Under 16 Football Championship (Div 2) Q/Final

posted 5 Sep 2016, 13:53 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 6 Sep 2016, 02:42 ]
Multyfarnham 2-15    Garrycastle 1-11

Garrycastle exited this year’s under 16 championship when they went down to the home side in Multyfarnham in the quarter-final clash.


The Garrycastle lads had an excellent start to the game and registered a goal and a point in the opening exchanges, the goal coming from Cillian Lyons and the point from a Brian Ruane free. Brian then added another pointed free to extend his side’s lead. The home side hit back strongly and with a goal and a point in quick succession were back in the game. Eoin Mulvihill had a point for Garrycastle as the mid-point of the first half approached. However, Multyfarnham then had a purple patch right up to the half time break. A succession of points, six in all, up to the 28th minute of the half saw them take a four point advantage. A pointed free from Brian Ruane before the break saw the half time score at 1-7 to 1-4 in favour of the home side.


Garrycastle came out with renewed determination after the break and with two pointed frees and one from play by Brian Ruane the Garrycastle lads had levelled the scores by the 35th minute. The home side then hit over three points of the own to restore their lead but yet another pointed free from Brian Ruane reduced the margin to two points again. A second goal for Multyfarnham, and perhaps the game’s most vital score, arrived in the 40th minute. The home side then added a point to their tally. Garrycastle battled away and Cillian Lyons had a point for his side with some 15 minutes remaining. The home side added two more points as the game entered its final 10 minutes. Brian Ruane added yet another point from a free. Multyfarnham had a point from play. Garrycastle pressed forward looking for a goal to put them within reach. Dylan Keegan was very unlucky to see his shot strike the post in the final minutes. The same player then added a point but the home side had the last say with a point from a free in the last minute. The final score 2-15 to 1-11 in favour of Multyfarnham.


While the result was very disappointing, the lads gave it their best shot against a physically strong Multyfarnham outfit. There were particularly good performances from Patrick McKiernan in goal, and from Dara Keena and Dara Mulvihill in defence. Eoin Mulvihill was superb throughout as was Brian Ruane, who contributed eight points in all. Jack Fitzgerald and Andrew Monaghan (despite carrying an injury) worked tirelessly for the cause. Cillian Lyons fought manfully throughout the game and contributed some important scores. However, Multyfarnham were the better side on the night and we wish them the best in their semi-final clash.


The U16 management would like to express their thanks to each of the lads who trained so diligently since mid-February and gave of their all in every game. Our thanks also to their parents for their support throughout the year. On a number of occasions we had to call upon U14 players to make up our match day squads and many thanks to them for their support and availability.

Garrycastle: Patrick McKiernan, Fergal Mullin, Robert Kelly, Daniel Guinan, Darragh Keena, Dara Mulvihill, Ian Carroll, Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), Brian Ruane (0-8, 7f), Jack Fitzgerald, Dylan Keegan (0-1), Cillian Lyons (1-1), Saumil Sharma, Andrew Monaghan, Tommy Devery.