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All County League (Division 7A) Play Off

posted 16 Dec 2012, 08:08 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 17 Dec 2012, 05:39 by Unknown user ]


Garrycastle advanced to the Division 7 final, where they play Mullingar Shamrocks, with a win over a depleted Tang side in Tang last Sunday afternoon. The game was switched to Tang as the Garrycastle pitch was unplayable. Garrycastle took some time to settle, even with superior numbers as Tang started the game with just 13 players. Garrycastle took the lead with a point from Sean Brennan, but Tang levelled matters with a good point. The home side nearly took the lead when a promising move opened up the Garrycastle defence but the shot for goal was just wide of the mark. This seemed to jolt Garrycastle into life and a succession of points from Noel Galvin, Paul Mulvihill, Sean Brennan and Ciaran O’Neill pushed them into a comfortable lead. Further points from Paul Mulvihill and Peadar Mulvihill had established a lead of 0-11 to 0-1 at the break.

On the resumption Sean Brennan pointed from a 45 but Tang had their best spell with two quick points of their own. The game’s first goal came to Garrycastle courtesy of Enda Keena in the 38th minute. Garrycastle goalkeeper, Colman Gantley, saved a penalty and had to repeat his heroics a couple of minutes later when saving yet another penalty award. Garrycastle picked off some more points and grabbed a second goal in the 51st minute from Sean Brennan. Ciaran O’Neill raised a green flag from a penalty awarded for a foul on Gary Mullery. The final score 3-18 to -0-5.

It is difficult to judge where this performance leaves this side, as Tang only had the requisite numbers at the start of the second period. Mullingar Shamrocks will prove stiffer opposition in the Division 7 final in a couple of weeks.

GARRYCASTLE: Colman Gantley, Gary Mullery, Conor Harrington, Eoin Mooney, Neil Rattigan, Sean Carey, Frank Doolan, Ciaran O’Neill (1-1, 1-0 pen), Sean Brennan (1-5, 0-1 45mt), Padraig Cosgrove, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Brian Carty (0-1), Paul Mulvihill (0-3), Noel Galvin (0-6) and Enda Keena (1-1).

SUBS: Finbar Murray for G Mullery; G Mullery for Paul Mulvihill and Paul Mulvihill for B Carty.

All County League (Division 3) 25 November2012

posted 25 Nov 2012, 13:09 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 26 Nov 2012, 15:32 by Unknown user ]

GARRYCASTLE   2-6          BALLYMORE       1-7


This hard-earned win over the home team in Ballymore last Sunday morning effectively assures Garrycastle of the Division 3 title, and promotion to Division 2 for next season. Garrycastle have won all eight games played to date and are level on 16 points with Ballynacargy, who have completed their programme of games. Garrycastle have one game left to play – away to Multyfarnham – but because they won the head-to-head with Ballynacargy they will finish on top regardless of the result against Multyfarnham. This is a notable achievement for Aidan Dunning’s team who have now gone from Division 4 to Division 2 in two years.


Both sides shown plenty of rustiness in the first half but Garrycastle were sharper in front of goal. Conor Cosgrove again showed his accuracy from play and frees while Eoin Monaghan’s well-taken goal gave his team a lead of 1-5 to 0-1 at half time. When Monaghan notched his second goal early in the second half Garrycastle seemed to think the game was over, but the home team took control in the final quarter. When they scored a goal with eight minutes left the gap was down to three points. A neat Conor Cosgrove point eased the tension and two points from Ballymore in the closing minutes weren’t enough to deny Garrycastle.


GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Sean Brennan, John O’Shaughnessy, Anthony Larkin, Ciaran O’Neill, Robbie Fox, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen, Neill Rattigan, Conor Cosgrove (0-5, 3 frees), Peadar Mulvihill, Noel Galvin (captain), James Duignan, Eoin Monaghan (2-1).

Sub: Enda Keena.

