Match Reports 2017

Junior Football Championship (Group C)

posted 13 Aug 2017, 14:32 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle  2-8   Athlone 4-17

After two wins in the championship to date the juniors good run came to a sudden halt when they played Athlone in Pairc Ciarain last week.  Having lost players to the seniors and to  holidays Garrycastle  were down eight players since the first round.  Despite this the lads competed well and stayed in touch until a few minutes before halftime when they were only three points down but the latter stages of the half saw Athlone scoring 1-3 to leave the halftime score 3-7 to 1-4.  It was a very open half in which both sides had goal chances. The Garrycastle   goal came from Paul ODonovan and the forwards had some good chances that didn’t yield a goal.  At the other end   Garrycastle  goalkeeper Shane McHenry brought off a good save The third quarter saw Athlone build a big lead as the Garrycastle  challenge faded.  However a goal by Alan Daly revived Garrycastle ‘s challenge to some degree and they added a further three points. It was a difficult evening for the Garrycastle  players but an inexperienced team gave  their best.

Garrycastle: Shane McHenry, Adam Keena, Gary Mullery, Ben Kennedy, Enda Keena, Bill Kelly, Jason Turley, Ciaran O’Neill, Eric Kearney, Peadar Mulvihill, Robbie Shine, Brian McCormack, Paul ODonovan, Alan Daly, Paul Mulvihill.

Subs used: Conor Macken, Conor Duignan, Richie Byrne, Eoin Duignan, Kevin McCormack.

Senior Football Championship - Group 1

posted 12 Aug 2017, 14:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 12 Aug 2017, 14:23 ]


Garrycastle suffered their second defeat in the league part of this years Senior Championship at the hands of St. Lomans in Rosemount on Saturday evening. St. Lomans started the brighter, and had a point on the board after just one minute. The Mullingar side dominated the opening exchanges, and nearly had an opening goal when John Heslin drove straight in on goal, but pulled his shot wide. It took Garrycastle until the seventh minute to open their account with a well worked move finished off for a point by Doron Harte. Garrycastle were struggling with the pace and movement of the St. Lomans forwards and St. Lomans regained the lead with points from a close-in free, and a second from open play. From the second of those points, the Garrycastle kickout was turned over, and a quick pass found John Heslin in space and he duly found the net. 

In response, Garrycastle upped their game, and a surging run by James Dolan resulted in a free, converted by Alex Gardiner to narrow the deficit. A further pointed free by Conor Cosgrove further reduced the gap, but in an omen of what was to come, St. Lomans scored a point when a goal looked the more likely outcome. As the game entered the last 10 minutes of the first half, Garrycastle had their best spell of the game, with points from Conor (a free), and two from Michael Monahan, to bring the deficit back to two points. A free just on half-time to bring the deficit down to one point was unfortunately missed. 

At half-time, Garrycastle were still well in the game, trailing by two points, on a scoreline of 0-6 to 1-5.  

The second half started well, with a pointed free by Conor reducing the deficit to a single score. Both teams then traded points, the Garrycastle score coming from Justin Barrett after a nice flowing move. However, St. Lomans were now dominating the play, and dragging the Garrycastle defence all around the field. Their approach almost resulted in a goal, but the final shot was forced wide, although they did widen the gap with a point from the resulting 45-meter free. 

Then, with almost 10 minutes of the second half gone, St. Loman's were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Heslin, to put six points between the teams. Garrycastle responded immediately, and a surging run from Mattie Guiheen resulted in a ’45, which was converted by Alex. However directly from the kickout, John Heslin took the mark in the centre of the field, quickly hand-passed to onrushing county colleague Paul Sharry, who ran unhindered towards the Garrycastle goal and finished to the net giving the Garrycastle ‘keeper no chance. A minute later St. Lomans added to their tally with a fine point when a goal was most certainly on. 

Garrycastle were struggling now, and St. Lomans piled on the pressure when a perfect pass from one of their substitutes was finished to the net by Heslin. A point immediately afterwards opened the gap between the teams to 13 points. Garrycastle showed glimpses of what they are capable of, and a lovely flowing move, started by the Eoin Monahan, with nice interplay to Tom O’Halloran and Cathal Mannion, was expertly finished to the net by Alex. A further point from play by John Gaffey in a foray upfield from his full-back berth was bookended by two pointed frees from St. Lomans, The second half ended as had the first half with a Garrycastle free kicked wide. 

The final score was Garrycastle 1-10, St. Lomans 4-12. 

