Under-12 Jim McHugh Plate Final 2016

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