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Under-14 Management team for 2019

Team Manager is Colin Clyne.

Selectors are Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Ann Kearney.

Contact Colin on 087-6773095 with any queries regarding the Under-14 girls group.

Training details

Training for this group is on on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm in Garrycastle. 

Training will normally be held on the training pitch behind the clubhouse.


Under-14 C-Championship Final vs. Loughnavalley, Oct. 13th

Garrycastle 5-14    Loughnavalley 2-07 

Our under 14 girls finished off a tremendous season with victory in the county final on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Rochfordbridge. Loughnavalley sent a free wide with the first attack of the game but the next five minutes were all Garrycastle as they went on a blitz that saw them score a goal and five unanswered points.  Hazel Donegan scored the goal from close range, and points quickly followed from Kacey Mulvihill (two frees), Ella Dowling, Nessa McNamara, and Roísín Murphy. Loughnavalley finally got on the board from a free, but Hazel Donegan responded with a point, and then a long range shot from Tegan Foley sailed all the way to the net. Hazel Donegan followed another Loughnavalley free with a point before Loughnavalley converted a penalty. Garrycastle didn’t let the concession of a goal affect them and another good attack saw Tegan Foley score a fine point.  

Then came the move of the match which saw the ball transferred all the way up the pitch and after a brilliant catch on the run Kacey Mulvihill played in Ella Dowling who fired a low shot to the net.  The sides then exchanged two points apiece, Kacey Mulvihill from a free and Ella Dowling for Garrycastle, before Hazel Donegan scored her second goal to leave the score 4-10 to 1-4 at half time. 

The second half was a tighter affair as both teams started to tire in the soft underfoot conditions and Loughnavalley deserve huge credit for never giving up despite the large deficit. Ella Dowling kept the scoreboard ticking over with a free followed by a point from play and then Meliagh McDonagh pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the square before firing high into the net.  The game went into a bit of a lull after that as both sides made changes before Loughnavalley enjoyed their best spell of the game scoring a goal and three points while Garrycastle missed some great goal chances at the other end.  However, it was Garrycastle who scored the last two points of the game, courtesy of Ella Dowling and, fittingly, Jessica Frawley, who deserved her score after an outstanding individual performance.  

Aside from the scorers, the rest of the Garrycastle players are deserving of great praise, starting with both keepers, Kayleigh Clyne, who pulled off a super save midway through the first half, and Gemma Duffy, who was making a welcome return to action after a long lay off with injury.  The backs were superb all through, with Emma Kearney and Amy McGovern doing very well in their battle on the right hand side with Loughnavalley’s two most dangerous attackers while Jasmine Molloy put in a powerful display at full back particularly in the second half. Emma Connaughton made some crucial interceptions at different stages while Arlene Devery and Orlaith Lynch rivalled Tegan Foley and Jessica Frawley as the squad’s best performers on the day. Moya McKiernan teamed up well with Kacey Mulvihill on the left hand side of the attack while substitutes Grace Costello and Eve Murphy were full of energy off the bench.  

This victory rounded off a super season for these girls who have lost only one competitive match all year, a narrow and controversial loss in the National Feile Division 4 quarter final against eventual winners and Longford champions, Clonguish.  Many thanks to Colin Clyne and his back room team of Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell, and Anne Kearney, who have put in a huge effort with this talented and enthusiastic squad, starting as far back as mid-January when they held the first of almost eighty training sessions, and ending with this very enjoyable and well deserved win.

The committee would like to thank u14 team manager Colin Clyne and his backroom team of Ger Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Anne Davin.





Under-14 C-Championship Semi-Final vs. Shandonagh, Sept. 7th

GARRYCASTLE 4-13    SHANDONAGH 5-02

Garrycastle u14s booked their place in the county C championship final following a tough encounter with Shandonagh last Saturday. The Garrycastle girls took the lead in the early stages of the game, thanks to two great goals scored by Hazel Donegan with another from Tegan Foley, however 3 Shandonagh goals in quick succession saw the girls just one point ahead at half time. 

Garrycastle emerged a different time after the half time break and a Kacey Mulvihill free and a goal from Ella Dowling, marking a return following injury settled Garrycastle nerves. There were some fantastic displays from Jessica Frawley and Tegan Foley in midfield, Arlene Devery in the half back line and free-taker Kacey Mulvihill. Kaleigh Clyne put in a brave performance in goals. Despite a strong battle on the part of Shandonagh who never gave up Garrycastle emerged well-deserved winners on a score line of 4-13 to 5-2. 

They will meet the winners of the other semi-final between Loughnavalley/ St. Marys Rochfordbridge at the end of September. 

Squad: Kaleigh Clyne, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton, Jasmine Molloy, Orlaith Lynch, 
Arlene Devery, Amy McGovern, Tegan Foley (1-2), Jessica Frawley (0-2), Kacey Mulvihil (0-4), 
Roísín Murphy (0-1), Nessa McNamara (0-1), Hazel Donegan (2-0), Meliagh McDonagh,
Moya McKiernan (0-2), Ella Dowling (1-1), Rihanna Lowe, Grace Costello and Eve Murphy.



Féile Peil na nÓg 2019 - June 28th - June 30th 

The Garrycastle under-14 Girls squad did their club proud on and off the field at this weekend’s Feile. As Division 2 winners in Westmeath they were placed in a very strong Division 4 which included several teams who had either won or finished runners up in their own county’s Division 1 Final. 

However, they exceeded all expectations by winning all three of their group games and then giving eventual champions Clonguish of Longford an awful fright in the cup quarter final before going down to a gallant and somewhat controversial defeat. 


