3 wins out of 3 in the Div 7 FL

Oldcastle 1-09 Gaeil Colmcille 1-08

Oldcastle are motoring nicely in this junior league now, with three wins out of three, but at times today i Millbrook (14 April 2024) it looked as if they’d rather be anywhere else but playing football, indeed, at times if felt like both sides were actively trying to lose! The strong breeze played a big factor today; frees that would normally sail over going anywhere but. Kells had two points up before Ryan Kevin converted a free, followed by a super point from Kyle Kavanagh. Ryan took the next, with Rory Crawley then kicking over two nice scores. Kells added on another, but Oldcastle replied straight away with another nice score from Kyle. Kells kept the pressure on and were closing dangerously in on goal, but a great clearance from Sean Maxwell kept them out, and at the end of the first half, the score was Oldcastle 0-06, Gaeil Colmcille 0-03.

The second half began with Terry Farrelly coming on for Oldcastle, a moment a lot of people probably thought would never happen, and a great sight to see! The Kells lads had woken up, and proceeded to score three points and a goal without reply, to go three ahead. A JP Purcell ball was fed on to Josh Halpin, to Ryan Kevin, to Rory Crawley, back to Ryan and finally to Josh Halpin who tipped her over the bar for Oldcastle’s next score. Kells attacked again, but Ciaran Connell was doing a great job in defence and intercepted the ball, on via Kyle Kavanagh, to Terry Farrelly, to JP, back to Terry, to Josh and in to Ryan Kevin who smashed her to the back of the net and put the lads in front again! Not for long though, Kells coming back straight away with a point, level again, and then added on a free to go ahead once more. Eoin Muldoon’s kickout found Paddy Gilsenan, the ball on to James Gibney, to Ciaran Connell and Brian Hetherton, good work from Cillian Connell to get her on to Josh Halpin, and he put her between the posts to level it again. Time was up by now, and the next score would win the game, and fittingly, it was Terry Farrelly who scored for Oldcastle, a fine point to top off a remarkable return! Another few minutes of play where neither side could score, but no matter, because when referee Peter Skelly blew the final whistle it was on a score of Oldcastle 1-09, Gaeil Colmcille 1-08, not pretty but another win in the bag!

Oldcastle: Eoin Muldoon, Ciaran Connell, Louis Colleran, Brian Hetherton, Cillian Connell, James Gibney, Sean Maxwell, Kyle Kavanagh (0-02), Ross Cadden, Rian Mulvanny, Rory Crawley (0-02), Ryan Kevin 1-02), Josh Halpin (0-02), JP Purcell, Lloyd Colleran. Subs: Terry Farrelly (0-01), Paddy Gilsenan.