Match Reports 2017

ACL Division 3

posted 25 May 2017, 01:26 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 25 May 2017, 01:26 ]

match Report to follow ... 

ACL (Division 5)

posted 22 May 2017, 02:58 by Matthew Ryan

Ballymore 1-12   Garrycastle 0-9

The Garrycastle Div 5 team travelled to Ballymore on Sat evening last and despite hours of torrential rain the home pitch was in excellent condition.  Part time work , exams and injuries left us with a total of 15 players and full credit to them for ensuring that we fulfilled the fixture.  Garrycastle started brightly and had the first two points on the board in a matter of minutes but a combination of wides from kickable positions ,  poor passing and some lovely long range points by Ballymore left Garrycastle trailing by 5 points at half time.

Full credit to the Garrycastle players, some of whom were playing in positions not best suited to them , they battled to the end and three of the 45s awarded to Garrycastle were as a result of last ditch defending by Ballymore to prevent certain goals.   Sean Gunning and Eric Mc Cormack made a welcome return to the team and acquitted themselves well.   

GARRYCASTLE: Mike Fagan, Richie Byrne, Mark Denby, Gary Mullery, Sean Carey, Sean Gunning, Adam Keena, Emmet Ward, Cathal Mannion, Paul Mulvihill, Bryan McCormack, Darragh McCormack, Eric McCormack, Enda Keena, Frank Doolan.  

ACL Division 1

posted 20 May 2017, 15:18 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 22 May 2017, 02:56 by Matthew Ryan ]


Garrycastle suffered their first defeat of the year in the ACFL division 1 on Friday evening last. They started the game very well with a goal from Tom O’Halloran  following good work by Owen Monaghan.  Another move almost immediately resulted in Tom O’Halloran   flicking the ball over the bar, a ball which could just as easily gone under the bar. Dessie Dolan added another point from play after 7 minutes. But this was as good as it got for Garrycastle .  Tyrellspass soon showed that they meant business bringing an intensity to the game  that Garrycastle  never matched. Tyrellspass gradually worked their way back into the game scoring four points to one from Dessie Dolan for Garrycastle . They then added a goal to their tally when they worked the ball through the middle before finishing to the net leaving the score at 1-4 to 1-3 in favour of tp.   Four more tp points were responded by Garrycastle  with 2 points from Dessie Dolan and James Sheeran  leaving the half time score at 1-8 to 1-5.  A feature of the first half was the number of goal chances that Garrycastle  created but missed.

On the resumption Justin Barrett had the ball in the tp net within a minute to level the game. This came after a free from Dessie Dolan fell short and Justin got his fist to it first to score. This score didn’t quell the tp onslaught and they pushed on with two points.  Two  points from frees by Conor Cosgrave kept Garrycastle  in touch but the last quarter was  tp’s adding five points without reply. This was a very flat display by  Garrycastle, their worst of the season.  Their cause was not helped by an injury to Jack Donohoe early in the second half forcing him to retire. Both teams were short their county players but the greater appetite and fitness of the tp players made the difference.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, Anthony Larkin, Neil Rhattigan, John Gaffey, Mathew Guiheen, Justin Barrett, James Sheeran,  Cathal Mannion, Dessie Dolan, Doran Harte, Conor Cosgrave, Owen Monaghan, Tom O’Halloran.  

Subs Frank Farrell for Jack Donoghue, Sean O’Donoghue for Gary McCallon.




Minor League (Div 2)

posted 18 May 2017, 13:21 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 18 May 2017, 15:39 ]


Garrycastle minors secured the Minor League Division 2 title with a comprehensive win over the home side in Milltown last Thursday evening. Needing at least a draw to secure the league title the Garrycastle lads put in a powerful performance to run out easy winners.


The early exchanges were quiet even and Millmore Gaels took the lead with a good point after some 4 minutes of play. Garrycastle responded with a point from Jason Nugent but Millmore Gaels restored their lead with yet another point. A second point from Jason Nugent had Garrycastle level by the 9th minute and when Brian Ruane scored the first goal in the 12th minute the Garrycastle lads got completely on top of proceedings. A point from Oisin Langan was soon added to by a goal from Jack O’Connor and Oisin Langan added a third goal by the 21st minute. Garrycastle kept up the pressure and added a fourth goal, this again scored by Jack O’Connor, and a point from Brian Ruane to leave them ahead by 4-4 to 0-2 at the break.


Taking up where they had left off, the Garrycastle boys added two more goal in the opening minutes of the half, coming from Joe Carmody and Oisin Langan. Garrycastle introduced a number of substitutes and remained in control of proceedings. Another point from Joe Carmody had stretched the Garrycastle advantage by the 34th minute. Substitute, Ian Carroll, added a goal with his first touch. Millmore Gaels had a point, but yet another goal was scored by Joe Carmody. Brian Ruane added a point from a free. To their credit Millmore Gaels had three points in as many minutes to leave the final score 8-6 to 0-6 at the final whistle.


A fine performance by all the team, who displayed fine teamwork throughout. The defence were solid throughout and as the list of scorers’ displays, the Garrycastle forwards took their scores well and made good use of the wonderful opportunities presented by their teammates. They can now look forward to the upcoming championship with confident, but will know that they must perform consistently well in every game if they are to challenge for championship honours.


GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Conor Macken, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Dylan Keegan, Jason Nugent (0-2), Philip Monaghan, Jack O’Connor (2-0),  Oisin Langan (2-1), and Brian Ruane (1-2, 0-1f).

SUBS: Joe Carmody (2-1) for J Nugent (inj, 17 min); Ian Carroll (1-0) for O Langan (35 min); Andrew Monaghan for D Keegan (37 min); Jack Fitzgerald for C Macken (38 min); Eoin Kenny for J O’Connor (40 min); Patrick McKiernan for M McBride (40 min).

Minor League (Div 2)

posted 16 May 2017, 12:58 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 16 May 2017, 14:00 ]


Garrycastle minors had to withstand a spirited late rally by Kilbeggan/St Josephs in order to keep their 100% league record in tact on Tuesday evening last in Garrycastle. Playing with the aid of the breeze, Garrycastle had a number of promising attacks in the early minutes, however, they failed to reflect this on the scoreboard. It wat the visitors who scored first with a point in the 5th minute of play. Garrycastle then put a number of scores on the board with points from Oisin Lagan, Eoin Mulvihill and a goal from Jason Nugent to lead by four points. Kilbeggan/St Josephs responded well to this set-back and added two points from frees and one from play to reduce the margin. Jason Nugent had a good point for Garrycastle and Eoin Mulvihill broke forward to strike a powerful shot to the net. The same player then added a point from play to leave Garrycastle six points to the good. Kilbeggan/St Josephs had a point from play but Ian Carroll responded with a point for his side to leave it 2-5 to 0-5 at the break in favour of Garrycastle.


The visitors made a positive start to the second half and added a point from a close range free and one from play to reduce the gap to just four points by the 37th minute. Jason Nugent responded with a point for Garrycastle. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle point coming yet again from the boot of Jason Nugent. Jason added yet another point from play to put Garrycastle into a six point lead again by the 46th minute. However, Garrycastle were then rocked when Kilbeggan/St Josephs registered two goals in the space of a couple of minutes to level matters, the second of which resulted from poor making at a close in free. With just eight minutes remaining the points were up for grabs. To their credit the Garrycastle lads responded with determination and dominated the play for the remainder of the game. Points from play, a free and yet again from play by Jason Nugent calmed any nerves and Garrycastle held out for a vital win.


This was a very mixed bag for the Garrycastle lads, who played well in patches but also became complacent as the game evolved. They will have to pay much better and for the full hour in their last league game against Millmore Gaels if they are to secure the points needed to claim top spot in the league. The best performers on the night were Patrick McKiernan, Matias O’Neill, Shane Duffy, Eoin Mulvihill, Jason Nugent and Philip Monaghan.


GARRYCASTLE: Patrick McKiernan, Conor Macken, , Matias O’Neill, Robert Kelly, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill (1-2), Jack O’Connor, Jason Nugent (1-7, 0-2f), Philip Monaghan, Ian Carroll (0-1), Oisin Langan (0-1), and Eoin Kenny.

SUBS: Tommy Devery for J O’Connor (38 Min); Matthew McBride for E Kenny (41 min); Jack O’Connor for O Langan (48 min) and O Langan for I Carroll (56 min).

ACL (Div 3)

posted 15 May 2017, 07:27 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 15 May 2017, 07:27 ]

Garrycastle 1-11     Ballinagore  1-13


The Division 3 team travelled on Sunday morning to play  Ballinagore’s first team. 

Numbers were low again due to injuries and work commitments.  With most of the players having played the evening before for the Division 5 team it was going to be a hard task to get a result.  Garrycastle were 9 points to 3 up after 20 minutes with some fine points from Paul O’Donavan and midfielders Johnny McGuire and Neil Rattigan. Garrycastle were on top in most positions. The team were then hit hard with injuries losing Sean Carey, Johnny McGuire and Paul Gunning who had to move into full forward and play with his injury as there were no subs to bring on.   These injuries disrupted the team who began to struggle and lose the initiative.  Gradually Ballinagore fought their way back into the game and gained the upperhand. To their credit the Garrycastle players never gave up the fight and just fell short in the end.

Garrycastle: Mark Keenan, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Enda Keena, Emmet Ward, Garry Mullery, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Neil Rattigan (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-1), Seanie O'Donaghue, Brian McCormack (0-1), Paul Dunning (0-3), Cathal Mannion (1-3), Mark Denby.

Subs Richie Byrne for Sean Carey; Padraig Cosgrove (0-1) for Johnny McGuire.


Under 14 League

posted 12 May 2017, 05:33 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 5-11    Multyfarnham 1-03


Our U14s gathered another 2 league points last Thursday evening with a comprehensive win at home over Multyfarnham. In what was a very good team performance where all the lads played very well they were in command right from the throw in and never gave Multyfarnham a chance to get into the game by constant tackling, defending and some excellent running off the ball in support of a team mate. With a few players still to join up with the panel this year the team work and work ethic on the field is encouraging.


GARRYCASTLE: Tadgh McKiernan, Frank McKiernan, John McBride, Frano Derwin, Ben Kilkenny, Peter Mulvihill, Adam Mulvihill, Bill Carmody, John Dylan O’Shea, Cian McCarthy, Chris Kehoe, Andrew Ruane, Stephen Gaffey, Corey Nugent, Ben Donegan and Brian Mulvihill.


Minor League (Div 2)

posted 10 May 2017, 12:50 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 11 May 2017, 02:10 ]

GARRYCASTLE 3-8            CAULRY 1-12


Going into this game in Garrycastle last Wednesday evening, both sides had won all of their games, Caulry with 4 wins from 4 and Garrycastle with 3 wins from 3. Garrycastle made a positive start and mounted a number of attacks, however, they could not convert any of these into scores. Meanwhile Caulry showed more composure when presented with scoring opportunities and had a point in the 3rd minute and a goal from a penalty soon after. The visitors continued to show some nice touches and had stretched their lead to six points by the 8th minute. Garrycastle finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute with a good point from a Jason Nugent free when he was fouled close to goal. Eoin Mulvihill then added to this with a well taken point for the home side. Caulry responded with two points of their own to restore their advantage. Jason Nugent took advantage of a good pass to fire over a point from play at the mid-point of the half. However, Caulry added three points, all of which were from play, to increase their lead to 8 points as the half time whistle approached. However, Garrycastle had another point from a Jason Nugent free in the final minute to leave the score-line 1-8 to 0-4 in favour of Caulry at the break.


Garrycastle introduced Joe Carmody for the second half, with Eoin Mulvihill moving to midfield. Garrycastle pressed forward and narrowed the gap with yet another pointed free from Jason Nugent.  Caulry had a point but Andrew Monaghan pointed in reply for Garrycastle. The teams exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from substitute, Joe Carmody in the 44th minute. The game was thrown wide open soon after when Jack O’Connor took possession following good approach play to fire a goal for Garrycastle and leave just 3 points between the sides. Joe Carmody then added a good point for Garrycastle to leave just two between them. Soon after his introduction as a substitute, Oisin Langan, fired Garrycastle into the lead for the first time with a well struck shot and a minute later the same player fired his second and Garrycastle’s third goal and put the home side into a five point lead with a bit less than 10 minutes remaining. Garrycastle did retreat somewhat at this stage but used their possession well and despite a couple of late points for Caulry held out for a vital win. The final score 3-8 to 0-12 in Garrycastle’s favour.


