Erin’s Isle under 15s also travelled down to Castlehaven on Saturday and played Castlehaven that evening on their fabulous pitch before the main event on Sunday. But in the eyes of many this game lived up to the controversy of the last time these two great clubs met 20 years ago.
Throughout the contest no more than 3 points separated the sides at any one time. The first half had high quality scores at both ends with all the skills of Gaelic football on show with frees being scored from the ground, big hits going in, super link up play and top corner screamers.
If the large crowd felt that the first half was epic they were in for a treat in the second half.
The second half ebbed and flowed like the first and then we had another Isles goal shrouded in controversy. After a mad scramble the isles player got his shot away but was half blocked by the defender. Isles claimed it was a goal and Castlehaven claimed it never crossed the line (sound familiar). The referee instructed for the green flag to be raised. Into the closing stages isles held a two point lead when Castlehaven were awarded a 40 yard free, the referee then brought the ball forward to the 14 yard line.
The Haven brought up their inter county full back whose free off the ground smashed against the cross bar and came out but he volleyed the rebound into the top corner coming back out off the Stanchion. Erin’s isle keeper took exception to this and remonstrated with the referee but to no avail. Into injury time Isles came back up the field and scored a phantom point to equalize the game. The referee continued to play injury time and isles registered the next score.
The game was played on a knife edge for the remaining injury time until the Haven full back sent over a 45 to draw the game and the referee finally blew his for full time after 15 minutes of extra time.
All those in attendance stood up and applauded both sets of players off the pitch.
Now we await the toughest rivalry rematch!!