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All County Football League (Division 3)

posted 30 Sep 2012, 06:45 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sep 2012, 06:45 ]

10 July 2012 


Garrycastle made it 4 wins from four with a hard fought but deserved win over Kilbeggan Shamrocks in Garrycastle last Tuesday evening. While it was dry, the pitch was heavy following all of the recent rain.. Playing into a slight breeze, Garrycastle made a bright start and had a point in the first minute when Eoin Monaghan pointed from close range. Johnny McGuire got his side’s second point in the 4th minute and the same player had his second and Garrycastle’s third point soon after. A point by Ciaran O’Neill increased the lead in the 10th minute. While it took Kilbeggan a long time to find their range, they had a point in the 13th minute and followed it up with a second almost immediately. A pointed free for the visitors was added to by one from play to level matters in the 16th minute. Garrycastle regained the lead with a point from Robbie Fox and Noel Galvin put his side two points up with a well taken score. Kilbeggan responded in style and stuck over two well taken points to level matters again. A point for the visitors put them into the lead for the first time as the half time break approached. However, Johnny McGuire was on hand to level matters yet again in the final minute of the half. The half time score was 0-7 a piece.

Kilbeggan Shamrocks had the better of the early exchanges of the second period. They registered three points, all of which were from play, to take a 3 point lead by the 41st minute. Another point increased their lead. In a tight game a goal was always going to be vital and Garrycastle raised a green flag in the 47th minute after good approach play, when Eoin Monaghan finished coolly to the net. A pointed free in the 58th minute from James Duignan, awarded for a foul on Eoin Monaghan, put his side ahead as time ran out. A lovely pass from Rory McGowan set up Conor Cosgrove and he converted with his trusty left boot wit h only a minute remaining. Kilbeggan pressed forward and had a point from a close range free in the first minute of added time. They won possession from the kick-out and when looking for an equaliser. However, the Garrycastle defence held form to record the narrowest of wins.

There were good performances from goalkeeper, Shane O’Connell and from Gary Mullery, Alan Fox and Conor Harrington in defence. Ciaran O’Neill worked tirelessly in midfield. In attack, Robbie Fox, Johnny McGuire and Eoin Monaghan were always a threat.

This game saw the welcome return of Rory McGowan to action. It was great to see him back in the green and red.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Sean Brennan, Jack Donoghgue, Anthony Larkin, Alan Fox, Conor Harrington, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Justin Barrett, Noel Galvin (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill, Robbie Fox (0-1), Alan Daly, Johnny McGuire (0-4) and Eoin Monaghan(1-1).
SUBS: John O’Shaughnessy for S Brennan (half time); James Duignan (0-1, 1f) for N Galvin (39 min); Robbie Shine for A Larkin (44 min); Conor Cosgrove (0-1) for J McGuire (50 min) and Rory McGowan for C O’Neill (53 min).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)