St Colmcilles and Oldcastle played out an entertaining draw at Castletown on Saturday night which sees both sides share top spot in Group C at the end of Round 2.
Oldcastle 1-09 St.Colmcilles 1-09
Oldcastle had by far the better start racing into an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead before Graham Reilly got the Seasiders off the mark with an inspirational point. Reilly continued to work openings for St Colmcilles but Oldcastle proved very solid and deservedly held a 1-5 to 0-4 lead at the break. Things looked ominous for St Colmcilles after the restart as Oldcastle scored early on to extend their lead to 5 points but a strong spell saw St Colmcilles peg the North Meath men back to 2 points 1-7 to 0-8 before Reilly scored a great goal following a mazy run to put the Seasiders in front for the first time. However Oldcastle displayed all their battling qualities to respond immediately with the equaliser and both sides traded points at the end to finish 1-9 each and earn a share of the spoils
In a bruising encounter, captain Ian Mullen and Graham Reilly shone for St Colmcilles. Rd 3 sees the Cilles face Syddan in a repeat of their 2014 clash whilst Oldcastle take on Ballinabrackey
St Colmcilles - D Magill, A Lynch, I Mullen, M Metcalfe, E Woods, K Mullan, C Hilliard 0-1, D Sheerin, R McCloskey, R O'Grady, N Ronan, G Reilly 1-2, M Whearty, B Brennan 0-2, C Kelly 0-3. Subs: J Conlon 0-1 for M Whearty, C Ward for R O'Grady, D McMahon for M Metcalfe
Oldcastle left Castletown with another point in the bag after a great battle with St.Colmcilles. Oldcastle got off to the better start with a converted free from Conor McHugh in the second minute of the game. That was quickly followed with a point from Paddy Gilsenan after good work from Sean Maxwell, Ronan Farrelly and Colin Curran. Oldcastle were dominating the opening minutes of the game and kept their advantage with Barry Curran on form in the full back line, winning the ball and sending it up the pitch for Stephen Tierney to goal. With a 1-02 advantage after ten minutes, St.Colmcilles replied with a point of their own. Paddy Gilsenan added his second after Eoin Gilsenan made a good turn over in his own half. The next two scores came from St.Colmcilles to bring them into the game leaving just the goal between the sides. With James Tuite winning the St.Colmcilles kick out, Ronan Farrelly made no mistake as he added another for Oldcastle. The Oldcastle defence were controlling things and doing their best to prevent any St.Colmcilles player getting through. The last two scores of the half came from a St.Colmcilles point and another McHugh free to leave 1-01 between the sides at the break.
Oldcastle opened the second half the better with Peter Monaghan adding to the score sheet. St.Colmcilles were beginning to put the pressure on and reduced Oldcastle's lead by adding two of their own. Following a foul on Gilsenan, McHugh stepped up to put over his third of the evening. St.Colmcilles converted a free of their own but in the following stages the Oldcastle defence called the shots closing in on any goal chances. Tensions built in the last quarter with a goal by St.Colmcilles giving them the lead for the first time in the game. Oldcastle kept the pressure on and kept building to ensure they did not leave empty handed. Jason Scully was on hand to bring Oldcastle back into the game with two points following good team work. A St.Colmcilles free was the last score of the game and ensured the teams were all square at the final whistle.
A great entertaining game with a fair result on the night. The Oldcastle side produced an overall impressive performance with best displays from Barry Curran, Peter Monaghan, Terry Farrelly, James Tuite and Jimmy Smith.
Oldcastle: S.Rahill, E.Gilsenan, B.Curran, J.Smith, J.Tuite, C.McPartland, T.Farrelly, P.Monaghan (0-1), C.McHugh(0-3), S.Tierney (1-0) , R.Farrelly (0-1), S.Maxwell, C.Curran, P.Gilsenan (0-2), J.Usher. Subs: J.Scully (0-2) for C.Curran (HT) CJ.Healy for J.Usher( 46Minutes)M.Cadden, R.Cadden, E.Feeney, J.Maxwell, S.Feeney, J.Caffrey, M.Rudden.