Match Reports 2016


ACL Division 1

posted 21 Nov 2016, 13:43 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 21 Nov 2016, 13:43 ]

ST. LOMANS 2-12, GARRYCASTLE 1-5 
  
St. Loman’s added the league title to their championship success with this victory over Garrycastle in Lakepoint Park last Sunday morning. Before a very small attendance for what was effectively a league final, the home team were much sharper early on and with Shane Dempsey continuing his recent good form they led by 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Garrycastle had played no football since their championship exit seven weeks ago, and rustiness was all too obvious. The absence of eight players from their last championship line-out made their task even more difficult. On a positive note, Dessie Dolan made a welcome return after injury and showed all his old craft and skill. He pointed four frees from difficult angles while cousin James added another to leave Garrycastle 0-5 to 1-6 in arrears at half time. 
 
Loman’s stretched their lead to six points after the break until a superb Conor Cosgrove goal brought his team back into the game. Unfortunately, a few chances to reduce the gap further went astray and the superior fitness of the home team was very evident in the last quarter as they tacked on further scores to run out clear winners. 
 
Garrycastle: Mark Keenan, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Frank Farrell, Neill Rattigan, Doron Harte, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Johnny McGuire, James Dolan (0-1), Dessie Dolan (0-4, frees), Enda Keena, Cathal Mannion,
Conor Cosgrove (1-0), Michael Monaghan. 
Subs: Eoin Monaghan for Keena, Ben Kennedy for Mullery, Enda Keena for McCallon (injured). 

Under 21 Championship

posted 7 Nov 2016, 02:02 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle suffered a heavy defeat to The Downs in their first game in the Under 21 championship in Garrycastle last Sunday morning. The visitors had contested the last three minor finals, winning two, so they were always going to be formidable opponents. Nevertheless, Garrycastle had several players who played Senior and Junior championship this year and will be disappointed that they were so comprehensively outplayed all over the field. Most of the players have seen little action over the past number of weeks and rustiness was all too evident in their play. Garrycastle took the lead with an early pointed free from Cathal Mannion but that was as good as it got. The Downs replied with two quick goals that seemed to knock the heart out of Garrycastle and they went on to lead by 4-5 to 1-4 at the break. Five unanswered points after half time followed by another goal left The Downs in an unassailable position and they kicked points from all angles and distances in the final quarter to record an emphatic victory.

 

Garrycastle: Eoin Duignan, Darragh Brody, Ben Kennedy, Adam Keena, Mark Denby, Bill Kelly, Frank Farrell (0-1), Mark Curley, Michael Monaghan (1-1, 0-1 free), Ross Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion (0-3, 2 frees), Colm Lynch, Conor Duignan, Kenny Dolan, Philip Monaghan.

Subs: Brian Leahy for Keena; Conor Macken for Denby; Conor Mulvihill for Farrell (injured).

Under-12 Jim McHugh Plate Final 2016

posted 17 Oct 2016, 13:02 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 17 Oct 2016, 13:02 ]

GARRYCASTLE 2-03, MILLMORE GAELS 0-04 
  
The Garrycastle U12s made their own little piece of history last Wednesday night by being the first Garrycastle team to lift silverware in the Jim McHugh tournament. It was a low scoring match but it was a classic game of football with both teams going for it from the start. Millmore Gaels got the two opening points of the match but from then on the Garrycastle defence was resolute and didn't concede again in the opening half; this in essence was the platform for their win. The courage and commitment of the Garrycastle defence unit was superb with Brian Mulvihill particularly impressive making block after block. This allowed Garrycastle lots of opportunities to break at pace from the back and they put together a sustained period of pressure at the other end that led to a goal and a well taken point from Ben Dunegan. There was no let-up in the second half with both sides exchanging scores early on. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes in the second half and the fresh legs allowed them to push on and get the win, Diarmuid Murtagh contributed a superb 1-2 from play. The final whistle was met with exhaustion and jubilation by the Garrycastle boys and the plate was lifted by team captain Bill Carmody to the cheers of the team and their families and friends.  
  
Garrycastle squad: Tadgh McKiernan, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, John McBride, Frank McKiernan, Conor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Andrew Ruane, Jack Mulvihill, Ben Dunegan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Oisin Nugent, Bill Carmody, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Thanh McCay, Tom Daly, Jake Hanniffy, Matthew Conor, Tom Sheehan. 
  
