Minor Football Championship (Div 2) - First round and Semi-Final

posted 23 Aug 2018, 02:28 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 23 Aug 2018, 02:28 ]

It was a busy few days for the Garrycastle minor team in this year’s Minor Football Championship (Division 2), with a first round game on Saturday 18th August, and following a win over Moate All Whites, a semi-final clash with Mullingar Shamrocks on Wednesday 22nd August.


First up was the clash with Moate All Whites.


Garrycastle minors advanced to the semi-final of the division 2 championship with a comprehensive and impressive display against Moate All Whites in Garrycastle. It took the Garrycastle lads some time to settle into the game and a point from a close range free by Joe Carmody in the 6th minute was the first score of the game. Moate All Whites had a couple of opportunities to level matters, but they failed to convert them due to a combination of good defending and some poor shooting. Jason Nugent doubled the Garrycastle lead with a point from play in the 11th minute. Joe Carmody pointed from a 45 meter kick to increase the lead for the home side and from the resulting kick out the Garrycastle lads attacked and Joe Carmody slotted the game’s first goal to leave his side 1-3 in the lead by the 14th minute. This was followed by a point from Brian Ruane from distance. Jason Nugent pointed yet again for Garrycastle but Moate All Whites responded with their first score, a point from a free in the 24th minute of play. Andrew Monaghan tacked on two points before the break to leave it 1-07 to 0-01 at half time.


Garrycastle resumed as they had finished the first half with points from play by Brian Ruane and Eoin Mulvihill to stretch their lead even further. Moate All Whites did register a point from play before Garrycastle got their second goal, this time from Jason Nugent after good approach play. Garrycastle continued to dominate the play and a point from Joe Carmody was quickly followed with a third goal for Garrycastle from the boot of Charlie O’Connor. Joe Carmody converted two frees in a short period and Garrycastle scored yet another goal, this time from Jason Nugent to put the result beyond any doubt in the 47th minute. Moate All Whites did respond with a point from a close range free with just over 10 minutes remaining. However, the Garrycastle lads did not let up and a point from Joe Carmody was soon followed with two goals in rapid succession, scored by Brian Ruane and Mathias O’Neill. Moate AW added a point from a free but Joe Carmody responded with a point from play for Garrycastle. Fergal Mullin got the last score for Garrycastle, a point from play as full time approached but Moate All Whites had the final say with a point from play just on the blow of the referee’s final whistle. The final score was 6-15 to 0-05 in Garrycastle’s favour.


This was a good performance from the Garrycastle lads. The defence was solid throughout and never let Moate All Whites create any goal scoring opportunities. Patrick McKiernan dealt with any danger within his goal area. In defence, the displays of Daniel Guinan, Robert Kelly, Cathal Redmond and Fergal Mullin deserve particular mention. The midfield of Eoin Mulvihill and Andrew Monaghan dominated proceedings and supplied the Garrycastle attack with ample possession, and they contributed important scores as well. Garrycastle were clinical in attack and converted the vast majority of the opportunities they created. Jason Nugent, Joe Carmody and Charlie O’Connor caused all sort of problems for Moate defence. Brian Ruane linked up play well from a deeper position and contributed handsomely with some wonderful scores and bringing other attackers into the play. The substitutes also contributed handsomely to this win, with Ryan Cornally’s display deserving mention.


Garrycastle scorers:- Fergal Mullin (0-1), Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill (1-1), Jason Nugent (2-2), Brian Ruane (1-2), Joe Carmody (1-7, 2f, 1 45Mt), and Charlie O’Connor (1-0).


On Wednesday evening Garrycastle played hosts to Mullingar Shamrocks in the semi-final.



Garrycastle minors qualified for final of the division 2 championship with an emphatic win over a fancied Mullingar Shamrocks side in Garrycastle last Wednesday evening. Following their win over Moate All Whites in the previous round the Garrycastle lads knew they would have to step up their performance and they did so with a fine display of both defensive and attacking play.


The Garrycastle lads started in determined fashion, scoring 3 unanswered points in the opening minutes, the scores coming from Andrew Monaghan (2 points) and Joe Carmody. Brian Ruane added to the Garrycastle score with a well taken point in the 8th minute. Mullingar Shamrocks did get off the mark in the 11th minute, when an effort on goal was thwarted by a fine save by Patrick McKiernan in the Garrycastle goal and the follow-up play yielded a point. Garrycastle continued to dominate and Joe Carmody added a point from a free and one from open play. Mullingar Shamrocks responded with a point from a free and one from play to reduce the gap. The game’s first goal came in the 23rd minute when a fine passage of play saw Eoin Mulvihill advance on goal and find the Mullingar Shamrock’s net. Jason Nugent added a point from play and Joe Carmody converted a 45 meter kick. Mullingar Shamrocks did find the Garrycastle net in the 27th minute from the penalty spot. However, Garrycastle had the last score of the half with a point from Ryan Cornally, to leave it 1-09 to 1-03 in Garrycastle’s favour at the break.


Garrycastle opened the second half in blistering fashion, scoring two goals and two points in the opening 4 minutes of play, the goals coming from Jason Nugent and a converted penalty by Joe Carmody and points from a Joe Carmody free and from play by Ryan Cornally. Mullingar Shamrocks did respond with a point from play but found it very difficult to make any headway against a resolute Garrycastle defence. A promising Mullingar Shamrocks attack was thwarted by a great save by Patrick McKiernan and the resulting 45 was pointed. Three pointed frees from Joe Carmody and a point from Brian Ruane kept Garrycastle in a dominant lead as the game entered its last 10 minutes. A second goal from Jason Nugent in the 51st minute left Mullingar Shamrocks with an almost impossible deficit to claw back. To their credit they never gave up and two colas scored in the final minutes of play did take some of the edge off the final score-line of 4-15 to 3-06.

This was an excellent team performance from the Garrycastle lads, each and every member of the starting 15 as well as the substitutes played their part in this win. Garrycastle can now look forward to the final, where their opponents will be Tubberclair or Multyfarnham, who play their semi-final next week.


Garrycastle scorers:- Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill (1-0), Brian Ruane (0-2), Jason Nugent (2-1), Ryan Cornally (0-2), Joe Carmody (1-8, 1-0 pen, 5f, 1 45Mt).


GARRYCASTLE PANEL for games: - Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan (Capt), Robert Kelly, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Tommy Stephens, Cillian Lyons, Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Mulvihill, Dara Kenna, Jason Nugent, Brian Ruane, Ian Carroll, Joe Carmody, Charlie O’Connor, Ryan Cornally, Tommy Devery, Saumil Sharma, James Murphy, Mathias O’Neill.