Under-10 win Shield in Larry Nugent Tournament

posted 29 Aug 2015, 07:16 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 Aug 2015, 07:17 ]
The Garrycastle under-10 team won the Shield competition at the Larry Nugent Tournament held in Caulry on Saturday morning, defeating Rosemount in the final. 
On the morning, Garrycastle were drawn in the same group as Kilbeggan/St. Josephs and Ballinacarrigy for the group games. In thr first match, Garrycastle played Kilbeggan/St. Josephs, and started brightly, with scores from Thanh McCay and Killian Redmond, and led deservedly at the half-time break. However, we were wasteful with scoring opportunites, shooting a large number of wides, and this really was was to prove our undoing, as in the second half playing into the wind, we could not get the scores needed, and Kilbeggan ran out winners by two points.  
In the second group game, we played against Ballinacarrigy, and due to depleted numbers on their team, this match was played at 7-a-side. In order to give all our players a chance, we changed the team totally at half-time in this match. In the first half, we again started brightly, with scores from Thanh and Jamie Carroll, but struggled a little with only having 7 players on an 11-a-side pitch, and gave away a couple of scores to Ballinacarrigy from frees and 45's. In the second half, with a totally changed team on the field, we took a little time to settle, but a well taken score from Kyle Greene steadied the ship, and we went on to take a deserved win. 
This meant that we qualified for the Shield final, where we played Rosemount. The Rosemount team took an early lead before Diarmaid Murtagh levelled for Garrycastle, and further points from Brian Mulvihill and Jamie, interspersed with points from Rosemount, meant the game was level half-way through the first half. However, from then on, it was one-way traffic from Garrycastle as scores from Jack Allen, Thanh and Jamie gave Garrycastle a comfortable lead at the half-time break. In the second half we introduced all of our substitues, and pressed home the advantage, with some excellent scores from Thanh, Jamie, David Carter and Diarmaid, while our defence held firm, restricting Rosemount to just a single point in the second half.  
It was a jubilant group of players, led by captain Jack Mulvihill, who ascended the steps to accept the Larry Nugent Shield, and their medals from the host club. 
Overall, this was a decent display from the under-10 squad. The issues with taking scores, so evident in the first match, were nowhere to be seen in the Shield final. All the players present can take huge pride in their efforts on the day, and in bringing the first trophy of the year back to Garrycastle. 
Squad on the day:
Sean O'Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Anthony Mannion, Jack Mulvihill, Matthew Conner, Tom Sheehan, Jamie Carroll, David Carter, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Kyle Greene, Thanh McCay, Jack Allen, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre.