Under-10 League Division 1

posted 29 Apr 2015, 12:48 by William Leahy   [ updated 29 Apr 2015, 12:49 ]
The Garrycastle squad travelled the short distance to neighbours Athlone for the first round of this years Under-10 league on Tuesday evening. On a shockingly bad evening, with torrential rain and high winds, we had practically a full squad travel, 29 players being available on the evening. 
The squad was divided into two teams, with each team playing against the equivalent Athlone team, at 11-a-side. 
The Garrycastle “Red” team started brightly, and soon a score on the board from David Carter. A second from Kyle Greene soon followed, before the anticipated Athlone fightback began. As the first half progressed, the “Red” team were guilty of some very wasteful shooting, clocking up no fewer than 6 wides, as Athlone made much more productive use of their scoring chances, and led by three at the break. As the second half-started, the heavens opened, and playing into the wind and the rain, the “Red” team found to hard to keep possession, and were unable to close the gap, with Athlone running out worthy winners in the end. 
In the second match, the Garrycastle “Green” team started slowly, but after shipping some scores, some good defensive work by Jack Mulvihill and Killian Keegan steadied the ship, and they came back strongly into the match by half-time. In contrast to the first game, playing with the wind and rain in the second half allowed Garrycastle to put up some fine scores, including a couple from Anthony Mannion, and the match ended in a narrow win for Garrycastle. 
Overall, it was very impressive to see the numbers turn out for this opening round, but with conditions as they were, it was difficult to play good football. All players present got an extended run, and this will be a feature of the league going forward from here. 
Huge thanks to Dave and the rest of the Athlone crew for the organisation on the evening. 
Garrycastle “Red” team: 
Conn O’Hara, Sean Doyle, Brandon Devaney, Mattie Wozniak, Tom Daly, David Carter, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Jack Allen, Jame Carroll, Killian Redmond, Kyle Greene, Nathan Kelly, Cian McCormack, Dean Grehan, Oisin Nugent. 
Garrycastle “Green” team: 
Matthew Conner, Killian Keegan, Jack Mulvihill, Nathan McKeon, Conor Sheehan, Conor McCarthy, Diarmuid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Anthony Mannion, Sean O’Donoghue, Brian Mulvihill, Nathan Jackson, Dervla Turley.