Under 16 League Championship (Group C)

posted 25 Aug 2014, 14:05 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 26 Aug 2014, 05:42 ]

ST LOMANS 6-11               GARRYCASTLE 3-5

Our under 16s went down to a defeat against a very strong and skilful St Lomans side in their final group game in this year’s league championship in Garrycastle last Monday evening. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze, the visitors were quickly out of the blocks and had a point within a couple of minutes. They added two quick goals to lead by 2-1 after just seven minutes of play. The visitors continued to dominate and added a third goal in the 10th minute. Garrycastle responded soon after, when midfielder, Oisin Langan, broke forward and was found with a fine pass and fired the ball to the St Lomans net. However, St Lomans continued to have the lion’s share of possession and added four more points to their lead. Jack O’Connor scored a point from a close range free for Garrycastle as the half time break approached. However, St Lomans broke through yet again to raise a green flag on the stroke of half time. The score at the break 4-5 to 1-1 in St Lomans favour.


St Lomans continued to impress on the resumption and added two points in as many minutes. A pointed free from Cathal Mannion was Garrycastle’s only response. St Lomans got through for yet another goal but Brian Ruane responded with a point for the home side. St Lomans added two more points to stretch their advantage. Conor Mulvihill, who had moved to full forward at this stage was on hand to punch a ball from Philip Monaghan to the St Lomans net mid-way through the second period. St Lomans had a point but Philip Monaghan responded with a point for Garrycastle. St Lomans pointed again and had their sixth goal in the 49th minute when a looping ball deceived Matthew McBride and nestled in the net. To their great credit the Garrycastle lads never gave up and indeed pressed forward with renewed determination in the final 10 minutes. They were rewarded for their efforts with a goal from Cathal Mannion and a pointed free form the same player as time ran out. The final score 6-11 to 3-5 in St Lomans favour.


This was a disappointing result and the display, particularly in the first period, was not a true reflection of their capabilities. There were good performances from Brian Leahy, Ross Mulvihill and Bill Kelly in defence. Brian Ruane, Cathal Mannion and Eoin Mulvihill made some impression in the second period against a good St Lomans side.

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

SUBS: Joe Carmody (0-1) for C Macken (half time); Eoin Mulvihill for S Mulvihill (half time); S Mulvihill for C Jameson (49 min); C Macken for P Monaghan (49 min).

Report by Matt Ryan.