Tuesday 23 January 2018

Castletown in emphatic victory over St James

By Brendan Furlong

Colin Kennedy (Castletown) Brendan Doyle (St James)
Colin Kennedy (Castletown) Brendan Doyle (St James)
Danny Dixon (Castletown) Graeme Molloy (St James)
James Holmes (Castletown)Shane Murphy (St James)
Noel Morris (Castletown) Shane Murphy (St James)
Donnacha Holmes (Castletown) Greg Doyle (St James)
Colin Kennedy (Castletown) Shane Murphy_Noel Holohan (St James)
Pierce Maxwell (Castletown) Noel Holohan (St James)
Stephen Maloney (Castletown) Matthew O'Hanlon_Shane Murphy (St James)
James Holmes (Castletown) Shane Murphy(St James)
Pierce Maxwell (Castletown) Matthew O'Hanlon _ Greg Doyle (St James)

There were shades of Castletown of the past in this emphatic display as they dramatically handed reigning champions, St. James a six point defeat in this Tom Doyle Supplies senior football championship game played at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday evening last.

Castletown 1-11 St James 0-8

Castletown, renowned for their all action football, reignited this art to perfection, as they harassed, ourplayed and outfought St. James in a second half fully of excitement and which carried everything that’s good about gaelic football given the intense nature of the exchanges.

The North County side were full value for their victory despite a first half that saw them kick a total of eight wides, which result in them being a single point adrift at the interval. But they atoned with an intense second half display that led to them playing some of their best football for some time, a quality helped give their high standard of challenge games over recent weeks.

St. James can have few complaints. They had an abundance of first half possession but failed to translate this into scores. Even the switch of Kevin O’Grady to a full-forward role for the second half failed to produce the expected scores, but they needed to utilise the speedy attacker with more quality ball to have had the desired effect. 

St. James led 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval but the decisive score arrived twelve minutes into the second half when Pierce Maxwell superbly lobbed keeper John Ryan for the games only goal giving his side a 1-7 to 0-5 lead, and the north county side went on to control the remainder of the game with a fluent display of football.

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