50 SPORT TOPIC • 27 August, 2015 SHAY MURTAGH WESTMEATH SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Castledaly goals decide tense local derby CASTLEDALY 3-10 CAULRY 0-8 Three well-taken goals were the main difference between these sides as Castledaly earned the bragging rights by winning this Senior Football Championship local derby game in Tang GAA grounds last Friday evening. BY PAUL O’DONOVAN This was the last of the group games for this year and both teams entered the game safe in the knowledge they would not be involved in a relegation battle. Indeed Castledaly had already qualified for the knockout stages and showed just how they had accomplished this with a clinical second half performance. Caulry, under manager Peter Leahy, will be pleased to have survived their first year in the senior ranks, and will look back on a relatively successful campaign, although the concession of three goals in this game will be a disappointment to them. Caulry had competed well in a tight first half, going in just two points behind, 0-5 to 1-4. However in the early minutes of the first half Castledaly pulled away, scoring 1-2 in the opening three minutes to suddenly lead by seven. When Paddy Holloway punched home Castledaly’s goal in the 47th minute, Castledaly were home and dry. LIVELY START On a fine evening, Caulry, minus the services of the influential Alan Fitzpatrick, played up the slight hill in the first half, but they got off to a good start and opened up a three-point lead by eighth minute. Caulry began the scoring in the third minute, Eoin Fox converting a free from 25 metres, after referee Sean Carroll had brought the ball forward for dissent by a Castledaly player. Caulry could have grabbed a goal on four minutes when Ernie Buckley’s shot crashed off the crossbar, with Robbie Kenny unable to punch home the rebound. A quick counter-attack by Castledaly almost resulted in a goal at the other end, but Caulry goalkeeper Joe McMahon flicked the ball away from the inrushing Paul Kelly. Caulry doubled their lead on five minutes, Robbie Hickey pointing after receiving a short free from Eoin Fox. Indeed Peter Leahy’s side went three points ahead when David Brookes pointed, with his shot clipping the crossbar on the way over. However in one fell swoop, Castledaly, who were without the injured Derek Heavin, drew level. A long delivery into the Caulry square by Liam Fitzpatrick found Paul Kelly lurking behind the Caulry full back line and Kelly got a great connection on the dropping ball, fisting it over goalkeeper Joe McMahon into the net, for a well-taken goal. Caulry responded to this setback with two points in succession. David Brookes converted a close-range free, after Castledaly’s Alan Stone was harshly MJ McLoughlin of Castledaly gets his pass away before Eoin Fox and Liam Fitzpatrick of Caulry can close in during Friday’s SFC game in Tang. John Maguire of Caulry lays off his pass as MJ Kelly of Castledaly can only look on during Friday’s SFC game in Tang. adjudged to have touched the ball on the ground and then three minutes later in the 15th minute, Robbie Hickey scored one of the points of the game, with a fine kick from over 40 metres. However, this was to be Caulry’s last score of the half and indeed they wouldn’t score again until the 43rd minute, a lapse of 28 minutes without a score. Castledaly meanwhile finished the first half strongly and opened the second half even stronger, scoring 1-6 without reply. Lorcan Dolan converted a 30-metre free and then MJ McLoughlin pointed from a left wing free to bring the sides level at 0-5 to 1-2. Castledaly were now getting on top at midfield and a good point by Brendan Kelly, followed by a fine Alan Stone strike from a 44- metre free, from off the ground, left Castledaly ahead by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break. CASTLEDALY SURGE AHEAD Castledaly continued in the second half where they had left off at the end of the first, with Lorcan Dolan converting a free in the first minute, after Dolan himself had been fouled. Then Castledaly’s second goal