CASTLEDERMOT secured a place in the quarter final of the Intermediate Football Championship against fav-ourites Johnstownbridge after they got the better of Ellistown at Sarsfields Park last Sunday evening, writes Ruth Chambers.
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The south Kildare side have a lot to thank Paddy Mahon for as he chipped in with a massive personal hall of ten points, nine from frees, and Castledermot wouldn’t be in the last eight only for him.
For the most part this game was tense and tight and indeed a replay on Wednesday looked on the cards many a time. However, Castledermot managed to get a bit of momentum going when it matter most and two late frees from the aforementioned Mahon were enough to send them through.
At the break the sides were deadlocked on six points each and with only three minutes of normal time to play the side were still level (0-11 to 0-11) but thereafter Ellistown failed to score again and subsequently made their exit.
However, Ellistown started the better and opened their account in the second minute when their top scorer Leslie Kelly struck over from the right. By the time Castledermot got off the mark Ellistown actually had a four point advantage on the board thanks to further points from Aidan Leonard and a brace from Leslie Kelly.
With 13 minutes on the clock Castledermot finally opened their account when Paddy Whelan collected possession from David Keating before splitting the posts and reducing the deficit to three.
Ellistown’s lead was soon down to two when Paddy Mahon opened his account with a free from close range but down the other end Philip Hennessy kicked a free out of his hands to leave the scoreboard reading 0-5 to 0-2.
The next three points went the way of Castledermot and the sides were level. Paddy Mahon fired over two frees and Anthony Lawlor got in on the scoring act to leave the score at 0-5 to 0-5.
Before the break the sides swapped points with Mahon sending over a free and Kelly splitting the posts for Ellistown to leave the interlude score at 0-6 to 0-6.
After the turnaround Castledermot got their noses in front for the first time when Mahon converted a free after David Keating was impeded but when Leslie Kelly did likewise down the other end the sides were level once again.
By the end of the third quarter it was still level (0-9 to 0-9) and a replay looked like a distinct possibility. Fast forward another six minutes and the scoreboard read 0-10 to 0-10 but it was after that that Castledermot found their rhythm and forged ahead.
First though Enda Noons scored a peach of a point to put Ellistown 0-11 to 0-10 up with five remaining but when Mahon kicked his first from play two minutes later, followed by another from a free Castledermot found themselves leading by one.
Just to make sure of it Mahon sent over another free that was brought forward when Gavin Farrell was fouled and he kicked his team in to the quarter finals.
Castledermot - Paddy Mahon 0-10 (9f), Paddy Whelan 0-1, Anthony Lawlor 0-1, Emmet O’Keeffe 0-1.
Ellistown: Leslie Kelly 0-5 (3f), Philip Hennessy 0-3 (1f), Aidan Leonard 0-2, Enda Noons 0-1.
Paul Murphy; Liam Cosgrove, William Kelly, Vincent Dowling; Damien Hendy, Padraic Murphy, Tomas Murphy; Gavin Farrell, Gary Hendy; Paddy Whelan, David Keating, Anthony Lawlor; Emmet O’Keeffe, Patrick Mahon, Eugene Mahon. Sub: Fionn O’Gorman replaced E Mahon 55 mins.
Shane Doyle: Gavin Delaney, Micky Kelly, Christy Kelly; Andrew McLoughlin, Mick Donnelly, Gary Kinahan; Enda Noons, Tom O’Loughlin; Ken Donnelly, Leslie Kelly, Philip Hennessy; Aidan Leonard, Paddy McDermott, Andrew Dempsey. Subs: Colm Donnelly replaced G Kinahan 26 mins, Rory McCormack replaced C Donnelly 49 mins, Andy O’Neill replaced A Leonard 52 mins, Anthony Hennessy replaced T O’Loughlin 55m.