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Under-10 Notes

posted 10 Oct 2016, 06:32 by Matthew Ryan

A very busy week for the Garrycastle Under-10 squad started with a trip to Doon, Co. Offaly on Monday evening, to play Doon/Pullough in the final league round of the Castledaly tournament. Playing under lights, the Garrycastle team started strongly against a swirling wind, and building on some excellent play in the middle third of the field, dominated possession in the first half, to take a good lead into the half-time break. In the second half, they pushed on further, and took a good win on the night.


They next travelled to Johnstown on Thursday evening to play Clann na nGael in the 'B' final of the Tormeys Solicitors / Clann na nGael under-10 league. In this competition, the under-10 team and under-9 team play separately and the scores of the two matches were added together to give a final result. The under-10 team started well, and traded scores with the host club in a very evenly matched first half. At the half-time break only a single score separated the teams, with Clann in front. Garrycastle pushed forward more in the second half, and took, and then stretched the lead with some excellent scores. However, as expected, the home club fought back as the game entered the last few minutes, and it took some fantastic rearguard work from the very hard working Garrycastle backline to weather the storm. As the final whistle sounded, the Garrycastle team emerged victorious by just a single score.


Not to be outdone, the under-9 team started very strongly, and had the lion’s share of possession right throughout the first half. Building on a very strong midfield showing, and an excellent defensive display when needed, the Garrycastle lads took a good lead into the half-time break. The second half followed a similar pattern, and even though the Clann team attacked strongly in the second half, the Garrycastle defence held out, and the team took a deserved win, having led from start to finish.


Joint captains, Anthony Mannion at under-10 and Aaron Keegan at under-9, were presented with the trophy afterwards. A huge note of thanks is due to Tormeys Solicitors for sponsoring this league, and to the Clann na nGael club for hosting it, for their excellent organisation right throughout the league, and their excellent hospitality on the finals night. Such well organised and structured opportunities to play football at this age level are few and far between, and this tournament is an excellent example of how it can be done!


To end the week, it was off to Castledaly on Sunday morning to play Tubberclair in the semi-final of the Coughlan Cup competition, with a place in the cup or shield final up for grabs. Garrycastle were first out of the blocks and took an early lead before being pegged back by Tubberclair. Garrycastle again upped the pace, and stretched out their lead. As the half ended, a pointed free from Tubberclair narrowed the gap to leave the Garrycastle team ahead by three at the break. As expected, the Tubberclair fightback started right from the resumption, and in a blistering second half, the teams traded score for score so that as the final whistle blew, the teams could not be separated on the scoreboard. So it was on to extra time to decide this semi-final. Again both teams swapped points, and as the game entered its final few seconds, Garrycastle trailed by a single point. With time just about up, Garrycastle won a free close to sideline, and the referee indicated that this would be the last action of the game. There was almost silence as the ball was kicked, but it drifted agonisingly wide, and the game was over, with Garrycastle defeated by a single point. This result means that Garrycastle will play in the Shield final on the coming weekend. This Garrycastle team gave it absolutely their all in this match, and all 15 players present can hold their heads up high with their performance.


Squad (across the three days): Brandon Devaney, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, Nathan McKeon, Sean O'Donoghue, Calum Hudson, Kacey Mulvihill, Killian Keegan, Dean Greham, David Carter, Anthony Mannion, Oisin O'Donoghue, Christian Turean, Kealan McNamara, Niadh Shine, Oisin Mulvihill, Conor McCormack, Aaron Keegan, Cian Norris, Rian Gaynor, Dylan Frawley, Darragh Glennon, Andrew Henson, Fionn McMahon, Van McCay, James McHugh, Louie Shine, Keelan Ward