Under-16 League (Division 3) - Round 4

posted 7 May 2013, 15:00 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 May 2013, 15:03 ]
Garrycastle 4-15, Castledaly 2-10 

The Garrycastle Under-16 team traveled the short distance to Castledaly for round 4 of this years Under-16 division 3 league on Monday evening.  On the evening, only the bare minimum number of players were available for the trip.

Garrycastle started brightly, and had the first score on the board, a point from Cathal Mannion. Points were traded evenly with Castledaly in the early stages, and Sean Mulvihill was called on to make two important saves. However, on the quarter-hour mark, a mix-up under pressure by the Castledaly backs saw them concede an own goal. Spurred on by this, Garrycastle quickly extended the lead by two more points, and then a pivotal moment, as Ross Mulvihill was brought down when straight through on goal, and the resulting penalty was ably dispatched by Cathal. By now the game was being played largely in the Castledaly half, and further points, and a goal from play by Eoin Duignan, left Garrycastle well ahead at half-time on a scoreline of 3-8 to 0-3.

However, any thoughts that this game was already won were quickly scotched as the second half began, as Castledaly launched attack after attack, gaining them 2 goals and three points in the space of 6 minutes.  However, Garrycastle's backline and half-backline once again asserted control of the game and slowly Garrycastle added further points, and an excellent goal with a blistering shot from Ross. Castledaly's difficulties increased after one of their midfielders was sent off for a second yellow card offence, and from then on Garrycastle took total control, adding another 4 points in the closing minutes.

Overall this was a solid display from the Garrycastle side. The midfield in particular were dominant throughout, and aside from a few jitters, the backline was strong and efficient. Up front, the ball was perhaps overplayed on several occasions, looking for goals, when points would have been the easier option. This is however, a result which will stand to this team.

Team:  Sean Mulvihill, Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Jack Brody, Bill Kelly, Caolan Jameson, Cathal Mannion, Conor Mulvihill, Brian Kenny, Ross Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan, Eoghan Kenny, Shane McEnery.

Match Report by: William Leahy