Wednesday 17 January 2018

Castletown continue to shine

HICKEY was also unlucky to strike the goalpost from a couple of frees, but when he scored the first point of the second-half to reduce the margin to three points it looked as if the New Ross District contenders were about to make a game of it.

A Jody O'shaughnessy point quickly followed by a goal from Danny Gardiner soon put paid to any notions of such a comeback, and there was little doubt about the final outcome thereafter.

A fourth point from play by the impressive Brendan Halpin widened the margin, but two Eric Bradley points from frees and a fine score from the right corner by county Minor Paudie Barden (son of team manager Pat) kept Adamstown slightly in touch again (1-10 to 1-4) with 15 minutes to go.

But two giveaway goals within three minutes, both scored by the opportunistic Conor Carty, decided the issue beyond any doubt, the first when he was left unmarked as the ball arrived in from Brendan Halpin, and the second when he easily dispossessed the Adamstown goalie and tapped the ball into the empty net.

Adamstown got their second goal soon afterwards when they were awarded another penalty following a Noel Morris tackle on Eric Bradley.

Conor Hickey's kick from the spot was well saved by Richard Farrell, but the rebound returned to Hickey who made no mistake as he blasted it to the net.

Eric Bradley followed up immediately with a point from play, but Jesse Foley and Brendan Halpin accounted for further points for Castletown before the final whistle.

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