CASTLEBLAYNEY HAVE CHANCE OF DOUBLE TO CAP VERY EXCITING SUMMER OF HURLING

21 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Hurling
BLAYNEY V INNISKEEN
BY JOHN GRAHAM

It has become a real power struggle between Inniskeen and Castleblayney as to who will be top dog on the hurling scene in the county this year and that hunger for success will be central when these two sides go head-to-head again on Sunday morning to decide the destination of this years Silver Hill Foods senior hurling league title.
Castleblayney go into the game as reigning senior hurling champions having defeated Inniskeen in that final back on August 12th and they will be very keen and very determined to do the double again as they keep up the momentum in preparation for their forthcoming Ulster club intermediate hurling championship joust with the Antrim champions early in October.
Inniskeen will be hugely motivated by the fact that they were defeated in the senior championship final and this is also their only chance now of taking silverware this year.
Inniskeen reached the final in 2005 but lost to Castleblayney. They recovered the following year to take their first ever senior hurling league title and their first-ever trophy at senior level in hurling which was a major breakthrough. They failed to reach the final in 2007 but lost the final 2008 to Monaghan Harps. They failed to reach the final in 2009 but recovered to win it in 2010 making for a chequered relationship with the competition while Castleblayney have enjoyed a greater degree of success and are seeking to put titles back to back this year.
Inniskeen will have learned lessons from their senior hurling championship final defeat, the chief one of which is to take chances as they arise and to not afford a team like Castleblayney too much space or time on the ball. Central to Inniskeen’s strategy will be strong defensive work around Pauric Dowdall and Philip Brooks as well as needing top-class performances in midfield from David McGahan and Trevor Hilliard while up front the bulk of responsibility will rest on the shoulders of the Meegan siblings and Michael Lennon.
Castleblayney will look to the tried and trusted, Paul Murphy, Mark Treanor and Peter Treanor in defence, Gary Boyd and Jimmy Lacey in midfield while in attack that have the accuracy of Michael McHugh, particularly from frees and two excellent young players in Fergal Rafter and Stephen Forde who along with Brian McGuigan and Barry Reilly form a fairly potent attack.
It promises to be fast and furious between two teams who know each other extremely well and should be close.

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