After making the bus trip to Mayo to their wonderful host club St Mary’s of Aghamore, Garrycastle faced two matches on Friday evening. Their first opposition were Charlestown Sarsfields who really put it up to the girls for much of the match before Garrycastle eventually pulled away in the second half, with Kacey Mulvihill’s goal a real turning point. 

Final score was 1-7 to 0-2. 
Scorers: Kacey Mulvihill (1-1), Ella Dowling (0-2), Tegan Foley (0-2), Hazel Donegan (0-1), Nessa McNamara (0-1). 

The second game saw the girls up against the hottest of group favourites, Donaghmore-Ashbourne, who had only lost the Meath Division One Feile Final by a point, and featured some players from the Meath team that won the Leinster Final against Dublin earlier in the year, and who had comfortably won their first group game against very good opposition by 17 points. However, in an incredible atmosphere the Garrycastle girls put in probably their best ever performance as a team, winning 3-2 to 1-4 against stunned opposition, who just simply couldn’t cope with the pace and intensity of the Garrycastle players all over the field. 

A word has to be given to Hazel Donegan’s critical third goal, an amazing strike on the turn into the top corner from the edge of the square. 

Final score was 3-2 to 1-4.
Scorers: Tegan Foley (1-1), Moya McKiernan (1-0), Hazel Donegan (1-0), Ella Dowling (0-1). 

The final group match on Saturday morning against hosts St Mary’s was another fiercely enjoyable game. The Aghamore girls were really up for this one and led by a goal early in the second half, but Hazel Donegan was now unstoppable and fired home four goals in an amazing ten minute spell to see Garrycastle home on a score line of 7-3 to 3-3. 
Scorers: Hazel Donegan (4-0), Jessica Frawley (2-0) Ella Dowling (1-1), Tegan Foley (0-1), Roisin Murphy (0-1).

Garrycastle then decamped to Oran GAA club in Roscommon on Saturday afternoon to play Longford Division One champions Clonguish Óg in the Cup quarter final. Just like their game the night before, Garrycastle were in blistering form early on and their two goal lead was little reward for their dominance before Clonguish scored from a soft looking penalty right at the stroke of half time. The start of the second half followed the same pattern with Garrycastle the better side but they were not taking their chances and moreover they were also suffering from a succession of very questionable refereeing decisions against them, many of them taking even the opposition by surprise. Gradually the inevitable happened as the fitness of the older Longford girls paid off and they fired home some late scores to prevail against a very tired but very brave Garrycastle side, 4-3 to 2-2. 

In fairness to Clonguish, they are clearly a superb team and they proved it the next day as they played some brilliant football on their way to the Division 4 Cup title. 

And so the journey ended for this remarkable group of Garrycastle girls who won a lot of supporters from different clubs over the weekend with their brand of non stop attacking play. Every one of the 20 girls played a huge part. 

Gemma Duffy made some great saves and driving clearances and her kick outs nearly always found their targets. 

The defence were probably the real stars of the tournament - Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Kaleigh Clyne and especially Emma Kearney and Arlene Devery were all phenomenal, turning over countless ball, and reading the game superbly. Orlaith Lynch deserves special mention for her display against Donaghmore-Ashbourne while Amy McGovern was a revelation, especially in the quarter final, where she was probably the player of the match. 

Captain Tegan Foley, as always, led the team by example with her skill and unlimited determination, driving her players forward at every opportunity and literally running herself into the ground, while her midfield partner Jessica Frawley was probably the squad’s most consistently excellent performer throughout. 

Kacey Mulvihill played a key role in both attack and defence getting and setting up some key scores but also sweeping back when called upon. Nessa McNamara started the tournament in great form but unfortunately picked up an injury in the second game and her ability to find space and link play was badly missed in the quarter final. Roisin Murphy worked tirelessly from her centre forward role and while receiving a lot of attention from the opposition managed to set up numerous scores as well as scoring a crucial point at a key stage against St Marys. 

At the point of attack Meliagh McDonagh showed up really well in all of the games pressuring defenders into mistakes and was really unlucky not to get on the scoreboard. Ella Dowling was as impressive as ever, scoring in every game, and could well have been a match winner in the quarter final if she had been awarded even a fraction of the frees she looked to have earned. Moya McKiernan’s well taken goal in the Meath match was a huge moment but her work rate and rate of improvement in all the games was even more impressive. 

The younger players on the squad, Rihanna Lowe, Juliet O’Hara and Eve Murphy all played their part when called upon, and what they lacked in size they each made up in effort while Hazel Donegan has to receive special plaudits for a stunning performance, scoring five goals and causing all sorts of problems for her markers despite just having returned to the squad this week after being away all year. 

Huge credit has to go to manager Colin Clyne for the way he prepares and motivates this group of girls and gets them playing football in the right way. Thanks too to his backroom team Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Ann Kearney for all of their hard work, to David and Marie Mc Govern for all their help especially with fundraising and to the many parents, relatives and supporters who travelled all the way to Mayo to provide such great support. A special word of thanks to Paddy Mulvihill for his inspiring work with the girls over the weekend. 

And last but not least, it is very difficult to put into words how wonderful as hosts the people from St Marys, Aghamore were. They really could not have done any more to make this weekend a wonderful memory for the girls. Their kindness and hospitality, will never be forgotten.


Match results:
Friday June 28, Div. 4 Group A, Round 1: Garrycastle 1-7, Charlestown 0-2
Friday June 28, Div. 4 Group A, Round 2: Garrycastle 3-2, Donaghmore/Ashbourne 1-4
Saturday June 29, Div. 4 Group A, Round 3: Garrycastle 7-3, St. Marys Aghamore 3-3
Saturday June 29, Div. 4 Cup Quarter-Final: Garrycastle 2-2, Clonguish 4-3


The club would like to extend huge congratulations to all of the players, Colin and his backroom team, Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Anne Davin. Many thanks to the hardworking Féile committee for organising a number of fundraising events, to everyone who contributed to and supported the events and to the club for their support. 