Report by Dermot Ryan

Under 21 Football Championship (15 a side) 16 November 2012

posted 18 Nov 2012, 06:49 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 18 Nov 2012, 15:02 by Unknown user ]


Due to difficulties in securing a suitable venue with floodlights, this game was played in Tubber last Friday night where, despite continuous rain, the pitch held up well and two committed teams served up an entertaining contest. With a big contingent of their Intermediate squad available, Caulry went into this game as favourites but Garrycastle had the better of the opening quarter. Their defence soaked up anything Caulry threw at them and a well-taken goal by Enda Keena kept them in front for most of the half. However, Caulry got through for a goal after 25 minutes and went in at the break leading by 2-3 to 1-2. Garrycastle needed a positive start to the second half but instead Caulry scored a quick point and took a giant step towards victory when they added their second goal. Trailing by eight points, Garrycastle were in serious trouble but continued to battle and three inspirational points from play by Eoin Monaghan and Sean Brennan (2) put them back in contention. A very good save by Caulry’s goalkeeper denied Garrycastle the goal that would really have ignited their challenge and the winners stretched their lead with two good points. Garrycastle refused to throw in the towel and points from Alex Gardiner (free) and a beauty from Michael Monaghan ensured an anxious few closing minutes for Caulry.


This young Garrycastle team can take positives from their two championship  games this year. Seven minors were involved last Friday, including three 17 year olds, and with all but two players young enough for next year they can look forward to another good campaign in 2013.


GARRYCASTLE: Michael Fagan, Sean Carey, Jack Donohue, Gary Mullery, Cian White, Gary McCallon, David Broughan, Sean Brennan (Captain, 0-3), Justin Barrett, Barry Ruane, Alex Gardiner (0-1, free), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Enda Keena (1-0).

Subs: Ronan Donohue (for Gunning); Cormac Dickson (for Broughan).  

Report by Dermot Ryan

Under 21 Championship (15 a side) 3 November 2012

posted 5 Nov 2012, 08:46 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 5 Nov 2012, 10:38 by Unknown user ]

Under 21 Championship


Garrycastle under 21s had a very successful outing against St Malachys/Ballinagore on Saturday night last winning on a scoreline of 4-10 to 0-7. This young Garrycastle team went into the game as underdogs against a club which had considerable success at minor over the last few years. However the Garrycastle lads showed great appetite from the start and took the game to their opponents despite playing against a strong wind.  An early Barry Ruane goal gave Garrycastle the lead which they never relinquished. When in possession the Garrycastle forwards had the Malachy's defence at sixes and sevens. Good use of the ball with defence splitting passes led to further goals for Eoin Monaghan (2) and Alex Gardiner (1). At this stage Enda Keena was proving a very effective link man being involved in almost every attack. At the other end the attacks were repelled by disciplined defence by Sean Carey, Cian White, David Brougham, Lee McNamara, Gary McCallon and Gary Mullery.  A couple of great saves by Michael Fagan in goals at vital times ensured that Garrycastle led by 4-2 to 0-5 at half time. On the resumption some early pressure led to a point for the visitors. However, Justin Barrett and Sean Brennan began to dominate the midfield exchanges again and the forwards tacked on points with Michael Monaghan, Paul Gunning, Enda Keena, Eoin Monaghan and Alex Gardiner getting on the scoreboard. Early in the half the crossbar prevented Eoin Monaghan from getting his 3rd goal. This was a great team performance from all 16 players who took part (Cormac Dixon replaced Lee McNamara at half time).  They now play Caulry in the next round. 

GARRYCASTLE: Michael Fagan, Sean Carey, Cian White, Gary Mullery David Brougham, Gary McCallon, Lee McNamara, Justin Barrett, Sean Brennan (Capt), Barry Ruane, Alex Gardiner, Michael Monaghan, Paul Gunning, Eoin Monaghan, Enda Keena.
Sub Cormac Dixon for Lee McNamara.


posted 28 Oct 2012, 11:04 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 30 Oct 2012, 05:48 by Unknown user ]




Garrycastle relinquished their Westmeath senior title when going down by the narrowest of margins in Sunday’s replay of the 2012 final.


