Junior Football Championship, Section B

posted 11 Aug 2016, 09:02 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 15 Aug 2016, 08:21 ]
GARRYCASTLE 2-09, ATHLONE 1-12 
 
Neither team could be really happy with the outcome of this match in Garrycastle last Tuesday. The draw means that Garrycastle have now dropped five points which leaves them in a precarious position but Athlone’s situation is slightly worse. If one can trust the county website, there is a considerable backlog of matches remaining. Maybe some games have been played that have not been recorded, so we must await clarification. 
 
Garrycastle had the benefit of the wind in the first half and took an early four-point lead but still found themselves trailing by 1-4 to 1-3 at half time. Indeed, things would have been worse but for a great penalty save by Shane McEnery, and the loss of Rory McGowan to injury made their task much harder. Garrycastle edged in front with two Robbie Shine pointed frees after the break but Athlone then hit a good spell with five unanswered points to take a four-point lead. Two more Shine points and a great goal by sub Alan Daly put Garrycastle back in front but Athlone had two late points to level the game. 
  
Garrycastle mixed the good with the bad throughout this game and more consistency will be needed if they are to make any impact in the closing stages of the competition. Apart from the accurate Robbie Shine the attack lacked any penetration, although the introduction of Alan Daly and Paul Gunning certainly improved matters. 
 
Team: Shane McEnery, Gary Mullery, Emmet Ward, Alan Fox, Frank Farrell, John O’Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Rory McGowan, Seanie O’Donoghue, Brian McCormack, Noel Galvin, Enda Keena, Tom McHugh, Robbie Shine (1-8, 4 frees), Cathal Mannion (0-1). 
Subs: Peadar Mulvihill for McGowan (injured), Paul Gunning for Galvin (B/C), Stephen McGuire for McEnery (injured), Alan Daly for McCormack. 
 
Two more championship points were collected when The Downs conceded a walkover on Friday evening. That means Garrycastle, having completed their programme, have a total of 13 points.