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Senior Football Championship

posted 30 Sep 2012, 06:54 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sep 2012, 06:54 ]

3 August 2012 


Garrycastle seniors secured a place in the knock-out stages of the championship with a clear-cut win over Killucan in Moate’s Hogan Park last Friday. With much of South Westmeath subjected to heavy thunderstorms during the afternoon there were fears that this game mightn’t go ahead but amazingly Moate escaped the downpour and their pitch was in great condition. Garrycastle started brightly, reeling off four unanswered points from James Duignan, Paul Dillon, Ciaran O’Neill and a sweetly-struck “45” by Conor Cosgrove. Killucan eventually got off the mark with two points before Paul Dillon put Garrycastle three ahead with his second point. In the space of two minutes Garrycastle put themselves in a winning position with two quick goals. Firstly, Conor Cosgrove’s high kick from distance went all the way to the net as Paddy Mulvihill contested the ball with the full-back and goalkeeper. Within a minute Cosgrove was at the end of a slick passing move and found the net from close range. A pointed free by James Duignan gave Garrycastle a half time lead of 2-6 to 0-4.

A well-worked point by Paul Dillon stretched Garrycastle’s lead after the break. Killucan battled away and managed some good points but David O’Shaughnessy, Neill Rattigan and a Conor Cosgrove free maintained Garrycastle’s comfortable lead. Paddy Mulvihill pointed two frees and in between converted a penalty after Gary Dolan had been fouled in the square. As Garrycastle strove to improve their score difference Gary Dolan rattled the crossbar with a superb effort and Eoin Monaghan completed the scoring in the final minutes.

Garrycastle will be happy to have made the final stages despite having to field under-strength teams in all four games to date. Sean Brennan had another good outing in goals while John Gaffey and the McCallon brothers were excellent in defence. David O’Shaughnessy played solidly throughout in midfield while Paddy Mulvihill led the attack in style with strong support from Conor Cosgrove and Paul Dillon.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Alan Fox, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Mark McCallon, Enda Mulvihill, Justin Barrett, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), David O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Neill Rattigan (0-1), Doran Harte, James Duignan (0-2, 1 free), Conor Cosgrove (2-2 , 1 free, 1 “45”), Paddy Mulvihill (1-2, pen, 2 frees), Paul Dillon (0-3).

SUBS: Eoin Monaghan (0-1) for Duignan; Gary Dolan for Dillon; Aidan Browne for O’Neill; Johnny McGuire for Rattigan and Robbie Shine for Harte.

(Originally published on by Matt Ryan)