A couple of decades ago this was a defining fixture in the Galway SHC, so Castlegar took particular satisfaction from Sunday’s convincing triumph over Turloughmore at Pearse Stadium.
Level with 12 minutes remaining, Castlegar finished with a flourish reeling off nine points without reply to earn a second victory of the campaign. Turloughmore left the Salthill venue nursing plenty of regrets, especially the fact that two soft goals were conceded in the opening period.
Having governed the majority of the first half, Turloughmore’s interval advantage was only 0-10 to 2-2 which scarcely reflected their supremacy. When the action, recommenced Cashel had the stamina and spirit to take control when it truly mattered.
Cashel continue to be prompted by the splendid Ger Farragher, who contributed ten points and was by a distance the most influential contributor on view. Ravaged by injuries and forced to invest hugely in youth, Turloughmore will have absorbed lessons from how this game unfolded.
The experience and guile Cashel possessed counted in the closing stages when Turloughmore’s challenge fizzled out surprisingly quietly. Considering Turlough had been fairly smart and pacy initially, it proved to be a disappointing conclusion with Cashel closing the deal effectively.
Early on it appeared as if Cashel would be in for an uncomfortable afternoon because Turlough were all sharp stickwork and clever movement at the start. Tom Connor’s side was being put under severe duress by Turlough, who were keen to make use of the significant breeze that was favouring them at the outset.
Scores arrived from distance courtesy of Sean Loftus and two Jamie Holland frees with Turlough edging three points ahead by the fourth minute. Short key players ,Turlough were then caught out badly in the eighth minute when Cashel struck a tonic goal.
They failed to adequately deal with a delightful Farragher sideline cut and Kevin Keane punished the hesitancy with a clever flicked effort. However, Turlough briskly regained the initiative hitting five of the next six points.
Loftus was immense during that burst adding two gorgeous points, while Kevin Hussey also rifled over a brace. Ahead 0-8 to 1-1 by the 26th minute, Turlough seemed to be motoring smoothly, but were stunned again by another goal from a gutsy Castlegar outfit.
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