Mullingar Shamrocks made the better start and registered two points within the opening 2 minutes, the opening from play and the second from a free. It was taking Garrycastle some time to settle and Dessie Dolan got them off the mark with a point from a free in the 7th minute. Garrycastle began to dominate possession, with Aidan Browne winning most of the midfield battles, and this provided ample opportunities to deliver good ball to the forwards.  A pointed free from Conor Cosgrove was added to by Dessie Dolan, also from a free. Dessie then added a point from play before Garrycastle grabbed an important goal I mid way into the half. A good attacking move carved open the Mullingar Shamrocks defence and James Dolan was put through on goal and he calmly shot past Ronan Tyrrell to put his side 1-4 to 0-2 ahead. Mullingar Shamrocks responded well to this set back with a point in their next attack.  Garrycastle captain, Patrick Mulvihill, pointed to restore his side’s 5 point advantage. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from Doron Harte. Mullingar Shamrocks had the final score f the half, a point from a close in free to leave it 1-6 to 0-6 in Garrycastle’s favour at the break.



Conor Cosgrove pointed a close range free in the opening period of the second half to push his side further ahead. However, it proved to be a rare score for the defending champions, as Mullingar Shamrocks began to dictate the play.  Points from Sean Daly and substitute, Darragh Ryan, reduced the gap by the 44th minute. A wonderful Garrycastle move saw Matthew Guiheen put clear on goal, however he pulled his shot for goal wide of the left hand post. This was as things transpired an important moment in the game. Mullingar Shamrocks began to chip away at the Garrycastle lead and a pointed free followed by one from play by Killian Daly had the sides level in the 55th minute. Shamrocks hit the front in the first minute of the three minutes of added time announced, from a free which was needlessly conceded by the Garrycastle defence. They took a giant stride to the championship soon after when Sean Daly pointed from play. Garrycastle attacked and a foul on Conor Cosgrove saw Dessie Dolan shoot for goal, but his effort was deflected up and over the bar by the massed Shamrocks defence. There was time for one more play, but Shamrocks gained possession and Damien Maher’s final whistle signalled new county champions in Mullingar Shamrocks.


Congratulations to Mullingar Shamrocks and everyone in Garrycastle hope they can go on and put in a strong push for provincial honours.


Best for Garrycastle were Enda Mulvihill, Karl Henson, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen, Dessie Dolan and James Dolan.




GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Doron Harte (0-1), Enda Mulvihill, Karl Henson, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen, Paul Dillon, Patrick Mulvihill (Capt, 0-1), Eoin Monaghan, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 2f), James Dolan (1-0) and Dessie Dolan (0-4, 3f).

SUBS: Alan Fox for G McCallon (23 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for P Dillon (43 min); Ciaran O’Neill for D Harte (inj, 49 min) and David O’Shaughnessy for M Guiheen (inj, 55 min).

Westmeath Senior Football Final 2012

posted 21 Oct 2012, 13:15 by Unknown user   [ updated 23 Oct 2012, 12:32 ]

October 21, 2012 


For the second year running Garrycastle and Mullingar Shamrocks played out a draw in the senior football final. The replay will be in Cusack Park next Sunday at 2.30pm.

