posted 24 Aug 2014, 13:25 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 26 Aug 2014, 11:03 ]


Garrycastle knew that only a win, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, could extend their involvement in the 2014 senior championship. They duly obliged with a well-deserved win over the team leading Section B before this weekend’s games.


Garrycastle dominated the early period and almost had a goal in the 4th minute when Michael Monaghan was put through, however, he was thwarted by the Coralstown/Kinnegad goalie who saved at the expense of a 45. Unfortunately, Cathal Mullin failed to convert the 45 meter kick. Garrycastle did take the lead in the 9th minute as Dessie Dolan pointed from the right. In their next attack Garrycastle won another 45 and Alex Gardiner stepped up to point it. Another point from Dessie Dolan increased the lead as the midpoint of the half approached. Coralstown/Kinnegad registered their first score, a point from play, after Garrycastle surrendered possession, and pointed. In their next attack Coralstown/Kinnegad took the lead, against the run of play, when a slick attack opened up the Garrycastle defence and Cathal Mullin had no chance with the goal bound shot. Garrycasstle responded well to this setback and points from Alan Fox, Dessie Dolan and Michael Monaghan restored the Garrycasrtle lead to two points by the 26th minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point from play but Desie Dolan had the last say on the scoreboard with a point in first minute of added time to leave it 0-7 to 1-2 at the break.

Justin Barrett came into midfield for the start of the second half in place of James Duignan, with Matthew Guiheen moving to wing forward. They were rewarded with a goal after just two minutes, as James Dolan was able to fist a long ball into the Coralstown/Kinnegad net. Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point in reply. Alex Gardiner was shown a black card and was replaced by Ciaran O’Neill.  Garrycastle had a strong grip on midfield and created a lot of scoring opportunities. Dessie Dolan pointed two close range frees. Substitute, Gary Dolan, was on hand to point mid-way through the second period. Dessie pointed yet another free in the 51st minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point but Mark McCallon moved forward from wing back to point in the final minute and leave it 1-12 to 1-4 at the full time whistle.


This was a mixed bag from Garrycastle, who could have won more comfortably if they had taken more of the scoring opportunities that they created throughout the hour. But they got the job done and can improve from her on and have a significant say in the knock-out stages. As this win moved them on to 6 points, the same as St Malachys, they will now meet St Malachys in a playoff next weekend to determine who advances to the quarterfinal as the third placed team in Section B. There were good performances from John Gaffey, Jack O’Donoghue and Karl Henson in defence. Aidan Browne showed up well in mid field and was well supported in the second period by substitute, Justin Barrett. Dessie Dolan was the focal point of the attack and showed no ill effect from his long lay-off due to injury, contributing almost half of his side’s total.


GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Jack O’Donoghue, Alan Fox (0-1), Mark McCallon (0-1), Karl Henson, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen, James Duignan, Dessie Dolan (0-7, 3f), James Dolan (1-0), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-1, 145) and Eoin Monaghan.


SUBS: Justin Barrett for J Duigana (half time); Ciaran O’Neill A Gardiner (35 min); Gary Dolan for M Guiheen (43 min); Enda Mulvihill for M Monaghan (53 min); Damien Rushe for E Monaghan (57 min).

Report by Matt Ryan.