Match Reports 2015

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Under-10 Castledaly Tournament, Plate Final

posted 18 Oct 2015, 05:28 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 18 Oct 2015, 05:28 ]

The Garrycastle Under-10 team headed to Castledaly on Sunday to play the Coughlan Plate final of the Castledaly tournament, meeting the hosts in the final. 
 
The Garrycastle lads started strongly, pushing forward right from the throw-in, and were rewarded with some early points from Jamie Carroll and Thanh McCay. A lovely worked move then saw a great pass from Jamie to find Diarmaid Murtagh in space, and he scored a great goal to put some space between the teams. The Garrycastle backline were in superb form, with Tom Daly and Jack Mulvihill closing down any Castledaly attacks. Garrycastle were in control of the game at this stage and tacked on some lovely points from Jamie, Thanh and Oisin Nugent, before Castledaly opened their account with a point from a free. Oisin then pounced to get a good goal, which left Garrycastle in charge at the half-time break. 
 
The second half began as the first half ended with Jamie notching up another point. Castledaly came more into the game and were rewarded with a goal and a point of their own before another point from Jamie and a goal from Cian McCormack put the game beyond their grasp. We introduced all of our substitutes during the second half so all players present got to play in the final, and it is a measure of the strength of the squad, that the team kept pressing their advantage even with so many changes. 
 
This was a great squad performance, and all of the players can be well pleased with their efforts and rewards on the day. It was a very happy Garrycastle group that celebrated at the final whistle, and led by captain on the day, Conor McCarthy, lifted the Coughlan Plate high to the cheers of their supporters. 
 
Huge thanks are due also to Ciaran Henson and all of the other helpers, referees etc. in Castledaly, for a very well run and very enjoyable tournament. 
 
Squad: 
Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Tom Daly, Brian Mulvihill, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Mattie Wozniak, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Nathan McKeon, Brandon Devaney, Dean Grehan, Sean O'Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Killian Keegan, Matthew Conner, Cian McCormack. 

U16 Championship : Quarter Final

posted 11 Oct 2015, 15:22 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Oct 2015, 15:22 ]

CAULRY 7-06, GARRYCASTLE 3-08 

 

The Under 16’s, short a number of players due to injuries etc., travelled to Caulry for the Division 2 Quarter final. 


Philip Monaghan opened the scoring for Garrycastle with a well taken point following some very good build up play from Ian Carroll, who had a very good first half along with Colm Henry. Shortly afterwards Mattie McBride made a couple of good early saves, but Caulry did hit the net with 2 quick fire goals after 10 minutes play. The lads rallied well and scored 2 points from the boot of Jack O’ Connor leaving the score 2-0 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. However, the final 10 minutes of the half proved disastrous for Garrycastle conceding a further 2-04 without replay leaving the half time score 4-04 to 0-03. 


The first 10 minutes of the second half didn’t prove much better with Caulry scoring 1-02 with only a Jack O’Connor point in reply. Mattie McBride made a great save which seemed to spark the lads into life. After a quick break up the pitch, Jack O’Connor scored a point and shortly afterwards Brian Ruane expertly converted a penalty. Garrycastle won a second penalty but the Caulry keeper guessed right this time and made a great save. Jack O’Connor scored a further 2 points, before some excellent work from Cillian Lyons set up Jack O’Connor for a second Garrycastle goal. Jack added another point reducing the gap further. 


Cillian Lyons was having a fantastic second half, along with Eoin Mulvihill, Conor Macken, Robert Kelly and Mattias O’Neill in defence while Brian Ruane, Andrew Monaghan, Dylan Keegan and Oisin Langan were getting a foothold around the middle, with Philip Monaghan proving to be a great link between defence and attack. Pat McKiernan won a kick out and delivered a pin point pass to Philip Monaghan who was very unlucky to hit the post with a great shot from distance. Caulry steadied the ship with a goal and a point before Jack O’Connor scored his second goal of the day. 


While it was a disappointing result the lads showed great heart and determination with their second half performance, none more so than Jack O’Connor who finished the game with 2-07, closely followed by Cillian Lyons, Eoin Mulvihill, Oisin Langan, Philip Monaghan and Brian Ruane. 


We’d like to thank under 14’s Daniel Guinan, Cathal Redmond, Andrew Monaghan and Dylan Keegan who helped us out on the night and all made significant contributions. We would also like to say thanks to all the lads for all their efforts and dedication throughout the year. 


Team: Matthew McBride, Daniel Guinan, Mattias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Conor Macken, Eoin Mulvihill, Robert Kelly, Brian Ruane, Andrew Monaghan, Colm Henry, Jack’Connor, Patrick McKiernan, Philip Monaghan, Dylan Keegan, Ian Carroll.

