ACL Division 5

posted 12 Feb 2017, 10:07 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 06:48 by Matthew Ryan ]
Garrycastle’s third team made the long trip to The Downs on a bitterly cold and windy Sunday afternoon for their opening round of this years ACL Division 5. Garrycastle played the first half with a little aid from a swirling wind, and were quickly off the mark with a point from Philip Monaghan. In an excellent opening quarter, Garrycastle added further points from Franko Doolin, Cathal Mannion and Paul Mulvihill before The Downs opened their account. With 5 minutes to go to half time, Garrycastle were ahead by 6 points thanks to further scores from Cathal and Conor Duignan, but lost concentration as half-time approached, and conceded 1-2 from play before the half-time whistle sounded. Garrycastle leading by a single score, 0-9 to 1-5, at the break. 
The Downs opened the second-half scoring with a goal and two points in the first 10 minutes. Cathal kicked two points from frees to keep Garrycastle in touch, before a mix-up in the Garrycastle goal gave a simple tap-in to a Downs forward to extend their lead. To their credit, Garrycastle fought back, with points from Paul O’Donovan and Cathal, but playing into the swirling wind at this stage found scores harder to come by. As the game entered the final quarter, and legs started to tire on a heavy pitch, Garrycastle’s lack of substitutes started to tell, and the introduction by the Downs of a number of their substitutes swung the game their way, and they kicked a couple of late points to secure the win. Garrycastle’s final score of the half was a free from Philip. 
Notwithstanding the result, Garrycastle can take a number of positives from the game. The players who made themselves available, including some of this years minors, some players playing their first match of the year, and some who had been involved earlier in the weekend, deserve the highest credit. The first half play in particular was extremely good, with some great interplay, and some excellent points taken from play. A particular highlight of the game was some excellent marks taken in the middle of the field. 
Overall, this was not the result Garrycastle would have wanted, but the game offered some real indications that there is a team here to build on this year. 
Garrycastle: Paul Gunning, Mark Denby, Ben Kennedy, Brian Leahy, Colm Lynch, Enda Keena, Conor Macken, Emmet Ward, Conor Duignan (0-1), Adam Keena, Paul Mulvihill (0-1), Philip Monaghan (0-2, 0-1f), Cathal Mannion (0-8, 0-5f), Franko Doolin (0-1), Paul O’Donovan (0-1).