Under-10 Castledaly Tournament

posted 22 Sep 2015, 12:52 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 22 Sep 2015, 12:53 ]
The Garrycastle Under-10 squad started their final tournament of 2015, with a match against Maryland/Tang in Castledaly on Monday evening. In the Castledaly tournament, only one team per club is allowed, playing at 11-a-side. On a very wet evening, 18 players attended, and each got to play their part in the match. 
 
Even though conditions overhead and underfoot were not great for playing football, the Garrycastle team started very brightly, and soon had scores on the board from Thanh McCay and Jamie Carroll. The majority of the first half was played in the Maryland/Tang half of the pitch, with the Garrycastle lads applying constant pressure, and were rewarded with further scores from Jamie and Thanh, as well as scores from Tom Sheehan, Killian Redmond and Oisin Nugent. At the half-time break, Garrycastle had a comfortable lead, having restricted Maryland/Tang to a single score. 
 
As the second half started, we emptied the bench to give all players present as much game time as possible. Further scores from Thanh, Jamie and Diarmaid Murtagh pushed the game out of the reach of Maryland/Tang. The team got a welcome boost with the return of Conor Sheehan after an absence of 6 weeks, and he took a brace of nice scores as the game reached its conclusion. Not to be outdone, younger brother Tom helped himself to a score as the referee blew for full time. 
 
On the evening, Garrycastle took a comfortable win. This performance was based on a solid defence, which simply refused to be beaten on the night, a midfield unit which tackled and fought for every ball, and a group of forwards very definitely wearing their shooting boots. 
 
It was an very good team performance, with excellent passing, tackling and support play on view. The lads made light work of the difficult conditions, and can take great satisfaction in their performance. The next round of this competition sees Garrycastle play the Moate All-Whites. 
 
Squad: 
Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Oisin Nugent, Mattie Wozniak, Cian McCormack, Conor Sheehan, David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Dean Grehan, Sean O'Donoghue.