Match Reports 2018


Senior Football Championship Group 2

posted by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated ]

GARRYCASTLE 1-13, ST. MARYS ROCHFORTBRIDGE 1-10 
 
Garrycastle started their Senior Football Championship journey with a win against St. Marys Rochfortbridge in Moate on Saturday evening. Garrycastle started brightly, and opened the scoring with a free from Ger Heneghan within the first minute of play. St. Marys responded with two points of their own, before a run of three points in a row, two from Tom O'Halloran and one from Mattie Guiheen following a driving run upfield, moved the Garrycastle team two points in front.

St. Marys pulled a point back from a close-in free, before  some excellent work in the middle of the field saw James Sheeran deliver a pinpoint pass to Alex Gardiner who finished the ball to the net to move Garrycastle further in front. It was all Garrycastle at this stage, and further points from Mark McCallon and another free from Tom O'Halloran saw their lead stretch out to 6 points with 20 minutes played. However, St. Marys came back into the game, and aided by some loose play and poor passing by Garrycastle, scored the next two points to narrow the lead. Indeed, it took Garrycastle more than 10 minutes to add to their score, trading a further two points with St. Marys, the scores coming from Ger Heneghan and Eoin Monahan. Garrycastle had a lucky break just before the half-time break, as Shane Moran was called on to make a point-blank save, deflecting the ball over his crossbar for a point.
 
At the half-time break, Garrycastle led on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-07. 

The second half started well for Garrycastle, and although an early free was missed, a nice flowing move involving Cathal Mannion saw Ger Heneghan float over a nice point. However, St. Marys pushed forward again, and a high floated ball into the Garrycastle goalmouth was punched to the net, to narrow the gap between the teams to just 2 points. Garrycastle almost responded in kind immediately, but after a great surging run by Alex Gardiner, the final pass was inches away and the opportunity passed. St. Marys scored again to narrow the lead to the minimum, and the Garrycastle team were struggling to break down the St. Marys defence. A pointed free from Ger Heneghan gave some breathing space. before an excellent move started from a quickly taken free by Ger, found Michael Monahan, whose pass to Alex Gardiner was expertly slotted between the posts. A further free from Ger saw the lead stretched to 4 points with 10 minutes remaining. 

Again though, Garrycastle seemed to take their foot off the pedal, and two points from St. Marys in quick succession, one from a free, narrowed the lead to just two points. As the end of normal time beckoned, a fracas in the St. Marys goalmouth saw Jonny McGuire being shown a straight red card, and now reduced to 14 men, Garrycastle were pushed back on the back foot again. It wasn't until the second minute of injury time that a late free from substitute Conor Cosgrove steadied the ship, and the Garrycastle team and supporters were happy to hear the final whistle, with the final scoreline showing Garrycastle the victors by 1-13 to 1-10. 
 
Overall, a win is the most important thing in championship football, but while the Garrycastle team showed flashes of the form that won them the League Division 1 title a couple of weeks back, they also seemed to lose their way for periods of time in both halves of the game, making the game harder for themselves than it needed to be.

Team and scorers:
Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Mark McCallon (0-1), Gary McCallon, John Gaffey, Michael Monaghan, Jonathan McGuire, Doron Harte, Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Ger Heneghan (0-5, 3f), Tom O'Halloran (0-3, 2f), Cathal Mannion, James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner (1-1).
Substitutes: Jason Nugent for Anthony Larkin (49 mins), Sean Brennan for Tom O'Halloran (55 mins), Conor Cosgrove (0-1, 1f) for Cathal Mannion (60 mins) 
 
 

Boys Under 11 League (Round 1)

posted 15 Jul 2018, 15:14 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 15 Jul 2018, 15:15 ]

The first round of the county under-11 league started with an away match against Tubberclair. The format for this competition is slightly different, as the matches are played at 11-a-side, compared to the 15-a-side for the under-12 competitions.

