Minor League (Div 2)

posted 16 May 2017, 12:58 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 30 Jun 2017, 02:38 ]

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 Eoghan 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).