Match Reports 2018

Under-20 Football Championship

posted 14 Oct 2018, 15:36 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 02:18 by Matthew Ryan ]


A young Garrycastle team exited the under 20 championship away to Caulry in sunny Mount Temple on Sunday morning last. After the throw in Brian Ruane came in at the end of a move to score a neat point. However, Caulry got on top scoring six points in the next ten minutes. A Jason Nugent  point brought the score to 0-6 to 0-2 after 17 minutes. Then a swift garrycastle move opened up the Caulry defence and end with a Joe Carmody goal. Two more Caulry points followed when a Joe Carmody pass found Jason Nugent  who netted. The halftime  score was 2-2 to 0-8. 

The Garrycastle supporters were getting hopeful of victory but this was shattered in the third quarter which Caulry dominated adding six points before a long ball in deceived the goalie leaving the score 1-14 to 2-2.  In the latter stages  Garrycastle launched attacks and were going for goals when points were on. Two more Caulry points completed the scoring leaving the final score 1-16 to 2-2. The Garrycastle team only contained one twenty year old. The players showed that they have loads of ability and looked like a team who should be very competitive in this competition next year.

GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Daniel Guinan, Robert Kelly, Conor Macken, Fergal Mullen, Dylan Keegan, Kilian Lyons, Eoin Mulvihill, Andrew Monoghan, Jason Nugent (1-1), Brian Ruane(0-1), Darragh Kenne, Ross,Mulvihill, Joe Carmody (1-0), Philip Monoghan.  

Subs:- Ian Carroll for Conor Macken. 


Senior Championship, Semi-Final

posted 7 Oct 2018, 10:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 7 Oct 2018, 15:42 ]


Garrycastle exited this years senior championship at the semi-final stage at the hands of St. Lomans in TEG Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon. The old adage of goals winning games was certainly true here, as two second-half goals from St. Lomans were effectively the difference between the teams. 

On a bright day, but with a very strong wind blowing down the pitch from the Dunnes Stores end, Garrycastle, playing with the wind in the first half, found themselves a point down within the first minute. However, they responded immediately when a quick free was pointed by Dessie Dolan. Garrycastle were having the better of the play in the early stages, but a string of three wides in a row, the first from Gary McCallon after a patient build-up, then from James Dolan after great work from Jonathan Mcguire and Dessie, and finally Dessie from a close-in free, gave some indication of the difficult conditions. A pointed from Dessie following a foul on Doron Harte eased Garrycastle in front, before the best opportunity for a goal in the first half went untaken, as an overhit pass from James Dolan found Alex Gardiner in on goal,  but his low shot fizzed across the face of the goal and wide. 

Conor Cosgrove added two further points, the second from a free, to stretch Garrycastle's lead by the middle of the first half. It took all of twenty minutes for St. Lomans to get their second score, but this was immediately cancelled out with a free from Dessie. The Garrycastle goal then had a narrow escape, with Anthony Larkin making a last ditch clearance.  A point from play by James Sheerin extended the lead to four points with half-time approaching, but then in the space of three minutes no fewer than three Garrycastle players were yellow-carded, and St. Lomans' John Heslin kicked two points, (one from a free moved closer after some dissent was shown to the referee), to leave Garrycastle ahead by two points at the break, on a scoreline of Garrycastle 0-6, St. Lomans 0-4.

The belief in the stand was that a two-point lead was not enough having played with the wind, and this was brought starkly into focus when St. Lomans goaled with their first attack of the second half. Smart use of the wind, saw a high ball being sent into the Garrycastle square, and a failure to clear the danger, allowed a  St. Lomans corner forward to turn and shoot, and put his side into the lead. To their credit, Garrycastle rallied immediately and levelled the game once again with a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove. However, St. Lomans were making the best of the conditions in the first part of the second half, and took the lead again with two points from the prolific John Heslin, (one from a free). Garrycastle were struggling, with passes going astray and giving up possession cheaply, but levelled the game once more with a superb pointed 45-meter kick from Alex Gardiner, and a free from Conor Cosgrove.

