DON’T be too hard on us said one Castlemitchell supporter in this direction following Two Mile House’ demolition of the south county side in this semi final of the Tom Cross Junior Football Championship game played at Hawkfield on Saturday evening, writes Tommy Callaghan.
Tom Cross Transport Junior Football Championship Semi Final
Two Mile House: 2-13
And if fairness to that supporter it was easy to see where he was coming from as this game was akin to watching men playing boys and that is about as kind as you can put it.
From the word go ‘The House’ were in control, dominated midfield and what they didn’t win the half back line picked up with ease, while up front young Chris Healy gave an exhibition of forward play in the opening half, this year’s (and next) county minor was superb and one could only wonder why Castlemitchell did not make any change in that department until the damage was well and truly done.
Apart from the obvious there were two aspects of this game that stand out. One being the display of county man, Peter Kelly who scored 2-1 from the full back position and the other could be a question that may arise in many a table quiz in years to come.
The question: Name the player who played in the Munster SFC final and also played in the Kildare Junior Championship final in the same year?
The answer (barring injury of course) is Niall Browne who earlier this year played for Clare against Cork down south and is also a valued member of the Two Mile House team.
Apart from these two pieces of trivia the rest of this particular story can be seen in the final score line which shows a mere eight points separating the sides but even Catlemitchell would be first to admit that could have been doubled, at least.
The first half could be described as the Chris Healy Show as the young man broke the heart of the Castlemitchell defence on no less than seven times out of the eight points his team scored in that opening 30 minutes.
Popping up here, there and everywhere he tormented his marker time and time again and while Trevor Griffin did equalise following Healy’s initial point, it was all one way traffic from there to the half time whistle with Healy adding six more points and wing half back, Matt Kelly adding the other as Two Mile House went in at the break 0-8 to 0-1.
Derren Casey and Shane D’Arcy dominated the middle for the winners and with Matt Kelly, Christy Burke and Nathan Sherry cleaning up from the half back line, the ball rarely crossed the half way line which left the Castlemichell front men totally starved of possession.
Even Mick Lawless did not bring his usual reliable place kicking to this one, although he did get The Mitchell’s second point of the game in the 34 minute, some 29 minutes after their initial opening score.
But The House did not relent and when William Burke was fouled inside the square up stepped Peter Kelly to blast the penalty to net six minutes into the second half.
Six minutes later the county man broke up a Castlemitchell attack and began a move that ended with him knocking the ball into the net at the far end to make it 2-8 to 0-2 midway through.
Tadgh Fennin did bring out the best in keeper Robert Kennedy but he (Kennedy) could do little when a loose pass went to Fennin in the 50 minute and he duly buried it to make the score board some what more respectable.
Emmet Hyland did add a few points for The Mitchell with sub Jason Rohan also raising a white flag before the end as The House ran out as comfortable winners as you could imagine on a score line of Two Mile House 2-10 Castlemitchell 1-5.
Two Mile House, Peter Kelly 2-1 (one penalty) Chris Healy 0-7 (2 frees), Matt Kelly 0-1, Derren Casey 0-1, William Burke 0-1, Mark Sherry 0-1, Tadhg O’Neill 0-1.
Castlemitchell, Tadhg Fennin 1-0, Emmet Hyland 0-3, Trevor Griffin 0-1, Mick Lawless 0-1 (free), Jason Rohan 0-1.
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Robert Kennedy; Aidan Dowling, Peter Kelly, Brian Byrne; Matt Kelly, Christy Burke, Nathan Sherry; Derren Casey, Shane D’Arcy; Rossa Fahey, William Burke, Donal Browne; Mark Sherry, Niall Browne, Chris Healy. Subs: Tadhg O’Neill for Rossa Fahy (25 minute); Aidan Casey for Chris Healy (57 minute); Colm Byrne for Shane D’Arcy (57 minute).
Stephen Foley; Ray Fitzgerald, Ciarán O’Toole, Brian Kavanagh; Michael Kelly, John O’Connor, Fionn O’Rourke; Emmet Hyland, John Fennelly; Kieran Harris, Karl Harris, Joe Maher; Trevor Griffin, Mick Lawless, Tadhg Fennin.