Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Scor na bPaisti

Best of luck to our traditional music group-Pat Murphy, Liam O’ Dowd, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Gearoid Quirke and Donnachda O’ Sullivan who will represent our club on this Friday night in the Mid Kerry Scor na bPaisti competiton, in the CYMS Hall, Killorglin at 7 p.m.

They have been mentored by fellow club member Sarah Leane over the past few weeks. Mile Buiochas Sarah.


Exam Students:

Best of luck to all those completing their oral/practical exams in the coming weeks.


Get well wishes:

We extend get well wishes to all those in our community who are sick at this time. In particular, we think of those from our club who are recovering from illness. We sincerely hope you will make a return to full health in the not too distant future.


Lotto Jackpot Draw:

Would you like to jet away to the sun at Easter time or go skiing down the slopes in Austria?

Then why not try your luck in our next lotto jackpot draw for €18,800. This draw will take place in The Plough Bar on this Friday night-March 23rd. Match 3 and you could win or share €200. We will also have our 6 consolation prizes on offer. So head out and buy that lucky lotto ticket-available from the usual sellers and local businesses. It could be you!


Mid Kerry U21 Final –Match Report courtesy of Danny McClure-Asst. PRO

The above final got under way on St. Patrick’s Day in Beaufort with the meeting of Milltown/Castlemaine (M/C) versus Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane (G/G/C) with a slight breeze blowing across the field and in cool conditions, getting colder as the afternoon progressed.


This rescheduled fixture began with a score from G/G/C’s captain Darren Houlihan as he slotted over the first free of the afternoon. Some good pressure from M/C followed and it was rewarded after some great play with a fine score from the boot of Sean Hogan. This trend was to continue and after an attempted score came back off both posts, in the confusion that followed, Eoin O’Brien struck the ball goal-wards which led to the first green flag of the afternoon. M/C now leading by 1-01 to 0-01.


Points were exchanged with some good forward movement from both sides, Daniel Griffin pointing for G/G/C and M/C forward Craig Counihan followed with a fine score. It was G/G/C’s turn to ripple the back of the net shortly afterwards, this time from a penalty awarded after some last ditch defending resulted in a leg block- Darren Houlihan converting the chance to bring the sides level.


M/C went on a scoring run of three unanswered points -with the first coming from the oppositions kick-out. Dylan O’Neill expertly picked up the ball from the ground at speed at knocked over a fine score.

This was followed by the first of two scores from Gavin McKenna. After knocking over his first- McKenna then won the ball back in midfield and played the ball forward. As the ball was returned to him, he struck a fine point from distance. This was to be the final score of the first half but M/C were to lose midfielder Padraig O’Reilly to a red card shortly afterwards.


With the M/C defence proving resolute, the score stayed the same at Half Time.

M/C 1-05 V 1-02 Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane


The second half begun the same as the first with the sides exchanging scores. A Dylan O’Neill free putting M/C into a four point lead before being pegged back by a score from Liam Roche. G/G/C got another score back to bring the gap to two points through Caolim Teahan. Then came a pivotal moment in the second half- as only moments after collecting a fine catch underneath his own posts M/C’s captain, David Roche, went down injured in the midfield. In a knock on from the same passage of play, M/C’s Dylan O’Neill also appeared to take a knock. O’Neill was able to continue but Captain Roche was forced to leave the field of play with Kieran Griffin coming in to replace him.


A score from G/G/C’s Oisín O’Connor brought the teams within one score before the impressive Gavin McKenna widened the gap again to two. The next score was to change the game though as G/G/C’s number eleven Daniel Griffin knocked in their second goal of the day. This was followed by a pointed free from Caolim Teahan to switch the game. It was now G/G/C leading by two points.


Unfortunately for M/C Dylan O’Neill was still feeling the effects of the earlier injury and had to be replaced. His replacement Michael Dennehy made an instant impact however, coming on to bring his team within a score. A point from Daniel Griffin extended G/G/C’s lead to two once more and his side began to try and keep the ball just inside their oppositions half. M/C’s defence was staying strong but a break away score was needed. As M/C went in search of the scores they needed, G/G/C broke and Oltan Heffernan found himself isolated. In a two minute spell of great excitement, Heffernan pulled off a fantastic last man block which lead eventually to his sides next opportunity at the opposite end of the field.

The ball was dropped in just short of the goal and it fell to M/C’s Kieran Griffin. Just like his fellow replacement earlier, he converted his chance only this time raising the green flag and putting his side a point to the good with very little time left. With the clock ticking G/G/C searched for the equaliser and came up against once more a M/C side proving tough to break down. As each journey forward seemed to be the last, with virtually the final kick of the game, a free was awarded and converted by G/G/C’s Darren Houlihan.