Immediately, though, came the turning point of the match. Having put so much effort into drawing level, Garrycastle were caught on the counter attack, when a hopeful St. Lomans ball was allowed over the half-back line to find a St. Lomans corner forward in behind, and he gave Shane Moran in the Garrycastle goal absolutely no chance with a powerful shot to the back of the net. St. Lomans added another point from a free to open up a four-point gap by the middle of the second half. The short kick-out strategy employed by Garrycastle was also not working as planned, as St. Lomans pushed high up the field, making life very difficult for Garrycastle to break out of their own half. 

A pointed free from Conor Cosgrove narrowed the gap again, but then a trio of points for the St. Lomans team, the last from a 45-meter free, extended their lead to six points with eight minutes of normal time remaining. That was to be their last score however, and Garrycastle pushed hard to reduce the lead. Alex Gardiner was fouled just on the edge of the square, and Dessie tapped over the resultant free. Then, not long after being introduced, a line ball decision against Ger Heneghan, when the ball did not seem to have gone out, resulted in a straight red card for the same player, after the linesman brought the referee's attention to something he had said.  

This seemed to spur the Garrycastle team onwards, and another pointed free from Dessie with five minutes of normal time remaining narrowed the gap between the teams to four points. As time played out Garrycastle had a couple of wides which could have closed the gap further, but also were thankful to goalkeeper Shane Moran for a great stop right on the end of normal time. Final attempts to push for scores caused some consternation for St. Lomans when faced with high balls coming in, but they weathered the storm, and so it was St. Lomans who advanced to the final in two week's time. 

Overall, the Garrycastle team will be disappointed with this result. Even with Dessie orchestrating the Garrycastle attacking efforts, with the wind being such a major factor, a wider cushion was needed at the half-time break for safety. A total of only two points from open play also speaks of the difficulties Garrycastle had with getting scores from open play.

Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, Matthew Guiheen, Mark Curley,  Doron Harte, James Sheerin (0-1), Tom O'Halloran, Conor Cosgrove (0-5, 4f), Eoin Monaghan, Jonathan Mcguire,
Alex Gardiner (0-1, 1 '45), Dessie Dolan (0-5, 5f).
John Gaffey for Anthony Larkin (43 mins), Michael Monaghan for Mark Curley (45 mins), Ger Heneghan for Jonathan McGuire (47 mins), Jason Nugent for Dessie Dolan (55 mins). 

Senior Ladies Championship Final

posted 6 Oct 2018, 11:53 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 02:31 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our senior side had to settle for second place in the senior final after a loss to Milltown. Despite a strong start the girls were playing catch-up from midway through first half and could not claw back the Milltown edge. Well done to the girls on making it to this stage of the competition. This year saw a lot of new blood and a number of our younger players stepping up. Best wishes to Aoife Connolly who suffered injury in the semi-final. The committee would like to thank senior manager Tom McHugh and his back room team of Lorraine Cummins, Ken Dolan and Cian Mullvihill. Many Thanks to senior sponsors, Ganly’s, Dans Tavern, Woodfit and Action Physio for their sponsorship to this team.

Garycastle panel: Megan McCormack, Jane Henshaw, Aine Lynn, Annie McCole, Orla Connaughton, Lorraine Duncan, Katie McDonnell, Amanda McCloone, Aoife McCormack, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kennedy, Aoife Dolan, Aoife Connolly, Laura Brennan, Sarah Dolan, Nicole O’Connor, Danielle Madden, Kate Brennan, Ann Marie Donoghue, Sarah Denby, Muirin Mulvihill, Aisling Mulvihill, Ailish Mannion, Stephanie O’Neill, Emer O’Neill, Rebecca Norris, Faye Hannify and Gemma Donoghue.