 

Given the time of year, the Garrycastle squad was missing some players due to holidays, so we only had the minimum 11 players required togged off. The lads that were available however, stepped up to the challenge, and started at a blistering pace, bursting through the Tubberclair defense and scoring the opening 4 scores.

 

On a really warm evening, the lads put everything into the game, and continued to take some good scores. As legs tired late on, we were wasteful with some of the chances on offer, but overall, the attacking play was great to watch.

 

Not to be outshone by the forwards, the defense stood very strong, giving no space to the opposition, forcing Tubberclair to shoot from distance, which kept the scores down.

 

There was some very strong physical tackling from both side. Everyone who played tonight played well, but special mention goes to the back-line who never panicked, and calmly worked the ball out of defense to start numerous attacks, leading to some fine team scores.

 

At the final whistle, and with all scores being counted the same, Garrycastle had won comfortably on a scoreline of 25 to 5.

 

Team & Scorers: Aaron Keegan 0-9, James McHugh 0-7, Jack Dolan 1-3, Andrew Henson 0-2, Van McCay 0-1, Calum Hudson 0-2, Conor McCormack, Rian Gaynor, Oisin Mulvihill, Niadh Shine, Killian Keegan.

 

Many thanks to all the parents who attended, their support is very much appreciated.


Boys Under-12 League, Phase 2

posted 12 Jul 2018, 01:15 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 12 Jul 2018, 01:15 ]

Garrycastle 2-17, Caulry 2-04 
 
The Under-12 squad got phase-2 of this years under-12 league off to a great start with a win against Caulry on Wednesday evening. Despite a number of players being missing due to summer holidays and injuries, we still had 17 players available to tog off on the night. 

For the majority of the players this was their second match in two days, but this did not stop them from putting in a  100% effort from start to finish. Garrycastle started the game the brighter, running at Caulry and scored the opening few scores. As the game progressed, Caulry gradually got into their stride, but even though they made some fine attacks, the Garrycastle defense held firm, and gave up no scores. The Garrycastle backs never seem pressurised when the opposition attacked, and when possession was won back in the full back line, the ball was quickly up the field through the hands to score some great points. 

The work rate from the middle third of the field was great to see when we were attacking, but as the game progressed, Garrycastle were a bit slow getting back and Caulry took full advantage of this and punished us with a few scores. 

Not to be outdone, our forwards were on fire tonight and every ball that was worked in was rewarded with a score. The effort from all of  the players was very impressive on the evening. 

Thanks to Caulry for a very fair and competitive game. Final score Garrycastle 2-17, Caulry 2-04.

Team:
Conor McCormack, Rian Gaynor, Oisin Mulvihill, Nathan McKeon, Killian Keegan, David Carter, Niadh Shine (0-1), Andrew Henson (1-1), Tom Sheehan (0-2). Keelan McNamara, James McHugh (0-7), Kacey Mulvihill, Aaron Keegan (0-3), Brandon Devaney (0-3), Calum Hudson (1-0), Dylan Frawley, Jack Dolan.

Minor Footbal League Championship (Group A)

posted 9 Jul 2018, 13:19 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 22:15 ]

GARRYCASTLE 3-09    SHANDONAGH 2-08

Garrycastle Minors made the trip to Shandonagh last Monday evening as they had to concede home advantage as their pitch was unplayable due to the drought conditions. Despite this, the boys in green registered a win to get their championship campaign off to the perfect start.

The opening exchanges were quiet muted, probably because of the very warm and humid conditions. Garrycastle got off to a good start with a point from Andrew Monaghan inside the first minute of play. Shandonagh had a number of opportunities to equalise but some poor shooting saw them register a number of wides before they final got a point from a close range free. Shandonagh took the lead mid-way through the half with a point from play. However, this spurred the Garrycastle lads and they had their best period of the half from there to the break. A pointed free from Dylan Keegan put them level before the game’s first goal came in the 22nd minute when Daragh Keena, following good approach play, was on hand to find the net. This was quickly followed up with a second point from Andrew Monaghan. Shandonagh did register a point from yet another free to reduce the gap, but almost immediately Garrycastle had their second goal of the game when Eoin Mulvihill broke up from his position at centre-back to blast the ball to the Shandonagh net. As the game entered injury time, Shandonagh responded with two points in quick succession. However, Garrycastle had their third goal before the break, when Brian Ruane fielded a high ball and as he tried to register a score was pulled to the ground and was awarded a penalty. Brian stepped up to beat the Shandonagh keeper and put his side into a 3-03 to 0-05 lead at the break.

