Not easy for Oldcastle in Carlanstown
Oldcastle 2-18 St.Michaels/Nobber 5-09
Our Minors travelled to Carlanstown this morning (11/9/2021) to take on St. Michael’s/Nobber in this opening match of the LM/FM Minor Championship. Oldcastle totally dominated the first half, with a dream start seeing Tomas Kizelis fire in a goal, soon followed by points from Alan Gilsenan, Ryan Kevin and Eoin Smith. With Oldcastle ten points ahead near the end of the half, Referee Peter O’Halloran awarded the opposition a penalty which they scored. Ryan Kevin then scored a super point from midfield, followed by another from Kane Cullen, with St. Michaels/Nobber adding on one more point to leave the halftime score Oldcastle 1-11 to St. Michaels/Nobber 1-02
Oldcastle took their eyes off the ball somewhat on the resumption, with the opposition claiming two goals and adding on a few points to creep up on them. With every decision going their way it seemed they could do no wrong and they made the most of it. The Oldcastle defence were working hard, but being penalised for every touch. A great goal from Brian Hetherton boosted the lads, but still the 16 man opposition kept coming, with yet another penalty awarded against our lads, and eventually the scores crept up to 22 points apiece. With that, St.Michaels/Nobber were given a free to put them ahead, but thankfully it was just too soon for the whistle to be blown.
Once again Oldcastle fought back, a Ryan Kevin free and a score from Kane Cullen giving a two-point lead again. But once again the opposition pointed frees and when the sides were next level the final whistle blew on what should have been an Oldcastle win, but will go down as a draw.
Oldcastle: Eoin Muldoon, Fionn McCabe, Brian Hetherton (1-00), Ciaran Connell, Alan Gilsenan (0-01), Lloyd Colleran, Cormac O’Connell, Ryan Kevin (0-09), Rory Crawley, Nathan Gibney (0-01), Tomas Kizelis (1-00), James Gibney, Eoin Smith (0-04), Kane Cullen (0-03), JP Purcell. Sub: Paul Hennessy.