Under-16 Boys, Division 2 Semi-Final

posted 30 Sep 2018, 15:25 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 15:50 ]

Garrycastle 1-05, Moate All-Whites 1-13 

Garrycastle's under-16 championship run came to an end on Sunday last, when we were defeated by Moate All Whites on a scoreline of  1-13 to 1-5 in the Division 2 County Semi-Final.

Although the scoreline would suggest a one sided affair this was far from the case. In fact Garycastle led this game by 2 points with 15 minutes to go, and were  desperately unlucky  not to add to this lead after owning most of the possession in the second half. Ultimately a two point lead was not enough. and a Moate purple patch saw them score a quick fire 1-2 to take the lead again with only minutes remaining.

This was enough to see the home team take their place in the final.

The early stages of the first half was an even affair with both teams trading scores, the Garrycastle scores coming from Ben Kilkenny and some excellent frees from Tommy Stephens. Moate seemed to be the livelier team in the closing stages of the first half and rattled off some quick fire points to take a half time lead of 0-6 to 0-3.

Garrycastle came out of the traps very quickly in the second half and with the defence getting on top and midfield taking control, the Garrycastle team quickly wrestled back the Moate advantage with a goal from Ben Kilkenny and further points from Tommy and Dermot Carey, putting us 2 points to the good. It was here that Garrycastle  could not capitalise further and some good chances went a begging.

Moate took full advantage of this and 2 points brought them level. A Moate goal with minutes remaining was a killer blow for Garrycastle, and with the momentum completely switched, there looked to be only one winner at this stage. Moate added further scores in stoppage time to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-5.

Overall a very good year for our under-16s and plenty to build on for next season. Well done to all the lads for a super effort especially in that second half when facing into a 3 point deficit and a strong breeze. They faced a difficult task and fought so bravely to get themselves back into the game.

Cian McCarty, John Dylan O'Shea, Cian Dowling, Adam Mulvihill, Unity Oviawe, Dermot Carey, Cathal Redmond, Tommy Stephens, Daniel McManus, Ryan Cornally, Ben Kilkenny, James Murphy, Nathan Breslin, Charlie O Connor, Luke Clinton.
Stephen Gaffey, Corey Nugent, Conor Donoghue, Eric Rogers (injured).

Under-12 Girls - County Champions!

posted 29 Sep 2018, 14:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 Sep 2018, 14:21 ]


Early on Saturday morning it was all roads to Kinnegad where the girls under-12 side took on Shandonagh in the Under-12 'C' final. Having lost to Shandonagh in the round games, the Garrycastle girls started strong and were on the attack early with some lovely points. 

A Shandonagh goal turned the game, but Garrycastle fought back and were 1-04 to 1-02 up at the break. Garrycastle started the second half with all guns blazing and two early goals set them up nicely, and from there on, the girls pushed on and won out on a score line of 3-04 to 2-02. 

This was a great performance from all of the girls with the defence holding firm and kicking great ball down the field. Midfield worked hard all through and the forwards were brilliant. Captain Kacey Mullvihill was presented with the cup and it was over to SuperMacs in Moate for refreshments. 

Well done to all the girls, and in particular team manager Colin Clyne and Assistant Ger Griffith and the backroom team of Noelle O’Donnell, Roseann O’Hara, Amelia Keena and Brian Ganly.  

Many thanks to Reilly Mushrooms for their sponsorship towards t-shirts for this successful under-12 side. 

Ladies Senior Championship, Semi-Final

posted 29 Sep 2018, 14:17 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 07:10 by Matthew Ryan ]

Saturday evening it was over to Moate for the semi-final of the senior championship where the girls pulled of an impressive win over Tyrrellspass, final score 1-11 to 0-5. Overall this was a strong performance from the girls and sees them through to the final where they will face Milltown next weekend. The club extends best wishes to all in the final and calling on all supporters to support the girls next week. 

