Under 16 League Championship (Division 3 – play-off)

posted 13 Aug 2013, 05:41 by Matthew Ryan


Garrycastle under 16s made the long journey to take on Ballycomoyle for a second place play-off in this year’s league championship last Monday evening. It was always going to be a tall order given the absence of many regulars because of holidays and illness.

Garrycastle failed to perform in the first period and the home side enjoyed almost total domination of possession in that half. The Garrycastle defence was under constant pressure and were it not for some stout defending and a couple of excellent saves by Paul McKiernan they would have trailed by a bigger margin at the break. As it was the home side lead by 1-10 to 0-1 at the half way mark, with Garrycastle’s only score coming from Conor Mulvihill in the 24th minute.

There was a much improved performance from Garrycastle in the second period and while Ballycomoyle still had most of the possession, Garrycastle mounted some promising attacks, even if they did not yield the scores they merited.  Eoin Duignan had a point for Garrycastle early in the second period. Paul McKiernan continued to excel in goal and his back line worked tirelessly to assist. They were unfortunate that a deflection resulted in a second Ballycomoyle goal in their last attack of the game.  The final score was 2-14 to 0-2 in Ballycomoyle’s favour and they now go on to play Tubberclair to determine second place in the group.

There was little to enthuse from Garrycastle in the first half but they rallied well in the second. The best for Garrycastle were Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy, Eoin Mulvihill and Ross Mulvihill.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy, Oisin Langan, Conor Mulvihill, Shane McEnery, Eoin Mulvihill, Ross Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan, Jack Brody and Brian Ruane.

SUB: Eoghan Kenny for B Ruane (50 min).

Report by Matt Ryan