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Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament 2017

The Garrycastle Jim McHugh tournament commences August 20th. All information regarding fixtures and results for the tournament can be found linked from the Garrycastle home page and here 

Garrycastle are drawn in Group A which also consists of  Moate All Whites, Rosemount, Millmore Gaels, Ballycumber/Tubber and Lillieput Gaels. Match reports below.

Westmeath Under-12 League 2017

The league will be played in two phases. Phase one which is four groups of six teams to determine into which division each team is placed. Phase one of the league runs from end of April to end of June.

Phase one
Garrycastle are drawn in Group 4 which also consists of CFCW (Castletown,Finea,Coole,Whitehall)Tubberclair, Kilbeggan/Joseph’s, Milltownpass and Tyrrellspass.

Garrycastle finished Phase one joint top of their group after winning four from five league fixtures.
All match reports below.

Phase two
Garrycastle are placed in Group 2 with St. Mary's Rochfortbridge, Millmore Gaels, Moate All Whites, St. Loman's Mullingar and Caulry. This phase commences on July 5th.

Garrycastle completed Phase two of the league on August 31st. with a defeat at St.Loman's Mullingar. It was mixed fortunes in this phase of the league with two wins (over St. Mary's Rochfortbridge & Moate All Whites) and three losses leaving them in a mid-table finish.

Westmeath Under-11 League 2017
Garrycastle will also participate in the Westmeath U11 GO Games league in 2017, running on Monday evenings, commencing on July 3rd. Garrycastle are drawn in Group 1 with Tubberclair, Moate All Whites, Rosemount, The Downs, St Lomans, Coralstown/Kinnegad & Mullingar Shamrocks. 

July 3rd  -  Garrycastle home win v Rosemount
July 10th - Moate 3-02, Garrycastle 4-06
July 17th - Garrycastle 5-8, Carrick-on-Shannon 4-13 (U11 Challenge)
July 24th - Garrycastle 3-09, Tubberclair 3-02
July 31st - Garrycastle away loss v Mullingar Shamrocks
Sept 1st  - Garrycastle 5-09, St. Lomans 1-05

2017 Match Reports

2017 U12 Jim McHugh Tournament

Garrycastle  V DER Gaels, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Plate final, Mon. Oct 9th. 2016

Garrycastle 5-7, DER Gaels 1-3

This was a superb all round performance by the team played in front of a large attendance of family and friends.
The picture tells the story!

Rosemount V Garrycastle , U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Group A, Round 2, Thur. Sept 7th. 2017

Rosemount 4-05, Garrycastle 4-11

This match can only be described as the proverbial game of two halves where Rosemount dominated the first and Garrycastle came back in the second to secure their second win in the tournament. Rosemount playing with the breeze opened strongly and fully capitalised on their chances scoring three goals in quick succession. The Garrycastle defence regrouped and eventually started to get on top with Thanh McCay particularly impressive across the halfback line. This allowed Garrycastle to get some scores with a goal from Jack Allen and points from Sean O'Donoghue and Jamie Carroll to leave the score at 4-3 to 1-4 in favour of Rosemount.

Garrycastle upped their performance significantly in the second half and started to dominate in midfield and the half forwards which allowed the forwards to start getting the scores on the board. There were some excellent passages of play and goals followed with two from Diarmaid Murtagh and another for Killian Keegan. Garrycastle turned to their substitute bench and again the fresh legs made a big contribution to secure the win. 

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'HaraKillian Redmond, Jack Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Thanh McCayJamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Jack AllenDavid Carter, Sean O' Donoghue, Matthew Conor, Killian Keegan, Conor Sheehan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Nathan McKeon, Oisin Nugent, Cian McCormack Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly

Garrycastle v Moate All Whites, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Group A, Round 1, Sun. Sept 3rd. 2017

Garrycastle 4-12, Moate All Whites 1-6

The Garrycastle U12s secured a hard earned win over Moate in their opening fixture of the Jim McHugh tournament. Both teams opened strongly and were exchanging scores right from the start.  Garrycastle then enjoyed a dominant spell and worked some well taken scores with Conor Sheehan and Diarmaid Murtagh converting excellent points. Jack Allen then scored a great goal after breaking at pace from midfield. This left the score at 1-7 to 1-4 to Garrycastle at the break.

The second half opened with both teams exchanging scores with Jack Allen converting another goal. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes and and the fresh legs allowed them to pull away from their visitors as the match closed out. There were some excellent points from Jamie Carroll and Sean O' Donoghue and a great goal from Killian Redmond struck from distance that crept under the bar. It was a great start to the tournament for the team.

