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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