Under 16 League (Division 2)

posted 19 Apr 2016, 01:22 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 3 May 2016, 08:11 ]



The Garrycastle under 16s played their first league match of the year when hosting Killucan in Garrycastle last Monday evening. The Garrycastle lads made a bright start and registered a point from wing back Andrew Monaghan in the opening minute. The game was very open with both sides prepared to attack and it was a surprise that it took almost eight minutes for the next score to arrive, an equaliser from Killucan with a close range free. Garrycastle soon went ahead with a pointed free form Brian Ruane but this was quickly replied to with a point from play for the visitors. Killucan mounted a dangerous attack and Garrycastle goalkeeper, Patrick McKiernan, made a smart save to prevent a goal, and a follow-up effort on goal was deflected for a 45 by Cillian Lyons. Garrycastle had a good spell in the middle of the first half and points from Andrew Monaghan, Brian Ruane and Fergal Mullin had the home side three points to the good by the 20th minute. Brian Ruane registered yet another point from a place ball as the game entered the last five minutes of the half. Killucan did score a point from a free in the second minute of added time to leave it 0-6 to 0-3 in Garrycastle’s favour at the break.


The visitors made a bright start to the second period and registered two points from play in the opening five minutes of the half. Brian Ruane steadied matters with a point for Garrycastle after very good approach play. The play was from flowing from end to end and Killucan had a point from play with a reply from Fergal Mullin in the 45th minute. Killucan then registered two points in quick succession, both from play, to leave the sides level by the 48th minute. Garrycastle responded to this with a great goal from Nathan Breslin in their next attack and this was quickly followed by a point from Andrew Monaghan to leave the home side with a four point advantage with ten minutes of play rermaining. Killucan showed great character in their response to this set-back and a goal in the 52nd minute was quickly followed-up with a point to level matters again by the 54th minute. The visitors took the lead for the first time in the 57th minute but Garrycastle responded with a point from a free by Brian Ruane. There was heartbreak for the Garrycastle lads when the visitors broke forward in added time to grab a goal with their very last attack of the game and secure the win.


The Garrycastle boys played with great heart and determination, and no little skill throughout. While disappointed with the outcome, they can take a lot of positives into their remaining games. If they learn from their errors in this game they can improve and come out on the right side of other tight games. There were particularly good performances from Patrick McKiernan, Cillian Lyons, Robert Kelly, Fergal Mullin, Eoin Mulvihill and Andrew Monaghan in defence. Brian Ruane worked tirelessly and chipped in with good scores from play and from placed balls. Nathan Breslin, Darragh Keena and Saumil Sharma were most prominent in the attacking third.


GARRYCASTLE: Patrick McKiernan, Cillian Lyons, Robert Kelly, Daniel Guinan, Fergal Mullin (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan ((0-3), Dylan Keegan, Brian Ruane (0-5, 3f), Nathan Breslin (1-0), Daragh Keena, Owen Keogh, Ian Carroll, Jack Fitzgerald, Saumil Sharma.