Match Reports 2019

AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship, Semi-Final

posted 24 Nov 2019, 13:47 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 24 Nov 2019, 13:48 ]

The Garrycastle dream of winning their second Leinster club title came to an end on Sunday in TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar when they lost comprehensively to Ballyboden St. Endas. Fielding without the injured Tom O'Halloran, an early point from a Dessie Dolan free was soon cancelled out and then a thunderbolt struck when the Ballyboden centre back ran through from the 45 meter line to score their first goal. The Dublin team, with their tails up, began to dominate in most positions and added 4 points before Dessie scored his second. A third Garrycastle point came from Eoin Monaghan in the 18th minute leaving the score at 1-5 to 0-3. But the Ballyboden dominance continued scoring 5 more points to one each from James and Dessie Dolan. The halftime score was 1-10 to 0-5. It was a bad half for the 'Castle and only for a brilliant block by John Gaffey when a goal looked on it would have been worse. Ballyboden had pushed up very far on the Garrycastle kickout and left Garrycastle struggling to win their own ball. In addition they were finding their inside forwards with ease.

Jason Nugent replaced Eoin Monaghan at halftime. The third quarter was Garrycastle’s best with Doron Harte, James Sheerin and James Dolan prominent in driving the team forward and Mark McCallon and John Gaffey cutting out many attacks. Three Dessie Dolan points reduced the lead to five after 36 minutes. Points were then exchanged (Dessie Dolan) before Ballyboden got 2 on the trot. A Jason Nugent blast for goal was deflected over the bar by the Ballyboden goalie. During this period of Garrycastle pressure a move set up by James Sheeran and Michael Monaghan saw another shot on the Ballyboden goal deflected clear. As well as the goals not going in some scorable point chances also drifted wide. 
Six points adrift after 53 minutes and with the Garrycastle lads giving it their all, a period of keep ball by Ballyboden ended up with a ball in the Garrycastle net. Three minutes later the ball was in their net again which finally put the game out of Garrycastle’s reach. The game finished with another point for Ballyboden and two for Garrycastle. It was a step up in the quality of opposition for Garrycastle, which proved too much, but they fought to the end and can hold their heads high. 
This team and management can be proud of their achievements this year which supporters are very appreciative of. It was a great run ended only by a quality team. Another milestone on the day was that this was Dessie Dolan’s last game in the green and red and the large crowd of Garrycastle supporters showed their appreciation for his great career by giving him a standing ovation when he was being replaced after 50 minutes.

Sean Brennan, Matthew Guiheen, Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon, Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, James Dolan (0-1), Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Michael Monaghan, James Sheeran (0-1), Alex Gardiner, Dessie Dolan (0-7). 
Subs: Jason Nugent (0-1) for Eoin Monaghan, Conor Cosgrove for Dessie Dolan, Michael Greene for Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Mulvihill for Jack Donohoe, Ger Henaghan (0-1) for Michael Monaghan. 

Minor Girls championship

posted 11 Nov 2019, 07:13 by Matthew Ryan

Our minor side put in a fantastic performance over St Marys in the last round of the championship to  win by a point. Overall this was a very entertaining game of football with the sides exchanging the lead all through. However a very gritted performance from Garrycastle resulted in a win. Every player gave their best and never gave up in what was a tough physical game. The team extends a speedy recovery to Kate Derwin. 

Garrycastle: Sarah Kelly, Faye Hannify, Rebecca Norris, Ciara McGovern, Grace Halligan, Shannon Mulvihill,  Ailish Mannion, Sarah Carter, Donnahay Molloy, Elaine McGovern, Kaitlyn Murray, Emma Hynes, Aoife O Brien, Cliodhna Murtagh, Roisin McNamara, Roisin Murphy, Tegan Foley, Erica Reid, and Emily Ruane. 

AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship, Quarter-Final

posted 10 Nov 2019, 08:23 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 11 Nov 2019, 02:27 by Matthew Ryan ]


Garrycastle qualified for the semi final of the Leinster club championship when they defeated Meath champions, Ratoath, in a roller coaster of a game played in TEG Cuasack Park last Sunday. 

