Under-12 Jim McHugh Tournament

posted 14 Sep 2018, 02:13 by William Leahy   [ updated 14 Sep 2018, 09:48 by Garrycastle GAA ]
Garrycastle 0-13, St. Lomans 1-04 

We played St. Loman's in the final match in Group-A of this years Jim McHugh memorial tournament, and with both ourselves and St. Loman's unbeaten going into the match, it was a winner-takes-all opportunity, with the winner qualifying for the Cup semi-finals, while the loser would have to settle for the Shield semi-finals. 

The game started off at a blistering pace, with the Garrycastle team attacking and scoring within the first few seconds. However, the St. Loman's team responded immediately with a score of their own. Scores were traded between the teams in what was a very competitive game, with some strong tackling, and hits given and taken throughout the first half. Overall, Garrycastle were on top in the first half, but were wasteful with some easy chances in front of goal that would have been scored on another evening. As half-time approached, the St. Loman's team scored a late goal and point to leave the half-time score at St. Loman's 1-02 to Garrycastle 0-07. 

The second half started in the same way as the first half had ended, with some fine moves up and down the pitch from both teams, but now the Garrycastle team were more clinical in front of the posts, and extended their lead by kicking over a few unanswered points. St. Loman's were working the ball down the pitch and trying for goals but our backline stood strong and denied them. This was by far the most physical challenge the players have had all year, and will surely stand to them going forward. 

The game ended with a victory for Garrycastle, on a scoreline of Garrycastle 0-13 to St. Loman's 1-04.

As the players walked off the field at the end of the game, all the parents in the stand gave our boys a huge round of applause, as they saw they had left everything on the field. 

With this result, Garrycastle topped group-A in the competition, and a cup semi-final awaits against Shandonagh next week.  In effect, this will be a double header as we are also playing for an under-12 county league title. All support will be greatly appreciated. 

Conor McCormack, Cian Norris, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Mulvihill, Rian Gaynor, Kealan McNamara, David Carter, Niadh Shine, Andrew Henson, Tom Sheehan (0-2), James McHugh (0-7), Sean O'Donoghue (0-3), Aaron Keegan, Dylan Frawley (0-1), Nathan McKeon, Brandan Devaney, Van McCay, Christopher Malone, Jack Dolan, Calum Hudson, Paddy Stephens, Darragh Glennon.