Good display by Oldcastle in the Premier Football Championship in Athboy
Oldcastle 2-10 Clann na nGael 1-10
The Oldcastle second senior team travelled to Athboy this evening (30 April 2022) to take on Clann na nGael in the Premier Championship, in search of their first win. The incessant rain continued throughout the match, but at least the performance of the team was encouraging. Good work from Lloyd Colleran and Kyle Kavanagh got the ball to Captain Conor McHugh who was first on the scoreboard with a fine point, followed straight after by a lovely effort from Ross Cadden. Ryan Kevin took the next two for Oldcastle, with a lovely score from way out off the boot of Ben Grey following. Good work from Joe Lynch got the next ball to Conor Delaney who blasted it to the back of the net for Oldcastle’s first goal, with the hapless Clann na nGael yet to score. Conor McHugh and Ross Cadden were dominating mid-field to the extent that the Athboy lads were finding it hard to even get the ball into the other end of the pitch. A free now got them off the mark however, and they added two more frees before the end of the half. The Oldcastle defence were causing them all kinds of trouble, Mossy Flood like a ninja keeping them out, ably assisted by Louis and Joe. Ben Grey took two more for himself and Conor Hetherton added another, to leave it Oldcastle 1-08, Clann nan Gael 0-03 at the break.
The second half started in the best possible way for Oldcastle: a Ryan Kevin ball to Conor Delaney who found the waiting JP Purcell, who sent her to the back of the net. Good work from Darren Hawdon got the next ball to Ryan who sent the next point over, but the Athboy lads finally got motoring and added on the next six points without reply, whittling a twelve point lead down to six. Oldcastle woke up again though, the Sean Maxwell kickout finding Ross Cadden, on to Conor Delaney, to Cillian Connell, back to Ross, to Josh Halpin, and to nearly every other player on the pitch before coming back to Ross once again: he was fouled and Ben converted. A late goal and point for Clann na nGael took the bad look off their score, but it was Oldcastle all the way, winning on a final score of: Oldcastle 2-10, Clann na nGael 1-10.
Oldcastle: Sean Maxwell, Mossy Flood, Louis Colleran, Joe Lynch, Conor Hetherton (0-01), Darren Hawdon, Brian Hetherton, Ross Cadden (0-01), Conor McHugh (0-01), Lloyd Colleran, Kyle Kavanagh, Ben Grey (0-04), Ryan Kevin (0-03), Conor Delaney (1-00), JP Purcell (1-00). Subs: Josh Halpin, Cillian Connell.