Match Reports 2020

Ladies Senior B Championship Final

posted 5 Oct 2020, 02:54 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 5-11    Coralstown/Kinnegad 1-07

Garrycastle claimed the inaugural Senior B title in wet and windy conditions at St Lomans. Garrycastle started with wind advantage and made the most of this dominating play all through the half with a healthy lead at the break 4-9 to 0-1. While Garrycastle were under more pressure in the second half they never panicked and won out.  This was a very spirited performance from every player, all  working so hard. There were great displays of football and great teamwork despite difficult conditions. Tenacious tackling all through and strong finishing up front was evident all through. Congratulations to all the players and to the management team of Kevin Dolan, Damien Reynolds and Ken Dolan and their back room team. Best wishes to all the minors as they start their season.

GARRYCASTLE: Sarah Denby, Orla Breathnach, Sarah Locke, Shannon Mulvihill, Faye Hanniffy, Stephanie O’Neil, Orla McGettrick, Ailish Mannion, Danielle Madden, Sarah Kelly, Rebecca Norris, Jane Henshaw, Cliodhna Murtagh, Emily Ruane, Ciara McGovern, Emer O’Neil, Elaine McGovern, Kate Brennan, Aoife O’Brien, Aoife Dolan, Sarah Carter, Katie McDonnell, Nicole O’Connor.

Scorers: Aoife Dolan 0-5, Shannon Mulvihill 2-04, Stephanie O’Neill 1-01, Kate Brennan 0-1, Ailish Mannion 1-0, Elaine McGovern 1-0.

Ladies Senior 'B' Semi-final

posted 26 Sept 2020, 13:05 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:32 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our Senior B side booked their place in the Final after defeating Mullingar in a pulsating semifinal that went all the way to the last few minutes of extra time to separate the sides. 

Mullingar had the dream start clocking up 1-3 in the opening minutes but Garrycastle clawed back and from then on both sides exchanged leads and Garrycastle were down by 4 points at half time. 

In the second half Garrycastle dominated for the most part and went 3 ahead with minutes remaining but Mullingar drew level just on full time. 

In extra time Garrycastle again dominated but this time held out to win by 2 on a score line of 3-19  to 5-11. Overall this was a very spirited performance from Garrycastle with some great displays of football throughout the pitch and great passion. The girls dug deep to claim the victory and earn a place in the final to take place next weekend. Best wishes to the team in the final.

Garrycastle: Sarah Denby, Orla Breathnach, Sarah Locke, Shannon Mulvihill, Faye Hanniffy, Stephanie O’Neil, Orla McGettrick, Ailish Mannion, Danielle Madden, Sarah Kelly, Rebecca Norris, Jane Henshaw, Cliodhna Murtagh, Emily Ruane, Ciara McGovern, Emer O’Neil, Elaine McGovern, Kate Brennan, Aoife O’Brien, Aoife Dolan, Sarah Carter, Katie McDonnell.

Under 13 Cup (Boys) Semi Final

posted 21 Sept 2020, 03:41 by Matthew Ryan

St Lomans 2-10 Garrycastle 0-06

Unfortunately our U13 squad were to finish second to a strong St. Lomans side on Saturday in Mullingar. In ideal football conditions Garrycastle started slowly, going down 1-3 to 1 point in the first quarter. Missing some key players, the team regrouped and started to play some good passing football, in a similar manner to that which took them to the semi final.

Despite their best efforts they were not able to break down a very well organised St Lomans defence. Coming back to within 2 points at half time, the second half proved a different prospect. St. Lomans managed to hit the net a second time despite some strong goalkeeping from Garrycastle throughout the game. Finishing 2-10 to 6 points this game will prove to be a great learning curve for this group of ambitious young players.

Under 15 Shield (Div 2) Boys Semi Final

posted 21 Sept 2020, 03:36 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 21 Sept 2020, 03:43 ]

Western Gaels 6-14 Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass 2-04

Western Gaels were at home in Garrycastle in the U15 Shield (Div 2) Semi Final against Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass.  It was a perfect Sunday morning for a game of football, with the sun shining and a slight breeze blowing down the pitch. The Western Gaels team started the game strongly, driving forward and taking a couple of fine scores. Shamrocks fought back strongly and quickly found an equalising score from a free to keep the game finely balanced. The Western gaels lads pushed on again, and dominated the next 15 minutes with numerous chances missed but tagged on a goal and a point before the first water break leaving the score 1-02 to 0-01.

