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Remember the Game: Castletown survive scare to capture the 2000 U-12 ‘B’ Hurling League title

Castletown 3-5  Mountrath 1-5
2000 Laois U-12 ‘B’ Hurling League Final

The game was ebbed and flowed from the first minute but at half time, it was Castletown that were looking the better of the two sides.

But a second half comeback from Mountrath meant all was not straight forward for the young guns of Castletown, but they say a scare is the best way to get a team going and it certainly proved true on the day.

A cracking late haul of 1-2 from their captain Luke O’Grady inspired his team to power to a six point victory over their big rivals.

Other notable performers on the day were Laura Dunne, who proved to be a tough nut to crack in the goals for Castletown, Gearoid Gaughan, who scored a good goal and worked around the pitch all game.

On the Mountrath side, Liam Byrne was key to the second half comeback with an impressive four point haul, while Alan Duggan was a tricky customer for the Castletown full back line.

Alf Harvey was there on the day and he captured some of the best action below.

Scorers – Castletown: Luke O’Grady 1-5, Gearoid Gaughan 1-0, Darren Ferns 1-0. Mountrath: Liam Byrne 0-4, Alan Duggan 1-0, Derek Dunne 0-1.

CASTLETOWN: L Dunne; C Flynn, D Cuddy, D Wall-Coughlan, J Conroy, J Bergin, P Harding, J Gaughan, E Conroy, K Carroll, G Reddin, L O’Grady, E Tobin-Smith, D Ferns, G Gaughan. Subs: M Delaney.

MOUNTRATH: P Carroll, C Wheeler, K Byrne, G Phelan, A Seale, P Rice, G Brophy, L Byrne, S Doheny, C Carroll, G Daly, C Lanham, D Dunne, A Duggan.

Players of the Game: Luke O’Grady and Laura Dunne.

Referee: Ollie Byrne


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