Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 30.4.18 2018-05-02 11:32:00

Castlelyons qualify for third round of Premier IHC.

Castlelyons 0-19 Youghal 1-15

We took a major step in the PIHC last Saturday evening in Killeagh by defeating Youghal in a cracking game. There was heavy rain in Castlelyons during the day and it may have kept a few Gaels away but when we got to Killeagh it was not as bad and cleared into a fine evening. The Páirc Uí Chinneide set up is excellent these days with room to park up almost all cars, the first game between Fr O Neill’s and Aghada in pitch No 1 and our game in the newer floodlit pitch. Considering the recent bad weather this pitch was in great condition so well done to the Killeagh club.

Well to the game and right from the throw in there was good hard hurling and some great scores. Youghal had the first score as Bret Maloney won clean possession and sent over 0-1. Colm Spillane cancelled this out with a fine point after cutting straight up the field. Youghal applied a bit of pressure and forced a ’65 but it was driven wide. Then Alan Fenton had 0-1 from a free as a Youghal man over carried. We had a lot of possession and a few wides before Michael Spillane sent over 0-1 after a fine pass from Tom Carroll. Then Shane Moroney fought hard and won a great ball out by the corner and sent a beauty of a pass to Shane Fenton who obliged with a good 0-1. Youghal’s Bret Maloney had 0-1 to leave it 0-5 to 0-2 to Castlelyons on 15 minutes. Now the hurling was hectic, and our backs were under serious pressure as Kyle Brown and Darragh O Connell had 0-1 apiece and Brett Maloney put over a free for Youghal to level it at 0-5 apiece on 20 minutes.

Then Youghal went ahead as Bret Maloney their best forward on the night had another point and Alan Fenton, who was now playing with real class, pointed his own free for us. Then Darragh Lawlor, who covered a lot of ground and made great tackles, was set up by Colm Spillane and Darragh obliged with a good point. Youghal’s intercounty man Bill Cooper had 0-2, Colm Spillane had 0-1 for us. Youghal were now really motoring but the Castlelyons backs Colm O Neill, Brian Carroll, Niall O Leary, Aidan O Sullivan, Robbie Feeney were hurling for their lives and turned over a load of attacks. This was a decisive part of the game and on one occasion Tom Carroll shouldered Bill Cooper and my teeth shook, but, of course, proven intercounty men like Bill are made of stern stuff and he got up again. Tom Carroll then turned over their attack, dodged a tackle, he then took off on a run from the backs and planted a rousing point. Alan and Ronan Fenton had 0-1 apiece to leave it 0-11 to 0-10 in our favour at half time. What a half it was with the referee leaving play flow with little whistling only to start and call half time. We yearn for this type of refereeing in Cork and well done to an Reitóir Ger Scully.

The second half took off again at a mighty pace with Castlelyons hurling on the bridle as Alan Fenton continued to hurl a massive game and got some fine points from play taking his total to 0-9 (0-2 free), Michael Spillane had 0-3 and Ronan Fenton 0-1. Shane Moroney and Ronan O Regan provided great support and movement also. This was despite Colm Spillane moving back to full back as Niall O Leary had to retire due to tonsillitis and had shown steel to play in such a fever in the first half. Eoin Maye did some massive work in the middle of the field. Youghal tried hard but our backs kept up the good work with Jack Barry was sound in goals and Robbie Feeney having a proverbial blinder on a Youghal danger men. With about seven minutes left in the game we were eight points to the good and heading for the winner’s enclosure. However, Youghal had other ideas and as we well know they don't die easy. They were off target with their shooting they and went for broke in going for a goal. Jack Barry pulled off a mighty save from David O Mahony, but they slashed the rebound to the net. We replied with a good point from Alan Fenton, but they got the next five points to leave just one point in it and game on as there was over four minutes added on. The second last shot of the game was a shot by a Youghal defender from forty-five yards out in the wing that went wide. So, we survived in an outstanding battle and now it’s into the third round with winner takes all in knockout from here on in.