Team: Megan McCormack, Jane Henshaw, Aine Lynn, Annie McCole, Orla Connaughton, Lorraine Duncan, Katie McDonnell, Amanda McCloone, Aoife McCormack, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kennedy, Aoife Dolan, Aoife Connolly, Laura Brennan, Sarah Dolan, Danielle Madden, Nicole O’Connor, Kate Brennan, Ann Marie Donoghue, Sarah Denby, Muirin Mulvihill, Aisling Mulvihill, Eilis Mannion, Stephanie O’Neill, Emer O’Neill, Rebecca Norris, Faye Hannify, Gemma Donoghue.


The club extends best wishes to all in the final and calling on all supporters to support the girls next week. Get well wishes to Aoife Connolly who suffered an injury early in the game and wishing her a speedy recovery. 

Minor Football Championship (Div 2) Final

posted 29 Sep 2018, 09:39 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 30 Sep 2018, 00:52 ]

TUBBERCLAIRE 2-14 GARRYCASTLE 1-13 (after extra time)

Disappointment was to be Garrycastle’s lot in the division 2 minor championship final played in Ballynacargy last Saturday afternoon, when going down to Tubberclair after extra time. There was a tricky breeze blowing across the pitch which seemed to cause problems for both sets of forwards early on. Garrycastle started brightly and a pointed free by Joe Carmody followed by a point from play by Brian Ruane put the boys in green and red into the lead in the opening minutes. Tubberclair responded with two pointed frees to level matters soon after. A point from Andrew Monaghan from play put the Garrycastle lads ahead again by the 12th minute. Tubberclair had a number of opportunities, both from open play and frees, to draw level but failed to find the target. They did however equalise with yet another pointed free by the 20th minute. Garrycastle had their best period of the game in the final third of the first half, with a pointed free from Joe Carmody, and a second point from Brian Ruane. As the half time drew close, Joe Carmody pointed yet again from play and a flowing attack from Garrycastle resulted in the game’s first green flag as Joe Carmody converted almost on the stroke of half time. The Garrycastle lads ahead by 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.

On the resumption Garrycastle registered the first score, a point from Andrew Monaghan. However, Tubberclair then began to exert significant pressure on the Garrycastle goal and were rewarded with a pointed free in the 35th minute. A Tubberclair point in the 38th minute was their first from open play and they followed up with two more pointed frees to reduce the gap to just a goal. Dylan Keegan, who had picked up an injury shortly beforehand, did contribute a point for Garrycastle with a fisted effort before being replaced. Tubberclair pointed a free but Garrycastle responded with a pointed free for Joe Carmody. As the game entered added time, Tubberclair pointed to leave just a goal between the sides and Garrycastle hearts sank when the referee awarded Tubberclair a penalty in the second minute of added time. While Patrick McKieran did manage to get something on the penalty kick it did creep over the line to level the scores on 1-9 a piece at the final whistle, signalling two added period of 10 minutes.

It was Tubberclair who got off to a flier with a goal in the opening minute of extra time. They also added two pointed frees and one from open play during that period, while Garrycastle’s only score coming from a pointed free by Joe Carmody. Garrycastle pressed hard in the second period of extra time and did succeed in reducing the margin to just two points, with three points from Joe Carmody. However, they could not get the additional scores required and Tubberclair sealed their win with two pointed frees late on. The final score was 2-14 to 1-13 in their favour.


While the Garrycastle lads were very disappointed with the result, they can look back with some pride on their championship campaign. The defence was a solid unit throughout the final, restricting the winners to just three points from open play throughout 80 minutes of play. There were some good individual performances but Garrycastle did not play to their full potential throughout the game, particularly in the second half of normal time and the first period of extra time. Congratulations to Tubberclair on their win, made all the sweeter as they had lost out in the 2017 final to Caulry.


GARRYCASTLE: - Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan (Capt), Robert Kelly, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Tommy Stephens, Cillian Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane (0-2), Jason Nugent, Matias O’Neill, Ian Carroll, Dylan Keegan (0-1), Joe Carmody (1-8, 0-5f).

