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.