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Brian Mulvihill, Thanh McCayJamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Oisin Nugent, Jack AllenDavid Carter, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Killian KeeganAlphie Broderick, Kacey Mulvihill, Charlie O'Brien, Nathan McKeon, Con O'Hara, Sean O' Donoghue, Anthony Mannion

                                       Garrycastle squad after Jim McHugh Round 1 win v Moate

2017 Westmeath U12 League Phase two

Caulry v Garrycastle, U12 County Football League Group 2, Wed. Aug 2nd., 2017

Caulry 4-8, Garrycastle 2-6

Garrycastle were without a number of their regular starters for this league fixture but the players who stepped in put in a very solid and determined display. Garrycastle shipped two very unlucky deflected goals in the first half which left them chasing this game from before half time. The lads put a big effort in the second half and took some fine scores but were not able to narrow the gap as the second half played out at 1-3 a piece. David Carter and Jamie Carroll secured valuable goals while Cian McCormack was outstanding in his overall play and contribution on the night.

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Brian Mulvihill, Tom DalyJamie Carroll, Tom Sheehan, David Carter, Jack Allen, Kacey Mulvihill, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Oisin Nugent, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon

Moate All Whites v Garrycastle, U12 County Football League Group 2, Wed. July 19 th., 2017

Moate All Whites 1-12, Garrycastle 2-10

Match conditions were dominated by a very strong breeze which favoured Garrycastle in the fist half. The match was evenly balanced through out the first period with both teams ticking over the score board point for point. Garrycastle then worked a well taken goal finished by Diarmaid Murtagh to leave the score at 0-6 to 1-6 at half time.

Moate came out strong in the second half aided by the breeze and got the scores on the board including a goal to leave them three points ahead at the end of the the third quarter. Garrycastle needed to dig deep and the defence unit worked hard to stem the flow with Jack Mulvihill, Cian McCormack and Killian Redmond particularly impressive. This allowed the Garrycastle forwards the space to break forward and the scores followed including a second goal from Diarmaid Murtagh. Jake Hanniffy impressive through out made a fine save right at the end of the game and Garrycastle secured a hard earned win by the tightest of margins.

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond,  Tom Daly, Jack Mulvihill, Brian MulvihillDiarmaid Murtagh, Jamie Carroll, David Carter, Tom Sheehan, Kacey Mulvihill, Jack Allen, Conor Sheehan, Killian Keegan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Cian McCormack, Matthew Conor. Anthony Mannion

Garrycastle v St. Mary's RochfortbridgeU12 County Football League Group 2, Wed. July 5 th., 2017

Garrycastle 5-8, St. Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-9

Garrycastle opened their Westmeath U12 Phase Two,  first round league match with an excellent win over St. Mary's Rochfortbridge.

This match can only be described as the proverbial game of two halves. Rochfortbridge opened the stronger and were getting the scores steadily on the board from the start. Garrycastle were struggling to keep in touch and trailed on a scoreline of 1-3 to 2-7 at HT.

Garrycastle came out a team transformed in the second half. Every facet of their game upped a notch, tighter marking and tackling in defence, quicker movement and accuracy of possession into attack. The scores started to come at a rapid pace in the final quarter. Killian Keegan converted everything that came his way with a personal tally of 3-3. It was a 15 point turn around in the second half with Garrycastle closing out the match with eight points to spare. It was a real spirited performance in the second half from the team to keep their 100% home record in tact for 2017.

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond,  Thanh McCay, Jack Mulvihill, Nathan McKeonDiarmaid Murtagh, Jamie Carroll, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Killian Keegan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack

2017 Westmeath U12 League Phase one

Garrycastle v TubberclairU12 County Football League Group 4, Wed. June 21 st., 2017

Garrycastle 3-9, Tubberclair 1-6

This was an excellent win for Garrycastle to give them their fourth win in five league games.

The team lined out with a new midfield partnership of Diarmaid Murtagh and Sean O'Donoghue
and both players excelled in winning valuable possession which the Garrycastle forwards were
soon converting into scores. Oisin Nugent netted an excellent goal and there were also some well taken
points including fine efforts from Tom Sheehan and Jack Allen to leave the score at 1-6 to 0-1 at half time.

Garrycastle were now facing a strong breeze in the second half and they worked very hard to keep the Tubberclair attack at bay. The Garrycastle defence unit was excellent with Con O'Hara and  Killian Keegan particularly impressive. When Tubberclair did make the break through with a goal then Garrycastle responded at the other end with goals from Tom and Conor Sheean. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes in the second half and the fresh legs allowed Garrycastle to push on and win comfortably at the finish.

