Senior Football Championship, Quarter-Final

posted 2 Oct 2016, 09:39 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 3 Oct 2016, 02:36 by Matthew Ryan ]
St. Loman’s 2-13               Garrycastle 1-8

 

The seniors failed in their bid to reach the semi-final when losing out to a strong second half from championship favourites St. Loman’s in Cusack Park last Saturday. Garrycastle were dealt a huge blow before the game when Dessie Dolan was ruled out through injury. With Eoin Monaghan and Matthew Guiheen already unavailable, they suffered another set-back when Rory McGowan was stretchered off after just two minutes. A great point from Alex Gardiner from a difficult angle gave Garrycastle an early lead but Loman’s scored the next four points to lead by three after 20 minutes. Mark McCallon went forward to kick an inspirational point and this was followed quickly by a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove. Loman’s stretched their lead to three points again but Garrycastle finished the half well with another brilliant point from Alex Gardiner and another pointed free by Conor Cosgrove to leave Loman’s leading by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time.

 

Loman’s again went three points clear after the break before Alex Gardiner kicked another point from a sharp angle which went over off the post but Loman’s responded with a pointed free. John Gaffey picked up a head injury and bravely played on after a brief delay but Loman’s then struck for the game’s first goal to open up a six-point lead. A classy point by Michael Monaghan was soon cancelled out before Alex Gardiner brought his team right back into the game with a superb goal. Soon after, however, came the game’s defining moments when James Dolan was taken out off the ball and this led to a skirmish involving several players. After consulting his officials Barry Kelly dismissed two players from each team but many onlookers felt that the referee had been badly advised in some instances. The loss of two key defenders in the final quarter left Garrycastle exposed at the back and Loman’s added another goal and three pointed frees in the closing minutes, while Garrycastle’s only reply was another Alex Gardiner point. There can be no denying that Loman’s were the better team but the final score didn’t do justice to Garrycastle’s brave efforts.

 

So ends Garrycastle’s long championship campaign that involved eight matches. A few weeks ago they were flirting with a relegation play-off and they deserve credit for three convincing wins over Maryland, Castledaly and The Downs. Inevitably, however, having to play so many crucial games in such a short space of time took its toll.

 

Team: Sean Brennan, Jack Donohue, Karl Henson, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, Mark McCallon (0-1), Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Seanie O’Donoghue, Michael Monaghan (0-1), James Dolan, Doron Harte, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, frees), Rory McGowan, Alex Gardiner (1-4).

Subs: Johnny McGuire for McGowan (injured), Damien Rushe for O’Donoghue, Tom O’Halloran for Cosgrove and Neill Rattigan for McGuire.