Leinster JFC Preview: Another away trip holds no fear for Castletown


There's a trip down to Dr Cullen Park in Carlow for Castletown on Saturday for their semi-final clash with local side Clonmore who have already become something of on-line sensations this year.

In their victory over Leighlin in the Carlow JFC the Clonmore players put together an amazing 12-pass move that ended up with them firing the ball to the net. It was a goal similar to that scored by Kevin Foley way back in '91; the move starting deep in the Clonmore half before Jack Hickey finished to the net at the other end.

The nature of that goal and the fact that Clonmore ended up defeating Straffan, 3-5 to 0-8 in the Leinster Club quarter-final will make Castletown wary of what awaits them. Not that the Meath champions will be fearful of taking on opponents on 'foreign' soil. They made the trip to Laragh the other week and returned home with a 2-19 to 0-7 victory.

The day was embellished for Castletown by a goal scored by Kevin Ross which also became an online sensation when he produced an audacious lob from 35 metres out. Ross ended up with 1-5, an indication of how important he is to the Castletown cause. Declan Cribbin also underlined his ability to turn chances into scores by helping himself to 1-4.

They are sure to cause the Clonmore defence plenty of problems while Killian Price and Kian McConnell are just some of the other Castletown players who can punish opposition defences.

Clonmore are clearly a team well capable of generating chances and taking them too but Castletown have the capability to defend stoutly and strike at the other end. They can sustain their Leinster hopes by winning this encounter.