arrived. Following a poor kick-out, Paul Kelly fed Davy Stone who sent a looping shot in over the head of Joe McMahon from 20 metres to the back of the net. A minute later Niall Duffy set up Paddy Holloway for a point and Castledaly now led by 2-6 to 0-5. At this stage Caulry’s tally of ten wides was beginning to cost them dearly and the game became very scrappy, with referee Sean Carroll forced to show a number of yellow cards. Caulry did manage to score the next two points, with sub John Maguire scoring from play and fellow sub Peter Smyth converting a free, but once again, Castledaly replied with 1-1. Paul Kelly pointed following a sharp turn in the left corner and then their third goal arrived on 47 minutes, Brendan Kelly playing the ball neatly across the square from near the endline for Paddy Holloway to punch to the net at the back post. This gave Castledaly a commanding lead of 3-7 to 0-7. There were no signs of any Caulry goals arriving although Peter Smyth did convert another free from a left angle. Instead it was Castledaly that finished the stronger, with MJ Kelly scoring from play, MJ McLoughlin scoring from a free, and Paul Kelly scoring from 25 metres, after good work by MJ Kelly and McLoughlin. Frustration got the better of Caulry midfielder Sean Doyle and he collected his second yellow and subsequent red card in the dying embers of the game. In the end Caulry were left to reflect on a good year where they have retained their senior status in their Paddy Holloway of Castledaly holds onto possession as Sean Doyle of Caulry comes in to challenge during Friday’s game in Tang. first attempt, while Castledaly will be quietly confident of causing a surprise in the knockout stages of the championship where they face Killucan. Scorers- Castledaly: Paul Kelly 1-2, Paddy Holloway 1-1, Davy Stone 1-0, Lorcan Dolan 0-2 frees, MJ McLoughlin 0-2 frees, Brendan Kelly 0-1, Alan Stone 0- 1 free, MJ Kelly 0-1. Caulry: Robbie Hickey 0- 2, David Brookes 0-2 (0-1 free), Peter Smyth 0-2 frees, Eoin Fox 0-1 free, John Maguire 0-1. Castledaly: Eanna Duffy; Enda Kelly, Liam Fitzpatrick, John Warburton; MJ Kelly, Alan Stone, Shane Fitzpatrick; Paddy Holloway, Niall Duffy; Gordon Duffy, Lorcan Dolan, Brendan Kelly; Davy Stone, MJ McLoughlin, Paul Kelly. Subs used: Fergus Hynes for Gordon Duffy (40 minutes), Paddy Golden for Eanna Duffy (54 minutes), Eamon Fleming for Niall Duffy (56 minutes), Aaron Kelly for Shane Fitzpatrick (59 minutes), Paul Costello for Davy Stone (59 minutes). Caulry: Joe McMahon; Damien Dolan, Declan Donohue, Kevin Maguire; Ben Moran, Jack O’Kelly Lynch, Ernie Buckley; Gary Flanagan, Sean Doyle; Eoin Fox, Robbie Kenny, Eoghan Grennan; David Brookes, Paddy Sleator, Robbie Hickey. Subs used: Sean Clinton for Ben Moran (injured, 14 minutes), Harry Hughes for Robbie Kenny (half time), John Maguire for Ernie Buckley (34 minutes), Peter Smyth for Robbie Hickey (38 minutes), Alan Daly for Jack O’Kelly Lynch (57 minutes), Emmett Nally for Eoghan Grennan (57 minutes). Referee: Sean Carroll (The Downs). TOPIC’S TAKE Man of the match Davy Stone had a fine game for Castledaly. Scored a great goal in the 32nd minute and was always causing problems in the Caurly defence and winning frees. Stone gets the nod just ahead of John Warburton, who also had a fine game for Castledaly in defence. Score of the match Davy Stone’s goal in the 32nd minute was a great finish, looping his shot over the Caulry keeper from 20 metres. Game Changer Castledaly rattled off 1-2 in the opening three minutes of the second half to turn a two-point lead into a seven-point lead. Match officials It was a busy evening for referee Sean Carroll who dished out 11 yellow cards, seven to Caulry and four to Castledaly, as well as one red to Caurly’s Sean Doyle in the 58th minute. But Carroll got most of the decisions right. Where next Castledaly advance to the quarter-finals of the championship where they face Killucan, while Caulry will reflect on a very good year where they have maintained their senior status in their first year at this level. Match Entertainment Value (6 out of 10) This local derby was always tense and tough, but too many wides took away from the quality of the game as Castledaly pulled away at the start of the second half.
