Mullingar Athletic v Castle Park

7.30pm  18 October 2014

Leinster Senior League, Major Division One
Mullingar Athletic 1 Castle Park 2 (att 30)

I've seen lots of matches in the Leinster Senior League over the years, but this was the first time I've dipped as low as "Major Division One", the league's sixth tier.

The reason was an unusual Saturday evening kick off, although it was an effort to get to Mullingar by kick off from Belfast, and I arrived with less than 10 minutes to spare.

It was a good job I wasn't late, as both teams scored in the opening minutes. Mullingar going ahead before Castle Park levelled. After that bright start the entertainment dipped somewhat, until it picked up again when Castle Park scored what proved to be the winner in the second half, setting up a decent finish.

Both clubs looked better than I'd expect for such a lowly division, and with Castle Park unbeaten in the lead I wouldn't be surprised to see both sides win promotion.

Mullingar Athletic are based a few miles south of the County Westmeath town, in the village of Gainstown. They have good facilities, with a railed of pitch, one of three, floodlights and a two-storey clubhouse.

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