All-County League, Division 1

posted 21 Jun 2015, 14:57 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Jun 2015, 09:05 ]
Garrycastle failed to resurrect their Division 1 League campaign when they were beaten by Mullingar Shamrocks in Springfield on Sunday evening last. 

Missing six of their regular starting line-up, it took Garrycastle over 20 minutes to register their first score by which time the home team were already three points up.  Garrycastle’s early scores came from frees from Alex Gardiner and by the 25th minute were trailing by 4 points to 3. A great break from defence from Mark Mc Callon ended with Sean Brennan finding the back of the net to put the visitors ahead. This was the point in the game that Garrycastle should have kicked on but when reduced to 14 men they failed to build on the lead and the first half ended with Shamrocks adding two more points to put them ahead by 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval. 
Garrycastle needed to up their game in the second half but it was the home team who were first off the mark. Garrycastle rallied and two points from Conor Cosgrove one from a free the other a spectacular score from distance gave the visitors some hope.  Shamrocks lifted their game and hit three further unanswered points to put them ahead midway through the second half. Two more converted frees from Alex Gardiner put Garrycastle within a point of Shamrocks. However it was Shamrocks who finished the stronger and saw out the game with a winning margin of three points. 
This was a mixed performance from Garrycastle who but from some poor finishing could have come away with a least a draw and they now need to win their remaining games to retain their Division 1 status. 
Garrycastle: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Mark Mc Callon, Alan Fox, Neal Rattigan, Doran Harte, Gary Mc Callon, Gary Dolan, Mark Curley, Sean Brennan (1-0), Ciaran O’Neill, Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 1f), Alex Gardiner (0-3, 3f), Damien Rushe
Subs: Gavin Ward for Gary Mullery (inj.) (21 mins), Cian Hayden for Sean Brennan (50 mins), Cathal Mannion for Neal Rattigan (52 mins)

(Match Report: Harry Mooney)