Special thanks to our very generous sponsors, Enda McKiernan Plant Hire and Grovelands Childcare who have co-sponsored the girls’ training tops, and Tormeys Solicitors who have sponsored their gear bags. 


Squad: Kaleigh Clyne, Emma Connaughton, Arlene Devery, Gemma Duffy, Hazel Donegan, Ella Dowling, Tegan Foley, Jessica Frawley, Emma Kearney, Rihanna Lowe, Orlaith Lynch, Meliagh McDonagh, Amy McGovern, Moya McKiernan, Nessa McNamara, Jasmine Molloy, Kacey Mulvihill, Eve Murphy, Róisín Murphy and Juliet O’Hara.


Féile Peil na nÓg 2019 - June 24th

For the fourth time in their twenty four year history an under 14 squad from Garrycastle Ladies will compete at Féile. Next weekend sees the team off to Mayo to compete in Division 4 where they will be hosted by St.Marys LGFA, Aghamore. Féile is a very special and memorable GAA event and one to be enjoyed. It is an opportunity for teams from all over Ireland and abroad to come together to participate in and enjoy Gaelic football. In this year’s event there will be no less than 75 girls teams competing in 10 Divisions hosted by Connacht GAA. The Garrycastle girls will play their first game against host club St Mary’s on Friday 28th June and will play Charlestown (Mayo) later that evening before taking on Donaghmore/Ashbourne (Meath) on Saturday morning in their final group game. Results will determine if they make it to the Cup or Shield playoffs which will take place Saturday evening /Sunday morning.

The girls have worked hard to make it to this stage of the competition winning group matches against Loughnavalley, Athlone, Ballycomoyle and Shandonagh in order to qualify for the county final where following a tough encounter with Loughnavalley they were crowned Westmeath Division 2 Feile champions. A young squad, with over half of the girls eligible again next year, they have been well prepared by manager Colin Clyne, training hard and playing several challenges matches as well as enjoying a successful campaign so far in the county championship. The club would like to extend best wishes to all of the players, Colin and his backroom team, Geraldine Griffith, Noelle O’Donnell and Anne Davin. Many thanks to the hardworking Féile committee for organising a number of fundraising events, to everyone who has contributed and supported the events and to the club for their support. Special thanks to our very generous sponsors, Enda McKiernan Plant Hire and Grovelands Childcare who have co-sponsored the girls’ training tops, and Tormeys Solicitors who have sponsored their gear bags. 


Squad: Kaleigh Clyne, Emma Connaughton, Arlene Devery, Gemma Duffy, Hazel Donegan, Ella Dowling, Tegan Foley, Jessica Frawley, Emma Kearney, Rihanna Lowe, Orlaith Lynch, Meliagh McDonagh, Amy McGovern, Moya McKiernan, Nessa McNamara, Jasmine Molloy, Kacey Mulvihill, Eve Murphy, Róisín Murphy and Juliet O’Hara.


Under-14 League vs Athlone - June 3rd

Garrycastle under 14 Girls made it 5 wins from 5 league games with a strong performance against local rivals Athlone.  Athlone got off to a very promising start but gradually Garrycastle’s strong support play and off the ball running began to create scores and they were able to go in at half time with a comfortable lead.  

The second half was a much more even affair with Athlone putting in a great effort but Garrycastle responded well when they needed to and were able to maintain their advantage to the end.  While there were  excellent displays in attack and in midfield, with Jessica Frawley and Nessa McNamara doing particularly well, this was the squad’s best defensive performance of the season with each of the backs putting in great displays in front of keeper Gemma Duffy.  Emma Connaughton and Jasmine Molloy continually caught the eye with some great tackles and clearances, while Orlaith Lynch and Emma Kearney never gave their markers a moment’s peace.  However, the outstanding players throughout were half backs Amy McGovern and Arlene Devery, neither put a foot wrong all game.  

Garrycastle Squad:  
Gemma Duffy, Emma Connaughton, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Kearney, Orlaith Lynch, Arlene Devery (1-1), Amy McGovern, Jessica Frawley (0-3), Tegan Foley (1-1), Moya McKiernan (1-0), Kayleigh Clyne, Róisín Murphy (3-2), Nessa McNamara (0-1), Meliagh McDonagh (1-0), Ella Dowling (2-4), Grace Costello (0-1), Juliet O’Hara, Eve Murphy.


Under-14 League vs St. Mary's Rochfortbridge - May 16th


The Garrycastle u14 Girls had another good win during the week in their Division 2 league match against St. Marys, Rochfortbridge. The foundation was laid in a very strong first half performance with some excellent play, particularly from Tegan Foley and Jessica Frawley in midfield and Kacey Mulvihill, Ella Dowling and Róisín Murphy in the forwards. The backs had a lot more to do in a very competitive second half but strong performances from Arlene Devery and Amy McGovern in the half back line, Emma Kearney in corner back, and Gemma Duffy in goals managed to limit scoring opportunities for the opposition.

Squad:
Gemma Duffy, Emma Kearney, Orlaith Lynch, Emma Connaughton, Amy McGovern, Arlene Devery (0-1),Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Tegan Foley (0-2), Moya McKiernan(0-1), Róisín Murphy (1-2), Kacey Mulvihill (2-0), Kaya O’Halloran (0-1), Ella Dowling (1-4), Nessa McNamara, Rihanna Lowe, Grace Costello and Eve Murphy.


Under-14 League - May 2nd ?

