Minor League Championship

posted 31 Aug 2013, 13:37 by Unknown user   [ updated 31 Aug 2013, 13:41 ]

St Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-7  Garrycastle 2-9


Garrycastle Minors secured 3rd place in Div 1/2 Group C on Friday, August 30th with a narrow victory over St Mary's in Rochfortbridge. With a number of regular players unavailable, Garrycastle faced a tough challenge against the local team. St. Mary's got off to the better start and after both sides had traded points they got an early goal from a speculative high ball which rebounded out to a waiting St. Mary's player.  Garrycastle had to dig deep at this point and they responded well with two pointed frees from Kenny Dolan. Garrycastle then hit the front with a goal that was finished by Darragh McCormack after a number of attempts from others. Garrycastle then doubled their goal tally when Evan Dalton finished off a fine move with a well taken goal. Further points from Conor McKiernan and a free from Kenny Dolan left Garrycastle in a strong position at half time with a score line of 2-5 to 1-2.

St Mary's opened their second half account with a point which was followed by 2 points in reply from the Green and Red team. Leading by seven points at this stage Garrycastle were in a comforatble position but St. Mary's lifted their game and hit four points in a row. Another Kenny Dolan free made it a four point game but then St. Mary's fired home their second goal of the match to leave the minimum between the teams. The game seemed to be swinging in St. Mary's favour at this stage as the clock was ticking down. However Garrycastle rallied well under a lot of pressure and managed to get a 20 metre free which was near the side line. Kenny Dolan cleverly found Conor McKiernan and he converted a point in style with what turned out to be the winning score. 

It was a good team performance with some passion and spirit and the players battled hard to ensure the victory. 

Garrycastle now go into the knock-out stage of the competition and will play Shandonagh at home on Wednesday evening next.

Final score: St Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-7  Garrycastle 2-9


Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Ben Kennedy, Darragh Brody, Conor DuignanFrank Farrell, Cian Hayden, Evan Dalton (1-0),  Emmet Brennan, Mark Duffy, Terry Rushe (0-1), Cathal Mannion, D. McCormack (1-0), Liam LeahyKenny Dolan (0-6 (6f))


Subs: C. McKiernan (0-2) for L. Leahy, L. Leahy for D. McCormack, D. McCormack for M. Duffy

Match report: Harry Mooney