Match Reports Adult

FEIS CUP FINAL [24 November 2013]


An under strength Garrycastle side travelled to Lakepoint Park for this re-arranged fixture against the home side.

Garrycastle made a good start and had built up a four point lead within the first 6 minutes thanks to a good supply of quick ball to the lively inside line. Michael Monaghan, Neil Rattigan, and two points from Dessie Dolan made up the Garrycastle total. St Lomans had a spell of dominance and had levelled matters by the 18th minute with three points from play and one from a close range free. Dessie Dolan pushed Garrycastle ahead again from a free and in their next attack Garrycastle had a goal. A shot by Eoin Monaghan was pushed onto the post by the St Loman’s net minder but Garrycastle recycled possession and worked it in to Michael Monaghan who found the back of the net. St Lomans hit back with two pointed efforts. Garrycastle created two good goal opportunities. However, both chances were passed up by Eoin Monaghan and them Mark McCallon. Eoin Monaghan pointed for the visitors in the 27th minute. St Lomans responded with a point of their own and deep into injury time added another point to leave it 1-6 to 0-8 at the break in Garrycastle’s favour.

St Lomans upped the intensity after the restart and hit over four points to nudge ahead by the 37th minute of play. Eoin Monaghan pointed for Garrycastle immediately to level the scores. However, Dessie Dolan pointed a minute later to put Garrycastle into the lead. Eoin Monaghan stretched their advantage with a point in the 40th minute. However, this was to be their last score and a fitter St Lomans outfit began to dominate possession and racked up a succession of points. Patrick Mulvihill was dismissed late on for a second yellow card and with it went any hope of a Garrycastle revival.

This was a disappointing result for Garrycastle but given the number of regulars unavailable was a spirited and brave showing in the circumstances. It was obvious in the final quarter that St Lomans had been training and playing at a high level in recent weeks, whereas Garrycastle had only one outing since their championship semi-final defeat to the same opposition. There were particularly good displays by Jack Donoghue, Justin Barrett, Tom McHugh, Enda Mulvihill in defence. David O’Shaughnessy had a good first half but faded in the second period. Michael Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan, Patrick Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan were prominent in attack but were starved of possession in the second period.

Congratulations to St Lomans, who have now won the senior championship, ACL Division 1 and Feis Cup this year.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Jack Donoghue, Justin Barrett, Mark McCallon, Tom McHugh, Enda Mulvihill, Anthony Larkin, David O’Shaughnessy, Neil Rattigan (0-1), Michael Monaghan (1-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill, Gary Dolan, Patrick Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan (0-4, 1f).

SUBS: Sean Brennan for Peadar Mulvihill (39 mins); Padraig Cosgrove for G Dolan (55 mins) and Gary Mullery for E Mulvihill (58 mins).

All County League (Div. 2) [9 November 2013]

Garrycastle 0-13; Castletown-Finea-Coole-Whitehall 0-13

Garrycastle's second team made the long journey to play the team with the longest name on Saturday last, and finished off their league campaign by sharing the points with the home team. This point sees Garrycastle finish with a respectable 10 points in the top half of the table, but for the home team the point was priceless, as it ensured that they retain their Division 2 status.

Garrycastle had difficulties in rounding up a team for a variety of reasons and great credit is due to all who gave up their Saturday to help out their club. Special praise is due to those players who had taken part in the extra time Junior B final win the previous night. The sides were evenly matched in the first half and went in level at six points each. Garrycastle had the better of the third quarter and edged into a two point lead, with Eoin Monaghan in sparkling form. The home team staged a determined rally to draw level with five minutes remaining. Eoin Monaghan kicked another marvellous point which looked like being the winning score but deep into added time the CFCW free-taker showed great composure to kick the equalising point from 30 metres to preserve his club's Division 2 status.

This game was played in a good spirit throughout and referee Ken Gunning had no need to flash any cards. Garrycastle's defence was solid with great contributions from goalkeeper Colman Gantley, Jack Donohue and Frank Farrell, while further afield James Duignan, Matthew Guiheen and the outstanding Eoin Monaghan were most impressive. However, all 15 players are to be commended for a committed and disciplined performance.

GARRYCASTLE: Colman Gantley, Frank Doolan, Jack Donohue (0-1), Ben Kennedy, Frank Farrell, Anthony Larkin, Neill Rattigan, James Duignan, Sean Brennan (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill, Eoin Monaghan (0-9, 2 frees), Enda Keena (0-2), Padraig Cosgrove, Matthew Guiheen, Aidan Ryan.


GARRYCASTLE 4-9, MILLTOWNPASS 1-15 (after extra time)

Garrycastle just about came out on top in an exciting final in Pairc Chiarain last Friday night after the game went to extra time.Milltownpass made the better start and raced into the lead with points in the 2nd and 5th minutes of the game. They also had a few goal opportunities but a combination of good goalkeeping by the Garrycastle net-minder, Shane O’Connell, and his full back line prevented a green flag being raised. Gradually Garrycastle got a foothold in the match and Padraig Cosgrove pointed in the 10th minute to get his side off the mark. In Garrycastle’s next attack Michael Monaghan pointed a free after a foul on Enda Keena. Garrycastle then hit the front when Johnny McGuire pointed after he was found with a clever pass by Michael Monaghan. Milltownpass responded with a pointed free to level matters. Shane O’Connell had to come to his side’s rescue with a couple of good saves and Michael Monaghan pointed from a close range free in the 19th minute to put Garrycastle ahead again. In his first contribution as a substitute, Alan Daly was set clear on goal but was fouled close in and Pat Fox rightly awarded a penalty to Garrycastle. Alan dusted himself down to slot home a goal to stretch his side’s lead. Their lead was further increased when Peadar Mulvihill pointed in the 24th minute. Milltownpass responded well to these setbacks and rattled off three unanswered points before the break to leave the score 1-5 to 0-6 at half time.

The attendance witnessed an incredible start to the second half, Garrycastle added to their lead when Alan Daly crashed an unstoppable shot to the Milltown net with under two minutes played. From the kick-out Garrycastle attacked again and an effort from Paul Gunning deceived the Milltownpass net-minder and dropped into the net to put Garrycastle 8 points to the good. Milltownpass responded with points in the 39th and 43rd minutes to narrow the gap. However, the Garrycastle cause was dealt a significant blow a minute later when Robbie Fox was shown a red card following a clash with an opponent. Milltownpass exerted severe pressure on the Garrycastle defence, which did well to restrict them to points from distance, but as the clock moved on Milltownpass reduced the lead further with 3 good points. A goal in the 51st minute for Milltownpass brought the sides level. Both sides had opportunities to get a winner in normal time but the defences held out and the game finished level on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-11. So two periods of 10 minutes beckoned for both sides.

Garrycastle were restored to a full complement for extra time with the introduction of Paul Mulvihill to their attack. It was Milltownpass who registered the first score, a point in the first minute of added time. Two quick fire points from Alan Daly pushed Garrycastle into the lead but Milltownpass equalised with a pointed free to leave the sides level at the extra time break.

A fine point from Neil Rattigan pushed Garrycastle ahead again in the 71st minute. The game’s defining score came in Garrycastle’s next attack. Good approach play put Alan Daly in on goal; his effort was well saved by the Milltownpass net-minder. However, Alan reacted quickly and managed to fire the loose ball past the goalkeeper to put his side four points up with just 7 minutes remaining. To their credit Milltownpass fought back strongly and points in the 73rd and 75th minutes narrowed the gap to just two points. However, it was Garrycastle who got the next score, a point from a free by Michael Monaghan to stretch the lead to a goal with just a couple of minutes remaining. Garrycastle used all their experience in the final minutes and kept possession to the frustration of their opponents. Garrycastle winners then on a scoreline of 4-9 to 1-15 at the final whistle.

So Garrycastle captured their second Junior “B” title after extra time, just as they had done in 2010 against Ballynacargy. Great praise is due to both sides for an exciting game given the heavy underfoot conditions. While this win was a team effort, Garrycastle were particularly well served by the displays of Shane O’Connell, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Gary Mullery, Noel Galvin, Michael Monaghan, Padraig Cosgrove and “super-sub” Alan Daly.

Westmeath County Board Chairman, Sean Sheridan, presented the Junior B trophy to Garrycastle captain, Peadar Mulvihill, after the game and complimented both sides and Referee, Pat Fox on a fine game. He also thanked Athlone GAA for staging the final and complimented the club on its presentation.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Gary Mullery, Emmet Keena, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Ronan Donoghue, Robbie Fox, Neil Rattigan (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill [capt (0-1)], Noel Galvin, Michael Monaghan (0-3, 3f), Paul Gunning (1-0), Padraig Cosgrove (0-1) and Enda Keena.

SUBS: Alan Daly (3-2, 1-0 pen) for J McGuire (22 min); Mark Curley for Enda Keena (47 min); J McGuire for N Rattigan (52 min); Colman Gantley for Peadar Mulvihill (56 min).

SUB - Extra Time: Paul Mulvihill

SUBS not used: Frank Doolan, Stephen McGuire, Mark Fox

Feis Cup (Semi Final) [2 November 2013]


The seniors qualified for the Feis Cup final with a good win over the home team on a miserable afternoon in Springfield last Saturday. Both sides were without several regulars and showed all the signs of players that had been out of competitive action for several weeks. With a very strong wind at their backs Garrycastle needed to build up a good lead by half time and they did just that, with goals from Gary Dolan and Paddy Mulvihill (2) helping them to a lead of 3-7 to 1-3 as they turned round to face the elements.

