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McGinley points the way as Rathdowney-Errill remain in contention in Division 1

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Rathdowney-Errill 1-17 Castletown 0-12 

ACHL Division 1

Brandon McGinley helped himself to eight points and Liam O’Connell got the game’s only goal within minutes of coming on as a sub as Rathdowney-Errill kept their ACHL Division 1 hopes alive thanks to an eight-point win over Castletown this evening.

The result means that Rathdowney-Errill move onto seven points after five games, level with The Harps and one behind Clough-Ballacolla, Camross and Borris-Kilcotton who are all on eight.

There are two rounds of games still remaining with the top team going through to the final and second and third playing off in the semi-final.

The sides were level at 0-4 each midway through the opening half but a long-range Joe Fitzpatrick free put Rathdowney-Errill ahead and they pushed on to lead 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.

The lively Brandon McGinley was on form from frees and play and with Jimmy Corrigan, John Purcell and David Poynton all on target, there was to be no denying John Delaney’s men, especially after O’Connell’s impressive goal.

Shane Phelan and Fionan Cuddy accounted for most of Castletown’s scores but they are still awaiting their first win following five losses on he trot.

Their next two games are crucial in their bid to avoid relegation – against Abbeyleix and Portlaoise, the two sides above them on the table.

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Noel Brennan; Brian Campion, Alan Delaney, John Keane; Joe Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Corrigan, Kevin O’Dea; Paddy Meehan, Shane Dollard; Tadhg Dowling, John Purcell, David Poynton; Sean Delaney, Eoin Bourke, Brandon McGinley. Subs: Damien Madden, Liam O’Connell, Vinny Cleere, Dylan Doyle, Gavin Delaney

CASTLETOWN: Mick Cuddy; Martin Reddin, Owen Peters, Paul Croke; Shane Cuddy, Evan Cuddy, John Gaughan; Aaron Gaughan, Fionan Cuddy; Shane Phelan, Gearoid Gaughan, Kevin Carroll; James Hooban, Joe Phelan, Brendan Reddin.