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posted 26 Sep 2016, 02:29 by Matthew Ryan

The Under-10 squad had a busy week, with the first round of the Castledaly league being played on Wednesday, and the St. Marys tournament being played in Rochfortbridge on Saturday.


Garrycastle played the Moate All-Whites in the first round of the Castledaly league. The match started at pace with both teams trading scores up to the half-way mark and at the break, the teams could not be separated on the scoreboard. As the second half started the Moate team took a slender lead, but this was again pegged back by the Garrycastle lads, who fought and tackled for every ball. As the game headed towards a conclusion, the Moate team tacked on a couple of late points, to win by a narrow margin.


On Saturday, the Garrycastle squad travelled to Rochfortbridge to take part in the St. Marys tournament. On a day where the rain would have tempted Noah himself to stay indoors, we fielded teams in the Under-9 and Under-10 competitions. In the under-10 competition, the Garrycastle lads won against St. Marys and St. Lomans, and lost narrowly to Edenderry from Offaly, qualifying for the shield final. A great performance against Tullamore Shamrocks, which saw the Garrycastle team lead from start to finish, saw them win the Shield final. 


In the under-9 competition, the Garrycastle team won all three of its league games, and qualified as group leaders for the under-9 cup final against Milltownpass. This skillful group of players took the game to the Milltownpass team from the start, building up a comfortable lead, which the maintained all the way to the end, to bring home the under-9 cup. Overall, this was an excellent outing for both teams. The under-10 squad bounced back from their opening round defeat to win the shield, while the under-9 team were unbeaten on the day.


It was with great pride that David Carter accepted the shield on behalf of the under-10 team, and James McHugh accepted the cup on behalf of the under-9 team. Huge thanks are due to Michael and the rest of the St. Mary's organising team for the invitation to play in the tournament, for their excellent hospitality on the day, and for the very well run tournament in what were very poor weather conditions. Massive thanks also to all the parents who brought the players along, and to those who travelled to Rochfortbridge after already playing a soccer match in the morning so that we had a strong squad. As usual, without this level of support and dedication, the club would be much the poorer.