Westmeath Senior Football Championship Final 2014

posted 26 Oct 2014, 12:22 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 27 Oct 2014, 12:00 ]



Garrycastyle captured their 7th Westmeath senior football title with a well merited win over Mullingar Shamrocks in Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon.


Playing into a very stiff breeze Garrycastle dominated the early minutes and took the lead in the 2nd minute when wing back, Gary McCallon, broke forward to point from the left. Dessie Dolan got his first score when he converted a free ij the 10th minute. Dessie also pointed in the 18th minute to leave Garrycastle ahead by 3 points. Mullingar Shanmrocks had their first score, a point from play in the 22nd minute and added their second point soon after to reduce the margin to a single point. Garrycastle then grabbed a vital score when Alex Gardiner was put through and he finished emphatically to the net in the 26th minute. Mullingar Shamnrocks had the last score of the half, a point in the last minute to leave Garrycastle ahead at the break by 1-3 to 0-3.


Mullingar Shamrocks had a bright start to the second period and added points in the 33rd minute from play and in the 35th minute from a close range free. Damian Rushe then pointed for Garrycastle in response. Garrycastle continued to have most of the possession but Mullingar Shamrocks added a point to reduce the gap to just one point again by the 37th minute. James Dolan pointed for Garrycastle after good approach play and Dessie Dolan pointed from a free which he won himself. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from substitute, Michael Monaghan. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan increased the Garrycastle lead and another substitute, James Duignan, pointed in the 54th minute. Mullingar Shamrocks broke forward looking for a goal but had to be content with a point from a free. However, it was Garrycastle who finished strongly and added a point from a Dessie Dolan free and one from play by Michael Monaghan in added time. The final whistle from Pat Fox was greeted with great joy by the large Garycastle support in attendance.


This was a fine performance from Garrycastle, who combined their great experience with some new young talent to great effect. The defence was solid throughout and Cathal Mullin’s goal was well protected. Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Karl Henson and John Gaffey were most prominent in breaking up the Mullingar Shamrocks attacks. Aidan Browne and Justin Barrett won the midfield battle and worked back to defend when the opposition had possession. Dessie Dolan was selected as Man of the Match, and rightly so for his tireless work throughout the field and accuracy from placed balls. He was well supported in attack by Alex Gardiner, James Dolan and Damien Rushe. Substitutes Michael Monaaghan and James Duignan contributed scores when called into action.


So Garrycastle move on to represent Westmeath in the Leinster club championship against the Longford champions, Emmet Og Killoe, a game which will be played in Cusack Park on the 9th November.


Congratulation to the entire panel of players, team manager, Des Dolan Snr, his selectors Seán Connell, Aidan Dunning and Gary Johnston, and his back-up team.


Caisleán an Gharraí Abu


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


SUBs: Gary Dolan for C Cosgrove (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-2) for M Guiheen (35min); James Duignan (0-1) for D Rushe (50 min); Ciaran O’Neill for A Gardiner (54 min).

Report by Matt Ryan