Shamrocks needed a good start to the second half and quickly added a point, but in the next few minutes Paddy Mulvihill and Gary Dolan both struck again for goals to put 16 points between the teams. Shamrocks continued to battle a losing cause and while they added some good points the goals they needed never threatened and Garrycastle ran out clear winners. They will now face county champions St. Loman's in the final, possibly in two weeks depending on Lomans' progress in the Leinster championship.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Gary McCallon, Enda Mulvihill, Tom McHugh, Anthony Larkin, John Gaffey, James Dolan, Neill Rattigan (0-1), David O'Shaughnessy (0-1), Johnny McGuire, Gary Dolan (2-2, 1 free), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul Mulvihill, Paddy Mulvihill (3-4), Dessie Dolan.

SUBS: Mark McCallon (for Gary McCallon), Padraig Cosgrove (0-2, for Paul Mulvihill), Emmet Keena (for Enda Keena)

Senior B Football Championship Final 2013 [27 October 2013]


Garrycastle's second team brought the Senior B title to the club for the second time with a hard-earned win over Tyrrellspass in Garrycastle last Sunday morning. Steady overnight rain had left the pitch very heavy and three torrential downpours on Sunday morning (two of them during the game) made conditions very difficult for the players. Despite these difficulties, both teams managed some fine football and the game was played in a good spirit throughout. Referee Declan Nugent handled the game superbly, making due allowance for the difficult conditions.

Tyrrellspass took an early lead but Garrycastle held a slight edge in the first half, at the end of which they led by 0-4 to 0-2. They extended this lead after the break but it was only in the final quarter that they managed to put daylight between the teams.The slippery ball made scoring difficult for both teams and the flawless free-taking of James Duignan proved invaluable for the home team. Duignan scored five of Garrycastle's first six points to keep his team in the driving seat and three excellent points from play in the last ten minutes from Peadar Mulvihill, and Eoin and Michael Monaghan put the seal on Garrycastle's victory.

On a day that favoured defences, Garrycastle's backs played very well throughout, while Matthew Guiheen and Neill Rattigan edged the midfield exchanges. The forwards all battled well in what was essentially a team triumph, with all the players showing great determination and discipline. However, the man of the match award would have to be split between Alan Fox and Jack Donohue who were inspirational all through the game.

After the game Westmeath Football Board Chairman Liam Gavin presented the Senior B Shield to Garrycastle's injured captain Noel Galvin.

Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Jack Donohue, Anthony Larkin, Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon, Neill Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen, Michael Monaghan (0-2), James Duignan (0-5, frees), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Alan Daly, Johnny McGuire, Eoin Monaghan (0-1).

Subs: Mark Keenan (for O'Connell), Robbie Fox (for McCallon), Padraig Cosgrove (for McGuire), Terry Rushe (for Daly) and Mark Curley (for Rattigan).

Subs not used were Ronan Donohue, Emmet Keena, Sean Carey and Paul Mulvihill.

All County League (Division 6) [25 October 2013]


Garrycastle Junior B side travelled to Kinnegad on Friday evening to take on the home side in a winner takes all tie, with high hopes of securing back to back league promotions. However, it was the home side that had the first score, a point from a free in the 12th minute. Garrycastle had lots of good possession but failed to turn opportunities into scores. Perhaps it was the more than 3 month gap since their last outing but they seemed to lack cohesion in their play. The home side doubled their lead in the 16thminute and we had to wait until the 21st minute for the first Garrycastle score, a point from play by Peadar Mulvihill. The sides were level in the 25th minute when substitute, Paul Gunning, pointed for Garrycastle. However the home side went ahead again in first half added time to lead by the narrowest of margins at the break on a score line of 0-3 to 0-2.

Garrycastle made a better start to the second period and pointed through Damian Rushe in the 34th minute. The play ebbed from one end to the other. Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point from a free and in their next attack got a vital goal to take a decisive lead. Garrycastle responded to this setback with a pointed free by Paul Gunning. The game was very open at this stage and the sides traded points, with Garrycastle efforts from Emmet Keena, Sean Brennan, Damian Rushe and Johnny McGuire, who had been reintroduced in place of Paul Donovan, in response to three points from play for the home side. Paul Mulvihill pointed for Garrycastle but the home side responded with a point of their own. Coralstown/Kinnegad added a point in injury time. Garrycastle pressed forward looking for an equaliser and Tom McHugh flashed a close range free just over the bar in added time. However, it was to be the last play and the home side were victorious and secured promotion to division 5 in 2014.

It was a disappointing result for Garrycastle but every player present tried their best to secure the league title. It was very disappointing that so many eligible players were unavailable on the night, leaving just one substitute available. A number of fresh legs in the closing stages may have made a big difference to the result. Our congratulations to Coralstown/Kinnegad and best wishes for their campaign in division 5 next year.

Best on the night for Garrycastle were Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Sean Carey Peadar Mulvihill, Damian Rushe and Paul Gunning.

GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh (0-1, 1f), Sean Carey, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Robbie Fox, Sean Brennan (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Emmet Keena (0-1), Damian Rushe (0-2), Robbie Shine, Enda Keena, Paul Donovan and Paul Mulvihill (0-1).

SUBS: Paul Gunning (0-2, 1f) for J McGuire

All County League (Division 2) [5 October 2013]

Garrycastle 2-7 Rosemount 1-10

Garrycastle's second team remain in a very creditable position in the top half of the Division 2 table after securing a draw with the home team in Rosemount last Saturday. Short several players, Garrycastle were further depleted in the opening minutes when Neill Rattigan had to retire with a shoulder injury. Rosemount took an early lead but Garrycastle wasted two very good goal chances before they eventually found the net through Paul Mulvihill, who reacted quickest when James Duignan's free came back off the post. Trailing by 0-6 to 1-2 at the break, Garrycastle started the second half positively with two excellent points from Johnny McGuire. Further points from Peadar and Paul Mulvihill and Anthony Larkin kept Garrycastle ahead but now it was Rosemount's turn to miss some goal opportunities, while Mark Keenan made a few good saves in Garrycastle's goal. The home side finally breached the Garrycastle defence for a goal and led by three points coming into the closing minutes. Tom McHugh burst forward from the back and his effort for an equalising goal was deflected across the square where Enda Keena was on hand to level the game. Both sides then had chances to win but in the end a draw was a fair result.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Stephen McGuire, Justin Barrett, Jack Donohue, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon, James Duignan (0-2, frees), Matthew Guiheen, Damien Rushe, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Neill Rattigan, Robbie Shine, Johnny McGuire (0-2), Paul Mulvihill (1-1).

Subs: Enda Keena (1-0) for Rattigan; Sean Carey for Stephen McGuire

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Semi Final) [29 September 2013]


Garrycastle seniors bowed out of this year’s championship in dramatic fashion in Cusack Park, when a goal very deep into added time secured a one point win for St Lomans.

This was cracking game and the lead swung from one side to the other as they battled to gain supremacy. St Lomans took the lead early on from a free but Garrycastle hit the game’s first goal in the 3rd minute when Patrick Mulvihill was set up to blast the ball into the net. Damien Rushe added a point for Garrycastle and Patrick Mulvihill pointed from close range to stretch Garrycastle’s lead. Five pointed frees, all coming from John Helsin pushed St Loman’s ahead by the 14th minute. The same player added tow points from play and put his side 3 points ahead. Patrick Mulvihill replied with a point for Garrycastle. St Lomans had three more points, two of which came from frees, to stretch their lead to 5 points by the 24th minute. The game took a dramatic turn as Gary Dolan converted a penalty and almost immediately James Dolan goaled to put his side ahead. However, in his attempt to score James suffered a head injury and had to retire (initially he was replaced by Michael Monaghan, as a blood sub). Michael added a point on his introduction to leave it 3-4 to 0-11 at the break.

Michael Monaghan was confirmed as a permanent replacement for James Dolan for the restart. St Lomans hit over two points on the resumption but Garrycastle responded with points from Michael Monaghan, who had two, and a 45 from Seanie O’Donoghue. A goal from John Heslin bought St Lomans level in the 39th minute. Eoin Monaghan pointed for Garrycastle but three points for St Lomans, two of which came from frees, pushed them into the lead again. A fourth Garrycastle goal, this coming from Michael Monaghan, put Garrycastle one point up in the 53rd minute. James Duignan pointed from distance for Garrycastle but points from a free and one from play had the sides’ level again. Another point from St Lomans in injury time pushed them into the lead but a long delivery into the St Lomans goal-area was gathered by Gary Dolan and he was dragged to ground. A penalty was awarded and Gary scored his second goal to put his side two points up. It looked all over and only referee, Brendan Keena, can explain how he managed to add on several more minutes but St Lomans took full advantage and in their last attack a high ball was punched to the Garrycastle net.

This was a cruel result for Garrycastle, who showed all their battling qualities. There were good performances from Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Seanie O’Donoghue Gary Dolan, Patrick Mulvihill, Damian Rushe and substitute Michael Monaghan. We wish James Dolan a speedy recovery.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Enda Mulvihill, Gary McCallon, Seanie O’Donoghue (0-1, 1 45mt), Gary Dolan (2-0, 2-0 pen), Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan (1-0), James Duignan (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Patrick Mulvihill (1-2) and Damian Rushe (0-1).

SUBS: Alan Fox for G McCallon (29 min); Michael Monaghan (1-3) for J Dolan (inj, 30 min); Justin Barrett for T McHugh (inj, 36 min); David O’Shaughnessy for E Mulvihill (46 min); Neil Rattigan for D Rushe (51 min)

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Quarter Final) [21 September 2013]


Garrycastle seniors did just about enough to squeeze by The Downs in an entertaining quarterfinal in sunny Rochfordbridge last Saturday evening.

