Minor Football Championship (Div 2) Final

posted 29 Sep 2018, 09:39 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 30 Sep 2018, 00:52 ]
TUBBERCLAIRE 2-14 GARRYCASTLE 1-13 (after extra time)

Disappointment was to be Garrycastle’s lot in the division 2 minor championship final played in Ballynacargy last Saturday afternoon, when going down to Tubberclair after extra time. There was a tricky breeze blowing across the pitch which seemed to cause problems for both sets of forwards early on. Garrycastle started brightly and a pointed free by Joe Carmody followed by a point from play by Brian Ruane put the boys in green and red into the lead in the opening minutes. Tubberclair responded with two pointed frees to level matters soon after. A point from Andrew Monaghan from play put the Garrycastle lads ahead again by the 12th minute. Tubberclair had a number of opportunities, both from open play and frees, to draw level but failed to find the target. They did however equalise with yet another pointed free by the 20th minute. Garrycastle had their best period of the game in the final third of the first half, with a pointed free from Joe Carmody, and a second point from Brian Ruane. As the half time drew close, Joe Carmody pointed yet again from play and a flowing attack from Garrycastle resulted in the game’s first green flag as Joe Carmody converted almost on the stroke of half time. The Garrycastle lads ahead by 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.

On the resumption Garrycastle registered the first score, a point from Andrew Monaghan. However, Tubberclair then began to exert significant pressure on the Garrycastle goal and were rewarded with a pointed free in the 35th minute. A Tubberclair point in the 38th minute was their first from open play and they followed up with two more pointed frees to reduce the gap to just a goal. Dylan Keegan, who had picked up an injury shortly beforehand, did contribute a point for Garrycastle with a fisted effort before being replaced. Tubberclair pointed a free but Garrycastle responded with a pointed free for Joe Carmody. As the game entered added time, Tubberclair pointed to leave just a goal between the sides and Garrycastle hearts sank when the referee awarded Tubberclair a penalty in the second minute of added time. While Patrick McKieran did manage to get something on the penalty kick it did creep over the line to level the scores on 1-9 a piece at the final whistle, signalling two added period of 10 minutes.

It was Tubberclair who got off to a flier with a goal in the opening minute of extra time. They also added two pointed frees and one from open play during that period, while Garrycastle’s only score coming from a pointed free by Joe Carmody. Garrycastle pressed hard in the second period of extra time and did succeed in reducing the margin to just two points, with three points from Joe Carmody. However, they could not get the additional scores required and Tubberclair sealed their win with two pointed frees late on. The final score was 2-14 to 1-13 in their favour.


While the Garrycastle lads were very disappointed with the result, they can look back with some pride on their championship campaign. The defence was a solid unit throughout the final, restricting the winners to just three points from open play throughout 80 minutes of play. There were some good individual performances but Garrycastle did not play to their full potential throughout the game, particularly in the second half of normal time and the first period of extra time. Congratulations to Tubberclair on their win, made all the sweeter as they had lost out in the 2017 final to Caulry.


GARRYCASTLE: - Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan (Capt), Robert Kelly, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Tommy Stephens, Cillian Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane (0-2), Jason Nugent, Matias O’Neill, Ian Carroll, Dylan Keegan (0-1), Joe Carmody (1-8, 0-5f).

SUBS:- Dara Kenna for I Carroll (16 Min); Charlie O’Connor for D Keegan (49 min); Ryan Cornally for D Kenna (59 Min); D Keegan for A Monaghan (extra time); Dara Mulvihill for J Nugent (extra time).

Subs not used: - Saumil Sharma, Tommy Devery and James Murphy.