Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Milltown:Castlemaine 1GAA LOTTO DRAW:
The Lotto Jackpot Draw for €10,000 ( generously sponsored by Mike O’Shea and sons- Builders – Farran) was held on Sunday night last – marking the 20th Anniversary of the lotto.
The drawn numbers were 13,14,23( Match 3) and the bonus ball was 18.
The jackpot was not won but we had 6 lucky consolation prize winners.
€50 each to:
Tim O’ Connor, Ross, Castlemaine and
Arnold Castroverdi-Millbrook, Milltown

€25 each to :
James Courtney – Lissivane West.
Ita O’ Connor, Milltown
Patricia Foley, Beaufort
Paddy Bradley ,Gortalea (Yearly Ticket)
Former Kerry footballer Darragh Ó Sé dropped by and signed jerseys- much to the delight of the young boys and girls. Gura míle to Darragh for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us.
Special thanks to Larkin’s Bar and Restaurant- especially James and Caitríona, for their wonderful hospitality.

In appreciation for all their tremendous work and dedication to the GAA Lotto, presentations were made to Willie Hanafin – most successful ticket seller and to Timmy Teahan and Mike Carroll for their longstanding service to both the lotto and the Milltown Castlemaine GAA Club.

Senior County League:
A pointed free in injury time secured Milltown Castlemaine’s position in Division 1 of the the County League for 2017. MC lined out without some of their regular team who were absent due to injury or other commitments. Equally their opponents Legion were without their county players -so the playing pitch was relatively level from the start.

Legion were first out of the the blocks with a pointed free from their number 7- Alan Moriarty in the 3rd minute. This was quickly followed by another point from their half forward- Billy  McGuire.

MC replied with a point from Cathal Moriarty in the 6 th minute.
Cathal O’ Connor who started in place of Alan Looney, picked up from the kick out and placed a clever ball to Jeremiah Hayes who pointed off the left boot- leaving the sides level at two points each -after seven  minutes of play.

Legion replied immediately with a point from Jamie O’ Sullivan and MC levelled matters again when Brendan Delaney set up a move with Shane Murphy who was then fouled.Cathal Moriarty slotted it between the posts.

Both sides were guilty of many errors and turnovers -with MC losing out on two certain goal opportunities  in the 15th and 16th minute, despite the tremendous efforts of  Dónal Kelliher and Gavin Horan.

Legion were next to register a score by the way of 2 points( 1 from play and 1 from a free) from David O’ Sullivan. MC’s goal scorer from last week’s game was unlucky to slot a point wide of the posts in the 24 th minute but the team continued to graft hard with David Roche, Mike Burke, Eoin O’ Brien and Eoin O’ Mahony playing some great football. Alas nothing was converted to a score.

Legion had a chance of a score from a free just before half time but that went wide.The sides went in at the short whistle with Legion having a three point advantage .

Legion: six points, MC: three points.
MC started the second half with great vigour and determination with the young Eoin O’ Brien -continuing his impressive first half performance, slotting over a classy point off his left leg.

Legion had a chance of a score from a free -but David O’Sullivan sent it wide. MC’s free taker – Cathal Moriarty was in super form and split the posts with two pointed frees to level matters at six points all-after seven minutes of the second half.

Some terrific defence by Damian Murphy, Paul Carroll and the Roche brothers kept the Legion forwards at bay. Legion introduced Mike O’ Sullivan and Thomas Moriarty to boost their team but it was Cathal Moriarty who was next to score from a place kick -for a foul on David Roche.

Legion’sub-Thomas Moriarty levelled matters once again with a great point from play- quickly followed by another superb point from Legion’s Jamie O’ Sullivan. A pointed free from Cathal Moriarty levelled matters once again for the fourth time -at eight points all.

Jeramiah Hayes made way for Pa Wrenn – as MC attempted to try and secure their Division One status.

Heading into the last five minutes and the teams level – excitement and tension was building, with neither side wanting to concede a score. However MC were awarded a free for a foul on Paul Carroll.

Cathal Moriarty stepped up but it dropped short and a goal was on -which would surely seal the day for MC. A point from Gavin Horan was the final outcome. Score now MC- 9 points , Legion -8 points and just 3 minutes left.

A free to Legion was converted by Shaun Keane and matters were level once again in the 29 th minute. Would there be another score in either team? Would it be Legion or MC for relegation ?

In injury now , MC’s Shane Murphy was awarded a free  for a foul by Damien O’ Sullivan. Cathal Moriarty kept his nerve and made no mistake -as he pointed to give MC a one point victory.

Final score: MC – 10 points, Legion-9 points.
Well done to the MC panel and to Mike Hickey and his management team. Commiserations to Legion who fought right to the end.

Our seniors are at home on this Friday July 22nd to Kerins O’ Rahilly’s at 8 pm.

Our minor team are away to Churchill on Thursday July 21st with a  7 pm start.

Under 16’s:
Our under 16’s had a victory over An Ghaeltacht last Wednesday. A last minute point saw Milltown Castlemaine win on a score line of 10 pts to 1-6.
Well done to all.

Results of U12 Round 2:
‘A’ Competition –
Milltown/Castlemaine 3-09 Laune Rangers Blue 5-15

‘B’ Competition- Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-05 Milltown/Castlemaine 3-06

Under 12’s are away on Friday next with the ‘A’ playing Glenbeigh and the ‘B’ team taking on Laune Rangers .

Mid Kerry Junior League Fixtures:

Tues 19th July Rd 1 7pm Milltown/Castlemaine host Laune Rangers and on

Tues 26th July in Rd 2
Glenbeigh/Glencar entertain Milltown/Castlemaine at 7 pm.

Mid Kerry Minors:
Mid Kerry Minors had an 8 point victory over Austin Stacks on Friday evening – in the ‘Keane’s Supervalu’ Minor County Football Championship. The final score was :Mid Kerry 4-10 , Austin Stacks 1-1.
Well done to the Captain -Cormac Leane, Pádraig O’ Brien, Ciarán O’ Connor, Cain Bradley and Craig Counihan from our club and the entire panel of players .

Kerry U 16 Girls:
Congratulations to Ciara Murphy, from our ladies club,who was part of the Kerry girls who qualified for the All Ireland Final. They had a comprehensive victory over Mayo on Wednesday last.

Wishing all our footballers a wonderful time at their forthcoming debs.

Speedy recovery:
Our good wishes are extended to neighbouring club senior player -Gary O’ Sullivan, who sustained a serious injury at a home game on Saturday evening last. We wish you a full and speedy recovery Gary.

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