Garrycastle squad:
Matthew Conor, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Killian Keegan, Jack Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sean O' Donoghue, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter,  Oisin Nugent,  Conor Sheehan, Jamie Carroll, Nathan McKeon, Anthony Mannion,  Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack

                                    Garrycastle squad after league win v Tubberclair

Garrycastle v MilltownpassU12 County Football League Group 4, Wed. June 7th., 2017

Garrycastle 5-15, Milltownpass 1-1

An excellent win to give Garrycastle their third win in four league games to leave them second in the table.
There was a wide spread of scorers as eight different players got points on the board in an overall
very good team performance.

Garrycastle squad:
Matthew Conor, Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Tom Daly, Nathan McKeon, Con O'Hara, Killian Keegan, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, Sean O' Donoghue, Jamie Carroll, Conor Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, David Carter, Oisin Nugent, Anthony Mannion,  Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack

Garrycastle v Kilbeggan/Joseph’sU12 County Football League Group 4, Mon. May 29th., 2017

Garrycastle 3-5, Kilbeggan/Joseph’s 2-4

This was a very entertaining game of football with both sides enjoying their dominant spells in the game.
Kilbeggan started the stronger and opened with a goal in the first few minutes and this was followed by further
pressure by the Kilbeggan forwards but the Garrycastle defence held firm with Mathew Conor very much dominating his goal and making some very good saves. Garrycastle then put some good passages of play together working the ball forward from midfield and started to get the scores on the board including points from Diarmaid Murtagh and Conor Sheehan. This was followed by a really well worked goal from Sean O'Donoghue.  Kilbeggan came back and scored a goal of their own leaving Garrycastle trailing by two points at the break.

Garrycastle upped their performance significantly in the second half especially in the middle third of the pitch where Brian Mulvihill and Tom Daly in particular were securing valuable possession for Garrycastle. This gave the advantage to the Garrycastle forwards and goals followed from Than McCay and Conor Sheehan allowing Garrycastle to pull clear going into the last quarter of the game. Kilbeggan applied significant pressure towards the end of the game but the Garrycastle defence held firm and secured the win with four points to spare. 

Garrycastle squad:
Matthew Conor, Anthony Mannion, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, David Carter, Con O'Hara, Nathan McKeon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian MulvihillCian McCormack, Sean O' Donoghue, Oisin Nugent, Jack Allen, Conor Sheehan, Alphie Broderick, Conor McCarthy, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCayCharlie O'Brien, Tom Daly, Jamie Carroll

Tubberclair v Garrycastle, U12 County Football League Group 4, Wed. May 10th., 2017

Tubberclair 2-4, Garrycastle 1-4

This was an excellent game of football with a great level of skill and commitment shown by both teams. Garrycastle
defended extremely well in the early stages of the first half under an intense spell of pressure by Tubberclair but at
all times retained their composure and dealt with it admirably. Tubberclair eventually got some scores on the board
and this seemed to ignite the Garrycastle forwards who put in some super passages of play and took some excellent scores as they dominated the final stages of the first half. Sean O'Donongue put away an excellent goal to accompany the points from Diarmaid Murtagh and David Carter to leave the score at 1-3 to 1-2 to the home side at the break.

Garrycastle came out the stronger in the second half and were working the ball forward at pace putting a lot of pressure on the Tubberclair defence. Scores followed and Sean O'Donoghue picked off two more points. In the final stages Tubberclair grabbed an opportunistic goal to put them in command as the game was closing out. Garrycastle put everything into the last minutes of the game including hitting the crossbar but did not get the score they needed to get a result from the game.

Garrycastle squad:
Matthew Conor, Killian Redmond, Con O'Hara, Conor McCarthy, Killian Keegan, Conor Sheehan, Brian MulvihillJack Allen, Diarmaid Murtagh, David Carter, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCayOisin Nugent, Sean O' Donoghue,  Nathan McKeon
Anthony Mannion, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Tom Daly, Cian McCormack

                                    Garrycastle squad and coaches reviewing half time v Tubberclair

Tyrrellspass v Garrycastle, U12 County Football League Group 4, Wed. April 26th., 2017

Tyrrellspass 1-1, Garrycastle 11-12

This was Garrycastle's opening round of the 2017 league and they secured the win with a big score. There were lots of
excellent passages of play by the team and the forwards capitalised on everything that came their way. Oisin Nugent converted his chances into four goals and Sean O'Donoghue put away three goals which were some of the highlights. It was an all round great team performance.

