posted 21 Apr 2013, 10:20 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 30 Apr 2013, 05:36 ]


Garrycastle secured two valuable points with a hard fought but deserved win over Castledaly in Tubberclair last Sunday afternoon. Playing with the aid of a strong but swirling wind, it took Garrycastle a long time to settle and they fell behind as early as the first minute when Castledaly had a point. Aidan Browne responded for Garrycastle to level but then Castledaly exerted more pressure and forged ahead thanks to a point from a free and quickly followed this up with two pointed efforts from open play. Another pointed free pushed Castledaly further ahead by the mid point of the half. Dessie Dolan pointed from play and Aidan Browne pointed again to narrow the margin. Castledaly grabbed the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute and at that stage led by 1-5 to 0-3. This goal seemed to waken Garrycastle from their slumbers and from there to the break it was Garrycastle who took over. A point from a free by Dessie Dolan was quickly followed by a goal from James Dolan after good approach play. A point from Gary Dolan levelled matters in the 25th minute. James Dolan pointed to put his side in front for the first time and the same played pointed again in the 30th minute. A pointed free by Dessie Dolan in injury time put his side 1-8 to 1-5 ahead at the break.


Playing against the stiff breeze, Garrycastle made the better start to the second half and a point from Dessie Dolan put them further ahead. A second Garrycastle goal by James Dolan, who reacted quickest when his initial shot rebounded off the crossbar, put his side firmly in control by the 38th minute. Castledaly responded with a point but Patrick Mulvihill was on hand to pop one over for Garrycastle. Castledaly had a period of pressure which yielded two points, one from play and the other from a free, to reduce the margin to 5 points with 10 minutes remaining. However, Garrycastle got on top again and retained possession for long periods. Points from Patrick Mulvihill and a free by James Duignan completed the scoring to leave it 2-12 to 1-8 at the end.


This was a mixed bag from Garrycastle. A slow start saw them well behind by the 20th minute but from there to the end they were clearly the better side. There were notable performances from John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill and Doron Harte in defence. Aidan Browne made some fine catches as well as contributing two points. James Dolan caught the eye with his scores and he was ably assisted in attack by cousins Gary and Dessie. Patrick Mulvihill was also influential throughout.


GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Enda Mulvihill, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne (0-2), Matthew Guiheen, Neil Rattigan, Gary Dolan (0-1), James Dolan (2-2), James Duignan (0-1, 1f), Patrick Mulvihill (0-2) and Dessie Dolan (0-4, 2f).


SUBS: Seanie O’Donoghue for N Rattigan (43 min); Justin Barrett for T McHugh (45 min); Ciaran O’Neill for A Browne (55 min).

Report by Matt Ryan