This was a disappointing display and result from a Garrycastle viewpoint. The team worked hard, but struggled with the speed, strength and movement of the Mullingar side. Further progress for Garrycastle in this years Senior Championship will now depend on results in the final two games, while on this showing, St. Lomans will be the team to beat in Westmeath this year. 

Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey (0-1), Gary McCallon, Neal Rhattigan, Doron Harte (0-1), James Dolan, Matthew Guiheen, Johnathan McGuire, Justin Barrett (0-1), Michael Monahan (0-2, 1f), Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 4f), Cathal Mannion, Alex Gardiner (1-1, 1f), Paul Gunning. 

Tom O’Halloran for Paul Gunning (39 mins), Damien Rushe for Conor Cosgrove (50 mins), Eoin Monahan for Neal Rhattigan (53 mins), Anthony Larkin for Michael Monahan (56 mins). 

Minor Football Championship (Div 1 & 2)

posted 9 Aug 2017, 12:56 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 10 Aug 2017, 02:16 ]


An understrength Garrycastle minor side, missing six regulars, faced up to yet another Division 1 side, St Marys Rochfordbridge, in their second championship outing in Garrycastle last Wednesday evening and suffered their second defeat of the series.

Playing into a stiff breeze, the Garrycastle lads made a reasonably good showing in the opening period and only trailed by a point after 10 minutes. The Garrycastle scores coming from Cillian Lyons and Joe Carmody. However, as the half wore on the visitors began to dominate play and showed great ability to take scores whether from the right or left wing and indeed from distance. St Marys piled on the pressure and had 10 points on the board by the 27th minute, all of which came from open play. Garrycastle did create some scoring opportunities but were wasteful with these and failed to trouble the St Marys goalkeeper. St Marys then registered a point from a free and added yet another point from play to lead 0-12 to 0-2 at the break.


On the resumption St Marys continued to have most of the attacking play, registering a goal and 3 points in the opening six minutes of the second half. They could have had a second goal but were thwarted by a fine save by Matthew McBride in the Garrycastle goal. Garrycastle staged a brief rally and had a goal and a point from Eoin Mulvihill, to reduce the margin. The goal was the result of good interplay and a fine finish by Eoin. St Marys continued to create most scoring opportunities and added 3 more points and goal by the 48th minute. Joe Carmody, who was Garrycastle’s most dangerous forward added a point for his side from a close range free. However, the scoring was completed by the visitors with two more points in the closing minutes to leave it 2-20 to 1-4 at the final whistle.


The score line was not a true reflection of the effort put in by the Garrycastle boys, but it has to be acknowledged that St Marys were the better side and scored some wonderful points during the hour. There were good performances from Matthew McBride, Matias O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Shane Duffy, Eoin Mulvihill and Joe Carmody. Dara Mulvihill was hampered by injury but showed great determination to play on for the full game.

GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons (0-1), Eoin Mulvihill (1-1), Brian Ruane, Ian Carroll, Joe Carmody (0-2, 1f), Jack O’Connor, Eoghan Kenny, Dara Mulvihill, Patrick McKiernan.

SUBS: Tommy Devery for E Kenny (56 Min).

Senior Football Championship - Group 1

posted 30 Jul 2017, 04:42 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 31 Jul 2017, 01:49 by Matthew Ryan ]


Two late points by Athlone saw them grab a point from Garrycastle  when it was beginning  to look like the points was theirs. This was a game that the Garrycastle  boys started well and looked the better team early on.  However after Athlone scored their goal to take the lead halfway through the half Garrycastle  began to struggle against a rejuvenated Athlone side. The halftime score was 1-4 to 0-5. Alex Gardiner (3), Tom O’Halloran (1) and Conor Cosgrave(1) got the Garrycastle  points.  Late in the half James Dolan latched onto a ball and his acceleration left him in a one to with the Athlone keeper, however his low shot was well saved by the keeper. A number of Athlone’s early scores came from balls that went astray when being cleared by the defence.

At the start of the second half Athlone had three  early wides and it was Garrycastle  through Jonathan Maguire who got the first score of the half, a fisted point. Further points from Alex Gardiner and Conor Cosgrave gave Garrycastle  the lead. Points were swapped with never more than one between them until late in normal time when Garrycastle  opened a two point lead. However they were unable to close out the game allowing Athlone in for two points to level the game. Garrycastle ‘s points came from Conor Cosgrave (2), Alex Gardiner (3) and Mathew Guiheen (1).  Late in the game Garrycastle  goal keeper was called on to make a smart save when an Athlone player bore down on goal. Garrycastle  will regret not being able to close out the game while they’ll be relieved that Athlone players left their shooting boots at home.  The Garrycastle  midfield found it difficult to gain possession from their own kickouts for periods in the latter part of the game.  A feature of the game was that the best players on view were two of the older brigade - John Gaffey for Garrycastle  and Michael Greene for Athlone.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon,  Neil Rhattigan, Mark McCallon, Mathew Guiheen (0-1), Justin Barrett, James Dolan, Jonathan Maguire (0-1),  Conor Cosgrave (0-3), Doran Harte,  Tom O’Halloran (0-1), James Sheeran,  Alex Gardiner (0-6). 