27 August, 2015 • TOPIC SPORT 51 SHAY MURTAGH WESTMEATH SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ST MALACHY’S DRAW SOME COMFORT AS TYRRELLSPASS ARE HELD TYRRELLSPASS 1-8 ST MALACHY’S 0-11 A LATE flourish by St Malachy’s wasn’t enough to give them victory over neighbours, Tyrrellspass, but last Saturday’s result in the Westmeath Senior Football Championship will give the Castletown- Geoghegan men a real boost. BY DAMIEN MAHER For now they must they prepare for yet another relegation play-off, this time against Bunbrosna, while even before a ball was kicked, Tyrrellspass were safely through to the championship semi-final, where they will face either Castledaly or Killucan. In greasy conditions, the only goal of the game came from a first half penalty, taken by Tyrrellspass midfielder, Ger Egan, leaving his side trailing by just a point at the interval (0-6 to 1-2). Tyrrellspass took the lead entering the final quarter and and were two points clear entering the final eight minutes; in such a tight contest a two-point lead was invaluable but a strong finish by St Malachy’s ensured they earned a share of the spoils, the equalising score coming from Darren Ruane in the final minute. Malachy’s were keen to win it and would have but for a good save by Darren Quinn which denied Johnny Bermingham. They protested when referee Pat Fox sounded the final whistle, clearly feeling that more injury time should have been added. Such an attitude is a positive indicator ahead of the relegation play-off against Bunbrosna, which promises to be a battle right to the end. Having been there so often and won can only benefit St Malachy’s, but Bunbrosna will not give up their senior status without a fight. Tommy Keena’s St Malachy’s side played the better football for most of the game and eight different scorers posted 11 points, all of which came from play. Tyrrellspass had nothing to play for here but David Glennon of Tyrrellspass lines up this shot on goal before Liam Varley of St Malachy’s can close in to tackle. With playing conditions excellent, no wind or rain for a change, large numbers participated on both days for the Lady Captain’s prize, a tribute to Clare for the esteem in which she is held. The first round 18 hole stroke was played on Wednesday, 12th of August. Lady Captain, Clare Farrelly was there to welcome everyone and sent us on our way with good wishes and treats. Leading after the first day was Ann Naughton, closely followed by Mags Ward. On Sunday, 16th of August, with tension building and spirits high, everyone headed out, hoping to win the much sought after Captain’s Prize on display in the clubhouse. On Sunday night, our Lady Captain, her guests and the majority of lady members enjoyed a champagne reception and a beautiful meal. Following the meal, customary toasts were made. Lady Vice-Captain, Imelda Cunneen acknowledged Clare’s commitment and dedication, giving freely of her time to ensure the smooth running of the ladies’ club. She complimented her on her choice of prizes and wished her well for the remainder of the year. In return, Clare thanked Imelda for taking over the role as captain in the coming year and expressed her appreciation to the officers, committee and all club Eamon Óg Clarke plays the ball along the ground to avoid the tackle from David Jessop of Tyrrellspass. members and staff for their work and support in making the day such a success and so memorable. Lady Captain, Clare Farrelly then presented her prizes. The winner of the beautiful canteen of cutlery was Mary Daly, runner up was Kathryn Cooney. the move which led to the penalty was one of the real highlights: Dean McNicholas fed Jamie Gonoud, who was involved twice in the move, exchanging passes with Ben Gavin before the centre back was tripped. GOAL CHANCES Tyrrellspass manager, Alan Mangan won’t be too perturbed, particularly since he started without the