Mullingar Shamrocks had the first score, a point from Donal O’Donoghue in the 4th minute. Points, both of which were from play, by James Dolan pushed Garrycastle into the lead by the 6th minute. A point from Paul Dillon was followed by a point by Conor Cosgrove from a 45. Shamrocks responded with a point in the 16th minute. Conor Cosgrove pointed a close range free and in the next minute there was a goal opportunity for both sides. Shamrocks hit the Garrycastle upright and when the ball was cleared, Garrycastle set up an attack which saw Dessie Dolan first a pass to his cousin James who flicked the ball to the net in the 21st minute. Conor Cosgrove added yet another point from a free. Shamrocks responded with a point also from a free and then had a goal to leave just 3 points between the sides as the half time break neared. Conor Cosgrove grabbed a goal for his side when a high ball into the goalmouth was not cleared but Shamrocks responded to this setback with a point in the 29th minute. There was enough time for Enda Mulvihill to break forward from centre back and a scoring opportunity appeared to go but he regained possession and fisted a point in the 1st minute of added time. The half time score 2-7 to 1-4 in Garrycastle’s favour.

Alan Fox replaced his brother Robbie at half time. Garrycastle’s cause was given a significant boost within 30 seconds of the restart when a pass from Dessie Dolan led to a goalmouth scramble and Conor Cosgrove was on hand to score his second and Garrycastle’s third goal of the game. Shamrocks responded with a pointed free and their cause was given a lift with a goal in the 33rd minute. James Dolan had his third point of the game in reply but Shamrocks in turn responded with a point from play. A further point by Conor Cosgrove from a free put Garrycastle 3-9 to 2-6 ahead with 18 minutes remaining. The champion failed to register any more scores during this period, including some 2 minutes of added time. Shamrocks had a third goal in the 46th minute when Micheal Curley struck a powerful shot past Sean Brennan. It was game on and two further points came in quick succession to leave the margin down to a point with about 12 minutes of play left. Shamrocks hit over the equaliser in the 56th minute. Both sides had opportunities to lead, but it was Shamrocks who had the better chances and will be disappointed not to have converted at least one of them. Sean Carroll’s whistle after two minutes of added time signalled a draw yet again between the sides.

Mixed emotions for Garrycastle, Disappointment at not finishing out the game when holding a 9 point lead, but relief that some of the chances for Shamrocks at the end were not on target. So back to Cusack Park next Sunday and Garrycastle will hope that they can repeat their replay win of 2011 this year.

Best for Garrycastle were John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill, Aidan Browne, Patrick Mulvihill, Conor Cosgrove and James Dolan. Dessie Dolan was clearly carrying an injury but was very influential during his time on the pitch.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Robbie Fox, Enda Mulvihill (0-1), Doron Harte, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Paul Dillon (0-1), Patrick Mulvihill (Capt), Dessie Dolan, Conor Cosgrove (2-4, 0-1 45m, 0-3f), James Duignan and James Dolan (1-3).
SUBS: Alan Fox for R Fox (Half time); Eoin Monaghan for D Dolan (38 min); Matthew Guiheen for D Duignan (41 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for P Dillon (48 min) and David O’Shaughnessy for J Barrett (58 min).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)

Junior B Championship

posted 21 Oct 2012, 13:06 by Unknown user   [ updated 21 Oct 2012, 13:06 ]

14 October 2012.


Garrycastle lost out in this year’s Junior B Championship game against the home side in Ballymore last Sunday afternoon.

It was disappointing that we only had 15 players available, but credit to those who togged out for giving everything to try and advance in the championship.

Paul Gunning got the scoring up and running with a good point for Garrycastle in the 3rd minute. Ballymore hit back with points in quick succession to lead by a point in the 7th minute. Alex Gardiner levelled matters with a pointed free following a foul on Paul Gunning. Two points for the home side pushed them in front again before Paul Mulvihill hit over a good point. Alex Gardiner then levelled matters with a point from play in the 14th minute. The sides exchanged points, with the Garrycastle score coming from an Alex Gardiner free. Ballymore lead again with a point from play before Alex Gardiner showed his prowess from a placed ball to again level the score at 0-5 each. Ballymore finished the half stronger and added two points, the first from a free, before Declan Nugent’s whistle signalled the half time break. The score was 0-8 to 0-6 in Ballymore’s favour.

