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County JAHC Final: Sun 26, Oct 14:

Castlemartyr 0-18 Ballinhassig 0-10


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A great day for the village of Castlemartyr as we claimed our first county title since 1964 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday. It was a truly fantastic team display which saw us totally dominate our opponents Ballinhassig in the second half by outscoring them 13 points to no score. After the heartbreak of many semi final defeats over the last number of years, it really was a sweet victory for this bunch of players who played a wonderfully composed hour of hurling.

At half time we were five points behind, but with the elements in our favour for the second half, players and management were confident that the title was well within our capabilities. Ballinhassig had the better of the opening exchanges and were 6-2 in front after 15 minutes. Castlemartyr missed a glorious goal chance in this period as Seanie Hennessy saw his shot come back off the butt of the post. With Ballinhassig dominating, the move of Brian Lawton to a deep lying midfield role proved a master stroke as he helped relive some of the pressure on our defence.

The second half will probably be remembered for the best 30 minutes of hurling a Castlemaryr team has ever delivered. They scored 13 unanswered points, 9 from play. We were also very unlucky not to have at least 3 goals, as Brian Lawton saw his shot some back off the post and the Ballinhassig keeper brought off a couple of great saves from Barry Lawton and substitute Liam Martin.

With 10 minutes to we had levelled the game and when Liam Martin pointed to put us into the lead there was no stopping the Reds. The crowd nearly lifter the roof off the covered stand and this seemed to inspire our lads and they made sure of the victory with a further 7 points.

On the day it was a great team performance with some outstanding individual displays. Adrian Bowens maintained his outstanding form with an inspirational performance from wing back. Rob O’Donovan gave an exhibition of full back play, especially in the second half when he won every ball that came his way. Along side him, young Eoin Ronayne proved again that he has a great career in front of him with Ollie Smiddy in the other corner playing as good as ever. Up front, Barry Lawton led by example, with Seanie Hennessy signing off his year in style with a great game. Jimmy Smiddy made a late substitute appearance to great applause, over 20 years after his debut.

So, the wait is finally over and Castlmartyr can now look forward to playing intermediate hurling in 2015. They also have the Munster series to look forward to, so who knows where this year might end up yet. It was great reward for a truly committed panel. A number of players make long journeys for the cause. Donncha O’Tuama travels from Dublin, Mike O’Neill from Clare and Damien McAulliffe from Manchester.

Huge credit must also go to manager Cha O’Neill and his selectors Bill Moran, Dave Fleming and Carey Joyce. The team is coached by the hugely popular Christy Connery who has brought this team to another level and is now an honorary Castlemartyr man.

Scorers for Castlemartyr: Barry Lawton (0-9, 3fs, 2 65s), Briain O Tuama, S Hennessy (0-2 each), J Stack, Barra O Tuama, Brian Lawton, L Martin, D McAuliffe (0-1 each).

Scorers for Ballinhassig: D Dineen (0-5, 2fs, 1 65), D Duggan, P Coleman (0-2 each), M Aherne (0-1f).

CASTLEMARTYR: E McGovern; O Smiddy, R O’Donavan, E Roynane; D O Tuama, B Smiddy, A Bowens; Briain O Tuama, Barra O Tuama; D McAuliffe, Brian Lawton, Barry Lawton; J Stack, S Hennessy, C Haines.
Subs: L Martin for Haines (47), J Smiddy for Stack (61).

BALLINHASSIG: J Coleman; S McCarthy, J Rearden, S Sheehan; J Holland, M Aherne, P Brennan; D Brennan, Chris Reynolds; D Dineen, P Coomey, R Lombard; P Coleman, D Duggan, Colin Reynolds.
Subs: G Sheehan for Chris Reynolds (ht), K O’Sullivan for Lombard (48), M Walsh for Coleman (56).

Referee: T O’Donovan (Douglas).

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