Bective started their 2020 campaign with a 5 point loss to a strong Castletown outfit in the first game of the Corn Na Boinne competition in heavy conditions under lights in Castletown on Friday night. Both teams displayed plenty of enthusiasm and served up attacking football at a high intensity. Bective, under new manager John Brady, were missing a few strong regulars but managed to threaten the Castletown goal on a number of occasions but by failing to hit the net they had to play catch-up to Castletown (2019 Intermediate semi-finalists) who were consistently able to put the ball over the bar.
Castletown pointed twice before Bective’s first point on 8 minutes. Castletown pointed twice again before Bective reduced the deficit to 1 point with scores on the 15th and 17th minutes. Bective’s touch on the ball was a bit rusty and failed to convert some goal chances. Castletown appeared to have a better balance and added 4 more points to go in at the break – Castletown 0 – 8, Bective 0 – 3.
Bective’s endeavour began to pay off at the start of the second half with points from Sean Keating, Marty Mulhall, and Mulhall pointed frees after fouls on Cathal Mc Connell, and reduced the deficit to a point again. Castletown weathered the storm and replied with 3 points before Mulhall pointed a free kick. Bective again created goal chances but strong Castletown defending averted the danger. The teams traded points and final score was Castetown 0 – 13, Bective 0 – 8.
Connor O’Reilly, Mark Dowdall, Colin O’Rourke, Colm Barry, Craig Roche, Dara Maguire, Donagh Garvey, Ciaran Mc Connell, Paul Lyness, Chris McGurn, Cathal Mc Connell, Marty Mulhall, Neil Dowdall, Sean Keating, Mark O’Brien. Subs on Jack Grant, Ciaran Casey,