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Under-16 Management team for 2020

Colin Clyne, Declan Finn, Geraldine Griffith, Katrina Jameson, Noelle Murphy.

Contact Declan Finn on <number> with any queries regarding the Under-16 girls group.

Training details

Training for this group is on on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm in Garrycastle. 

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

2020 Report

Under-16 Girls U16 Westmeath Div 2 Winners. The Under-16 girls started training in January 2019 and continued up to October 2020. The girls had a fantastic season and once again were crowned County champions. The girls were undefeated in all 5 championship matches played, which culminated with a very impressive victory in the final against St. Joseph’s in Garrycastle. 

A strong start to the final, put them in a great position to win the under-16 title for the 2nd year in a row. Many thanks to Colin Clyne, Noelle O Donnell, Katrina Jameson, Ger Griffith, Richie Byrne and Declan Finn for their hard work all season. Also to the parents who supported the players and finally to the club executive for their help.

Under-16 Division 2 County Final, Sunday 13th September 2020
Garrycastle 5-11, St Joseph's/Kilbeggan 1-09

Westmeath County Champions 2020 !

Sunday last was the date set for the Under-16’s final against St Joseph's/Kilbeggan. As these two sides reached this final stage unbeaten, this was all set to be a very competitive game. The game was played in Garrycastle in perfect conditions. From the onset the Garrycastle girls were out to prove their unbeaten record was well deserved. Immediately the ball was thrown in by referee James Allard, the brilliant Tegan Foley won the ball and it was sent quickly into the forward line where it was gathered by Ella Dowling who took her chance well to score the first goal of the game after only 5 seconds. 

This was to set the pace of the the game. Ciara Finn put the ball past the keeper to score again. St Joseph’s replied with a point from play. Tegan Foley was again on target with a well finished goal. 
The diligent work of the backs Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter and Donna Molloy, made it very difficult for the St Joseph’s forwards to score. They popped over 5 points just before the half time mark. Kasey Mulvihill scored a brilliant goal followed by another goal and a point from Ciara Finn. Elaine McGovern’s work rate was superb and she scored 2 points in this half and was instrumental in many of the scores converted. At half time  Garrycastle were in a commanding position, on a scoreline of 
Garrycastle 5-04 to St
Joseph’s 0-05.

As the second half started St. Josephs were quicker to attack, but the tremendous work of Gemma Duffy in the Garrycastle goal made it very difficult for them. Garrycastle continued to score, adding 7 more points from Ella Dowling, Roisin Murphy and Elaine McGovern. Jessica Frawley made her presence felt in the half forward line. Erika Lowe worked tirelessly throughout the game.

Garrycastle finished the stronger side 5-11 to St Josephs 1-09. Garrycastle had a wonderful panel of girls to select from and the subs Orla Barry, Meleigh McDonnagh, Nessa McNamara, Emma Kearney, Amy McGovern, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihanna Lowe and Kayleigh Clyne all playing a vital part when introduced. 

There was great excitement when the U16 Trophy was collected by Captain Elaine McGovern. Elaine gave a wonderful speech thanking the opposition for a very sporting game, thanking Garrycastle for hosting the game and having the pitch in such a wonderful condition and thanking the supporters for obeying the covid guidelines. Elaine also thanked the coaches and mentors Colin Clyne, Declan Finn, Geraldine Griffin, Katrina Jameson and Noelle Murphy for all their hard work and dedication over the past year to bring the girls to the final. 

Garrycastle Team and Scorers: 
Gemma Duffy, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Arelene Devery, Sarah Carter, Donna Molloy, Erika Lowe, Tegan Foley (1-0), Jessica Frawley, Elaine McGovern (0-4), Roisin Murphy (0-1), Kasey Mulvihill (1-0), Ella Dowling (1-5), Ciara Finn (2-1), Meleigh McDonnagh, Orla Barry, Nessa McNamara, Emma Kearney, Amy McGovern, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihanna Lowe, Kaleigh Clyne.

Under-16 Championship vs Caulry, Monday August 24th

Well done to our u16 girls who were victorious over Caulry last Monday evening. 

The Garrycastle girls were in total control from start to finish with a final score of 7-13 to 0-06. Keep up the great work!

Under-16 Championship vs Killucan, August 13th

On Thursday evening the squad travelled to Killucan to play the home side.  A strong Killucan side opened the scoring with 2 goals in quick succession. The Garrycastle girls settled down after the uneasy start with a great goal from Ella Dowling.  This was followed shortly by a point from Roisin Murphy. Gemma Duffy was once again superb in goals keeping the home side from scoring any more goals.  The Garrycastle girls pressed hard and kept the scoreboard moving in their direction putting up an impressive score line of 9-12 to Killucans 2-06.

Garrycastle Team and scorers: 
Gemma Duffy, Orliath Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Sarah Carter, Arlene Devery, Donna Molloy, Erika Lowe (1-0), Tegan Foley (1-1), Roisin Murphy (1-2), Elaine McGovern (3-2), Jessica Frawley, Ciara Finn (0-3), Ella Dowling (2-3), Kasey Mulvihill, Amy McGovern (0-1), Orla Barry, Nessa McNamara, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan (1-0), Mandisa Ni Chluaid.