The home side stretched their lead with a point right on the resumption. Alex Gardiner was again accurate from a free for Garrycastle. Two pointed frees for the home side increased their lead before Alex Gardiner slotted over yet another free for Garrycastle. Ballymore had a pointed free and followed up with one from play to lead by 0-13 to 0-8 with just 10 minutes remaining. Garrycastel rallied strongly. A close range free saw Alex Gardiner go for goal, however his shot was saved but Paul Mulvihill picked up possession and pointed. A couple of scoring opportunities were passed up by Garrycastle before Alex Gardiner pointed yet another free with just two minutes remaining. Sean Carey had an opening but his shot flew wide of the goal. The final score was 0-13 to 0-10 for Ballymore.

It was obvious that this side had not played together for nearly 3 months. The lack of numbers also meant that it was not possible to bring some fresh legs later in the game when players tired on the heavy ground. There were good performances from Michael Fagan in goal, Shane Carr, Noel Galvin and Peadar Mulvihill in defence. Johnny McGuire and Conor Molloy worked had in the centre. The attack was well served by Alex Gardiner, Paul Gunning and Paul Mulvihill.

GARRYCASTLE: Michael Fagan, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Shane Carr, Sean Carey, Noel Galvin, Peadar Mulvihill, Conor Molloy, Johnny McGuire, Enda Keena, Alex Gardiner (0-7, 0-6f), Emmet Keena, Paul Gunning (0-1), Padraig Cosgrove and Paul Mulvihill (0-2).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)

Minor Football Championship (Division 2)

posted 8 Oct 2012, 14:01 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Oct 2012, 14:01 ]

7 October, 2012

Maryland/Tang 0-10 Garrycastle 0-6

The minors bowed out of this years championship on a scoreline of 10 points to 6 against Maryland/Tang in Tubberclare last Sunday morning. On a fine morning for football, Maryland/Tang were the quicker to settle and Garrycastle never got going. It was a disappointing display from the team after having played so well in previous games. On the day Maryland/Tang deserved their victory and congratulations to them. A feature of the second half was the many dropped balls and misplaced passes which will be a huge source of frustration for manager Stephen McGuire. All in all, it should be a learning curve to these young players and we must thank the management team of Stephen McGuire, Gerry Duignan and Ken Keenaghan for their efforts during the year.

All County Football League (Division 1)

posted 7 Oct 2012, 09:13 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 Oct 2012, 09:13 ]

6 October 2012


Garrycastle kept their quest for Division 1 league honours on track with a well merited win over Tang in Tang last Saturday evening. The game was switched from Garrycastle as the pitch there was unplayable.

It was evident in the early exchanges that Garrycastle had not played for almost 3 weeks as they struggled to put any decent passages of play together. Tang had the lead with a point in the 3rd minute but Garrycastle responded with pointed frees from Conor Cosgrove to lead by the 9th minute. The sides exchanged points, with the Garrycastle scores coming from James Duignan and Neil Rattigan from play to be level on 0-4 each by the 19th minute. Garrycastle grabbed a decisive lead with a couple of goals within a two minute spell, the first coming via the fist of Conor Cosgrove who was on the end of a high delivery into the Tang goalmouth and the second from Patrick Mulvihill after good approach play. Another point from Eoin Monaghan was replied to by a point for Tang in first half injury timer to leave the scoreline 2-5 to0-5 at the break in Garrycastle’s favour.

Tang had a point from a free shortly after the resumption but a third Garrycastle goal in the 34th minute from Eoin Monaghan all but settled the issue. Further points from Eoin Monaghan and Robbie Fox extended their lead. Tang had a point from a free in the 41st minute. Points from Garrycastle substitutes, Ciaran O’Neill and two from James Dolan saw out the match on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-7.

