Match Reports 2014


posted 23 Nov 2014, 12:16 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 23 Nov 2014, 12:43 ]

ST VINCENTS 3-9              GARRYCASTLE 1-10

Garrycastle had to yield to a very strong St Vincents side, reigning Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland club champions, in an entertaining semi-final in Parnell Park, on Sunday. Garrycastle could not have got off to a worse start, conceding a goal after just a couple of minutes play, as Tomas Quinn took full advantage of a slip by Jack Donoghue to fire a goal. St Vincents added a point soon after and it took a fine point by James Dolan in the 5th minute to get Garrycastle off the mark. St Vincents continued to have the better attacks but some good defending and a bit of good fortune saw them only register a point. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort a fine one from a tight angle on the left by Dessie Dolan. St Vincents had the majority of possession and created a number of good goal scoring opportunities but did not manage to raise a green flag. They did add two points and finally got a deserved second goal in the 24th minute. They also added a point soon after to lead by 2-6 to 0-2 by the 25th minute. Garrycastle they staged a mini revival and had four unanswered points before the half time break. Points from James Dolan, Justin Barrett, a free from Dessie Dolan and another point from James Dolan taking the score at the break to 2-6 to 0-6 in favour of St Vincents.


Garrycastle started the second half in the same vein, adding two points, both from Dessie Dolan, one from play and one from a free, in the opening six minutes. The Garrycastle cause received an even bigger fillip when Dessie Dolan broke through the St Vincents defence and expertly placed his shot beyond Michael Savage to raise a green flag. Game on with just a point between the sides after 37 minutes. Michael Savage then made a wonderful save in the 40th minute to deny Garrycastle a second goal, but the resultant 45 was just wide from Alex Gardiner. However, Garrycastle did gain parity in the 42nd minute as Michael Monaghan slotted over a fine point. St Vincents showed their championship mettle and hit over two points in quick succession to regain the lead, the first of which came from a close range free. Garrycastle pushed forward in search of more scores but were caught out by a quick counter-attack in the 53rd minute and when a high ball broke kindly for Ruairi Traynor and he was fouled by Cathal Mullin. A penalty was signalled by Referee, John Hickey, who also brandished a black card to the Garrycastle goalkeeper. Shane O’Connell was introduced in goal and his first taste of action was to face up to the penalty, which was expertly placed to his left for a decisive goal for the All Irelands club champions. Dessie Dolan pointed a close range free as full time approached, but it was St Vincents who had the final score, a point deep into added time, to leave it 3-9 to 1-10 in the end.


A brave effort from Garrycastle but St Vincents were deserving winners in the end. There were good performances from Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue and John Gaffey in defence. Dessie Dolan, Mathew Guiheen and James Dolan were most prominent in attack.



GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett (0-1), Aidan Browne, Gary Dolan, Dessie Dolan (1-5, 0-3f), Matthew Guiheen, Damian Rushe, Michael Monaghan(0-1) and James Dolan (0-3).


SUBs: Alex Gardiner for D Rushe (half time); David O’Shaughnessy for A Browne (inj, 47 min); James Duignan for A Gardiner (47 min); Shane O’Connell for C Mullin (black card, 53 min);  and Conor Cosgrove for M Monaghan (59 min).

Report by Matt Ryan


posted 9 Nov 2014, 08:48 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 05:58 ]

GARRYCASTLE 1-11          EMMET ÓG 1-10

Garrycastle advanced to the Leinster Senior Club semi-final with a close fought win over the Longford champions, Emmet Óg, but they had to stage a comeback in both halves and a disallowed goal from Emmet Óg at the very end. Garrycastle will now meet Dublin and All Ireland champions St Vincents in two weeks in a Dublin venue (most likely Parnell Park).


It was Emmet Óg who had the better start but hit a couple of wides from scoring positions in their initial attacks. Some indecision in the Garrycastle defence saw possession surrendered and they were punished as Emmet Óg created and scored a goal in the 2nd minute of play. Dessie Dolan got Garrycastle off the mark with a point from play soon after. The same player was cynically fouled in a promising attack, which resulted in a black card for an Emmet Óg defender, and Dessie pointed from the resulting free. Emmert Óg had a point from a free but Dessie Dolan also pointed for Garrycastle from a free. The sides were level in the 18th minute when Dessie Dolan pointed from a sharp angle. Emmet Óg forged ahead again soon after with a point from play but James Dolan responded with a point for Garrycastle. Another pointed free pushed Emmet Óg ahead as the half time break approached. However, a point from a free by Dessie Dolan, which was followed soon after with one from open play by substitute, Michael Monaghan, pushed Garrycastle ahead for the first time. There was sufficient time left for Emmet Óg to level matters with a point from a close range free in the third minute of added time. The half time score 1-4 to 0-7.

