Castletown Geoghegan Retain Title in Exciting Final
Castletown 2-12 Clonkill 4-3
Castletown-Geoghegan made it back-to-back premier Under14 hurling title successes by defeating Clonkill in an exciting final played at St Loman's grounds in Mullingar on Saturday 10th September 2005.
Clonkill made a good start to the match, scoring an opening minute goal and the green and golds were in front by a one-point margin at half time. When Clonkill scored their second goal early in the second half to move clear by a margin of four points, all the signs looked good for them, but Castletown hit back by scoring a goal a minute later. The black and ambers went on to lead by a margin of five points midway through the second half. Clonkill then scored their third goal to bring themselves right back into contention.
However, the winners then hit four points in succession to move in front by six points in injury time. Clonkill then won a close range free from which Alan McGrath scored a goal. However, it was Castletown-Geoghegan who were match winners, with Clonkill suffering an unwanted hat trick of premier final defeats – 2003, 2004 and now 2005. Clonkill made an excellent start with Enda Morrison crashing the ball to the roof of the Castletown net with a close range first-time shot. The teams then swapped wides before Castletown Geoghegan opened their scoring account with a Neal Kirby point. Aonghus Clarke then went on to shoot
over the second point for the reigning champions, a score which left a one-point margin dividing the teams. Clonkill replied with two good points in quick succession, one each from Anthony Price and Sean McCormack. Castletown then hit three wides in-arow before scoring their third point via an Aonghus Clarke free.
The green and golds responded with a Niall Folan point but CastletownGcogliegan finished the first half strongly with a point each from Eoin Whelan and Aonghus Clarke (from a free). This left the score at the interval reading, Clonkill 1-3 Castletown Geoghegan 0-5.
It was Clonkill who started the second half in positive form, with Enda Morrison driving the ball smartly to the net from close range. However, the black and ambers hit back immediately, Eoin Whelan giving an excellent pass to Conor Keegan who first-timed the ball to the left corner of the Clonkill net. Shortly afterwards, an Aonghus Clarke point leveled the game. Conor Keegan then had a goal disallowed before the winners went ahead with another Aonghus Clarke point. Conor Keegan then hit the second Castletown goal before Aonghus Clarke pointed a free to leave his side ahead by 2-8 to 2-3. But Clonkill were not a spent force, Anthony Price crashing the ball to the back of the net from close range. The black and ambers replied with a point each from Conor Keegan and Aonghus Clarke. Despite the best efforts of Clonkill, it was Castletown Geoghegan who went further in front with a point each from Neal Kirby and Mark Lynch. Clonkill ended match scoring with a goal from a 20 meter free by Alan McGrath.
Castletown Geoghegan team: Dean McDermot, Johnathon Cuskelly, Diarmuid Garvin, Paul Fennell, Colin O’Brien (Capt) David Fennell, Niall Kelly, John Heslin, Finn O’Donoghue, Darren Ruane, Conor Keegan (2-1), Mark Lynch (0-1), Aonghus Clarke (0-7, 0-4 from frees), Eoin Whelan (0-1), Neal Kirby (0-2), Subs used: Kieran McDonald and Luke Kelly. Rest of panel:- Brian Fitzgerald, Pauric Kirby, Brian Killian, Stephen Claffey, Conor O'Donoghue, Eamonn Bolland & David Daly.
Clonkill team: Cathal Scally, Ciaran Morrison, Alan McGrath (1-0), John Heffernan, Thomas McLoughlin, Kelvin Reilly, Enda Murtagh, Hugh Gaffney, Sean McCormack (0-1), Anthony Price (1-1), Niall Folan (0-1), Dylan O’Regan, Enda Morrison (2-0), Niall Dowdall, David Fallon. Subs used: Daniel Sheridan.
Ref: Michael Riggs (Raharney)
Youthful Castletown Geoghegan Hurlers Hold Out Against Unlucky Clonkill
Little between sides in closely contested under 14 premier final.
While it is often the case that goals count most in hurling finals, Clonkill under 14 hurlers still finished behind Castletown Geoghegan in this year’s Premier U-14 hurling Championship decider at St. Loman’s Park on Saturday 10th September 2005, thanks to the point scoring skills of their opponents.
Unlucky Clonkill have been there or thereabouts in this grade for three years, reaching the Premier Final every year since 2003, without getting a title and, as in 2004, Castletown- Geoghegan were victors again this year. Clonkill netted four times in this final, getting three second half goals but, despite giving a fine
display, they were still unable to get the better of a talented Castletown-Geoghegan combination which trailed by a single point at half time, Clonkill leading by 1-3 to 0-5. It looked as if Clonkill were heading towards a win when they goaled early in the second period, but the Black and Ambers hit back strongly, getting a goal, and going five points up by the end of the third quarter.
Back came Clonkill again, for a goal that put them into contention, but once more the Castletown boys were equal to the task, and the forwards had the skills to get the scores that counted. As injury time arrived, Castletown-Geoghegan were six points clear, until Clonkill's Alan McGrath drove a close in free to the net, but it was too late to change things. Though they missed quite a few scores, the free taking skills of Aonghus Clarke (who had seven points in all, four from placed balls) was a big factor, as also were the goals from Conor Keegan after the break (he also had a goal disallowed). Anthony Price and Enda Morrison were key figures in the Clonkill attack, with Alan McGrath prominent in defense, and also goaling a late free.
Clonkill made an excellent start. Enda Morrison crashing the ball to the roof of the Castletown Geoghegan’s net, with a close range shot. The team swapped wides before Castletown opened their scoring account with a Neal Kirby point. Aonghus Clarke sent over the second Castletown-Geoghegan point, leaving them trailing by one point. Clonkill went further ahead with two good points in succession, from Anthony Price and Sean McCormack. Castletown-Geoghegan hit three wides in succession before scoring a point via Aonghus Clarke (free). Clonkill replied with a Niall Folan point but Castletown-Geoghegan finished the first half strongly with a point each from Eoin Whelan and Aonghus Clarke (free), to leave the halftime score Clonkill 1-3 to Castletown-Geoghegan 0-5.
It was Clonkill who started the second half in better form, Enda Morrison drawing the ball smartly to the Castletown net from close range. Castletown-Geoghegan hit back immediately, Eoin Whelan giving an excellent pass to Conor Keegan, who best timed the ball to the left corner of the Clonkill net. The Black and Ambers levelled matters shortly afterwards with an Aonghus Clarke point. Conor Keegan then had a goal disallowed before Castletown-Geoghegan went in front with another Aonghus Clarke point. Conor Keegan scored the second CastletownGeoghegan goal before Aonghus Clarke pointed a free to leave Castletown-Geoghegan 2-8 to 2-3 in front. But Clonkill were by no means beaten, Anthony Price crashing the ball to their opponents' net from close range. The Black and Ambers replied with a point each from Conor Keegan and Aonghus Clarke. Despite the best efforts of Clonkill, it was Castletown who went further in front with a point each from Neal Kirby and Mark Lynch. Clonkill closed match scoring, Alan McGrath
scoring a goal from a 20m free.