There were good displays from Enda Mulvihill and Matthew Guiheen in defence. David O’Shaughnessy and Aidan Browne held sway in the centre. Patrick Mulvihill and Eoin Monaghan caught the eye in attack. Garrycastle were missing a number of regulars, but on this display they will struggle to win the county final in two weeks. Mullingar Shamrocks and Garrycastle have agreed to double up for the league in their county final fixture, so the outcome of that game could see Garrycastle clinch the division 1 title.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Alan Fox, Enda Mulvihill, Gary McCallon, Matthew Guiheen, Mark McCallon, Robbie Fox (0-1), Aidan Browne, David O’Shaughnessy, Paul Dillon, Patrick Mulvihill (1-0), Neil Rattigan (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (1-2, 0-2f), James Duignan (0-1)and Eoin Monaghan (1-2).
SUBS: Ciaran O’Neill (0-1) for E Monaghan (47 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for P Dillon (47 min); Johnny McGuire for N Rattigan (47 min); James Dolan (0-2) for C Cosgrove (inj, 50 min) and Anthony Larkin for R Fox (52 min).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)

Fé 16 Football League Championships (Division 2)

posted 30 Sept 2012, 07:21 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sept 2012, 07:21 ]

26 September 2012 

Garrycastle 0-10 Tubberclair 1-13 

Garrycastle exited the Under-16 division 2 championship at the semi-final stage in Tubberclair on Wednesday evening. On a windy evening, Tubberclair got off to a good start with an early point from a free, before Garrycastle settled down and opened their account with a well taken point from Ken Dolan from play. Within minutes, Garrycastle extended their lead with a point from Cathal Mannion (following a short free from Ken), and went further ahead with another point from Cian Hayden, (following another shot free from Ken). Tubberclair responded with another point from a free, but this was cancelled out almost immediately by a point from the impressive Evan Dalton, following a well worked move from the back line. Again Tubberclair responded and drew level, with a brace of points, one from a close-in free. A move started from Frank Farrell, playing excellently at center half-back, then ended with Ken taking a point. Approaching half time both teams exchanged points, Garrycastles coming from play by Evan, but were also guilty of some poor shooting, with Garrycastle having 3 wides in the last 5 minutes of the half. However, at half-time, things looked promising for Garrycastle, as they led on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-5.

As the second half started, and playing with the wind, Garrycastle would have expected to push on, but it was not to be. Within moments of the resumption, Tubberclair had levelled the scores with a free, before taking the lead with a point from play. Then, with Garrycastle still to find their rhythm in the second half, Tubberclair broke through for a strike on goal, drawing an excellent save from Eoin Slevin, but the Tubberclair forwards were faster to react to the breaking ball and slotted home the rebound. Garrycastle tried to respond, and Evan stroked over a nice point, but Tubberclair were now in charge and tacked on 3 unanswered points, (2 from frees), to leave themselves firmly in the driving seat. Points from Evan (from a free) and Ken narrowed the gap to four points before the turning point of the game from a Garrycastle viewpoint, as Ken got in behind the Tubberclair defence and unleashed a blistering shot for goal, only to see it brilliantly stopped by the Tubberclair goalkeeper. The ball was rapidly moved downfield, and Tubberclair tapped over a point to extend their lead. Tubberclair pushed on now, and added two further points from frees, while Garrycastle could only muster one final score, a pointed free from Ken.

So, just as in 2011, Garrycastle exit the Fé 16 championships at the semi-final stage. Good performances on the night from Frank Farrell and Sean Kilgarriff at the back, Evan Dalton in midfield, and Cathal Mannion in the forwards. Unfortunately, the Garrycastle midfield never really got into this game, and this, coupled with the concession of too many scoreable frees, (8 in total), put the game out of reach.

Team: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Ben Kennedy, Adam Keena, Sean Kilgarriff, Frank Farrell, Bill Kelly, Cian Hayden (0-1), Eric Kearney, Shane McEnery, Evan Dalton (0-4), Darragh McCormack, Cathal Mannion (0-1), Liam Leahy, Kenneth Dolan (0-4).

Subs: Brian Leahy for Shane, Eoin Duignan for Darragh.

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