Under-16 Boys, Division 2 Semi-Final

posted 30 Sep 2018, 15:25 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 15:50 ]
Garrycastle 1-05, Moate All-Whites 1-13 

Garrycastle's under-16 championship run came to an end on Sunday last, when we were defeated by Moate All Whites on a scoreline of  1-13 to 1-5 in the Division 2 County Semi-Final.

Although the scoreline would suggest a one sided affair this was far from the case. In fact Garycastle led this game by 2 points with 15 minutes to go, and were  desperately unlucky  not to add to this lead after owning most of the possession in the second half. Ultimately a two point lead was not enough. and a Moate purple patch saw them score a quick fire 1-2 to take the lead again with only minutes remaining.

This was enough to see the home team take their place in the final.

The early stages of the first half was an even affair with both teams trading scores, the Garrycastle scores coming from Ben Kilkenny and some excellent frees from Tommy Stephens. Moate seemed to be the livelier team in the closing stages of the first half and rattled off some quick fire points to take a half time lead of 0-6 to 0-3.

Garrycastle came out of the traps very quickly in the second half and with the defence getting on top and midfield taking control, the Garrycastle team quickly wrestled back the Moate advantage with a goal from Ben Kilkenny and further points from Tommy and Dermot Carey, putting us 2 points to the good. It was here that Garrycastle  could not capitalise further and some good chances went a begging.

Moate took full advantage of this and 2 points brought them level. A Moate goal with minutes remaining was a killer blow for Garrycastle, and with the momentum completely switched, there looked to be only one winner at this stage. Moate added further scores in stoppage time to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-5.

Overall a very good year for our under-16s and plenty to build on for next season. Well done to all the lads for a super effort especially in that second half when facing into a 3 point deficit and a strong breeze. They faced a difficult task and fought so bravely to get themselves back into the game.

Cian McCarty, John Dylan O'Shea, Cian Dowling, Adam Mulvihill, Unity Oviawe, Dermot Carey, Cathal Redmond, Tommy Stephens, Daniel McManus, Ryan Cornally, Ben Kilkenny, James Murphy, Nathan Breslin, Charlie O Connor, Luke Clinton.
Stephen Gaffey, Corey Nugent, Conor Donoghue, Eric Rogers (injured).