The early exchanges were even with The Downs taking the lead with a pointed free and Dessie Dolan replying for Garrycastle, also from a fee. Another pointed free for The Downs was quickly followed up with an excellent point for The Downs by Luke Loughlin. Dessie Dolan pointed again from a free in the 12th minute. The Downs stretched their lead with another point from a tight angle. Dessie Dolan pointed yet again for Garrycastle, his third free of the match in the 16th minute. A pointed free for The Downs was replied to by Dessie Dolan with yet another free converted from close range. The same player levelled the score with his fifth successful free in the 26th minute. Eoin Monaghan then put his side ahead with a well taken score from play. However, The Downs responded well and hit over two quick-fire points, both from play, to lead as the half time whistler beckoned. The final score of the half came in the second minute of added time for The Downs from a free to leave it 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

Enda Mulvihill was introduced for the start of the second period and this necessitated a reshuffle of the Garrycastle defence. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan was quickly followed with a point from James Dolan to level matters after only 3 minutes of play. The Downs regained the lead with a pointed fee soon afterwards. In the 11th minute of the half, Garrycastle were awarded a penalty as Eoin Monaghan was fouled in the large square. Gary Dolan blasted the ball to The Downs net to restore his side’s lead. The sides exchanged pointed frees, the Garrycastle effort by James Duignan who took over the free taking duties as Dessie Dolan had retired through injury. The game was thrown right open in the 54th minute when The Downs opened up the Garrycastle defence and goaled to take a 1 point lead. In the next minute The Downs were awarded a penalty for a foul near the Garrycastle goal but Cathal Mullin made an excellent save to deny them what would surely have been a decisive score with just 5 minutes remaining. Garrycastle took full advantage when James Duignan pointed a free from distance to level matters on 57 minutes. As the game entered its last minute Garrycastle grabbed the lead when an Eoin Monaghan effort for a point was blocked but James Dolan secured possession and pointed. The Downs pressed forward looking for an equaliser but it was Garrycastle who increased their lead in the first minute of added time when substitute, Michael Monaghan, coolly slotted over appoint from close range.

Victory in a close fought game gave Garrycastle a place in the semi-final next weekend but in truth they will have to play much better if they are to have any prospect of advancing to the final. There were good performances from Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Doron Harte and Tom McHugh in defence. Garrycastle struggled to exert influence in midfield. In attack there were good performances from Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan and Dessie Dolan.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Alan Fox, Doron Harte, Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon, Seanie O’Donoghue, David O’Shaughnessy, Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan (0-2), James Duignan (0-2, 2f), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Gary Dolan (1-0, 1-0 pen) and Dessie Dolan (0-6, 6f).

SUBS: Enda Mulvihill for A Fox (Half time); Aidan Browne for D O’Shaughnessy (42 min); Patrick Mulvihill for S O’Donaghue (45 min); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for D Dolan (45 min)

Junior B Championship Semi-Final [10 September 2013]


No match report.

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter-Final (Play Off) [8 September 2013]


No Match report.

All County League Division 1 [2 September 2013]

Garrycastle vs Bunbrosna

Garrycastle awarded W/O.

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Section B) [1 September 2013]


Garrycastle suffered their second defeat in the group stage in Moate last Sunday evening when they went down to Coralstown/Kinnegad. Despite this defeat Garrycastle will be in the quarter-finals next Sunday against Athlone as runners-up in Section B by virtue of the fact that they beat both Tyrrellspass and Castledaly in the group stage.

Coralstown/Kinnegad got off to a flyer with a point from a free within 30 seconds. However, Garrycastle responded with three points Dessie Dolan, Eoin Monaghan and a second point from a free by Dessie Dolan. A point from play by Coralstown/Kinnegad was added to by one from a free to level matters by the 9th minute. A point from Dessie Dolan pushed his side ahead again only for this to be wiped out when a long delivery into the Garrycastle goalmouth was deflected into his own net by John Gaffey for the game’s first goal. It didn’t take long for Garrycastle to respond and a good build up resulted in a goal from Justin Barrett to put Garrycastle in front again. Two points in quick succession from Coralstown/Kinnegad had the side level again by the 16th minute. A pointed free from Dessie was added to by the same player from open play. Coralstown/Kinnegad replied with three points of their own and then followed this up with a second goal. Cathal Mullin had gathered possession but his attempted clearance hit a Coralstown/Kinnegad player and flew into the Garrycastle net. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan reduce the gap at the break to four points on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-7.

Garrycastle needed to make a good start to the second half and Dessie Dolan pointed a free in the first minute. After a sustained period of pressure James Duignan pointed to reduce the margin further. Garrycastle grabbed the lead with a coal in the 38tyh minute as substitute Alan Daly gathered a pass from Dessie Dolan and fired to the Coralstown/Kinnegad net. Two pointed free by Coralstown/Kinnegad pushed them ahead again but a decisive third goal came at the mid point of the half from Coralstown/Kinnegad to restore their 4 point cushion. Dessie Dolan pointed again for Garrycastle but a Coralstown/Kinnegad pointed free kept the gap between the sides. A point from Dessie Dolan was cancelled out by one from Coralstown/Kinnegad as we entered the final 5 minutes. A free was dropped into the Coralstown/Kinnegad goal area but a fine save by the Coralstown/Kinnegad net minder prevented a goal opportunity for Garrycastle. James Duignan did have a pointed free for Garrycastle deep into injury time but is was not enough to pull the result out of the fire.

This was a very disappointing and flat performance from Garrycastle and apart from a number of notable exceptions the team had a poor hour. Dessie Dolan as usual had a big say on the scoreboard and was also involved in good build up play. Alan Fox and Tom McHugh were strong in defence. Doron Harte had a strong showing following his introduction. There will have to be a huge improvement next weekend if Garrycastle are to advance to the semi-finals.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill, Alan Fox, Tom McHugh, Mark McCallon, Gary McCallon, Seanie O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, James Duignan (0-2, 1f), Damian Rushe, Matthew Guiheen, Justin Barrett (1-0), Eoin Monaghan (0-1)and Dessie Dolan (0-9, 5f).

SUBS: Doron Harte for John Gaffey (half time); Alan Daly (1-0) for Aidan Browne (half time); Sean Brennan for D Rushe (49 min); Johnny McGuire for M Guiheen (inj, 49 min); David O’Shaughnessy for J Barrett (55 min)

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (Division 2) [27 August 2013]


Garrycastle second side picked up a brace of valuable points in this entertaining Division 2 encounter played in ideal conditions in Garrycastle. The home side could have made the perfect start as they were awarded a penalty in the very first minute for a foot block but unfortunately Alan Daly saw his shot flash wide of the left hand post. St Malachys did register their first point in the 3rd minute and from the resultant kick out won possession and pointed again to double their lead. However, Garrycastle responded in style and a good move released Noel Galvin who found the net from close range. The same player increased his side’s lead shortly after with a well taken point. The visitors then had a good spell and struck over three points, all from play, to take the lead. However, Garrycastle opened up the visitor’s defence again and James Duignan was on hand to goal after the St Malachys goalkeeper had parried the initial effort on goal. Noel Galvin added a point soon after to add to the Garrycastle lead. Another spell of dominance from St Malachys yielded four points, three of which came from open play and the other from a free, to put them ahead yet again. However, Garrycastle were not finished and a good build up from defence saw Matthew Guiheen pounce to goal just before the break and leave it 3-2 to 0-9 in his side’s favour.

The home side had the first score on the resumption when James Duignan pointed from close range, the match was end to end with both sides trading scores. A Peadar Mulvihill point and a free from Alan Daly kept Garrycastle ahead but St Malachys responded with a string of good points to leave just a point between the sides after 47 minutes. An equaliser arrived in the 50th minute, a real gem of a point from distance. Garrycastle upped their efforts again and points from Alan Fox and Sean Brennan put them two points to the good again with just 6 minutes of normal time left. St Malachys were determined not to yield and hit over two points to level matter again with just a minute remaining. However, it was Garrycastle who showed the greater desire in the couple of minutes of injury time played by Referee, Declan Nugent. A pointed free from James Duignan was added to with a fine point from Eoin Monaghan to ensure that Garrycastle secured a much need win.

This was a lively and entertaining game and both sides are to be commended for the entertainment they provided over the hour. There were some good performances from Garrycastle. Johnny McGuire, who was assured in what he did in an unaccustomed role between the sticks. John O’Shaughnessy and Sean Brennan defended well throughout. Matthew Guiheen was busy and effective throughout and covered every blade of grass. Alan Daly and Noel Galvin were dangerous in attack and Damien Rushe was playing an effective role in support of his fellow attackers.

GARRYCASTLE: Johnny McGuire, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Alan Fox (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Sean Brennan (0-1), Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Neil Rattigan, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), James Duignan (1-2, 0-1f), Alan Daly (0-1, 1f), Noel Galvin (1-2) and Damien Rushe.

SUBS: Jack Donoghue for G McCallon (half-time); Justin Barrett for A Browne (half-time); Eoin Monaghan (0-1) for P Mulvihill (50 min); Paul Gunning for N Rattigan (55 min)

Junior Championship (Section B) [22 August 2013]

Garrycastle 4-18 Tubberclair 0-11

The Juniors collected another two points from this home fixture against Tubberclair last Thursday. Both teams were short a few regulars and fielded some very young players. Garrycastle introduced three minors in the second half and all three performed very well. After leading at half time by 3-9 to 0-5, Garrycastle picked off some excellent scores to wrap up the points in the second half.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Stephen McGuire, Ronan Donohue, Sean Carey, John O'Shaughnessy, Anthony Larkin, Sean Brennan, Robbie Shine, Brian Carty, Peadar Mulvihill (captain), Alex Gardiner, Paul Gunning, Alan Daly, Enda Keena.

SUBS: Paul O'Donovan, Mark Curley, Frank Farrell, Terry Rushe



Garrycastle had a very comprehensive win over Killucan in Kilbeggan on Friday evening. Playing with the aid of a slight breeze Garrycastle made a very positive start and raced into a commanding lead with a succession of points in the opening quarter of the game. Some very slick movements were rewarded with a couple of points each from James Duignan, Eoin Monaghan, Patrick Mulvihill, and efforts from Matthew Guiheen and a Dessie Dolan free to lead by 0-8 to 0-0 after just 17 minutes. A point from Doran Harte increased the lead before Killucan got off the mark in the 18th minute with a point. Taking heart from that score Killucan added a goal almost immediately to leave it 0-9 to 1-1 by the 20th minute. Garrycastle upped the tempo again and a point from Damian Rushe was added to by Dessie Dolan. A Garrycastle goal from Patrick Mulvihill, who scores when his shot deceived the Killucan goalie and dropped into the net put Garrycastle firmly in control. Killucan responded with yet another green flag to give them hope as the half time break approached. However, Garrycastel added a second goal from Patrick Mulvihill with the last attack of the half to leave it 2-11 to 2-1 at the break.

