Junior A Hurling (2005-2014)
Munster Junior Club Quarter Final: Sun 2, Nov 14
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:CASTLEMARTYR PROGRESS TO MUNSTER SEMI-FINAL
Castlemartyr made the long trip to Tralee worthwhile, when they overcame the committed challenge of a hard working Kenmare side, at Austin Stacks ground on Sunday last the 2nd of November. After the heroics of the County final win just the week before, one wondered would the lads have it in them to go flat out again, but these are a special bunch of lads and their pride in themselves as a group and the jersey they represent ensured that they gave their total commitment again.
Castlemartyr began the game playing against the stiff breeze, and looked lively from the off. After the 25 minutes the teams were tied at 6 points apiece with all our scores coming from play. Mike O Neill was showing prominently at full forward and chipped in with 2 fine points, while a Barry Lawton brace and a point each from Jamie Stack and Brian Lawton completed the tally. Importantly from here until half time Castlemartyr hit a purple patch and fired over four unanswered scores, shared equally by the Lawton brothers to leave us 10 points to 6 in front at the break.
The Reds (playing in their white kit) had a dream start to the second half when Jamie Stack sliced through the Kenmare rear-guard to score an impressive goal. Barry added a point immediately and there now was clear daylight between the sides as we led 1-11 to 0-6. Infairness to Kenmare they refused to throw in the towel and from here to the end, they threw everything they had at Castlemartyr. Unfortunately for them they found the Castlemartyr defence in a mean mood, with young Eoin Ronayne and the ageless wonder Adrian Bowens in top form.
Liam Martin as usual looked lively on his introduction, and scored a fine point, but was extremely unfortunate to receive a straight red card soon after, when it was obvious to all that he was the innocent party. Nonetheless Castlemartyr saw the game out and when the reiteoir sounded the final whistle, the Reds had a comfortable nine point winning margin.
The lads were cheered off the field by their noisy, loyal, followers who can now plan another day out against the Clare representatives Bodyke in a fortnightís time. This game will be held in a Cork venue, either Mallow or Pairc Ui Rinn so keep an eye out for that fixture. Itís amazing to be challenging for Munster honours, but with this ambitious group of players anything is possible.
TEAM E.MCGOVERN, O. SMIDDY. R O DONAVAN, E. ROYNAYNE, D O TUAMA, B. SMIDDY, A. BOWENS, BARRA O TUAMA(0-1), BRIAN O TUAMA, BARRY LAWTON(0-7), BRIAN LAWTON(0-4), D MCAULIFFE, J STACK(1-1), M O NEILL(0-2) C HAINES.
Subs used L MARTIN (0-1), J SMIDDY, P HORGAN, S .COLLINS, J. LAWTON