All County League (Division 1)

posted 15 Feb 2015, 15:57 by Matthew Ryan


Garrycastle incurred a two point defeat in their opening round of the 2015 Division 1 campaign away to Tyrrellspass on Sunday last.  Garrycastle were first off the mark after four minutes with a pointed free from Dessie Dolan. The home team equalised within a minute and then went ahead by a point after eight minutes. A pointed free by Conor Cosgrove left the sides level at mid-point in the first half.  Garrycastle then took charge and Cosgrove added to his tally with two well taken points from a play and one from a free. The home team got their third point and this was followed by a Gary Dolan point to leave Garrycastle leading by three points at half-time.

The home team was first off the mark in the second half with a point and then took the lead with a goal which was a result of some poor defending by Garrycastle. Conor Cosgrove was once again on hand to level the scores. However this was as close as Garrycastle got in the second half. The next two points went to the home team and a Dessie Dolan free reduced the margin to be followed by four points in a row for the home team who were showing their dominance and superior fitness as the game entered the final quarter. A great goal chance fell to Dessie Dolan at this stage but his shot was wide of the mark. With about four minutes to go, Garrycastle were awarded a penalty when Conor Cosgrove was taken down. The same player then expertly drove the ball to the top corner to give County goalkeeper Darren Quinn no chance and put two points between the sides. A Dessie Dolan free reduced the score to the minimum but the home team went straight up the pitch to put two between the sides.  Garrycastle had a chance near the death when Conor Cosgrove found himself in front of goal but his shot was blocked and Tyrellspass ran out eventual  winners.

Garrycastle were missing a number of regular players and produced a patchy performance where Conor Cosgrove’s contribution of 1-5 was a highlight.

GARRYCASTLE; Stephen Maguire, Gary Mullery,  Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon, Anthony Larkin, John O’Shaughnessy, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett,  Neale Rattigan, James Duignan, Dessie Dolan(0-3, 3f), Alex Gardiner, Conor Cosgrove (1-5, 1 pen 3f), Sean Brennan, Gary Dolan (0-1).

SUBS used. K.Dolan for N Rattigan 58 mins. B Kennedy for J Donoghue (blood sub) in 1st half.