Subs: Oisin Langan for Daniel Guinan, Cathal Redmond for Colm Henry, Daniel Guinan for Patrick McKiernan. 


U16 Championship Group C

posted 11 Oct 2015, 15:17 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Oct 2015, 15:17 ]

KILBEGGAN/St. JOSEPHS 6-09, GARRYCASTLE 0-09 

 

Match played: 9th September. 

 

A depleted Garrycastle side travelled to Streamstown and were well beaten by a motivated and determined Kilbeggan/St.Joseph’s combination, who should be commended on going from the Division 3 League to qualifying for the Division 1 Championship as a result of this victory.  

 

Brian Ruane opened the scoring with a point following some good build up play, but Kilbeggan responded with 2-02. Cathal Redmond scored a well taken point, while Andrew Monaghan and Jack O’Connor chipped in with points of their own. Matters got worse for Garrycastle when Jack Fitzgerald went off injured, but Dylan Keegan, Daniel Guinan and Mattias O’Neill never gave up and worked extremely hard in the middle to try and contain the frequent attacks, but it was a tough first half and we went in at half time 5-05 to 0-05 down. 

 

The second half performance was much improved, lead by Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane and Colm Henry. There were  also good performances from Dylan Keegan and Andrew Monaghan. Brian Ruane scored a couple of points while Philip Monaghan closed the game out with a well taken point at the end. A big thanks to the under 14 lads who helped us out on the night, Daniel Guinan, Cathal Redmond, Andrew Monaghan, Dylan Keegan and Robert O’Brien, and all the lads would like to wish Jack Fitzgerald a speedy recovery. 

 

Team: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Mattias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Daniel Guinan, Eoin Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan, Brian Ruane, Jack Fitzgerald, Ian O’Carroll, Jack O’Connor, Dylan Keegan, Philip Monaghan, Colm Henry, Cathal Redmond. 

Sub: Robert O’Brien for Jack Fitzgerald (Inj., 10 mins) 


U16 Championship Group C

posted 11 Oct 2015, 15:12 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Oct 2015, 15:12 ]

GARRYCASTLE 2-06, MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 1-09 


Match played: 24th August. 


Jack O’Connor opened the scoring for Garrycastle with a pointed free, before Shamrocks replied with 2 points of their own. Mattias O’Neill, Eoin Mullvihill and Conor Macken were having very good games in defence, while Ian Carroll and Enda Malone were showing well up front. A great solo run from Brian Ruane found Jack O’Connor whose quick pass into Oisin Langan delivered the first Garrycastle goal. A great interception from Shane Duffy lead to an excellent Philip Monaghan point, putting Garrycastle 2 up. Shamrocks fought back and scored 4 unanswered points and it could have been worse only for an excellent Matthew McBride save. Colm Lynch stemmed the tide with Garrycastle’s second goal of the night shortly before half time. 


Jack O’Connor started the second half as he started the first with a pointed free following some good work by Patrick McKiernan. However, Shamrocks responded with a goal of their own to level the game. It was a nip and tuck affair after that with both team trading points. Garrycastle could have nicked it at the end only for a very well saved penalty, but all in all a draw was a fair result and a good decent performance from the lads despite a few injuries. 


Team: Matthew McBride, Shane Duffy, Mattias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Conor Macken, Brian Ruane, Robert Kelly, Colm Lynch, Eoin Mulvihill, Patrick McKiernan, Philip Monaghan, Ian Carroll, Oisin Langan, Enda Malone, Jack O'Connor. 

Sub: Andrew Monaghan for Ian Carroll (35 mins) 


Under 21 Championship

posted 5 Oct 2015, 02:00 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 04:43 ]

Caulry 2-11        Garrycastle 2-9

The Under 21’s lost out to the home team in this entertaining game played in Mount Temple last Saturday. The first quarter was evenly contested before Garrycastle hit three points in a row to lead by 0-5 to 0-2. In that period of ascendancy Garrycastle missed two good goal opportunities but Caulry were less wasteful and in the last ten minutes of the half they scored a goal and pointed two frees as well as a “45”, to lead by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break. Garrycastle enjoyed another good spell on the restart and should have had more than two points to show for their dominance. Caulry hit back with four unanswered points from frees, and another pointed “45”. They seemed to have an unassailable lead when they goaled from a swift counter-attack after Paul Gunning was unlucky not to win a free at the other end. With an eight point lead the game looked all over but Garrycastle launched a spirited rally, with subs Ross Mulvihill and Conor Duignan very much involved. A long delivery was well fielded by Eric Kearney who put Frank Farrell through for a clinical finish to the net. Straight from the kick-out Farrell was again involved, initiating a quick attack involving several players leaving Cathal Mannion free to tap home a second goal as injury time approached. However, to the consternation of Garrycastle and to Caulry’s relief the final whistle sounded on the kick-out without any additional time allowed. 

