Oldcastle 3-10 Castletown 2-10
Oldcastle got the perfect start in ideal conditions in Carnaross on Saturday evening with a 2-02 advantage in the opening five minutes. CJ Healy was first on the scoresheet after Rory McHugh won the throw in and good work from Paddy Rahill and Robert Farrelly prevailed to give Oldcastle the first score of the game. With Sean Maxwell controlling the defence, he intercepted a Castletown attack and the turn over resulted in Peter Monaghan netting for Oldcastle in the very early stages of the game. Oldcastle dictated the opening ten minutes of this game and consequently Stephen Tierney also sent over his first while Farrelly then did well to win a ball on the end line and again netted for Oldcastle. It was then that Castletown started to attack and added their first score of the game. They added another two within three minutes and began to reduce the deficit heading into the second quarter. As Castletown began to build a goal came at the perfect time for them but Niall Mangan was on hand to send over another to keep the Oldcastle advantage. The sides then traded scores with Castletown sending over one from play, while Paddy Gilsenan then won the break and sent the ball into the full forward line and Rahill sent it over from there. Things looked to still be in Oldcastle's favour five minutes to the break but Castletown put the pressure on the Oldcastle defence and added 1-02 to Tierney's 45 leaving them one point the better going into the second half.
Oldcastle were first of the mark after the break with Rahill adding another and again brought the game to a draw. This was soon cancelled out by a Castletown point four minutes into the half. Castletown then added another but Ronan Maguire kept the minimum between the sides as he sent over his first. There was just a point between the sides heading into the final quarter as Castletown had sent over another from play and Mangan had added a converted free. Paddy Gilsenan levelled the game following good work from Farrelly and Monaghan. With Eoin Gilsenan winning the ball at his own end line, he worked up the length of the pitch with Maguire and sent the ball into Monaghan who again scored a goal at a crucial time for Oldcastle. Castletown didn't give up and got in for a goal but an excellent save from McHugh kept Oldcastle at an advantage with minutes to go on the clock. Castletown added their final score in the closing stages of the game but Gilsenan cancelled this out and left Oldcastle a goal clear at the end.
Oldcastle team: C.McHugh, J.Tuite, C.McPartland, B.Curran, E.McNamee, S.Maxwell, E.Gilsenan, P.Monaghan (2-0), R.McHugh, P.Gilsenan (0-2), P.Rahill (0-2), CJ Healy (0-1), R.Farrelly (1-0), N.Mangan (0-2), S.Tierney (0-2).
Subs: M.Taggart for J.Tuite (HT) R.Maguire (0-1) for CJ Healy (38Minutes) A.McCann for N.Mangan (50Minutes)
R.Cadden, C.Caffrey, J.Caffrey, C.Curran, C.Delaney, P.Higgins, Paddy Monaghan, O. O'Reilly G.Reidy,
Castletown 2-10 Oldcastle 3-10
HT Castletown 2-6 Oldcastle 2-5
This game was played in excellent conditions with Carnaross's pitch in top order on Saturday evening. Oldcastle had a great start and led by 2-2 to no score after 5 minutes. Castletown then opened their account when Darren Finney scored in the 5th minute and started to realise they were in a match. They clawed back the deficit and went in at halftime a point to the good with scores from Barry Smith (0-04) Tommy Smith (1-00) and 1 point for Damien Ginnitty.
The first score of the second half came from an Oldcastle free to level the game and with 10 minutes gone in the second half it was 2-8 each. On 22 minutes Oldcastle scored a goal to go 3 points up. Castletown went through a barren spell from the 8th to the 30th minute without scoring and despite having the greater balance of play were wasteful with 3 wides. With the last attack of the half almost 5 minutes of added time Castletown were denied a levelling goal when the Oldcastle keeper made a good save from a Tommy Smith goal chance. So it finished Oldcastle's night by a goal 3-10 to Castletowns 2-10. Castletown's second half scorers were Kevin Ross (0-02) Robbie Hoey (0-02).
Castletown Team: Johnny Ginnity, Joey Carry, Johnny Metry, Frances Bellew, Ross Blaney, Gerry Farrelly, Kenny Smith, Damien Ginnitty (0-01), Robbie Hoey (0-02), Noel Smyth, Kevin Ross (0-02), Tommy Smith (1-00), James Finnerty, Darren Finney (0-01), Barry Smith (1-04)
Subs: Michael Mahoney for D. Ginnitty (HT), Jamie McMahon for Kenny Smith, Stephen Duffy for Noel Smyth