Under-13 Boys Cross-County League Semi-Final

posted 14 Apr 2019, 15:33 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 14 Apr 2019, 15:34 ]

After a long wait since the group stages, Garrycastle welcomed Mullingar Shamrocks to Garrycastle on Friday evening for the semi-final of the Under-13 Boys cross-county Leinster football league.

On a very windy evening, which made playing conditions difficult, Garrycastle had 17 players available for the match which was played as 13-a-side. Having won the toss, the Mullingar team played with the wind in the first half, and started the game brightly, kicking over some fine scores in the opening minutes. The Garrycastle lads struggled to get into the game in the early stages, and playing into the strong wind, found it difficult to retain possession. Indeed, it was from an unforced error from a Garrycastle kickout, when possession was lost out the field, that the visitors took full advantage and struck for the opening goal of the game. 

When the Garrycastle lads did retain possession, they showed glimpses of the ball handling skills that have become a trademark of this team, but they were constantly under pressure and seemed to be at somewhat of a size and strength disadvantage all over the field. The visitors pressed home their advantage, and struck for a second goal on the stroke of half-time to widen their lead. At half-time, the scoreline read Garrycastle 0-02, Mullingar Shamrocks 2-06.

Turning to play with the aid of the wind for the second half, the Garrycastle lads came out of the traps strongly, and started to put their passing game together, with wave after wave of attacks putting the visitors defence under huge pressure, and starting to pull back the half-time deficit. However, after playing themselves back into the game, a momentary lapse in concentration saw the Shamrocks side break quickly from defence and score an opportunistic goal against the run of play.

To their credit, the home team piled on the pressure, but the visitors lead was just too large and as time ran out it was the Mullingar side who triumphed and who now move on to the Leinster Final.

The final score on the evening was Garrycastle 1-09, Mullingar Shamrocks 3-10.

We wish Mullingar Shamrocks the best of luck in the final, and hope they bring the silverware back to Westmeath!

Overall, this cross-county league has been a valuable learning experience for this group of talented players. Although they lost out on this occasion, it sets them up nicely for the under-12 and under-14 leagues over the next few months.

Huge thanks to the support on the night, and to all the support during this league campaign.

Many thanks also to the team management of Mick Mannion, Darragh Shine, Jim McHugh and Ger O'Donoghue for bringing them this far.

Panel on the night:
Cian Norris, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Mulvihill, Rian Gaynor, Van McCay, Killian Keegan, David Carter, Niadh Shine,
Sean O'Donoghue, Andrew Henson (0-04), Aaron Keegan (0-02), James McHugh (0-01), Kealan McNamara,
Brandon Devaney, Nathan McKeon, Dean Grehan Monaghan, Darragh Glennon (1-02), Oisin O'Donoghue.