Castletown Geoghan (@1.4) vs Lough Lene Gaels (@3.0)
25-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Castletown Geoghan will win

Castletown Geoghan – Lough Lene Gaels Match Prediction | 25-08-2019

Prendergast and OSullivan also prospered, with the latter bagging his second goal at the three-quarter mark. Shanahan brought his tally to 1-9 when goaling with a first-time ground shot in the games last act. Having settled down during the interval, Waterford seemed much more at ease after the resumption and had points from Prendergast, OSullivan and Shanahan before Tommy Doyle hit back for Westmeath. Shanahan was on fire though, and with more space available, landed some wonderful scores from play.

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Lough Lene Gaels won the last SH championship of the 20th century, defeating Castlepollard 1-13 to 1-11 in an exciting final at Cusack Park on Sunday October 24, 1999. 1996 was a glorious year for Lough Lene Gaels as the club won their first ever U-12 championship namely in the "A" grade. The last U-21 championship of the 20th century was also won by the Gaels on December 5, 1999 at Cusack Park. The 1990s started well for the club with U-21 and U-16 titles being won followed by 3-in a row sequence of championship successes in the minor grade. Incidentally the club won the MHC final the same day making it a very special day for the club. Overall the close to mid-term future looks encouraging for the Gaels as the first steps are taken in the 21st century. Oliver Plunketts were defeated by 3-5 to 0-8 in that particular final. On Sunday October 13, 1996 the wait of a generation finally came to an end for Lough Lene Gaels as they won their third SHC title, defeating Castletown-Geoghegan 2-7 to 0-9 in the final at Cusack Park Mullingar. In the time that has since passed Lough Lene Gaels have won further titles in the senior, U-21, minor, U-16 and U-12 grades.

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Brendan Murtagh responded with a fine point for the midlanders, but a cameo from veteran Tony Browne lifted the travelling Waterford support as the Dise applied the finishing touches. Shanahan then put the cherry on top of a satisfying day at the office, finding the net with a stoppage time rebound after Westmeaths Peter Collins did well to save a fierce shot from Brian OSullivan. Browne, who turns 40 in a few days, did not score, but his county closed out the game with points from OSullivan, Kevin Moran, Shane Fives and substitute Jamie Barron.

Our back lineprevented Four Roads getting on the scoreboard a number of times with somegreat interceptions and clearances. LukeWhelan, Dano McMonagle andOisin Flynn started in Midfield. Midfield were on top throughout and werestrengthened in 2nd half when Johnny re-joined. Our forwards had lots ofshooting practice. Diarmuid Murtagh on hismove from backs to forwards chipped in with 3 scores. This U10 group are a strong group when all areavailable on a night, we were too good for this opposition.Oisin Dolan started in Goal. The U10s get another good runout against Four Roads. Luke Whelan had one of his bestgames to date with a 1-6 return from midfield. DiarmuidMurtagh, Luke Farrell, Kian Mitchell started up forward. Dano and Johnnyhad a number of fine long range scores from midfield. Thanks to all the parents formaking the trip to Four Roads. Johnny, Kian andLuke Farrell also added to the scoreboard. Luke, Calum and Jack made some fine tacklesand cleared the ball regularly. There was some greatdisplays of all the basic skills of hurling; lifting, tackling, soloing andstriking on display throughout the team.It was great to see our playersusing both sides and not being afraid to strike on either. Calum Devaney, Luke OConnell and Jack Mulvihill made up the back line. Oisin Flynngetsbetter with each game and also contributed a number of scores. Johnny Martin linedout in goal for the opposition to even up numbers. The scores were widely spread throughout the team aswe tried to give everyone a chance in the various positions.

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But goals from Brian OSullivan and the superb Maurice Shanahan (1-09) saw the Munster outfit through, as they outclassed Brian Hanleys gallant charges after the restart. Shanahans scoring haul and a brace of goals from Brian OSullivan were the key ingredients in this Cusack Park win, the visitors recovering their poise after McNicholas, John Shaw, Eoin Price and Brendan Murtagh all contributed to Westmeaths brave bid in the first half.

Pound for pound, the hosts looked like the better team at the interval with wasteful Waterford heavily reliant on Shanahan, and parity secured only by virtue of OSullivans first goal. Shanahan, OSullivan, Jake Dillon and Seamus Prendergast dominated the scoring, before substitute Gavin OBrien set up OSullivan for his second goal on 57 minutes, making it 2-18 to 0-11. But Michael Ryans troops enjoyed the benefit of a strong breeze after the restart and set about dismantling Westmeaths resistance, outscoring the home side by 1-11 to 0-01 in the space of 22 minutes.

