Senior B Football Championship Final 2013

posted 27 Oct 2013, 15:07 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 27 Oct 2013, 15:16 ]

Garrycastle's second team brought the Senior B title to the club for the second time with a hard-earned win over Tyrrellspass in Garrycastle last Sunday morning. Steady overnight rain had left the pitch very heavy and three torrential downpours on Sunday morning (two of them during the game) made conditions very difficult for the players. Despite these difficulties, both teams managed some fine football and the game was played in a good spirit throughout. Referee Declan Nugent handled the game superbly, making due allowance for the difficult conditions.

Tyrrellspass took an early lead but Garrycastle held a slight edge in the first half, at the end of which they led by 0-4 to 0-2. They extended this lead after the break but it was only in the final quarter that they managed to put daylight between the teams.The slippery ball made scoring difficult for both teams and the flawless free-taking of James Duignan proved invaluable for the home team. Duignan scored five of Garrycastle's first six points to keep his team in the driving seat and three excellent points from play in the last ten minutes from Peadar Mulvihill, and Eoin and Michael Monaghan put the seal on Garrycastle's victory. 

On a day that favoured defences, Garrycastle's backs played very well throughout, while Matthew Guiheen and Neill Rattigan edged the midfield exchanges. The forwards all battled well in what was essentially a team triumph, with all the players showing great determination and discipline. However, the man of the match award would have to be split between Alan Fox and Jack Donohue who were inspirational all through the game.  

After the game Westmeath Football Board Chairman Liam Gavin presented the Senior B Shield to Garrycastle's injured captain Noel Galvin.

Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Jack Donohue, Anthony Larkin, Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon, Neill Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen, Michael Monaghan (0-2), James Duignan (0-5, frees), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Alan Daly, Johnny McGuire, Eoin Monaghan (0-1).
Subs: Mark Keenan (for O'Connell), Robbie Fox (for McCallon), Padraig Cosgrove (for McGuire), Terry Rushe (for Daly) and Mark Curley (for Rattigan). Subs not used were Ronan Donohue, Emmet Keena, Sean Carey and Paul Mulvihill.

Report by Dermot Ryan