Kildare Continue To Hold Top Spot
Castlemitchell Community Hall was the venue for the Division 1 Round 5 game between Castlemitchell and Kildare on Wednesday November 1. Castlemitchell playing for the first time in the top flight this season have given a good account of themselves in the first three rounds. In their fourth round tie against Caragh they really didn’t perform on the night and were well and truly beaten, but one has to take into consideration the vast experience of their opponents who are the league Champions for the last two seasons. Even with home advantage they are under no illusions as to the difficult task in hand against a Kildare team that were runners up to Caragh in the previous two seasons.
Even though Kildare started the better on Mat 1 it was only for a short period. Once Castlemitchell settled they were always able to keep their noses in front, but the visitors were always within reach and kept the pressure on the home side.
Castlemitchell held on to their lead until the tenth end, but Kildare took over from that point and opened up a commanding lead of six on a scoreline of 16/10. The home side were back in the game when they narrowed it down to four. But with two ends remaining Kildare held firm and saw out the game to end up winning by nine scores (21/12). Kildare deserved to win without doubt, but the final score was a bit deceiving as they were made fight all the way to secure a hard earned victory.
Castlemitchell: Peter Barry, Ann Dooley, John Behan, Mick Doyle and sub Sean O’Connor.
Kildare: Jimmy Rowan, Frank Connolly, Eddie Heffernan and Fintan Downey.
Mat 2: Talk about a scoreboard doing an injustice to a game, if ever their was one it certainly was in this case as it put this game out of context completely. Overlooking the final result the irony of it was that this was as good a game as you are likely to see.
Kildare’s experience was a telling factor throughout the match. Castlemitchell gave as good as the got in all aspects except on the scoreboard. Every time the home team looked like they would record scores their opponents would nudge their bowls aside and would end up scoring themselves. Even though the final result of 25/8 might seem an easy victory for Kildare, far from it, on the score sheet yes, but in the game no. Kildare take all five points but Castlemitchell need not be too downbeat after producing a good display.
This win keeps Kildare on top spot, four points clear of their nearest challengers Ardclough.
Castlemitchell: Treasa Harris, Tom Harris, Bob Byrne, Paddy Byrne and sub John Cuddy.
Kildare: Margaret Gorry, Jim Condron, Richie Baker and Mark Caldwell.
Recent League Results (home team first)
Div.1: Kill CBC 3, Allen 2; Hollywood 2 Brownstown 3.
Div.2: St. Laurences 5, Baltinglass 0; Athy 0, Rathcoffey 5; Rathangan 3, Balyna 2.
Div.3: Caragh 5,Hollywood 0; Ballymore Eustace 5, Donard/Glen 0.
Div.4: Allen 2, Celbridge 3; Clane/Staplestown, 5 Donard/Glen 0; Celbridge 5, Ardclough 0.
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