 

Garrycastle had the better of the exchanges in the opening minutes of the second period with a pointed free from Dylan Keegan and one from play from Brian Ruane. Shandonagh did have a few chances for scores but yet again their shooting let them down. However, they did get right back into it with two quick fire goals in the 40th and 42nd minutes and leave just a gap of just 3 points between the sides. The Garrycastle lads responded well to this setback and points from Brian Ruane, Ryan Cornally Brian Ruane again and Eoin Mulvihill put Garrycastle seven points ahead by the 48th minute. Shandonagh did rally in the closing minutes and had a point from play and two more points from frees to close the gap to four points by the end.

 

This was a deserved win for Garrycastle. There were good performances in defence from Ian Carroll (in goal for the first half), Tommy Stephens, Daniel Guinan, Fergal Mullin and Eoin Mulvihill. Dylan Keegan and Dara Mulvihill worked tirelessly in midfield on what was a very warm evening. Ryan Cornally, Brian Ruane Andrew Monaghan, Daragh Keena and Saumil Sharma combined well in attack. There were also important contributions from the substitutes. However, Garrycastle will need to improve on this performance as the championship progresses, as Shandonagh were quiet wasteful in attack and could have made it a more difficult evening for the Garrycastle lads.

 

GARRYCASTLE: - Ian Carroll, Daniel Guinan, Tommy Stephens, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Eoin Mulvihill (1-1), Cillian Lyons, Dylan Keegan (0-2, 2f), Dara Mulvihill, Ryan Cornally (0-1), Brian Ruane (1-3, 1-0 Pen), James Murphy, Saumil Sharma, Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Daragh Keena (1-0).

SUBS:- Patrick McKiernan for I Carroll (H/T); Tommy Devery for R Cornally (H/T); Ian Carroll for J Murphy (H/T); Ryan Cornally for A Monaghan (Inj, 38 Min); James Murphy for C Redmond (40 min).

Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 6 Jul 2018, 13:33 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 7 Jul 2018, 00:25 ]

MULTYFARNHAM 2-12    GARRYCASTLE 0-09

Garrycastle Minors made the journey to Multyfarnham last Friday evening in this re-arranged league fixture. However, due to a number of late withdrawals from the Garrycastle side, it was agreed by both clubs to play a 13-a-side game.

 

The home side had the better start and had registered their first point by the 3rd minute. Garrycastle responded with a point from full-forward Andrew Monaghan. Multyfarnham regained the lead with a well taken point as the game flowed from one end to the other. Ian Carroll, playing in goal for the first time, made a very good save to deny the home side a goal and in their next attack, the Garrycastle lads drew level with a pointed free from Dylan Keegan mid-way through the first half. The home side regained the lead again almost immediately with a point from play. Ian Carroll came to his side’s rescue in the 18th minute with a wonderful reflex save to deny the home side yet another goal opportunity, however, Multyfarnham did register a point in their next attack. Garrycastle responded with their best period of possession and put the home side’s defence under sustained pressure. Points from Eoin Mulvihill and two pointed free by Dylan Keegan edged Garrycastle into a one point lead as the game entered the final moments of the first half. However, the home side were not to be denied when they created a goal opportunity and registered the game’s first goal despite the best efforts of Ian Carroll, to leave the score-line 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.