Extra-time would be needed to separate these two sides with the teams finishing level.

M/C 2-08 V 2-08 Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane

With the teams back to fifteen a side for the extra period, Dan Phelan entered the field of play for M/C. It was G/G/C however that would get the better of the first half of extra time with two scores the first coming from the impressive Caolim Teahan. Shortly after, a powerful strike from G/G/C’s substitute Shane O’Neill struck the crossbar and went over the bar to put his side three points ahead. M/C battled back and got a score through a Sean Hogan free as the teams turned round for the second half of extra time-with two points between them.

Milltown-Castlemaine introduced Aaron O’Brien as a replacement for Killian Kearns and they went in search of the scores to turn the game around once more. Sean Hogan got his second score in extra time to leave one point between the sides and in the remaining minutes his side tried hard for the equaliser- but it was not to be. G/G/C held on to claim victory on what was a hard fought game for both sides.

M/C Team:

1. Cormac Leane, 2.Tadgh McCarthy, 3.Ciaran O’Connor, 4. Roan Hegarty, 5. David Leane, 6. Gavin McKenna 0-03, 7. Killian Kearns, 8. David Roche (Captain), 9. Padraig O’Reilly, 10. John Dennehy, 11. Eoin O’Brien 1-00, 12. Dylan O’Neill 0-02 (1 F), 13. Craig Counihan 0-01, 14. Sean Hogan 0-03(1 F), 17. Oltan Heffernan

Subs: 16. Fionan O’Connor, 15. Michael Dennehy 0-01 (on for no.12), 18. Daniel Phealan (on as extra time replacement), 19. Aaron O’Brien (on for no.7), 20. Kieran Griffin 1-00 (on for no.8), 21. Adam Scanlon, 22. Luke Heffernan, 23. Patrick O’Connor, 24. Linus Óg Burke

Trainer: Paul Carrol

Selectors: John O Brien & Pat O’ConnorG/G/CTeam:

1.Donal O’Neill, 2.Patrick Griffin, 3. Oisín O’Connor 0-01, 4. Liam Roche 0-01, 5. Sean Tadgh Sheahan, 6. Caolim Teahan 0-04 (1 F), 7. Conor Sugrue, 8. Caolite Purcell, 9. Darren Houlihan 1-02 (2 F)(Captain), 10. Cathal Crosby, 11. Daniel Griffin 1-02, 12. Maurice O’Connor, 13. Gearoid Griffin, 14. Dara Casey, 15. Adrian O’Connor, 17. Daniel Kelly, 18. Shane O’Neill 0-01, 19. Shane Ahern, 20. Ethan Griffin, 21. Aidan O’Sullivan, 22. Jamie Naughton, 23. Padhraic McMahon, 24. Jack O’Sullivan, 25. Brice Dourieu

Trainer: Peter O’Sullivan

Selectors: Paudie McCarthy & Sean Barton

Closing date for registration: March 31st 2018.

Our club will hold one last opportunity for anybody who still needs to register with our club. This will be on  this Thursday March 22nd (7-8) at the GAA Clubrooms.

All officers, players and mentors need to be registered for insurance purposes with Croke Park. Our registrar Karina Spring will be delighted to facilitate anybody who wishes to join our club. Membership must be paid before March 31st 2018. (Registrations after this date will not be issued with a registration card-something that is necessary to gain your free entry to home county league games)

Appropriate Football Gear:

Can all underage team managers, trainers/coaches please ensure that all players representing Milltown /Castlemaine are dressed in club colours (Green and White socks and togs.)   This is to avoid any inconvenience prior to games.

We would also ask parents/guardians of players to inform their children of this County Board Rule.

Revised dressing room/side line guidelines:
Please note that under age players are NOT permitted inside the dressing rooms prior to or after a SENIOR game or inside the surrounding fence wire when a senior game is ongoing.

This is to protect all parties involved. We ask parents and guardians to continually remind their children of this rule which will be strictly enforced. We appreciate your on- going support and cooperation.

Mother’s Day:

We hope all the mothers in our community a wonderful mother’s day. We are very lucky to have some amazing mothers who volunteer in our club in so many ways. We hope you were well spoiled on your special day!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

Well done to all the committee who organised such a fantastic parade. We are very fortunate to have our own parade here in Milltown. So much work goes into organising the parade and as a club we sincerely thank all those people who volunteered in any way. Thank you to those who walked with our club and to our members who were part of various other floats in the parade.

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