Match Reports 2018

Ladies League (Div 1 and 3)

posted 16 Apr 2018, 07:04 by Matthew Ryan

The Garrycastle senior ladies kicked started the Division 1 league on Sunday with a win over St Mary’s Rochfortbrige on a final score line of 3-11 to 2-8. Overall this was an entertaining game of football despite the slippery underfoot conditions. The girls showed great heart and never gave up with some of our younger players showing very well in their first year at division 1 and supported very well by the experienced players.

Ladies Div 3 League - Garrycastle girls travelled to Milltown on Easter Monday. It was a wet afternoon and an even wetter pitch. The home club deemed the pitch playable, so the game went ahead. Our young side met a strong Milltown team. Garrycastle got off to a good start but conditions were very poor and Milltown settled quickly and put in a very strong first half and were leading at Half Time. The Garrycastle girls came back out fighting in the second half and put in a good performance. However, while they held their own in the second half, they were just not able to close the gap and Milltown held onto their lead in the second half to take to points for this game. Garrycastle’s young side had a lot to be proud of and are building in strength from week to week.

Team: Megan McCormack, Monica Browne, Ailish Mannion, Faye Hanniffy, Aisling Mulvihill, Aine Lynn, Lizzie Moran, Orla Breathnach, Kate Brennan, Sarah Denby, Danielle Madden, Gemma Donohue, Stephanie O’Neill, Ger Griffith, Emer O’Neill, Chloe O’Neill.

Next week sees us out in Division 1 and Division 3.

Under 12 League - Phase 1, Group 2

posted 16 Apr 2018, 01:35 by Matthew Ryan

Our second under-12 league match was held on Wednesday night in Castledaly against Cill Óige, which is a combined Rosemount and Castledaly team. On a lovely fine evening perfect for football, the Garrycastle lads and girls was fired up for the match. 

Right from the start Garrycastle started brightly, and with our half back line and midfield stopping the opposition attack, dominated the first half of the match. Our movement and link play was very impressive. At half time the Garrycastle team was in a strong position, leading by 2-12 to no score. 

As the second half got underway, all of the Garrycastle substitutes were brought on and continued the strong showing around the field. As the second half wore on, and due to many positional changes, the Cil Óige team came more into the game, and got some reward for their efforts with two fine goals, when the Garrycastle defense had started to switch off. Our forwards on the night were very accurate and were taking their points at will. Final score on the night saw Garrycastle victorious on a scoreline of Garrycastle 4-20, Cill Óige 2-00.

Well done to all who played on the night and keep up the hard work.


Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 15 Apr 2018, 13:31 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 01:32 ]



Garrycastle minors secured their second victory of the league campaign in a hard fought battle in Garrycastle last Sunday evening. The persistent rain made it difficult for handling and the slippery pitch saw many players lose their footing throughout. However, both sides deserve great credit for serving up an exciting game of football.


The visitors got the first score with a point from play in the 6th minute. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze, Garrycastle replied soon after with a pointed free by Jason Nugent. A goal from the same player, after a mazy run through the Tubberclair defence, put Garrycastle into the lead in the 9th minute. Another pointed free from Jason Nugent stretched the lead further. Jason Nugent added his third pointed free in the 20th minute. Brian Ruane then got on the scoreboard with two well taken points from play. Tubberclair responded with a point from play but Andrew Monaghan added a point from a 45 for Garrycastle before the break to leave his side 1-06 to 0-02 ahead.


Tubberclair stormed into the game on the resumption and two points from play in the opening minutes reduced the gap between the sides. A goal from a penalty by Tubberclair put them right back in it after only four minutes of the second half. A second goal for the visitors put them into the lead by the 38th minute. The visitors then added a point and a third goal to establish a significant lead. By the mid-point of the half. Garrycastle responded in determined fashion and goal by Joe Carmody after a good build up reduced the margin to just two points. A point from Dara Keena for Garrycastle left the minimum between the sides by the 49th minute. Substitute, Daniel McManus, then got on the end of the good attack to goal for Garrycastle and put them into the lead again. A second goal for full-forward, Joe Carmody, put this side in a strong position as the game entered injury time. Tubberclair pressed forward and had the game’s last score, a point, in the last period to leave it 4-07 to 3-06 in Garrycastle’s favour.