The second quarter saw Western gaels being more direct and clinical with some fine play from the middle third of the pitch. They were relentless in running at Shamrocks and were rewarded with a further two goals and five points before halftime. A slight lapse in defence allowed Shamrocks to run through our defence and score a fine individual goal followed by a point, to leave the half-time score showing the home team ahead by 2-05, on a scoreline of 3-08 to 1-03. 

As the second half started, the game really opened up as Western gaels continuous pressure and running game produced some excellent scores. Western gaels dominated the second half all over the pitch and Shamrocks had no response to the speed and movement of our forwards. This was a great team performance and the link play was exceptional today. Well done to all involved and great to be in a County final in a few weeks.  Final score Western Gaels 6-14 Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass 2-04.

Western Gael's corers on the day: Jamie Carroll (2-05), David Carter (1-01), David Marlow (0-05), Keelan Blom (2-00), Jake Hanify (1-00), Killian Keegan (0-03).

U16 Girls (Division 2) County Final

posted 21 Sept 2020, 03:29 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 21 Sept 2020, 03:31 ]

Garrycastle 5-11 St Joseph's/Kilbeggan 1-09

At noon on Sunday last was the date set for the U 16’s final against St Joseph's/ Kilbeggan. These two sides reached this final stage unbeaten, this was all set to be a very competitive game. The game was played in Garrycastle in perfect conditions. From the onset the Garrycastle girls were out to prove their unbeaten record. The ball was thrown in by ref James Allard. The brilliant Tegan Foley won the ball and it was sent quickly into the forward line where it was won by Ella Dowling who did not hesitate to score the first goal of the game after only 5 seconds. 

This was to set the pace of the the game. Ciara Finn put the ball past the keeper to score again. St Joseph’s replied with a point from play. Tegan Foley was again on target with a well finished goal. 
The diligent work of the backs Rosin Mc Namara, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter and Donna Molloy, made it very difficult for the St Joseph’s forwards to score. They popped over 5 points just before at the half time mark. Kasey Mulvihil scored a brilliant goal followed by another goal and a point from Ciara Finn. Elaine McGovern’s work rate was superb and she scored 2 points in this half and was instrumental in many of the scores converted. The score at half time was 5-4 for Garrycastle to St Joseph’s 0-5.

As the second half started Joseph's were quicker to attack, but the tremendous work of Gemma Duffy in goals made it very difficult for them. Garrycastle continued to score 7 more points from Ella Dowling, Rosin Murphy and Elaine McGovern. Jessica Frawley made her presence felt in the half forward line. Erika Lowe worked tirelessly throughout the game.

Garrycastle finished the stronger side 5-11 to St Joseph's 1-09. Garrycastle had a wonderful panel of girls to select from and the subs Orla Barry, Meleigh McDonnagh, Nessa Mc Namara, Emma Kearney, Amy Mc Govern,Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihana Lowe, Kayleigh Clyne all playing a vital part went introduced. 

There was great excitement when the U16’s Trophy was collected by Captain Elaine Mc Govern. Elaine gave a wonderful speech thanking the opposition for a very sporting game, thanking Garrycastle for hosting the game and having pitch in a wonderful condition and the supporters obeying the covid guidelines. Elaine also thanked the coaches and mentors Colin Clyne, Declan Finn, Geraldine Griffin, Katrina Jameson and Noelle Murphy for all their hard work and dedication over the past year to bring the girls to the final. 

Garrycastle Team and Scorers: Gemma Duffy, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Rosin McNamara, Arelene Devery, Sarah Carter, Donna Molloy, Erika Lowe, Tegan Foley (1-0), Jessica Frawley, Elaine McGovern (0-4), Rosin Murphy (0-1), Kasey Mulvihil (1-0), Ella Dowling (1-5), Ciara Finn (2-1), Meleigh McDonnagh, Orla Barry, Nessa McNamara, Emma Kearney, Amy McGovern, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihanna Lowe, Kaleigh Clyne.

