Castlerea narrowly beaten in All-Ireland semi-final

Castlerea St Kevin’s suffered a heartbreaking one-point defeat after a thrilling AIB All-Ireland intermediate club football semi-final at Laois Hire O’Moore Park on Saturday. The opening half was a cagey affair and Castlerea were down to 14 men in the 18th minute when Michael Conroy was black-carded. With Shane Keenan and Adam McDermott outstanding, Castlerea were level at the break, 0-6 each.

Dara Bruen’s side were the better team on the resumption and they led by 0-9 to 0-8 when disaster struck as the Cork side struck two goals within 30 seconds to turn the match on its head. First, Micheal O’Deasuna finished a fine team move to the net and then a poor kick out from David Farrell was grabbed by Maidchi O Duinnin and he played in Daniel O Duinnin for another three-pointer.

Castlerea refused to lie down and they laid siege to the Cill na Martra goal in the final 10 minutes. Points from the outstanding Keenan, Darren McDermott (2) and Adam McDermott reduced the margin to one in injury-time and they had a couple of goal chances to win it but the Cork side (managed by former Roscommon senior manager John Evans) just held on.

It was a magnificent effort from the unlucky Roscommon men. Final score: Cill na Martra 2-10 Castlerea St Kevin’s 0-15.