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Dolans Double Wins King Of The Castles

Sun 21st April 2013. Senior Championship
Castledaly 1-08 … 2-12 Garrycastle

Goals from James Dolan in each half secured a win for Garrycastle over Castledaly in the opening weekend of the Senior Football Championship.

Despite the scoreboard showing a 7 point victory, it wasn’t all one way traffic with Castledaly setting the pace early on while Garrycastle struggled with the blustery wind in Tubberclair.

Dolan’s first goal was a family affair with cousin Gary putting him through to finish well from close range. The second had an element of luck after his powerful shot crashed off the crossbar, and from the rebound the ball hit his chest and flew into the net.

As for the game itself, it was the usual hard hitting Championship match with the only real talking points being the officials!

Firstly, no linesmen were present for the match; and despite the game being played in a neutral venue, no locals stepped up to the plate. This meant that subs from the teams took the flag which lead to some expected grief. At one stage, just before throw in, the referee even asked Garrycastle trainer Aidy Dunning if he would do the honors!

From my own time playing at underage level, the absence of linesmen (or umpires for that matter) always struck fear in the heart of the squad as you knew if you were asked to take a place on the line, or at the posts, your chances of getting a run out were somewhere between slim and none!

In the second half there was also some bizarre decisions when, for a five minute spell, Garrycastle were refused permission to bring on a substitute despite the ball going out of play not once,not twice but trice times during that time…much to the anger of the support behind the dugout!

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Patrick Mulvihill bursts through three Castledaly players during Sundays Championship game in Tubberclair

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All eyes on the prize

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