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).