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All County Football League (Division 7A)

posted 30 Sep 2012, 06:44 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sep 2012, 06:44 ]

26 June 2012 


Garrycastle’s junior side maintained their unbeaten record with a hard fought and merited draw in Tang last Tuesday evening despite playing with just 13 for the final 20 minutes of the game.

Noel Galvin put Garrycastle into the lead in the 3rd minute but this was responded to immediately with a point from the home side. Tang went ahead in their next attack with a good point before Brian Carty had a lovely score from the right to level matters. A pointed free from Noel Galvin put his side ahead only for Tang to reply with a point in the 16th minute. A point from john McGowan put the Garrycastle lads ahead again but Tang responded with a point to level matters again. Johnny McGuire had a point but in line with the established pattern, Tang replied with an equaliser after 25 minutes. Garrycastle again took the lead when Noel Galvin converted a close range free and this brought the first half scoring to an end with Garrycastle ahead by 0-6 to 0-5.

Two quick points at the start of the second half put the home side into the lead but Peadar Mulvihill replied for Garrycastle to level maters yet again. A goal from Alex Gardiner, who was on the end of a flowing move put Garrycastle firmly into the lead. However, their cause was not helped when Anthony Larkin received a second yellow card, followed by a red, to reduce the side to 14. It got even worse for the visitors within a couple of minutes as Johnny McGuire was also yellow carded for the second time and the Garrycastle team was reduced to just 13 players with about 20 minutes remaining. Tang had a point but two pointed frees from Alex Gardiner, both from all of 50 meters, gave Garrycastle the edge. Tang made the superiority in numbers tell with three unanswered points to reduce the margin to just a point with about 8 minutes to play. At this stage it did not look good for Garrycastle, but the 13 players fought for every ball as if their lives depended on it. A fine point from John McGowan put Garrycastle ahead again but Tang responded with a point with just two minutes remaining. However, Garrycastle despite their numerical disadvantage had a couple of attacks but could not get a telling shot on target and had to settle for a draw.

This a was gutsy performance from Garrycastle, who had to play most of the second half short two players. The showed great determination and heart to secure a draw in these circumstances. However, they could surely have got all the points if they had a full complement of players, so their indiscipline cost them. There were excellent performances from Barry Ruane, Anthony Duignan, Frank Doolin and Michael Kelly in defence. Noel Galvin was immense in midfield. Alex Gardiner, Peadar Mulvihill, John McGowan and Paul Donovan battled for everything in attack and Padraig Cosgrove tracking back throughout.

GARRYCASTLE: Michael Fagan, Barry Ruane, Anthony Duignan, John Murphy, Frank Doolan, Anthony Larkin, Michael Kelly, Noel Galvin (0-3, 2f), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Alex Gardiner (1-2, 0-2f), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Brian Carty (0-1), John McGowan (0-2), Paul Donovan and Padraig Cosgrove.
SUBS: Paul Gunning for J Murphy(23 min); Michael Monaghan for P Gunning (45 min); Michael Dunning for A Gardiner (53 min).

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)