Castlelyons GAA Notes WE 30.7.18. 2018-08-03 21:15:00

Junior B Hurling League.

Castlelyons 3-10 St Catherines 3-16

We travelled to Ballynoe on Monday evening for a Junior B hurling league game with the home team St Catherines. It was a lovely evening for hurling and the pitch was in good order with Arthur Murphy on the whistle. We started well with two points by Keith O Leary and then Catherines had their first score with Chris Cotter scoring again for us Shane Fenton who was playing well was fouled and Keith O Leary put over the resulting free to leave us 0-4 to 0-3 on fifteen minutes. Then St Catherines with the Davis brothers, Eoin and Brian, hurling strong in the forward line began to take control and it too a great JP Murphy save to keep us in it before half time. However, despite all the Catherines possession Keith O Leary, Ian O Riordan and Chris Cotter had 0-1 apiece to leave it 1-7 to 0-7 at halftime in favour of the Cats.

We started well again in the second half and Peter Roche put over a 0-1 from out the field. Then we suffered a major blow in every sense of the word as Conor McCarthy who was having a fine game at centre back suffered a serious blow to the knee when a hurley was smashed and broken off it. Conor was injured and had to come off. It was unusual that the only person who had his name taken was our own coach Colm Barry when he checked with the referee about the matter. Catherines went ahead with a goal and added to it but our lads kept hurling and Keith O Leary and Shane O Sullivan had goals for us with 0-1 from Andrew O Neill. Catherines made it 3-12 to 2-9 in their favour with five minutes left but Noel McAuliffe had 0-1 and Keith O Leary a goal from a 21-yard free to give us hope again. However, we ran out of steam as St Catherines finished the better on a score of 3-10 to 3-16.

This latest defeat is a little disappointing as we are due to play Sarsfields in the Championship on this Thursday evening at a venue to be announced. We are down a few and Conor McCarthy may be unable to play now due to injury. We have some lads still away and may now be back for Thursday evening. Best of luck to the lads as no doubt they will give it everything on the night.

Team: - John Paul Murphy, Mark Murphy, Liam Moroney, Redmond Walsh, Shane Fenton, Conor McCarthy, Shane Flynn, Brian O Donovan, Peter Roche, Ian O Riordan, Noel McAuliffe, Ml John Dorgan, Shane O Sullivan, Keith O Leary, Chris Cotter. Subs: - Andrew O Neill, Padraig Murphy and Larry Murphy.

Date for next round of PIHC now set.

Round 3 of the premier intermediate hurling championship is set for the week end of the 2nd September. However, we do not know our opponents as the draw is not made while there are some games to be played in round two.

Last weekend will go down in history as one of hurling’s greatest. 

Last week end will go down as one of the greatest weekends ever in hurling as we had incredible games on Saturday and Sunday both a draw with Cork failing in extra time to Limerick and Clare and Galway both live to fight another day. Both games were of the highest quality. Cork with an intricate game of speed and moving the sliotar through the lines were interrupted by a strong Limerick outfit who were coached to mark the space while standing off the opponent especially on Anthony Nash puckouts. Then Limerick on the turnover were not afraid to drive angle pucks up into the corner to allow their men space to work. This kept Limerick in touch all the time and despite Cork’s six-point lead coming into the last eight minutes one could suspect that kick in the Treaty men as they were on their game. The injuries to Cork did not help especially when captain Sheamie Harnedy, a hero all year had to retire. Limerick took over in the extra time and are back in an All-Ireland Final after eleven years. Hard look on the Rebels but what a year for the Rebel fans with six great championship games and a Munster title. They gave it everything and no shame in coming up short. Well done especially to our own Colm Spillane who again had a cracking game on Sunday as he held his lines well despite fierce pressure at times. There is more left in this team with a few additions so bring on 2019.

The Saturday game saw Clare pitted against the 2017 champions and the bookies favourites for this years All Ireland namely Galway. When Galway ran up a nine point lead we feared the worst but credit great work to the men on the line with a deft change of playing style as Colm Galvin was moved in sweeping and Tony Kelly moved outfield for the Banner. Slowly but surely Clare cut into the Galway lead. The hurling was mighty as both teams would have even settled the pilots’ strike as they landed Ryanair’s auto pilot down on Johnny Glynn for Galway and John Conlon for Clare who were real heroes under the high ball. Peter Duggan from Spancill Hill was on song and showed what he promised all year with a man of the match display scoring 0-13. Injuries nearly cost Galway and when Shane O Donnell put Clare 0-2 ahead in extra time the Banner roar was heard across town. However, the Tribesmen proved why they are champions and, in the end, it was Clare who live to fight another day. That day is next Sunday with the venue Thurles and the word is it is a sell-out already.

Cork Under 21 Hurlers play Wexford in All Ireland Hurling Semi Final. 

Well the Rebels can banish the feelings of defeat by looking forward to the All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final in Nowlan Park next Saturday as Cork take on Wexford. This should be a cracking game as both teams are laden with good hurlers. Wexford had Galway almost buried when they led them by two points into the last minute of extra time but a goal from Sean Bleahene with seconds left gave the Tribesmen their first ever Leinster title on a score 4-21 to 2-26. In contrast Cork had a facile victory over a much-fancied Tipperary outfit in the Munster Final on a score of 2-23 to 1-13. Looking at Cork that night they were razor sharp, well-disciplined and well coached. It is now 20 years since Cork last won the All-Ireland title in this grade when Dan Murphy of Ballincollig was the captain back in 1998. The Rebels share the lead with Kilkenny on eleven titles apiece whereas Wexford have just one title back in 1965. Cork have seven players from the senior panel of last Sunday and it includes our own Castlelyons man Niall O Leary and Eoin Roche of Bride Rovers also. Dinny Ring and his selectors will not rely on tradition here and will have the lads motivated to the last. We wish them the best of luck and especially to our own man Niall O Leary. Niall a cool class hurler was the anchor at centre back for Imokilly as won the county in 2017 and he continues that fine form again this year. So please ensure good support in Nowlan Park on Saturday. Corcaigh Abu.

Result of our Weekly Lotto of the 7.8.18. 

The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 10 and 23. There was no winner. There were eight "Lucky Dip" winners of €20 each as follows: - Declan Sexton, Mattie O Sullivan, Chrissie Mackessey, Ber Sice, Ray O Brien, Dick Dorgan, Clodagh Barry and Shiela Cotter

The Jackpot is now €10,600 and our next draw is Monday 7.8.18 at 9.30 pm in the Club Bar. Thanks for your support and please remind your friends that they can play our Lotto Online or purchase from the usual sources.

Castlelyons Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group. 

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