Under-13 Boys Cross-County League

posted 23 Feb 2019, 15:07 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 23 Feb 2019, 15:09 ]
Round 3 of the Leinster League organised under-13 cross-county league saw the Garrycastle squad head north to Edgeworthstown in Longford to play a combined Wolfe Tones/Clonbroney side. This was the final game of the group stages of the league, and at stake was the opportunity to top the group, and progress to the competition semi-finals.

Unusually for this group, they started very slowly and found it hard to get into the game in the opening stages, looking  tired, with a lot of unforced errors and giving the ball away too easily, and when in scoring positions, kicking a lot of aimless wides. However, after the first 10 minutes or so, the team started to play as we know they can, and finished the first half strongly with a great goal, and the forwards started to find their range, kicking over some excellent points to lead at the half-time break on a scoreline of 1-07 to 1-01. It needed some staunch defending to keep the home team to just the two scores in the first half. 
As the second half started, the team were instructed to keep the play simple, and not to over elaborate when in possession. This advice bore immediate results, as the Garrycastle lads started to play their brand of football, passing the ball at speed and with some great running off the ball stretched the home side all over the pitch. The space created was put to great use as the forwards started to string scores together to put the match out of the grasp of the home side. When the Wolf Tones/Clonbroney side did attack, the Garrycastle defence stood firm, and with some excellent tackling and interceptions, initiated multiple attacks of their own. The home side were simply not able to compete with the Garrycastle lads in full flow, and the game was made safe by some late scores.

Overall, this really was a game of two halves, with the Garrycastle lads slow to get into the game at the start, but once they settled and started playing to their own strengths, the result was really never in doubt.

Three wins from three outings in the league part, has the Garrycastle lads topping their table, and the league semi-finals now beckon for this group of talented players.

The final score saw Garrycastle win out on a scoreline of 5-14 to 2-04.

Garrycastle under-13 panel and scorers on the day:
Conor McCormack, Cian Norris, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Mulvihill, Rian Gaynor, Van McCay, Killian Keegan (1-00), 
David Carter, Niadh Shine, Andrew Henson (1-03), Sean O'Donoghue (0-01), Aaron Keegan (1-03), 
James McHugh (1-03), Kealan McNamara (0-01), Dean Grehan Monaghan (1-00), Brandon Devaney (0-01),
Dylan Frawley (0-01), Oisin O'Donoghue (0-01), Darragh Glennon.

Well done to the Garrycastle panel as everyone contributed to the three group wins. Many thanks also to the parents for travelling to Edgeworthstown and supporting the players.

A huge thank you is also due to the Wolfe Tones / Clonbroney team for the much appreciated food and drinks after the game.