CASTLETOWN RETAIN UNDER 14 CROWN
Castletown-Geoghegan made it back-to-back 'Premier' Under 14 Hurling Championship title successes on September 12 last when they overcame favorites St. Oliver Plunkett's by 3-6 to 4-1 in an entertaining final at the St. Loman's Grounds.
Plunkett's had actually beaten the black and ambers by a whopping 27 points in a Feile na nGael semi-final tie played earlier in the season but Castletown - coming off the back of six excellent victories - proved a very different proposition in the Championship final.
Favored by the breeze in the opening half, Castletown made a dream start when Damien Fox and Joseph Clarke scored early goals. Shane Fennell increased the black and ambers' lead to seven points but two quick goals for Plunkett's left just the minimum between the sides.
Points from Shane Fennell and Joseph Clarke put Castletown three clear before the Mullingar swooped for a third goal to tie up proceedings. The winners added two further points before the interval but they were rocked back on their heels with the concession of a fourth goal late in the half. The half-time score line read: St. Oliver Plunkett's 4-0, Castletown-Geoghegan 2-5.
Scores proved much more difficult to come by in the second period but a point from Shane Fennell and a second Damien Fox goal were enough to give Castletown victory. At the conclusion Michael McHugh, Chairman of the Minor board, presented the John ‘Jobber’ McGrath Memorial Cup to Castletown captain Shane Fennell.
The victorious Castletown Geoghegan team was:
Paul Kirby, Michael Garvin, Michael Maloney, James Cuskelly, Brian Garvin, Shane Fennell
Capt (0-4), Michael Bohan, Ger Linnane, Noel Donoghue, Blaine Lahart, Joseph Clarke (1-2),
Niall Kenny, Liam Corcoran, Pat Ryan, Damien Fox (2-0), Subs, Shane Carey and John Dalton.