Damian Rushe was introduced for Conor Cosgrove for the second half and was soon in action linking up play. However, it was Emmet Óg who again had the better start and hit over two fine points in the opening ten minutes of the half to lead by the same margin. A pointed free from Michael Monaghan reduced the gap. Emmet Óg responded with a point from play. Garrycastle worked a fine move out of their defence and joint-captain Mark McCallon, was on hand to finish to the Emmet Óg net in the 46th minute and propel Garrycastle into the lead. Another substitute, James Duignan, fired over a point to increase the Garrycastle lead, as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Emmet Óg responded with a point of their own to reduce the gap to just 1 again soon after. Gary McCallon broke forward, just as he had in the Westmeath final, to fire over a fine point but Emmet Óg responded with a point from a free. The sides were level in the 57th minute when Emnmet Óg pointed from open play. However, in the final minute of ordinary time Dessie Dolan made room on the right and fired over a wonderful point at the Dunne’s Store end of Cusack Park to put his side ahead again. There was some late drama as Emmet Óg worked the ball forward and somehow it was finished to the Garrycastle net. However, the Referee following consultation with his umpires and linesman, awarded a free out much to the delight of the Garrycastle followers. The final whistle sounded soon after and Garrycastle had won a close affair by the slimmest of margins.


The game was closely fought throughout, but in the end it was the greater experience of the Garrycastle side that saw them through against a young and skilful Emmet Óg side. Cathal Mullin was solid in goal and was well supported by Jack Donoghue, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey and Gary McCallon in defence. Aidan Browne made a number of fine catches and set up several scores. Dessie Dolan was the main man in attack, again showing his full range of footballing skills and fine finishing. He was well assisted by James Dolan and substitutes Michael Monaghan and Damian Rushe.


Garrycastle will have to be at their very best to have any chance against the reigning All Ireland champions, St Vincents, but they can call upon many experienced players as they seek to reach yet another Leinster Final.


GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (1-0), Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Gary Dolan, Dessie Dolan (0-5, 2f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-1), Alex Gardiner and James Dolan (0-1).


SUBs: Michael Monaghan (0-2, 1f) for M Guiheen (18min); Damian Rushe for C Cosgrove (half time); James Duignan (0-1) for A Gardiner (43 min) and Seanie O’Donoghue for D Rushe (53 min).

Report by Matt Ryan

Under-14 Championship (Div. 2) FINAL

posted 8 Nov 2014, 13:49 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 8 Nov 2014, 13:49 ]


After a long year the curtain came down on the 2014 season for our U14s with an agonising 4 point defeat by Milltownpass in the County final played in good conditions in Moate on Saturday afternoon. 

Unfortunately for the lads they under performed on the day but we can take great heart from their performances during the year and this panel of players have been great ambassadors for the club and no doubt their time will come again in a County final. 

The lads tried right up to the final whistle and but for some outstanding goal line defending by Milltownpass in a frantic final 5 minute spell the result could have been different. It was not to be on the day and Milltownpass were worthy winners. 

Match Report : John Ruane

Under-14 Championship (Div. 2) Semi-Final

posted 2 Nov 2014, 11:03 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 2 Nov 2014, 11:03 ]


Our under 14s have qualified for the County final after a tough Semi Final encounter with the Ballymore/Milltown amalgamation team Millmore Gaels at Ballinagore last Sunday morning. 

Playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half Garrycastle raced into a 3 point lead through Jason Nugent and 2 from Brian Ruane. We were winning ample ball at midfield but some rushed shooting and wrong options close to goal was costing us valuable scores only adding 2 more points by the 15th minute. A misplaced pass in midfield allowed Millmore the ball and using an overlap to good effect they scored a goal against the run of play despite the best efforts of Patrick McKiernan to save. This was somewhat of a wake up call for the lads and they fired over 5 more points before half time courtesy of Eoin Mulvihill, Joe Carmondy (2) ,Feargal Mullin and Brian Ruane to leave the half-time score 0-10  to 1-01 in our favour. 

Playing into the wind in the second half we started well with 2 quick points however the inevitable fightback came from Millmore who began to take control in the middle third. They launched attack after attack but some staunch defending from Mathias O Neill, Cillian Lyons, Robert Kelly, Owen Keogh, Dara Mulvihill and Daragh Kenna allowed Millmore to add just 3 more points by midway in the second half. We then regained the momentum with Joe Carmody, Eoin Mulvihill, Jason Nugent and Brian Ruane in particular taking the game to Millmore. A goal by Jason and 2 excellent points from Brian made the game safe. 

