posted 9 Jun 2013, 12:00 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 10 Jun 2013, 05:33 ]



Garrycastle’s championship credentials were seriously called into question when they were convincingly beaten by a far superior St Lomans side in sun drenched Cusack Park last Sunday evening.


St Lomans were quickly out of the blocks and had a point on the board with less than 30 seconds of play. They added a second from a close range free in the 4th minute. Eoin Monaghan got Garrycastle off the mark with a well taken point in the 5th minute. A goal soon followed, when a long range effort for a point from James Duignan was parried by the St Lomans keeper and Patrick Mulvihill was on hand to side foot the ball to the net. St Lomans continued to dominate despite this setback and registered two quick points to level maters. They surged ahead with a point from play and got a goal of their own when a well worked move opened up the Garrycastle defence to lead by 4 points at the mid point of the half. Tom McHugh broke forward for Garrycastle and hit a good point from 30 meters. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from a James Duignan free. St Lomans pointed another free but Patrick Mulvihill had the last score of the half in the first minute of injury time to leave it 1-7 to 1-4 in St Lomans favour at the break.



David O’Shaughnessy was introduced into the Garrycastle midfield on the resumption. However, St Lomans continued to dominate possession and their work rate and football ability was rewarded with a succession of points, to lead by 8 points by the 43rd minute. James Duignan had a point form a free but St Lomans picked it up again and had a point of their own. A second point of the half from James Duignan, yet again from a close range free, reduced the gap somewhat.  However, from there to the end it was all St Lomans who ran out deserved winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-6.


Garrycastle were very disappointing and the second half performance, in which they failed to score from play, was at times lacking in effort or pride. It would be difficult to pick out any Garrycastle player who played to his potential. Enda Mulvihill, Tom McHugh and Patrick Mulvihill were the pick of the side. It will take a huge improvement of this performance if Garrycastle are to get their challenge back on track and qualify for the knock-out stages of this year’s championship.



GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill, Mark McCallon, Tom McHugh (0-1), Doron Harte, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Neil Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan, James Duignan (0-3, 3f), Patrick Mulvihill (1-1) and Eoin Monaghan (0-1).


SUBS: David O’Shaughnessy for J Barrett (half time); Justin McAteer for N Rattigan (35 min); Gary Dolan for P Mulvihill (49 min); Karl Henson for G McCallon (55 min) and Ciaran O’Neill for E Monaghan (57 min).

Report by Matt Ryan