Garrycastle squad:
Nathan McKeon, Killian Keegan, Con O'Hara, Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Conor Sheehan, Killian Redmond,  Jack Allen, Diarmaid Murtagh, David Carter, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCayJamie Carroll, Sean O' Donoghue, Oisin Nugent, Anthony Mannion, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Tom Daly, Cian McCormack

St. Brigid's v Garrycastle, U12 Challenge, Wed. April 19th., 2017

St. Brigid's 2-8, Garrycastle 6-13

The Garrycastle team received a very warm welcome at the Kiltoom venue for this challenge match as both teams
prepared for their respective leagues. Garrycastle opened this game very strongly and were converting their chances right from the start putting eight points on the board in the first fifteen minutes. St. Brigid's finished the stronger in the first half and scored 1-2 in reply. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes at half time time and upped the tempo significantly in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. The ball was arriving with pace in to the half forwards and Jack Allen managed to capitalise on every thing that came his way by slotting home three goals to push the game beyond the reach of St. Brigid's. 

Garrycastle squad:
Matthew Conor, Killian Keegan, Con O'Hara (1-0)Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Conor Sheehan, Killian Redmond, Brian Mulvihill (0-1), Diarmaid Murtagh (0-2), Thanh McCay (1-2), Jack Allen (3-1), Jamie Carroll (0-2), David Carter (0-1)Sean O' Donoghue (0-2), Cian McCormackAnthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, Alphie Broderick, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent (0-1), Tom Daly (1-0).

Castledaly v Garrycastle, U12  Challenge, Mon. April 3rd. 2017

Castledaly 2-8, Garrycastle 4-10

The match was relegated to Castledaly's second pitch due to another more senior fixture on the main pitch.The pitch was fairly tight and it took awhile for this game to open up. Garrycastle defended very well in the first half and eventually the scores came for them. Sean O'Donoghue taking the couple of chances that came to him which he converted into goals to give Garrycastle the lead at half time. Castledaly came back strong in the second half and narrowed the margin to a single point going into the final stages of the game. The game swung in Garrycastle's favour with two late goals from Tom Sheehan to see out the win.

Garrycastle squad:
Jack Allen, Anthony Mannion, Conor Sheehan, Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Nathan McKeon, Brian Mulvihill, Diarmaid Murtagh, David Carter,  Jamie Carroll, Tom Sheehan, Matthew Conor, Sean O' Donoghue, Thanh McCay, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent, Odhran Cannon. 

Garrycastle v Moate All-Whites, U12  Challenge, Wed. March 29th. 2017

Garrycastle 3-6, Moate All-Whites 2-6

This was an excellent opening to 2017 season with both sides starting brightly after the winter hibernation.
Garrycastle took control of this game midway through the first half with a great goal from Diarmaid Murtagh and went into the second half with the lead. Moate pushed very hard in the second half and converted some well take scores of their own. The Garrycastle defence held firm with Con O'Hara particularly impressive and saw out the win with a goal to spare. This was a valuable exercise for both sides as preparation for the Westmeath U12 league starting in April. 

Garrycastle squad:
Jake Hanniffy, Killian Keegan, Con O'Hara, Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Conor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill,  Jack Allen, Jamie Carroll, Killian Redmond, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Matthew Conor, Sean O' Donoghue, Thanh McCay,  Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, David Carter, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent, Odhran Cannon, Dean Grehan, Cian McCormack

2016 Season

Under-12 Management team for 2016

The Under 12 team will be looked after by Rowan Mulvihill and Michael Murtagh (Team Coordinators), with support from Stephen McCarthy.

Contact Rowan on 086-1915520 or Michael on 087-9177242.

Training times for 2016 for the Under-12 squad will be 
Monday from 7.30pm - 8.30pm, on the new pitch by the Slip-road in Garrycastle 
and Wednesday from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on the new pitch by the Slip-road in Garrycastle.

Westmeath Under-12 League

Garrycastle will play in Group 'C' of the Under-12 League in 2016.
Group 'C' includes Garrycastle, Maryland/Tang, Athlone, Caulry, Rosemount/Castledaly, Moate All-Whites and Tubberclair.

Under-12 fixtures may be found on the Fixtures page, as they are announced.
Match results will be available on the Results page.


 2016 Match Reports

Garrycastle v Millmore Gaels, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Plate final, Wed. Oct 12th. 2016

Garrycastle 2-3, Millmore Gaels 0-4
The Garrycastle U12s made their own little piece of history last Wednesday night by being the first Garrycastle team to lift silverware in the Jim McHugh tournament. It was a low scoring match but it was a classic game of football with both teams going for it from the start. Millmore Gaels got the two opening points of the match but from then on the Garrycastle defence was resolute and didn't concede again in the opening half; this in essence was the platform for their win. The courage and commitment of the Garrycastle defence unit was superb with Brian Mulvihill particularly impressive making block after block. This allowed Garrycastle lots of opportunities to break at pace from the back and they put together a sustained period of pressure at the other end that led to a goal and a well taken point from Ben Dunegan.

