FL Div 3: Oldcastle one step away from promotion
15 July 2017
Oldcastle's CJ Healy
Drumbaragh 1-9 Oldcastle 5-12
Oldcastle reached top of the table in Division 3 of the AFL after a convincing win away to Drumbaragh.
Oldcastle got off to a flyer and hit 1-2 in the opening ten minutes while the home side kicked 3 points to kickstart their attack. Oldcastle's forwards Jason Scully and Robbie Farrelly claiming the pointed scores while midfielder Conor McHugh rattled the net to raise the green flag.
Oldcastle's attacking drive really proved to pay off as the half went on and and they quickly began to stretch that lead on the scoreboard. Jason Scully and CJ Healy each bagging another goal after well worked moves from turnovers that split the Drumbaragh defence. Robbie Farrelly raised the white flag on two more occasions with points from play and Healy got another convincing point before half time to leave Oldcastle well infront at the break with a score line of 3-8 to 0-4.
The second half, as expected from the home side was to be a much tighter encounter with Drumbaragh scoring five times to Oldcastle's six. However, as the saying goes, goals win games - and Oldcastle's further two goals in the second half really put the game beyond Drumbaragh's reach - Scully grabbing his second of the evening and substitute Keith Connell finishing home his sides fifth.
Drumbaragh did however bag a consolation goal and raised the white flag on three more occasions but it was to be Oldcastle's day as further points from centre back Darren Hawdon, and from Oldcastle's corner forwards Healy and Scully, they ensured a win was the only outcome.
Next up and final game for Oldcastle will be away to Kimainham, where they can ensure promotion with a win.
Oldcastle: Packie Kevin, Sean Maxwell, Cian McPartland, Oran O'Reilly, Gerard Reidy, Darren Hawdon (0-1), Conor Delaney, Conor McHugh (1-0), Eoin Gilsenan, Niall Mangan, Stephen Tierney, Robbie Smith, CJ Healy (1-5), Robert Farrelly (0-3), Jason Scully (2-3, 1f)
Subs used: Paddy Rahill for Mangan 20', Keith Connell (1-0) for Delaney HT, Kyle Kavanagh for Healy 54', Peter Monaghan for Hawdon 55', Lee Healy for McHugh 55', Johnny Shortt for Smith 55'