Fortunes changed a number of times during a pulsating second half which Garrycastle started with a 7 point lead to find themselves only two ahead after 5 minutes and 9 ahead with 10 minutes to go and finally win by two. The game ended after 5 minutes of injury time with the home team hanging on to a 2 point lead. Ratoath started strongly scoring the first two points when a high ball from Dessie Dolan was knocked down by James Sheerin to Alex Gardiner who netted with a fine shot. Points were shared in the next two minutes, after which Garrycastle scored 7 points without reply. The final minutes of the half saw Ratoath get 2 points to Garrycastle’s 1 to leave the halftime score at 1-9 to 0-5. Sean Brennan saved well from a shot by the Ratoath corner forward in the 28th minute when he got into a one-on-one. 

On the resumption Tom O'Halloran had replaced Andrew Monaghan and Ger Henaghan for Dessie Dolan. Ratoath came out a different team and were pressurising the Garrycastle player in possession and scored 1-2 within 5 minutes to reduce the lead to 2 points, the goal coming after Sean Brennan was dispossessed when trying to clear a ball. But Garrycastle didn’t buckle under pressure and Tom O'Halloran knocked the ball into the Ratoath net after good work by Eoin Monaghan and Ger Henaghan. A Ratoath point followed when a long ball was played into James Sheerin who fed Michael Monaghan who hit the net from a tight angle. Two more Garrycastle points left the score 3-11 to 1-8 for the home side after 48 minutes and looking towards an easy win. However Ratoath had different ideas and typical of a Meath team fought to the end adding another 1-4 to their scoreline but time ran out on them and Garrycastle were in the semi final. The Ratoath goal arrived one minute into injury time and came from a high ball which was fisted to the net. Other high balls caused a lot of problems in the Garrycastle defence but luckily were scrambled away. Garrycastle supporters had their hearts in their mouths in those final minutes came away relieved but a little puzzled at some of the refereeing decisions in those final crucial minutes. 

The team performance was excellent at times but they must remember to play to the end. Individual performances were in general very good with Alex Gardiner, James Dolan, Michael Monoghan, James Sheerin and the McCallon brothers excelling. The next opponents are Dublin champions, Ballyboden St Endas which is also a home venue for Garrycastle.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Mattie Guiheen, Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon, Doron Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, James Dolan, Andrew Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Monaghan, Michael Monaghan (1-2), James Sheeran (0-2), Alex Gardiner (1-1), Dessie Dolan (0-3).

Subs Tom O’Halloran (1-0) for Andrew Monoghan; Ger Henaghan (0-1) for Dessie Dolan; Eoin Mulvihill for Eoin Monaghan; Jason Nugent, for Michael Monaghan; Conor Cosgrove for Alex Gardiner; Jonathan Maguire for Doron Harte.


Under 20 Football Championship (Mens)

posted 4 Nov 2019, 01:49 by Matthew Ryan

Coralstown-Kinnegad 1-21 Garrycastle 2-14 (AET)

This was an epic encounter which provided great entertainment and drama for those fortunate to witness the game. There was little between the teams in the first half and with scores hard to come by, the home team led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the half time break, with Brian Ruane, Jason Nugent and Dylan Keegan contributing the Garrycastle scores.  

Coralstown-Kinnegad upped their game at the start of the 2nd half and caused many problems for the Garrycastle defence. Robert Kelly cleared a ball off the line and shortly afterwards Goalkeeper Patrick McKiernan got down well to save a certain goal. Midway through the 2nd half, the score stood at 0-11 to 0-3 for the home team who looked like they would run out easy winners. Garrycastle needed to respond and they suddenly woke up and started playing with more belief and conviction. Led by Andrew Monaghan with Garrycastle's first score after a barren spell of 25 minutes, his score was cancelled out by a further point by Coralstown-Kinnegad. From then on, the remainder of the second half belonged to the visitors. Further scores from Andrew Monaghan who contributed 4 more points 2 from frees and with his brother Phillip getting a goal and Joe Carmody with a point, the game finished level on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-9 after 60 minutes.

