Senior Football Championship Play-off (Part 1)

posted 17 Sep 2016, 13:11 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 01:10 by Matthew Ryan ]

Garrycastle 1-17  Castledaly 0-10


The seniors qualified for the play-off final with a clear-cut win over Castledaly in Tubberclair last Saturday. Garrycastle had a bright start and kicked some excellent points from play with James Dolan, Alex Gardiner and Conor Cosgrove all hitting the target twice, while Mark McCallon notched another from distance. They built up a lead of seven points before Castledaly got off the mark with a few pointed frees but Garrycastle had two more points from play by James Dolan and Conor Cosgrove to lead at the break by 0-9 to 0-5.


Two early second half points from Alex Gardiner (one from a free) gave his team a six-point cushion. The game was effectively decided soon afterwards when Alex got through for a very good goal and Castledaly were then reduced to 14 players. In the final quarter Garrycastle picked off good points from Michael Monaghan, Justin Barrett, Dessie Dolan, Conor Cosgrove (free), James Dolan and Gary McCallon. With victory assured the team management took the opportunity to rest a few players who were carrying minor injuries. Even though Garrycastle missed some good chances late in the game they ran out comfortable winners by a ten-point margin.


Garrycastle now face The Downs on Sunday next in Cusack Park at 1.30pm with a quarter-final place against St. Loman’s up for grabs. When these teams met in August The Downs recorded a nine-point win but Garrycastle have shown significant improvement since then and will be encouraged by last Saturday’s scoring return of 1-17, with all but two points coming from open play.


Team: Sean Brennan, Karl Henson, Anthony Larkin, Jack Donohue, Mark McCallon (0-1), John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Justin Barrett (0-1), Seanie O’Donoghue, Johnny McGuire, James Dolan (0-4), Doron Harte, Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 1 free), Matthew Guiheen, Alex Gardiner (1-4, 1 free).

Subs: Dessie Dolan (0-1) for Guiheen; Michael Monaghan (0-1) for McGuire; Damien Rushe for Cosgrove; Neill Rattigan for Gaffey; Robbie Shine for Harte and Mark Curley for O’Donoghue.