Senior (Men) Football Placings Play-off

posted 12 Sept 2020, 15:38 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 13 Sept 2020, 16:21 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our seniors completed their 2020 championship  campaign with a hard earned victory over Kilucan last Saturday  evening  which guarantees them top flight status in the senior grade next year.

Fielding with three changes from the last game, James Sheeran, Ger Heneghan and Andrew Monaghan for Conor Cosgrove, Jason Nugent and Doron Harte, this was a game where Garrycastle played in fits and starts. In the first quarter, facing a strong wind, they struggled to contain a lively Kilucan and were 0- 4 to 0-1 behind at the first water break. They then began to come to terms with the opposition and were breaking up more of their attacks resulting in them only adding 2 points to their tally. Late in the half Garrycastle themselves added two points and a great Alex Gardiner shot was well saved by the keeper to leave the halftime  score at 0-6  to 0-3.

Our lads started in a whirlwind in the second half with urgency, plenty of movement and well taken scores. After 8 minutes Garrycastle led by a point and looked to be on the way to a comfortable  win especially when Tom O'Halloran shot to the net after a ball arrived at his feet 10 yards out. On a Kilucan attack they were awarded a penalty after 16 minutes but after a brilliant double save by Sean Brennan they failed to reduce the margin. Two more Garrycastle points and the lead was six after 22 minutes and looked unassailable. But Kilucan didn't give up and they dominated the rest of the match reducing the lead to three. At the end Garrycastle found themselves defending a 45 dropped into the square which was gathered and cleared as the final whistle sounded.

While every player put in a hard shift Sean Brennan has to get accolades for his brilliant double save at a crucial time. There was a large spread of scorers which is encouraging but the collapse in the last 10 minutes must concern management. While we failed in the difficult task of retaining the Flannagan cup we retained our place in the top bracket of Westmeath  football with plenty to look forward to in 2021. 

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohoe, Gary McCallon, James Dolan (0-1), John Gaffey, Eoin Mulvihill, Justin Barrett (0-1), James Sheeran, Ger Henaghan, Tom O'Halloran (1-1), Michael Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-3), Andrew Monaghan (0-1).

Subs: Conor Cosgrove  for Ger Henaghan (blood sub); Conor Cosgrove(0-1) for Ger Henaghan; Jason Nugent (0-1 ) for Eoin Monaghan; Cathal Mannion for James Sheeran; Mickey Greene for Michael Monaghan; James Sheeran  for Justin Barrett (inj). 


Senior 'B' Ladies

posted 31 Aug 2020, 13:19 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 31 Aug 2020, 13:19 ]

Our Senior B team put in a great performance away to St Mary's last Tuesday evening in the 2nd round of the Senior B championship. The Garrycastle girls led by 3 points at half-time on a scoreline of 2-04 to 1-04, after battling hard in extremely wet and windy conditions. 

Unfortunately, St Mary's finished strongly, winning the game by the smallest of margins. 

Final score 3-07 to 4-05.

Well done girls on a brilliant team performance. 

Senior Football Championship (Men) Quarter-Final

posted 30 Aug 2020, 14:11 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 31 Aug 2020, 02:49 by Matthew Ryan ]


The quarter final of the senior championship was to have been an easy game for our seniors but this is not how it  played out in Cusack Park on Sunday last. The Downs came with a game plan to pack their defence and disrupt Garrycastle's normal free flowing style of play and they stuck to it well. Meantime facing this new challenge the Garrycastle players found it very hard to create openings. To make matters worse we left our shooting boots at home, kicking 19 wides, many of them from frees. As the game wore on it had the feel of "one of those days" when nothing would go right. The pattern of the game was that  Garrycastle dominated possession but in trying to pass the ball through the hand ran up a lot of blind alleys. On the counter attack The Downs were dangerous and picked off some good points from distance. Their goal came midway though the first half from a good ball inside the backs which the centre forward slotted home. Meanwhile scores were coming slowly for Garrycastle, unusually only scoring 0-3 in the first half to 1-3 for The Downs.