 

The home side were on top in the early exchanges of the second half and registered three unanswered points in the opening five minutes to open up a 5 point gap. Andrew Monaghan had a point for Garrycastle but the home side responded in kind. Following some good approach play by Dylan Keegan, Saumil Sharma and Andrew Monaghan, Ryan Cornally was on hand to fire over a good point for Garrycastle mid-way through the second half. Multyfarnham pointed yet again but Dylan Keegan responded with a point for Garrycastle. Two more points for the home side stretched their lead to 6 points as the Garrycastle lads tired and Multyfarnham introduced fresh legs. A pointed free from Dylan Keegan reduced the margin but Multyfarnham finish the game strongly and had a pointed free and their second green flag with their last attack to leave them deserved winners on a score line of 2-12 to 0-9.

 

There was some encouraging aspect from Garrycastle on the eve of the championship, despite this defeat. Ian Carroll had a fine game in goal and was well supported in defence by Daniel Guinan, Tommy Stephens, Fergal Mullin and Cathal Redmond. Dylan Keegan and Dara Mulvihill worked tirelessly in mid-field. Ryan Cornally and James Murphy, both U16s playing their first game at minor level, showed great promise throughout, and combined well with Eoin Mulvihill and Andrew Monaghan in attack. However, minor players will need to show greater commitment in training and in play if they harbour and ambitions to progress far in the upcoming championship.

GARRYCASTLE: - Ian Carroll, Daniel Guinan, Tommy Stephens, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Cillian Lyons, Dylan Keegan (0-5, 0-3f), Dara Mulvihill, Ryan Cornally (0-1),  Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), James Murphy, Saumil Sharma, Andrew Monaghan (0-2).

All County League (Div. 1) Final

posted 30 Jun 2018, 15:24 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 23:48 by Matthew Ryan ]

GARRYCASTLE 2-17 ST. LOMANS 1-18 (AET) 
 

On a blistering evening in Cusack Park on Saturday evening last Garrycastle defeated St Lomans in a game that had everything fought out over a tough 90 minutes. Doran Hart in his acceptance speech of the cup, presented by Seamus Nugent, gave great credit to his team and also to St Lomans for producing a fine game of football. This game started very tamely for Garrycastle  who were 1-2 behind after five minutes and looked completely out of sorts. However, they came alive then and points from Alex Gardiner (2, frees), Eoin Monaghan (1) and Cathal Mannion (1)  to 1 for Lomans left the score 1-3 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. At this stage of the game Eoin Monaghan and Doran Harte were dominating the midfield possession but the attack were unable to breach the tight Lomans defence. Two goal chances for Doran Harte and Alex Gardiner were blocked during this period. Garrycastle had the ball in the Lomans net after a quick free but was called back for not kicking the free the required 13 metres. Tom O’Halloran had another goal chance that was just wide of the post. Lomans’ scores at this stage were coming from counter attacks when they were breaking very fast from defence. Garrycastle ‘s last point of the half came from another Alex Gardiner free to leave the score at halftime 1-5 to 0-5. 


In the early stages of the second half a Lomans player got a straight red card and soon after another one got a black card. Alex Gardiner was unlucky to have two shots come off the post. The first score of the second half was a Lomans point replied to by a Gary McCallon point. A clumsy foul by Eoin Monaghan resulted in a black card. A foul on Cathal Mannion resulted in a free which was scored by Alex Gardiner. Michael Monaghan and Jason Nugent(2) reduced the lead to 2 in the 24th minute. Garrycastle were in control of possession at this stage but finding it hard to score. However, St Lomans lifted the siege and broke up the field to score two points to leave 4 points between the sides going into injury time. A long ball into Tom O’Halloran saw him judge it perfectly and find the net. With only a point between the sides Garrycastle pressed for an equaliser. A John Gaffey surge forward ended with a wide, a long range free by Alex Gardiner tailed wide but finally Gary McCallon kicked a smashing point from near the sideline to bring the game to extra time, the score 1-11 each. 

In the first period of extra time Alex Gardiner caught a long ball and smashed a goalbound shot off the outside of the post. At the other end Shane Moran brought off a great save when a goal seemed certain. Soon after a Lomans midfielder was off target when shooting for goal. Points from frees by Tom O’Halloran and Alex Gardiner to 3 for Lomans gave Lomans a point lead at the break. 