Whilst this was not a vintage performance we can take many positives into the final. 

Match Report: John Ruane.

Westmeath Senior Football Championship Final 2014

posted 26 Oct 2014, 12:22 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 27 Oct 2014, 12:00 ]



Garrycastyle captured their 7th Westmeath senior football title with a well merited win over Mullingar Shamrocks in Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon.


Playing into a very stiff breeze Garrycastle dominated the early minutes and took the lead in the 2nd minute when wing back, Gary McCallon, broke forward to point from the left. Dessie Dolan got his first score when he converted a free ij the 10th minute. Dessie also pointed in the 18th minute to leave Garrycastle ahead by 3 points. Mullingar Shanmrocks had their first score, a point from play in the 22nd minute and added their second point soon after to reduce the margin to a single point. Garrycastle then grabbed a vital score when Alex Gardiner was put through and he finished emphatically to the net in the 26th minute. Mullingar Shamnrocks had the last score of the half, a point in the last minute to leave Garrycastle ahead at the break by 1-3 to 0-3.


Mullingar Shamrocks had a bright start to the second period and added points in the 33rd minute from play and in the 35th minute from a close range free. Damian Rushe then pointed for Garrycastle in response. Garrycastle continued to have most of the possession but Mullingar Shamrocks added a point to reduce the gap to just one point again by the 37th minute. James Dolan pointed for Garrycastle after good approach play and Dessie Dolan pointed from a free which he won himself. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from substitute, Michael Monaghan. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan increased the Garrycastle lead and another substitute, James Duignan, pointed in the 54th minute. Mullingar Shamrocks broke forward looking for a goal but had to be content with a point from a free. However, it was Garrycastle who finished strongly and added a point from a Dessie Dolan free and one from play by Michael Monaghan in added time. The final whistle from Pat Fox was greeted with great joy by the large Garycastle support in attendance.


This was a fine performance from Garrycastle, who combined their great experience with some new young talent to great effect. The defence was solid throughout and Cathal Mullin’s goal was well protected. Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Karl Henson and John Gaffey were most prominent in breaking up the Mullingar Shamrocks attacks. Aidan Browne and Justin Barrett won the midfield battle and worked back to defend when the opposition had possession. Dessie Dolan was selected as Man of the Match, and rightly so for his tireless work throughout the field and accuracy from placed balls. He was well supported in attack by Alex Gardiner, James Dolan and Damien Rushe. Substitutes Michael Monaaghan and James Duignan contributed scores when called into action.


So Garrycastle move on to represent Westmeath in the Leinster club championship against the Longford champions, Emmet Og Killoe, a game which will be played in Cusack Park on the 9th November.


Congratulation to the entire panel of players, team manager, Des Dolan Snr, his selectors Seán Connell, Aidan Dunning and Gary Johnston, and his back-up team.


Caisleán an Gharraí Abu


GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Damian Rushe (0-1), Dessie Dolan (0-5, 5f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove, Alex Gardiner (1-0) and James Dolan (0-1).


SUBs: Gary Dolan for C Cosgrove (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-2) for M Guiheen (35min); James Duignan (0-1) for D Rushe (50 min); Ciaran O’Neill for A Gardiner (54 min).

Report by Matt Ryan

Under-10 team win Castledaly Shield

posted 12 Oct 2014, 12:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 13 Oct 2014, 04:40 ]


The curtain came down on our under 10 season  on  Sunday last in near perfect conditions at a sundrenched Castledaly when Garrycastle and Tubberclaire took the field at noon for the Shield Final.

On a beautifully prepared and specially marked pitch with linesmen, umpires, match programmes and a large crowd , huge credit must go to Ciaran Henson and the rest of the Castledaly Minor board for the work they put into a very slick and professional tournament.

Tubberclaire started the stronger and seemed to be in control in most areas of the pitch but they could not break down a very resolute Garrycastle defence  that was well marshalled by John Mc Bride at full back. Tadhg Mc Kiernan in goal made some great saves , while Sarah Carter and Frank Mc Kiernan cleared their lines well.

Ben Donegan and Conor Sheehan worked very hard under a lot of pressure at midfield while up front Jack Mulvihill  and Sam Mc Hugh kept Garrycastle in touch with some excellant  points. A goal mouth scramble resulted in a goal for Tubberclaire who went in at half time leading 1-4 to 0-4.

The Garrycastle bench made a few positional changes at half time and the team had a dream start to the second half with a very well worked move finished to the net by team captain, Ben Donegan. Connor Sheehan began to win a lot of ball in the middle and combinations with Jamie Carroll and Andrew Ruane resulted in some of the finest scores you will see at any level. One of Andrews points was from an angle close to the sideline , Dessie Dolan would have been proud of it.