Garrycastle continued to dominate possession and rattled off three pints in the opening minutes, from Matthew Guiheen, Patrick Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan. A third Garrycastle goal, scored by Matthew Guiheen, when he broke forward after a good interception by Doron Harte emphasised Garrycastle superiority. Killucan hit back with two points in response, but a point from Patrick Mulvihill and a goal by Dessie Dolan kept the scoreboard operator busy. Killucan had a point that was replied to by points from Gary McCallon and Dessie Dolan. A fifth Garrycastle goal came in the 57th minute when Neil Rattigan had a shot come across that was bundled into the net by a Killucan defender. Killucan did have the last score, a point from a free in the last play of the game.

This was a very comprehensive win for the green and red, who played particularly well in the opening 20 minutes. It was good team performance but must be judged against the limited opposition put up by Killucan. There were particularly good performances from Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Gary Dolan, Damian Rush, Matthew Guiheen, Eoin Monaghan, Patrick Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Enda Mulvihill, Tom McHugh,

Doron Harte (0-1), John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Gary Dolan, Seanie O’Donoghue, James Duignan (0-2), Damian Rushe (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (1-2), Eoin Monaghan (0-2), Patrick Mulvihill (2-4) and Dessie Dolan (1-4, 0-1f).


Alan Fox for E Mulvihill (inj, 23 min); Neil Rattigan (1-0) for E Monaghan (55 min)

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (Division 1) [6 August 2013]


Garrycastle seniors picked up a valuable but hard fought win over neighbours Athlone in Garrycastle on Tuesday evening.

Athlone made a bright start and had a couple of points on the board in the opening minutes thanks to a score from play and one from a free. Dessie Dolan got Garrycastle off the mark with a pointed free in the 8th minute. Athlone tacked on a point from play, which was sandwiched between two great goal opportunities for the visitors. On both occasions Cathal Mullin came to his side’s rescue with important saves. Athlone continued to enjoy good periods of possession and created opportunities. In this period they added a point from play and then goaled from a penalty in the 23rd minute. Patrick Mulvihill then brought a good save from the Athlone net-minder as the half time break approached. A point from Gary McCallon in the second minute of added time brought the half to a close on a score-line of 1-5 to 0-3 in Athlone’s favour.

Justin Barrett was introduced at half time for Neil Rattigan. However, it was Athlone who again started the brighter in the second half and added two points in the opening minutes from a 45 and one from open play. Incredibly this proved to be Athlone’s last score as Garrycastle began to dominate possession in the second half. Dessie Dolan added a point from a free and this was quickly added to by a goal from Eoin Monaghan who finished with aplomb from close range in the 35th minute. Dessie Dolan pointed from a 45 in the 38th minute. The home side created a number of good opportunities in the following period but failed to add to their tally. Matthew Guiheen then broke forward to fire over a point in the 41st minute and the same player added another point almost immediately to level matters at 1-7 each. A point from Patrick Mulvihill was then added to by one from Eoin Monaghan. Dessie Dolan converted another 45 and in the final minutes Eoin Monaghan added a point from close range to leave it 1-11 to 1-7 at the end.

Athlone put up a spirited effort, particularly in the first half and were unlucky to have only a five point lead at the break. However, Garrycastle upped the pace in the second period and were worthy winners in the end. There were good performances from Cathal Mullin in goal, Gary Mullery, John Gaffey and Gary McCallon in defence. Justin Barrett contributed well following his introduction. Eoin Monaghan, Patrick Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan caught the eye in attack in the second period.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Enda Mulvihill, Gary Mullery, Doron Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Gary Dolan, Neil Rattigan, James Duignan, Patrick Mulvihill (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (0-2), Damien Rushe, Eoin Monaghan (1-3) and Dessie Dolan (0-4, 2f, 245m).

SUBS: Justin Barrett for N Rattigan (half time)

Senior B Semi-final [2 August 2013]

Garrycastle 2-13 Maryland 2-12

Garrycastle qualified for the Senior B final with a one point win over Maryland in Garrycastle last Friday evening. This was a very entertaining game with plenty of good scores from both sides and referee Seamus McCormack, who did a fine job, had no reason to produce a yellow card in a well-contested but very sporting encounter. Maryland had the benefit of the diagonal wind in the first half and had three points on the board before Garrycastle enjoyed a good spell. Three points from Alan Daly (2 from frees) levelled the game and then Daly pounced for a goal after good work by Eoin Monaghan. That proved to be Garrycastle's last score of the half, however, as Maryland took control and scored 1-4 without reply to lead at the break by 1-7 to 1-3.

The visitors stretched their lead to five points when play resumed but then Garrycastle had four unanswered points from Eoin Monaghan, Michael Monaghan (2) and Alan Daly. Maryland kept picking off points but Garrycastle still managed to draw level until Maryland struck for a goal from a penalty with ten minutes remaining. Garrycastle again reduced the deficit to a point but two more from Maryland gave them breathing space as the game drew to a close. A quick move from Garrycastle's defence culminated in Gary McCallon taking a good pass from Ronan Donohue and the wing-back's shot gave Maryland's goalkeeper no chance. As extra time loomed the ball was played out to the wing to Justin Barrett and he kicked an excellent point from 40 metres to win the game.

Garrycastle now go on to meet Tyrrellspass in the final, in a repeat of the 2003 final when Tyrrellspass ousted Garrycastle by four points.

GARRYCASTLE: Donovan Hermbusche, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Jack Donohue, Damien Rushe, Tom McHugh, Gary McCallon (1-0), Robbie Shine, Neill Rattigan, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Justin Barrett (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-2), Alan Daly (1-6, 4 frees), Eoin Monaghan (0-2).

SUBS: Ronan Donohue for Fox (injured); Paul O'Donovan.

Under 21 Football Championship [23 July 2013]


Our under 21s lost the first round of the under 21 championship to Moate All Whites on Tuesday of last week. An understrength team battled hard and fought back very well but were beaten by a good Moate team. Among the absentees were were Jack Donohoe (holidays) Sean Carey & Michael Fagan (injured,) Barry Ruane and Eric Kearney (America). In the early exchanges Paul Gunning came in at the end of a good move to score a very good goal. However this was quickly matched by a Moate goal. Moate had the better of the exchanges until half time and led by 4 points at the break. On the resumption a Moate goal broke Garrycastle hearts and left them with a mountain to climb. To their credit they didn’t lie down and fought back with great gusto. They reduced the lead to four points when they got a penalty following a foul on Mark Curley which Eoin Monaghan blasted over the bar. A further point reduced the margin to two points when the final whistle was blown. This was a disappointing result however there were good performances from Frank Farrell, Cian White, Terry Rushe, Justin Barrett & Mark Curley.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Ronan Donohoe, Cian White, Frank Farrell, David Brougham, Gary McCallon, Terry Rushe, Justin Barrett, Michael Monaghan, Evan Dalton, Alex Gardiner, Mark Curley, Paul Gunning, Eoin Monaghan, Enda Keena.

Subs: Conor Duignan for D Brougham (injured), Kenny Dolan for E Dalton, Stephen Brennan, Eoin Slevin

Senior Football Championship (Section B) [27 July 2013]


Garrycastle seniors picked up a brace of valuable points in their third round clash with Tyrrellspass in Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Saturday evening. It was perfect for football with no wind and overcast skies and dry. The early exchanges were low key but Tyrrellspass hit the front with a point from county star Denis Glennon in the 3rd minute. Dessie Dolan got Garrycastle off the mark with a pointed free a couple of minutes later. His brother Gary had the green and red supporters rejoicing a minute later as he broke forward from midfield and struck over a point. Tyrrellspass replied straight from the kick out and worked the ball up field and picked off an equalising point. A pointed free put Tyrrellspass into the lead again only for James Duignan to reply with a fine point fro Garrycastle. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from a close range free by Dessie Dolan. Tyrrellspass hit the front again with a point from play in the 17th minute and added to their lead with another point soon after. The Garrycastle response was to up the pressure on the Tyrrellspass defence and a point from Dessie Dolan was soon added to by one from Eoin Monaghan to level matters in the 27th minute. A good Garrycastle move saw a goal bound shot from Patrick Mulvihill well saved by the Tyrrellspass goalkeeper but Dessie Dolan gained possession from the clearance and when fouled struck over the resultant free to give Garrycastle the lead on a score line of 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.

Garrycastle introduced Karl Henson and Michael Monaghan for the start of the second half. However, it was Tyrrellspass who got an equalising point in their very first attack of the half. A fine point from Michael Monaghan, who was making his first appearance for the club at senior level, had his side ahead again in the 31st minute. This score spurred Garrycastle into their best spell of the game so far, and points from Gary McCallon, James Duignan, a converted free from Dessie Dolan, and a point from Patrick Mulvihill increased their lead. Tyrrellspass responded in style to this scoring spree and a pointed free reduced the margin. Their cause was given a great boost a minute later when Martin Flanagan gained possession near the corner on the stand side and worked his way in on goal, while his initial effort as well saved the ball was forced over the line in the resulting scramble to level the score by the 29th minute. Tyrrellspass struck the front in the 41st minute with a point. It was now Garrycastle’s turn to respond and Eoin Monaghan hit over a point. The same player dispossessed his marker a minute later and worked the ball towards goal and finished emphatically to the net. There was a melee after this score and when the dust settled the Referee, Damien Maher, issued red cards to a player from each side. Tyrrellspass responded with a pointed free but substitute, David O’Shaughnessy, hit over a good point from 35 meters for Garrycastle. Tyrellspass had another point from a free only for Eoin Monaghan to respond with a point from a very tight angle for Garrycastle. As the game entered added time Tyrrellspass pressed forward looking for a goal to equalise. However, the Garrycastle defence were not in any mood to oblige. Tyrrellspass they did get a point from play and one from a free to reduce the margin to the minimum but time ran out and Garrycastle got the win with a point to spare.