In the early stages of the 2nd period Jason Nugent found the net after a sweeping move but Lomans fought back with 2 points to level again. A late James Sheeran point seemed to be the winner for Garrycastle, but Lomans fought back gamely to level again. Another two periods of extra time was announced. The tired players continued to produce football and battled on bravely. Lomans took the lead again with a point. However, the last 3 scores went Garrycastle ‘s way with Cathal Mannion  and the re-introduced Sean Brennan getting 2, one from a 45 and one from play. 

This was a game that had everything – that provided great entertainment for the small crowd present. It was a game that Garrycastle spent a long time chasing and were finding it hard  to take the lead but determination and perseverance eventually broke the resistance and gave them the victory.  There was exceptional  courage and heart shown by all the players but special mention must be given to the most senior members, John Gaffey and Doran Harte; and the youngest player, Jason Nugent, who showed great skill and most importantly leadership. 

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, Mathew Guiheen, Gary McCallon (0-2), Neil Rhattigan, John Gaffey, Sean Brennan (0-2), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Doran Harte, Damien Rushe, Tom O’Halloran (1-1), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-2), James Sheeran (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-5 frees). 

Subs: Jason Nugent (1-2) for Sean Brennan; Mark Curley for Eoin Monaghan; Bill Kelly for Damien Rushe, Sean Brennan for Alex Gardiner; Enda Keena, for Anthony Larkin.

 

ACL (Div. 1)

posted 26 Jun 2018, 15:05 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 23:41 by Matthew Ryan ]

GARRYCASTLE 3-16 MILLTOWNPASS 1-09 
 

Played in Garrycastle on Tuesday evening this division 1 game gave the home side  the points they needed to ensure qualification for the league final. After a slow start by the Garrycastle side during which they conceded 1-2 they began to win possession in the middle of the field and find their scoring boots after 10 minutes. During the next 11 minutes they scored 1-8 before Miltownpass scored again. Gary McCallon scored the goal, coming in at the end of a number of passes, after initiating the move. Two more points left the halftime  score 1-10 to 1-3. 

An injury to Mark McCallon midway through the first half forced his substitution with Neil Rattigan replacing him. Miltownpass scored first the first point in the second half but it was replied to by a James Sheeran goal. In the next 12 minutes Garrycastle outscored their opponents by 4 points to 2 before Cathal Mannion added a third goal. The management then emptied the bench for Garrycastle. After another Ger Henaghan point Miltownpass got 3 unanswered points before Garrycastle finished with 2 points. Miltownpass’s county players caused their opponents some trouble with a great tussle developing between Finbar Coyne and Mathew Guiheen. In the middle of the field Sam Duncan outfielded Jonathan Maguire for a period in the first half but Jonathan figured out how to play him and began to break the ball with his colleagues completely dominating the breaks. The Garrycastle lads used the ball better, their movement and passing led to scoring chances being created.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, Mathew Guiheen, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, John Gaffey, Bill Kelly, Jonathan Maguire, Doran Harte, Tom O'Halloran, Eoin Monaghan, Ger Henaghan, Cathal Mannion; James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner.

Subs: Neil Rattigan for Mark McCallon; Jason Nugent for Bill Kelly; Conor Cosgrove for Tom O'Halloran; Sean Brennan for Doran Harte; Damien Rushe for Jonathan Maguire and Enda Keena for Alex Gardiner.     