There was no let up in the second half with both sides exchanging score early on. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes in the second half and the fresh legs allowed them to push on and get the win , Diarmuid Murtagh  contributed a superb 1-2 from play. The final whistle was met with exhaustion and jubilation by the Garrycastle boys and the plate was lifted by team captain Bill Carmody to the cheers of the team and their families and friends.  

Garrycastle squad:
Tadgh McKiernan, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, John McBride, Frank McKiernan, Conor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill,  Jamie Carroll, Andrew Ruane, Jack Mulvihill, Ben Dunegan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Oisin Nugent, Bill Carmody, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Thanh McCay, Tom Daly, Jake Hanniffy, Matthew Conor, Tom Sheehan

                          Garrycastle U12s, Jim McHugh Tournament Plate final win

                          Garrycastle U12s, Jim McHugh Tournament Plate
                                         Player of the match Brian Mulvihill

                                  Garrycastle U12s, Jim McHugh Tournament Plate win
                                        Captain Bill Carmody receives the Plate

                          Garrycastle U12s, Jim McHugh Tournament Plate final win
                  L-R Jamie Carroll, Bill Carmody, Ben Dunegan, Conor McCarthy (All Cornamaddy School)

Garrycastle v Doon, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Group 1, Round 5, Mon. Sept 26th. 2016

Garrycastle 6-7, Doon 4-2

Garrycastle completed the group stages of the  Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament with a comfortable win for the Garrycastle lads over Doon with a scoreline of 6-7 to 4-2. This was the third win on the bounce for the U12s in the tournament but after two opening round losses their progression route in the final stages of the tournament is dependent on results else where.

                          Garrycastle U12s, After Round 5 of Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament

Garrycastle v St Marys, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Group 1, Round 4, Wed. Sept 21st. 2016

Garrycastle 4-9, St.Marys 1-4

Round 4 of the Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament was a comfortable win for the Garrycastle U12s in the end but it was a hard earned victory against a very well organised St Marys team.

Garrycastle looked sharp right from the throw-in,  winning the early midfield exchanges which resulted in Ben Dunegan and Jack Mulvihill picking off some well taken points. St Marys then started to apply the pressure at the other end but the Garrycastle defence was resolute. Con O’Hara was putting in an outstanding performance at full back and Tadgh McKiernan was busy between the posts including a full stretch fingertip save when a St Marys goal looked certain. Garrycastle weathered the storm and dominated the closing stages of the first half, this led to some fast ball into the half-forward line where Killian Redmond operating wide on the left side line was opening up the space for the inside forwards. Scores followed with goals from Oisin Nugent and Bill Carmody.

The second half started with both sides exchanging points but from then on Garrycastle  played some outstanding  football allowing them to pull away from their visitors. Jamie Carroll was  pushing further forward as the half progressed and scored an excellent point after a quick exchange of passes with Cian McCormack. Garrycastle then put together a series of excellent passages of play, working the ball forward at pace which yielded further scores including goals for Bill Carmody and Jamie Carroll. The game finished out with points for Andrew Ruane, Diarmuid Murtagh and Jamie Carroll. It was an excellent team display with a final score of 4-9 to 1-4.

Garrycastle squad

Tadgh McKiernan, Conor McCarthy, Con O’Hara, John McBride,  Brian Mulvihill, Conor Sheehan, Tom Daly, Jamie Carroll, Andrew Ruane, Killian Redmond, Ben Dunegan, Jack Mulvihill, Diarmuid Murtagh, Bill Carmody, Oisin Nugent, Cian McCormack, Mathew Connor, Jake Hanniffy, Francis Derwin

Garrycastle v Shandonagh, U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament, Group 1, Round 3, Fri. Sept 16th 2016

Garrycastle 8-6, Shandonagh 4-5

The U12 boys welcomed Shandonagh to Garrycastle on Friday evening for round 3 of the tournament. Match conditions were perfect, it was a mild evening with little or no breeze and the pitch as usual was in excellent condition. The match started brightly enough with both sides exchanging points in the opening minutes. Garrycastle had started with a new midfield partnership of Jamie Carroll and Andrew Ruane and both players started to dominate the middle area of the field as the game progressed. This led to a good supply of ball into the forwards which was capitalised on by Ben Dunegan in particular when netting a couple of excellent goals.

