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Castletown a good team with an excellent coach with a savage CV, he will do well with Meath.

222 (UK) - Posts: 612 - 16/10/2022 21:22:27    2444250

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Replying To alwaysasub:  "Castletown defence was immense to be fair as they kept Shels at bay. Even with Shels ahead they were restricted to scoring from distance, with Tony Smith scoring some wonderful points.

Thought the standard was poor overall but Castletown won't care tonight.

On a separate note disappointed with the incident at the end envoling a wexford gaa coaching officer and Shelmaliers. While the Shels player was out of order, I think the officer in question probably shouldn't be getting involved in stuff like that."
the lads around me thought the standard was good, the pace and tempo was good, a lot of very good tackles from both sides,as u said the castletown defending was fantastic, their 2 midfielders were superb and jack higgins is going to be the next/new/first golden boy of wexford football

Stmunnsriver (Wexford) - Posts: 2499 - 16/10/2022 21:54:55    2444255

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Replying To beano:  "What a victory.

After some predictions of a Shels win by up to seven points, a preview piece that had Shels representation at 12-3 in a combined team, re-writing O'Gara's career to put him at the same level as Brogan or Matty, and a wide-held belief that they had a bench to rival the Dubs (who incidentally always looked good coming on when the game was won too), the complete unknowns won today.

That second half display was sensational. They brought something to the table that Shels didn't face in the knock-outs- intensity. Hammering Starlights and Annes gave them a false sense of security. As soon as Castletown went ahead, Shels had no answers. That petulance at the end summed up their frustrations.

To a man, everyone stepped up to the plate. Special mention to Jody O'Shaughnessy, was everywhere on the field- not bad for 40 years old!"
Glad your lads won Beano. Good thing I only bet on Cheltenham I got all 3 losing finalists Inter A and above although I did pick them at the very start of the championship.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6607 - 17/10/2022 07:45:27    2444257

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Fair play to Castletown for proving plenty including myself wrong,grew in belief as the game went on,got their gameplan spot on, defended brilliantly as a unit and were very efficient in attack. As mentioned the manner of the QF and SF wins didn't assist the Shels in any way, the coverage of both codes has been brilliant again this year but with the benefit of hindsight the picking the best combined 15 segment wasn't fair on either team and you can tell by some post match interviews was motivation for Castletown.

Intermediate final was an entertaining watch 1st half especially, Horeswood will have regrets as they were well on top on the 2nd half but a few missed frees and missed goal chance proved costly. Dwyer, Byrne and Tubritt all did damage for Fethard but Horeswood would have liked to have got more out of Nolan and Meyler, Banville was brilliant getting 1-5 out of 3-7, for whatever reason on Saturday all 4 teams played better into the wind.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 09:13:41    2444267

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Replying To beano:  "What a victory.

After some predictions of a Shels win by up to seven points, a preview piece that had Shels representation at 12-3 in a combined team, re-writing O'Gara's career to put him at the same level as Brogan or Matty, and a wide-held belief that they had a bench to rival the Dubs (who incidentally always looked good coming on when the game was won too), the complete unknowns won today.

That second half display was sensational. They brought something to the table that Shels didn't face in the knock-outs- intensity. Hammering Starlights and Annes gave them a false sense of security. As soon as Castletown went ahead, Shels had no answers. That petulance at the end summed up their frustrations.

To a man, everyone stepped up to the plate. Special mention to Jody O'Shaughnessy, was everywhere on the field- not bad for 40 years old!"
Congrats to the better team on the day. Shels had no answer to the intensity that Castletown brought to it.
My team of the year for what its worth is largely similar to yours. Darragh Brooks, Ross Cody, Danny Gardiner, Ross Banville, Glen Malone, Colin Kennedy, Conor Carty (do you pick him in forwards or backs, hard to know), Ronan Devereux, Matthew O'Hanlon, Arnie Murphy, Robbie Brooks, Conor Hearne, Mark Rossiter, Sean Kelly, Brian Malone. I have no real connections to either club but I was delighted to see Castletown win it for a couple of reasons. It is good to see different winners rather than teams going on winning streaks. A long time since we have had a 2 in a row in football 2006 and even in hurling we havent had a 2 in a row since 2016. It keeps our club championships interesting and unpredictable. But to be honest the main reason I wanted Castletown to win yesterday was the behaviour of the Shels for at least the last two/three seasons. Between clapping and jeering opponents mistakes, to diving and theatrics they are no example for anyone to follow.

