posted 1 Sep 2013, 15:35 by Matthew Ryan



Garrycastle suffered their second defeat in the group stage in Moate last Sunday evening when they went down to Coralstown/Kinnegad. Despite this defeat Garrycastle will be in the quarter-finals next Sunday against Athlone as runners-up in Section B by virtue of the fact that they beat both Tyrrellspass and Castledaly in the group stage.


Coralstown/Kinnegad got off to a flyer with a point from a free within 30 seconds. However, Garrycastle responded with three points Dessie Dolan, Eoin Monaghan and a second point from a free by Dessie Dolan.  A point from play by Coralstown/Kinnegad was added to by one from a free to level matters by the 9th minute. A point from Dessie Dolan pushed his side ahead again only for this to be wiped out when a long delivery into the Garrycastle goalmouth was deflected into his own net by John Gaffey for the game’s first goal. It didn’t take long for Garrycastle to respond and a good build up resulted in a goal from Justin Barrett to put Garrycastle in front again. Two points in quick succession from Coralstown/Kinnegad had the side level again by the 16th minute. A pointed free from Dessie was added to by the same player from open play. Coralstown/Kinnegad replied with three points of their own and then followed this up with a second goal. Cathal Mullin had gathered possession but his attempted clearance hit a Coralstown/Kinnegad player and flew into the Garrycastle net. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan reduce the gap at the break to four points on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-7.


Garrycastle needed to make a good start to the second half and Dessie Dolan pointed a free in the first minute. After a sustained period of pressure James Duignan pointed to reduce the margin further. Garrycastle grabbed the lead with a coal in the 38tyh minute as substitute Alan Daly gathered a pass from Dessie Dolan and fired to the Coralstown/Kinnegad net. Two pointed free by Coralstown/Kinnegad pushed them ahead again but a decisive third goal came at the mid point of the half from Coralstown/Kinnegad to restore their 4 point cushion. Dessie Dolan pointed again for Garrycastle but a Coralstown/Kinnegad pointed free kept the gap between the sides. A point from Dessie Dolan was cancelled out by one from Coralstown/Kinnegad as we entered the final 5 minutes. A free was dropped into the Coralstown/Kinnegad goal area but a fine save by the Coralstown/Kinnegad net minder prevented a goal opportunity for Garrycastle. James Duignan did have a pointed free for Garrycastle deep into injury time but is was not enough to pull the result out of the fire.



This was a very disappointing and flat performance from Garrycastle and apart from a number of notable exceptions the team had a poor hour. Dessie Dolan as usual had a big say on the scoreboard and was also involved in good build up play. Alan Fox and Tom McHugh were strong in defence. Doron Harte had a strong showing following his introduction. There will have to be a huge improvement next weekend if Garrycastle are to advance to the semi-finals.


GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill, Alan Fox, Tom McHugh, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, Seanie O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, James Duignan (0-2, 1f), Damian Rushe, Matthew Guiheen, Justin Barrett (1-0), Eoin Monaghan (0-1)and Dessie Dolan (0-9, 5f).

SUBS:  Doron Harte for John Gaffey (half time); Alan Daly (1-0) for Aidan Browne (half time); Sean Brennan for D Rushe (49 min); Johnny McGuire for M Guiheen (inj, 49 min); David O’Shaughnessy for J Barrett (55 min).

Report by Matt Ryan