Castletownbere dedicate win to Lyne

Castletownbere dedicated their IFC win over Grenagh at Inchigeela on Saturday to fisherman Pearse Lyne, who tragically died at sea last week.

A minute’s silence was held before the match in honour of the Castletownbere man and selector Morgan O’Sullivan said the team dedicated the win to him.

“The whole town has been devastated by Pearse’s tragic passing and this victory was for him.”

Despite playing with 14 men for the majority of game, Castletownbere did just enough to see off the challenge of Grenagh.

There was no lack of drama in this contest which saw two goals and a red card inside five minutes as well as an unconverted Diarmuid Dorgan penalty in the last minute which would have swung the game for Grenagh.

“The 14 lads on the field worked very hard for the whole hour,” said O’Sullivan.

“We got the rub of the green at the vital time in the game and we were able to keep our noses in front and we’re delighted to come out of here with a win.”

It took just 45 seconds to raise the game’s first green flag. Pressure from Grenagh’s Ultan Duggan and Tadhg Walsh forced the Castletownbere defence to spill the ball in front of their own goal and Jerry Russell pounced to toe-poke the loose ball into the net.

Castletownbere responded just three minutes later when Alan O’Regan cleverly took a quick free, spotting Gerard Healy unmarked in front of goal and the corner-forward made no mistake.

The frenetic start continued when Castletownbere full-back Donagh Wiseman was shown a straight red card after an umpire consulted with referee Joseph Larkin regarding an off-the-ball incident which left Liam Walsh on the floor.

Grenagh dominated the remainder of the first half but poor shooting prevented them from building up a commanding lead.

Points from Tom Kenny, Conor Fitzgerald and a brace from Jerry Russell had Grenagh ahead, with Alan O’Regan hitting three for Castletown.

But a freak goal handed the Beara outfit the lead on the stroke of half-time. A Sean Regan delivery hit a combination of O’Regan and two Grenagh defenders as well as the frame of the goal before ending up in the net, making the score 2-3 to 1-4 at the break.

The game tightened up in the second half and 15 minutes passed without a score before O’Regan pointed from a free to leave a goal between the sides.

Frees from Dorgan and Russell reduced the deficit to a point before Tadhg Walsh was taken out in the square to give Grenagh a last chance of victory.

Dorgan opted to shoot for goal from the penalty but his effort drifted just wide of the post, allowing Castletownbere to hang on for the win.

Scorers for Castletownbere: A O’Regan 1-4 (2fs), G Healy 1-0, L Hanley 0-1.

Scorers for Grenagh: J Russell 1-3 (2fs), D Dorgan (f), T Kenny and C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

CASTLETOWNBERE: J Power; E Wiseman, D Wiseman, L Harrington; D O’Sullivan, T Collins, S McCarthy; A O’Sullivan, D Fenton; L Hanley, S Regan, D Murphy; J Walsh, A O’Regan; G Healy.

GRENAGH: M Barry; M Lehane, R Dorgan, K O’Neill; N Doherty, P McCarthy, S Dorgan; T Kenny, J Russell; D Dorgan, C Fitzgerald, J Russell; U Duggan, L Walsh, T Walsh.

Subs: S Coleman for Duggan (41), A Duggan for Fitzgerald (58).

Referee: J Larkin (Douglas).

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