Boys Under-12 League

posted 16 Aug 2018, 11:47 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 11:48 ]
Garrycastle 1-14, Mullingar Shamrocks 5-07 
The Garrycastle under-12 team travelled to Springfield in Mullingar to play Mullingar Shamrocks on Wednesday evening in round 3 of the second phase of the under-12 league. As both teams play fast, attacking football, we expected this to be a very physical and challenging game, and so it proved on the evening. 

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, we had a good turnout of 18 players making the trip to Mullingar.

Right from the start the game was played at a very high intensity with lovely, free flowing football from both teams. The home team looked physically bigger and stronger, but these Garrycastle boys have a great attitude and great heart, and took the game to them. The Shamrocks lads were kicking long balls into their full forward line and got some rewards as they scored three goals before half-time. The Garrycastle heads never dropped, however, and  they passed the ball around with great accuracy and took some great points and were unlucky on a number of occasions not to raise the green flag, being denied by some great point blank saves from the home team goalkeeper. 

The score at the half-time break slightly favoured the home team on a scoreline of Garrycastle 0-07 to Mullingar Shamrocks 3-03.

The second half started with Garrycastle having to play into a stiff breeze, but the players adapted quickly to the conditions, and by being very accurate with their passes, worked the ball through the hand up to the forward line, who took their chances when they came.  The home team then had a purple patch, when they eventually broke through our defence and scored two more goals. The Garrycastle players were still taking their points, keeping the scoreboard ticking over, and the work rate all over the pitch was fantastic to see. 

There was a long period where the home team did not score, and this was due to the pressure the Garrycastle players applied. Although Garrycastle outscored them on the night, the old truism that 'goals win games' held sway. 
At the final whistle, the home team prevailed on a scoreline of  Garrycastle 1-14 to Mullingar Shamrocks 5-07. Although they may have lost on the night, the players gave everything and can be very proud of their performance.

Team on the night :
Cian Norris, Conor McCormack, Christopher Malone, Oisin Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Kacey Mulvihill, David Carter, Niadh Shine, Sean O’Donoghue (0-2), Andrew Henson, Kealan McNamara (0-1), James McHugh (0-5), Aaron Keegan (0-3), Jack Dolan (0-2), Brandon Delaney, Dylan Frawley (0-1), Paddy Stephens, Darragh Glennon (1-0)

As usual, huge thanks for the great support from the parents on the sideline.