Diarmuid Murtagh did an excellant man marking job and broke a lot of ball that was being won easily by the opposition in the first half. Jamie Carrolls pace was just what was needed to carry ball into the forward line where Kirrill Egan, Brian Mulvihill and Jack Mulvihill made good use of it.

Tubberclaire had their periods of dominance as well and despite all our possession it was a tense last few minutes with Garrycastle holding a very dangerous two point lead. Time and again Tubberclaire stormed at the Castle defence looking for the goal that would win it  only to be held back by great defending by Conn O'Hara, John McBride and Frank McKiernan. The earlier  battles  against all of the bigger teams stood to our lads and at the end of what has to be the longest "one minute" of extra time the final whistle was greeted by relief and joy. It was no more than this great bunch of players deserve after a long year of training and games. Half this team will move to under 12s and half remain with under 10s next year and we wish them well with their respective managers.

Team;  Tadhg Mc Kiernan, John Mc Bride, Frank Mc Kiernan, Sarah Carter, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ben Donegan ( Capt), Connor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill, Jack Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Andrew Ruane, Conn O'Hara, Kirrill Egan, Matti, Kian , Connor, Sam Mc Hugh, Tom Daly , Jason Macken, Nathan Jackson

Match Report: John Henson

Under-8 Challenge vs Doon/Pullough

posted 10 Oct 2014, 15:42 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 10 Oct 2014, 15:43 ]

The Garrycastle Under-8 group finished off their football year in style in Garrycastle on Friday evening, with challenge matches against Doon/Pullough from county Offaly. Playing under lights on a cold autumns evening, 27 of the under-8 squad were available, allowing us to field 2 teams, each team playing two matches against their counterparts from Doon/Pullough. 

This was our first time to welcome our neighbours from across the county bounds to Garrycastle, and 4 excellent skillful games of football were served up to an appreciative crowd of parents and grandparents. In the absence of many of our under-8 players, it also gave an opportunity for some of our up-and-coming under-6 players to take to the field and show what they could do - and they sure stepped up to the mark in style.

It is extremely heartening to see the development in many of these young players over the last 8 months or so. Their ability to play and enjoy football has grown immensely, and certainly the older players can look forward with confidence to their under-10 football next year.

Congratulations to Paddy Galvin and Darragh Glennon, making their home debuts in the green and red colours - sure to be just the first of many appearances for the club in the coming years.

Many thanks to Paul, Diarmuid and all the other mentors from Doon/Pullough for travelling in to us, and for providing excellent, sporting games of football. We look forward to more interaction with them in the coming year.
As mentioned, this was our final outing of the year, (although we are working on one special "final" outing - details later). We will take a break for the remainder of October, and resume with our winter indoor schedule in early November.

Squad on the evening:
Red Team: Van McCay, Keelan Ward, Conor Deeney, Sean Galvin, Paddy Galvin, Darragh Glennon, Rian Gaynor, Callum Hudson, Tom Sheehan, Jack Allen, Dylan Frawley, Niadh Shine, Cian Norris, Dean Grehan.
Green Team: Evan McMickan, Cristian Turean, Sean O'Donoghue, Nathan McKeon, Brandon Devaney, Anthony Mannion, Daniel Sierpinski, James McHugh, Aaron Keegan, Alex Conner, Rory McMickan, Louie Shine, Oisin O'Donoghue.

Report: William Leahy

Under-14 Championship (Div. 2)

posted 5 Oct 2014, 15:09 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 5 Oct 2014, 15:10 ]


Garrycastle U14s played their last game in the league Championship format last Sat evening in Garrycastle and were very convincing winners over The Downs. Right from the off the lads were determined to lay down an early marker and had the game effectively won at half time with Dylan Keegan, Jack Fitzgerald and Ian Carroll in good form in the full forward line supported by some fine runs from midfield from Dara Mulvihill and Joe Carmody. 

With Andrew Monaghan,Cillian Lyons and Owen Keogh prominant in defense Garrycastle were never in danger of losing the game. The second half gave the opportunity to give all the panel a run out but this did not alter the trend of the game with Garrycastle continuing to dominate.

They have now qualified for the county semi final with their opponents unknown as of yet.

Panel: Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan, Mathias O Neill, Andrew Monaghan, Owen Keogh, Cillian Lyons, Robert Kelly, Ryan Cornally, Dean Reynolds, Tommy Stephens, Dara Mulvihill, Joe Carmody, Ian Carroll, Jack Fitzgerald, Dylan Keegan, Brian Ruane, Jason Nugent, Eoin Mulvihill, Daragh Kenna, Robert O'Brien, Feargal Mullin.

