Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 18 Feb 2018, 06:45 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 18 Feb 2018, 08:53 ]



Garrycastle minors got the defence of their minor league (Division 2) title off to a winning start in Ballinagore last Sunday morning against Lilliput Gaels. Following all of the rain in recent weeks, the pitch was very heavy and the game was played in wet conditions.


The home side made the better start and had a pointed free and also a point from open play on the scoreboard in the opening period. It took Garrycastle until the eleventh minute to score, a point from Jason Nugent. This signalled a period of dominance from Garrycastle and from that point to the break they built up a deserved lead. Two points from Joe Carmody were added to by two pointed efforts from Jason Nugent, one from play and one from a free. Garrycastle also saw a goal bound effort deflect off a Lilliput Gael’s defender for a point. Garrycastle were awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute and Brian Ruane stepped up to dispatch it to the net. Garrycastle lead by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break.


Just as in the first period, it was the home side who made the better start to the second half and added two quick fire points to their tally. However, Garrycastle responded with a couple of points from Jason Nugent and with a point from Brian Ruane to stretch their lead. The home side had a point from a free but Garrycastle responded with points from Jason Nugent and Andrew Monaghan. Lilliput Gaels added a point but Brian Ruane struck over a couple of points for his team. The final action saw Lilliput Gaels work a goal to put a better gloss on the score-line. The final whistle was sounded on the resultant kick-out to leave Garrycastle winners by 1-13 to 1-06.


This was a well-deserved win but there were clear signs of rustiness from the Garrycastle side. They will have to improve significantly if they want to go on and retain their league title in 2018. There were good performances from Robbie Kelly and Tommy Stephen in the back line, and they were ably assisted by Cillian Lyons and Fergal Mullins. Eoin Mulvihill and Andrew Monaghan gave Garrycastle the edge in mid-filed and worked tirelessly throughout on the heavy pitch. Jason Nugent, Brian Ruane and Joe Carmody were most prominent in attack.

GARRYCASTLE: - Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan, Robbie Kelly, Tommy Stephens, Dylan Keegan, Cillian Lyons, Fergal Mullin, Eoin Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Dara Mulvihill, Jason Nugent (0-6, 0-1 f), Brian Ruane (1-3, 1-0 Pen), Cathal Redmond, Joe Carmody (0-2) and Ian Carroll.