Under-12 Jim McHugh Tournament

posted 31 Aug 2018, 16:04 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 31 Aug 2018, 16:04 ]
Caulry 0-07, Garrycastle 3-12 

The Garrycastle under-12 team started their challenge for honours in the Jim McHugh Tournament with an away game in Caulry on Friday evening. With a very strong wind blowing down the field favoring the home team in the early stages of the game, Caulry started strongly, putting over three points in quick succession. The Garrycastle team seemed to be in a nervous mood, and could not get to the pace of the game, making a lot of unforced errors, which in not usual for this group.

This was a new experience for this team of talented players, but gradually they settled down into the game, and started to play with a little more confidence,moving the ball smartly through the hands up the pitch, and opened their account with a point after 10 minutes. With confidence growing now, much more possession was being won, and used effectively. The home team, though, were definitely on top during the opening half, but inaccuracy in front of the posts cost them dearly, as the Garrycastle team took advantage of the limited chances to come their way to take a narrow lead into the half-time break.

At the midpoint, the score was Caulry 0-4, Garrycastle 0-6.

Garrycastle were much the brighter team as the second half started, and now playing with the benefit of  the strong wind, started to score some excellent long-range points to open up a good lead. After a number of chances went unused, the Garrycastle forwards eventually breached the home teams defence, and score two goals in quick succession. This looked to have ended the game as a contest, but to their credit, the home team came back strongly, and laid siege on the Garrycastle goal for the last five minutes of the match. However, try as they might, the Garrycastle backs would not yield any scores easily, and the home teams reward for their pressure was a couple of late points.

The final score was Caulry 0-07, Garrycastle 3-12.

The final scoreline does not in anyway reflect on how close this game was, and the Garrycastle team can be thankful that the home team forwards were not on target in the first half, when playing with the wind.

Panel on the night
Conor McCormack, Cian Norris, Van McCay, Oisin Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Killian Keegan, David Carter, Kasey Mulvihill, Sean O'Donoghue, Tom Sheehan (0-4), Aaron Keegan (0-3), James McHugh (1-3), Kealan McNamara (0-1), Andrew Henson, Niadh Shine, Dylan Frawley, Nathan McKeon, Jack Dolan, Rian Gaynor, Christopher Malone, Darragh Glennon (2-1)

A special word of thanks for the great support from the sideline; the players and management really appreciate this.