Senior Championship (Men) Semi-Final

posted 21 Sep 2019, 12:00 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Sep 2019, 01:26 by Matthew Ryan ]

Our seniors qualified for the county final for the first time since 2014 on an overcast evening in Cusack Park on Saturday last. They say that semi finals are for winning and so it turned out for Garrycastle as they overcame the county champions without being overly impressive.  

Shmrocks’ main threat came in the first minute when a swift attack was eventually driven into the side netting from a very threatening position. James  Dolan, despite having the job of marking Denis Corroon, got the first score for the Castle after 3 minutes which was followed by 2 points for Shamrocks. Jason Nugent levelled after 7 minutes and then followed Garrycastle ‘s best patch scoring three more points without reply from Justin Barrett, Alex Gardiner and a Des Dolan free after 12 minutes.  A barren spell for scoring followed, despite Garrycastle dominating possession, before Shamrocks reduced the lead to 2 points after 25 minutes from a free. James Dolan got his second point after 27 minutes before Shamrocks finished the scoring for the half with a free. The halftime  score was 0-6 to 0-4 in favour of the Castle.  

On the resumption James Sheeran had replaced Dessie Dolan and was placed on the edge of the square. Shamrocks pointed a free on the 33rd minute reducing the lead to one after a Garrycastle kickout went astray. A very good long range point by James Dolan increased the lead to 2 points. Then after 12 minutes of the half the referee issued a red card to Mullingar midfielder and county player, Denis Corroon. Shortly after, Eoin Monaghan worked his way through the defence and scored a well taken goal. Shamrocks added a point which were followed by two Garrycastle points from Eoin Monaghan and a Conor Cosgrove free. This finished the scoring after 54 minutes. 

Garrycastle’s tactic in the last minutes was to play possession football which had the desired effect in holding onto the lead while not pleasing to the eye. Shamrocks’ tactic in the last quarter was to pump high balls into the Castle goalmouth which with the exception of one scary moment were capably dealt with by the  defence. While it was a solid performance by the panel the management will look to iron out some errors before the final against St Lomans which is scheduled for October 13th. In defence, Jack Donohoe dealt well with everything that came his way, Mark McCallon’s experience was evident cutting out some vital ball and Doran Harte got in some good tackles. At midfield James Dolan had a very productive game against Shamrock’s dangerman while up front Eoin Monaghan was busy and took his scores very well, Jason Nugent was always a thorn in Shamrock’s side while Alex Gardiner found himself at centre forward in the second half worked very hard and succeeded in getting some good turnovers.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Mattie Guiheen, Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon, Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett (0-1), James Dolan (0-3), Tom O’Halloran, Dessie Dolan (0-1), Michael Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan (1-1), Alex Gardiner (0-1), Jason Nugent (0-1).

Subs James Sheeran for Dessie Dolan; Conor Cosgrove (0-1) for Jason Nugent; Eoin Mulvihill for Tom O’Halloran; Ger Henaghan for Michael Monaghan; Andrew Monaghan for Eoin Monaghan.