Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 26 Feb 2018, 10:18 by Matthew Ryan



An understrength Garrycastle minor side suffered their first defeat of the league, when they travelled to Rochfordbridge to take on St Marys last Sunday morning.


Garrycastle were only able to field because five U16 players made themselves available as a number of minor players were unavailable for various reasons. However, Garrycastle made a good start to the game and dominated possession and took control on the scoreboard in the opening quarter. A pointed free from Andrew Monaghan in the very first minute got them going and the same player was on target with a point from play soon after. A goal from Fergal Mullin in the 12th minute was just reward for Garrycastle’s attacking play up to that point. Further points from Dara Keena and Dylan Kegan had stretched the lead to 7 points by the mid-point of the first half. The home side then began to string some good attacks together and scored two points, both from frees, to reduce the deficit by the 26th minute. Andrew Monaghan had another pointed free for Garrycastle in response. However, St Marys got right back into it with a goal just before the break to leave Garrycastle leading by 1-5 to 1-2 at half time.

Garrycastle had a number of attacks on the resumption but failed to convert these. The Garrycastle boys suffered a major setback when Andrew Monaghan picked up a hand injury early in the second half which severely restricted his involvement for the remainder of the game (he continued on as Garrycastle had no substitutes available as a replacement). Pointed frees in the 32nd and 36th minute from the home side left them just a point adrift of Garrycastle. St Marys jumped ahead in their next attack when they goaled after a save by Garrycastle keeper, Patrick McKiernan, broke kindly for an incoming forward to finish it to the net. A second Garrycastle injury, suffered by Cillian Lyons, saw him leave the field for treatment and the home side took full advantage by adding a succession of points. Cillian did resume his position after a period but Garrycastle struggled in vain to regain the initiative. The home side’s third goal arrived just before the full -time whistle to leave it 3-13 to 1-5 in St Mary’s favour.


A disappointing second half performance, in which they failed to score, can in part be explained by the unfortunate injuries suffered by Andrew Monaghan and Cillian Lyons. The lads battled bravely against a stronger side, but can take heart from the first half performance in which they gave every bit as much as their opponents. There were solid performances from Daniel Guinan, Robert Kelly, Tommy Stephens and Cillian Lyons in defence. Before his injury Andrew Monaghan was very prominent for his side, while in the first period Cathal Redmond and Fergal Mullin showed up well.

GARRYCASTLE: - Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan, Robbie Kelly, Tommy Stephens, Cian Dowling, Cillian Lyons, James Murphy, Andrew Monaghan (0-3, 2f),  Dara Keena (0-1), Dylan Keegan (0-1), Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin (1-0), Ian Carroll, Daniel McManus and Saumil Sharma.