Having established a good lead by the break the Garrycastle lads were overrun in the early stages of the second period and had the then stage a strong rally and showed great determination to get their noses in front by the end. There were good performances from Robert Kelly, Fergal Mullin and Cillian Lyons in defence. After a good first half performance the midfield faded for a period in the second half, but rallied strongly in the last quarter. Jason Nugent and Brian Ruane played well in the first half but were not as prominent in the second period. Joe Carmody showed his eye for goal in the final quarter and was well assisted by Daniel McManus on his introduction.

GARRYCASTLE: - Patrick McKiernan, Cathal Redmond, Robbie Kelly, Daniel Guinan, Fergal Mullin, Cillian Lyons, , Dylan Keegan, Eoin Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan (0-1, 0-1 45), Dara Keena (0-1), Jason Nugent (1-3, 0-3 f), Brian Ruane (0-2), Tommy Devery, Joe Carmody (2-0) and Ian Carroll.

SUBS:- Nathan Breslin for T Devery; Daniel McManus (1-0) for I Carroll; Saumil Sharma for D Keena.

Ladies League (Div 3)

posted 7 Apr 2018, 02:11 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle girls travelled to Milltown on a Easter Monday. It was a wet afternoon and an even wetter pitch. The home club deemed the pitch playable, so  the game went ahead. Our young side met a strong Milltown team. Garrycastle got off to a good start but conditions were very poor  & Milltown settled quickly & put in a very strong first half and were leading at Half Time. The Garrycastle girls came back out fighting in the second half & put in a good performance. However, while they held their own in the second half, they were just not able to close the gap & Milltown held onto their lead in the second half to take to points for this game. Garrycastle’s young side had a lot to be proud of & are building in strength from week to week.

Team: Megan McCormack, Monica Browne, Ailish Mannion, Faye Hanniffy, Aisling Mulvihill, Aine Lynn, Lizzie Moran, Orla Breathnach, Kate Brennan, Sarah Denby, Danielle Madden, Gemma Donohue, Stephanie O’Neill, Ger Griffith, Eimer O’Neill, Chloe O’Neill

All County Football League (Division 3)

posted 4 Apr 2018, 11:35 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 02:23 by Matthew Ryan ]

The division 3 team earned the second draw for a Garrycastle team over the weekend on Sunday in Mullingar, with a late point from Jason Nugent. This game was played on the artificial pitch in Lakepoint Park. St. Lomans started well, scoring the first four points and led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes. However, Garrycastle came well into the game in the second quarter scoring 1-2 without reply, the goal coming from Eoin Monaghan, to leave the halftime score at 1-4 to 0-5 in favour of Garrycastle. 
The second half started like the first with St. Lomans again scoring the first four points. At the three-quarter mark, St. Lomans led by a point and from there to near the end scores were swapped leaving Garrycastle needing Jason Nugent's late point to draw. Great credit is due to the team for picking up this valuable league point with a number of players playing their second game inside 24 hours. 
GARRYCASTLE: Shane McEnery, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Bill Kelly, Sean Carey (0-1), Sean O'Donoghoe (0-1), Enda Keena (0-1), Jonathan Maguire, Eoin Monaghan (1-1), Shane Moran, James Duignan (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-1),  Brian McCormack, Paul O'Donovan (0-1), Paul Mulvihill (0-2). 
Subs: Jason Nugent (0-1) for Paul Gunning; Peadar Mulvihill for Shane Moran; Conor Duignan (0-1) for Paul O'Donovan. 

All County Football League (Division 1)

posted 4 Apr 2018, 11:28 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 02:21 by Matthew Ryan ]

A late free from outside the 45m by newcomer Ger Heneghan rescued a point for Garrycastle in this league game played in Garrycastle on Friday evening. Short a number of regulars but welcoming back our county players, Garrycastle needed to work very hard to dig out a result. 

An early Michael Monaghan point was followed by three Rosemount points, before points by Ger Heneghan and Alex Gardiner levelled matters after 10 minutes of play. A further ten minutes without a score followed before Rosemount went ahead with a point, and Cathal Mannion from a free saw Garrycastle draw level again. Two late Rosemount points gave them a halftime lead of 0-6 to 0-4.  

During the half the Garrycastle goal had a narrow escape when a deflected ball came off the post. On the restart James Duignan had replaced Paul Mulvihill, and goalie Shane Moran had to make a smart save to keep Rosemount out.  Strong Garrycastle pressure was rewarded with three points from a Ger Heneghan (a free), James Duignan and James Dolan. After 14 minutes a Rosemount counter attack ended with a foul on a forward and the award of a penalty which was converted and then followed by another Rosemount point leaving Garrycastle three points behind with 15 minutes to go. 

