All County League (Division 1)

posted 5 Apr 2016, 15:01 by William Leahy   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 01:10 by Matthew Ryan ]


Garrycastle produced an excellent second half performance to overwhelm Maryland when they met in the Division 1 encounter in Garrycastle on Tuesday night last. Garrycastle started lively with points from John Gaffey and Aidan Browne. Maryland responded well and were level by the mid-point in the first half at 3 points apiece, Alex Gardiner having got Garrycastle’s third point. Two frees, one converted by Conor Cosgrove, the other by Michael Monaghan put the home team in front. Conor Cosgrove then broke through the Maryland defence and found himself clear on goal only to be dragged to the ground by the which resulted in a penalty award and a black card for the Maryland keeper. Without time to bring on a substitute keeper Conor Cosgrave excellently converted the penalty giving the Maryland temporary keeper no chance. Maryland again responded well and produced a further two points before the half time whistle to leave the score at the break, Garrycastle 1-5 Maryland 0-5.

The second half started with a point from a free from Conor Cosgrove and this was followed by a Maryland point. From here on it was all Garrycastle and following his introduction, Tom O’Halloran pointed followed by a point from James Dolan. Another substitute, Eoin Monaghan converted two points from frees. Further points from play from Gary McCallon and Eoin Monaghan followed before Tom O’Halloran pounced on a loose ball and side footed to the net. Conor Cosgrave then pointed a free and this was followed by the last score on the night a point form Maryland their second of the second half to leave the final score 2-13 to 0-7.

This was a well-deserved victory by Garrycastle who showed that they are capable of producing quality football when they put their minds to it. There is still room for improvement but this team is heading in the right direction.


GARRYCASTLE; Sean Brennan, Alan Fox,  Jack Donohoe, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey (0-1),  Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon (0-1), Doron Harte, James Dolan (0-1),  Matty Guiheen,  Aidan Browne (0-1),  Justin Barrett,  Michael Monaghan(0-1, 1f), Conor Cosgrove (1-3, 1 pen 3f), Alex Gardiner (0-1).

SUBS used. T. O’Halloran (1-1) for A. Gardiner HT, E. Monaghan (0-3, 2f) for M. Monaghan (40 mins), M. Curley for A. Fox (40 mins), N Rattigan for A. Larkin, 54mins. Enda Keena for J. Donoghue 59 mins