Under 12 - Jim McHugh Cup Final

posted 28 Oct 2019, 09:42 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 28 Oct 2019, 10:51 ]

Garrycastle welcomed St Manchan’s to AIT on Friday night last to play the Jim McHugh ‘Cup’ final.  The lads knew what was at stake with this match as Garrycastle themselves have never gotten their hands on this particular piece of silverware. It carried a lot more weight this year as there were a couple of McHugh’s involved, with James captaining the team while his father Jim was on the management. Garrycastle took a good hold of proceedings by putting up a handful of scores without reply from the opposition in the opening minutes of the game. St Manchan’s however were not there to make up numbers and got right back in contention before  the break; they had proven in the semi-finals when playing a very strong Shamrocks team that they never know when they’re beaten coming back from 8 points down at half-time to win by a couple of points. 

Garrycastle were very aware of this threat and had to ride the storm for the first 10 minutes of the second half in very tough conditions. They then proceeded to take a firm hold of the game and saw it through to the end to secure a well-deserved victory on a scoreline of 5-12 to 2-10. It was befitting on the night that James McHugh received the Man of the Match trophy (chosen by the referee it must be added). James displayed a fine example of leadership and skill throughout the game. It must be noted that overall it was an outstanding team performance from this talented young bunch of players against a very strong St Manchan’s side.  

Garrycastle panel: Cian Norris, Rían Gaynor, Van McKay, Oisin O'Donohue, Christopher Malone, Oisin Mulvihill, Dylan Frawley, Keelan McNamara, Andrew Henson, Níadh Shine, James McHugh , Aaron Keegan, Conor McCormack, Tyrece Quinn, Louie Shine, Darragh Glennon, Jack Dolan, Senan Nugent, Jack Dowling, Luke Quilty, James Kelly, James Derwin, Ronan Croughan, Rhys Larkin, Alex O'Conor.

Garrycastle GAA club would like to thank AIT for hosting the game at such short notice.   Also a huge ‘Thank You’ must be extended to the Garrycastle Minor Board for their tireless work behind the scenes.