Onfor15 (Wexford) - Posts: 463 - 17/10/2022 10:31:27    2444275

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Replying To Viking66:  "Glad your lads won Beano. Good thing I only bet on Cheltenham I got all 3 losing finalists Inter A and above although I did pick them at the very start of the championship."
Got all 3 wrong too, rarely even bet on Cheltenham, was once told never bet on something that doesn't know its own name.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 10:38:03    2444278

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One thing I did notice, and it was bad considering the current climate, was how often the Shels support collectively booed the referee over a couple of decisions. They also made noise over a couple of Castletown frees. O'Gara must have felt at home as it was just like the Hill.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1282 - 17/10/2022 11:03:42    2444286

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Big congratulations to Castletown after surprising most if not all of us with their victory yesterday. I was giving them little or no hope when they trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 after 25 minutes, but they closed out the half a bit better and then the intensity they showed after the break was superb. Thoroughly deserving winners in the end.

In fact, a bad day all round for Shels, as Buffers Alley beating them by so much in the Junior 'A' Final was probably every bit as much of a surprise. Thought the Alley had a chance all right, but I certainly didn't expect it to be so clearcut.

Side note - anybody know for sure if Brosnan's suspension was just for one match, and if he'll therefore be eligible for the Leinster opener v Portarlington next weekend?

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 1277 - 17/10/2022 11:30:23    2444292

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Replying To beano:  "One thing I did notice, and it was bad considering the current climate, was how often the Shels support collectively booed the referee over a couple of decisions. They also made noise over a couple of Castletown frees. O'Gara must have felt at home as it was just like the Hill."
With respect some of the conduct from the Castletown bench and sideline was hardly whiter than white either, there was a guy sitting with the subs with an earpeice who was mouthing all game, sledging some the shels players on a couple of occasions.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 11:59:33    2444300

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Replying To beano:  "One thing I did notice, and it was bad considering the current climate, was how often the Shels support collectively booed the referee over a couple of decisions. They also made noise over a couple of Castletown frees. O'Gara must have felt at home as it was just like the Hill."
Well theyre only following the lead from their subs bench and sideline.

The goading ive seen first hand from the sideline, dug out etc of opposition teams at every opportunity is quite frankly embarrassing.

tearintom (Wexford) - Posts: 1050 - 17/10/2022 12:01:07    2444302

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "With respect some of the conduct from the Castletown bench and sideline was hardly whiter than white either, there was a guy sitting with the subs with an earpeice who was mouthing all game, sledging some the shels players on a couple of occasions."
Here's one for you. Most statisticians and such are told to stay in the stand. At one stage, Shels statistician was actually on the field giving directions to one of their players. No censure. That has never happened before

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1282 - 17/10/2022 16:11:05    2444369

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Well done Castletown, they got their match ups / tactics spot on, the Shels seemed very much like a team of individuals, slightly worrying that John Hegarty didn't really seem to have a Plan B. O'Gara getting an awful lot of "media" attention, he did fairly ok tbh considering the close attention he was getting. Eoghan Nolan had some awful shot selection, Glen Malone had an off day on the frees (Not sure why in such windy conditions these free's aren't taken from the ground). Castletown were clinical, best of luck to them v Portarlington, nothing to fear. Brosnan will be back, and glad for once that the ban was upheld, as by all accounts was justified.

rossytilidie (Wexford) - Posts: 281 - 17/10/2022 16:30:26    2444377

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Replying To beano:  "Here's one for you. Most statisticians and such are told to stay in the stand. At one stage, Shels statistician was actually on the field giving directions to one of their players. No censure. That has never happened before"
Yeah it's pretty well known Shels are bad for some dark arts but from being at the semi final and final the Castletown sideline has behaved questionably at times too. Anyway you shouldn't be debating with lads here you should be enjoying the Monday club.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 16:48:39    2444380

