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Castleview v Hibernians 21.02.04

Castleviewx v Hibernianx 21.02.04
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 Castleview 2 Hibernians 0

Castleview stayed in the top four of Murphy’s Stout AUL Premier A with Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Hibernians. The Shanbally visitors rarely troubled keeper Kevin O'Riordan at a sunny but bitterly cold O'Sullivan Park and Barry McGovern’s men again find themselves in the chill of the relegation zone.

It was easy enough for the ‘View. Poor defending gifted them a first half goal and the second half clincher owed as much to a rash advance from goal by the Hibs keeper as it did to the cute build—up pass by the lively Kevin Garvey.

Hibs just had no confidence in front of goal, surprising for a side that scored four the previous week. Both Steve Keenan (8th minute) and Damien Rowe (12Th) missed reasonable opportunities before the View took the lead in the 14th minute.

Roy O'Sullivan’s cross should have been dealt with. It wasn't. Tommy Collins forced the error and Garvey pounced to make it 1-0.

And the Hibs defence was all at sea again in the 20th minute when a defender helped a Garvey cross along the penalty area. Keeper Brosnan did well to hold up the first attacker who tried to force it home before Collins got in a shot that was taken of the line by full back Jonathan Murphy.

Garvey and Collins combined to unhinge the Hibs defence again in the 29th minute but this time keeper Brosnan saved from Bolger who had tried his luck from a narrow angle.

Hibs tried to step it up in the second half and forced a few corners. Midfielder Niall Cloake went close with a header from one but soon it was business as usual and the View doubled their lead in the 60th minute.

Garvey slipped the ball up the right to the unmarked Collins, who was well over thirty yards from goal. Keeper Brosnan rushed out but Collins sent the ball past him and low into the unguarded net.

The ‘View had chances of adding to their lead, most notably a few minutes later. Then lively midfielder Anthony Buckley split the Hibs defence but Collins and Deveraux got their wires crossed and the chance vanished.

Later, Brosnan made a great one handed save when Collins threatened to score from another Garvey pass. Hibs themselves had a few chances in the closing quarter. Sub Niall Cusack headed over after good work by Casey and Farrell before they had another big miss.

That came in the 77th minute when there was still time enough to get something from the game. Rowe slipped a neat ball into Keenan, who was unmarked and about 12 yards from goal. He lined up the shot but drove well wide to let Castleview off the hook, their path to the final whistle much more comfortable than it might have been.

Castleview: Kevin O’Riordan, Brian Murphy, Roy O'Sullivan, John Sexton, Anthony O’Donovan, David Deveraux, Kevin Garvey, Anthony Buckley, Jamie Bolger, Ken Cummins and Tommy Collins. Subs used: Paul McCarthy for Collins (82nd minute) and Jason O'Sullivan for Bolger (87th).
Hibernians: Michael Brosnan, Jonathan Murphy, Tim Creedon, Brian Leahy, Stephen Jordan, Niall Cloake, Damien Rowe, Steve Keenan, Darren Roche, Mark Farrell and Ian Casey. Subs used: James Kelleher for Roche (at half-time), Niall Cusack for Leahy (61st minute) and Robbie O’Connor for Jordan (69th).
Referee: Flor Mehigan.