Soon afterwards Shandonagh were starting to apply the pressure at the other end but the Garrycastle defence held firm with
Diarmuid Murtagh and Conor McCarthy in particular making the necessary clearances. Late in the first half, after some good passages of play by the Garrycastle half forwards, further goals followed from Bill Carmody and Than McCay leaving Garrycaslte in a commanding lead at the break.

Shandonagh to their credit came out very strong in the second half and started to narrow the gap. Garrycastle had emptied the bench at half time and the fresh legs allowed them to push on and dominate the closing stages of the game with further scores from Andrew Ruane and Ben Dunegan. The game was played in a truly excellent spirit with a final score of Garrycastle 8-6, Shandonagh 4-5.

Garrycastle squad
Tadgh McKiernan, Conor McCarthy, John McBride, Jake Hanniffy, Frank McKiernan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill,  Jamie Carroll, Andrew Ruane, Tom Daly, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Bill Carmody, Ben Dunegan, Cian McCormack, Thanh McCay, Mathew Connor.

Garrycastle v Rosemount, U12 County Football League Group C, June 15th 2016

Garrycastle 3-5, Rosemount 1-12


The U12 boys welcomed Rosemount to Garrycastle on Wednesday evening for round 6 of the league. There was a humid feel to the evening after some torrential down pours over the previous two days but the pitch was in excellent condition and an enthralling game of football was about to unfold on it.


The only way to describe this game was the proverbial game of two halves. Rosemount dominated the first half and were getting the scores on the board. Garrycastle despite some good passages of play were finding it difficult to convert their chances into scores and at half-time Rosemount held a commanding lead.


The second half saw a Garrycastle team transformed, the half-back line were now getting on top and stemmed the flow into the Rosemount forwards. Any ball that got close to the Garrycastle goal was mopped up in the full back line with Jack Mulvihill and John McBride in particular making the needed clearances. With the defence unit now much more secure the tide started to flow in Garrycaslte’s favour and the scores started to come.


Midway through the second half Ben Dunegan slotted home a fine goal to cut the deficit. Further scores followed with well taken points from Con O’Hara and Brian Mulvihill. Garrycastle had utilised all their substitutes at this stage and they were making the needed impact; an explosive finish ensued. There were further goals from Thanh McCay and Francis Derwin to make it a one point game with full time approaching. Garrycastle piled on the pressure to try get the needed score and went so very close in the final plays of the game but Rosemount held out to win by the narrowest of margins.


Garrycastle squad

Bill Carmody, John McBride, Jack Mulvihill, Con O’Hara, Tadgh McKiernan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Conor Sheehan, Frank McKiernan, Andrew Ruane, Ben Dunegan, Jamie Carroll, Conor McCarthy, Francis Derwin, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Tom Daly, Oisin Nugent, Thanh McCay.

                          Garrycastle U12s, squad and coaches reviewing round 6 league match 

Castledaly v Garrycastle U12 County Football League Group C, June 1st 2016

Castledaly 1-7, Garrycastle 4-11

The Garrycastle U12 boys made the short trip to Castledaly for round 5 of the league.
It was a warm sunny evening with a very slight breeze into the clubhouse end of the ground, match conditions were perfect. Garrycastle dominated the early exchanges in midfield and the half-forward line.This led to some excellent scores from the full-forwards with Ben Dunegan taking some fine scores including two goals. Castledaly to their credit came back and knocked over some well taken points. Garrycastle finished the half with another goal from Oisin Nugent to leave it 3-3 to 0-4 at the break. Castledaly started the second half strongly and scored an early goal. Garrycastle defended strongly as a unit from that point on with Frank McKiernan and John McBride particularly impressive.
This laid the foundation for the team to push on and get some well taken scores at the other end. Garrycastle dominated the last quarter of the game taking their scoring chances well including a fine goal from Andrew Ruane to win comfortably in the end 4-11 to 1-7. 

Garrycastle squad
Tadgh McKiernan, Tom Daly, John McBride, Conor McCarthy, Frank McKiernan, Con O’Hara, Killian Redmond, Conor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill, Thanh McCay, Andrew Ruane, Oisin Nugent, Mathew Connor, Jamie Carroll, Ben Dunegan, Jack Mulvihill, Cian McCormack

                                                         Garrycastle U12s, sunny days after round 5 league win

2014 Information

News / Fixtures / Results

The U12 results and final table for the Westmeath Fé 12 Football League Group A can be found here.

