Castletown/Slieve Bloom eventually edged this titanic battle last Wednesday evening but not before they were pushed all the way to the wire by a much improved Colt side.
ACHL Division 1
Castletown/Slieve Bloom 1-20
While Castletown/Slieve Bloom just shaded the result on the scoreboard, Colt proved that the Camross game was just an off day and battled with great heart and some solid displays throughout the field.
Castletown/Slieve Bloom opened the scoring with a well taken point by Ben Conroy which was immediately followed up with a carbon copy by Chris Murray. Castletown/Slieve Bloom dominated the next eight minutes with points from Paul Cuddy, Ben Conroy, and two Seamus Lyons points, one a free. Colt stopped the rot through to points from play by Colm Kavanagh and Brian McDermott.
Paul Cuddy, Castletown/Slieve Bloom’s primary ball, winner gathered control of the ball and scored a nice point over his shoulder before two long range frees by Gearoid Gaughan, one from almost 100 yards which bounced in the square and over the crossbar on the solid dry sod.
As the game opened up, young Henry Keyes who had a fine hour nipped in for a Colt point, followed up by a mazy solo run and point by James Hooban. Kavanagh and Seamus Lyons exchanged frees before Colt got right back into the game.
A point from Dan Dalton was followed by two goals in quick succession. The first came from a Brian McDermott overhead pull after a high Colin Ryan ball in, the other, a brilliant individual goal by Dan Dalton who rounded two Castletown/Slieve Bloom players before blasting by Paddy Mullaney.
However Castletown/Slieve Bloom finsihed the half strongly with three points from Paul Cuddy followed by a scrambled goal from Seamus Lyons which left the home side 1-13 to 2-7 ahead at the break.
Castletown/Slieve Bloom came out all guns blazing early doors in the second half with two points apiece from Hooban and Ben Conroy.
Henry Keyes and Conroy exchanged points before Mark McDonald lifted Colt with the score of the game near the left side-line, 65m out from goal.
Colt were starting to believe they could get something and Chris Murray hassled and blocked down his marker to turn over possession and score, before Conroy pointed another free.
Henry Keyes again pointed under pressure, before another Conroy free. A quick Kavanagh free reached Keyes who scored again off his left, followed up by a Parkinson score after a long delivery by Stephen Sinnott in what turned out to be the last score in a very entertaining game.
Best for Castletown/Slieve Bloom were Paul Cuddy, Ben Conroy and James Hooban while very little went by Gearoid Gaughan at centre-back. Colt were buoyed by performances by the excellent Henry Keyes, Niall Brennan at midfield and both corner forwards, Dan Dalton and Chris Murray.
Scorers: Castleown/Slieve Bloom: Ben Conroy 0-7 (0-4f), Paul Cuddy 0-5, Seamus Lyons 1-2 (0-1f), James Hooban 0-3, Gearoid Gaughan 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 ‘65).
Colt: Colm Kavanagh 0-4 (0-2f), Brian McDermott 1-1, Dan Dalton 1-1, Henry Keyes 0-3, Aaron McGowan 0-1, Mark McDonald 0-1 Gearoid Parkinson 0-1
Castletown: Paddy Mullaney, Evan Cuddy, Declan Keenan, Enda Conroy, Kevin Conroy, Gearoid Gaughan, John Gaughan, Fionan Cuddy, Brendan Reddin, Ryan Mullaney, Paul Cuddy, Gavin Conroy, Ben Conroy, Seamus Lyons, James Hooban. Subs: Brian Ferns for J Gaughan; Conor Phelan for Seamus Lyons; Tom Delaney for Kevin Conroy; Martin Phelan for Brendan Reddin; Dylan Conroy for Gavin Conroy.
Colt: Stephen Sinnott, Brendan O’Connor, Ger Doolan, Shane Mullins, Aaron McGowan, Mark McDonald, Craig Moore, Colin Ryan, Niall Brennan, Colm Kavanagh, Gearoid Parkinson, Henry Keyes, Chris Murray, Brian McDermott, Dan Dalton. Subs: Tony Ryan for McGowan.