There then followed a period of 20 minutes extra time. It was during this period that Garrycastle led for the first and only time in the game when points from Dylan Keegan and Jason Nugent put Garrycastle 2 points up only for the home team to respond and leave the score at half time in extra time level at 0-14 to 1-11. The home team continued to build on their scoreline and they again pulled away in the second half of the first period of extra time and were leading by 4 points when Daragh Kenna finished the ball to the net from a narrow angle to draw the game again and cause a second period of extra time of 10 minutes duration to be played. At half time in the second period, Coralstown-Kinnegad led by 1 point. They held this lead into the second half of the second period with both teams trading points. Then in the last attack the home team got a vital goal and the fulltime whistle blew to end this extended battle between the two teams.

Full credit is due to both teams who produced a very entertaining and exciting game from the start of the second half of normal time. It was tough on the losers who now bow out of the 2019 Under 20 Championship, however all 17 Garrycastle Players who made the trip to Coralstown-Kinnegad can hold their heads high for the heroic way they performed and the manner in which they fought hard to eliminate a 7 point deficit to keep the game alive and then continue through the periods of extra time to never give up. Those supporters in attendance were proud of how well they represented their club. Although they lost, hopefully the team can look back on this game with pride for having given their all in a memorable game of football.

GARRYCASTLE: Patrick McKiernan, Daniel Guinan, Oisin Langan, Robert Kelly, Unity Oviawe, Eoin Mulvihill, Cillian Lyons, Tommy Stephens, Dylan Keegan (0-2), Brian Ruane (0-1), Philip Monaghan (1-0), Darragh Kenna (1-0), Andrew Monaghan (0-6, 3f), Joe Carmody (0-2), Jason Nugent (0-3).

Subs: Cathal Redmond, Tommy Devery.

Minor Championship (Girls)

posted 28 Oct 2019, 09:44 by Matthew Ryan

Our minors suffered defeat at the hands of St Lomans when we lost out by the minimum. This was a very entertaining game of football and the Garrycastle girls played great football and were unlucky not to have taken the game. 

Next up is away to Loughnavalley next weekend. 

GARRYCASTLE: Sarah Kelly, Faye Hannify, Kate Derwin, Rebecca Norris, Eimer O'Neill,  Stephanie O'Neill, Muirin Mulvihill, Ciara McGovern, Grace Halligan, Shannon Mulvihill,  Sarah Carter, Donnahay Molloy, Elaine McGovern and Emily Ruane. 

Under 12 - Jim McHugh Cup Final

posted 28 Oct 2019, 09:42 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 28 Oct 2019, 10:51 ]

Garrycastle welcomed St Manchan’s to AIT on Friday night last to play the Jim McHugh ‘Cup’ final.  The lads knew what was at stake with this match as Garrycastle themselves have never gotten their hands on this particular piece of silverware. It carried a lot more weight this year as there were a couple of McHugh’s involved, with James captaining the team while his father Jim was on the management. Garrycastle took a good hold of proceedings by putting up a handful of scores without reply from the opposition in the opening minutes of the game. St Manchan’s however were not there to make up numbers and got right back in contention before  the break; they had proven in the semi-finals when playing a very strong Shamrocks team that they never know when they’re beaten coming back from 8 points down at half-time to win by a couple of points. 

Garrycastle were very aware of this threat and had to ride the storm for the first 10 minutes of the second half in very tough conditions. They then proceeded to take a firm hold of the game and saw it through to the end to secure a well-deserved victory on a scoreline of 5-12 to 2-10. It was befitting on the night that James McHugh received the Man of the Match trophy (chosen by the referee it must be added). James displayed a fine example of leadership and skill throughout the game. It must be noted that overall it was an outstanding team performance from this talented young bunch of players against a very strong St Manchan’s side.  

Garrycastle panel: Cian Norris, Rían Gaynor, Van McKay, Oisin O'Donohue, Christopher Malone, Oisin Mulvihill, Dylan Frawley, Keelan McNamara, Andrew Henson, Níadh Shine, James McHugh , Aaron Keegan, Conor McCormack, Tyrece Quinn, Louie Shine, Darragh Glennon, Jack Dolan, Senan Nugent, Jack Dowling, Luke Quilty, James Kelly, James Derwin, Ronan Croughan, Rhys Larkin, Alex O'Conor.