This was a welcome win for Garrycastle following their heavy loss in the previous round. There were good performances from Cathal Mullin in goal, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh in defence. James Duignan, Eoin Monaghan and Dessie Dolan did well in attack. There were also useful contributions from substitutes Michael Monaghan and David O’Shaughnessy who has a number of fine catches in the latter stages of the contest.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Alan Fox, Gary McCallon (0-1), Gary Dolan (0-1), Neil Rattigan, Justin Barrett, Patrick Mulvihill (0-1, Matthew Guiheen, James Duignan (0-3), Eoin Monaghan (1-2) and Dessie Dolan (0-5, 4f).

SUBS: Karl Henson for A Fox (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for J Barrett (half time); David O’Shaughnessy (0-1) for G Dolan (52 min)

Junior Championship [26 July 2013]

Garrycastle 7-16 The Downs 0-7

The Juniors kept alive their chances of reaching the knock-out stages of the championship with this emphatic win over the home team in The Downs last Friday. With several players absent due to injuries and holidays, Garrycastle introduced some younger players and it took a while for the new formation to settle. The Downs led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes but gradually Garrycastle began to get a foothold. They kicked a succession of points and struck a vital blow just before the break when Alan Daly found the net, to give his team a lead of 1-9 to 0-5. The Downs reduced the deficit just after half time but two quick points from sub Robbie Shine and a second goal by Alan Daly put Garrycastle firmly in the driving seat. Daly continued to torment The Downs' defence and soon got his third goal and then set up Frank Farrell for another major. He also managed to hit the crossbar on four occasions, while The Downs were similarly unlucky on two occasions at the other end. The final ten minutes saw Garrycastle score at will and more goals from Shine (2) and sub Padraig Cosgrove sealed victory.

Garrycastle had a nice blend of youth and experience and the leadership provided by John O'Shaughnessy, Noel Galvin, Damien Rushe and the flying Alan Daly was always evident. Even more satisfying was the contribution of the younger players. Mark Curley and Ronan Donohue have already shown their prowess at this level and continue to improve with every game, while Cian White, Frank Farrell and Terry Rushe served notice that it won't be long before they'll be battling for places on the senior team.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell. Gary Mullery, Cian White, Stephen McGuire, Frank Farrell (1-0), John O'Shaughnessy, Ronan Donohue, Noel Galvin (0-2, 1 free), Mark Curley, Terry Rushe (0-2), Damien Rushe (0-3), Enda Keena (0-2), Emmet Keena, Alan Daly (3-2), Paul O'Donovan (0-2).

SUBS: Robbie Shine (2-3) for Emmet Keena; Padraig Cosgrove (1-0) for O'Donovan; Emmet Keena for Daly

All County League (Division 6) [19 July 2013]


Garrycastle Junior B side were comprehensively beaten in this re-arranged game last Friday evening in Moate. Playing without a significant of regulars, Garrycastle struggled to make any impact and can have no complaint about their first defeat in the league this year.

The home side had a point after 4 minutes of play and increased this soon after with another point. Michael Monaghan got Garycastle off the mark with a well taken pint in the 5th minute. However, Moate who were enjoying plenty of possession hit over three unanswered points in the following period to increase their lead further. Alan Daly had a point for Garrycastlewhich was replied to by Maote. Peadar Mulvihill had another point for the visitors but Moate responded with yet another point. A point from Alan Daly was quickly augment to with a goal by the same player as his powerful shot was initially parried by the Moate goalie but Alan followed up to punch the ball to the net and to level the scoreline by the 16th minute. Moate responded to this setback with a goal of their own in the 22nd minute but Garrycastle had a point from Paul Donovan in reply. Moate hit over three more points to lead by 1-12 to 1-5 at half time.

A pointed free for the home side stretched their lead on the resumption and was quickly followed up with yet another point from play. Garrycastle’s cause was helped by a second goal from Alan Daly, who shot was saved but he regained possession and blasted the ball to the net in the 37th minute. Moate responded in style and had a second goal of their own in the 41st minute. They continued to enjoy the major share of the possession and hit over four more points to increase their lead even further. Stephen McGuire had a point for Garrycastle and a goal opportunity was then saved well by the Moate goalie. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from Paul Gunning in the 56th minute. Moate continued to dominate and had three more points, all from open play, to leave it 2-22 to 2-7 on the final whistle.

Garrycastle will be disappointed to lose this tie but still have a game against Coralstown/Kinnegad which will decide the outcome of the division. It is hoped that more players will be available and some injuries will have cleared up before then.

There were good performances from Padraig Cosgrove in goal, Gary Mullery and Ronan Donoghue in defence. Damien Rushe, Michael Monaghan and Alan Daly were most prominent in attack for garrycastle.

GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Gary Mullery, Cian Whyte, Shane O’Connell, Frank Doolan, Ronan Donoghue, Stephen McGuire (0-1), Mark Curley, Neil Rattigan, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Damien Rushe, Michael Monaghan (0-1), Paul Donovan (0-1), Alan Daly (2-2) and Paul Gunning (0-1).

SUB: Kevin Hogan for P Mulvihill (inj, 36 min)

Junior B Championship [7 July 2013]


Garrycastle did just about enough to win this entertaining Junior B championship encounter in Garrycastle last Sunday morning.

The opening exchanges saw Garrycastle lead with a point from Michael Monaghan inside the first couple of minutes but Moate hit back with points to lead by two after 10 minutes of play. Paul Donovan hit over a point for Garrycastle and the same player levelled matters in the 16th minute. Moate regained the lead with a good point but a free was pointed by Robbie Shine to restore parity almost immediately. Moate lead yet again but Conor Molloy pointed in response. Goals win games and the first of the Garrycastle green flags came in the 23rd minute as Paul Donovan was upended in the large square and Robbie Shine converted the resultant penalty in some style. Team captain, Peadar Mulvihill, broke forward in support and hit over a fine point to stretch Garrycastle’s lead further. Robbie Shine had a point from play only for Moate to hit back with a point also from open play. Right on half time Neil Rattigan broke forward from midfield and his shot from distance beat the Moate goalkeeper for their second goal of the half. The score at the break was 2-7 to 0-6 in Garrycastle’s favour.

Moate made a bright start to the second half and had a point inside 30 seconds. Robbie Shine hit over a point from a free but Moate responded immediately with another point, which they added to in quick fashion. Paul Gunning then won possession after good approach play to fire over a point for Garrycastle. Moate had another point and the sides exchanged points yet again, the Garrycastle effort coming from Paul Donovan who struck his shot on the volley from an almost impossible angle. It was nip and tuck as the teams attacked and Moate had a number of points, with a reply coming for Garrycastle from Conor Molloy. A second Garrycastle penalty was awarded by Referee, Declan Nugent, when Mark Curley was fouled in the large rectangle and Robbie Shine stepped up to convert yet again in the 46th minute. Moate hit over two points but Robbie Shine responded with a point for the home side. A point for Moate reduced the gap but Paul Gunning had a point to stretch the lead to 6 points with just under 10 minutes remaining. Moate pressed forward looking for scores to bridge the gap, but a combination of stout defending and some poor shooting saw them fail to make any significant headway. The final score was a pointed free by the visitors to leave it 3-13 to 0-17 ay the end.

This was a merited win for Garrycastle. With just 15 players it was difficult towards the latter part of the game and the humid and hot conditions took its toll on players and with no substitutes available there was no opportunity to bring on fresh legs.

There were particularly good performances in defence by Stephen McGuire, Anthony Larkin and Tom McHugh. Neil Rattigan and Conor Molloy worked tirelessly in midfield. Mark Curley, Robbie Shine, Paul Gunning and Paul Donovan caught the eye in attack.

GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Stephen McGuire, Anthony Larkin, Peadar Mulvihill (01), Frank Doolan, Tom McHugh, Enda Keena, Neil Rattigan (1-0), Conor Molloy (0-2), Mark Curley, Robbie Shine (2-4, 2-2f), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Paul Donovan (0-3), Noel Galvin and Paul Gunning (0-2)

ACL (Division 1) [30 June 2013]


Garrycastle collected another two league points from this game in Tang last Sunday morning. On a wet morning conditions were difficult and the standard of football was ordinary. Garrycastle, without ever hitting top gear, lead by 0-9 to 0-5 at half time and did enough in the second period to ensure a comfortable victory. After the disappointment of Westmeath's loss to Fermanagh the previous day it was good to see all of our five county players turn out for their club just 20 hours later.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Alan Fox, Anthony Larkin, Tom McHugh, Doran Harte, David O'Shaughnessy, Ciaran O'Neill, Justin Barrett, Gary Dolan, Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan, Paddy Mulvihill, Dessie Dolan.

SUBS: Gary Mullery for Gaffey (injured); James Duignan for O'Neill; Eoin Monaghan for Barrett.

Junior Championship (Section B) [28 June 2013]


The Juniors kept alive their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages of the championship with a comfortable win over the home team in Páirc Chiaráin last Friday. On a perfect evening for football, Athlone had an early point to take the lead for the only time in the game. Garrycastle then reeled off a succession of points from play to lead by 0-6 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Athlone had two pointed frees but Garrycastle finished the half stronger and led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break. Unfortunately, Paul Mulvihill, who had scored three excellent points, had to retire injured just before half time, but his replacement Alan Daly would prove to be a key figure in the second half. The third quarter produced just a point each until Alan Daly put daylight between the teams with a typically well-taken goal. Athlone were given a flicker of hope when a speculative shot from distance bounced awkwardly and deceived Shane O'Connell in Garrycastle's goal. Further points from Michael Monaghan and Peadar Mulvihill emphasised Garrycastle's supremacy and indeed they could afford to squander some good goal opportunities before the end.