Subs: Jack Donoghue for Anthony Larkin;  Cathal Mannion  for Tom O’Halloran;  Gavin Ward for Neil Rhattigan;  Michael Monaghan for Jonathan Maguire.


Junior Championship - Group 3

posted 27 Jul 2017, 14:21 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 14:21 ]

Garrycastle’s junior team made it two wins from two starts in this years Junior Championship with a hard earned win against the home team in Tyrellspass on Thursday evening. 
The Garrycastle team started well, and took the lead with a point from Paul Mulvihill. The lead was doubled shortly afterwards by Gavin Ward after some very good approach play, building from the middle of the field. A pointed free by Robbie Shine increased the lead, and with Garrycastle in full control of the middle of the field, two further points from Paul, saw them lead by 5 points after the first 10 minutes. Tyrellspass finally opened their account with a pointed free, before some off-the-ball pushing and shoving resulted in yellow cards for Bill Kelly and his marker.  The home side now hit a purple patch, outscoring Garrycastle by three points to one over the next 10 minutes, including one sideline kick for a point that would have graced any match. A good save by Michael Fagan in the Garrycastle goal kept the home team at bay, and the final score of the half was a point from Paul O’Donovan after receiving a clever quick free from Robbie. 
The half-time score was 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of Garrycastle. 
Garrycastle started the brighter in the second half, and quickly had a point on the board from Ciaran O’Neill. Tyrellspass responded in kind, and then the game entered a lull, with both teams guilty of some very poor passing and kicking. A pointed free from Robbie edged Garrycastle further in front, but nether team was really making use of their possession at this stage. Then, with 10 minutes of normal time left, Tyrellspass struck for a goal, with a run straight through the Garrycastle defence giving the goalkeeper no chance. With the margin between the teams down to the minimum, Ciaran stepped up to fire a point after a well worked free, and as the game wound down, it was Garrycastle who finished the stronger with two pointed frees from Robbie, and a great point from play by Paul Mulvihill to leave Garrycastle ahead by 5 at the finish. Indeed the margin could have been even greater, as Paul O’Donovan found himself in on goal but his powerful shot was beaten away by the keeper, and the follow-up was scrambled wide.  
Overall, a good result, but surely some room for further improvement before the next round. 
Michael Fagan, Sean Carey, Mark Curley, Ben Kennedy, Garry Mullery, Karl Henson, Bill Kelly, Ciaran O’Neill (0-2), Gavin Ward (0-1), Enda Keena, Bryan McCormack, Peadar Mulvihill, Paul Mulvihill (0-4), Robbie Shine (0-5, 5f), Paul O’Donovan (0-1).
Subs: Conor Duignan for Bryan McCormack (37 mins), Colm Lynch for Bill Kelly (52 mins), Stephen McGuire for Peadar Mulvihill (59 mins), Adam Keena for Paul O’Donovan (59 mins).

Minor Championship (Divisions 1 & 2)

posted 26 Jul 2017, 13:47 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 26 Jul 2017, 13:51 ]

ROSEMOUNT 3-12           GARRYCASTLE 3-7

Garrycastle minors faced up to a Division 1 side in their first championship outing in Rosemount last Wednesday evening and while they ultimately went down to a defeat, they can take many positives into the remaining games in this year’s championship.


The home side played with the aid of a blustery breeze in the first half and had a point on the scoreboard with a minute. They doubled their lead soon after as they enjoyed the majority of the possession. However, Garrycastle carried a threat and jumped into the lead in the 7th minute when Jason Nugent blasted the ball to the net. The sides then exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from Jack O’Connor. Joe Carmody stretched the Garrycastle lead with a fine point by the mid-point of the half. The home side had a point and yet again the sides’ exchanged points with Joe Carmody converting a close range free. However, the home side finished the half in spectacular manner, scoring three goals and a point in the closing five minutes of play before the break. This left Rosemount in the lead by 3-6 to 1-3 at half time.


