Under-13 Boys Cross-County League

posted 3 Feb 2019, 14:26 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 01:46 by Matthew Ryan ]
The Garrycastle Under-13 Boys are entered into a cross-county league organised by the Leinster council. Garrycastle are drawn in a group of four teams, alongside St. Manchan Gales (Offaly), St. Peters Dunboyne (Meath), and Wolfe Tones/Clonbroney (Longford). 

The matches are played at 13-a-side, with unlimited substitutions, using the full pitch size.

Garrycastle started their campaign in this competition, with a visit to the St. Manchans Gaels club in Doon on Saturday morning. St. Manchans is an amalgamation between Doon, Tubber and Ballycumber. As befits games this early in the year, there was more than a hint of frost in the air as the Garrycastle lads togged out. In all, 19 players were available which is an excellent turnout for this time of year.

Garrycastle started slowly, showing signs of the winter layoff, with no real intensity being brought to the game. There were a number of handling mistakes in the first quarter hour, but slowly the Garrycastle lads worked their way into the game. The forwards were taking some great points when the ball was moved in quickly to them, and a great move started in the backline saw the ball moved quickly up the field and a great goal taken. However, a little bit of over confidence then crept into the play, and on a number of occasions, the ball was over-played and possession turned over, where a simpler use of the ball could have have resulted in further scores. The home club took some advantage of this, scoring a goal and two points of their own. At half-time, Garrycastle had a comfortable lead on a scoreline of  2-10 to 1-02. 

The second half saw a very different Garrycastle side emerge, fighting for every ball and starting to make some fine runs and taking scores when presented. This was a much improved second half from all of the players, and it was great to see the players working hard for each other to take control of the game. A highlight of the second half was the tackling when not in possession, and some great link play through the centre of the field. 

There is certainly room for improvement, but for the first outing of the year, it was good to get a match win under our belt. Many thanks to the St. Manchan Gaels team for a very fair and competitive game.

The final score was Garrycastle 4-15 St. Manchan Gaels 2-02

Garrycastle Panel:- Conor McCormack, Cian Norris, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Mulvihill, Rian Gaynor, Killian Keegan, David Carter, Van McCay, Niadh Shine, Keelan McNamara, Andrew Henson (0-02), Sean O’Donoghue (1-03), James McHugh (0-04), Aaron Keegan 0-01), Nathan McKeon, Brandon Devaney (0-01), Dean Grehan (2-00), Dylan Frawley (0-02), Darragh Glennon (1-02).