Under-12 League

posted 11 May 2018, 15:54 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 21 May 2018, 01:20 by Matthew Ryan ]
Garrycastle 1-14 Shandonagh 2-04 
The Garrycastle under-12 team played Shandonagh in the fourth round of the Under-12 league league in Garrycastle on Friday evening. On a fine bright evening, no fewer than 21 players were available, and all players got to play some part of the match. Coming into this match Shandonagh were unbeaten so far in this years league campaign, so from the outset this was always going to be a very competitive game, and indeed, so it proved to be. 
The match started at lightning pace,  with the ball travelling up and down the pitch and scores being traded by both teams. In what was also a very tight game, there was some great tackling and passing from both teams, as they tried to assert control. The visitors were very strong in the middle third of the pitch, and the Garrycastle team found progress difficult, being drawn into playing down the middle of the field. At halftime, the teams could not be separated, with the score at 1-03 each. 
With some personnel and positional changes, and a tactical team talk to bolster the team,  the Garrycastle team started the second half well, making much better use of the width of the pitch, and keeping the ball out wide. This paid immediate dividends,  with some great possession being obtained, and with some excellent tackling and marking, the Garrycastle squad tacked on some well taken points from play, and opened up a good lead.  
The Garrycastle defense was very solid throughout and won all 50:50 ball.  
As would be expected, the visitors came back strongly in the latter stages of the match, with a well taken goal and a point immediately afterwards. The Garrycastle defense, however, stood strong and forced Shandonagh to kick from distance, which they were unable to convert into scores. When the final whistle was blown Garrycastle had seven points to spare, a justified reward for a great team display. There were great performances right around the field, and a huge team effort again tonight, but as always there are areas of improvement to be worked on.  
Thanks to Shandonagh for a great open game of football. 
Scorers on the night: 
Tom Sheehan 0-07, Sean O'Donoghue 1-01, James McHugh 0-04, Andrew Henson 0-02