A good move started by Tom O'Halloran was finished to the net by Alex Gardiner, and another Ger Heneghan point from near the 45m line gave Garrycastle the lead again after 22 minutes. However a second yellow for Mark McCallon after 23 minutes left Garrycastle struggling to hold on. Further Rosemount attacks yielded two points and the lead going into injury time. However the Garrycastle lads battled on and won a free outside the 45m line wide on the left. A superb kick off the ground was enough to gain Garrycastle  a valuable league point. 

This was an eventful game for Garrycastle with goal chances created but not converted and far too many goal chances conceded. Poor option taking and a very easy free missed were other negatives from the game. On the positive side the midfield of James Dolan and Jonathan Maguire were excellent and the score taking by Ger Heneghan was top class. The resilience of the team to rescue a point was good to see. 

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Bill Kelly, Anthony Larkin, Mark McCallon, Enda Keena, Mark Curley. Gary McCallon, Jonathan Maguire, James Dolan (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Ger Heneghan (0-4), Tom O'Halloran, Cathal Mannion (0-1), Alex Gardiner (1-1), Paul Mulvihill.  
Subs: James Duignan (0-1) for Paul Mulvihill; John Gaffey for Mark Curley; Paul Gunning for Tom O'Halloran. 

Under-12 League - Group 2

posted 29 Mar 2018, 15:28 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 02:20 by Matthew Ryan ]

Garrycastle 2-03  Tubberclair 5-10 

Our first league match of the season was played on Wednesday evening against Tubberclair at home. 

Tubberclair started the match very strong with some fine scores from open play. We were struggling to gain and keep possession. Eventually the lads moved the ball through the hands up the pitch where they scored a fine goal. We were not on form tonight as Tubberclair were first to every ball and we were chasing the game from the very start. 

Injuries in the first 10 minutes to Kealan McNamara and Oisin Mulivihill required changes in formation which unsettled the team. Garrycastle started strongly in the second half and were fighting for the ball but it will take a while for our younger players, starting their first competitive match at this level, to adjust to the pitch size. 

Scores on the night from Christopher Malone 1-0, James McHugh 0-2, Aaron Keegan 0-1, Andrew Henson 1-0

GARRYCASTLE: - David Carter, Brandon Devaney, Rian Gaynor, Jack Dolan, Dylan Frawley, Andrew Henson, Calum Hudson, Aaron Keegan, Killian Keegan, Christopher Malone, Anthony Mannion, Conor McCormack, James McHugh, Nathan McKeon, Fionn McMahon, Keelan McNamara, Van McCay, Niadh Shine, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Mulvihill, Cian Norris, Sean O'Donoghue. 

All County Football League (Division 3)

posted 19 Mar 2018, 17:26 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 21 Mar 2018, 07:34 ]

Garrycastle  0-12   Kilucan  1-7

The first division 3 game of the year saw Garrycastle get 2 league points on the board. This game was played in Garrycastle  after the pitch in Kilucan  wqs declared unplayable due to snow. Playing with a strong wind Garrycastle  got off to a good start with five points, through Cathal Mannion  (2), Paul ODonovan, (2) and Sean Carey, (1) before Kilucan  got on the board which was after 15 minutes. In the sond quarter Damien Rushe, Eoin Monaghan  and Sean Brennan added three more points for the home team to 2 for the visitors leaving the halftime score 0-8 to 0-3. Early in the second half Garrycastle  went up the field and quickly got a point from a free close to the goal by Cathal Mannion . A Garrycastle  kickout was intercepted resulting in a Kilucan  goal. However Garrycastle  continued to dominate and were rewarded with two points from Cathal Mannion (free) and Damien Rushe. With the score at 0-11 to 1-3 it looked good for the home team. However Kilucan  continued to battle and got 3 unanswered points to reduce the lead to two with less than 10 minutes left. Another Damien Rushe, point gave Garrycastle  some breathing space and despite late Kilucan  pressure they could only add one more point to their tally leaving the final score at 0-12  to 1-7.  The heavy pitch was taking its toll on the players with some showing signs of cramp. It was a decent performance by the Garrycastle  lads.  Goalkeeper in the first half newcomer Shane Moran showed that he is well capable of playing in the forwards in the second.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey (0-1), Sean Brennan (0-1), Enda Keena, Damien Rushe (0-3), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Conor Duignan, Brian McCormack, Paul Gunning, Paul Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion (0-4, 2f), Paul O'Donovan (0-2).  

