Club News 16th April 2023

Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed

by Club PRO John Cashman

Intermediate Hurling

Castlemartyr 3-18 to 0-17

Well done to our intermediate hurlers who recorded their first win in the Red FM League on Sunday with a deserved success over visitors Aghada.

The home team recovered from the concession of three early points, to quickly register an unanswered 1-2, before going to lead by 2-9 to 0-11 at half time. They proved to be much the better side thereafter, outsourcing their opponents by 1-9 to 0-6 in the second thirty – a bright start after the resumption paving the way for what was an ultimately comfortable win.

It was a day when Joe Stack and Barra O’Tuama made a welcome return to the team after injury, but a first half injury to Mike Kelly took some of the gloss off the double boost.

Joe did the spade work for Darragh Leahy to produce an Aaron “Gillaneesque” first time finish as Castlemartyr reached early parity. Jamie Stack and Mike Kelly then added points before Aghada levelled by the 12th minute. Goal scorer Leahy, Joe Stack and the very impressive Barry Lawton were all much involved as the reds stretched their legs to lead by one coming up to half time. Then a second goal arrived as Joe escaped the cover to stretch the advantage. Defensively Castlemartyr had looked solid with Cathal Martin looking sharp and Barra O’Tuama calling the shots in front of solid full back James Lawton.

At half time, the message must have been to drive on and Castlemartyr did that against an Aghada side who introduced both Will Leahy and Jamie O’Hanlon at the break. An early free from Barry Lawton and two sweetly struck efforts by the busy Ciarán Sice had the scoreboard at 2-12 to 0-11 before Leahy landed an Aghada free. Sicey and the hard working Daragh Joyce nailed two more efforts before Barry Lawton embellished his very impressive hour with his side’s third goal after a good set up by Darragh Leahy. At 3-14 to 0-13 to the good , the points looked secured. Both sides added a few more points to their respective tallies in the closing 15 minutes in a period which saw plenty of activity from the bench.

Team – Daire Coughlan, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Barra O’Tuama, Peter Fleming, Darragh Moran, Jamie Stack, Mike Cosgrave, Daragh Joyce, Ciarán Sice, Mike Kelly, Barry Lawton, Darragh Leahy, Joe Stack, Eoin Martin.
Subs used – Jack McGann, Conor Whyte, Briain O’Tuama, Eoin Ronayne, Billy McGann and Charlie O’Neill.
Scorers for Castlemartyr – Barry Lawton 1-8, Joe Stack 1-1 and Darragh Leahy 1-1 each, Ciarán Sice 0-4,, Jamie Stack, Jack McGann, Mike Kelly and Daragh Joyce 0-1 each.

Elsewhere – In Division 5

Elsewhere in our division – joint leaders Dungourney and Argideen Rangers played out a really close encounter in Dungourney. The visitors who had the advantage of an extra man for the majority of the contest eventually came through by 2-14 1-16.
Mayfield, who beat us a few weeks ago followed up with a 2-22 to 3-7 win over Cloughduv whilst Watergrasshil got the better of Midleton by 2-16 to 1-13. The death of Ballygiblin’s club president Jimmy Moher meant the postponement of their game against Russell Rovers.
Rovers are next up for Castlemartyr as they visit Paddy Walsh Memorial Park on Friday week (7pm)
So after today’s action in the division – Argideen Rangers lead the way with seven points from four games, Dungourney are second on five points with Russeel Rovers amongst a number of teams on four points.

Junior Fixture On Monday 24th

The Castlemartyr v Youghal junior hurling game which was postponed on Saturday, has been refixed for Monday April 24th at 7pm in Castlemartyr.

Football League Game On Friday

Next assignment is an away date in Rathcormac against Bride Rovers this Friday at 7pm . Best of luck to the team who will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in a match that will be a championship rehearsal.

Lotto Update

The lotto jackpot now stands at €10,150 ahead of this week’s draw.
Well done to Des Murphy, Niamh Morgan, Justin Barry, John Walsh and Milinda Golden – who were winners of €25 last week.