Garrycastle will be disappointed with this defeat but should take a number of positives from their display. They were up against a very talented Caulry team who are capable of doing very well in this competition. All but three of the Garrycastle players are eligible again next year and several of the younger players acquitted themselves admirably, especially Dara Hayden, Bill Kelly and Frank Farrell, while Michael Monaghan showed his outstanding quality, shooting five excellent points from open play.

Garrycastle: Mark Keenan, Darragh Brody, Ben Kennedy, Cian Hayden, Terry Rushe, Mark Curley, Bill Kelly, Justin Barrett, Eric Kearney (0-1), Evan Dalton, Cathal Mannion (1-1, 1 free), Michael Monaghan (0-6, 1 free), Frank Farrell (1-0), Paul Gunning, Kenny Dolan (0-1, free).

Subs: Sean Gunning for Brody (35 mins), Ross Mulvihill for Dalton (44 mins), Conor Duignan for Kennedy (55 mins) and Mark Denby for Kelly (55 mins).

Under-10 Castledaly Tournament, Plate Semi-Final

posted 4 Oct 2015, 11:09 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 4 Oct 2015, 11:09 ]

The Garrycastle Under-10 team travelled to Castledaly on Sunday morning, to play Rosemount in the Plate semi-final. After the disappointment of missing out on a cup/shield semi-final, it was a determined group of players who attended to play the match. Due to illness and other reasons, it was also a much smaller than usual group of players - only 14 being available on the morning. 
 
Garrycastle started very strongly, and in a very strong opening 10 minutes kicked 3-2 from play, with Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan and Killian Redmond getting on the scoresheet. A brief spell of Rosemount pressure resulted in their opening point of the half, before the Garrycastle lads took total control, and kicked a further 3-4 from play without reply, with Thanh McCay and Oisin Nugent also scoring. At the half-time break, Garrycastle were totally in control. 
 
At the start of the second half, we introduced all the substitutes to give everyone game time, and our back line came under sustained pressure as Rosemount attacked strongly. After withstanding this pressure without conceding a score, Diarmaid and Jamie tacked on two further scores as Garrycastle once gain took control of the game. Not suprisingly, the second half did not live up to the excitement levels of the first half, and the Garrycastle lads were guilty of a large number of wides, when better options were available. Jack Mulvihill swapped to full forward, from his usual full back role, and he duly chipped in with a score. As the game reached its end, Rosemount scored a good goal to finish the scoring. 

This was most definitely Garrycastle's day. The entire squad played their hearts out, and got the reward in a very good win. The Plate final awaits, with the opposition in that final yet to be decided. 
 
Squad: 
Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly, Brian Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Killian Keegan. 

Under-10 Castledaly Tournament

posted 29 Sep 2015, 13:25 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 Sep 2015, 13:26 ]

The Garrycastle Under-10 team travelled to Castledaly on Tuesday evening, to play Kilbeggan/St. Josephs in the third round of the Castledaly tournament. For once the weather was nice, and we had an excellent evening for football. 
 
Garrycastle started the game brightly, and had the first point on the board, from Diarmaid Murtagh. The Kilbeggan/St.Josephs team responded with a couple of points of their own, before Killian Redmond pounced on a loose ball to score a well-taken goal for the green-and-red. The Garrycastle lads tried to push home the advantage, but were caught by a very good counter-attack almost immediately. A couple of points from Jamie Carroll ended the half, with the Garrycastle lads trailing by 3 points at half time. 
 
Immediately on the resumption, Jamie struck for another point, and this was added to by Diarmaid, to reduce the difference to the bare minimum.The Kilbeggan/St. Josephs team struck back with an unstoppable goal, before Tom Sheehan and Thanh McCay scored two fine points to again reduce the difference to a single score. However, this was to be as close as the Garrycastle lads got, as the opposition tacked on 4 points in a row. Jamie was almost rewarded when his blistering shot taken at full speed on the run seemed to have a goal written on it, only to be denied by a superb save from the Kilbeggan/St. Josephs keeper. The same player denied Diarmaid similarly a minute later, and even though Diarmaid knocked over a late point, the Kilbeggan/St. Josephs team ran out worthy winners on the night. 
 
This result leaves Garrycastle facing a semi-final for the Plate competition, due to be played on Sunday morning next. The opposition for the semi-final has not yet been determined. 
 
Squad: 
Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly, Brian Mulvihill, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Mattie Wozniak, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Dean Grehan, Sean O'Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Killian Keegan, Matthew Conner. 

