Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors Under-10 League, "C" Final

posted 17 Sep 2015, 15:32 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 17 Sep 2015, 15:33 ]
After a long league campaign, the Garrycastle Under-10 squad headed to Johnstown to play St. Brigids of Rosommon in the "C" final of the Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors league on Thursday evening. On a lovely fine evening, with conditions perfect for playing football, we had a fabulous turnout of 31 players, divided into an under-9 team and an under-10 team. 
The under-10 team started brightly, and traded points with St. Brigids over the course of a first-half played at breakneck speed. Jamie Carroll led the way, with no fewer than 6 points in the first half, ably supported by Thanh McCay, and Diarmaid Murtagh. The backline had to work extremely hard to limit the St. Brigids chances, but stepped up to the mark, and defended strongly. The second half began with Garrycastle attacking from multiple angles, and further scores by Diarmaid and Jamie brought the match level. The game was in the balance for the remainder of the half, and when Oisin Nugent scored from close range to put Garrycastle in front with a couple of minutes left, a win looked possible. However, it was not to be as St. Brigids rallied and closed out the scoring to take the win by 2 points. 
Even though the result went against them, the Garrycastle squad can hold their heads high with this performance, From Conor McCarthy in goal all the way around the field, every player gave it their all. 
The under-9 team also started well, and pushed hard to get some scores on the board. However, after scoring almost at will all the way throughout the league, their scoring touch deserted them on the night and they found scores very hard to come by. This match was nip-and-tuck all the way through, with absolutely nothing to separate the teams. A few injuries also took their toll, (the most serious being a finger injury sustained by Andrew Henson while blocking down a clearance, which necessitated a trip to A&E), and though the Garrycastle lads fought hard, the scores just would not come, and as the wide count mounted, St. Brigids took the win by a single point. 
Again, all the players from Dean Grehan in goal all the way around the field can take great pride in their performance. 
As per the rules of the competition, the Final score was the aggregate of the two matches, with Garrycastle losing out by 3 points on the night. 
After the matches, the players were presented with their medals, and some much needed refreshments, by the Clann na nGael club. 
And of course, we wish Andrew Henson a speedy recovery from his injury, and we're sure we'll see him playing again soon.

As this league comes to an end, we would like to thank Tormeys Solicitors and Clann na nGael for a hugely enjoyable and very well run tournament. While we were not successful on this occasion, we look forward eagerly to doing it all again next year! 
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, Sean Doyle. 
Under-9: Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, Andrew Henson, Jack Allen, Sean O'Donoghue, David Carter, James McHugh, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Aaron Keegan, Kyle Greene, Dean Grehan, Brandon Devaney, Rian Gaynor, Oisin Mulvihill, Niadh Shine, Cian Norris.