Castlemartyr GAA NEWSFEED
by Club PRO – John Cashman
County Hurling League
Castlemartyr 0-17 Russell Rovers 2-19
Not the result we were looking for in Friday’s Red FM Division 5 league clash at home to Russell Rovers.
On the balance of play, the Shanagarry based side were the better outfit over the hour. Even allowing for the freakish nature of their second goal, when our players stopped , as the ball looked out of play, the lively visitors produced a more consistent performance.
Level at 0-9 apiece at half time, Castlemartyr kicked on with three early unanswered points, but thereafter Rovers pushed away to register 2-10 in the remaining 25 minutes of the contest.
Barry Lawton, who was imperious throughout the game, opened the evening’s scoring with an early 2nd minute point, but the visitors soon showed what they were about, with some slick stickwork and pacey movement causing early problems. However, well taken points by Barry Lawton and Ciarán Sice had the sides deadlocked at 0-5 each by the quarter hour. Russell Rovers proceeded to spurn a number of chances during that first period, but still retired to the dressing room on parity. Barra O’Tuama, Darragh Moran, Mike Cosgrave and Joe Stack amongst those to have shown up well in the newly unveiled Amarnceo white jerseys during the half.
Barry Lawton’s exquisite catch and finish from out the wing, put the reds 0-13 to 0-12 ahead on 41 minutes, after our initial aforementioned three points haul had been rowed in. From here on though scores dried up for the hosts. Luke Duggan Murray’s smart finish had the visitors 1-14 to 0-14 quickly back in front and they rarely looked over their shoulder thereafter on the way to deserved win.
Team – Daire Coughlan, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Barra O’Tuama, Peter Fleming, Darragh Moran, Jamie Stack, Darragh Joyce, Mike Cosgrave, Ciarán Sice, Barry Lawton, Niall Morgan, Eoghan Martin, Joe Stack, Darragh Leahy.
Subs used – Bríain O’Tuama, Jack McGann, Billy McGann, Charlie O’Neill.
Scorers – Barry Lawton 0-10 (incl 4 frees and 1 65) Joe Stack 0-3, Ciarán Sice and Eoghan Martin 0-2 each.
There is a very busy schedule of matches coming up during the month of May for both our hurlers and footballers. First up it’s the penultimate JFL1 encounter against Carrigtwohill this Tuesday evening in Castlemartyr – 7.30pm. It’s an important game for the reds who are well positioned currently but face a Carrig’ team who are a place and a point above them on the league table and possess a whopping plus 47 points difference after their five games. The only set back under Frank Flannery’s tenure has been the loss to league leaders Carrigtwohill in recent weeks. Best of luck to our team in their efforts to secure a place in the latter stages.
Back to back trips await to West Waterford on Thursday and Friday with junior and intermediate challenge matches on the agenda against Tallow, whilst our junior hurlers will be on the road again on Monday week May 8th for a rearranged league game against St Catherines.
The next intermediate league match is away to All Ireland junior champions Ballygiblin on Sunday May 14th with another trip awaiting on May 27th to play Argideen Rangers. In between there is the final JFL1 group game at home to Lisgoold on May 18th..
So a packed few weeks ahead – please support teams in their upcoming encounters.
Tues May 2nd – Junior Football League – Castlemartyr v Carrigtwohill in Castlemartyr 7.30pm
Thursday May 4th – Junior hurling challenge away to Tallow – 7.30pm
Friday May 5th – Intermediate Hurling challenge away to Tallow 7.15pm
Monday May 8th – Junior Hurling League – St Catherine’s v Castlemartyr in Ballynoe – 7.30pm
Sunday May 14th – Red FM Division 5 Hurling League Ballygiblin v Castlemartyr in Ballygiblin – 11.30am
Thursday May 18th – Junior Football League – Castlemartyr v Lisgoold in Castlemartyr – 7.30pm
Saturday May 27th – Red FM Division 5 Hurling League – Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr in Timoleague – 4pm
Best Of Luck Ciaran
The good wishes of all in the club are sent to Ciarán ahead of tomorrow’s Munster Championship clash at home to Waterford. Our number 6 has been a pillar of consistency since making his championship debut last season. Let’s hope we can all cheer on the rebels to an opening day victory.
Good Luck Chloe
Our good wishes also go to Chloe Lane from Castlemartyr Camogie Club who will now line out with Cork in the All Ireland Minor Final against Waterford. The game has been fixed for Nowlan Park on Sunday May 7th at 4.30pm.
Finally – we wish everybody an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend!