Match Reports 2017


posted by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated ]

Garrycastle U10s had a very enjoyable morning in Roscommon last Sunday thanks to Roscommon Gaels. We were delighted to be able to field 3 teams and each team got to play 3 competitive matches. The standard of football from both clubs was brilliant. Everything thats great about Gaelic football was very evident in all of the 9 matches. Many thanks to Roscommon Gaels for a very well organised and fun morning. We will be sure to see ye in Garrycastle in the near future. Thanks to all our parents for their continued support. Big thanks to Ursula McHugh for washing the jerseys. 
Our panel included...Kealan McNamara, Christian Turean, Aaron Keegan, Niadh Shine, Kealan Ward, James McHugh, Conor McCormack, Fionn McMahon, Rian Gaynor, Dylan Frawley, Calum Hudson, Van McKay, Darragh Glennon, Maireid McBride, Daniel Stankard,  Luke Quilty, Ronan Croughan, Jack Dowling, Dylan Moloney, Christopher Malone, Louie Shine, James Derwin, Jack Dolan, Senan Nugent, Thanh McCay, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Nugent. 


posted by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated ]

This was an excellent win for Garrycastle to give them their fourth win in five league games. 

The team lined out with a new midfield partnership of Diarmaid Murtagh and Sean O’Donoghue and both players excelled in winning valuable possession which the Garrycastle forwards were soon converting into scores. Oisin Nugent netted an excellent goal and there were also some well taken points including fine efforts from Tom Sheehan and Jack Allen to leave the score at 1-6 to 0-1 at half time. 
Garrycastle were now facing a strong breeze in the second half and they worked very hard to keep the Tubberclair attack at bay. The Garrycastle defensive unit was excellent with Con O’Hara and  Killian Keegan particularly impressive. When Tubberclair did make the breakthrough with a goal, Garrycastle responded at the other end with goals from Tom and Conor Sheean. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes in the second half and the fresh legs allowed Garrycastle to push on and win comfortably at the finish. 
Garrycastle squad: 
Matthew Conor, Conor McCarthy, Con O’Hara, Killian Redmond, Killian Keegan, Jack Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sean O’Donoghue, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter,  Oisin Nugent,  Conor Sheehan, Jamie Carroll, Nathan McKeon, Anthony Mannion,  Alphie Broderick, Charlie O’Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack. 

Feis Cup

posted by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated ]

Garrycastle ‘s first outing in this year’s Feis Cup was an unsuccessful one losing to Rosemount in Garrycastle on Friday evening last. The trend nowadays is to play defensive football, however this game was far from defensive with both sides scoring at will during different periods of the game. 
Playing with the wind in the first half Rosemount dominated the early exchanges and led a depleted Garrycastle outfit by 1-4 to a point when Michael Monaghan got the first of his three goals from the penalty spot after Damien Rushe was fouled. Michael Monaghan added another goal after receiving a pass from James Sheeran which levelled the scores at 1-6 to 2-3 after 21 minutes. Rosemount added another goal and two points before halftime to Garrycastle’s single point leaving the score 2-8 to 2-4 at the break.  
Garrycastle continued their lethargic performance after the break conceding a third goal after a Rosemount player soloed through from midfield without a hand being laid on him. Michael Monaghan added his third goal before Rosemount added more points to leave the score at 3-13 to 3-4. A fourth Garrycastle goal was finished to the net by James Sheeran after being set up by Michael Monaghan.  
A period of Garrycastle dominance followed during which they reduced the lead to two points. However there was a final kick left in Rosemount adding three late points. This was an entertaining game with goal chances which were not converted as well as balls off the woodwork, however it’s not a game that defences will look back on with pride. 
Team: Mark Keenan, Anthony Larkin (0-1), John Gaffey , Alan Fox, Colm Lynch, Gary McCallon , Gary Mullery, Justin Barrett, Neil Rhattigan, Damien Rushe, Dessie Dolan 0-4), Doran Harte, Michael Monaghan (3-3), James Sheeran (1-0), Jack Donoghue (0-1).  
Subs Brian McCormack (0-1) for Colm Lynch, Michael Fagan for Mark Keenan. 

Under 12

posted 3 Jun 2017, 02:57 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 3-5 Kilbeggan/Joseph’s 2-4

This was a very entertaining game of football with both sides enjoying their dominant spells in the game.  Kilbeggan started the stronger and opened with a goal in the first few minutes and this was followed by further pressure by the Kilbeggan forwards but the Garrycastle defence held firm with Mathew Conor very much dominating his goal and making some very good saves. Garrycastle then put some good passages of play together working the ball forward from midfield and started to get the scores on the board including points from Diarmaid Murtagh and Conor Sheehan. This was followed by a really well worked goal from Sean O'Donoghue.  Kilbeggan came back and scored a goal of their own leaving Garrycastle trailing by two points at the break.


Garrycastle upped their performance significantly in the second half especially in the middle third of the pitch where Brian Mulvihill and Tom Daly in particular were securing valuable possession. This gave the advantage to the Garrycastle forwards and goals followed from Than McCay and Conor Sheehan allowing Garrycastle to pull clear going into the last quarter of the game. Kilbeggan applied significant pressure towards the end of the game but the Garrycastle defence held firm and secured the win with four points to spare. 


Garrycastle squad: Matthew Conor, Anthony Mannion, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, David Carter, Con O'Hara, Nathan McKeon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Cian McCormack, Sean O'Donoghue, Oisin Nugent, Jack Allen, Conor Sheehan, Alphie Broderick, Conor McCarthy, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Charlie O'Brien, Tom Daly, Jamie Carroll.


ACL (Div 1)

posted 3 Jun 2017, 02:55 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 3 Jun 2017, 03:11 ]

Garrycastle  3-13  Athlone 0-9

Three first half goals virtually decided this final round league game of the season in favour of Garrycastle. Played on a perfect evening for football in Garrycastle, Athlone started the stronger with an early point before James Sheeran fisted the ball to the net, after a high ball by Cathal Mannion,  for the first of Garrycastle ‘s goals.  Athlone’s tactic of crowding the midfield  was succeeding in stifling many of Garrycastle  early attacks. The next stage of the game saw Garrycastle  outscore Athlone by 4 points to 2, Garrycastle ‘s points all coming from frees by Conor Cosgrove (3) and Dessie Dolan (1). A good Garrycastle  move ended with Tom O’Halloran beating the Athlone goalie with an angled shot. Another high ball troubled the Athlone defence resulting in Conor Cosgrove scrambling the ball to the net. A good Eoin Monaghan point finished the scoring leaving the halftime score 3-6 to 0-4. 

On the resumption Garrycastle  continued their dominance with a Cathal Mannion point. John Gaffey  added another after a rare sally up the field. Gary McCallon got the first of his two points before Eoin Monaghan, Dessie Dolan, Mathew Guiheen and Gary McCallon added points for the home side.   Athlone added 5 points to their tally. Mark Keenan brought off an excellent save on the only occasion that Athlone breached the Garrycastle  defence. The defence in general  was solid with John Gaffey  outstanding and Gary McCallon adding an attacking dimension. The midfield more than held their own and in attack the high ball created difficulty for the Athlone defence. This result leaves Garrycastle  in the league final against St Lomans.

GARRYCASTLE:- Mark Keenan, Gary McCallon (0-3), John Gaffey (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Neil Rhattigan, Doran Harte, Mathew Guiheen (0-1), Justin Barrett, Jonathan Maguire, Eoin Monaghan (0-2),  Dessie Dolan (0-2, 0-1f), Tom O’Halloran (1-0), Conor Cosgrove (1-3, 0-3f), James Sheeran (1-0)Cathal Mannion (0-1) 

Subs Michael Monaghan for Jonathan Maguire;  Frank Farrell for Tom O’Halloran; Gary Mullery for Neil Rhattigan; Enda Keena for Dessie DolanColm Lynch  for Gary McCallon   



ACL Division 3

posted 30 May 2017, 15:44 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 30 May 2017, 15:44 ]

Match report to follow ... 

Under 16 League (Div 3)

posted 29 May 2017, 02:28 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle under 16s delivered a second underage league title to the club in the space of week by virtue of a hard earned win over Tubberclair on Sunday last. This came in addition to a victory over Moate All Whites the week before.

In truth Garrycastle were slow starting in this game and found ourselves wasting lots of good possession and struggling to get any real flow to our attack. However once the lads settled into the game we started to pick of scores through Andrew Monaghan, Dylan Keegan and Darragh Kenna. The standout feature of the first half was the defence who were superbly marshalled by Daniel Guinan. Ryan Cornallys energy and ball carrying ability really helped in linking up defence and attack allowing Garrycastle to establish a four point half time lead.

The second half was much better from Garrycastle and with the direct early ball into Charlie O Connor and Shane Coffey proving a threat Garrycastle added further points and also a great goal from Darragh Kenna.

Dermot Carey helped to keep the defence strong and with Daniel McManus and Dylan Keegan getting on top in midfield Garrycastle finished the game strong adding the  further points needed to secure the league title.  The final score was Garrycastle 3-8 Tubberclair 1-6

Well done to all the panel members who contributed excellently to this league campaign. It was excellent to see a panel of 24 players available for this game. One would hope that this team will have a great chance of making an impact in championship if they put the work in on the training field over the next few weeks.

GARRYCASTLE: Eric Rogers, Cian Dowling, Daniel Guinan, James Murphy, Cathal Redmond, Dermot Carey, Dylan Keegan, Andrew Monaghan, Darragh Kenna, Nathan Breslin, Ryan Cornally, Luke Clinton, Charlie O'Connor, Daniel McManus, Tommy Stephens, Nathaniel O'Neil, Shane Coffey, Tommy Devery, Scott Duffy, Eoghan Slevin, Martin Sammon, Neil Costelloe, Samuil Sharma, Conor O'Donoghue.


ACL Division 5

posted 28 May 2017, 15:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 May 2017, 02:26 by Matthew Ryan ]


This re-scheduled game saw Mullingar Shamrocks run out easy winners in the end over a very depleted Garrycastle  team. Mullingar got off to a good start scoring four points before Brian McCormack scored a free to get Garrycastle  on the board.  Mullingar led by 1-7 to 0-2 when Garrycastle  began to get into the game outscoring Mullingar by 3 points to one leaving the halftime score at 1-8 to 0-5. A burst of scoring by Garrycastle  in the early stages of the second half reduced the lead to 2 points. Garrycastle ‘s goal came when Adam Kennedy, making his return to Gaelic action, burst through and when fouled the quick thinking Kennedy took the free quick finding the top corner of the net. With the score at 1-10 to 1-8 for Mullingar the Garrycastle  lads began to run out of legs with Mullingar adding a further 7 points  before another Adam Kennedy run resulted in a penalty which Paul Mulvihill scored.   A Mullingar  goal the in the final seconds finished the scoring.  Sean Carey and Gary Mullery did best in defence along with Adam Kennedy whose drives forward were very effective. James Sheeran and Enda Keena, worked hard at midfield. Peadar Mulvihill, Paul Mulvihill and Brian McCormack did best in the forwards.

GARRYCASTLE; Mike Fagan, Richie Byrne, Sean Carey, Mark Denby, Adam Kennedy, Gary Mullery, Conor Macken, James Sheeran, Enda Keena, Peadar Mulvihill, Bryan McCormack, Paul Mulvihill, Kevin McCormack, Frank Doolan, Eoin Duignan. 


ACL Division 1

posted 28 May 2017, 15:17 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 May 2017, 02:24 by Matthew Ryan ]


Garrycastle stay top of the table with one game left and are guaranteed a place in this years league final.  After a mixed performance this evening with some good fielding by our midfielders and some great scores by our forwards, we still seem to over use the ball and lose it in the tackle, where we lost a lot of possession and this put us under pressure in the early stages of the match. It was a good run out for our players against a young and fit St Marys team fighting to stay in the top Division. Garrycastle lost a player on a double yellow after 15 minutes which let’s say was very harsh. However the team pulled together to grind out this result with some of our experienced players taking control. Our final group game is against our neighbours Athlone this Friday evening in Garrycastle at 7.30pm. Let's come out and support the lads.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Enda Kenna, Mathew Guiheen, Doran Harte, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-1), Dessie Dolan(0-4), Eoin Monaghan, Conor Cosgrave(0-4), James Sheeran(1-0), Tom O’Halloran (1-0).
Subs used: Michael Monaghan for Cathal Mannion; Seanie Donaghue for James Sheeran; Gary Mullery for Justin Barrett (injured); Neil Rattigan for Enda Kenna.

ACL Division 3

posted 25 May 2017, 01:26 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 May 2017, 02:22 by Matthew Ryan ]


Garrycastle  added two valuable points to their tally last week defeating Kilbeggan Shamrocks. This was a game that Garrycastle  threatened to build up a sizeable lead but were pegged back by Kilbeggan goals each time. After a bright start with points from Robbie Fox, Robbie  Shine and Cathal Mannion  as well as a goal from Tom O’Halloran, got and scored the first of their penalties.   A Cathal Mannion  point was answered by a Kilbeggan point before Kilbeggan got their second successful penalty leaving the scores tied. Kilbeggan took the lead with a point before Tom O’Halloran got his second goal and a Jonathan Maguire point left the halftime score at 2-5 to 2-2 in favour of Garrycastle.  An early second half goal from Paul Mulvihill and a Tom O’Halloran point built up a seven point lead when Kilbeggan scored their third goal. A Robbie Shine goal restored the seven point lead but this was shortlived as Kilbeggan replied with a goal almost straight away. Two Cathal Mannion  points and one each from Robbie Shine and Tom O’Halloran completed Garrycastle ‘s scoring giving them a six point lead but two late points from Kilbeggan reduced the margin to four.

Enda Keena was the stand out player in defence, Jonathan Maguire,  in midfield and up front Cathal Mannion  and Tom O’Halloran were excellent.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Frank Farrell, Anthony Larkin, Enda Keena, Colm Lynch, Ciaran O’Neill, Gary Mullery,  Jonathan Maguire, Neil Rhattigan, Brian McCormack, Robbie Fox, Cathal Mannion, Tom O’Halloran, Robbie Shine, Paul Mulvihill.  

Subs Alan Fox for Robbie Fox; Sean Carey for Colm Lynch.


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