Garrycastle 5-10, Loughnavalley 4-01

Garrycastle and Loughnavalley clashed for the third time in as many weeks with Garrycastle again coming out on top. Ella Dowling opened the scoring almost straight from the throw in with a good point followed quickly by an excellent goal from Tegan Foley. Loughnavalley responded with a point which was met by an Ella Dowling goal and a point followed by further scores from Kaya O’Halloran and Grace Costello. Loughnavalley were moving the ball well without getting the scores their play deserved but they finally managed to break through and score a goal. Garrycastle responded well again with a goal from Moya McKiernan and points from Roisin Murphy and Ella Dowling to leave the score 3-6 to 1-1 at half time. 


Loughnavalley got off a flying start in the second half scoring two quick goals and were only denied another by a brilliant save from Kayleigh Clyne. However, Garrycastle put the result beyond doubt thanks to a goal and a point apiece from Tegan and Ella before Loughnavalley again found the back of the net. Ella scored the last two points to leave a final score line of 5-10 to 4-1 in favour of Garrycastle. Good team performance with Amy McGovern and Jessica Frawley also deserving a mention.

GARRYCASTLE: 
Kaleigh Clyne, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaghton, Orlaith Lynch, Jasmine Molloy, Amy McGovern, Arlene Devery, Jessica Frawley, Tegan Foley (2-1), Roísín Murphy (0-1), Ella Dowling (2-6), Nessa McNamara, Grace Costello (0-1), Moya McKiernan (1-0), Kaya O’Halloran (0-1).



Under-14 Féile na nÓg Division 2 Final - April 16th

Garrycastle 2-08,  Loughnavalley 1-02

The Garrycastle under-14 girls were crowned Feile Div 2 champions on Tuesday evening in Rosemountthanks to a hard fought 2-08 to 1-02 victory over a very determined Loughnavalley side.  

Loughnavalley were the first to every ball in the early stages and were unlucky not to have more than just the one point to show for their dominance.  Garrycastle responded well though, with a neatly taken goal from Róisín Murphy, and Ella Dowling then won a free which she converted herself to put them ahead.  Loughnavalley worked a very good goal themselves before the sides exchanged points to leave the sides level at the break, Róisín Murphy with the Garrycastle score.  

With the breeze now behind them, Garrycastle made a great start to the second half.  Ella Dowling scored a good point followed by Meliagh McDonagh who converted a free after she was fouled when breaking through.  Ella Dowling then scored a crucial second goal with a powerful shot from a twenty metre free, and followed that up with two more points before Kacey Mulvihill got on the end of a good move to slot over.  Fittingly, Ella Dowling got the final score of the game with a lovely point from distance. 

Loughnavalley did everything they could to get back in the game but were denied by some brilliant defending in front of Gemma Duffy who was solid throughout.  Apart from the girls mentioned there were great performances all over the field starting with the full back line of Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton and Kayleigh Clyne who put up a brick wall in the second half. The half back line of Orlaith Lynch, Jasmine Molloy and Amy McGovern were good throughout but excelled after the break, while the tireless Tegan Foley played a captain’s part in midfield, where she got great support from Arlene Devery, with both players seeming to cover every blade of grass. 

Moya McKiernan and Nessa McNamara did not get on the scoresheet themselves but made great use of space and played their part in several scores.  Grace Costello and Rihanna Lowe added extra legs off the bench in the second half and helped keep the pressure on a tiring Loughnavalley defence.  Great teamwork by all of the girls helped minimise the loss of the absent Jessica Frawley, who had played a huge part in getting her team to the final. The girls now look forward to the National Féile Peil na nÓg tournament which will be played from the 28th to the 30th June.




Féile na nÓg group stage - April 14th

The Garrycastle Under-14s had a very successful outing in Pairc Chiarain last Sunday when they overcame opposition from Loughnavalley, Athlone, Ballycomoyle and Shandonagh to qualify for the Division 2 Féile final. 

Garrycastle Squad: 
Gemma Duffy, Emma Connaughton, Emma Kearney, Orlaith Lynch, Jasmine Molloy, Arlene Devery, Kayleigh Clyne, Rihanna Lowe, Grace Costello, Roísín Murphy, Jessica Frawley, Tegan Foley, Kacey Mulvihill, Ella-May Dowling, Amy McGovern, Meliagh McDonagh, Nessa McNamara and Moya McKiernan.



Under-14 League vs. Tyrellspass, April 4th

The Garrycastle under-14 girls started off their league campaign with a decisive win over Tyrrellspass last Thursday. 

The Garrycastle girls showed great determination and excellent teamwork and accumulated an impressive tally of scores. 

The newly formed Tyrrellspass team battled hard but it was not to be their day. 

Team: 
Gemma Duffy, Emma Kearney, Jasmine Molloy (0-2), Meliagh McDonagh (0-2), Orlaith Lynch (0-1), Jessica Frawley, Kaleigh Clyne, Tegan Foley (1-2), Arlene Devery, Amy McGovern (1-1), Roísín Murphy (2-4), Kacey Mulvihill (1-1), 
Moya McKiernan (0-1), Ella-May Dowling (2-2), Nessa McNamara and Devanshika Sharma. 


2018

Under-14 Championship winners vs Ballycomoyle, Sept. 22nd.
The Garrycastle Under-14 team, which was crowned county 'B' champions after a well deserved win over Ballycomoyle on September 22nd.


Under-12 Girls Championship Final, vs Ballycomoyle, September 22nd.




2017

Under-14 County Final
A goal fest, action packed, U14 B final enthralled the supporters on hand as our fantastic U14 Side met Kinnegad ladies in the county final on Sunday 17th September. Both teams were evenly matched but unfortunately it was Kinnegad who edged out the two extra points to claim the Westmeath LGFA U14 B title for 2017.