To round off a fantastic night of football in front of a large support of family and friends, there were two very entertaining finals which saw Moate All-Whites defeat Athlone in the Cup final, while Tubber got the better of Kilbeggan-St. Joseph’s in the Shield final. This brings the curtain down on another very successful tournament – a fitting tribute to our late club President Jim McHugh. 

ACL (Division 3)

posted 17 Oct 2016, 02:04 by Matthew Ryan

Milltownpass 1-12    Garrycastle 2-5


Garrycastle’s second team delivered a below par performance in their ACL Division 3 game on Friday night against Milltownpass. This was a must win game for the home team as the visitors had a 100% record coming into the game after 6 matches played. Milltownpass were first off the mark with a point before Cathal Mannion goaled by palming the ball to the net when set up by Neal Rattigan after his strong run from midfield. Milltownpass did not panic and were level by the 12th minute.  Another well worked goal followed for the home team after 15 minutes when Matty Guiheen put Michael Monaghan through and he finished the ball to the net with aplomb. The visitors responded well and by the 22nd minute were back in front when they goaled on the third attempt after two blocks off the line. A further point from the visitors left the score at the break at 1-5 to 2-0.


Being a man down, Garrycastle struggled in the early stages of the second half and the visitors tacked on five further points before Cathal Mannion scored Garrycastle’s first point of the match mid-way through the second moiety. Two further points followed from the home team from substitute Conor Duignan and Sean Brennan who earlier moved outfield when Padraig Cosgrove came on to replace Noel Galvin. This mini-revival was too little too late and Milltownpass added two more points while Cathal Mannion completed the scoring for Garrycastle with the last point of the game. Garrycastle struggled to find consistency in this game and despite getting in for two well taken goals created few other scoring chances in comparison to the visitors who displayed more creativity and accuracy in point scoring.


GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan (0-1), Frank Farrell, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Enda Keena, John O’Shaughnessy, Neale Rattigan, Matty Guiheen, David O’Shaughnessy, Bryan McCormack, Noel Galvin, Jonny McGuire, Cathal Mannion (1-2), Conor Cosgrove, Michael Monaghan (1-1, 1f),

Subs:  C. Duignan (0-1) for B. McCormack, 45 mins, P. Cosgrove for N. Galvin, 50 mins, M. Denby for E. Keena, 55 mins.

 

Under-10 Castledaly Tournament, Shield Final

posted 16 Oct 2016, 14:39 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 16 Oct 2016, 14:40 ]

The Garrycastle under-10 squad finished their year in style with a hard fought win over Millmore Gaels in the Shield final of the Castledaly under-10 league on Sunday morning. On a very wet and windy day, Garrycastle started the game playing into a strong headwind and struggled to get grips with the conditions. The Millmore Gaels side adapted more quickly, and posted the first two scores before we got a reply back from James McHugh.

Further points from Millmore Gaels saw them extend their lead before points from Tom Sheehan, and Kacey Mulvihill with a great score from a very tight angle, kept Garrycastle in touch. At the break, Garrycastle trailed by three points.

Turning to play with the wind in the second half, the Garrycastle team got off to a poor start and conceded three further points in a row, before the Garrycastle fighting spirit came to the fore, and helped by some positional switches and substitutions, started to reel in the lead. The Garrycastle midfield began to take control, and played some lovely balls into the forward line, who took advantage to knock over some great scores from Niadh Shine, Jack Allen and David Carter. The backs as well started to get the upper hand, and closed down the Millmore Gaels attack convincingly. As the game entered the final quarter, Garrycastle piled on the pressure, and an inspirational point from a sideline ball from James acted as the spur to drive the team on. Garrycastle levelled the game, and took the lead, but had to deal with some serious pressure from the Millmore Gaels forwards, with goalkeeper Dean Greham in excellent form as the last line of defense.  

As the game came to a close, a further brace of excellent scores made the game safe, and it was a very happy and excited group of Garrycastle players, led by captain Killian Keegan, who accepted the Castledaly Shield.

Overall, this game was a very stern test for this group of players, and it was great to see their fighting spirit, and never say die attitude, come to the fore when it was most needed.  The entire under-10 management team is extremely proud of the squad and it was a pleasure working with them throughout the 2016 season. Now it is time for a well deserved break and to recharge the batteries before next year.

A huge note of thanks as always to the parents and supporters on the sideline, who kept believing in their young heroes even when all seemed lost. This great level of support makes all the difference.