likes of David Glennon, who came on for the last 20 minutes and was a real threat. Martin Flanagan will be aiming to play in another senior final, 20 years after he lined out for Tyrrellspass in his first: that’s some record, but Tyrrellspass will certainly not have it easy in the semifinal. Flanagan almost grabbed a goal when he entered the fray, but he booted the ball wide on the half volley, after Denis Glennon’s The complete results of the Captain’s prize are as follows: Winner: Mary Daly, Runner up: Kathryn Cooney, Gross: Bernie Dugdale, Cat 1: 1st Mags Ward, 2nd Christine Egan, 3rd Maura O’Reilly. Cat 2: 1st Julie Goddard, 2nd effort was kept out. St Malachy’s will look at their defensive display and cannot afford to present easy goal chances come the relegation final, otherwise they may be severely punished. Yet David Lynch, Ruane, Aonghus Clarke and Shane Clavin have given them strength in key sectors and they will hope that’s enough to carry the day. Tyrrellspass got just two scores from play in a forgettable first half, the other coming from the penalty spot, courtesy of the reliable Ger Egan, a key man in the Tidy Town’s bid to win the Flanagan Cup. SCORERS - Tyrrellspass: G Egan 1-4 (1-0 pen; 0-4f), D Jessop, G Hoey, C Slevin and D McNicholas 0-1 each. St Malachy’s: D Ruane 0-3, N O’Brien 0-2, A Clarke, D Lynch, S Clavin, S Whelan, D McDermott and C Keegan 0-1 DELVIN CASTLE GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTES Shane Carey of St Malachy’s looks for support as TJ Gonoud of Tyrrellspass moves in to mount a challenge. Margaret O’Reilly, 3rd Rita Mc Grath. Cat 3: 1st Sandra Mitchell, 2nd Breda Mc Hugh, 3rd Finnuala O’Reilly. 18 hole winner 1st day: Ann Naughton, 2nd day: Ann McNamee on countback. each. TYRRELLSPASS - Darren Quinn; Ben Gavin, Valentinas Sizychas, Stephen Quinn; David Jessop, Jamie Gonoud, Ray Sheridan; Ger Egan, Gavin Hoey; Shane Arthur, Denis Glennon, Brian Slevin; Conor Slevin, Dean McNicholas, Ronan Dunbar. Subs: David Glennon for Dunbar (40), Martin Flanagan for B Slevin (44), Sean Corcoran for C Slevin (58), Aaron O’Brien for McNicholas (58). ST MALACHY’S - Sean Maher; Kieran Glennon, Liam Varley, Eamon Óg Clarke; Shane Carey, Aonghus Clarke, David Lynch; David Lynam, Shane Clavin; Johnny Bermingham, Darren Ruane, Niall O’Brien; Sean Whelan, Dean McDermott, Conor Keegan. Subs: Stephen Fagan for Glennon (20), Naoise McKenna for Keegan (54). REFEREE - Pat Fox (Rosem ount). MARY DALY WINS LADY CAPTAIN CLARE FARRELLY’S PRIZE Kathryn Cooney, runner-up, receiving her prize from Lady Captain, Clare Farrelly, at Delvin Golf Club. Bernie Dugdale, winner of the gross prize at Delvin Golf Club, with Lady Captain, Clare Farrelly. Front 9: (over both rounds) Nuala Oertel, Back nine: Ina Flanagan. 9-hole winner over two days: Phyllis O’Connor: 9-hole winner: 1st day Finola Shanley, 2nd day winner: Veronica Dooley. Past Captains winner: Emily King Walter Walker, Captain of the Men’s Club, was the winner of TOPIC’S TAKE . . MAN OF THE MATCH Darren Ruane (St Malachy’s): The centre forward had a good game and scored three points from play in a match that was generally bereft of quality. SCORE OF THE MATCH St Malachy’s kicked some lovely scores to open up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead and Conor Keegan’s excellent effort in the 19th minute was up there with the best. TURNING POINT Tyrrellspass almost grabbed a second goal but Sean Maher’s save denied David Glennon, who had only just came off the bench. WHAT IT MEANS The result changed nothing: Tyrrellspass are in the semifinal and will play the winners of Castledaly versus Killucan; St Malachy’s meet Bunbrosna in the relegation play-off. the Lady Captain’s prize to the men. Congratulations to all the prizewinners. We then danced the night away to the music of Pete Mulkerins. Inter club matters The North Leinster mixed team are through to the final, playing Laytown Bettystown on September 5th in Headfort. Good luck to all. Mary Daly, overall winner at Delvin Golf Club, receiving her prize from Lady Captain, Clare Farrelly.