lawton for M Cosgrave (37 mins), Niall O'Donovan for E Martin (52), T Fleming for D Joyce (55), David Lynch for L Martin (55) and O Cantwell for B Lawton (59)

Scorers - Jack McGann 1-2, Eoghan Martin (1-1) Andrew Kelly 0-4, Bailly McGann (0-3), Barry Lawton (0-3 incl 0-1 free) Brian Lawton and Conor Whyte (0-1 each)

State of Play

So let's look at what the division 5 league table looks like now.  Castlemartyr have  6 points from 5 games and are currently in fourth place.  Table toppers Watergrassghill have only dropped one point from their five games and they are followed by Tracton and Aghabollogue who both have 7 points, with the mid Cork side having played only 4 games.   Next up we host Midleton on Saturday week at 3pm.  Midleton are three points worse off, having also had five outings so far.

Junior League

Monday's junior hurling league game v Killeagh is not going ahead, meaning our third outing in the competition is on Wednesday 14th, away to Carrigtahill at 7.30pm.

Football Home Game

Meantime, our footballers are back in league action on Sunday with a home tie against last year's championship winners Lisgoold.  There is a 2pm throw in for this clash.

Centenary Year Fun Run

Next up on the Centenary Year activity is "One hundred miles for one hundred years" Fun Run which takes place from 7pm at our pitch on Thursday June 20th.  It's an opportunity for 100 members to run one mile each, in a relay event which will see participants go off in groups of ten, representing a ten year period in our one hundred year history.  There will be a commemorative medal and  individual event number for each participant
 The run is open to all our club stands.  Registration and time sheet will open in early June - more details to follow over the next few weeks.  For now - just save the date!

Golf Classic

Another fixture for the calendar is our annual Golf Classic, which this year to celebrate our centenary is being extended to a three day classic from July 17th to 19th at Castlemartyr Golf Club.  A meeting of the sub committee takes place this week and afterwards full details will be confirmed.

New Whistler

Best of luck to Jimmy Smiddy, who has taken up the role of referee. Jimmy was the man in the middle for the first time last weekend and no doubt will have plenty of assignments in the months and years ahead.

Good Luck Ciarán

We all know the state of play ahead of Cork v Limerick on Saturday next.  Our best wishes go with Ciarán and the Cork team as they aim to shoot down the All Ireland Champions.  There should be some buzz in the Páirc.