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All County Football League (Division 3)

posted 30 Sep 2012, 06:58 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sep 2012, 06:59 ]

26 August 2012 


Both sides came into this game with 100% league records, Ballynacargy with 8 wins from 8 and Garrycastle with 5 from 5. So the winner of this game played in Garrycastle was going to hold a big advantage in the chase for league honours.

Garrycastle had a bright start with a point on the board after 90 seconds when Conor Cosgrove pointed a close range free. However, Ballynacargy settled and began to hold the advantage in the centre. The visitors rattled off four points, all of which came from play, to take a good lead by the 7th minute. A pointed free by James Duignan reduced the margin almost immediately. The sides exchanged points, with Garrycastle’s coming from Robbie Fox, who ventured forward in support. Sean Brennan made a fine save in the Garrycastle goal to prevent a goal or Ballynacargy, but the visitors continued to dominate possession and struck over 3 more points to lead by five points after 20 minutes of play. It got even better for the visitors when a slick attack opened up the Garrycastle defence and a goal ensued in the 22nd minute. Robbie Fox responded by scoring a point for Garrycastle but further points for Ballynacargy in the next couple of attacks stretched the lead to 7 points as the half time break approached. Garrycastle had a decent period of possession and points from Ciaran O’Neill and James Duignan reduced the margin. Alan Daly was very unlucky when his fisted effort bounced back into safety off the visitor’s crossbar. However, the same player had the final score of the period with a point in the first minute of injury time to leave the scoreline 1-10 to 0-7 in Ballynacargy’s favour.

Garrycastle resumed in determined fashion and a goal by James Duignan in the very first minute of the half reduced the gap to just 3 points. Ballynacargy responded with a point to move the lead out to 4 in the 33rd minute. However, that was a signal for Garrycastle’s best period of the game. Aidan Browne began to exert a huge influence in the centre and a good supply to the forwards was to follow. Points from Ciaran O’Neill, Alan Daly and Conor Cosgrove left just 1 point between the sides. A fine point from Aidan Brown levelled matters and Eoin Monaghan had a point in the 42nd minute to put his side into the lead for the first time since the early part of the game. Ballynacargy responded in fine style and levelled matters with their next attack. Two excellent points from Conor Cosgrove put Garrycastle in front again and this was augmented by a pointed free from James Duignan. A point from Aidan Browne put his side four points to the good in the 52nd minute. Both sides were reduced to 14 as the game entered its final period. Ballynacargy pressed forward looking for a goal but resolute defending kept them out. They did have a point in the 59th minute to leave just 3 points between the sides, but try as the may they could not get the scores needed to save the game. The final score was 1-16 to 1-13 in Garrycastle favour.

This was a good win for Garrycastle who put in a great performance in the second period. Sean Brennan was solid in goal and there were fine defensive performances from Jack Donoghue and Robbie Fox. Aidan Browne made a big difference on his introduction in midfield. James Duignan, Conor Cosgrove, Alan Daly and Eoin Monaghan caused a lot of discomfort for the visitor’s defence, particularly in the second period.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Jack Donoghue, Anthony Larkin, John O’Shaughnessy, Robbie Fox (0-2), Justin Barrett, Ciaran O’Neill (0-2), Noel Galvin, James Duignan (1-3, 0-2f), Johnny McGuire, Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 0-1f), Alan Daly (0-2) and Eoin Monaghan(0-1).
SUBS: Aidan Browne (0-2) for N Galvin (24 min); Peadar Mulvihill for A Larkin (half time) and Matthew Guiheen for J McGuire (50 min).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)