We are all so proud of the Garrycastle U14 girls and their management and backroom team. They are a fantastic group of girls, a credit to their clubs and the skills, determination and improvements they show time after time is exceptional. Watch this space for the 2018 season!

FT score, Coralstown/Kinnegad 7-07, Garrycastle 7-05

Garrycastle team: Emily Ruane, Sarah Carter, Emer O'Neill, Nessa Dowling, Elaine McGovern, Stephanie O'Neill, Sarah Kelly, Shannon Mulvihill, Rebecca Norris, Aoife Galvin, Róisín McNamara, Jessica Henson, Ella Dowling, Tegan Foley, Donahay Molloy, Emma Hynes, Siofra McMahon, Danielle Devery, Ciara Shiels, Amy Duffy, Chloe Fitzgerald.




Under-14 Championship Semi-Final
On Saturday afternoon the 2nd Sept, our U14 Team played in the Semi Final against neighbours Caulry, this was a tough game with great displays of football from both sides. However it was the Garrycastle girls who were victorious at the final whistle. Final score Garrycastle 8-6 Caulry 5-11. They now face Kinnegad in the County Final.


Team - Emily Ruane, Sarah Carter, Emer O Neill, Nessa Dowling, Elaine McGovern, Stephanie O Neill, Sarah Kelly, Shannon Mulvihill, Rebecca Norris, Aoife Galvin, Rosin McNamara, Jessica Henson, Ella Dowling, Tegan Foley, Donahay Molloy, Emma Hynes, Siofra MC Mahon, Danielle Devery. Ciara Shiels, Amy Duffy, Chloe Fitzgerald



2016

Under-14 County Final

Garrycastle 7-4 Clan Gaels 3-6
A huge congratulations to our U14 side on winning Championship, beating Clan Gaels in a thrilling encounter on Sunday morning last in Kinegead.

2 Goals from Aoife Galvin, 2 goals and 1 point from Stephanine O Neill, a goal from Ciara MC Govern, 3 points from Shannon Mulvihill, and 2 goals from Ella Dowling saw the Garrycastle girls lift the cup at the final whistle.

This was a great team performance working hard in every area of the pitch. Our Goalie Clionagh Murthagh pulled of many saves aided by the back line of Aoife O Brien, Rebecca Norris and Faye Hannify whose work rate made it difficult for the Clan Gaels forwards to score. The half back line of Sarah Carter, Murin Mulvihil and Emily Ruane worked superb in defence.

Our midfield Duo of Eimear O Neill and Shannon Mulvihill played excellently. The half forwards Ciara and Elaine MC Govern and Nessa Dowling made the half back line of Clan Gaels work hard the girls delivered brilliant passes into the forwards Jessica Henson, Stephaine O Neill, Aoife Galvin, Ella Dowling and Aimee MC Namara who made the most of them. The rest of the panel Sarah Jane Kelly, Siofra McMahon, Emma Hynes,Ciara Kelly, Jane Connaughton, Rosin Mulvihill,Donnahay Molloy,Ciara Finn and Danielle Devery all played their part in getting this group of young girls to the final.

Well done & congratulations to this fantastic bunch of players who had a brilliant year this year, winning Div 2 Féile, representing Westmeath with pride in the Féile in Limerick and today winning their county final with a superb team performance.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with this team this year special thanks to the management team of Nicola Mulvihil, Paddy Mulvihill, Aisling O Brien and Sarah Dolan who gave their time all year long and also to all the parents and supporters who cheered them on every step of the way!

The future is bright! Up the castle!


Under-14 Semi-Final

On Sunday afternoon our U14 Team played in the Semi Final against neighbours Athlone, this was a tough game with great displays of football from both sides. However it was the Garrycastle girls who were victorious at the final whistle. They now face Clan Gael in the County Final, September 18th in Killucan.

Team:
Clionagh Murthagh, Aoife O Brein, Faye Hannify, Emily Ruane, Murieen Mulvihil, Sarah Carter, Eimeer O Neill, Nessa Dowling, Ciara Mc Govern, Elaine McGovern, Stephaine O Neill, Sarah Kelly, Shannon Mulvihill, Aoife Galvin, Jane Connaughton, Rosin Mulvihill,Jessica Henson, Ella May Dowling, Donahay Molloy, Ciara Kelly, Emma Hynes, Siofra MC Mahon, Danielle Devery.


Under-14 vs. Clann Gaels


Our U14 side travelled the long journey to Multyfarmnam to play Clan Gaels in the Championship. This was a great display of football with our girls coming out on top at the final whistle.

Team:
Clionagh Murthagh, Aoife O Brien,Rebecca Norris, Faye Hannify, Sarah Carter, Muirin Mulvihil, Nessa Dowling, Ciara MC Govern,Eimear O Neill, Elaine MC Govern,Shannon Mulvihill, Jane Connaughton, Stephaine O Neill,Aoife Galvin, Jessica Henson, Emma Hynes, Sarah Kelly.


Under-14 Féile All Ireland Weekend 2016


Well at last the day arrived when the u14s could get on the bus to travel to Limerick and participate in Féile 2016. After lots of fundraising activities and hard work by all the girls and their parents, the girls were decked out in style and headed for Foynes where they were met by our host team. 

From the outset the girls and Foynes hit it off and after food and a game of basketball with the locals they set out for Monagae and the first match. This proved to be a tough encounter against Endork form Tyrone. With both sides evenly matched it was nip and tuck all through. Endork looked to be taking the points when the Garrycastle girls fought back and snatched a draw in the closing minutes on a scoreline of 3-3 to 2-6. 

