Senior Football Championship (Section B)

posted 27 Jul 2013, 14:04 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 28 Jul 2013, 09:48 ]

Garrycastle seniors picked up a brace of valuable points in their third round clash with Tyrrellspass in Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Saturday evening. It was perfect for football with no wind and overcast skies and dry. The early exchanges were low key but Tyrrellspass hit the front with a point from county star Denis Glennon in the 3rd minute. Dessie Dolan got Garrycastle off the mark with a pointed free a couple of minutes later. His brother Gary had the green and red supporters rejoicing a minute later as he broke forward from midfield and struck over a point. Tyrrellspass replied straight from the kick out and worked the ball up field and picked off an equalising point. A pointed free put Tyrrellspass into the lead again only for James Duignan to reply with a fine point fro Garrycastle. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from a close range free by Dessie Dolan. Tyrrellspass hit the front again with a point from play in the 17th minute and added to their lead with another point soon after. The Garrycastle response was to up the pressure on the Tyrrellspass defence and a point from Dessie Dolan was soon added to by one from Eoin Monaghan to level matters in the 27th minute. A good Garrycastle move saw a goal bound shot from Patrick Mulvihill well saved by the Tyrrellspass goalkeeper but Dessie Dolan gained possession from the clearance and when fouled struck over the resultant free to give Garrycastle the lead on a score line of 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.


Garrycastle introduced Karl Henson and Michael Monaghan for the start of the second half. However, it was Tyrrellspass who got an equalising point in their very first attack of the half. A fine point from Michael Monaghan, who was making his first appearance for the club at senior level, had his side ahead again in the 31st minute. This score spurred Garrycastle into their best spell of the game so far, and points from Gary McCallon, James Duignan, a converted free from Dessie Dolan, and a point from Patrick Mulvihill increased their lead. Tyrrellspass responded in style to this scoring spree and a pointed free reduced the margin. Their cause was given a great boost a minute later when Martin Flanagan gained possession near the corner on the stand side and worked his way in on goal, while his initial effort as well saved the ball was forced over the line in the resulting scramble to level the score by the 29th minute. Tyrrellspass struck the front in the 41st minute with a point. It was now Garrycastle’s turn to respond and Eoin Monaghan hit over a point. The same player dispossessed his marker a minute later and worked the ball towards goal and finished emphatically to the net. There was a melee after this score and when the dust settled the Referee, Damien Maher, issued red cards to a player from each side. Tyrrellspass responded with a pointed free but substitute, David O’Shaughnessy, hit over a good point from 35 meters for Garrycastle. Tyrellspass had another point from a free only for Eoin Monaghan to respond with a point from a very tight angle for Garrycastle. As the game entered added time Tyrrellspass pressed forward looking for a goal to equalise. However, the Garrycastle defence were not in any mood to oblige. Tyrrellspass they did get a point from play and one from a free to reduce the margin to the minimum but time ran out and Garrycastle got the win with a point to spare.


This was a welcome win for Garrycastle following their heavy loss in the previous round. There were good performances from Cathal Mullin in goal, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh in defence. James Duignan, Eoin Monaghan and Dessie Dolan did well in attack. There were also useful contributions from substitutes Michael Monaghan and David O’Shaughnessy who has a number of fine catches in the latter stages of the contest.



GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Alan Fox, Gary McCallon (0-1), Gary Dolan (0-1), Neil Rattigan, Justin Barrett, Patrick Mulvihill (0-1, Matthew Guiheen, James Duignan (0-3), Eoin Monaghan (1-2) and Dessie Dolan (0-5, 4f).


SUBS:  Karl Henson for A Fox (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for J Barrett (half time); David O’Shaughnessy (0-1) for G Dolan (52 min).

Report by Matt Ryan