Garrycastle needed to step up and in the early exchanges had a point on the board from a free by Joe Carmody. Garrycastle goalkeeper, Matthew McBride, made a very smart save to prevent a goal but the home side did add two points from play to stretch their lead. Joe Carmody had yet another pointed free for Garrycastle as they began to exert some more pressure on the home defence. Rosemount had a point of their own but Garrycastle responded in style when Joe Carmody struck for a goal after good approach play. Two pointed free from Rosemount stretched their lead but Garrycastle got their third goal when a ball from Brian Ruane was expertly punch to the net by Andrew Monaghan in the 51st minute to leave just six points between the sides. Garrycastle upped their efforts and a pointed free and one from play by Joe Carmody left Garrycastle just 4 points adrift with 5 minutes remaining However, try as they may they could not get the scores required to bridge the gap. Rosemount had a point from a free in injury time and would have added a goal but for yet another good save by Matthew McBride. The final score was 3-12 to 3-07 in favour of Rosemount.


While disappointed to lose, the Garrycastle lads can take many positives from this game into their remaining championship fixtures. Apart from the period before half time the defence restricted their opponents well. There were good performances from Matthew McBride, Shane Duffy, Colm Lynch and Cillian Lyons in defence. Dara Mulvihill and Eoin Mulvihill worked tirelessly in midfield, while Jason Nugent and Joe Carmody were most prominent in attack.


GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Shane Duffy, Conor Macken, Colm Lynch, Cillian Lyons, Dylan Keegan, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Jack O’Connor (0-1), Jason Nugent (1-0), Andrew Monaghan (1-0), Brian Ruane, Joe Carmody (1-6, 0-4f), and Ian Carroll.

SUBS: Jack Fitzgerald for C Macken (40 min); Eoin Kenny for I Carroll (55 min).

Senior Football Championship

posted 24 Jul 2017, 01:27 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle  1-11    Tyrellspass 2-9

This first round game played in sunny Moate on Sunday evening last saw Garrycastle  lose out to Tyrellspass  in a game full of incident. It was one of those evenings when the Garrycastle  players couldn’t put the ball between the posts shooting an incredible 17 wides. Fielding without the the suspended Jack Donoghue and the injured Dessie Dolan and Mark McCallon, this was always going to be a tough assignment for Garrycastle.  

Playing with the wind in the first half they started brightly with points from Alex Gardiner and Tom O’Halloran before the quick thinking James Dolan found James Sheeran with a quick line ball and the latter buried it in the top corner of the net. Tom O’Halloran added another point before the first of the controversial incidents occurred. With Tyrellspass  building  up a move a Garrycastle  player was felled illegally off the ball resulting in an extra man situation for Tyrellspass who put the ball in the net.  After talking with the linesman and umpires the referee took no action and allowed the goal to stand.  A Jonathan Maguire point from distance preceeded three Tyrellspass points on the trot. Further points from Mathew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrave, and James Sheeran to one for Tyrellspass  left the halftime score at 1-7 to 1-4 to Garrycastle. A three point lead didn’t reflect  Garrycastle  dominance, with 10 other shots going wide. 

At the start of the second half the wides continued for Garrycastle  before Michael Monaghan,  added a point. Three Tyrellspass points left only one in it before Alex Gardiner added another. A breakaway Tyrellspass attack saw them gaining an extra man situation and finishing to the net to take the lead for the first time. Jonathan Maguire added a point to level matters half way through the half. Shortly afterwards a Tyrellspass  player got a second yellow for a foul on Jonathan.  With a man extra Garrycastle piled on the pressure but found the packed Tyrellspass  defense difficult to breach. Eventually Gary McCallon found the range to re-take the lead. Tyrellspass levelled again but Garrycastle kept adding to their wides tally. A great through pass to Alex Gardiner was saved by the Tyrellspass keeper when a goal looked on. With seven minutes to go Doran Harte got a black card.  On a rare counter attack Tyrellspass took the lead from a free which had been brought forward for dissent. Pressure from Garrycastle  yielded a 13 metre free to the right of the goals which was also missed. With Garrycastle  camped in the Tyrellspass half the final whistle sounded leaving the Garrycastle lads wondering how they failed to win this match. The Tyrellspass kick out strategy in the second half worked a treat for them when quick kickouts to the left caught out the Garrycastle lads time and time again. While it was a difficult defeat to take the players must  learn from it and with a little more composure they would surely have won this game. The next game is versus Athlone in Tang next Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon,  Neil Rhattigan, Doran Harte, Mathew Guiheen, Justin Barrett, James Dolan, Jonathan Maguire, Conor Cosgrave, Michael Monaghan, Tom O’Halloran, James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner. 