After a short break they took to the field again this time to play local side Monagae and here the Garrycastle girls had the upper hand all through and were victorious, 5-5 to 2-1. With everyone pleased with the result it was back to Foynes and time to meet the host families and get some well-earned sleep. 

Saturday was an early start with a game against our host club. The girls started a bit weary and took time to get into this game but when they did they made it count and were convincing winners, 6-3 to 1-2. This win put the girls in the top two for a cup quarter final and a fantastic achievement. The management team were really pleased with this outcome and very happy with the team performance up to this point where every girl on the panel had played their part and contributed to the result. Through each game the defence were super making great runs forward and clearing their lines, with hard-work from every player throughout the field and great finishing up front. 

After some food and downtime it was on the bus again and off to St Sennans club in Listowel where our opponents were Kilcommin from Kerry who were also in the red and green and a toss of a coin meant Garrycastle changed to the away kit. It was a case of winners take all in this game and you would certainly know it from the play. From the throw in both sides were fighting hard and giving nothing away. Great defending from Garrycastle and with a penalty miss and a great penalty save we stayed in touch and had a 1 point lead at the break. The second half had end to end football and scores very hard to come by and parent’s nerves were on edge. However the Garrycastle girls on the pitch did the business and with every player doing their best and using every skill they were ever taught they forged a win of 1-4 to 0-2. 

Oh what relief and joy from everyone on the side we can all breathe again the girls have made it to the semis. On reflection this was a fantastic game of football and a pleasure to watch, the skill, the determination and the commitment from every single girl that went on the pitch was unbelievable, and the supporters were immensely proud. It was then on to NewcastleWest and time for the parade and then eventually we could relax with all teams at the BBQ. A great night was had by all, the teams enjoyed it and our hosts presented each player with a boot bag and Aisling O’Brien on behalf of the club presented an inscribed piece of Athlone crystal along with some football gear to St Sennan’s of Foynes in appreciation for the wonderful hospitality given to Garrycastle. It was then off to bed with an early start required for a trip to Tralee and our semi-final to take on Dr Crokes. 

The first half was very close and at half time the Castle had the edge by a single point. The second half was nail biting and Dr Crokes had the luck on the day and found the net and they won to take a place in the final, 1-4 to 0-3. It took everything from Dr Crokes to beat this very young Garrycastle side with only 5 players moving on and the remainder still eligible for u14 next year with a number of them still under 12. 

Dr Crokes went on to win out the competition so that speaks volumes for the Garrycastle girls. The girls can be so proud of themselves and how they played over the weekend, they played fantastic football, the teamwork was excellent with great displays of football all through and each and every player on the panel contributing. 

Many thanks to the management team of Nicola Mullvihill, Aisling O Brien, Patrick Mulvihill, Sarah Dolan, Orla Breathnach and Elisha Hunston. To the many supporters who travelled down and to the parents who helped out in any way they could in the build up and over the weekend, they have been fantastic and we discovered a hidden talent among our mothers when it comes to hair styles!

Overall a great weekend was had by all and the experience will stand to those girls and we extend every good wish to them in the remaining games in the championship. Many Thanks to all our sponsors who made this weekend possible for the girls and finally we discovered very talented.

Congratulations girls on your success in Féile and thank you all for giving us a great weekend.

Panel: 
Shannon Mulvihill (Captain), Muireann Mulvihill (vice- captain), Cliodhna Murtagh, Faye Hanniffy, Aoife O Brien,
Emily Ruane, Nessa Dowling, Sarah Carter, Emer O’Neill, Ciara Mc Govern, Stephanie O Neill, Elaine Mc Govern,
Jessica Henson, Aoife Galvin, Siofra Mc Mahon, Sarah Kelly, Aimee Mc Namara, Danielle Devery, Jane Connaughton,
Ciara Finn, Emma Hynes, Donahay Molloy, Rebecca Norris.


Under-14 vs Athlone (May 31st)

Garrycastle 3-09, Athlone 3-09
Our u14 team had a Championship game on Tuesday evening last against neighbours Athlone. This was a hard fought game with great displays from both sides, however it was the Garrycastle girls who were on top at the final whistle with a score line Garrycastle 3-9 to Athlone 3-9


Under-14 vs Clan Gaels (May 21st)

Our U 14 had a home fixture against Clan Gaels last week. This was a tough encounter with the Garrycastle girls having the upper hand in the first half however, the second half didn't go Garrycastle's way and the Clan Gael side came out eventually winners.

The u14 team also played Athlone in their championship this week. This dedicated Garrycastle team have steadily improved all year and were victorious in this encounter beating their local rivals by two points.

Well done girls, keep up the good work.


Under-14 vs Athlone (May 3rd)

This side had an impressive win over our neighbours Athlone on Tuesday evening last. The girls are training hard and are improving with each game.They are due to play Miltown on Tuesday evening. in Milltown at 6:30.


Under-14 County Féile (April 2nd)

Congratulations to our u14 team who were deserved winners of the Division 2 Féile which was held  in Athlone GAA last Saturday. This spirited and hardworking team played excellent football in all their games to finish overall winners on the day.

The Garrycastle girls played Clan Gaels in the first game of the day. From the outset, all the backs showed great determination when coming out with the ball. Rebecca Norris, Aoife O’Brien and Faye Hanniffy worked very well together in the full back line driving out of defence with the ball. Shannon Mulvihill and Emer O’Neill worked tirelessly in the centre of the pitch to get the ball into the forwards. In what was a low scoring game it was important that the forwards converted their scoring chances when they got them, and that they did. Stephanie O’Neill got her first goal and point of the day while Elaine McGovern scored a brilliant point after taking a great pass from her sister Ciara.

