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Castletown win to claim back-to-back football championship crowns

The Castletown team that won the Junior 'B' football title in 2018

Castletown 2-17 Rosenallis 1-6
Laois Shopping Centre Junior B Football Championship Final

Castletown have won a football championship for the second year running.

The men in blue and white claimed the Junior C crown last year and have now added the Junior B title after defeating Rosenallis in O’Moore Park this evening.

It wasn’t all plane sailing for Castletown though as despite Brendan Reddin giving them the lead, they were three points down after five minutes.

Glen Shaw equalised for Rosenallis and then Donnagh Callaly’s long ball was fisted to the net by teenager Jack Claffey.

James Mullaney, Ryan Mullaney and Aaron Gaughan levelled things up before Joe Phelan gave Castletown the lead by the midpoint of the half.

They had two great goal chances in that period too as Joe Phelan drew a great save from Thomas Shelly and James Mullaney saw an effort come back off the post.

Glen Shaw tied the match in the 19th minute but that would prove to be Rosenallis’s final score of the half.

Castletown scored their opening goal with the next attack. Ryan Mullaney was the architect as he picked out John Paul Bennett and he rattled the net.

Aaron Gaughan and a brace from James Mullaney sent Castletown in leading by 1-8 to 1-2 at half time.

Paul Croke extended Castletown’s lead on the resumption of play but Jack Claffey ended Rosenallis’s scoreless period with a lovely score off his left foot.

Joe Phelan added a point and Castletown were then awarded a penalty when Paddy Dunne fouled James Mullaney with a high tackle.

However, a row broke out and after consultation between referee Rom Kennedy and his umpires, he showed yellow cards to Sean Dunne and Paddy Dunne of Rosenallis and then threw up the ball.

James Mullaney added another point soon after but scores from Donnagh Callaly and Glen Shaw got the gap back to six with ten minutes to play.

Paddy Dunne was then dismissed for Rosenallis and that was the end of any challenge that they could mount.

James Mullaney hit his fifth point and Joe Phelan then added another as the game ebbed out.

Ryan Mullaney and Donnagh Callaly traded points as six minutes of added time were signalled.

Ryan Mullaney added another in that period while so too did Dylan Conroy and Craig Finlay before James Mullaney scored a second goal as Castletown ran out convincing winners.

Rosenallis

SCORERS – Castletown: James Mullaney 1-5 (0-2 frees), Ryan Mullaney 0-3, Joe Phelan 0-3, John Paul Bennett 1-0, Aaron Gaughan 0-2, Brendan Reddin 0-1, Paul Croke 0-1, Dylan Conroy 0-1, Craig Finlay 0-1 Rosenallis: Jack Claffey 1-1, Glen Shaw 0-3 (two frees), Donnagh Callaly 0-2

CASTLETOWN: Gearoid Gaughan; John Paul Bennett, Eoin Peters, Martin Reddin; John Gaughan, Conor Phelan, Dylan Conroy; Ryan Mullaney, Shane Phelan; Brendan Reddin, Evan Cuddy, Paul Croke; Joe Phelan, James Mullaney, Aaron Gaughan. Subs Cathal Moore for Croke (52m), Craig Finlay for A Gaughan, Cillian Phelan for E Cuddy and Luke O’Grady for Cuddy (all 63m)

ROSENALLIS: Thomas Shelly; Tom Gorman, Stephen McEvoy, Michael McEvoy; John Maher, John Lalor, Sean Dunne; Darren McEvoy, Donnagh Callaly; Paddy Dunne, Niall Doolan, Jack Claffey; John Hughes, Glen Shaw, Walter Murphy. Subs: Damien Gorman for M McEvoy (34m), Jack Conroy for T Gorman (56m, black card)

Referee: Tom Kennedy (Barrowhouse)

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