SUBS:- Dara Kenna for I Carroll (16 Min); Charlie O’Connor for D Keegan (49 min); Ryan Cornally for D Kenna (59 Min); D Keegan for A Monaghan (extra time); Dara Mulvihill for J Nugent (extra time).

Subs not used: - Saumil Sharma, Tommy Devery and James Murphy. 

Under-11 Boys League 'A' Final

posted 28 Sep 2018, 13:48 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 13:48 ]

Garrycastle 2-06, Mullingar Shamrocks 2-04 
Excellent win tonight by our under-11 Garrycastle team who were crowned Under-11 "A" Westmeath champions. Huge effort from the boys tonight and unbeaten all year.  
Very proud of these players.🏆 Captained by "Vantastic" Van McCay. 
Aaron Keegan, Darragh Glennon, Conor McCormack, Niadh Shine, Oisin Mulvihill, Rian Gaynor, Calum Hudson, Cian Norris, Oisin O'Donoghue, Christopher Malone, Kealan McNamara, James McHugh, Van McCay (captain), Jack Dolan, Andrew Henson, Dylan Frawley. 

Senior Championship Quarter-Final

posted 23 Sep 2018, 10:38 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Sep 2018, 11:37 ]

Garrycastle played near neighbours Athlone in the quarter-final of this year's Senior championship, in Tubberclair on Sunday afternoon. On a fine day, but with a strong blustery wind blowing almost directly across the pitch, the Garrycastle team settled the quicker, and led the game from start to finish. 

Garrycastle signalled their intent with a point in the first minute from Dessie Dolan, a high ball into the wind, and doubled the lead shortly afterwards with a fine point from Alex Gardiner, following some excellent build-up play from Eoin Monaghan and Tom O'Halloran. A second point from Alex, followed by a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove saw Garrycastle four points in front by the fifth minute. The game was being totally controlled by Garrycastle in the early stages, and the Athlone team were finding it difficult to get out of their own half, and indeed it took them until the twelfth minute to open their account, with a point after intercepting a wayward Garrycastle hand pass.

However, Garrycastle stepped up a gear again, and three points in a row from Alex, one from a free, extended their lead again, and at the twenty-minute mark, Garrycastle were six points in front. Athlone did tap over two further points before the break, either side of another point from Alex, who saw his free kick drop short, but won the ball back from the attempted clearance and slotted over the bar. At the half-time break, Garrycastle led on a score line of 0-8 to Athlone 0-3.

Athlone started the second half brightly, but missed a couple of chances to score. Then, after just two minutes, the linesman on the stand side drew the referee's attention to an issue involving Garrycastle's Matthew Guiheen and Athlone's Mickey Greene. To the surprise of everyone, he then handed straight red cards to both, without any indication as to why. Down to fourteen men, Garrycastle responded with a point from Alex, before giving up two points to the opposition. Conor Cosgrove replied with a free following a foul on James Dolan. The game then turned scrappy, with both James Dolan and Dessie Dolan picking up yellow cards within a couple of minutes of each other. Back to the scoreboard, Alex knocked over another point, before James Sheeran, following some great approach play knocked over his first point of the afternoon. Garrycastle were well in charge as the game entered the last quarter, and the Garrycastle side-line started making some changes, introducing Ger Heneghan in place of Dessie Dolan. 

Tom O'Halloran was then gifted a great chance, when a wayward Athlone kick-out was kicked straight to him, and he duly dispatched another point to leave Garrycastle up by seven heading into the last 10 minutes. A final point from Athlone was bookended by a couple of Garrycastle wides, before Michael Monaghan, having just been introduced, knocked over a good point to end the scoring for the day.

As normal time approached, both teams were reduced to 13 players, James Dolan picking up a second yellow. Into injury time, and a serious looking hand injury to Doron Harte, who had put in a huge hour, resulted in him having to leave the field, to a great round of applause.

