Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed
by PRO John Cashman
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New Season Underway
The JFL Division 2 Final on Saturday last against Cloyne marked the beginning of the new competitive playing season for Castlemartyr GAA. The game which was held over from the end of last season also doubled up as the opening game of the new JFL 1 campaign.
Castlemartyr 2-12 Cloyne 2-6
A winning start for our footballers who were always in control in Aghavine.
Goals by Mike Kelly and Eoin Cashman allied to four points from Jack McGann helped the reds to a six points success after a very solid performance. Aided by the wind in the opening half, the winners took a grip early on and led by 1-9 to 0-2 at the short whistle. On a perfect new surface at the Fr O’Neill’s venue, five different players had raised white flags by the 12th minute. When Jack McGann added his third free on the quarter hour mark, the scoreboard read 0-7 to 0-2. The first goal arrived on 27 minutes after a splendid move from deep in defence involving a number of players, good work by Eoghan Martin set up Mike Kelly who obliged with a fine finish.
So, a comfortable 10 point lead at the interval and with Cathal Martin amongst the stand out players in defence, the reds were fancied to see the game through.
Cloyne hit with an early second half goal to trim the margin back, but a hasty response quickly banished any hopes of any realistic comeback. Firstly Mike Cosgrave tallied with a fine individual point, before Eoin Cashman was on hand to register his team’s second goal. Scores became scarce thereafter. A well taken point by James Lawton, capped a fine individual display, with the subsequent very late goal by Cloyne only serving as a small measure of consolation.
Conor Whyte, Odhran Cantwell, Eoin Ronayne, Barra O’Tuama, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Darragh Moran, Darragh Joyce, Mike Cosgrave, Mike Kelly, Jack McGann, Andrew Kelly, Eoghan Martin, Conor Ronayne and Eoin Cashman.
Subs used – Liam Martin for Eoin Cashman, Peter Fleming for Eoghan Martin,, Tom Fleming for Cathal Martin, David Lynch.
Scorers – Mike Kelly 1-3 (0-2 frees), Jack McGann (4 frees), Eoin Cashman 1-1, Conor Ronayne, Andrew Kelly, Mike Cosgrave and James Lawton 0-1 each.
JHL Div 3 Final
This Saturday its destination Rostellan for the JHL3 Final from last season which again sees Castlemartyr face Cloyne and as per the football also doubles up as the first game of the current campaign. Best of luck to the reds. Throw in on Saturday is at 3pm.
Our first home competitive game of the new season is next Sunday’s County Intermediate League opener against our near neighbours Dungourney. A big crowd is expected for this highly attractive tie which has an 11.30am start. The game is the first of a nine-match programme in the Division 5 league and presents plenty of interesting challenges mostly against regular opposition. Matches are timed for 11.30am on Sunday mornings, but these may change based on prior agreement between participating teams. The advice is to check locally before each game, with the clubs social platform and whatsapp groups keeping you updated on a regular basis. Here is the full fixture guide.
- MARCH 5TH – HOME TO DUNGOURNEY
- MARCH 19TH – AWAY TO WATERGRASSHILL
- APRIL 2ND – HOME TO MAYFIELD
- APRIL 16TH – AWAY TO AGHADA
- APRIL 30TH – HOME TO RUSSELL ROVERS
- MAY 14TH AWAY TO BALLYGIBLIN
- MAY 28TH – AWAY TO ARGIDEEN RANGERS
- JUNE 11TH – HOME TO CLOUGHDUV
- JUNE 24TH – AWAY TO MIDLETON
The same advice of keeping an eye on social media applies to the junior hurling fixture list. Remember Saturday’s game v Cloyne starts at 3pm and the team’s second game v Killeagh in Castlemartyr is on St Patrick’s Day at 11.30am. Currently all other games are listed for 11.30am on Sundays.
- MARCH 4TH V CLOYNE – ROSTELLAN 3PM
- (2022 JHL DIV 3 LEAGUE FINAL)
- MARCH 17TH HOME V KILLEAGH – 11.30am
- APRIL 2ND AWAY V ST CATHERINE’S
- APRIL 16TH HOME V YOUGHAL
- MAY 14TH AWAY V WATERGRASSHILL
- MAY 28TH HOME V MIDLETON
- JUNE 11TH HOME V AGHADA
Now to football, where our next port of call is away to Carrignavar on Sunday week March 12th at 11.30am.
Social media/whatts app will again update any variation from the 11.30am start times for other games.
- MARCH 12TH AWAY TO CARRIGNAVAR
- MARCH 26TH HOME TO AGHADA
- APRIL 9TH HOME TO YOUGHAL
- APRIL 23RD AWAY TO BRIDE ROVERS
- MAY 7TH HOME TO CARRIGTWOHILL
- MAY 21ST HOME TO LISGOOLD
Well Done John!
Finally, we say well done to our clubman John Walshe who undertook his annual 200KM cycle on Saturday in the company of friends and colleagues from Midleton and Youghal Cycling clubs. This year’s event was in memory of John’s late sister Margaret R.I.P.
Over 30 cyclists were on the roads of East Cork and West Waterford from early morning and received a great welcome back to Castlemartyr just after 4.30pm on Saturday evening.