 

Uner 14 Girls League

posted 24 Jun 2018, 15:35 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 02:23 ]

GARRYCASTLE 4-03    Kilbeggan/St Josephs 2-04


Garrycastle under 14s finished off their league campaign with a hard fought win at home to Kilbeggan/St. Josephs on Tuesday evening.   It was a tough game played in blustery conditions, which made shooting difficult.  The teams were very well matched, with the away team having the better of the early stages, before Garrycastle gradually came into the game.  The home side managed to get the win thanks to some great teamwork and excellent defending, particularly in the second half. Garrycastle featured three recent additions to the squad - Erika Lowe in midfield, Arlene Devery in the back line and Gemma Duffy in goals, all of whom had very good games.  With wins in their league matches over Athlone, Caulry and Kilbeggan/St. Josephs, and two defeats coming against Goldsmith Girls and Moate, Garrycastle will now play in Division 2 of the Championship.   

Garrycastle Squad:  Amy McGovern, Aoife Galvin (1-0), Arlene Devery, Ciara Finn (2-1), Donnahay Molloy, Elaine McGovern, Ella May Dowling, Emma Kearney,  Erika Lowe, Gemma Duffy, Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Kacey Mulvihill (1-0), Meliagh McDonagh (0-1), Nessa McNamara, Orlaith Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Roisin Murphy (0-1) and Sarah Carter.

Junior Championship Group 3

posted 16 Jun 2018, 15:25 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 10:00 by Matthew Ryan ]

GARRYCASTLE 3-11 ATHLONE 2-14 
 
Garrycastle welcomed Athlone in the first round of this years Junior Championship, in Garrycastle on Saturday evening. On a windy, blustery evening, both teams played some great football, and at the end, the teams could not be separated on the scoreboard. 
 
The visitors played with the benefit of the wind in the first half and had the first score on the board. Garrycastle replied with a point from Cathal Mannion when the possibility of a goal was on. Athlone were winning the midfield at this stage of the game, and aided by some good marks from the Garrycastle kick outs, moved into a two point lead (their third coming from a forty-five. The Garrycastle team re-grouped, however, and with points from Jason Nugent and Sean Brennan, and a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove moved into the lead. Athlone soon equalised with a point of their own, before Garrycastle scored their first goal of the evening, a great effort from Paul Mulvihill, following great work from Sean Brennan and Cathal Mannion. Both teams traded points, the Garrycastle score coming  from a converted free by Conor Cosgrove, before a mix-up in the Garrycastle defence left an Athlone forward in on goal and he dispatched the ball to the net giving Garrycastle goalkeeper Shane Moran no chance. 
 
The Garrycastle team responded to this setback in style, when Cathal Mannion finished a nice pass from Sean Brennan to the net after Bill Kelly had lofted a high ball into the danger area. A point immediately afterwards from Jason Nugent stretched the lead, before the visitors pulled a point back just on half-time. 
 
The score at half-time was Garrycastle 2-6, Athlone 1-6. However, the referee had scored the first half differently, showing Athlone on a score of 1-7 much to the surprise of the assembled supporters of both teams.  
 
The second half started well for Garrycastle with points from Sean Brennan and Cathal Mannion stretching the lead out to four points. Athlone narrowed the gap with a pointed free, before a lapse of concentration in the Garrycastle defence saw Athlone score their second goal when the ball was not cleared cleanly from the danger zone. The visitors tacked on another point to take the lead, but this was soon pulled back with another Cathal Mannion point, after a great pass from Paul Mulvihill. 
 
With quarter of an hour left, a Sean Brennan point put Garrycastle back in front, although a goal was most certainly on. A run of three unanswered points from the visitors put them back into a two point lead, before Garrycastle found the net for a third time, with Conor Cosgrove finishing off a move also involving Cathal Mannion and Eoin Monaghan. It may not have been a goal for the ages, but it put Garrycastle back in front as the clock ticked down, and the lead was stretched further with a point from Eoin Monaghan. 
 
As normal time finished Athlone broke through and a goal seemed certain but for a fantastic save by Shane Moran in the Garrycastle goal. In added time, Athlone tacked on two late points to leave the game all square at the end, on a score of Garrycastle 3-11, Athlone 2-14.  
 