Many thanks also to Ciaran and the other organisers of this annual tournament in Castledaly. It is no exaggeration to say that the Garrycastle club looks forward eagerly every year to this tournament to finish the football year, and it all works so well due to the level of organisation and support from the organisers. Well done all!

Under-10 Squad this year:
Jack Allen, David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Dylan Frawley, Rian Gaynor, Dean Greham, Andrew Henson, Calum Hudson, Aaron Keegan, Killian Keegan, Anthony Mannion, Van McCay, Conor McCormack, James McHugh, Nathan McKeon, Fionn McMahon, Kealan McNamara, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Mulvihill, Cian Norris, Sean O'Donoghue, Tom Sheehan, Niadh Shine, Christian Turean, Keelan Ward.

All County League, Div. 3

posted 16 Oct 2016, 14:37 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 17 Oct 2016, 13:05 ]

GARRYCASTLE 2-05, MILTOWNPASS 1-12 
 
Garrycastle’s second team delivered a below par performance in their ACL Division 3 game on Friday night against Milltownpass. This was a must win game for the home team as the visitors had a 100% record coming into the game after 6 matches played. Milltownpass were first off the mark with a point before Cathal Mannion goaled by palming the ball to the net when set up by Neal Rattigan after his strong run from midfield. Milltownpass did not panic and were level by the 12th minute.  Another well worked goal followed for the home team after 15 minutes when Matty Guiheen put Michael Monaghan through and he finished the ball to the net with aplomb. The visitors responded well and by the 22nd minute were back in front when they goaled on the third attempt after two blocks off the line. A further point from the visitors left the score at the break at 1-5 to 2-0.

Being a man down, Garrycastle struggled in the early stages of the second half and the visitors tacked on five further points before Cathal Mannion scored Garrycastle’s first point of the match mid-way through the second moiety. Two further points followed from the home team from substitute Conor Duignan and Sean Brennan who earlier moved outfield when Padraig Cosgrove came on to replace Noel Galvin. This mini-revival was too little too late and Milltownpass added two more points while Cathal Mannion completed the scoring for Garrycastle with the last point of the game. Garrycastle struggled to find consistency in this game and despite getting in for two well taken goals created few other scoring chances in comparison to the visitors who displayed more creativity and accuracy in point scoring.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan (0-1), Frank Farrell, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Enda Keena, John O’Shaughnessy, Neale Rattigan, Matty Guiheen, David O’Shaughnessy, Bryan McCormack, Noel Galvin, Jonny McGuire, Cathal Mannion (1-2), Conor Cosgrove, Michael Monaghan (1-1, 1f),
Subs:  C. Duignan (0-1) for B. McCormack, 45 mins, P. Cosgrove for N. Galvin, 50 mins, M. Denby for E. Keena, 55 mins.
 

Under 14 (Division 2) Semi-Funal

posted 10 Oct 2016, 06:29 by Matthew Ryan

Tyrrellspass 2-13      Garrycastle 2-6

 

The Under 14s missed out on a final place when losing to a stronger Tyrrellspass team in Moate’s Hogan Park last Sunday morning. After a tentative opening, the teams were level at 0-2 each when Tyrrellspass got through for a goal. They increased their lead to five points but Garrycastle appeared to get a much-needed boost when a free kick by Ben Kilkenny was fumbled and seemed to cross the line. The umpire raised the green flag but the referee (from some distance away) over-ruled him and waved play on. Trailing by 1-6 to 0-4 at half time, Garrycastle needed to start the second half well but instead, after giving away possession, they were punished by a good goal from Tyrrellspass. Luke Clinton raised Garrycastle hopes when he pounced on a rebound and found the net but the Sky Blues regained control and kicked some very good points. Another well-taken goal by the hard-working Luke Clinton cut the deficit to five points but Tyrrellspass notched two more late points to clinch a deserved victory.

 

Garrycastle: Eric Rogers, John Dylan O’Shea, Cian Dowling, James Murphy, Nathaniel O’Neill, Diarmuid Carey, Cathal Redmond, Tommy Stephens, Daniel McManus (0-2), Nathan Breslin, Ben Kilkenny (0-2, frees), Ryan Cornally, Shane Coffey, Charlie O’Connor (0-1, free), Luke Clinton (2-1).

Subs: Corey Nugent, Adam Mulvihill and Stephen Gaffey.

