IFC: Oldcastle through as group winners
25 September 2009
Oldcastle's Terry Farrelly
Oldcastle maintained their winning ways on Thursday night over Nobber in the last round of the Meath IFC played in Ballinlough pitch under lights and in doing so booked their place in the quarter finals of the championship.
In what was a most enjoyable match with conditions perfect, the men in Blue were quick out of the traps and reeled over seven points from in between a solitary reply from Nobber.
Oldcastle were 0-7 to 0-1 up when Nobber finally injected a bit of life and in doing so they hit 1-02 in quick succession to go in at half time trailing by 0-07 to 1-03. Nobber fortunate to be only a point in arrears at the break after Oldcastle had spurned chances with at least four scoreable points going wide of the post.
Darren Fay's charges began the second half in better form than they did the first with Brian Farrell roving out the field in search of more ball after playing second fiddle to Sean Rahill for most of the first half. Oldcastle's decision to play Terry Farrelly in a sweeper role for the last quarter was a decisive factor in his side's win as the supply of ball into the Nobber forwards was restricted.
When the whistle finally sounded for the last time it was former Cavan selector Seamus Kiernan's Oldcastle charges who took posted the higher of the two teams' scores.
Next up for Oldcastle is a quarter final meeting with local rivals Ballinlough at Kells on Sunday 4th October at 3pm while Nobber will play Gaeil Colmcille in another quarter final on the same day at 1pm in Moynalty.
Oldcastle - Seanie Fox, Shane Farrelly, Seanie Rahill, Tommy Rahill, Barry Curran, Rory McHugh, Colm Caffrey, Eoin Gilsenan, Vincent Reynolds, Paddy Gilsenan, Terry Farrelly, Paddy Rahill, Niall Mangan, Nicky Galligan, Alan McCann. Subs: Robert Pakenham for Curran.