A LOCAL derby to whip up the appetite this Tom Cross JFC quarter final was billed, alas it turned out anything but as Castlemitchell overwhelmed Grangenolvan to such an extent this one was done and dusted a long time before referee Brendan Cawley blew the long whistle at the well presented Athy GAA grounds on Saturday evening last.
Tom Cross Transport Junior Football Championship Quarter Final
And it didn’t take long for the boys in green and white to put their stamp of authority on this game as right from the throw-in it was Castlemitchell who took charge, were in full control and ended with as comfortable winners as they could have possibly have hoped for.
So no fireworks, no controversies and to be honest no real contest as Emmet Hyland and John Fennelly took control around the middle from the word go and the Castlemitchell inside men got plenty of good possession and overall made good use of it.
Castlemitchell showed their intentions from the throw-in as a ball over the top arrived into the hands of Tadhg Fennin whose blistering shot blasted off Willie Clynch’s crossbar and out to safety.
Joe Maher soon had The Mitchell off the mark and while Tadhg Fennin was off target with two attempts, a Brendan Harris run through the middle set up Trevor Griffin who made no mistake.
Grange finally opened their account after twelve minutes with full forward Eddie O’Brien finding the target.
The ever reliable and top class long range free taker, Michael Lawless, made it three before Tadhg Fennin split the Grange defence with an excellent pass to Kieran Harris who found the net. Fennin converted a free soon after before Grange keeper, Willie Clynch denied John Leahy with a brilliant save.
Wayne Dooley, Grange’s best forward by a long shot, got his first point of the game on 19 minutes but again Castlemitchell responded with two points from Lawless (frees) plus a Tadhg Fennin similar score and while Wayne Dooley added his second, it nevertheless left the half time score reading Castlemitchell 1-7 Grangenolvan 0-3.
The second half quickly followed a similar pattern with Catlemitchell winning everything around the middle and adding seven points without reply between the 33rd and 45 minute, which included Michael Lawless hitting a penalty high and over the bar.
The best of the rest of these scores was a typical trademark effort from former county man, Tadhg Fennin who gathered out on the right wing, attempt to go outside his marker, turned inside and on to his left before splitting the posts. Magical score from a player that has lost none of his natural ability down the years.
Wayne Dooley finally got Grangenolvan’s first point of the second half on 50 minutes and while they added four more before the final whistle, Emmet Hyland responding for Castlemitchell, it was well and truly over before that mini scoring spree from the boys in blue and gold.
Overall a very disappointing game from the neutral’s point of view as the result was flagged a long, long way out but having said that anyone out there who thinks this JFC is all about Two Mile House, Milltown and Clogherinkoe, should possibly have another think.
On this display Castlemitchell showed they are not just there to make up the numbers and that’s for sure.
Castlemitchell, Michael Lawless 0-5 (4 frees, 45); Tadhg Fennin 0-5 (4 frees), Kieran Harris 1-1, Karol Harris 0-2, Emmet Hyland 0-1, Joe Maher 0-1, Trevor Griffin 0-1.
Grangenolvan, Wayne Dooley 0-5 (2 frees), Eddie O’Brien 0-2, Shane Dunne 0-1.
Stephen Foley Jnr.; Ray Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Toole, Brian Kavanagh; Brendan Harris, John O’Connor, Fionn O’Rourke; Emmet Hyland, John Fennelly; Michael Lawless, Karol Harris, Joe Maher; Trevor Griffin, Kieran Harris, Tadhg Fennin. Subs: Matthew Moore for Kieran O’Toole (60 minute); Paul McDonagh for Michael Lawless (60 minute); Jason Rowan for Trevor Griffin (61 minute); Tomás Fitzgerald for Tadhg Fennin (61.
Willie Clynch; Ian Costigan, Gavin Kelly, Tommy Nolan; Kevin Casey, Jason Lambe, Kevin Peters; Mark Brennan, Eamon Farrell; Shane Dunne, John Leahy, Keith Leigh; Wayne Dooley, Eddie O’Brien, Nathan Doyle. Subs: Shane Kelly for Jason Lambe (blood sub 28-30 minute); Timmy Doyle for Keith Leigh (30 minute); Killian Deere for Nathan Doyle (51).