Subs Damien Rushe for Jonathan Maguire; Cathal Mannion  for Doran Harte (Black Card)?  Paul Gunning for Conor Cosgrave.

Junior Championship - Group 3

posted 21 Jul 2017, 01:18 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 26 Jul 2017, 09:02 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our junior team got their championship campaign off to a winning start in a showery Rosemount on Thursday evening last. Starting the better Garrycastle scored three points before Rosemount registered their first score after ten minutes. Then the home side had a period of dominance adding three more points and taking the lead. Still trailing by a point Ciaran O’Neill started the best move of the match out in midfield and after a series of passes the same player finished the ball to the net to give Garrycastle the lead. A feature of the latter stages  of the first half was the number of scores the Garrycastle forwards missed. Their three point (1-5 to 0-5) lead didn’t reflect their superiority.  

However all was to change early in the second half, with the rain bucketing down Garrycastle  took over and quickly put the game out of Rosemount’s reach. After five minutes and three points added to their tally, the goal feast started with one from Robbie Shine and two from Paul Mulvihill to leave the score 4-8 to 0-6. In a rare attack Rosemount were awarded a penalty which was expertly saved in the Garrycastle goal by Michael Fagan.  Another six points were added before Ciaran O’Neill added his second goal.  This was a good performance by Garrycastle  but there will be tougher challenges ahead. The next game is versus Tyrellspass  in Tyrellspass  on this Thursday (July 27th) at 7.30pm.

Garrycastle: Michael Fagan, Sean Carey (0-1), Mark Curley, Gary Mullery, Gavin Ward, Anthony Larkin(0-1), Enda Keena, Damien Rushe (0-1), Ciaran O’Neill (2-2), Paul Gunning, Brian McCormack, Paul ODonovan (0-1), Paul Mulvihill (2-1), Robbie Shine (1-2), Cathal Mannion (0-3). 

Subs: Peadar Mulvihill for Brian McCormack; Conor Duignan (0-2) for Paul O’Donovan; Colm Lynch for Damien Rushe;  Stephen Maguire for Paul Gunning; Unused subs: Conor Macken, Adam Keena, Ben Kennedy, Eoin Duignan, Kevin McCormack, Jason Turley, Richie Byrne, Ross Mulvihill.

Under 14 Football Championship

posted 16 Jul 2017, 09:43 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 5-06 CFWC           5-04


Our U14s played their second game in this year’s championship on Sunday afternoon in Garrycastle in glorious sunshine against the North Westmeath Amalgamation of Coole/Finea/Whilehall/Castletown. After a hard battle the Garrycastle lads emerged victorious by 2 points in game where they certainly did not perform to their best and were guilty of some poor finishing however they stuck to the task and showed great composure in the final 10 minutes to get the scores required to win. They know an improvement will be needed in future games but they deserve great credit for winning this game for the manner they kept going even when it looked like the game was going away from them.


GARRYCASTLE Panel:- Conn O'Hara, Tadgh McKiernan, Frank McKiernan, Ben Kilkenny, John Dylan O'Shea, Corey Nugent, Adam Mulvihill, Issac O’Neill, Adam O’Neill, Bill Carmody, Ben Donegan, Cian McCarthy, Peter Mulvihill, Andrew Ruane, Frano Derwin, John McBride, Stephen Gaffey, Brian Mulvihill, Connor Sheehan, Jamie Carroll.

Under 12 League (phase 2)

posted 10 Jul 2017, 02:46 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 5-8 St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge 2-9


Garrycastle opened their Westmeath U12 Phase Two, first round league match with an excellent win over St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge.

This match can only be described as the proverbial game of two halves. Rochfortbridge opened the stronger and were getting the scores steadily on the board from the start. Garrycastle were struggling to keep in touch and trailed on a scoreline of 1-3 to 2-7 at halftime.

Garrycastle came out a team transformed in the second half. Every facet of their game upped a notch, tighter marking and tackling in defence, quicker movement and accuracy of possession into attack. The scores started to come at a rapid pace in the final quarter. Killian Keegan converted everything that came his way with a personal tally of 3-3. It was a 15 point turn around in the second half with Garrycastle closing out the match with eight points to spare. It was a real spirited performance in the second half from the team to keep their 100% home record intact for 2017.

Garrycastle squad: Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Thanh McCay, Jack Mulvihill, Nathan McKeon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Jamie Carroll, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Killian Keegan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack.

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