Match Reports 2018

Minor Girls Championship Semi-final

posted 19 Nov 2018, 02:01 by Matthew Ryan


The minor girls bowed out of the championship after a defeat to Clan Gaels in Multyfarnham on Sunday. Garrycastle took time to settle in but battled hard late in the first half and went in at the break Down 2-4 to 4-4. Early in the second half we were very unlucky not to put away 2 goals but it was Clan who found the net. However, there was great end to end football from then on with great scores on both sides, and despite a spirited performance and a strong finish, we lost out on a score line of 4-12 to 7-12. Overall the girls performed very well in the championship improving with every game and with all of this side still minor next year they can look forward to next season. Many thanks to team manager Alan Hanniffy and his team Ger Griffith, Trish Dolan and Amanda McClune. Best wishes to Elaine Mc Govern who suffered an injury during the game.

GARRYCASTLE: Emma Hynes, Aoife O Brien, Ailish Mannion, Faye Hanniffy, Erica Reid, Kate Derwin, Muireann Mullvihill, Aisling Mullvihill, Ciara McManus, Shannon Mc Callum, Katlyn Murray, Shannon Mullvihill, Ciara McGovern, Elaine Mc Govern, Rebecca Norris, Niamh McManus. Aoife Galvin.

Minor Girls matches

posted 16 Nov 2018, 05:26 by Matthew Ryan

Minor match 27th October vs St Marys Rochfordbridge

Our minors kicked off the league with a home game against St Mary’s and lost out on the day. Playing against a strong wind in the first half St Mary’s notched up a strong lead. Garrycastle played much better in the second half and finished strong. 

Team: Erica Reid, Aoife O Brien, Kate Derwin, Emily Ruane, Faye Hannify, Ailish Mannion, Rebecca Norris, Shannon McCallan, Muireann Mullvihill, Ciara Mc Govern, Ciara Mc Manus, Aisling Mullvihill, Elaine Mc Govern, Katlyn Murray, Emma Hynes, Niamh Mc Manus, Sarah Carter, Aoife Galvin. 


Minor match 3rd November vs Ballycomoyle

Our minor girls, sponsored by Athlone Town Centre, secured a win over Ballycomoyle at the weekend on a score line of 3-7 to 3-2. The girls notched up a good lead making use of the strong wind in the first half and defending very well in the second half. 

Team: Niamh McManus, Aoife O'Brien, Kate Derwin, Ailish Mannion, Rebecca Norris, Muirin Mullvihill, Aisling Mulvihill, Emily Ruane, Ciara McManus, Ciara McGovern, Katlyn Murray, Elaine McGovern, Faye Hanniffy.

 Minor matches 9th November vs Clann Gaels and Sunday 11th November vs Tyrrellspass

Our minor girls, sponsored by Athlone Town Centre, had mixed fortune at the weekend suffering a defeat to Clan Gaels on Friday despite a spirited performance and a strong finish, final score 4-11 to 2-09. Sunday we travelled to Tyrrellspass for the last of the round games and this proved to be a very close encounter with it all square at half time 3-4 to 2-7. Playing into the wind in the second half, Garrycastle piled on the pressure and two early goals set the trend for the remainder of the game and secured a win on a final score of 3-8 to 4-14. Overall this was a great performance with every player working hard all through from Emma Hynes in goals, with the defence standing firm and making great clearances. Midfield worked tirelessly and the forwards won great ball and made great use taking their scores. Next up is a place in the semi-final to be played next weekend. 

Team: Emma Hynes, Aoife O Brien, Ailish Mannion, Faye Hanniffy, Erica Reid, Kate Derwin, Muireann Mullvihill, Aisling Mullvihill (0-1)Ciara McManus (0-5), Katlyn Murray, Shannon Mullvihill (2-6)Ciara McGovern (0-1)Elaine Mc Govern (1-2)Rebecca Norris (1-0)Niamh McManus. Aoife Galvin, Shannon Mc Callon, Emily Ruane.

Minor girls through to semi-final on Sunday 18th at 3pm away to Clann Gaels. Please come and support.


All County League (Div 6B)

posted 4 Nov 2018, 15:30 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 14:06 by Garrycastle GAA ]


The division 6 team continued their recent good from when they defeated Bunbrosna on Sunday morning last. Played as a 13-side game Garrycastle gained the upper-hand from the start with two early Paul O'Donovan points. With Garrycastle dominating the exchanges the scoring rate was slow before a goal and a point by Conor Duignan and two Fergal McKiernan points brought the scoreline to 1-5 to 0-1. A good run through the middle by Eoin Mulvihill yielded a point before a second Conor Duignan goal brought Garrycastle’s halftime score to 2-6 to 0-2.  

Facing the wind and hill in the second half the Garrycastle lads found the going much tougher. The defence were under a lot of pressure during the first twenty minutes but with patient dogged defending they made it difficult for Bunbrosna to get scores but were outscored 0-5 to 0-1, the point coming from a Paul O'Donovan free. An injury to Conor Duignan and a black card for Noel Galvin disrupted Garrycastle’s play. With the score at 2-7 to 0-7 Garrycastle regained control and were rewarded with points from Enda Keena, a third point from Fergal McKiernan and a late point from Eoin Mulvihill.

This was a good all round team performance with  high workrate, composure and plenty of good football. This completes the round games in the division and leaves Garrycastle on nine points, a point behind leaders Tang. 

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey, Adam Keena, Enda Keena, Eoin Mulvihill, Conor Duignan, Sean Doak, Ross Mulvihill, Noel Galvin, Fergal McKiernan, Eoin Duignan, Paul O'Donovan.  

Subs  Conor Macken, Darren O’Neill.  

All County League (Div 6B)

posted 29 Oct 2018, 16:20 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 14:04 by Garrycastle GAA ]


After a long time since the last game the division 6 team dusted off the boots and recorded an excellent win against Tang on Sunday last in Garrycastle. Twenty players, a combination of experienced and inexperienced, wore the green and red on Sunday with a feature of the game being the excellent performance of the younger players. Tang started the stronger and got an early lead but the Garrycastle lads got going and a goal by Karl Henson brought them within two points at halftime.  

The second half was a topsy turvy affair with the lead changing hands a number of times. Goals from Brian Ruane and a late one by Paul Mulvihill ensured that Garrycastle led by a couple of points at the final whistle. The introduction of young fresh legs in the second half was a great boost to Garrycastle.

GARRYCASTLE:- Shane McEnry, Adam Keena, John Murphy, Conor Duignan, Enda Keena, Karl Henson, Sean Doak, Dylan Keegan, James Duignan, Peadar Mulvihill, Robbie Shine, Eoin Duignan, Brian Ruane, Andrew Monaghan, Paul Mulvihill. 

Subs used:  Darragh Kenna, Kilian Lyons, Fergal Mullins.  Also Noel Galvin, Richie Byrne.

This team is fixed to play Bunbrosna on Sunday next in Bunbrosna at 11.30.

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 Sept 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 Sept 2018, 14:20 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 29 Sept 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 Sept 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. 

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