Under-21 Championship Quarter-Final

posted 16 Aug 2014, 05:53 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 16 Aug 2014, 05:55 ]
The Garrycastle Under-21 football team qualified for the semi-finals of this years competition with a one-point win over The Downs in a thrilling encounter in Garrycastle on Tuesday night. 
The Downs had by far the better of the first half and managed to score 4 goals past the Garrycastle defence in this period. Garrycastle managed to just about stay in touch with their oppenents with points from Eoin Monaghan (2) Alex Gardiner (2,1f) Michael Monaghan (2,1f) and Conor Duignan. Half time score Garrycastle 0-07 The Downs 4-04.
Garrycastle came out for the 2nd half a changed team and showed great determination in trying to get back into the game. A quick point  from Eoin Monaghan was followed by a goal from the impressive Eric Kearney. Further points followed from Alex Gardiner (3) Eoin Monaghan and Michael Monaghan. In the closing stages The Downs extended their lead further and it looked to all in attendance that Garrycastle would exit the competition at this stage. However an opportunistic goal from Eric Kearney brought Garrycastle level and with one of the last plays of the game Eric again found himself in the right place to fire over the winning point. 
This was definitely a game of two halves from a Garrycastle view point. If the team is to progress further, another performance as seen in the 1st half will not do. However the great team spirit and never say die attitude shown in the 2nd period shows that this team has the ability to go on in the competition.

Full time score Garrycastle 2-14 The Downs 4-07

Garrycastle team: Shane McEnery, Sean Gunning, Gavin Ward, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey, Mark Curley, Ronan Donohue, Eric Kearney (2-01) Eoin Monaghan (0-03) Terry Rushe, Michael Monaghan (0-04) Evan Dalton, Conor Duignan (0-01) Alex Gardiner (0-05) Kenny Dolan. 
Subs Used Mark Duffy, Lee McNamara. 
Subs Darragh McCormack, Donal Byrne, Adam Keena, Kevin McCormack, Jack McGann, Eddie Farrell, Liam Leahy

Match Report : Padraig Cosgrove