Senior B Semi-final

posted 3 Aug 2013, 06:50 by Matthew Ryan
Garrycastle 2-13     Maryland 2-12

Garrycastle qualified for the Senior B final with a one point win over Maryland in Garrycastle last Friday evening. This was a very entertaining game with plenty of good scores from both sides and referee Seamus McCormack, who did a fine job, had no reason to produce a yellow card in a well-contested but very sporting encounter. Maryland had the benefit of the diagonal wind in the first half and had three points on the board before Garrycastle enjoyed a good spell. Three points from Alan Daly (2 from frees) levelled the game and then Daly pounced for a goal after good work by Eoin Monaghan. That proved to be Garrycastle's last score of the half, however, as Maryland took control and scored 1-4 without reply to lead at the break by 1-7 to 1-3.

The visitors stretched their lead to five points when play resumed but then Garrycastle had four unanswered points from Eoin Monaghan, Michael Monaghan (2) and Alan Daly. Maryland kept picking off points but Garrycastle still managed to draw level until Maryland struck for a goal from a penalty with ten minutes remaining. Garrycastle again reduced the deficit to a point but two more from Maryland gave them breathing space as the game drew to a close. A quick move from Garrycastle's defence culminated in Gary McCallon taking a good pass from Ronan Donohue and the wing-back's shot gave Maryland's goalkeeper no chance. As extra time loomed the ball was played out to the wing to Justin Barrett and he kicked an excellent point from 40 metres to win the game.

Garrycastle now go on to meet Tyrrellspass in the final, in a repeat of the 2003 final when Tyrrellspass ousted Garrycastle by four points.

GARRYCASTLE: Donovan Hermbusche, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Jack Donohue, Damien Rushe, Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon (1-0), Robbie Shine, Neill Rattigan, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Justin Barrett (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-2), Alan Daly (1-6, 4 frees), Eoin Monaghan (0-2).
SUBS: Ronan Donohue for Fox (injured); Paul O'Donovan.

Report by Dermot Ryan