Sunday 21 January 2018

Castletown crew back in business

Brendan Furlong

Richard Farrell (Castletown) battles in the air with Shane O'Hanlon
Richard Farrell (Castletown) battles in the air with Shane O'Hanlon

Castletown bounced back back to winning ways with a thoroughly-deserved four-point victory over Horeswood in their Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship Group B game in Bellefield on Sunday.

Castletown 1-18 Horeswood 2-11

Having lost their opening game, Castletown led by three points at the interval and turned in a sparkling opening ten minutes to the second period, a spell in which they scored 1-4 without reply, to lay the foundations for their victory.

Horeswood, having spent much of the opening 30 minutes matching their opponents in every aspect, were left shell-shocked with the ferocity of this early second-half Castletown barrage, and they were left playing catch-up for the remainder of the game.

It was quite an entertaining game of attacking football, with both sides enjoying spells of dominance, but the ability of the Castletown attack to translate their chances into scores proved decisive in the end.

In contrast, Horeswood were mainly reliant on the scoring power of veteran attacker David Shannon who accounted for 1-9 of his side's eventual tally, but it was that opening ten-minute second-half spell that proved their undoing in the end.

The sides exchanged two points apiece through the opening six minutes, with Anthony Masterson and Jody O'Shaughnessy on target for the eventual winners, while Shannon (free) and Michael O'Hanlon responded for their opponents.

At the end of the opening quarter Castletown held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead, but with Shannon continuing to find the target for Horeswood with three further points, twofrom frees, it was left to efforts from Donnacha Holmes, Brendan Halpin, Andy Merrigan, Masterson and Pierce Maxwell to send Castletown in with a 0-9 to 0-6 interval lead.

Castletown opened the second-half with a flurry of scores. Within two minutes of the re-start Anthony Masterson had what appeared a goal-bound effort cleared off the line after which he pointed a '45.

A Pierce Maxwell run and point seemed to inspire the eventual winners, as the same player got forward on a fine run to fire to the net after 35 minutes, while Brendan Halpin, Jody O'Shaughnessy and Masterson followed with further points to give them a 1-13 to 0-6 lead after 40 minutes.

Horeswood had to wait until the 41st minute for their opening second-half score, a David Shannon goaled penalty, but Castletown still led by 1-16 to 1-7 entering the closing ten minutes.

While Horeswood managed a Dale Flynn goal five minutes from the end, Castletown secured two crucial points after a fine individual effort from veteran Colm Morris close to the finish.

Castletown: James Flood; Risteárd Kinsella, Noel Morris, Joe Ahearne; Colm Morris (0-1), Danny Gardiner, Yusif Frih; Richard Farrell, Jody O'Shaughnessy (0-2); Donnacha Holmes (0-2), Andy Merrigan (0-2), Pierce Maxwell (1-2); Brendan Halpin (0-2), Anthony Masterson (0-5, 1 '45), James Holmes (0-1). Subs. - Joe Gardiner (0-1) for O'Shaughnessy (black card), Ross Bealin for Halpin.

Horeswood: Conor Swaine; Lorcan O'Brien, Barry Hearn, David Larkin; Niall Collins, Johnny Keating, Seán Stafford; Declan Murphy, Shane O'Hanlon; Dale Flynn (1-0), Darren Shannon, Eddie Shiely (0-1); David Shannon (1-9, 1-0 pen., 0-3 frees), Jim Wall, Michael O'Hanlon (0-1).

Referee: Seán Whelan (St. Martin's).

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