Senior Football Championship (Men)

posted 11 Aug 2019, 13:00 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 12 Aug 2019, 07:24 by Matthew Ryan ]

A good start and a good finish led to a resounding win by Garrycastle in Tubberclair on Sunday evening last. Garrycastle who were without James Sheeran, Tom O'Halloran and Jonathan Maguire, had the benefit of the wind in the first half. The first five minutes of the game were scoreless but a point by Justin Barrett was the first of five in five minutes through Alex Gardiner, Conor Cosgrove (2) and Ger Henaghan. Athlone’s first point came after 13 minutes. A poor kickout led to a good goal chance for Athlone which they failed to convert. At this stage of the game, possession was fairly evenly shared with the Athlone defence tightening up considerably. At the other end the Garrycastle defence were being tested with Jack Donohoe in particular giving a great lesson in the art of defending. In addition, he found time to get forward and score a point in the 24th minute. This was followed by points from Conor Cosgrove and Ger Heneghan to Athlone’s two to leave the halftime score at Garrycastle 0-8 to Athlone 0-3.

On the resumption Athlone monopolised the possession but could only add two points to their total. An excellent save by Sean Brennan help to keep their score down. It was the 44th minute when Garrycastle got their first 2nd half score through an Alex Gardiner point, quickly followed by one from Michael Monaghan. After 53 minutes Athlone had the lead cut to three again when the late Garrycastle scoring spree started with three points on the trot between the 54 and 59th minutes through substitute Andrew Monaghan, James Dolan and substitute Dessie Dolan. Mathew Guiheen  had been pushing forward in the second half and on one such run he found himself one on one with the Athlone keeper and duly found the net. A late Garrycastle attack appeared to have been repelled but pressure on the defender resulted in the ball being crossed to Michael Monaghan who had the simplest of jobs in getting his side’s second goal. This finished the scoring with Garrycastle having the impressive total of ten different scorers.

This result leaves Garrycastle on top of the table with 8 points and one game against St Lomans to play which is fixed for Tubberclair on Sunday evening next at 7pm.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Jack Donoghue (0-1), Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Eoin Mulvihill,  Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett (0-1), James Dolan (0-1), Michael Monaghan (1-1), Doron Harte, Ger Heneghan (0-2), Conor Cosgrove (0-3), Alex Gardiner (0-2), Jason Nugent.  

Subs: Eoin Monaghan for Ger Henaghan;  Andrew Monaghan (0-1) for Jason Nugent; Dessie Dolan (0-1) for Conor Cosgrove.