ACL (Division 6)

posted 28 Sep 2015, 05:59 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle’s third team travelled to Moate’s Hogan Park last Saturday hoping for two league points to help them retain their Division 6 status. The home team were unable to muster a team and had to concede the points. However, they had their Under 21 squad available and agreed to play a challenge game. This proved to be an enjoyable game with plenty of good scores from both sides. Garrycastle led at half time by 1-8 to 0-6 but the home team made good use of the wind in the second period and held a three point lead as full time approached. Garrycastle responded with two late points and had a chance to level in injury time but the All-Whites held on to win by a point on a score-line of 2-14 to 1-16.

Garrycastle: Colman Gantley, Darragh Brody, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Frank Farrell, Mark Curley, Bill Kelly, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Noel Galvin (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-5), Enda Keena (1-1), Emmet Keena (0-1), Kenny Dolan (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2).

Subs: Paul Gunning  (0-2) for Emmet Keena; Sean Gunning for Brody, Eddie Farrell for Frank Farrell (injured); Ross Mulvihill for McGuire; Mark Denby for Kelly; Donal Byrne for P. Mulvihill; Brian Leahy for Kennedy.

 

Under 10 - Castledaly Tournament

posted 28 Sep 2015, 05:58 by Matthew Ryan

The Garrycastle Under-10 squad played two matches this week in the Castledaly tournament. On Monday night, in very poor weather conditions, we travelled to Castledaly to take on Maryland/Tang. Even though conditions overhead and underfoot were not great for playing football, the Garrycastle team started well, and soon had scores on the board from Thanh McCay and Jamie Carroll. The majority of the first half was played in the Maryland/Tang half of the pitch, with the Garrycastle lads applying constant pressure, and were rewarded with further scores from Jamie and Thanh, as well as scores from Tom Sheehan, Killian Redmond and Oisin Nugent. As the second half started, we emptied the bench to give all players present as much game time as possible. Further scores from Thanh, Jamie and Diarmaid Murtagh pushed the game out of the reach of Maryland/Tang. The team got a welcome boost with the return of Conor Sheehan after an absence of 6 weeks, and he took a brace of nice scores as the game reached its conclusion. Not to be outdone, younger brother Tom helped himself to a score as the referee blew for full time. On the evening, Garrycastle took a deserved win.

 

On Wednesday we returned to Castledaly to play the Moate All-Whites in the second round of the tournament. Moate scored the opening point, but this was cancelled out almost immediately by a well taken score from Thanh. Further points were exchanged between the sides, the Garrycastle scores coming from Jamie and Tom Sheehan, before Moate broke through to score a goal. The Moate team then notched up a couple of points to lead at the half-time break. The second half saw sustained pressure from Moate resulting in a few scores, before the Garrycastle team hit a purple patch, scoring a goal, (from Conor) and 4 points, (Conor with three, and one from Diarmaid), as the Garrycastle lads started to make inroads in the Moate lead. Driven on by an excellent defensive display from Anthony Mannion and Jack Mulvihill, ably supported by the industrious Kealan Ryan-McIntyre and Brian Mulvihill, Garrycastle pushed hard but were unable to close the gap, and were caught just at the end of the game by a breakaway score from the Moate team.

 

Squad: Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly, Brian Mulvihill, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Mattie Wozniak, Cian McCormack, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Dean Grehan, Sean O’Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Nathan McKeon.

Under-10 Castledaly Tournament, League Round 2

posted 23 Sep 2015, 14:03 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Sep 2015, 14:04 ]

We played the Moate All-Whites in a re-fixed Round-1 game in the Castledaly tournament on Wednesday night in Castledaly. 21 players attended on the night, giving us a large squad from which to choose, but as this competition only allows for one 11-a-side team, it unfortunately wasn't possible for all players to get a chance on the evening. 
 
Moate opened brightly, and scored the opening point, but this was cancelled out almost immediately by a well taken score from Thanh McCay. Further points were exchanged between the sides, the Garrycastle scores coming from Jamie Carroll and Tom Sheehan, before Moate broke through to score a goal. The Moate team then notched up a couple of points to lead at the half-time break. 
 
The second half saw sustained pressure from Moate resulting in a few scores, before the Garrycastle team hit a purple patch, scoring a goal, (from Conor Sheehan) and 4 points, (Conor with three, and one from Diarmaid Murtagh), as the Garrycastle lads started to make inroads in the Moate lead. Driven on by an excellent defensive display from Anthony Mannion and Jack Mulvihill, ably supported by the industrious Kealan Ryan-McIntyre and Brian Mulvihill, they laid seige to the Moate goal, but were unable to close the gap, and were caught just at the end of the game by a breakaway score from the Moate team. 
 
So the homours went to the Moate All-Whites team on the night. 
 
Overall, this was a patchy performance, with some good aspects, and some areas where improvement will be needed before the final league round vs. Kilbeggan/St. Josephs. 
 
Squad: 
Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly, Brian Mulvihill, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Mattie Wozniak, Cian McCormack, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Dean Grehan, Sean O'Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Nathan McKeon 

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