17/4/2013    Tubberclair 6-06, Garrycastle 5-10
01/5/2013    Garrycastle 3-15, Castledaly 3-05
15/5/2013    Garrycastle 9-12, Maryland/Tang 8-10
29/5/2013    Athlone 3-08, Garrycastle 4-04
12/6/2013    Garrycastle 9-14, Caulry 7-13

Garrycastle finished on top of Football League Group A with 8 points.

At the Under-13 age group, Garrycastle are placed in Football League Group B. 
The results and table can be found here.

17/7/2013    Garrycastle 4-04, Millmore Gaels 5-09
31/7/2013    Mullingar Shamrocks 3-09, Garrycastle 0-04
14/8/2013    Shandonagh v Garrycastle (not played yet)
28/8/2013    Garrycastle 4-10, Multyfarnham 4-06
11/9/2013    Ballynacarrigy 1-03, Garrycastle 5-15    (Game ceded by Ballynacarrigy, score decided by County)

Newry Mitchels Tournament - June 1st, 2013

Garrycastle Under-12s took part in the prestigious Newry Mitchels tournament held on June 1st. This is an 11-a-side tournament, involving 42 clubs from 14 different counties. The Under-12s acquitted themselves with aplomb, emerging from their group to a quarter final meeting with Moortown-St. Malachys from Tyrone.

A full write-up of their trip is available in the match report section, or by clicking here.

You can get a feel for their big day by looking at all the players in action in the slideshow below.
(All photos courtesy of Shane Lyons).


2012 Notes

Under-12 Team which played before the All-Ireland Club Football Final, in Croke Park, March 17th, 2012.

News / Fixtures / Results from 2012

Home club responsible for Referee for all under 12 games. Games are 20 minutes per half and 11-a-side.

LEAGUE (26 September)

Our U12 panel continue to show good potential with a comprehensive win in round 4 of the Division 1 league against kinnegad on Wednesday night last. Despite travelling without some of our panel due to injury the lads were well deserved winners on the scoreline of 4-08 to 1-02.

Best on the night were Eric Cleary, Fergal Mullin, Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan, Eoin Mulvihill, Jason Nugent, Dara Mulvihill, Joe Carmody, Andrew Monaghan and Brian Ruane.

Our U12s continued their winning run in the league when they travelled over to The Downs on Monday evening last and came away with the victory on a scoreline of 5-12 to 6-05. Our next game is this Wed evening away to Mullingar Shamrocks.

Well done and congrats to U12 panelists Eoin Mulvihill, Joe Carmody and Brian Ruane who were on the Garrycastle U14 team that defeated Tubberclare in the County final last Sat in Rosemount.

Under 12 challenge (31/8/12)

Our U12s made the short journey out to Kiltoom last Friday evening to play St Brigids in a 15 a side game and came away with the win after a very competitive contest. With solid performances from Andrew Monaghan,Patrick McKiernan,Robert Kelly and Owen Keogh in defense, Eoin Mulvihill in Midfield and with Joe Carmody, Jason Nugent and Brian Ruane flying up front, Garrycastle dominated the opening half and went into the break leading 2-03 to 0-02. The goals coming from Jason and Brian. The half time advantage could have been more except for some wayward shooting and an excellent performance from the Brigids goalie.
With both teams making multiple changes in the second half to ensure all panellists got game time the game remained tight to the end with a goal from Eric Cleary 5 minutes from time ensuring victory went to Garrycastle by 3-06 to 2-03. This was a fine panel performance but apart from those already mentioned excellent displays from Ian Carroll in goals and Cillian Lyons deserve mention. 

UNDER 12 in MOATE (1 August 2012)

Our U12s travelled to Moate last Wednesday evening for their latest league game and came away with a good victory in a fine competitive game of football. With a lot of the panel away on holidays we had the bare 15 players to start.

Assisted by a strong wind in the first half Garrycastle dominated but left their shooting boots at home and were guilty of some bad wides however they still were 2-10 to 1-04 ahead at the break. The inevitable Moate fight back started from the restart but the lads dug in against the wind to emerge winners by 3-12 to 4-06. The younger lads on the panel such as John Moran,Daragh Kenna,Adam O Brien,Feagal Mullin,Owen Keogh,Robert O Brien and Daniel Guinan gave great displays on the night as did Ian Carroll in goals in what was a great result by all the lads in Moate with so many away.


Our U12s travelled to Tubberclair on Saturday morning last (21 July) for a League game and came away with a convincing win over the home team.The lads were slow to get going in a sluggish first half which saw them leading 1-03 to 0-03 at half time having missed some easy scoring oppurtunities.

In the second half they were a different team with Jack Fitzgearld solid in goals and Daniel Guinan,Eoin Mulvihill,Dara Mulvihill,Robert Kelly and Daragh Kenna driving forward at every opportunity.