We deserved victory and worked hard for it considering we were down Colm Barry, Anthony Spillane, Jamie and Keith O Leary and Niall O Leary had to retire at half time. Hopefully we will be drawing from a full panel by mid-July for our next game, but this is dependent in Corks All Ireland progress. No doubt our manager Mick Spillane, coach Darren Tobin together with selectors John McCarthy and Padraig Murphy will be chatting with our physical trainer Brian Horgan to keep the lads in peak form and promote recovery for the wounded. Well done to all more to do but hopefully bright days ahead. Castlelyons Abu

Team: - Jack Barry, Brian Carroll, Niall O Leary, Robbie Feeney, Colm O Neill, Aidan O Sullivan, Tom Carroll, Colm Spillane Eoin Maye, Ronan Fenton, Alan Fenton. Darragh Lawlor, Mike Spillane Shane Moroney and Ronan O Regan. Subs: - Barry Murphy & Ciarán McGann game time. Shane O Sullivan, Declan Varner, and David Morrison, Shane Fenton, Conor McCarthy, Brian O Donovan, Liam Moroney and Shane Fenton, Noel McAuliffe, Ian O Riordan, Shane Flynn and Peter Roche, Pierse Varner and John Paul Murphy.

Weekly Lotto of the 23.4.18. 

This draw was postponed to Saturday morning the 28.4.18 as part of a familiarisation demo of the Lotto for the Juvenile and Camogie Clubs who built their own party around it and had a great morning. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 13 and 27 There was no winner. There were eight "Lucky Dip" winners of €20 each as follows: - M O Flynn, James O Neill, Damien+ Hogger, Carmel Ryan, Louise Spillane, Jim McNulty, Ann Tobin and Donal O Leary

Weekly Lotto of the 30.4.18. 

The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 17 and 28. There was no winner. There were eight "Lucky Dip" winners of €20 each as follows: - Andrea Quirke, Shane Hogan, Liam O Brien, Johnathan Quirke, Eleanor Curtayne, Sagart McCarthy, Elmer Waters, Sam Barry.

The Jackpot is now €8, 000 and our next draw is Tuesday 8th May at 9.30 pm in the Abbey Tavern. We would ask all patrons and especially those in the Adult, Juvenile and Camogie Clubs to support our Club Lotto. The results of the Club Lotto are published each week on both the Avondhu and social media. Thanks for your support and please remind your friends that they can play our Lotto Online or purchase from the usual sources.

Extension of Sponsorship and Presentation of new Jerseys. 

We are always challenged to ensure that finance is in place to cover the very substantial expense associated with our preparing teams. Sponsorship is vital but often hard to acquire. However, there was a special function in the Club Bar last Friday evening to meet and greet our main Sponsor Mr Brian O Sullivan, Company CEO of ZEUS Packaging Group. Mr O Sullivan very kindly agreed to extend his company sponsorship with our club and presented two new sets of jerseys on the night. Mr O Sullivan, a Castlelyons man himself was hopeful that the sponsorship arrangement would be of mutual benefit.

ZEUS Packaging Group are a world leader in the manufacture of paper and plastic packaging and giving major employment in Ireland, England, Spain, Poland and China with the likes of Greencore, Harrods and Cadbury among its clients.

Our club chairman, Con Lawlor thanked Brian and his company for their financial commitment and support of the club. Con outlined the importance of the sponsorship in terms of club development he hoped it would lead to success. He wished ZEUS every success in their business and outlined that Castlelyons GAA would endeavour to promote their products whenever possible.

Castlelyons prepare for East Cork Junior Football Championship.

We have been knocking on the door of this competition for a few years but cannot get in back or front. There is a concentration on the hurling but when one looks at the feats of Bandon, Newcestown, the Valleys, Kanturk and Fermoy it surely is possible to do it in Castlelyons as we have a lot of good players now. Furthermore, the football toughens up players and would be helpful to us. If our manager Donal O Leary and his selectors get the commitment we could go better this year. We play Fr O Neill’s in a League game at home this Thursday evening and hopefully have a challenge game next week leading into the championship versus Cloyne at a venue to be announced.

Club Main Sponsor:  ZEUS Packaging Group

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