posted 28 Sep 2014, 10:22 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 27 Oct 2014, 12:01 ]


Garrycastle seniors qualified for their 10th Westmeath senior football final since 2001 with a comprehensive win over Coralstown/Kinnegad in sun drenched Mullingar last Sunday afternoon.


Right from the start Garrycastle moved the ball with pace and precision and had a goal in the first minute when Conor Cosgrove took a pass from Dessie Dolan and shot for goal, his initial effort was saved by Damian Molly but Conor gathered the rebound and finished to the net. A Dessie Dolan free was struck over the bar in their next attack, Eoin Monaghan had another goal opportunity but his effort was just wide. A point from James Dolan was added to by another pointed free by Dessie Dolan to establish a 1-3 to no score lead by the 8thminute. Coralstown/Kinnegad finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute with a point from play. Eoin Monaghan suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury as he tried to gather possession and was stretchered off, accompanied by a sympathetic round of applause, after a long break in play in the 13th minute. Garrycastle continued to dominate and a point from James Dolan increased their advantage. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a second point when a goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by Jack Donoghue to prevent a certain goal. Alex Gardiner then got a point for Garrycastle. Garrycastle’s injury woes continued when Alan Fox came off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Enda Mulvihill. Karl Henson broke forward to point for Garrycastle and deep into injury time James Dolan pointed yet again. Coralstown/Kinnegad did register a point in the 6th minute of injury time to leave it 1-7 to 0-3 at the break.


The second period took a similar pattern to the first with Garrycastle having most of the possession. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from James Dolan. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan was added to with a wonderful point from the wing by the same payer. Conor Cosgrove had a good point as Garrycastle added to their lead. James Duignan replaced Mathew Guiheen and got on the scoreboard with a good point in the 52nd minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point straight away. James Dolan added yet another point and Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point from a free. Cathal Mullin made an excellent save to deny Coralstown/Kinnegad at the expense of a 45, which was not converted. Michael Monaghan had the last score, a point from play, in the final minute to leave it 1-14 to 0-6 at full time.


This was an excellent performance from Garrycastle but they will surely have to play better in the final if they wish to capture their seventh senior title. In truth Coralstown/Kinnegad did not offer much resistance. Nonetheless there were very good performances from Jack Donoghue, Karl Henson and John Gaffey in defence. Justin Barrett and Aidan Browne dominated in midfield throughout, while Dessie Dolan, Alex Gardiner and James Dolan were most prominent in attack.


We all wish Eoin Monaghan a speedy recovery from his injury.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson (0-1), John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Eoin Monaghan, Dessie Dolan (0-4, 3f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (1-1), Alex Gardiner (0-1) and James Dolan (0-5).


SUBs: Michael Monaghan for Eoin Monaghan (inj, 13 min); Enda Mulvihill for A Fox (inj, 24 min); James Duignan (0-1) for M Guiheen (46 min); Damian Rushe for C Cosgrove (51 min); Sean Brennan for D Dolan (57 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for A Gardiner (59 min).

Blood Subs: Tom McHugh for Mark McCallon; James Duignan for M Guiheen.

Report by Matt Ryan.