Castlerea St. Kevin’s face relegation dogfight

St. Faithleach’s 1-8 Castlerea St Kevin’s 0-10 One of the favourites for this year’s Ruby Oil Roscommon SFC championship, Castlerea St. Kevin’s, were dumped out of the competition and into the relegation dogfight by St. Faithleach’s at Hyde Park last Sunday evening.             They have only themselves to blame, as they did not start playing until late in the second half, by which time St. Faithleach’s were gone far into the distance. That having been said they almost caught the Ballyleague men in a frantic last ten minutes, but they left it far too late.             Faithleach’s raced from the blocks and by the 20th minute they were 1-5 to 0-0 ahead. With Darragh Hussey rampant, Faithleach’s laid siege to the Castlerea goal from the first whistle. After two minutes Aidan Dooney gathered a rebound after Geoffrey Claffey made a great save to shoot the opening point. Dooney was on target again three minutes later.             Ten minutes in, and Hussey skipped inside the Castlerea defence to score a great Faithleach’s goal and Gary Cox was on target a minute later with an excellent point. When Cox and Hussey repeated the dose with two more points, Faithleach’s led by an incredible eight points.             Castlerea did improve somewhat before the break and points from Enda Kenny and Ger Heneghan (2) saw them go in at half time 1-5 to 0-3 down.             The second half opened with the sides trading points through Hussey and Heneghan and in the 7th minute Hussey grabbed probably the score of the game from out on the right wing to leave it 1-7 to 0-4.             However, in the final ten minutes Castlerea awoke from their slumber. Ger Heneghan went on a personal scoring spree grabbing points from a free and from play in the 55th and 56th minutes. Then he spurned a goal chance in the 58th minute which flew over the bar and he followed it up with another point almost immediately to narrow the gap to two.             Padraig Wallace steadied the Faithleach’s ship with a point in injury time. Heneghan incredibly scored three more points before the finish to narrow the gap to a single point deep into injury time. The county sharp-shooter grabbed two 45s and a point from play but his mighty efforts were just not enough to save Castlerea and Faithleach’s survived.             For Faithleach’s Hussey was the main man, scoring 1-5 and he was well assisted by Gary Cox, Tom Ryan, Henry Kenny and Stephen Ormsby. Ger Heneghan was almost a one man show for a disappointing Castlerea and he got good assistance from David Scahill and Enda Kenny, but Castlerea will be wondering why they didn’t start to play until so late in the game. St. Faithleach’s: D. Thompson; G. Connor, D. Thompson, A. McCormack; A. Murtagh, R. Cox, D. Murray; S. O’Grady, M. Reynolds; S. Ormsby, E. Kenny; A. Dooney (0-2), G. Cox (0-2), P. Wallace (0-1), D. Hussey (1-3). Subs A. Brehon for O Grady Castlerea St. Kevin’s: G. Claffey, B. Egan, P. Duignan, D. Murphy, C. Dineen, N. Finnegan, F. Carty, M. Finneran, D. Scahill, S. Ryan. G. Heneghan (0-9), S Heneghan, N. Dineen, E Kenny (0-1), D. Duggan. Subs: D. Lyons for S. Ryan M. Killilea for S. Heneghan, J. Duggan for Scahill. Referee Jimmy Reilly.