Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors Under-10 League

posted 11 Sep 2015, 13:35 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Sep 2015, 13:35 ]
Athlone were the visitors to Garrycastle for the re-fixed round 2 tie in the Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors league. On a truly miserable night for football, we had a good turnout of players, and fielded teams at under-9 and under-10 age groups as normal. 
The under-9 team struggled to make an impact in the conditions, and found that handling the ball was very tricky in the wet conditions - even keeping their feet was a challenge at times. However, they dug deep, and buoyed up by an excellent defensive display from Anthony Mannon in the backline, battled hard, and led the game at the half-time break. The second half was more of the same, with the Athlone team fighting hard to get into the game, putting huge pressure on Garrycastle all around the pitch. However, Garrycastle rallied again, and with some excellent scores from James McHugh among other, stretched out their lead and took a deserved win. 
In contrast, the under-10 team started well, putting Athlone under pressure from the off. Early scores from Jamie Carroll set the scene, and Garrycastle pressed forward strongly, but were guilty of some over elaboration in the center of the field, and did not translate their possession into scores. At half-time, Garrycastle trailed by 1 point. The second half was all Athlone, as they attacked in waves, and only some excellent defending by the backline, with Jack Mulvihill most prominent, kept the scores down. However, as legs tired in the conditions, Athlone stretched their lead, and ran out deserved winners. 
So, for the fifth time in this competition, it was a win and a loss for Garrycastle. Some positives to take was the effort from the under-9 team, and the first half display from the under-10 team. However, heads dropped far too early on the under-10 team in the second half, and much more effort will be required for the final round against St. Brigids on Monday evening next. 
Squad on the evening:
Under-10: Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Cian McCormack, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Matthew Conner, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Tom Daly, Mattie Wozniak.
Under-9: Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, Andrew Henson, Jack Allen, Sean O'Donoghue, David Carter, James McHugh, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Brandon Devaney, Aaron Keegan, Kyle Greene.