However, referee Kevin Murphy asserted his authority from the start and slowly the niggling was replaced by some significant football where an Adrigole goal, from a Kevin Ger O’Sullivan penalty, in first-half injury time, was a mighty boost for the winners.
In their past few meetings Town have come out on top and it appeared as if they might well rattle it again when reducing an eight point deficit with three unanswered points and six minutes remaining.
However, as they had throughout, Adrigole remained composed and continued to play expansive football to emerge triumphant in a contest where their forwards combined well to firstly win the frees and then eke out some well taken scores.
Contrast that with the loser’s laboured forward play that worked far better than it should have due to the excellence of Alan O’Regan in the full-forward berth. He kicked all four points in the first-half of a contest where the loser’s had to field without the services of their suspended midfielder Andrew O’Sullivan.
Although the Wiseman brothers, along with Donagh O’Sullivan and David Fenton, played well, they played second fiddle to the winner’s after the teams had finished the opening half sharing four points.
With Tim O’Shea, Barry Goggin, Kevin Jer O’Sullivan, Thomas Joe O’Sullivan and David Harrington all catching the eye for the winners, who had freetakers Kevin Goggin (twice denied a goal by James Power in the loser’s goal) and Kevin Jer O’Sullivan unerring from left and right, eased 0-6 to 0-4 clear before Brendan Jer O’Sullivan crashed home a penalty awarded after a foul on Thomas Joe O’Sullivan.
Even against the breeze Adrigole continued to set the pace until a succession of Town points gave hopes of a revival. But the outstanding Kevin Goggin had the last say to earn the red and whites a welcome triumph.
Scorers for Adrigole: K Goggin 0-6 (0-5f), B Jer O’Sullivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), K Jer O’Sullivan 0-3 (frees), D Harrington 0-2, E Jer O’Sullivan, T Joe O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Castletownbere scorers: A O’Regan 0-6 (0-4f), D Fenton 0-2, D Nolan, G Healy, S Bán O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
ADRIGOLE: W O’Sullivan; C O’Neill, D Carey, C O’Shea; L Harrington, G Green, K O’Sullivan; B Goggin, E Jer O’Sullivan; K Goggin, B Jer O’Sullivan, K Jer O’Sullivan; T O’Shea, T Joe O’Sullivan, D Harrington.
Subs: S O’Shea for E Jer O’Sullivan (inj.), PB O’Shea for G Green.
CASTLETOWNBERE: J Power; E Wiseman, D Wiseman, T Collins; J J O’Leary, D Bán O’Sullivan, L Harrington; S McCarthy, B O’Regan; L Hanley, D Fenton, G Hanley; S O’Regan, A O’Regan, D Nolan.
Subs; D Murphy for S O’Regan, S Ban O’Sullivan for D Nolan, K O’Sullivan for JJ O’Leary.
Referee: K Murphy (Nemo Rangers).