Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Under 8’s/10’s/12’s:

Our Under 8’s are looking forward to their blitz in John Mitchels on Wednesday April 4th.   Our Under 10’s are off to the same venue on Thursday April 5th for their blitz while our Under 12’s head off to Croke Park on Thursday -for their Go Games Blitz. So plenty of football in the week ahead for these young footballers.

Under 14’s:

Lee Strand – U14 County League Div. 9: By Danny McClure

Milltown/Castlemaine (White Team) V Austin Stacks-

Our Milltown/Castlemaine side travelled to Connolly Park Tralee on Friday night last. The first half brought a very strong performance with our backs Garrett O’ Dowd and Aaron Dinham with the help of Liam O Dowd in midfield defending well.

Jerry McCarthy- our goal keeper was put under a lot of pressure in the 2nd half and made numerous great saves. This combined with the outstanding late scores from Gearoid Quirke, James Dempsey, Liam O Dowd and Adrian Connolly made for a thrilling end to the 2nd half and Milltown/Castlemaine were unlucky not to come away with a win.  But the whole team have to be commended for fighting to the end.

The final score was Milltown/Castlemaine 3-04 V 4-05 Austin Stacks.

Lee Strand – U14 County League Div. 3: By Danny McClure

Milltown/Castlemaine (Green Team) V Rathmore

Conditions were very heavy in Milltown on Thursday evening as Milltown/Castlemaine’s Under 14 (Green Team) got their first game of the year underway against Rathmore.

As the rain poured down, our home side raced into an early lead which they would keep until half time. Some great play by the forward line with Dara Hogan and Brendan Casey grabbing the goals for Milltown/Castlemaine.

The visitors also grabbed two goals of their own but it wasn’t enough to reel in Milltown/Castlemaine the Home team leading 2-06 V 2-02.

The second half started out slowly and conditions were very wet underfoot. Milltown/Castlemaine got into their scoring groove though in the second half with Dara Hogan and Conor Spillane raising the green flag again.

Other scorers on the night included Rian Foley, Liam Roche and coming forward for the final point of the game Anthony Barrett. With two fine saves from keeper Daire McCarthy also at vital moments in the second half.

Conor Spillane’s work rate in the second half was immense and really spurred his team on to victory. There were some fine performances too from Oisín Spring and the outstanding Ben Downes on a good evening for an impressive Milltown/Castlemaine side.

Milltown/Castlemaine winning out a challenging encounter for both sides in challenging conditions. M/C 5-10, Rathmore 3-02 was the final score.

Under 16’s:

Our under 16’s had a comfortable victory over St.Pats, Blennerville on Monday evening –ending on a score line of 5/14 to 1/06.

Well done to the management team and their panel of players.

County Minor League: Division 2

Our minors are away to Na Gaeil on Friday next, April 6th with a 7 p.m. throw in.

Why not head along and give them your support.


Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Football Championship

“Brosna Claim Points in Tight Affair”- By Dara O’Connor

Sunday last marked the beginning of Milltown/Castlemaine’s 2018 Intermediate Football Championship journey with a trip to Castleisland to take on North Kerry side Brosna in the opening game of the group, which will also see Milltown/Castlemaine take on Kilcummin (Next weekend) and Glenbeigh/Glencar in two weeks time to determine who will top the group and qualify for the Semi-Final.

Today’s encounter was played in both wet and windy conditions which made it difficult for both teams to play open attacking football.

M/C lined out without some players as Shane Murphy, Alan Hickey, Jeremiah Hayes, David Roche, Jonathan O’Sullivan and Donal Kelleher were all unavailable.

Milltown/Castlemaine played with a very strong breeze to their backs in the first half and dominated the early proceedings taking the lead inside three minutes with Killian Kerins opening the scoring with a well taken point from play.

Brosna sharpshooter Tom McGoldrick, who would go on to score 0-05 of Brosna’s 1-07 (4 from Frees) squared things up in the fifth minute. This was to be as good as it got for the North Kerry men as they went a period of 20 minutes before they would register a point on the scoreboard again.

During this spell, Milltown/Castlemaine hit a purple patch and scored 1-03 without reply through 3 Jack McCarthy points (2 Frees, 1 from play) and an opportunistic goal by Donal Dennehy after the Brosna keeper failed to deal with a long ball into the square from a Jack McCarthy effort.

Milltown/Castlemaine led 1-04 to 0-01 heading towards the interval, however they would go through a dry spell also as they would fail to score again for 37 minutes which was crucial come the end.

Brosna knocked in 1-03 without reply between the 24th and 30th minutes with scores from Tom McGoldrick (0-2), Don McAuliffe (0-1) and a Kieran O’Donnell goal which was deflected beyond Cormac Leane after a high ball into the square wasn’t dealt with.

Four wides from Milltown/Castlemaine in the first half would prove costly when the game was in the melting pot towards the end. Brosna went into the break the happier of the two sides knowing wind advantage would be with them for the second half.

HT: Brosna 1-04 Milltown/Castlemaine 1-04

The second half turned out to be fascinating and no less exciting as both sides threw everything at one another in the hope of claiming an important victory.

There would only be five scores in this half so each one would prove highly significant.

Two Brosna wides in the opening minutes were followed by a dangerous Tom McGoldrick free from distance which dropped short and nearly ended up in the net as Don McAuliffe swung on a loose ball. Danger eventually was averted.

Brosna took the lead for the first time of the match in the 40th minute through a splendid McGoldrick free with the outside of his boot from 45 yards and it proved to be a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Two further scores in the 45th and 50th mins through McGoldrick and a long distance super strike from wing back Timmy Finnegan pushed the lead out to three at 1-07 to 1-04 approaching the final quarter.

M/C were reduced to 14 men before McGoldrick’s pointed free as Jack McCarthy received a Red Card (Black and Yellow = Red) for hauling down Kieran O’Donnell when through on goal.

M/C turned to the bench and sprung Mike Burke, Damian Murphy & Derek Twiss in place of Jamie O’Shea, Killian Kerins and Jerome Flynn respectively.

Pointed frees from Cathal Moriarty and Derek Twiss in the 53rd and 57th mins from 14 yards cut the deficit back to the minimum at 1-07 to 1-06 for M/C but try as they might they couldn’t manufacture the equaliser despite having two frees in injury time.

One dropped short and one flew marginally wide. Brosna tried to seal the win on the counter with an insurance score but McGoldrick seen a late free drift wide.

FT: Brosna 1-07 Milltown/Castlemaine 1-06

Milltown/Castlemaine may look back with regret at a few wides, the fact they didn’t make more use of a strong wind advantage in the 1st half, the fact that they failed to score for a large spell between both halves or the reality that they only registered 0-02 against the wind during the 2nd half (Brosna tagged on 1-04 against the breeze) but they can also look and say they might have got a late draw or maybe even a win on another day.

The focus turns to Kilcummin now on Sunday next in Milltown in Round 2.

Hard luck to the lads on a massive effort in challenging conditions & to the support at today’s game!

Cul Camps:

The above camp will take place during the week of July 9th to 13th. Further details available in the coming weeks or on the Cul Camps website.

Lotto Jackpot Draw:

The next Lotto jackpot draw for €19,000 will take place in Griffin’s Bar, Castlemaine on this Friday April 6th. Match 3 and you could win or share €250. 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!

Milltown Listry Comhaltas 

Quiz in Karl John’s Bar this Friday night, April 6th, at 8. Prizes for winners on the night and spot prizes. Join in the fun and help support Fleadh Cheoil 2018. Come as a team or on your own and we’ll look after you.

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