Garrycastle finished their first encounter 1-2 to 1-0.

They then took on Ballycomoyle in what was in a one sided affair. The Garrycastle girls were too strong for the Ballycomoyle side and with goals from Shannon Mulvihill, Stephanie O’Neill, Muirin Mulvihill, Emer O’Neill and Elaine McGovern the game finished 6-1 to 0-0.

The girls then took on Milltown in their third game. This game was a tight encounter with Milltown ahead 1-1 to 0-0 at half time. However, the Garrycastle girls worked really hard as a team in the second half. Shortly after half time Ciara McGovern scored a clever goal when she palmed the ball into the back of the net after a high ball in from Stephanie O’Neill. This gave the Garrycastle girls the momentum they needed and Shannon Mulvihill split the posts with two fine points from play soon afterwards. Again the backs put in a great effort to protect their goals with Nessa Dowling a driving  force from centre back. Muirin Mulvihill added another point for Garrycastle and the game finished 1-3 to 1-1.

Garrycastle faced Athlone in the fourth game of the day. The Garrycastle girls played against the wind in the first half and were down at half time 1-1 to 0-0. However, these girls were determined not to lose any game and their team spirit was a source of admiration for anyone who watched them on the day. Emily Ruane and Faye Hanniffy teamed up well together to get the ball out of the back line and their hard work paid off as Emer O’Neill won the ball in the forwards and put Garrycastle on the scoreboard with a great goal. Stephanie O’Neill soon followed her sister’s example and placed two balls past the keeper into the back of the net. Stephanie added another point and the game finished 3-1 to 1-2.

This saw the Garrycastle girls through to the Division 2 Féile final against Milltown. 

The Garrycastle girls knew that this was going to be a tough contest and they were determined to get the win. They  started the game positively with a goal from Muirin Mulvihill. Nessa Dowling and Sarah Carter drove out with the ball from the half back line and their work was followed by a fine point from Stephanie O’Neill. Emer O’Neill and Shannon Mulvihill teamed up to defend the Milltown kick-out and their worked paid off as Shannon scored another great point after they won a kick-out in the middle of the pitch. However, it wasn’t going to be a one-sided affair and Milltown managed to get a ball to the back of the Garrycastle net making it 1-2 to 1-0 at half time. 

In the second half, the half back line of Ella Dowling, Nessa Dowling and Sarah Carter were determined to keep the ball out of the Garrycastle half while Rebecca Norris, Faye Hanniffy and Aoife O’Brien worked extremely hard and dominated in the full back line. They drove out with the ball time and time again to protect the Garrycastle goal from the Milltown forwards. Ciara and Elaine McGovern team up well on a number of occasions to split the Milltown defence with Elaine converting a fine point soon after half time putting Garrycastle three points ahead. The character of this spirited Garrycastle team was tested when Milltown got the ball into the Garrycastle net making it a draw game with five minutes to go.

The Garrycastle girls showed great determination and team work in every single position on the pitch. The backs dug deep with Rebecca Norris, Aoife O’Brien and Ella Dowling clearing ball after ball out of defence to get the ball down the pitch. Emily Ruane gave a fine pass to Emer O’Neill who got the ball down to Stephanie O’Neill who scored a point putting Garrycastle in front once again. Soon afterwards Ciara McGovern worked hard to hold onto the ball and her hard work was worth it as she won a free on the left hand side of the goals. Shannon Mulvihill converted the free kick to put Garrycastle two points up and winners of the Division 2 Féile. 

This exciting and nerve wrecking encounter finished 1-5 to 2-0.

Well done to all the girls who took part on the day they did themselves and the club very proud. A big thanks to the management team and parents who cheered the team on throughout the day.

Team: 
Sarah Kelly, Aoife O’Brien, Rebecca Norris, Faye Hanniffy, Sarah Carter, Nessa Dowling, Emily Ruane, Shannon Mulvihill, Emer O’Neill, Aimee McNamara, Ciara McGovern, Elaine McGovern, Stephanie O’Neill, Muirin Mulvihill, Ella Dowling,
Jessica Henson, Danielle Devery, Amy Duffy, Emma Hynes, Meliagh McDonagh.


Under-14 County vs Wexford (March 5th)

The Westmeath U14 side played Wexford on Saturday morning in Athlone. This was a tightly contested game played in wet conditions. However it was not the lakesides day and the Wexford girls game out on top with the
score line 2-2 to 1-9. 

Garrycastle were represented Murin Mulvihil, Shannon Mulvilhil and Stephanine O'Neill.


2015

Under-14 vs. Clan Gaels

Our U14 girls played their last round of the championship in a home game against Clan Gaels. The Garrycastle girls put in a super performance on the night, with some fine displays of football, with some great scoring, with scores from Aoife, Katlyn, Eimear, Stephanie & Shannon. The whole team had a super game with Ciara McGovern putting in a very strong performance as sweeper as did Coleen McCormack in the back line. This performance secures the girls position in the next level of the competition. Full Time Score: 9-12 to 1-2

Team: Cliodhna Murtagh, Faye Hannify, Coleen McCormack, Roisin Molloy, Amy McNamara, Ciara McGovern, Ailsih Mannion, Kate Derwin, Eimear O’Neill, Stephanie O’Neill, Katlyn Murray, Shannon Mulvihill, Aoife O’Brien, Aisling McCarthy, Ivana Devery.


Under-14 vs. The Downs (July 21st)

Our U14 side travelled to play the Downs on Tuesday evening last. There were some great performances from all players but notably Shannon Mulvihil and Stephanie O'Neill player very well. The match ended on a score line of 5-0 to 3-4 in favour of Garrycastle.