This was a good display by Garrycastle, but they could have wrapped up the points much earlier had they been more clinical with their finishing. In fairness, 1-12 is not a bad score when one considers they got no scorable frees during the game. There were particularly impressive performances from Jack Donohue, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Noel Galvin, Michael Monaghan, Paul Mulvihill and Alan Daly.

TEAM: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Stephen McGuire, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Jack Donohue (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-2), Johnny McGuire (0-2), Brian Carty, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-3), Enda Keena, Robbie Shine, Paul Mulvihill (0-3).

SUBS: Alan Daly (1-0) for Paul Mulvihill (injured); Ronan Donohue for S. McGuire; Mark Curley for Carey (injured) and Alex Gardiner for Shine.

All County League (Division 2) [23 June 2013]

Garrycastle 3-10 The Downs 0-7

After the dismal performance against St. Mary's in Rochfortbridge just five days earlier Garrycastle's second team would not have been expected to get anything from this home fixture against The Downs' senior team last Sunday evening. Even allowing for the fact that the visitors were without five or six of their regular players this was an excellent performance by a determined Garrycastle team, and in another sport they might well have been asked to appear before the stewards to account for such an amazing transformation in the matter of a few days. The explanation is quite simple. This Garrycastle team played with pride and passion, with every single player giving 100% all through the game. With a strong wind in their favour Garrycastle attacked from the throw-in and Matthew Guiheen was fouled in the square after a surging run. Eoin Monaghan dispatched the resultant penalty to the net and, after Guiheen followed up with a great point he then dispossessed his opponent and went through to set up Paul Mulvihill for another goal. Garrycastle continued to dominate and a third goal from Noel Galvin left them leading by 3-4 to 0-1 at the break.

Eoin Monaghan gave his team a big boost with a quick point from play after the break, but two pointed frees from The Downs raised the visitors' hopes briefly. However, Garrycastle's defence was heroic in the face of the strong wind and The Downs never looked likely to get the goal they badly needed. At the other end Garrycastle continued to play controlled football and managed six points, all from play,into the wind. They were very good value for this victory, which brings a welcome two league points but also gives a great lift to the club after some recent disappointing performances..

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell. Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Gary McCallon, Tom McHugh, Karl Henson, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Aidan Browne (0-2), Neill Rattigan, Ciaran O'Neill (0-2), Peadar Mulvihill, Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Paul Mulvihill (1-0), Noel Galvin (1-0), Eoin Monaghan (1-4).

Subs: Robbie Shine for Ciaran O'Neill; Enda Keena for Paul Mulvihill; Jack Donohue for McHugh.

All County League (Division 2) [18 June 2013]


There are few positives to be taken from this performance by Garrycastle's second team in Rochfortbridge last Tuesday. Apart from a brief spell in the opening quarter when they wiped out a five point lead, they were outplayed all over the field by a much more determined home team. In fairness to the Garrycastle backs, it's not easy to defend when opposing midfielders and half backs are coming through unchallenged, and a number of players didn't work hard enough when the opposition had the ball. Goalkeeper Mark Keenan and defenders Tom McHugh, Alan Fox and especially sub Jack Donohue tried hard in difficult circumstances but further afield only Johnny McGuire, Noel Galvin and sub Michael Monaghan made any impact, although Eoin Monaghan and Alan Daly took their goals well.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Alan Fox, Robbie Fox, Justin McAteer, Anthony Larkin, Matthew Guiheen, Ciaran O'Neill, Peadar Mulvihill, Noel Galvin (0-2), James Duignan, Gary McCallon, Johnny McGuire, Eoin Monaghan (2-2, 1 free).

Subs: Jack Donohue for R. Fox; Michael Monaghan for Mulvihill; Stephen McGuire for Mullery (injured); Karl Henson for A. Fox (injured); Alan Daly (1-0) for McAteer.

Junior Football Championship (section B) [13 June 2013]


Six days after losing by seven points to Mullingar Shamrocks, who themselves had recently lost to St. Loman's by ten points, Garrycastle Juniors hosted high-flying Loman's last Thursday in a game they probably needed to win to remain on course for a play-off place. Lining out minus their full back, centre back and midfielder from the Shamrocks game, Garrycastle conceded two points in the opening two minutes and looked in trouble even at that early stage. However, for the remainder of the game they gave at least as good as they got and in the end were a little unlucky not to gain the two points they wanted. Still, honour has been restored and all they can do is try to win their remaining four games and hope that either of the Mullingar teams slip up somewhere along the way.

Garrycastle led by 2-6 to 0-9 at half time but conceded a goal and two points just after the break. Loman's soon stretched their lead to three points and were playing with the confidence of a team sitting at the top of the table. Garrycastle showed great character in the final quarter and their determination was rewarded with a share of the points that keeps them in the hunt.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Alan Fox, Stephen McGuire, Colman Gantley, Robbie Fox (0-1), David Broughan (0-1), Anthony Larkin (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-2), Brian Carty, Peadar Mulvihill (1-0), Michael Monaghan (1-1), Paul Gunning, Robbie Shine (0-5, 2 frees), Paul Mulvihill (0-1).

SUBS: Ronan Donohue for Broughan (injured); Mark Curley for McGuire (injured); Enda Keena for Gunning; Damien Rushe for Carty and Sean Carey for Gantley.

All County League (Division 1) [12 June 2013]


After two disappointing displays the previous week, the seniors restored pride with a hard-working performance that yielded two league points from this home game against Tyrrellspass last Tuesday. A positive start left Garrycastle leading by 0-6 to 0-1 after 15 minutes but this lead was practically wiped out when the visitors got through for a goal and point within two minutes. Garrycastle led by 0-8 to 1-3 at half time and continued to have the better of matters into the second period. The introduction of Denis Glennon at half time kept Garrycastle's defence on their toes but they weathered the storm and Tyrrellspass never looked like getting the second goal that they needed. Garrycastle always had more scoring options, as evidenced by the fact that eight of their players scored from open play, and they ran out deserving winners.

Garrycastle: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Enda Mulvihill, Mark McCallon, Doran Harte, Justin McAteer, Tom McHugh, Aidan Browne (0-1), Ciaran O'Neill (0-1), Justin Barrett, Gary Dolan (0-2), Matthew Guiheen (0-1), James Duignan (0-5, 4 frees), Paddy Mulvihill, James Dolan (0-3, 1 free).

Subs: Karl Henson (0-1) for Mullery; Neill Rattigan (0-1) for Duignan; David O'Shaughnessy for O'Neill.



Garrycastle’s championship credentials were seriously called into question when they were convincingly beaten by a far superior St Lomans side in sun drenched Cusack Park last Sunday evening.

St Lomans were quickly out of the blocks and had a point on the board with less than 30 seconds of play. They added a second from a close range free in the 4th minute. Eoin Monaghan got Garrycastle off the mark with a well taken point in the 5th minute. A goal soon followed, when a long range effort for a point from James Duignan was parried by the St Lomans keeper and Patrick Mulvihill was on hand to side foot the ball to the net. St Lomans continued to dominate despite this setback and registered two quick points to level matters. They surged ahead with a point from play and got a goal of their own when a well worked move opened up the Garrycastle defence to lead by 4 points at the mid point of the half. Tom McHugh broke forward for Garrycastle and hit a good point from 30 meters. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from a James Duignan free. St Lomans pointed another free but Patrick Mulvihill had the last score of the half in the first minute of injury time to leave it 1-7 to 1-4 in St Lomans favour at the break.

David O’Shaughnessy was introduced into the Garrycastle midfield on the resumption. However, St Lomans continued to dominate possession and their work rate and football ability was rewarded with a succession of points, to lead by 8 points by the 43rd minute. James Duignan had a point form a free but St Lomans picked it up again and had a point of their own. A second point of the half from James Duignan, yet again from a close range free, reduced the gap somewhat. However, from there to the end it was all St Lomans who ran out deserved winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-6.

Garrycastle were very disappointing and the second half performance, in which they failed to score from play, was at times lacking in effort or pride. It would be difficult to pick out any Garrycastle player who played to his potential. Enda Mulvihill, Tom McHugh and Patrick Mulvihill were the pick of the side. It will take a huge improvement of this performance if Garrycastle are to get their challenge back on track and qualify for the knock-out stages of this year’s championship.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill, Mark McCallon, Tom McHugh (0-1), Doron Harte, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Neil Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen, James Dolan, James Duignan (0-3, 3f), Patrick Mulvihill (1-1) and Eoin Monaghan (0-1).

SUBS: David O’Shaughnessy for J Barrett (half time); Justin McAteer for N Rattigan (35 min); Gary Dolan for P Mulvihill (49 min); Karl Henson for G McCallon (55 min) and Ciaran O’Neill for E Monaghan (57 min).

Junior Football Championship (Section B) [9 June 2013]

Mullingar Shamrocks 0-16 Garrycastle 0-9

The Juniors hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages suffered a setback when they were well beaten by a strong Shamrocks team in Springfield last Friday. With seven players missing from the previous week's win over Caulry, Garrycastle were totally outplayed in the first half and trailed by 0-11 to 0-1 at half time. As they turned to face the breeze in the second half they were facing a defeat of embarrassing proportions. To their credit, they improved dramatically after the break and despite being reduced to 14 players they had much the better of things without ever really threatening to overhaul the ten-point deficit.

There is a vital game against unbeaten St. Loman's on Thursday next, which realistically Garrycastle must win if they are to get their challenge back on course. It is a difficult task but if they play with the same determination as they showed in the second half in Springfield anything is possible.

Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, John O'Shaughnessy, David Broughan, Colman Gantley, Conor Harrington, Stephen McGuire, Justin McAteer (0-1), Robbie Shine, Peadar Mulvihill, Robbie Fox (0-2), Brian Carty, Sean Carey, Noel Galvin, Michael Monaghan (0-5).

SUBS: Enda Keena for Carey; Damien Rushe for Carty; Conor Molloy (0-1) for Shine.

All County league (Division 1) [3 June 2013]


An under strength Garrycastle side made the short trip down the N6 to take on Castledaly on bank holiday Monday in this Division 1 clash.

The home side made a positive start and put Garrycastle under severe pressure right from the throw-in. They raced into a 5 point lead in the opening 10 minutes thanks to a point from play, a gaol from a penalty and a point from a free. Garrycastle registered their first score in the 11th minute when Eoin Monaghan pointed after good approach play. Alan Daly then chipped in with two points from close range frees. A second Castledaly penalty was well saved by Cathal Mullin at the expense of a 45, which was cleared. A pointed free and one from play stretched the lead for Castledaly. Eoin Monaghan responded with a point for Garrycastle before the break to leave it 1-4 to 0-4 in Castledaly’s favour at half time.

Justin McAteer replaced Anthony Larkin for the second half and was positioned at the edge of the small square. His fielding ability came to good effect in the early exchanges and he scored two points after good catches. However, Castledaly soon exerted superiority and rattled off a succession of points to lead by 1-9 to 0-6 by the 40th minute. A point from Alan Daly reduced the gap but Castledaly responded with five unanswered points, two of which were from frees, to take a commanding lead. A pointed free from Alan Daly was quickly followed by a goal from Aidan Browne, but it was all too little too late. The last score went to the home side in the last play of the match. The final score 1-15 to 1-8 in Castledaly’s favour.

This was a disappointing performance from Garrycastle even allowing for the many players that were unavailable. There were good performances however from Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery Justin Barrett, David O’Shaughnessy and Alan Daly in addition to substitute Justin McAteer.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Jack Donohue,

Anthony Larkin, Justin Barrett, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne (1-0), David O’Shaughnessy, Neil Rattigan, Ciaran O’Neill, Matthew Guiheen, Eoin Monaghan (0-2), Alan Daly (0-4, 3f) and Michael Monaghan.

SUBS: Justin McAteer (0-2) for A Larkin (half time); Peadar Mulvihill for E Monaghan (inj, 37 min); Paul Mulvihill for C O’Neill (48 min).



Garrycastle’s Junior A side secured yet another brace of points in a one sided encounter in Garrycastle last Friday evening.

Garrycastle were out of the blocks in flying style and has three points on the scoreboard within the opening two minutes, when Justin McAter, Eoin Monaghan and Sean Brennan hit over points. The game’s first goal arrived in the 5th minute when Sean Brennan broke forward from midfield to crash the ball to the Caulry net after good approach play from the home side. Caulry finally began to get into the game and had a point in the 6th minute. The visitors registered their second point soon after. A second Garrycastle goal, this scored by Eoin Monaghan, extended their lead and the same player soon added a point. The sides exchanged points, with the Garrycastle score coming from Alan Daly and the Caulry effort from a free. Caulry registered another point in the 26rth minute to narrow the margin. However, Garrycastle had a purple period from there to the break with two goals, both scored by Eoin Monaghan, in a two minute spell just before half time. The score at the break was 4-5 to 0-4 in Garrycastle’s favour.

A succession of scores on the resumption by Garrycastle extended their lead further. The scorers were Alan Daly with a goal and a point; Eoin Monaghan with his third goal of the game; Peadar Mulvihill and Conor Harrington with points. Caulry had a goal of their own in the 42nd minute and followed this up with a point in their best period of the game. Substitute Colman Gantley added a point for Garrycastle with Caulry replying with a point from a free. In the final few minutes Garrycastle added points from Eoin Monaghan, Justin McAteer, Emmet Keena, Anthony Larkin and Peadar Mulvihill to run out very convincing winners.

While this was a convincing win for Garrycastle, they know that stiffer tests lie ahead if they are to progress to the knock-out stages. To score 6-14, and all of them to come fro open play, is impressive. It was an excellent team performance but particular mention must be made of the showing by Gary Mullery, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Sean Brennan, Justin McAteer, Alan Daly and Eoin Monaghan.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Conor Harrington (0-1), Jack Donoghue, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Alan Fox, Robbie Fox (1-0), Sean Brennan (1-1), Justin McAteer (0-2), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2), Noel Galvin (C), Michael Monaghan, Paul Mulvihill, Alan Daly (1-2) and Eoin Monaghan (3-3).

SUBS: Brian Carty for M Monaghan (37 min); Sean Carey for A Fox (37 min); Colman Gantley (0-1) for R Fox (40 min); Enda Keena for Paul Mulvihill (41 min); and Emmet Keena (0-1) for A Daly (55 min).

All County League (Division 2) [18 May 2013]


An under strength Garrycastle Junior team just failed to secure any points in this re-arranged Division clash in Garrycastle last Saturday evening.

The visitors had the first score in the very first minute when they worked a good attack to score a point. It took Garrycastle some time to settle but they levelled matter in the 4th minute when Johnny McGuire broke forward from mid field and pointed. In their next attack the home side took the lead as Alan Daly pointed a free. A fine point from distance by Justin McAteer extended Garrycastle’s lead as the mid point of the half neared. Killucan were guilty of a couple of poor wides from scoring positions, but had a point in the 17ty minute to narrow the margin to just a point. A point from Justin McAteer was quickly followed by a point from Noel Galvin to increase their lead to 3 points. Killucan had their best period of the half as they created a couple of goal opportunities. However, some good defending by Shane O’Connell and his full back line ensured the green flag was not raised. Killucan did register two points in the closing minutes to leave it 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.

Noel Galvin got the home side off to the perfect restart when he pointed but Killucan hit back with a point from a close range free. Garrycastle mid fielder, Johnny McGuire, picked up a yellow card but in his next play pointed for Garrycastle. Killucan had another good spell and rattled off 3 points in a 4 minute period to jump into the lead. Garrycastle’s cause was dealt a further setback when Johnny McGuire received a second yellow card in the 41st minute. Killucan had another point soon after to stretch their lead to 2 points. A pointed free by Noel Galvin was followed up wit one from play by Ciaran O’Neill to level the scores mid way through the second period. Killucan regained the lead only for Peadar Mulvihill to tie it up again with 10 minutes remaining. In such a tight game a goal was always going to be telling, and the visitors got through for the score when Garrycastle lost possession in their own half back line in the 54th minute and Killucan worked the space to register the goal. Garrycastle never gave up and hit back with two pointed frees, both from the boot of Noel Galvin to leave just a point in it with a minute of normal time remaining. The visitors were reduced to 14 when a second yellow was given to one of their mid filed players. However, try as the might Garrycastle could not engineer an equaliser. In fact Killucan broke forward to grab a point as the game entered injury time. The final score 1-11 to 0-12 in Killucan’s favour.

Garrycastle will be disappointed not to have secured at least a point from this encounter, however, given the number of players unavailable it was a spirited performance. There were good performances from Justin Barrett, Ciaran O’Neill and Gary McCallon in defence. After a strong first half our mid field faded in the second period. Noel Galvin, Alan Daly and Michael Monaghan were most prominent in attack.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Justin Barrett, Colman Gantley, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Gary McCallon, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Justin McAteer (0-2), Johnny McGuire (0-2), Neill Rattigan, Noel Galvin (0-5, 2f ), Brian Carty, Michael Monaghan, Alan Daly (0-1, 1f) and Paul Mulvihill.

SUB: Enda Keena for Paul Mulvihill (55 min).

All County League DIV 1 [12 May 2013]

Garrycastle 2-6 Maryland 1-6

Garrycastle seniors made the short trip to Drumraney last Sunday and came away with two more league points after a hard-earned win over the home team. Not surprisingly after all the bad weather, the pitch was very heavy and it wasn't easy to play constructive football. However, both teams coped well with the conditions and played the game in the right spirit. Garrycastle got a great start when Justin Barrett surged forward , played a one-two with Paul Mulvihill, and crashed home a great goal. Sean Brennan followed up with a well-taken point but Maryland got right back into the game when their alert corner forward grabbed a rebound off the post and gave Cathal Mullin no chance from close range. Points from Michael Monaghan (2) and Ciaran O'Neill helped Garrycastle to a half time lead of 1-4 to 1-1, which didn't seem enough with the wind to face in the second half. However, within seconds of the re-start a great run by Gary McCallon put Ciaran O'Neill through and when he was taken down in the square Gary Dolan blasted the penalty to the net. Gary followed up with a splendid point from a 40 metre free but Garrycastle failed to build on this and gradually Maryland began to reduce the margin. With a few minutes left the gap was down to two points until Michael Monaghan scored his third point from play. In the final seconds Sean Brennan burst through for what looked a certain goal up but the Maryland goalie brought off a super save, and the final whistle came just after.

This was an encouraging display by Garrycastle and with a number of regulars unavailable the younger players took the opportunity to impress the team management. With four weeks to the next championship game, attendances at training should be boosted as players compete for starting places.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Enda Mulvihill, Jack Donohue, Tom McHugh, Justin Barrett (1-0), Gary McCallon, Gary Dolan (1-1), Sean Brennan (0-1), Neill Rattigan, Ciaran O'Neill (0-1), Johnny McGuire, Paul Mulvihill, Justin McAteer, Michael Monaghan (0-3).

SUBS: David O'Shaughnessy for McAteer; Anthony Larkin for McHugh; Conor Harrington for Donohue; Karl Henson for Mullery and Peadar Mulvihill for Paul Mulvihill.

NOTE: Best wishes to Matthew Guiheen who suffered a broken nose in training on Friday last. Hopefully he will soon be ready to return to action.