The failure to hit the target started in the first half when a number of scorable chances were wide. The Downs competed well for the third quarter and led by 4 after 45 minutes but spent the majority of the last quarter in defence with our midfield totally dominant. In that last quarter Garrycastle added 5 points to The Downs 2. Alex Gardiner drew the sides level after 59 minutes with his seventh point of the day and we were thinking of extra time. Unfortunately another Garrycastle attack was broken up resulting in a Downs foray up the field which ended with them regaining the lead in the 32nd minute. One last Garrycastle attack resulted in a wide. This was a game which we left behind without doubt but while things didn't go our way the players put in a huge shift and certainly can't be faulted for lack of effort. But the show goes on and while the Flannagan cup is out of our reach we still have a game to play to decide who goes into the top division of the senior next year.  

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohoe, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, John Gaffey, Doron Harte, Justin Barrett, Eoin Mulvihill, Conor Cosgrove, Tom O'Halloran, Michael Monaghan (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-7), Jason Nugent.

Subs Ger Henaghan for Tom O'Halloran (Blood sub); James Sheeran for Jason Nugent ; Mathew Guiheen  for Conor Cosgrove; Andrew Monaghan (0-1) for Tom O'Halloran; Ger Henaghan for John Gaffey.


Junior Football Championship (Men) Quarter-Final

posted 30 Aug 2020, 14:10 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 31 Aug 2020, 02:44 by Matthew Ryan ]


Our juniors failed to make the championship semi final losing out to Tubberclair in Tang on Saturday evening last. Played in almost  perfect conditions Garrycastle were facing the hill and slight breeze in the first half.  The early exchanges were even and it was 8 minutes before Tubberclair got the first score of the game. They added 2 more before Garrycastle got their first point. The half continued  like this with Tubberclair adding 2 or 3 points to 1 for Garrycastle to leave the score at halftime  0-9 to 0-4. Garrycastle's defence were conceding a lot of frees while their forwards were losing  possession  after getting into the opposition's half. 

At the start of the second half Garrycastle got far more into the game and were playing with more cohesion. After 12 minutes the lead was cut to 3 points but Tubberclair got a second wind and by 23 minutes led by 6 again. Then a good Garrycastle move ended with Philip Monaghan knocking the ball into the Tubberclair net to reduce the lead to 3. It was game on, but after 27 minutes an altercation occurred which resulted in John O'Brien, who had been winning a lot of possession in midfield, getting a red card along with a Tubberclair player. After this Tubberclair totally dominated adding 5 points to Garrycastle's 1. It was a tough and a good quality game where the Garrycastle lads pushed championship favourites to the limit. 

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Fergal McKiernan, Mark Curley, Gary Mullery, Daniel Guinan, Bill Kelly, Cathal Redmond, John O'Brien, Conor McKiernan, Enda Keena, Damien Rushe, Sean Doak, Philip Monaghan (1-1), Dylan Keegan (0-3), Cathal Mannion (0-5). 

Subs: Ciaran O'Neill for Conor McKiernan; Kenny Dolan for Sean Doak; Robbie Shine(0-1) for Dylan Keegan; Brian McCormack for Enda Keena; Ben Kennedy for Fergal McKiernan. 


Under 12 Girls

posted 24 Aug 2020, 02:38 by Matthew Ryan

On Wednesday evening a reduced squad travelled to play Clann na nGael, Roscommon.  The challenge gave some of the younger players a chance to play a full game and they really grabbed the opportunity as some great performances resulting in a very narrow victory for the Garrycastle girls after an open and exciting end to end tussle.  Many thanks to Clann na nGael Ladies for the invitation and we hope to return the favour in the coming weeks. 

The full squad were then involved in another very entertaining match against a strong and very skilful Moate side on a wet and windy Saturday morning. There was little between the teams throughout with the result in doubt right up until the final quarter before the ability of the Moate girls to move the ball quickly between the hands and to take their scores made the difference at the end.  Despite suffering their first defeat this was Garrycastle’s best performance of the season so far against a very good Moate side.  

The girls will finish off the county series with a trip away to Loughnavalley next Saturday.

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