Some good individual scores in the second half from Joe Carmody,Jason Nugent,Brian Ruane and Charlie O’Connor left Garrycastle running out winners on the scoreline of 4-08 to 0-05 at full time.


After having a number of games cancelled due to the bad weather and unplayable pitches over the last few weeks our U12s finally got to play a 15 a side game last Wednesday evening (11 July) against Clan na Gael in Johnstown.

With a number of our older players unavailable due to holidays we fielded a very young side with the majority being eligible for U12 again next year.

Despite strong performances from Daniel Guinan, Owen Kehoe, Jason Nugent, Dara Mulvihill, Robert O'Brien, Mathious O'Neill, John Moran and Eric Cleary victory went to our Roscommon neighbours on the night.

We wish a quick return to fitness to Brian Ruane who had to leave the field after 5 minutes with an ankle injury.

Panel on Duty in Johnstown: Martin Szafarowcz, Dylan Keegan, Jason Collins Mannion, Daniel Guinan, Daragh Kenna, Jakub Kociolek, Andrew Monaghan, Patrick McKiernan, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Robert O'Brien, Jack Fitzgerald, Owen Kehoe, Mathious O Neill, Jason Nugent, Eric Cleary, Alex Cleary, Tommy Devery, John Moran and Jonathan Henson.


Our U12s had a comfortable win over Moate in our final game in phase one of the league on Wednesday evening last (23 May 2012) in Garrycastle.The lads got into their stride early on and dominated the first half to lead at half time by 3-04 to 0-01.

They continued to have the better of the exchanges in the second half and went on to win 4-08 to 0-02.

On the night the full panel played well in an excellent performance.

Panel: Martin Szafarowcz, Mark Kelly, Adam O'Brien, Dylan Keegan, Nathan Rushe, Jason Collins Mannion, Daniel Guinan, Daragh Kenna, Jakub Kociolek, Andrew Monaghan, Fergal Mullin, Patrick McKiernan, Charlie O'Connor, Joe Carmody, Ian Carroll, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Robert O'Brien, Joe Sorohan, Cillian Lyons, Jack Fitzgearld, Owen Kehoe, Conor O'Driscoll, Szymon Wieczorek, Daniel Abuba, Mathious O'Neill and Jason Nugent.


Our Under 12s played 2 very exciting and very competitive 11 a side games last Wednesday evening against Athlone at Pairc Ciaran in ideal conditions. The games were shared one win each for both clubs with Athlone taking the honours on the night by 6 points aggregate score across both games. Both Garrycastle and Athlone teams deserve great credit for the quality of football on display on the night which kept the good crowd at the games highly entertained.

With a few panel members away the Garrycastle lads on duty really stepped up to the mark playing some excellent football at times.

Across both games there were outstanding performances from Dara Mulvihill, Robert Kelly, Owen Kehoe, Brian Ruane, Robert O'Brien, Dara Kenna, Jakub Kociolek, Conor O'Driscoll, Daniel Guinan, Joe Sorohan, Charlie O'Connor and Martin Szafarowcz.

Many thanks to Athlone mentors who as usual had everything organised perfectly.
Panel on Duty in Athlone:

Martin Szafarowcz, Mark Kelly, Adam O'Brien, Dylan Keegan, Nathan Rushe, Jason Collins Mannion, Daniel Guinan, Daragh Kenna, Jakub Kociolek, Andrew Monaghan, Fergal Mullin, Patrick McKiernan, Charlie O'Connor, Joe Carmody, Ian Carroll, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Robert O'Brien, Joe Sorohan, Cillian Lyons, Jack Fitzgerald, Owen Kehoe, Conor O'Driscoll, Szymon Wieczorek.

UNDER 12 LEAGUE (30 April 2012)

Our U12s had a comprehensive win over Rosemount in the league on Monday evening last in Rosemount.The lads won both games played on the night playing some excellent football.

The Red team captained by Jason Nugent had the tougher game of the two but thanks to some great defending from Andrew Monaghan,Robert Kelly and Daniel Guinan they kept the Rosemount forwards very quiet.With Eoin Mulvihill dominant in midfield, the forwards of Jason Nugent,Dara Kenna and Dylan Keegan got enough ball to ensure they were not going to lose the game.

The Green Team captained by Brian Ruane were really up for their game and ran in 2 goals and 6 points withen the first 10 minutes.The Rosemount lads fought very hard to recover but on the night were second best to a team that had outstanding performances from Fergal Mullin,Dara Mulvihill,Joe Carmody,Mathious O Neill and Brian Ruane.