Senior Football Championship

posted 24 Jul 2017, 01:27 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle  1-11    Tyrellspass 2-9

This first round game played in sunny Moate on Sunday evening last saw Garrycastle  lose out to Tyrellspass  in a game full of incident. It was one of those evenings when the Garrycastle  players couldn’t put the ball between the posts shooting an incredible 17 wides. Fielding without the the suspended Jack Donoghue and the injured Dessie Dolan and Mark McCallon, this was always going to be a tough assignment for Garrycastle.  

Playing with the wind in the first half they started brightly with points from Alex Gardiner and Tom O’Halloran before the quick thinking James Dolan found James Sheeran with a quick line ball and the latter buried it in the top corner of the net. Tom O’Halloran added another point before the first of the controversial incidents occurred. With Tyrellspass  building  up a move a Garrycastle  player was felled illegally off the ball resulting in an extra man situation for Tyrellspass who put the ball in the net.  After talking with the linesman and umpires the referee took no action and allowed the goal to stand.  A Jonathan Maguire point from distance preceeded three Tyrellspass points on the trot. Further points from Mathew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrave, and James Sheeran to one for Tyrellspass  left the halftime score at 1-7 to 1-4 to Garrycastle. A three point lead didn’t reflect  Garrycastle  dominance, with 10 other shots going wide. 

At the start of the second half the wides continued for Garrycastle  before Michael Monaghan,  added a point. Three Tyrellspass points left only one in it before Alex Gardiner added another. A breakaway Tyrellspass attack saw them gaining an extra man situation and finishing to the net to take the lead for the first time. Jonathan Maguire added a point to level matters half way through the half. Shortly afterwards a Tyrellspass  player got a second yellow for a foul on Jonathan.  With a man extra Garrycastle piled on the pressure but found the packed Tyrellspass  defense difficult to breach. Eventually Gary McCallon found the range to re-take the lead. Tyrellspass levelled again but Garrycastle kept adding to their wides tally. A great through pass to Alex Gardiner was saved by the Tyrellspass keeper when a goal looked on. With seven minutes to go Doran Harte got a black card.  On a rare counter attack Tyrellspass took the lead from a free which had been brought forward for dissent. Pressure from Garrycastle  yielded a 13 metre free to the right of the goals which was also missed. With Garrycastle  camped in the Tyrellspass half the final whistle sounded leaving the Garrycastle lads wondering how they failed to win this match. The Tyrellspass kick out strategy in the second half worked a treat for them when quick kickouts to the left caught out the Garrycastle lads time and time again. While it was a difficult defeat to take the players must  learn from it and with a little more composure they would surely have won this game. The next game is versus Athlone in Tang next Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon,  Neil Rhattigan, Doran Harte, Mathew Guiheen, Justin Barrett, James Dolan, Jonathan Maguire, Conor Cosgrave, Michael Monaghan, Tom O’Halloran, James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner. 

Subs Damien Rushe for Jonathan Maguire; Cathal Mannion  for Doran Harte (Black Card)?  Paul Gunning for Conor Cosgrave.