Under-10 Castledaly tournament, Semi-Final

posted 9 Oct 2016, 09:24 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Oct 2016, 10:43 ]

The Under-10 squad travelled the short distance to Castledaly on Sunday morning to play Tubberclair in the semi-finals of this years Coughlan Cup competition, with a place in the cup or shield final up for grabs. On a lovely morning for football, both teams served up an utterly engrossing match.

Garrycastle were first out of the blocks and soon led by two points courtesy of James McHugh (one a free), before a determined fightback from Tubberclair saw them draw level. Garrycastle again upped the pace, and with some excellent play from the middle of the field, retook the lead with two points first from Kacey Mulvihill, then a long range efort from Oisin Mulvihill and finally a poachers point from James. As the half ended a pointed free from Tubberclair narrowed the gap to leave the Garrycastle team ahead by three at the break. 

As expected, the Tubberclair fightback started right from the resumption, and in a blistering 10 minute spell, they levelled the game, and moved two points in front. Again Garrycastle responded and swapped points (from Andrew Henson and Killian Keegan), to leave two points between the teams with time running out. The Garrycastle lads missed a couple of frees as the clock wound down, but yet again the fighting spirit was to the fore, and two further points from James levelled the scores again. As the final whistle blew, the teams could not be separated on the scoreboard. 

After some discussion among the organisers, extra time was indicated. Again, Garrycastle started the brighter in the first half of extra time, and a point from James edged them in front. Two points from Tubberclair though, saw them lead by a single score at half time in extra time.

As the second half of extra time began, Tubberclair extended their lead to two points. This seemed to act as a spur to the Garrycastle team, and they laid siege to the Tubberclair goal, and narrowed the deficit again, with a great point from Andrew Henson. Now the push was on to find the equaliser, but the Tubberclair defence held firm, until Garrycastle won a free close to the sideline, and the referee indicated that this would be the last action of the game. There was almost silence as the ball was kicked, but it drifted agonisingly wide, and the game was over, with Garrycastle defeated by a single point. 

This result means that Garrycastle will play in the Shield final on the coming weekend.

This Garrycastle team gave it absolutely their all in this match, and all 16 players present can hold their heads up high with their performance. Now it is time to regroup and get ready for the final match of the year.

Squad:
Dean Greham, Anthony Mannion, Killian Keegan, David Carter, Sean O'Donoghue, Tom Sheehan, Andrew Henson, James McHugh, Oisin Mulvihill, Brandon Devaney, Kacey Mulvihill (capt.), Dylan Fawley, Calum Hudson, Van McCay, Aaron Keegan, Conor McCormack.

Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors Under-10 League, 'B' Final

posted 8 Oct 2016, 02:56 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 8 Oct 2016, 02:57 ]

After a long wait since playing the last round of the Tormeys Solicitors / Clann na nGael under-10 league, it was finally time for the Garrycastle Under-10 squad to travel to Johnstown on Thursday evening to play Clann na nGael in the 'B' final. On a lovely evening we had a geat turnout of 28 players, allowing us to easily field teams at under-9 and under-10 levels. 
 
For the finals of the league, both teams played, and the scores of the two matches are added together to give a final result. 
 
The under-10 team started well, and traded scores with the host club in a very evenly matched first half. At the half-time break only a single score separated the teams, with Clann in front. A couple of positional switches at half time allowed the Garrycastle squad to push forward more in the second half, and they soon drew level, and then took the lead with some excellent build up play from the centre of the field. Both teams fought hard and fair to try and control the match, but it was Garrycastle who held the upper hand in the third quarter and they stretched their lead with some excellent scores. However, as expected, the home club fought back as the game entered the last few minutes, and it took some fantastic rearguard work from the very hard working Garrycastle backline to weather the storm. As the final whistle sounded, the Garrycastle team emerged victorious by just a single score. 
 
Not to be outdone, the under-9 team started very strongly, and had the lions share of possession right throughout the first half. Building on a very strong midfield showing, and an excellent defensive display when needed, the Garrycastle lads took a good lead into the half-time break. However, there was a large number of wides also in the first half, which meant the game was closer than was necessary at the break. As the second half started, the Garrycastle subs were begun to be introduced so that all players present could play in the final. The Clann team attacked strongly in the second half, but the Garrycastle defence handled the threat well, and aided by some inspirational scores up front, took a deserved win, having led from start to finish. 
 
There were scenes of great excitement and pure joy at the final whistle as this superb group of young players celebrated their win! 
 