Subs: Michael Fagan for Paul Mulvihill; Mark Denby for Paul O'Donovan; Paul O'Donovan for Sean Brennan (injured); Killian Lyons for Conor Duignan.

All County Football League (Division 1)

posted 17 Mar 2018, 13:17 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle  0-13  Mullingar Shamrocks   0-6

The division 1 team picked up their second pair of points on Friday night last when they defeated Mullingar Shamrocks by 7 points in Garrycastle. On a pitch which was soft but held up well, the home team dominated most of the game except a patch midway in the first half when they conceded 4 points on the trot. Two quick early points by Sean Brennan and Paul Mulvihill, were followed by a fallow period during which possession won wasn’t being converted into scores. Ten minutes later Dessie Dolan added a point from play. Over a three minute period from the 16th minute Shamrocks went from 3 down to level and on the 21st minute they took the lead. With Eoin Monaghan  and Doran Harte regaining the upper hand at midfield and Dessie Dolan pulling the strings,  Garrycastle  began to dominate again. James Sheeran kicked a point and  Dessie Dolan pointed after taking a pass from Doran Harte. Two very slick points from play and one from a free by Cathal Mannion were replied to  by a single point from Shamrocks   leaving  Garrycastle  ahead by 0-7 to 0-5 at halftime.

The second half continued with Garrycastle  on top and a long distance point by Dessie Dolan. Shamrocks replied with a point after 6 minutes which was to be their last score.  Two more Dessie Dolan frees, after fouls on substitute Jason Nugent, increased the lead to 4. Then  Alex Gardiner kicked a good point from play. A good run up the wing by Michael Monaghan, resulted in a point by the same player. Shamrocks were being starved of possession at this stage and the occasional foray up the field resulted in wides.  The last point was another from play by the superb Dessie Dolan. This was a good workman like performance by a  Garrycastle  team short many regulars.


GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Bill Kelly, Anthony Larkin,  Enda Keena, Sean Brennan (0-1), Mark Curley, Michael Monaghan 0-1),  Doran Harte, Eoin Monaghan, Damien Rushe, Dessie Dolan (0-5), Alex Gardiner (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-3), James Sheeran (0-1), Paul Mulvihill (0-1). 

Subs Jason Nugent for Paul Mulvihill; John Gaffey  for Dessie Dolan; Sean Carey for Enda Keena; Sean ODonohoe for Cathal Mannion. 

All-County League Division 1

posted 11 Mar 2018, 16:07 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 12 Mar 2018, 07:10 by Matthew Ryan ]


In the first round of this year’s league Garrycastle defeated Castledaly in Castledaly on Sunday last. On a pitch which was surprisingly good despite all the recent snow the Garrycastle  dominated for most of the game. In the early stages Garrycastle  built up a 5 points to 2 lead through points from the evergreen Dessie Dolan (3), James Sheeran and Aidan Browne. Then on a rare attack Castledaly opened up the Garrycastle  defence to level with a goal. At this stage of the game the Garrycastle  defence looked vulnerable every time Castledaly attacked and only good saves from goalkeeper Shane McHenry kept them at bay. But the points kept coming for Garrycastle with Cathal Mannion,  Dessie Dolan (2), Michael Monaghan, substitute Jason Nugent and James Sheeran bringing halftime total to 0-11 to Castledaly’s  1.3.  

The start of the second half saw Castledaly in complete control for five minutes kicking five wides during that period. Garrycastle  gradually gained control again and points from Dessie Dolan (2) and Cathal Mannion increased the lead before 2 goals from James Sheeran within a minute ended the game as a contest. The first goal came after good work by newcomer, Jason Nugent, and the second goal was a brilliantly worked team move. A tendency to go for goals when points seemed a better option cost Garrycastle some scores. A blot on the day was a red card for Mathew Guiheen for an off the ball incident. However, it was a satisfactory performance for the first game of the season and hopefully can be built on as the season goes on.

GARRYCASTLE:- Shane McHenry, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Enda Keena, Mathey Guiheen, Mark Curley, Tom O’Halloran, Aidan Browne (0-1), Doran Harte, Damien Rushe, Dessie Dolan (0-7), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-2), James Sheeran (2-1), Jonathan Maguire.  

Subs:- Ciaran O’Neill for Jonathan Maguire (injured); Jason Nugent (0-1)for Ciaran O’Neill; Eoin Monaghan for Sean Carey; Brian McCormack for Damien Rushe.



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