ACL (Div 1)

posted 23 Apr 2018, 02:00 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle 3-12  The Downs 2-9

Played in Garrycastle on Sunday morning despite a tricky wind and having only fourteen men for 45 minutes of the game, the home team put in a good workmanlike performance to defeat the Downs by 6 points.  In one of the first attacks of the game James Dolan made a good run forward setting up for James Sheeran to knock into the net, only for it to be disallowed for square ball. The next Garrycastle  attack saw a good move end with Ger Henaghan  netting. An off the ball incident brought a red card for Garrycastle full back Anthony Larkin. Two Downs points were followed by a point from Eoin Monaghan. Two more points from the Downs were followed by a Ger Henaghan point. Just at the end of normal first half time a high cross from Dessie Dolan was finished to the net by Alex Gardiner.  A further Dessie Dolan point from a free left the halftime score at 2-3 to 1-4 in favour of the home side. 

Playing with the help of  the wind in the second half  Mathew Guiheen added a point before James Sheeran added the third goal. Points followed from a Dessie Dolan free, Mathew Guiheen and Michael Monaghan who took a great pass from Dessie Dolan. Meanwhile the Downs had added 3 points since halftime to leave the score 3-7 to 1-7 after 51 minutes. For the next ten minutes it was the Ger Heneghan show who added four points, one from a free. A late James Dolan point completed the Garrycastle  scoring. A late late goal from the Downs saw them reduce the lead to six points.  

The Garrycastle  players showed good attitude in this game and in general made better use of the ball than their opponents. It was quite a physical game with good hits given and taken by both sides. The ball handling and fitness of the Garrycastle players had improved from earlier in the year  but discipline is an area that needs to improve with too many  players getting cards. Failure to take their scores by the Downs made the Garrycastle task a little easier.  

GARRYCASTLE: Shane Moran, Bill Kelly, Anthony Larkin , Gary McCallon, James Dolan, Mark Curley, Mathew Guiheen, Eoin Monaghan, Doran Harte, Tom O’Halloran, Dessie Dolan, Michael Monaghan,  James Sheeran, Alex Gardiner, Ger Henaghan . Subs Enda Keena, for Bill Kelly, Jason Nugent for Tom O’Halloran, Aidan Browne for Dessie Dolan.