Tough baptism of fire for Castlemagner
Junior A Hurling League
CASTLEMAGNER began life in junior A ranks on a defeat to Tullylease in the Kanturk Credit Union Junior A Hurling League in Castlemagner last Sunday.
Last season's County JBHC winners had shown good form in the Munster Junior B campaign last month, somewhat unlucky to fall after extra time to eventual All Ireland winners Roscrea. However on this occasion, Castlemagner couldn't match the consistency which Tullylease brought to every line.
Hurling furiously with a display that bristled with energy, determination and style, a breeze assisted Tullylease laid down a marker in the opening half. Their game was neat and methodical from the guiding play of James Sheehy, Shane Hehir and Liam O'Connor in the key departments.
Upfront, impressive Michael Moloney netted as did Benjamin Sheehy with a pair of goals. Castlemagner mounted a rally with a Conor Murphy goal yet the direct ball from Tullylease created problems on the home defence. And another goal from Hehir helped secure a comfortable 4-6 to 1-2 interval advantage. Straight from the restart, Castlemagner faced a mountain to climb after Moloney fired home his second goal that put Tullylease firmly in the driving seat. In fairness. Castlemagner rallied through the input of David O'Mahony, Seán Falvey and Murphy.
However, Castlemagner regretted faulty shooting and relied principally on Bryan Barry for points to reduce the leeway. A lone negative for Tullylease came about on a red card incurred by defender Alan Sheehy.
That meant Tullylease were forced to defend a number of balls played into the danger zone during the closing stages yet they had always enough in reserve to secure a deserved win and collect the league points on offer.
TULLYLEASE: S O'Leary; E Hannigan, P Sheehy, A O'Gorman; A Sheehy, J Sheehy, S Hehir 1-1; L O'Connor, P Cronin 0-1; F Stokes, M Sheehy, M Moloney 2-0; Simon Stokes, B Sheehy 2-3, Stephen Stokes 0-2 Subs: Damien Stokes for Simon Stokes, Don Stokes for Moloney, S Newman for F Stokes
CASTLEMAGNER: S Kerrigan; D Finn, A Lucey, D Meade; K O'Mahony 0-1, D O'Mahony, C O'Sullivan; J Cott, S Falvey 0-1; C Murphy 1-0, P Gayer 0-1, A Morrissey; A Gould, B Barry 0-6 (0-5f), S Tobin Subs: T Murphy for Barry (inj)
Referee: D Roche (Banteer)