Under-16 Championship vs Milltown, August 10th

Garrycastle 2-15 Miltown 0-08

The Under-16 team played their first game of the championship on Monday evening in Garrycastle against Milltown. This was an end to end pulsating game with both teams evenly matched although this was not reflected in the final score. The diligent work of the backs Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter and Donna Molloy, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton and Jasmine Molloy left it difficult for the Miltown forwards to penetrate. Superb goal keeping from Gemma Duffy keeping a clean sheet. Tegan Foley and Jessica Frawley were commanding in midfield. The half forwards Amy McGovern, Nessa McNamara and Elaine McGovern lead by Roisin Murphy drove consistently forward creating and taking scoring chances. The full forward line of Ciara Finn, Ella Dowling, Kasey Mulvihill, Orla Barry and Meleigh McDonnagh worked hard throughout, winning out on a score line of Garrycastle 2-15 to Miltown 0-8.


Under-16 B-Championship Final vs. St. Josephs, October 5th

Garrycastle 3-08 St Joseph’s 2-10

Garrycastle travelled the short journey to Caulry to take on St Joseph’s in this Final. Having been well beaten by St Joseph’s in the group stages Garrycastle were under no illusion that this would be a tough encounter. Despite heavy rain underfoot conditions in Caulry were excellent. The first half produced great end to end football with both defences doing well and scores hard to come by and Garrycastle were down by two points at the break. 0-5 to 0-3 from Ella Dowling (0-2) and a free from Shannon Mulvihill. 

The second half started at pace and St. Joseph’s added 2 points before finding the Garrycastle net. From the kick out Garrycastle launched an attack which ended in a tackle on Erika Lowe and a penalty awarded which was duly converted by Shannon Mullvihill. This spurred on the girls and points from Elaine McGovern and Roisin Murphy closed the gap. St Joseph’s didn’t give up and added a goal but further pressure from Garrycastle resulted in 2 goals from the boot of Shannon Mulvihill and a point from Arlene Devery. Garrycastle were now two points up in the dying minutes and a point from St. Joseph’s in injury time left the minimum between the sides. The Garrycastle girls held firm and every player defended to the last to win out by one point, 3-08 to 2-10. 

This was a great performance from Garrycastle who had to dig deep to take the lead from four points down and then to hold onto that lead and claim victory. Sarah Kelly had a great game in goals and made the best of every kick out. Her defence were solid all through and put an end to many attacks with Roisin McNamara thwarting a number of goal chances. She was well assisted by Donna Molloy and Emily Ruane with Amy McGovern doing well on her introduction. 

The half back line of Sarah Carter and Rebecca Norris broke up many attack and sent the ball to the forwards while Eimer O'Neill was consistent all through winning lots of kick outs from both sides and feeding the forwards. The midfield duo of Erika Lowe and Tegan Foley worked hard all through with the latter creating many an attack in the second half. Up front the forwards worked hard for scores and found their momentum in the second half. Great work from Roisin Murphy, Jessica Frawley and Arlene Devery feeding in the ball with Elaine McGovern, Ella Dowling and Shannon Mullvihill making the most of every chance and converting at crucial times. 

Captain Elaine McGovern accepted the cup on behalf of her team. She commended St. Joseph’s on a great game and thanked the team management and committee.

Congratulations to this bunch of girls, many who will still be under 16 next year, to their manager Declan Finn for his commitment and work with this team and to the backroom team of Katrina Jameson and Marie McGovern. Thanks also to Colin Clyne and Ger Griffith for helping out. The team enjoyed refreshments after the game.

Sarah Kelly, Donna Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane, Eimer O'Neill, Rebecca Norris, Sarah Carter, Erika Lowe, Tegan Foley, Roisin Murphy(0-1), Shannon Mullvihill (3-3), Elaine McGovern (capt.) (0-1), Jessica Frawley, Ella Dowling (0-2), Arlene Devery (0-1), Shauna Jameson, Ciara Finn, Amy McGovern, Ciara Sheils, Emma Hynes, Aoife Galvin, Emma Connaughton.

Under-16 B-Championship Semi-Final vs. Milltownpass, September 3rd

Garrycastle 2-16, Milltownpass 2-12

The Garrycastle U16 girls are into the Final of the B Championship after a win over Milltownpass on Tuesday evening last. Garrycastle opened up the game with a point from Captain, Elaine McGovern, this was followed by a point from Shannon Mulvihill. Milltownpass dominated the next patch of play leaving the score level at the half time break.  The Garrycastle girls worked hard in the second half. They displayed some great football skills. It was an overall great team effort that saw Garrycastle come out on top on a score line of 2-16 to Miltownpass 2-12

The girls are now due to play the Winners of Caulry and St. Josephs/Kilbeggan in the Final on weekend of 21/22nd of September. Both venue and time are TBC.