Garrycastle GAA club would like to thank AIT for hosting the game at such short notice.   Also a huge ‘Thank You’ must be extended to the Garrycastle Minor Board for their tireless work behind the scenes.

AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship, Round 1

posted 27 Oct 2019, 09:33 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 28 Oct 2019, 09:38 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our senior team had a comfortable over Kiloe in the first round of the Leinster club championship on Sunday last in TEG Park. Garrycastle took the lead at the end of the first quarter and led all the way to the end. Management selected Andrew Monaghan to replace the injured Tom O'Halloran which meant the three Monoghan brothers were in the half forward line.  

It was the veteran, Dessie Dolan who stole the early limelight by dominating Garrycastle ‘s attack and, scoring the first five points. An early goal chance for James Dolan was well saved by the Killoe keeper. After 15 minutes Jason Nugent had a half chance for a goal but unfortunately didn’t get a good connection and it was saved. Alex Gardner scored the first two of  three excellent points that he scored in the game, late in the first half to leave the halftime score 0-7 to 0-4  in favour of Garrycastle.

The second half continued with a sweeping Garrycastle move which ended with Mark McCallon pointing. The lead was increased to 6 when Alex Gardiner pointed a free from almost the sideline. Eoin Monoghan pointed after doing a lot of the hard work himself. Killoe began to run at the Garrycastle defence and were rewarded with two points. However, two points each from substitutes James Sheeran and Conor Cosgrove completed the Garrycastle scoring.

Killoe’s attack found it very hard to make any headway against the Garrycastle defence in which John Gaffey and Jack Donohoe were outstanding.  It was a workmanlike efficient display by a Garrycastle team who were on top in most sectors and maintained their form for the full hour and never really looked like losing. The second round is versus Meath champions, Ratoath also in Mullingar.

GARRYCASTLE:- Sean Brennan, Mathew Guiheen, Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon (0-1), Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett (0-1), James Dolan, Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Michael Monaghan, Jason Nugent, Alex Gardiner(0-3), Des Dolan (0-5).   

Subs James Sheeran (0-2) for Jason Nugent; Conor Cosgrove (0-2) for Andrew Monaghan; Ger Henaghan for Des Dolan; Eoin Mulvihill for Gary McCallon;  Cathal Mannion for Michael Monaghan; Mickey Greene for Eoin Monaghan.


Minor Championship Girls

posted 21 Oct 2019, 06:39 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 8-10 Mullingar 11-6

Our minor girls played Mullingar away in the first round of the championship. Down a few key players for various reasons left us with only 14. Playing with a strong wind in opening half Garrycastle notched up 4-4 but Mullingar got 2 goals against the run of play in injury time to leave them 4 points behind at the break. 

The second half was end to end with each side claiming goals  but Mullingar made better use of the wind and claimed the points. Despite the loss Garrycastle worked hard and were unlucky not to have added a few more goals but there were some fine performances throughout the pitch. 

Next weekend is round 2 against St Lomans.

Garrycastle: Sarah Kelly, Roisin McNamara, Faye Hannify, Rebecca Norris, Elmer O'Neill,  Stephanie O'Neill, Muirin Mulvihill, Ciara McGovern, Grace Halligan, Shannon Mulvihill,  Sarah Carter, Emma Hynes , Elaine McGovern and Emily Ruane.  

U14 - Westmeath LGFA Under 14 Final (Div C)

posted 14 Oct 2019, 02:48 by Matthew Ryan

 Garrycastle 5-14    Loughnavalley 2-07

Our under 14 girls finished off a tremendous season with victory in the county final on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Rochfordbridge. Loughnavalley sent a free wide with the first attack of the game but the next five minutes were all Garrycastle as they went on a blitz that saw them score a goal and five unanswered points.  Hazel Donegan scored the goal from close range, and points quickly followed from Kacey Mulvihill (two frees), Ella Dowling, Nessa McNamara, and Roísín Murphy. Loughnavalley finally got on the board from a free, but Hazel Donegan responded with a point, and then a long range shot from Tegan Foley sailed all the way to the net. Hazel Donegan followed another Loughnavalley free with a point before Loughnavalley converted a penalty. Garrycastle didn’t let the concession of a goal affect them and another good attack saw Tegan Foley score a fine point.  Then came the move of the match which saw the ball transferred all the way up the pitch and after a brilliant catch on the run Kacey Mulvihill played in Ella Dowling who fired a low shot to the net.  The sides then exchanged two points apiece, Kacey Mulvihill from a free and Ella Dowling for Garrycastle, before Hazel Donegan scored her second goal to leave the score 4-10 to 1-4 at half time. 