Team:
Clionagh Murthagh, Ailish Mannion,Aisling Mulvihil, Rosin Molloy, Stephanie O'Neill, Eimear O'Neill, Aoife O'Brien, Faye Hannify,A isling McCarthy, Kate Dervin, Shannon Mulvihil, Ciara McGovern and Sarah Dolan.


Under-14 vs. Goldsmith Girls (July 6th)

Garrycastle girls travelled the short distance to play Goldsmiths Girls. The Garrycastle girls led from the start with great defence from Rosin Molloy and Sarah Dolan who kept Goldsmiths girls on their toes. This made it difficult for the Goldsmiths forwards to get through. Their were some great scores from Aisling McCarthy on the debut with this U14 side. Shannon Mullvihil, Stephaine O'Neill and Muiren Mulvihil scored some great points and goals assisted by Aoife O'Brien, Faye Hannify and Eimear O'Neill. Team captain Coleen Mc Cormack encouraged her team throughout. There were great performances from Aisling Mulvihil and Ailish Mannion. The Garrycastle girls came out on top at the final whistle with the score at Garrycastle 8-11 Goldsmiths Girls 4-5.

Team
Colleen McCormack(c), Ailish Mannion, Aisling Mulvihil, Rosin Molloy, Stephaine O'Neill, Eimear O'Neill, Muireen Mulvihil, Aoife O'Brien, Faye Hannify, Aisling McCarthy, Shannon Mulvihil and Sarah Dolan.


Under-14 vs. Loughnavalley (June 9th)

Tuesday the 9th June we played our 2nd match under lovely skies against Lougnavalley.

A tough physical game, while the end score does not reflect the level of effort put in by our Garrycastle girls .

In the first half both teams held their own with Garrycastle in the last 10 mins floundering a bit. Our backs had a superb game with Roisin Molloy Sarah Dolan , Kate Derwin, Faye Hannify and Ciara McGovern working great together.

Loughnnavalley scored the first goal and point but a great come back from Muirin Mulvhill taking the first point and goal with some excellent skill from Aoife O Brien who scored her first goal and point . Aisling Mulvhill ran her heart our and kept on top of her player at all times. Clionhna Murtagh our goalie had a fantastic match with great saves.
The first half of the match was fast and with 3 point behind the girls went back with winning on their minds.

Aimee McNamara and Shauna Deveraux sent some great passes into Stephanie O Neill and Muirin Mulvhill to allow them to get the scores we needed , Eimear O Neill and Aoife fought their way through a strong back line to never giving up. Sarah Dolan made some great blocks and possession of the ball working with Colleen Mc Cormack and Nessa Dowling.

It was not for the lack of trying but it was not our night to win but a great game.

Team :
Ailish Mannion, Sarah Dolan, Aisling Mulvhill Cpt ,Katlyn Murray Clionhna Murtagh, Muirin Mulvhill, Ciara Mc Govern, Aoife O Brien, Aimee Mc Namara, Faye Hanniffy, Colleen Mc Cormack, Nessa Dowling.Eimear O Neill, Stephanie O Neill, Shauna Deveraux, Avana Deveraux.

Management Team : Mick Mannion, Tommy O Neill, Aisling O Brien Tara Hogan.


Under-14 vs. Goldsmith Girls (May 19th)

The first half both teams held their own. With Goldsmith girls taking the first point and goal with some great work form our forward line. Muirin Mulvhill scored a great goal and points. Kate Derwin and Colleen Mc Cormack made some great tackles and powered through to bring the ball through to our forwards.
In the second half we were 2 points behind.

Eilish Mannion Faye Hanniffy worked great in defence against Goldsmith Girls but they still managed to break through and score some more goals. Nessa Dowling played a great game as a back. The team never gave up and played on to the end. Aoife O Brien made great tackles and got the ball through to Muirinn on several occasions and Ciara Mc Govern got a lovely point.

It was not our night to win but a great game. Well done girls.

Final score: 4-3 to 8-7

Team : Ailish Mannion, Sarah Dolan, Aisling Mulvhill, Katlyn Murray, Clionhna Murtagh, Muirin Mulvhill, Ciara Mc Govern, Aoife O Brien, Aimee Mc Namara, Faye Hanniffy, Colleen Mc Cormack, Nessa Dowling, Eimear O Neill


Under-14 vs The Downs (May 17th)

The u14 girls had a home game against The Downs on Sunday morning last. This was again a tough game. The girls played against the wind in the first half and they kicked some nice points with a great goal by the u12 player Shannon Mulvihill. However, the Downs were in the lead going in at the break.
With the wind on their backs in the second half the girls worked really hard especially Kate Dervin who proved to be a driving force. All the girls played to their potential and they came out deserved winners at the final whistle with a score of 4-3 to 2-3 to Garrycastle.

Team.
Aoife O'Brien, Shannon Mulvihill, Kate Dervin, Faye Hannify, Rosin Molloy, Stephaine and Eimear O' Neill, Aisling Mulvihill, Ailish Mannion, Ciara McGovern, Coleen Mc Cormack and our goalie Sarah Dolan.


Under-14 vs. Caulry (May 14th)

Our u14 girls travelled the short distance to Caulry on Thursday evening last. This was a tough encounter and the Garrycastle girls worked hard however, it wasn't to be and the Caulry girls proved to be deserving winners at the final whistle.

Team:
Kate Derwin, Murin Mulvihil, Ailish Mannion, Sarah Dolan, Roisin Molloy, Katlyn Murray, Stephanie O Neill, Ciara Mc Govern, Aoife O Brien, Faye Hanniffy, Colleen Mc Cormack Nessa Dowling , Shannon Mulvhill, Eimear O Neill.