Junior championship (Section B)

posted 29 Jun 2013, 05:07 by Matthew Ryan

The Juniors kept alive their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages of the championship with a comfortable win over the home team in Páirc Chiaráin last Friday. On a perfect evening for football, Athlone had an early point to take the lead for the only time in the game. Garrycastle then reeled off a succession of points from play to lead by 0-6 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Athlone had two pointed frees but Garrycastle finished the half stronger and led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break. Unfortunately, Paul Mulvihill, who had scored three excellent points, had to retire injured just before half time, but his replacement Alan Daly would prove to be a key figure in the second half. The third quarter produced just a point each until Alan Daly put daylight between the teams with a typically well-taken goal. Athlone were given a flicker of hope when a speculative shot from distance bounced awkwardly and deceived Shane O'Connell in Garrycastle's goal. Further points from Michael Monaghan and Peadar Mulvihill emphasised Garrycastle's supremacy and indeed they could afford to squander some good goal opportunities before the end.

This was a good display by Garrycastle, but they could have wrapped up the points much earlier had they been more clinical with their finishing. In fairness, 1-12 is not a bad score when one considers they got no scorable frees during the game. There were particularly impressive performances from Jack Donohue, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Noel Galvin, Michael Monaghan, Paul Mulvihill and Alan Daly.

TEAM: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Stephen McGuire, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Jack Donohue (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-2), Johnny McGuire (0-2), Brian Carty, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-3), Enda Keena, Robbie Shine, Paul Mulvihill (0-3).
SUBS: Alan Daly (1-0) for Paul Mulvihill (injured); Ronan Donohue for S. McGuire; Mark Curley for Carey (injured) and Alex Gardiner for Shine.

Report by Dermot Ryan