Senior Football Championship

posted 16 May 2016, 02:09 by Matthew Ryan

Killucan 3-9   Garrycastle 1-12


The seniors lost to Killucan for the second year in a row in sunny Shandonagh last Sunday. Garrycastle had the better of the early play but had three wides from scorable positions before they finally found the range. They led by 0-4 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, thanks to two Alex Gardiner frees and two  superb points from play by Conor Cosgrove. A high ball into the Garrycastle square was fumbled and an alert Killucan forward first-timed it to the net to give his team the lead for the first time. Both team notched two more points from play before Damien Rushe equalised before the break with the score as that stage reading 0-7 to 1-4. Killucan settled quickly after half time and went three points clear but a point from Alex Gardiner followed by a well-taken goal by substitute Tom O’Halloran put Garrycastle back in front. The lead was short-lived, however, when Garrycastle gave away the ball in attack and Killucan scored their second goal after a quick counter attack. When they got through for a third goal they seemed assured of victory but to their credit Garrycastle responded with four points but Killucan had the final say with a late point to give them a three-point win.


This is a disappointing result for Garrycastle as they head into a two-month championship break and leaves little room for manoeuvre when action resumes in July. The return of Justin Barrett and Eoin Monaghan will surely help but a number of players will be concerned about their places on the starting team after this performance. Garrycastle have now conceded six championship goals to Killucan in less than nine months and this is an area that certainly needs attention. While the forwards scored 1-12 which will win many games they were also guilty of wasting some good chances and as a unit their work-rate fell short of what is required in championship football.


Garrycastle: Mark Keenan, Jack Donohue, John Gaffey, Anthony Larkin, Neill Rattigan, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, Doron Harte, Aidan Browne, Michael Monaghan, Damien Rushe (0-1), Mark Curley, James Dolan (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-4), Alex Gardiner (0-5, 3 frees).

Subs: Matthew Guiheen for Curley (29 mins), Tom O’Halloran (1-0) for Rushe (37 mins), Johnny McGuire (0-1) for Monaghan (44 mins).