Overall, an impressive game for Garrycastle, who started the game at a high tempo, and led from start to finish. The straight red card handed to Matthew Guiheen is a worry before the semi-final, but otherwise this can be seen as a job well done. A special mention must go to Alex Gardiner, who had one of those days when practically everything he tried worked out, and he had perhaps one of his best games in the green-and-red.

Team and scorers:
Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, Mark Curley, Matthew Guiheen, Doron Harte, James Sheeran (0-1), Tom O'Halloran (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 2f), Eoin Monaghan, Cathal Mannion, Alex Gardiner (0-8, 2f), Dessie Dolan (0-1).
Ger Heneghan for Dessie Dolan (46 mins), Michael Monaghan (0-1) for Cathal Mannion (52 mins), Jonathan McGuire for Eoin Monaghan (57 mins), Eoin Monaghan for Conor Cosgrove (60 mins), James Duignan for Doron Harte (62 mins, inj).

Under-14 Girls 'B' Championship Final

posted 23 Sep 2018, 10:36 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Sep 2018, 14:06 ]

Garrycastle 9-06, Ballycomoyle 3-02 

Garrycastle under 14 girls defeated Ballcomoyle on Saturday in Pairc Chiarain to win the B division county championship.  A nervous looking Garrycastle got off to the worst possible start with Ballycomoyle scoring a well worked goal in the first minute, and they remained under pressure for the next few minutes but with Arlene Devery to the fore, the defence stood firm.  

Gradually, with the midfield duo of Tegan Foley and Erika Lowe getting on top of their opponents Garrycastle started to get their fluid style  of play going and points from Elaine McGovern (2) and her sister Amy, pulled them level.  A huge turning point in the match then came when a good team move ended with a pass from Roisin Murphy to Ciara Finn who struck a wonderful goal and from there Garrycastle never looked back.  Aoife Galvin added a great point immediately after and with the Ballycomoyle kick out now under huge pressure further goals came in quick succession from Erika Lowe, Elaine McGovern, and Ciara Finn who also added a point from a free.   Ballycomoyle did manage to pull a goal back just before the break but Garrycastle went in at half time with a well deserved 4-05 to 2-00 lead.  

The start of the second half saw Ballycomoyle pour on some early pressure and they scored a goal and a point to narrow the gap.  However, this only caused the Garrycastle girls to increase their intensity and they continued to pour forward in search of further scores. Elaine McGovern scored three more goals and a point to finish with a remarkable personal total of 4-3 while Aoife Galvin scored two goals of her own, all scores coming from excellent team play.  The back line led brilliantly by captain Roisin McNamara and centre half back Sarah Carter continued to defend zealously driving the ball back to the Ballycomoyle half of the pitch time after time and they allowed only one more point, from a long range free, before the end. The final whistle blew with a full time score of Garrycastle 9-06 to Ballycomoyle 3-02.  

This win was the culmination of a great season for the girls and a fitting reward for the effort all of the squad put in at countless training sessions throughout the year.   The girls won all of their five matches in the round robin stage of the championship and were involved in a super semi-final with their neighbours Athlone but this was their best team performance of the season. 

Thanks to manager Declan Finn and mentors, Katrina Jameson, Anne Kearney, Noelle O'Donnell and Colin Clyne for all their effort through get the year. Thanks too to Paddy, Sarah, Trish, Ger and Aoife for the extra coaching they provided and also to all of the parents and guardians for their great support.  

Amy Duffy, Amy McGovern (0-1), Aoife Galvin (2-1), Arlene Devery, Chloe Fitzgerald, Ciara Finn (2-1), Ciara Shiels, Danielle Devery, Donnahay Molloy, Ella-May Dowling, Emma Kearney, Elaine McGovern (4-3),  Erika Lowe (1-0), Gemma Duffy, Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Kacey Mulvihill, Meliagh McDonagh, Nessa McNamara, Orlaith Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Roisin Murphy, Sarah Carter, Shauna Jameson and Tegan Foley.

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