Match Report: John Ruane

Under 16 League Championship (Division 2 – Semi-final)

posted 4 Oct 2014, 06:50 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 28 Oct 2014, 11:46 ]

MOATE ALL WHITES 2-12              GARRYCASTLE 3-5

The Garrycastle under 16s bowed out of the Division 2 championship when going down to Moate All Whites in Rosemount last Saturday afternoon.


Moate got off to a good start and had two points on the scoreboard in the opening couple of minutes. However, Garrycastle responded in style and Oisin Langan raised a green flag with a powerful shot after he was set up following fine approach work. Moate continued to have most of the possession and added three further points by the 12th minute. The only replay from Garrycastle coming yet again from Oisin Langan, this time a fine point from close range. The final 12 minutes of the first period was completely dominated by Moate and they hit over some good points to lead by 0-9 to 1-1 after 22 minutes. They added a goal soon after and pointed almost immediately to take a healthy lead of 1-10 to 1-1- into the break.



Garrycastle had the aid of a stiff breeze in the second period and needed to make a positive start if they were to have any chance of victory. However, it was Moate who increased their lead to 13 points when they worked a goal and a point in quick succession. The Garrycastle lads had a mountain to climb but they never let their heads drop and began a determined fight-back with a pointed free from Cathal Mannion in the 37th minute. Moate had a point from a free in what was becoming a very tight affair. A goal soon after from Philip Monaghan gave Garrycastle further encouragement and Philip added his second goal of the game in the 42nd minute to narrow the gap to just 5 points with plenty of time in hand. Jack O’Connor pointed to reduce the margin further. Conor Mulvihill, now operating in the full forward position, got a fine point and Bill Kelly broke forward to point for his side on 54 minutes to leave just four points between the sides. Garrycastle worked a goal opportunity but Conor Mulvihill’s effort was blocked and the danger cleared. The Garrycastle lads threw everything into an efforts to get closer but determined defending from Moate kept them at bay. The final score 2-12 to 3-5 in Moate’s favour.


This was a disappointing outcome for Garrycastle, but given that they were 13 points down in the early stages of the second half they showed great heart and no little skill to fight back and make a real game of it. Colm Lynch was excellent in goal in the absence of the injured Matthew McBride. The full back line of Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy and Mark Denby were excellent throughout. Jack Brody and Bill Kelly played themselves into the game in the second period and contributed in no small measure to the fight-back. Oisin Langan had many fine moments and contributed 1-2 from midfield. Cathal Mannion, Ross Mulvihil and Philip Monaghan (who scored two goals) were most prominent in attack. Each of the substitutes also played their part in a fine but ultimately fruitless fight-back. Well done to all of the panel and best wishes to a fine Moate side in the Final.


GARRYCASTLE: Colm Lynch, Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Caolan Jameson, Jack Brody, Bill Kelly (0-1), Sean Mulvihill, Oisin Langan (1-2), Conor Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Cathal Mannion (0-1, 1f), Ross Mulvihill, Philip Monaghan (2-0), Enda Moran and Jack O’Connor (0-1).


SUBS: Conor Macken for S Mulvihill (34 min); Eoin Mulvihill for B Ruane (45 min); Joe Carmody for Enda Moran (55 min).

Report by Matt Ryan.

Under-14 Championship (Div. 2)

posted 1 Oct 2014, 01:51 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Oct 2014, 01:52 ]

Our U14s travelled to Milltownpass on a wet and miserable Tuesday evening last for the latest game in the Championship and were fortunate to come away with a draw after putting in a very flat performance on the night. Were it not for an outstanding performace from Patrick McKieran in goal the game would most certainly have been lost. 

The first half was a poor affair with Garrycastle guilty of kicking the ball short into the Milltownpass goalies hands on numerous occasions.The half ending 1-03 a piece with the Garrycastle goal coming from an excellent penalty kick from Brian Ruane. 

We struggled to get into the game in the second half with the very poor underfoot conditions playing a part but showed excellent desire and composure in the last 10 Mins to get back into a game that seemed lost with two brilliant goals from Ian Carroll and Joe Carmody.Milltownpass took the lead again with 2 minutes remaining with a soft free but the lads worked the ball all the way up to the Milltownpass 14 yard line from Patrick's kickout for Joe Carmody to kick a point and draw the game. 

The lads know this performance will not be good enough in the upcoming county semi final but having played poorly we can still take positives that will stand to the team going forward.

Match Report: John Ruane

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