Castletown 5-15 Spink 2-7
Laois Shopping Centre Junior Football Championship Quarter Final
Ryan Mullaney and Brendan Reddin were the stars of the show as Castletown crushed Spink by 17 points in Stradbally this evening.
They will now progress to face Park-Ratheniska is the semi final on Sunday in what is an incredibly busy time for all of the players involved.
Some will have less than 24 hours to recover before facing The Harps in the Junior Hurling championship semi final tomorrow night in the Centre of Excellence.
They will all be back in action on Sunday for the semi final and then on Friday week, some of this team will face Camross in the Senior hurling championship quarter final.
This game was a mismatch from the start with Castletown putting the tie to bed by half time.
Spink actually got the game’s first score in the opening minute through Paul Simms but it would take another 23 minutes before they would trouble the umpires again.
In that time, Castletown took the lead following points from Brendan Reddin and Dylan Conroy with the former also crashing home their first goal after five minutes.
Points from Ryan Mullaney, Martin Phelan, Shane Phelan and Brendan Reddin followed before Paul Simms second score left it 1-6 to 0-2 after 25 minutes.
Spink added two more points to their tally before the break via Simms and Daniel Bergin but Castletown finished the half strongly with points from Mullaney, Reddin and Aaron Gaughan to take a 1-10 to 0-4 lead into the half time.
And any chance Spink had of mounting a comeback evaporated in the first six minutes of the second half.
Former Laois centre back Ger Reddin crashed home two goals to move Castletown into such a commanding advantage that the result was never in doubt.
In fairness to Spink, they did keep going to the end and got late goals via Paul Simms and Tony O’Shaughnessy but that was never going to be enough.
Ryan Mullaney and Joe Phelan also raised green flags as Brendan Reddin, Martin Phelan and Mullaney chipped in with points to confirm a comprehensive victory.
And as soon as the full time whistle sounded, the Castletown lads who are due to play in the junior hurling semi final replay tomorrow night, scurried off to their cars where they returned to the pitch in Stradbally with hurls and helmets to do a light session ahead of the big game!
SCORERS – CASTLETOWN: Ryan Mullaney 1-5 (three frees), Brendan Reddin 1-4, Ger Reddin 2-0, Joe Phelan 1-1, Martin Phelan 0-2, Shane Phelan, Aaron Gaughan and Dylan Conroy 0-1 each SPINK: Paul Simms 1-5 (three frees), Tony O’Shaughnessy 1-0, Daniel Bergin and Ronan O’Reilly 0-1 each
CASTLETOWN: Shane Cuddy; John Paul Bennett, Conor Phelan, Martin Reddin; John Gaughan, Evan Cuddy, Dylan Conroy; Shane Phelan, Ryan Mullaney; Martin Phelan, Brendan Reddin, Gearoid Gaughan; Joe Phelan, Ger Reddin, Aaron Gaughan. Subs: Conor Walsh
SPINK: Joe Miller; Enda Kehoe, Kieran Breen, Michael Downey; Eoin Simms, Patrick Gorman, Killian Breen; Cha Dwyer, Podge Lawlor; Evan Dunne, Daniel Bergin, Ronan O’Reilly; Paul Simms, Tony O’Shaughnessy, Seamus Miller. Subs: Adrian McCarthy, Jack Hyland, Aaron O’Dea
Referee: Des Cooney (St Joseph’s)