Castlemartyr GAA NEWS FEED
By Club PRO John Cashman
County Hurling League
Russell Rovers visit Castlemartyr this Friday for the division 5 league encounter with Aghada”s Willie Wallis in charge of the 7pm game.
Rovers currently sit two points above us on the table with a game less played. It’s an important match for both sides as they aim to build momentum with the league progressing at pace.
Footballers Share Spoils
It’s seven league points from ten now for our footballers after they shared the points with Bride Rovers on Friday last. The teams were level at the interval (Castlemartyr 1-3 Bride Rovers 0-6) and by the end of the hour the tallies read Castlemartyr 2-8 Bride Rovers 0-14. In fact it took a late fisted point from hard working substitute Warren Broderick to square the match – Overall probably a fair outcome in what was a championship rehearsal, with both sides probably aware there is scope for further improvement.
Liam Martin’s deflected effort on the quarter hour had put the reds 1-3 to 0-3 in front, but failure to score in the second quarter raised concerns. The hosts spent more of that time on the attack and their pressure was rewarded with three unanswered points.
Jack McGann who had scored two first half points continued his top form after the break, whilst Barra O Tuama. Cathal Martin, Daire Coughlan and Darragh Joyce also had impressive outings. The barren period without a score needed four minutes into the second period when lively sub Charlie O’Neill, got on the end of Jamie Stack’s high delivery to send the ball to the net. Castlemartyr, 2 points up now, a position they still held (2-7 to 0-11) with ten minutes left Three points on the bounce from Rovers, whose shooting from distance began to pay dividends, had them on ahead before Warren’s late important intervention in injury time.
Team – Conor Whyte, Odhran Cantwell, Eoghan Ronayne, Barra O’Tuama, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Niall O’Donovan, Darragh Joyce, Daire Coughlan, Eoin Cashman, Jamie Stack, Jack McGann (0-5 incl 4f). Liam Martin (1-0), Darragh Cashman and Eoghan Martin (0-1).
Subs used Charlie O’Neill (1-0), Cian Murphy (0-1), Warren Broderick (0-1). Peter Fleming, Conor Ronayne.
Carrigtwohill Up Next
It’s Carrigtwohill up next for our footballers with Paddy Walsh Memorial Park hosting the JFL1 encounter on Tuesday next May 2 at 7.30pm. Just one group game then remains against Lisgoold two weeks further down the road.
JHL2 – Castlemartyr 1-19 Youghal 2-10
A deserved first win of the campaign for our junior hurlers in this Monday’s outing against Youghal in Castlemartyr.
The winners looked in control once they found their shooting range after an opening quarter which saw a number of chances spurned. As a result, Castlemartyr actually found themselves 0-4 to 0-1 down to their more economical opponents by the12th minute mark, but quickly reversed the balance of power with some smart play leading to quality points. Billy McGann’s opening point had looked a bit of a lonely statistic until Niall Morgan added a quick fire brace and Billy squared the match after 17 minutes with a point from play.
No doubt from there to the break the reds were the better team and they pushed on to lead 0-9 to 0-4 by the 28th minute. Then there followed a goal for either side as half time dawned. A long range Youghal free found it’s way to the net, but the response was excellent – a well worked goal, set up by Colm Beausang and finished by Bally McGann. It meant the scoring sequence was 1-8 to 1-0 in our favour in the last 18 minutes of the half.
An early brace from both the busy Niall Morgan and the impressive Darragh Joyce had the league points looking secure, with the score reading 1-14 to 1-04 by the time Youghal scored again. With plenty of alterations from the bench, the game became fragmented for much of the closing stages. Nothing major to report, as a Youghal penalty proved no more than a crumb of consolation.
Lots of options available to Dave Fleming and his management team in the weeks ahead as the league campaign continues on Monday May 8th in Ballynoe against St Catherine’s. Currently the saints have one win from their three outings. Midleton with maximum points from four games and Cloyne with seven points are the pace setters at this stage in JHL2.
Derek Bowens, Zak McAuliffe, Eoghan Ronayne, Oisin Cantwell, Tom Fleming, Conor Whyte, Adam McAuliffe, Daire Coughlan, Niall O’Donovan, Darragh Cashman, Liam Martin (captain), Niall Morgan, Conor Ronayne, Colm Beausang and Billy McGann.
Subs – Daire Joyce, Mike Cosgarve, Darragh Leahy, Warren Broderick, Cian Murphy, Ewan Wimpenny and Charlie O’Neill.
Congrats and best wishes to Chloe Lane who kept goal for Cork in Sunday’s thrilling one point All Ireland Minor camogie semi final over Galway. Chloe will now line out with Cork in the All Ireland Final against Waterford in two weeks time, where she will hope to continue her superb form between the posts.
Best of Luck Ciarán
Our very best wishes go to Ciarán Joyce ahead of the Munster hurling championship on Sunday against Waterford. It’s Tipperary at home on the following Saturday followed by trips to Clare and Limerick for the rebels in what is a hugely competitive round robin series of games. Tickets for all games available at the usual GAA outlets.
The lotto draw made earlier this evening saw 25 euro going to each of the following. – Ollie Smiddy, Aggie O’Brien, Steven O’Brien, Mike Falahee, Sean and Eileen McCarthy. Lotto jackpot is now up to €10,450 next week.