U16 Football League Championship (Group C)

posted 11 Aug 2014, 14:55 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 11 Aug 2014, 15:17 ]



Garrycastle lost out to the visitors in a hugely entertaining game last Monday evening in Garrycastle. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze, the Garrycastle boys had a point on the scoreboard in the very first minute, as Jack O’Connor slotted over a point. The visitors struck back and levelled and in their next attack struck over another point to lead. Garrycastle had the better of the exchanges in the next period and points from Conor Macken and two pointed frees from Cathal Mannion pushed the home side ahead. Whan Colm Henry raised a green flag in the 17th minute, after very good approach play, it put his side ahead by five points. St Malachys/Ballinagore had the final score of the half, a pointed free, to leave the Garrycastle lads ahead by 1-4 to 0-3 at the break.


The visitors made very good use of the wind advantage on the resumption, scoring two quick points to reduce the gap to just a point within two minutes of the resumption. They then struck for a goal to grab the lead and added two more points to stretch their advantage to 3 points by the 36th minute. Substitute, Joe Carmody, replied for Garrycastle with a good point after gaining possession close to goal. However, St Malachys/Balinagore continued to press forward and hit over three points to lead by five points as the game entered the final 10 minutes. To their credit the Garrycastle boys did not wilt and they played their best football in the remaining time. Cathal Mannion pointed a free and then wonderful team work and determined play fashioned a goal opportunity which saw Cathal smash an unstoppable shot to the visitor’s net. Game on and only a point between the sides with just over five minutes remaining. Garrycastle pressed forward and fashioned a couple of half chances for an equaliser. However, it was the visitors who broke forward to goal in added time and seal the win on a score-line of 2-10 to 2-6.


Despite defeat, the Garrycastle boys can be very well pleased with the performance. Were it not for a poor start to the second half they may well have fashioned a win against a very strong and physically bigger St Malachys/Ballinagire side. It would be unfair to single out any players for special mention, in what was a good team display by all 17 players who tasted action.

GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Caolan Jameson, Jack Brody, Bill Kelly, Sean Mulvihill, Conor Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion (1-3, 0-3f), Ross Mulvihill, Colm Lynch, Philip Monaghan, Conor Macken (0-1), Colm Henry (1-0) and Jack O’Connor (0-1).


SUBS: Joe Carmody (0-1) for C Henry (half time); Brian Ruane for S Mulvihill (43 min).

Report by Matt Ryan.