Overall this was a fine win for the Garrycastle lads, but they had to fight back after a disjointed first half performance and showed great character to claw their way back into the game and secure a vital win. The defence played well as a unit, restricting Caulry to just one goal and that coming from a penalty. Matias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy and Eoin Mulvihill showing up well throughout. Andrew Monaghan has a good hour in midfield for his side. The forward division showed their potential in the second period, when given the right kind of ball and both Joe Carmody and Oisin Langan contribute well taken scores after their introduction. If the lads can continue to show similar battling characteristics and skill in their remaining games they can push for league honours.  


GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons,  Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Conor Macken, Dara Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Dylan Keegan, Jack O’Connor (1-0), Brian Ruane, Philip Monaghan, Jason Nugent (0-4, 3f), and Eoin Mulvihill (0-1).

SUBS: Joe Carmody (0-2) for Dara Mulvihill (Half time); Oisin Langan (2-0) for P Monaghan (45min). Not used: Patrick McKiernan, Jack Fitzgerald, Eoin Kenny, Ian Carroll and Tommy Devery.

ACL Division 3

posted 7 May 2017, 15:15 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 8 May 2017, 01:32 by Matthew Ryan ]


This division 3 game, played in Moate, was a game too far for the Garrycastle players with five

having to play again after playing for the division 1 team on the evening before. Moate started the

game strongly putting four points on the board before Garrycastle scored. With Jonathan Maguire

and Neil Rhattigan getting a grip at midfield Garrycastle worked their way back into the game and

were rewarded with three pointed frees by Brian McCormack to Moate’s one. When the score was

six points to three for Moate a defensive error let Moate in for a goal. Almost straight away an

excellent Garrycastle move started by James Sheeran was finished to the net by the same player. A

Paul ODonovan, point competed Garrycastle ‘s scoring in the first half which left the halftime score

at 1-4 to 1-8. The first two points of the second half were shared by the teams after which

Garrycastle had a goal disallowed for an infringement. This Garrycastle point was scored by Cathal

Mannion . With Garrycastle players running out of steam Moate gradually added to their tally and

ran out comfortable winners.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Frank Farrell, Emmett Ward, Anthony Larkin, Sean Carey, Gary Mullery, Colm

Lynch, Jonathan McGuire, Neil Rhattigan, Enda Keena, Brian McCormack, Cathal Mannion, Paul

O’Donovan, James Sheeran, Conor Duignan. 

Subs Paul Mulvihill for Conor Duignan; Jason Turley for Neil Rhattigan; Richie Byrne, Mark Denby for Brian McCormack; Michael Fagan.

All County League (Div 1)

posted 6 May 2017, 03:39 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 8 May 2017, 01:27 ]

Garrycastle 2-20    St Lomans 0-6

The Garrycastle senior team recorded a big win against St Lomans on Friday evening last in 

Garrycastle. Both teams were missing their county players and also some others. Garrycastle

played very well in the first half and led by 1-13 to 0-1 at halftime, the goal coming from James

Sheeran. Dessie Dolan was in superb form scoring points from all angles with left and right. The

scoring rate slowed in the second half when another 1-7 was added, the goal coming from Tom

O’Halloran. Sean Brennan’s kickouts were pinpoint, Doran Harte marshalled the defence to good

effect, Mathew Guiheen revelled in the half back position scoring four points, Justin Barrett was

very prominent in midfield and Tom O’Halloran did very well in a free role.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Neil Rhattigan, Doran Harte,

Mathew Guiheen, Jonathan Maguire, Justin Barrett, Owen Monaghan, Dessie Dolan, Cathal

Mannion, Tom O’Halloran, James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner. 

Subs Seanie O’Donoghue for Jonathan Maguire; Emmett Ward for Neil Rhattigan; Enda Keena for Cathal Mannion; Gary Mullery for Mathew Guiheen.

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