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Replying To rossytilidie:  "Well done Castletown, they got their match ups / tactics spot on, the Shels seemed very much like a team of individuals, slightly worrying that John Hegarty didn't really seem to have a Plan B. O'Gara getting an awful lot of "media" attention, he did fairly ok tbh considering the close attention he was getting. Eoghan Nolan had some awful shot selection, Glen Malone had an off day on the frees (Not sure why in such windy conditions these free's aren't taken from the ground). Castletown were clinical, best of luck to them v Portarlington, nothing to fear. Brosnan will be back, and glad for once that the ban was upheld, as by all accounts was justified."
Is he available next Sunday? I think it was his 2nd red of the year so the ban could be more than 1 game.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 16:49:49    2444381

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "Is he available next Sunday? I think it was his 2nd red of the year so the ban could be more than 1 game."
What he was sent off for was either a kick or a stamp on an opponent. That is category 4 and should be a minimum of a 2 game ban. So he shouldn't be available next weekend either way.

He has been sent off for straight red card offences 3 times in his last 7 championship appearances. He got the Glynn one rescinded but incorrectly in my view. A very skillful footballer no doubt, but if he can't remain disciplined then what use is it to his team. If I were a Castletown man I wouldn't be too worried about not having him. I think they got on just fine yesterday without him.

Onfor15 (Wexford) - Posts: 463 - 17/10/2022 17:35:21    2444392

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "Is he available next Sunday? I think it was his 2nd red of the year so the ban could be more than 1 game."
I thought it was a one game ban, which would make him available for next week.
But who would he replace ??

I'm being a tad fussy here, but why would a suspended player be listed on the starting team in the match-day programme ??

Yellaman (Wexford) - Posts: 23 - 17/10/2022 19:17:50    2444404

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Replying To Yellaman:  "I thought it was a one game ban, which would make him available for next week.
But who would he replace ??

I'm being a tad fussy here, but why would a suspended player be listed on the starting team in the match-day programme ??"
They appealed the red card so might be a case they didn't know at the time of print weather he'd be available or not.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 20:01:44    2444410

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "Is he available next Sunday? I think it was his 2nd red of the year so the ban could be more than 1 game."
Brosnan would be a huge loss as Castletown step up to the next level. They were very composed and fought like tigers in the second half. The point taking was exemplary and their defence never allowed the Shels space to create openings.
Good atmosphere in Wexford Park. The crowd was much bigger than what I thought it would be and the game was played at a high intensity and both teams gave their all. Other posters have given their opinions about individual performances and I agree with their analysis.
Home advantage and a big crowd should give Castletown an advantage but perhaps its coming a week too soon. Seems ridiculous and unfair that they should have to play 7 days compared to Portarlington who will have had 2 weeks rest after their county final. What difference would it have made to play in a fortnight's time. Recovery is the keyword here. Minor injuries and muscle strain will be hard to heal in a short window. Anyway I'm sure the lads will give it everything and might just get over the line, even without Brosnan.

Magpie2 (Wexford) - Posts: 49 - 17/10/2022 20:23:04    2444419

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Replying To Yellaman:  "I thought it was a one game ban, which would make him available for next week.
But who would he replace ??

I'm being a tad fussy here, but why would a suspended player be listed on the starting team in the match-day programme ??"
I noticed that about the programme too. I know that during the main part of the championship, clubs had to send in details for the programme by Wednesday night. If it was the same for the finals, would guess it was a case that Castletown were still hopeful or maybe even confident at that stage that he'd be cleared, and so named him in the starting 15.

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 1277 - 17/10/2022 20:40:35    2444425

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Replying To Magpie2:  "Brosnan would be a huge loss as Castletown step up to the next level. They were very composed and fought like tigers in the second half. The point taking was exemplary and their defence never allowed the Shels space to create openings.
Good atmosphere in Wexford Park. The crowd was much bigger than what I thought it would be and the game was played at a high intensity and both teams gave their all. Other posters have given their opinions about individual performances and I agree with their analysis.
Home advantage and a big crowd should give Castletown an advantage but perhaps its coming a week too soon. Seems ridiculous and unfair that they should have to play 7 days compared to Portarlington who will have had 2 weeks rest after their county final. What difference would it have made to play in a fortnight's time. Recovery is the keyword here. Minor injuries and muscle strain will be hard to heal in a short window. Anyway I'm sure the lads will give it everything and might just get over the line, even without Brosnan."
County Chairman was saying earlier in the year that provincials shouldn't start till November as dual counties are under pressure to get all the games completed, was only 1 free weekend in Wexford since the weekend of June.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 416 - 17/10/2022 22:05:21    2444440

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