This was a great open game of football with two teams who turned up to play, and with very few fouls committed by either side. Garrycastle will certainly have areas to improve on, not least of which is the temptation to argue with the officials, giving away position for no reason, making frees more scoreable. The Garrycastle side may feel a little aggrieved that the score mix-up by the referee cost them the game, but on the balance of play a draw was a fair result. 
 
GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Bill Kelly, Enda Keena, Sean O'Donoghue, Neal Rattigan, Jonny Mcguire, Sean Brennan (0-3), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Damien Rushe, Jason Nugent (0-2), Cathal Mannion (1-3), Conor Cosgrove (1-2, 0-2f), Paul Mulvihill (1-0). 
 
Subs: Paul Gunning for Jason Nugent (50 mins); Bryan McCormack for Sean O'Donoghue (56 mins); Shane McEnery, Adam Keena, Sean Doak, Paul O'Donovan, Sean Carey, Mark Denby, John Murphy, Peadar Mulvihill. 

ACL (Div. 1)

posted 12 Jun 2018, 15:30 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 10:01 by Matthew Ryan ]

ATHLONE 1-14 GARRYCASTLE 0-13 
 
Garrycastle suffered their first defeat in this years ACL Division 1 at the hands of near neighbours, Athlone, in the penultimate round of the league played in Athlone on Tuesday evening. 

On a fine evening, perfect for football, the home team started brightly, and soon had an opening score on the board. Garrycastle responded well with two points from Ger Heneghan, the first an excellent kick from the left sideline, the second from a close in free. Garrycastle were working hard as a unit and also kicked a couple of wides before Athlone levelled the game on the 10 minute mark. The football on display was a little scrappy, but the Garrycastle team didn't mind as two further points from Conor Cosgrove (one a free), put them back in the driving seat. A potential goal opportunity was missed by Garrycastle, who then had to take a backseat as Athlone hit a purple patch, scoring three points without reply to regain the lead. The Garrycastle team re-grouped, and then hit a purple patch of their own, scoring four points without reply, two frees from Conor Cosgrove, and points from play by Ger Heneghan and Mattie Guiheen finishing off a raiding run from his corner back berth. A couple of close-in frees were missed as the half came to a close, and the home team struck for the last point of the half, following a foul conceded after a short kick-out was intercepted.

The halftime score had Garrycastle ahead by two points, 0-8 to 0-6. 

The second half began on a similar pattern with the teams exchanging points, the Garrycastle scores coming from Michael Monaghan and Sean Brennan. Garrycastle were on top at this stage but were wasteful of the opportunities presented to them, kicking four wides in a row, two from what looked like very scoreable frees. The home team then narrowed the gap to a single point before the game turned on it's head midway through the half, when Athlone were awarded a penalty after Garrycastle goalkeeper Shane Moran was penalised for a foot block. The penalty was converted to give the home team a two point lead. 

To their credit, Garrycastle responded well to this setback, and a great point from play by Alex Gardiner followed by a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove levelled the scores once more, with about 10 minutes left to play. However, instead of Garrycastle using this momentum to push on to get the win, it was the home team who took over completely, kicking 4 points without reply as the game entered its closing stages. Athlone were reduced to 14 men following a second yellow card for their wing-back, but even though a late surging run by Alex resulted in a '45 which he converted himself, it was Athlone who closed out the scoring to take the win. 

The final score was Athlone 1-14, Garrycastle 0-13.

In many ways this was a game that Garrycastle left behind them, with the large number of wides kicked being a major contributor. However, up front they also found it hard to break down a very organised and hard tackling Athlone defensive formation, and they faded out in the final minutes when the game was still there for the taking.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Mattie Guiheen (0-1), Sean Brennan (0-1), Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, Eoin Monaghan, Doron Harte, Michael Monaghan (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-5, 0-4f), Tom O'Halloran, James Sheerin, Alex Gardiner (0-2, 0-1f), Ger Heneghan (0-3, 0-2f).

Subs: Jonny McGuire for James Sheerin (48 mins); Jason Nugent for Conor Cosgrove (54 mins); Neal Rattigan for Sean Brennan (58 mins).

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