Minor League (Division 3)

posted 24 Jun 2015, 14:14 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 25 Jun 2015, 02:27 ]

The Garrycastle minors finally got their league campaign underway, following the end of the Leaving Certificate examinations with two games, beginning with a home fixture on Monday 22 June against Tyrrellspass, followed on Wednesday with an away fixture against Kilbeggan/St Josephs. With several minors missing because of holidays, a number of Under 16s stepped up to the plate and can be proud of their contributions in both games.




The early exchanges were close but it was Tyrrellspass who registered the first score, a point from play in the 5th minute. Garrycastle hit back straight away with a fine point from play from the boot of Jack Brody. The game’s first goal arrived soon after, following a penetrating run from Ronan Mulvihill and a shot from Oisin Langan, which saw the Tyrrellspass goalie make a good save. However, the rebound was snapped up by Ross Mulvihill who finished to the net from close range. Garrycastle further increased their lead with two excellent points from Cathal Mannion. Tyrrellspas hit back with two points of their own as the mid-point of the half approached. Soon after the visitors had a goal from a penalty to level matters at 1-3. Jack O’Connor was on hand to restore the advantage to Garrycastle with a good point in the 18th minute. Tyrrellspass responded with a point from a free to level it again. However, in the final minutes of the half, Cathal Mannion pointed again and Garrycastle lead by 1-5 to 1-4 at the break.

The game was won and lost in the opening minutes of the second half, as Tyrrellspass broke forward in attack after attack. Shane McEnery made an excellent save in the very first minute of the second half to avert a certain goal for the visitors. However, there was nothing he could do about a succession of points, five in all, that put Tyrrellspass into a decisive lead. A second Tyrrellspass goal in the 37th minute emphasised their dominance of possession at that stage and Shane McEnery had to be alert to prevent a number of other goal bound efforts in the subsequent attacks.  Ross Mulvihill got Garrycastle’s first score of the second half in the 43rd minute, when he converted a free after he was fouled about 30 meters from goal. The play was more even from there to the end, but the visitors had two more goals and a point as the game entered its final moments. Cathal Mannion scored a goal in injury time but there was just enough time for the visitors to score their fifth goal with their final attack.


The Garrycastle lads were a match for their opponents in the opening 30 minutes but flagged after the break. Given that this was their first outing, it was not surprising. They can take some encouragement from the first period and build on it going forward. Best for Garrycastle were Shane McEnery, who made a string of fine saves, Brian Leahy, Jack Brody and Ross Mulvihill in defence. Colm Lynch and Ronan Mulvihill were most prominent in attack.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane McEnery, Brian Leahy, Caolan Jameson, Jack Brody (0-1), Sean Mulvihill, Ross Mulvihill (1-1, 0-1f), Oisin Langan, Cathal Mannion (1-3), Brian Ruane, Colm Lynch, Ronan Mulvihill, Jack O’Connor (0-1), Conor Mulvihill.

SUBS: Conor Macken for J O’Connor; Ian Carroll for B Ruane; Cillian Lyons for Ronan Mulvihill.




With a number of absentees and injuries from Monday’s game, Garrycastle travelled to Kilbeggan with only 13 players. Against a physically stronger and more skilful side it proved to be a difficult evening for the side. Much like Monday’s game, Garrycastle were competitive in the first half, but faded in the second and were comprehensively beaten. All of the Garrycastle scores came from centre forward, Cathal Mannion, with four of these in the first half, which ended on a score line of 3-6 to 0-4 in favour of Kilbeggan/St Josephs. The home side pressed on in the second period and hit over some fine points, and a couple of goals. Garrycastle’s only score of the second period came from a free by Cathal Mannion.


Best for Garrycastle on the night were, Shane McEnery, Brian Leahy, Loic Gately, Jack Brody and Brian Ruane. With players returning from holidays and much needed match practice, this side cam look forward to improved performances for the remainder of the league and championship campaigns.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane McEnery, Brian Leahy, Caolan Jameson, Sean Mulvihill, Loic Gatley, Ross Mulvihill, Ross Mulvihill, Conor Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Cathal Mannion (0-5, 3f), Ronan Mulvihill, Conor Macken, Ian Carroll.