Minor Football League (Div 2)

posted 6 Jul 2018, 13:33 by Matthew Ryan   [ updated 7 Jul 2018, 00:25 ]

Garrycastle Minors made the journey to Multyfarnham last Friday evening in this re-arranged league fixture. However, due to a number of late withdrawals from the Garrycastle side, it was agreed by both clubs to play a 13-a-side game.


The home side had the better start and had registered their first point by the 3rd minute. Garrycastle responded with a point from full-forward Andrew Monaghan. Multyfarnham regained the lead with a well taken point as the game flowed from one end to the other. Ian Carroll, playing in goal for the first time, made a very good save to deny the home side a goal and in their next attack, the Garrycastle lads drew level with a pointed free from Dylan Keegan mid-way through the first half. The home side regained the lead again almost immediately with a point from play. Ian Carroll came to his side’s rescue in the 18th minute with a wonderful reflex save to deny the home side yet another goal opportunity, however, Multyfarnham did register a point in their next attack. Garrycastle responded with their best period of possession and put the home side’s defence under sustained pressure. Points from Eoin Mulvihill and two pointed free by Dylan Keegan edged Garrycastle into a one point lead as the game entered the final moments of the first half. However, the home side were not to be denied when they created a goal opportunity and registered the game’s first goal despite the best efforts of Ian Carroll, to leave the score-line 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.


The home side were on top in the early exchanges of the second half and registered three unanswered points in the opening five minutes to open up a 5 point gap. Andrew Monaghan had a point for Garrycastle but the home side responded in kind. Following some good approach play by Dylan Keegan, Saumil Sharma and Andrew Monaghan, Ryan Cornally was on hand to fire over a good point for Garrycastle mid-way through the second half. Multyfarnham pointed yet again but Dylan Keegan responded with a point for Garrycastle. Two more points for the home side stretched their lead to 6 points as the Garrycastle lads tired and Multyfarnham introduced fresh legs. A pointed free from Dylan Keegan reduced the margin but Multyfarnham finish the game strongly and had a pointed free and their second green flag with their last attack to leave them deserved winners on a score line of 2-12 to 0-9.


There was some encouraging aspect from Garrycastle on the eve of the championship, despite this defeat. Ian Carroll had a fine game in goal and was well supported in defence by Daniel Guinan, Tommy Stephens, Fergal Mullin and Cathal Redmond. Dylan Keegan and Dara Mulvihill worked tirelessly in mid-field. Ryan Cornally and James Murphy, both U16s playing their first game at minor level, showed great promise throughout, and combined well with Eoin Mulvihill and Andrew Monaghan in attack. However, minor players will need to show greater commitment in training and in play if they harbour and ambitions to progress far in the upcoming championship.

GARRYCASTLE: - Ian Carroll, Daniel Guinan, Tommy Stephens, Cathal Redmond, Fergal Mullin, Cillian Lyons, Dylan Keegan (0-5, 0-3f), Dara Mulvihill, Ryan Cornally (0-1),  Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), James Murphy, Saumil Sharma, Andrew Monaghan (0-2).