Junior Championship

posted 27 Jul 2013, 05:48 by Matthew Ryan
Garrycastle 7-16 The Downs 0-7

The Juniors kept alive their chances of reaching the knock-out stages of the championship with this emphatic win over the home team in The Downs last Friday. With several players absent due to injuries and holidays, Garrycastle introduced some younger players and it took a while for the new formation to settle. The Downs led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes but gradually Garrycastle began to get a foothold. They kicked a succession of points and struck a vital blow just before the break when Alan Daly found the net, to give his team a lead of 1-9 to 0-5. The Downs reduced the deficit just after half time but two quick points from sub Robbie Shine and a second goal by Alan Daly put Garrycastle firmly in the driving seat. Daly continued to torment The Downs' defence and soon got his third goal and then set up Frank Farrell for another major. He also managed to hit the crossbar on four occasions, while The Downs were similarly unlucky on two occasions at the other end. The final ten minutes saw Garrycastle score at will and more goals from Shine (2) and sub Padraig Cosgrove sealed victory.

Garrycastle had a nice blend of youth and experience and the leadership provided by John O'Shaughnessy, Noel Galvin, Damien Rushe and the flying Alan Daly was always evident. Even more satisfying was the contribution of the younger players. Mark Curley and Ronan Donohue have already shown their prowess at this level and continue to improve with every game, while Cian White, Frank Farrell and Terry Rushe served notice that it won't be long before they'll be battling for places on the senior team.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell. Gary Mullery, Cian White, Stephen McGuire, Frank Farrell (1-0), John O'Shaughnessy, Ronan Donohue, Noel Galvin (0-2, 1 free), Mark Curley, Terry Rushe (0-2), Damien Rushe (0-3), Enda Keena (0-2), Emmet Keena, Alan Daly (3-2), Paul O'Donovan (0-2).
SUBS: Robbie Shine (2-3) for Emmet Keena; Padraig Cosgrove (1-0) for O'Donovan; Emmet Keena for Daly. 

Report by Dermot Ryan