Sarah Jane Kelly, Emer O'Neill, Elaine McGovern (0-1), Tegan Foley(0-1), Rebecca Norris,
Donahay Molloy, Rosin McNamara, Emily Ruane (1-0), Shauna Jameson, Ciara Sheils, Sarah Carter, Shannon Mulvihill (0-7), Emma Hynes, Erika Lowe (0-2), Roisin Murphy (0-3), Jessica Frawley, Jasmine Molloy, Amy McGovern, Ciara Finn (1-2), Arlene Devery, Ella Dowling.

Under-16 vs. The Downs, July 16th

Garrycastle 8-11, The Downs 5-04

Garrycastle U16 team travelled to the Downs on Tuesday evening last to play the Downs. This was a hard fought game, with great scores coming from both sides. Garrycastle opened up with the first score but the Downs replied quickly, this was the way throughout the game. The backs were constantly put under pressure by the quick Downs forwards. Roisin McNamara led in fullback position aided by Shauna Jameson and Amy McGovern on the wings keeping the Downs forwards from scoring. Sarah Kelly pulled off a great save from the penalty spot. The work rate of the half backs, Emily Ruane, Donna Molloy and Rebecca Norris was superb. The duo at centre field, Tegan Foley and Emer O'Neill, were excellent. Our captain Elaine McGovern (0-2) led by example and was instrumental in a lot the scores taken. Shannon Mulvihill was a tower of strength and scored an amazing 5 goals and 8 points of the final tally. Ciara Finn showed great determination and skill making great space for our young forwards Ella Dowling (2-0) and Jasmine Molloy (1-0) to put their names on the score sheet.

Overall well deserved win with great work rate by all fourteen players.

Sarah Jane Kelly, Emer O'Neill, Ciara Finn, Elaine McGovern, Ella May Dowling, Tegan Foley, Rebecca Norris, Donahay Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane, Shauna Jameson, Shannon Mulvihill, Jasmine Molloy and Amy McGovern.

Under-16 Championship vs. Mullingar Shamrocks, May 14th

Garrycastle 9-15, Mullingar Shamrocks 1-02

Our U16’s travelled to Mullingar on Tuesday evening last to play Mullingar Shamrocks in the Championship. This was somewhat of a one sided affair with Shannon Mulvihill opening the score with a goal, with a quick pass from Ciara Sheils This was followed by a point by Erika Lowe. The Garrycastle girls continued to dominate with Rebecca Norris giving good passes that led to scores from Ella Dowling and Ciara Finn. Tegan Foley was outstanding in her mid-field role. Donna Molloy flourished in her half back position. Eimer O Neill and Emily Ruane worked well not allowing the ball back to the Shamrock forwards. Rosin McNamara was a power of strength at full back and this left things easy for Sarah Kelly in goals. There were some great displays of football from Elaine McGovern, Sarah Carter and Rosin Murphy. Emma Hynes added to the score with a point from an awkward angle. When introduced Shauna Jameson played her defensive role. Overall the girls should be proud of their display, great teamwork with brilliant scores.

The team will be taking a break from Championship football until the end of June to facilitate the Junior cert examinations. Good luck to all.

Training will continue however one night (Monday) for all those not partaking in exams.

Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin McNamara, Ciara Sheils 1-0, Rebecca Norris, Shauna Jameson, Emer O'Neill, Donna Molloy, Emily Ruane, Elaine McGovern 2-3, Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling 0-2, Erika Lowe 0-3, Tegan Foley, Shannon Mulvihill 3-2, Roisin Murphy 2-1, Ciara Finn 1-3, Emma Hynes 0-1

Under-16 League vs Loughnavalley, May 7th

Garrycastle 8-11  Loughnavalley 8-10

Our U16’s played Loughnavalley in a high scoring game on Tuesday evening last in Garrycastle. Loughnavalley started off very strong with a goal and 4 points before Garrycastle put a score up. Garrycastle were behind at the half time mark. 

After the break the Garrycastle girls dug deep and worked hard to win the game by the narrowest of margins. There were some great displays of football from our full back Rosin McNamara, Shannon Mulvihill, Tegan Foley and Elaine McGovern. Overall it was a great team effort.


Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin McNamara, Ciara Sheils, Shauna Jameson, Emer O’Neill, Donna Molloy, Elaine McGovern (1-2), Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling (0-1), Erika Lowe (1-1), Tegan Foley, Shannon Mulvihil (6-3), Aoife Galvin, Roisin Murphy, Ciara Finn (0-4), Emma Hynes, Jessica Frawley, Amy McGovern.

All-Ireland Champion!

Well done to Garrycastle player Shannon Mulvihill and her teammates from Moate Community School on winning the All-Ireland Junior B final last Friday (April 5th). Shannon was also named player of the match. 

Congratulations from all at Garrycastle Ladies!

Under-16 League vs Milltown, April 2nd


The Garrycastle Under-16 girls travelled to Milltown on Tuesday April 2nd last to play their first league game of the season. This was a hard fought game played in winter like conditions. The Garrycastle girls showed great determination and skill and well deserved to come out on top at the final whistle. 
Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin Murphy, Ciara Shiels, Emer O'Neill, Ciara Finn, Elaine McGovern, Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling, Erika Lowe 0-1, Tegan Foley, Chloe Fitzgerald, Rebecca Norris, Aoife Galvin, Donahay Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane.