posted 10 Jul 2013, 15:41 by Unknown user
We don't have to travel back too far in time to find our last senior hurling championship meeting with Castlegar. It was in last years (2012) group stages, and was our second match in the group. We had lost the opening tie to Craughwell after letting slip a commanding lead. Hopes were high of a more complete and consistent performance against Castlegar. However, this was not to be after a poor opening half that saw us seven points in arrears at the interval. Efforts to rally were made, but Castlegar answered them for the third quarter, although we did manage in the final quarter to cut into their lead, with only a single point to separate us on the final whistle. However, the single point defeat did not reflect the fact that we didnto really perform, and that Castlegar were much the better side on the day.
Here is the match report from the following weeks Connacht Tribune.
Farragher on fire as Cashel just hold off Kinvara comeback
CIARAN TIERNEY AT KENNY PARK, JUNE 2012
Castlegar 1-18 Kinvara 4-8
CASTLEGAR by a whisker. And yet the manner in which they had to hang on grimly for a one point victory should have caused plenty of soulsearching in the Cashel camp after the concession of three second half goals almost turned this bizarre game on its head at Athenry on Friday evening.
The victors were clearly the dominant force throughout, with former county midfielder Ger Farragher turning in a sparkling performance, but a suspect full-back line allowed Kinvara right back into a game which should have been well beyond the seasiders.
Time after time, long balls into the full-forward zone caused all sorts of problems for the men in green, who should have been on course for victory when a superb burst of scoring just before the interval gave them a comfortable seven point lead at the turn-around.
The tireless Kevin Brady had to be redeployed to curb the attacking menace caused by full-forward Colm Burke, who netted a goal in either half, and wing back Alan Leech – whose redeployment to corner forward caused all sorts of headaches for Castlegar in the second half.
Ultimately, Castlegar were the stronger side. Farragher helped himself to ten points, including three from play, with a commanding performance on an evening when much of the neutrals’ focus was on the performance of Kinvara defender Shane Kavanagh.
Kavanagh has been controversially omitted from the Galway set-up all year and played quite well on the half-back line here, but hardly gave the kind of display which would suggest he’s the answer to Galway’s problems at full-back.
If anything, another former county man, Ger Mahon, outshone Kavanagh in the Kinvara defence and the truth is they would have been hugely fortunate to take anything from a game in which Cashel had the lion’s share of possession. On the basis of this hour’s work, Farragher would be far more deserving of a Galway recall.
Scores from Conor Kavanagh (free) and Cathal Curtin gave the South Galway men an encouraging start, but Farragher showed that he was on form with three in a row from placed balls. Then Shane Kavanagh lobbed a fine ball into the danger zone for Burke to produce a wonderful strike for the game’s opening goal.
The lively Donal McGreal put in a fine hour’s work alongside Farragher in midfield and produced Castlegar’s first score from play on 13 minutes, in response to a long-range free from Conor Kavanagh.
Farragher produced a fantastic point from play in the 16th minute before centre back Tomas Mannion set up a good score for full-forward Enda Concannon, and Farragher pointed a sideline cut to edge Padraic Connolly’s side back in front.
Castlegar enjoyed their best period to hit six unanswered points in five minutes before the break, including a mighty effort from full-back Kevin Keane, three scores from Farragher (two from play), a Ronan O’Flynn point which was set up by McGreal, and a fine effort from corner back Patrick Connell.
The winners produced some delightful long-range scores at this stage and it was clear that Farragher was in fine form, adding an admirable work-rate to his accuracy from placed balls, as his side led by 0-13 to 1-3 at the break.
Goals kept Kinvara in this tie and they worked their way in from the left corner before Cathal Curtin found the net just two minutes into the second half. Brady won a free which was converted by Farragher from 60 metres out, before Shane Kavanagh found the range after pouncing on a poor Castlegar clearance.
Brady then provided a perfect long ball for full-forward Enda Concannon to take off on a strong run and plant the sliotar to the back of the Kinvara net. At 1-14 to 2-4, Castlegar should have been coasting at this stage – but calamitous defending almost cost them dearly after McGreal extended their lead to eight points.
Cathal Curtin reduced the deficit with a point before Leech, redeployed to full-forward, fired home a stunning goal to give Kinvara a lifeline on 42 minutes. Farragher set up a Kevin Keane point to stem the tide, but Castlegar netminder John Connor spilled a Curtin shot before Burke pounced to score his second goal.
The Castlegar full-back line looked vulnerable at this stage and, incredibly, when Kinvara goalie Colm Callanan fired over a long-range free there was only a point between the sides.
Farragher and Callanan exchanged points from placed balls, before Connor had to make a crucial save to deny a goal-bound shot from Cathal Curtin and there was huge relief for Castlegar when substitute Damien O’Brien set up a Thomas Mannion score at the other end.
Jonathan Kavanagh set up a fine score from Ger Mahon three minutes into injury time, ensuring that Castlegar had to sweat it out right to the end. Farragher, Brady, Mannion, McGreal, Concannon, and Connell worked hardest for a team who, despite some fine long-range shooting, have defensive frailties to address if they are to go much further this year.
Goals kept Kinvara in this game and they were best served by Curtin, Conor and Shane Kavanagh, Mahon, and Leech, but they look to have regressed alarmingly since reaching the county final in 2007.
Castlegar: J. Connor; P. O’Flynn, K. Keane (0-2), P. Connell (0-1); K. Brady, T. Mannion (0-1), O. Teagle; G. Farragher (0-10, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65’, 0-1 sideline cut), D. McGreal (0-2); D. Higgins, M. Cullinane, R. O’Flynn (0-1); S. Connell, E. Concannon (1-1), D. O’Gorman. Subs: S. Corcoran for Cullinane (inj., 22 mins), D. O’Brien for Corcoran (55 mins).
Kinvara: C. Callanan (0-2, 0- 1 free, 0-1 ‘65’); A. Moylan, B. Carroll, S. Quinn; A. Leech (1-0), S. Kavanagh (0-2), G. Mahon (0-1); C. Curtin (1-2), J. Kavanagh; S. Moylan, Damien Huban, C. Kavanagh (0-2, frees); David Huban, C. Burke (2-0), D. Smith. Subs: P. Keane for Smith (halftime), N. Bermingham for Damien Huban (42 mins).
Referee: E. O’Shaughnessy.
CONNACHT TRIBUNE, FRIDAY JUNE 15TH 2012