The joint captains, Anthony Mannion at under-10, and Aaron Keegan at under-9, led the cheers and singing as the players celebrated with all their might. Once they calmed down a little, it was off to the clubhouse for the medals and trophy presentation. It was a very proud group of players who accepted their medals, and the roof was nearly lifted off the clubhouse with the cheering when the trophy was presented to Anthony and Aaron. 
 
Overall, the Garrycastle under-10 squad have put a huge effort in right througout this league, and got their reward with their win in the final. All the players played their part during the league rounds, and on the finals night, and all can be justifiably proud of their efforts and rewards. 
 
A huge note of thanks is due to Tormeys Solicitors for sponsoring this league, and to the Clann na nGael club for hosting it, for their excellent organisation right throughout the league, and their excellent hospitality on the finals night. Such well organised and structured opportunites to play football at this age level are few and far between, and this tournament is an excellent example of how it can be done! 
 
Many thanks also to the parents who bring their sons and daughter to training and matches, and who always stay to cheer on their young players from the sideline in excellent spirits. As always, it is this type of support that makes all the difference. 

Full report, team pictures and photos from the game are on the under-10 page.

Squad on the night:
Brandon Devaney, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, Nathan McKeon, Sean O'Donoghue, Calum Hudson, Kacey Mulvihill, Killian Keegan, Dean Greham, David Carter, Anthony Mannion, Oisin O'Donoghue, Christian Turean, Kealan McNamara, Niadh Shine, Oisin Mulvihill, Conor McCormack, Aaron Keegan, Cian Norris, Rian Gaynor, Dylan Frawley, Darragh Glennon, Andrew Henson, Fionn McMahon, Van McCay, James McHugh, Louie Shine, Keelan Ward. 

Senior Football Championship, Quarter-Final

posted 2 Oct 2016, 09:39 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 3 Oct 2016, 02:36 by Matthew Ryan ]

St. Loman’s 2-13               Garrycastle 1-8

 

The seniors failed in their bid to reach the semi-final when losing out to a strong second half from championship favourites St. Loman’s in Cusack Park last Saturday. Garrycastle were dealt a huge blow before the game when Dessie Dolan was ruled out through injury. With Eoin Monaghan and Matthew Guiheen already unavailable, they suffered another set-back when Rory McGowan was stretchered off after just two minutes. A great point from Alex Gardiner from a difficult angle gave Garrycastle an early lead but Loman’s scored the next four points to lead by three after 20 minutes. Mark McCallon went forward to kick an inspirational point and this was followed quickly by a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove. Loman’s stretched their lead to three points again but Garrycastle finished the half well with another brilliant point from Alex Gardiner and another pointed free by Conor Cosgrove to leave Loman’s leading by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time.

 

Loman’s again went three points clear after the break before Alex Gardiner kicked another point from a sharp angle which went over off the post but Loman’s responded with a pointed free. John Gaffey picked up a head injury and bravely played on after a brief delay but Loman’s then struck for the game’s first goal to open up a six-point lead. A classy point by Michael Monaghan was soon cancelled out before Alex Gardiner brought his team right back into the game with a superb goal. Soon after, however, came the game’s defining moments when James Dolan was taken out off the ball and this led to a skirmish involving several players. After consulting his officials Barry Kelly dismissed two players from each team but many onlookers felt that the referee had been badly advised in some instances. The loss of two key defenders in the final quarter left Garrycastle exposed at the back and Loman’s added another goal and three pointed frees in the closing minutes, while Garrycastle’s only reply was another Alex Gardiner point. There can be no denying that Loman’s were the better team but the final score didn’t do justice to Garrycastle’s brave efforts.

 

So ends Garrycastle’s long championship campaign that involved eight matches. A few weeks ago they were flirting with a relegation play-off and they deserve credit for three convincing wins over Maryland, Castledaly and The Downs. Inevitably, however, having to play so many crucial games in such a short space of time took its toll.

 

Team: Sean Brennan, Jack Donohue, Karl Henson, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Mark McCallon (0-1), Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Seanie O’Donoghue, Michael Monaghan (0-1), James Dolan, Doron Harte, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, frees), Rory McGowan, Alex Gardiner (1-4).

Subs: Johnny McGuire for McGowan (injured), Damien Rushe for O’Donoghue, Tom O’Halloran for Cosgrove and Neill Rattigan for McGuire.

 

 

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