Ruair Duibhir started in goal but finished in the forwards, Shane Wheatley,started full back but ended as a forward putting two goals to his name in theprocess, Cathal Hardiman started full back, moved to mid-field and returned tofull back at the end of the game. Areturn match is planned for the near future. The two Cillians - Geary and McGowan - were instrumental in thissolid performance at this level and provided back-bone support throughout. SeanO'Donoghue has been polishing his skills and played well in both the backs andforwards. The Southern Gaels Under 9 squadplayed Four Roads in an away challenge match last Thursday evening and bothteams benefited greatly from the encounter. Zack from the under 10s helped make up thenumbers on the night and played all over the pitch. The teams were evenly matched andwhile Four Roads put more on the score board there was little between the teamsand the game allowed for some experimenting in terms of positions and players. Some good work was put inby Leon and Harry in the forward lines they look good for the future.

The two remaining matches proved no less challenging and no less fruitful asthe team got into a good rhythm of building from the back where Calum Devaney,Sen O Donoghue and Oisn Dolan cleared an amount of challenging ball to recordsolid victories. Southern Gaels U10s travelled to CullionGAA on Saturday to take part in a blitz and put in their best performance allyear recording a three out of three victory over some reputable opposition. Inwhat was a comprehensive team performance from back line through midfield andon to the forwards, the effort put in in training over the past months,stretching right back to the mid-winter work, done in the Marist Hall, hasstarted to pay dividends. The players settled in quickly and hadtheir first opponents Cullion on the run with scores emanating from themid-field partnership of Luke Farrell, Johnny Martin and Dano McMonagle who putin solid performance in all three matches moving the ball quickly between eachother creating space on the wings from where they were picking up impressivescores. Any balls falling short were picked up by score-hungry forwards such asZach Meegan, Cormac Bradley, Ruair Duibhir and Cillian Geary who all got onthe score-sheets during the tournament. Six teams showed up on what was a perfect morningweather-wise for hurling and the Gaels were scheduled to play Cullion,Castlepollard and Turin, three teams the club havent played so far this year andwho would prove to be worthy opponents. Emerging players Leon Macken and Lee Turley were notable bytheir ability to play in a variety of positions on the park throughout themorning and this versatility will stand them in good stead as they develop inboth skill and confidence during the summer. This was a great start to thesummer for the U10s and it is expected that this will continue as we progressthrough the summer and the busy schedule of fixtures that await the squad. Welldone to all who performed so well and thanks to all the parents who travelledto support the team.

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But the Dise did not have it all their own way. The winning margin was a harsh judgement on the Lakesiders who held the odds-on favourites at 0-10 to 1-07 at half-time, with Brendan Murtagh and Derek McNicholas impressing. Waterford cruised into the next phase of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers by beating hosts Westmeath by 3-22 to 0-14 in Mullingar this evening.

We had a good chat at half time, we ironed out a few things and were happy with our second-half performance. We played in Division 1 so we should be capable of moving the ball a lot quicker. We were disappointed with our first-half performance but, first of all, lets give credit for Westmeath, said Ryan afterwards. Waterford were in cruise control in the second half of Saturdays Cusack Park tie, but they were severely tested in the opening period by a committed, skilled and fired-up Westmeath unit relishing a shot at the big time. We created the chances and above all, we finished the chances. I felt in the first half our hurling was slow, we moved the ball a bit too slowly. They were very committed. We did that in the second half and opened out the game as well. The game got off to a frantic start, with four yellow cards dished out inside three minutes by Diarmuid Kirwan, the first two to 17-year-old Liam Varley and Maurice Shanahan after an off-the-ball scuffle that led to a brief melee. They played very well. Once the game settled down though, it was Westmeath that were the better side until half time, a fact acknowledged by Waterford manager, Michael Ryan. They seemed to be reacting to the breaks better than we were.

They were three points clear when OSullivan availed of Seamus Prendergasts industry to find the Westmeath net. Crucially though, Brian OSullivan pounced for a 32nd-minute goal after some typical industry from Seamus Prendergast and the sides were level (0-10 to 1-7) at the break. It almost came against the run of play but Brian OSullivan is that kind of a guy, stated Ryan. Hes well capable of taking chances. He gets into very good positions.