The second half was a tighter affair as both teams started to tire in the soft underfoot conditions and Loughnavalley deserve huge credit for never giving up despite the large deficit. Ella Dowling kept the scoreboard ticking over with a free followed by a point from play and then Meliagh McDonagh pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the square before firing high into the net.  The game went into a bit of a lull after that as both sides made changes before Loughnavalley enjoyed their best spell of the game scoring a goal and three points while Garrycastle missed some great goal chances at the other end.  However, it was Garrycastle who scored the last two points of the game, courtesy of Ella Dowling and, fittingly, Jessica Frawley, who deserved her score after an outstanding individual performance.  

Aside from the scorers, the rest of the Garrycastle players are deserving of great praise, starting with both keepers, Kayleigh Clyne, who pulled off a super save midway through the first half, and Gemma Duffy, who was making a welcome return to action after a long lay off with injury.  The backs were superb all through, with Emma Kearney and Amy McGovern doing very well in their battle on the right hand side with Loughnavalley’s two most dangerous attackers while Jasmine Molloy put in a powerful display at full back particularly in the second half. Emma Connaughton made some crucial interceptions at different stages while Arlene Devery and Orlaith Lynch rivalled Tegan Foley and Jessica Frawley as the squad’s best performers on the day. Moya McKiernan teamed up well with Kacey Mulvihill on the left hand side of the attack while substitutes Grace Costello and Eve Murphy were full of energy off the bench.  

This victory rounded off a super season for these girls who have lost only one competitive match all year, a narrow and controversial loss in the National Feile Division 4 quarter final against eventual winners and Longford champions, Clonguish.  Many thanks to Colin Clyne and his back room team of Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell, and Anne Kearney, who have put in a huge effort with this talented and enthusiastic squad, starting as far back as mid-January when they held the first of almost eighty training sessions, and ending with this very enjoyable and well deserved win.

The committee would like to thank u14 team manager Colin Clyne and his backroom team of Ger Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Anne Davin.

Senior Ladies League Final (Div 1)

posted 14 Oct 2019, 02:45 by Matthew Ryan

Milltowm 1-11    Garrycastle 1-08

Another busy weekend for the Garrycastle girls. First up was the turn of the senior girls when they lined out for the Division 1 league final to take on Milltown. Playing against a strong breeze in the opening half Garrycastle struggled to settle and Milltown made the most of the conditions and went in at the break 1-8 to 0-4. Garrycastle started the second half in a much more determined fashion and indeed had the lion’s possession but unfortunately did not make this count on the scoreboard. A goal from Sarah Dolan late in the half brought them within 3 and Laura Brennan was denied on the line in the closing minutes and the Castle had to settle for second best on the day on a score line of 1-8 to 1-11. 

Garrycastle: Megan Mc Cormack, Jane Henshaw, Aine Lynn, Orla Breatnach, Aoife McCormack, Amanda McCloone, Orla Connaughton, Katie Mc Donald, Laura Brennan, Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Dolan (1-1), Danielle Madden, Kiara Ward (0-1), Lisa Fitzpatrick (0-1), Aoife Connolly (0-4), Grace Halligan (0-1),Annie McCole, Ailish Mannion, Ciara McCormack, Ciara McGovern, Eimer O’Neill, Kate Brennan, Anne Marie Donoghue, Gemma Donoghue, Rebecca Norris, Stephanie O’Neill.

This ends the season for our senior side that made it to the Championship and Division 1 league final and a junior semi-final. Well done to all and the committee would like to Thank Team manager Tom McHugh and his team of Noel Galvin, Paul Madden and Sinead Denby.

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