Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 29 Apr 2018, 13:37 by Matthew Ryan



Garrycastle minors paid the price for a slow start to this re-arranged league game in Springfield last Sunday evening. The home side dominated from the throw-in and had four points, three of which were from play, on the board in the first few minutes of play. Garrycastle had their first score, a point from play, when Andrew Monaghan converted from close range in the 5th minute. The home side continued to dominate play and added a further four points to increase their lead to seven by the 17th minute. Garrycastle created a goal opportunity in the next play and Joe Carmody finished it to the net in the 18th minute. A point from midfielder, Eoin Mulvihill, followed by one from a free by Jason Nugent, a few minutes later reduced the gap to just two points by the 26th minute. However, Mullingar Shamrocks added two more points before the break to leave them in a 0-10 to 1-3 lead.


Garrycastle made a strong start to the second period and a goal from Joe Carmody put his side just one point in arrears. Mullingar Shamrocks responded with two points from play. A pointed free by Jason Nugent kept Garrycastle in touch. Mullingar Shamrocks had a point from play but Garrycastle were level by the mid-point of the half, when Eoin Mulvihill was pulled down in the large square as be advanced on the home side’s goal. Joe Carmody dispatched the resultant penalty to the net to tie up the scores at 3-4 to 0-13. Mullingar Shamrocks then created a good goal opportunity, which was brilliantly saved by Tommy Stephens in the Garrycastle goal. Mullingar Shamrocks added three more points to restore their advantage and in their next attack they carved open the Garrycastle defence to grab a vital goal in the 49th minute. Garrycastle seemed to be tiring as the game approached the final minutes and the home side had a point from play and one from a free. They also created another goal opportunity but were denied yet again by a smart save by Tommy Stephens. The final score was 1-17 to 3-4 in favour of Mullingar Shamrocks.

This was a disappointing result for Garrycastle but they cannot deny that Mullingar Shamrocks were the better side over the hour. Their slow start gave Garrycastle a huge task to get back into the game, but they showed great heart and fighting spirit to draw level by the 45th minute. This effort seemed to take too much out of them and they could not sustain it to the end. There were notable displays by Tommy Stephens in goal. Robert Kelly, Daniel Guinan and Cathal Redmond defended solidly throughout. Eoin Mulvihill had a storming second half at midfield. Joe Carmody contributed 3 goals and was a constant danger to the home side’s defence. He was well supported by Jason Nugent and Andrew Monaghan.

GARRYCASTLE: - Tommy Stephens, Cathal Redmond, Robbie Kelly, Daniel Guinan, Fergal Mullin, Cillian Lyons, , Dylan Keegan, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), Daniel McManus, Jason Nugent (0-2, 0-2 f), Nathan Breslin, Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Joe Carmody (3-0, 1-0 Pen) and Saumil Sharma.