Junior Football Championship (Section B) [5 May 2013]


Garrycastle Juniors collected a second pair of championship points from their visit to Rochfortbridge last Friday evening. Taking control from the beginning they built up a half time lead of 3-9 to 1-3, despite playing against a stiff wind. The second half followed a similar pattern, with all Garrycastle's forwards, including subs, getting in on the scoring, while the home team failed to raise a flag. Competition for places will be hotting up as Garrycastle prepare for the stiffer challenges that lie ahead.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, John O'Shaughnessy, Sean Carey, Jack Donohue (0-3), Anthony Larkin, David Broughan, Sean Brennan (1-1), Johnny McGuire, Peadar Mulvihill (0-2), Noel Galvin (0-1), Colman Gantley (0-2), Paul Mulvihill (3-1), Alan Daly (1-3), Michael Monaghan (0-4).

SUBS: Brian Carty (0-2), Anthony Duignan, Enda Keena (0-1, free), Emmet Keena (1-0).



Garrycastle secured two valuable points with a hard fought but deserved win over Castledaly in Tubberclair last Sunday afternoon. Playing with the aid of a strong but swirling wind, it took Garrycastle a long time to settle and they fell behind as early as the first minute when Castledaly had a point. Aidan Browne responded for Garrycastle to level but then Castledaly exerted more pressure and forged ahead thanks to a point from a free and quickly followed this up with two pointed efforts from open play. Another pointed free pushed Castledaly further ahead by the mid point of the half. Dessie Dolan pointed from play and Aidan Browne pointed again to narrow the margin. Castledaly grabbed the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute and at that stage led by 1-5 to 0-3. This goal seemed to waken Garrycastle from their slumbers and from there to the break it was Garrycastle who took over. A point from a free by Dessie Dolan was quickly followed by a goal from James Dolan after good approach play. A point from Gary Dolan levelled matters in the 25th minute. James Dolan pointed to put his side in front for the first time and the same played pointed again in the 30th minute. A pointed free by Dessie Dolan in injury time put his side 1-8 to 1-5 ahead at the break.

Playing against the stiff breeze, Garrycastle made the better start to the second half and a point from Dessie Dolan put them further ahead. A second Garrycastle goal by James Dolan, who reacted quickest when his initial shot rebounded off the crossbar, put his side firmly in control by the 38th minute. Castledaly responded with a point but Patrick Mulvihill was on hand to pop one over for Garrycastle. Castledaly had a period of pressure which yielded two points, one from play and the other from a free, to reduce the margin to 5 points with 10 minutes remaining. However, Garrycastle got on top again and retained possession for long periods. Points from Patrick Mulvihill and a free by James Duignan completed the scoring to leave it 2-12 to 1-8 at the end.

This was a mixed bag from Garrycastle. A slow start saw them well behind by the 20th minute but from there to the end they were clearly the better side. There were notable performances from John Gaffey, Enda Mulvihill and Doron Harte in defence. Aidan Browne made some fine catches as well as contributing two points. James Dolan caught the eye with his scores and he was ably assisted in attack by cousins Gary and Dessie. Patrick Mulvihill was also influential throughout.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doron Harte, Enda Mulvihill, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne (0-2), Matthew Guiheen, Neil Rattigan, Gary Dolan (0-1), James Dolan (2-2), James Duignan (0-1, 1f), Patrick Mulvihill (0-2) and Dessie Dolan (0-4, 2f).

SUBS: Seanie O’Donoghue for N Rattigan (43 min); Justin Barrett for T McHugh (45 min); Ciaran O’Neill for A Browne (55 min).



Garrycastle’s Junior A side got their championship campaign off to a winning start in sunny Kinnegad last Friday evening with a well merit win over the home team.

Garrycastle made a positive start to proceedings and registered their first point in the 3rd minute from Alan Daly. Colman Gantley added to their tally soon after with a well taken point. The home side got off the mark with a point from a close range free in the 6th minute. Garrycastle were enjoying good possession and were playing quick ball into the inside line, where Alan Daly in particular was giving the home defence a hard time. He got his second point of the game to stretch his side’s lead and then added a goal in the 13th minute after good approach play and a good pass from Paul Mulvihill. Sean Brennan broke forward from midfield to pop over a point to leave Garrycastle in a strong position with only 13 minutes elapsed. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point from a free but were dealt a significant blow in the 21st minute when Alan Daly and Paul Mulvihill combined to put Paul in the clear and he finished emphatically to the net for his side’s second goal of the game. Another point from Alan Daly, following a surging solo run through the middle from Gary Mullery, emphasised their superiority at this stage. However, the home side finished the half well and added two points, both from frees, to leave the score 2-5 to 0-4 in Garrycastle’s favour on Michael Gordon’s half time whistle.

Coralstown/Kinnegad pressed forward on the restart and were rewarded with their first point from play after just a minute. Sean Brennan responded with a point for Garrycastle immediately. Garrycastle continued to have most of the possession and points from Michael Monaghan and Sean Brennan were added to by one from a placed ball by Noel Galvin to leave Garrycastle ahead by 2-9 to 0-5 by the mid point of the half. Further points from Paul Mulvihill and Alan Daly stretched the lead even further. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point from play but the game was truly ended as a contest in the 52nd minute when Anthony Larkin found the net for Garrycastle’s third goal. Alan Daly added a point. From there to the end the home side rallied and tacked on a point from play and two points from frees. The final score was 3-12 to 0-9.

This was a good performance from Garrycastle and suggests that Aidan Dunning’s charges can challenge for honours if they consistently play to this standard. There were good performances from Conor Harrington, Gary Mullery, Johnny McGuire, Sean Brennan and Noel Galvin. Alan Daly showed that he can still be a handful for any defence and was my Man of the Match.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Conor Harrington, Sean Carey, David Broughan, John O’Shaughnessy, Anthony Larkin (1-0), Johnny McGuire, Sean Brennan (0-3), Colman Gantley (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-1, 1f), Peadar Mulvihill, Paul Mulvihill (1-1), Alan Daly (1-5) and Michael Monaghan (0-1).

SUBS: Robbie Fox for S Carey (52 min); Enda Keena for M Monaghan (52 min); Robbie Shine for J McGuire (54 min); Brian Carty for C Gantley (54 min); Emmet Keena for Paul Mulvihill (58 min).

All County League (DIVISION 1) [14 April 2013]


Garrycastle collected a second brace of league points with a comprehensive win over the home team in this game played in Mullingar CBS grounds last Saturday evening. Playing with a strong wind Garrycastle started well with two goals from James Dolan and Gary Dolan, with Paddy Mulvihill and Dessie Dolan playing key roles in both goals. Indeed, these two players were central to all of Garrycastle’s best attacks, and caused continuous problems for the Shamrocks’ defence. Further goals from midfielders Ciaran O’Neill and Matthew Guiheen helped Garrycastle to a commanding 4-6 to 0-3 lead at half time.

Shamrocks were given an early boost in the second half when Sean Daly converted a penalty and when they notched a second goal after 15 minutes they briefly threatened Garrycastle’s big lead. However, good points from play by Seanie O’Donoghue and Paddy Mulvihill kept Garrycastle in control, and the result was never really in doubt. A nasty foul on Dessie Dolan left referee Sean Carroll with no option but to dismiss a Shamrocks defender with five minutes remaining and in the final minute a second Shamrocks defender joined his colleague after two yellow cards. Garrycastle kept their composure and ran out convincing winners by a 12 point margin.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey (0-1), Tom McHugh, Doran Harte, Justin Barrett, Gary McCallon, Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Ciaran O’Neill (1-0), Neill Rattigan (0-1), Gary Dolan (1-0), James Dolan (1—1), James Duignan (0-2, 1 free), Paddy Mulvihill ((0-4, 1 free), Dessie Dolan (0-2, frees).

SUBS: Seanie O’Donoghue (0-1) for Guiheen, Anthony Larkin for G. McCallon, Alan Daly for O’Neill, Paul Mulvihill for D. Dolan.

All County League (Division 6) [8 April 2013]


Garrycastle Junior B side kept up their challenge for league honours with a well merited win over the home side in Rochfordbridge last Sunday morning. Garrycastle had the advantage of a strong breeze in the first period and raced into a 3 point lead in the opening minutes with points from Neil Rattigan, Colman Gantley and Paul Mulvihill. The home side had a point in the 7th minute and followed this up with another point soon after. Garrycastle ten exerted more dominance and further points from Neil Rattigan (2) and Colman Gantley pushed their lead to 4 points by the 22nd minute. The home side responded with two quick points but Garrycastle finished the half with a point from Colman Gantley to leave them ahead by 0-7 to 0-4.

A Neil Rattigan point in the first minute of the second half stretched the lead but St Marys responded with a point of their own. The sides exchanges a couple of points each, with the Garrycastle scores coming from Noel Galvin and Paul Mulvihill. Both sides were reduced to 14, with Johnny McGuire of Garrycastle and Eddie Alford of St Marys receiving a second yellow card towards the start of the second period. A burst of scores from Garrycastle increased their lead when Robbie Shine (who had 2 points) and Paul Mulvihill fired over points. As was the pattern in this game, St Marys responded with a brace of points themselves to leave the gap at 4 points as the game entered the final 10 minutes. The home side got a big boost when the stole in for a goal to narrow the margin to the minimum a minute later. However, Garrycastle responded well to this set-back and hit over further points from Paul Mulvihill and Robbie Shine in the closing stages and they held the St Marys attack scoreless for the remaining minutes.

This was good win for Garrycastle and maintains their push to capture this league title. There were good performances from Tom McHugh, Neil Rattigan, Colman Gantley and Paul Mulvihill.

GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keena, Sean Carey, Tom McHugh, David Broughan, Frank Doolan, Johnny McGuire, Stephen McGuire, Noel Galvin (0-1), Neil Rattigan (0-4), Colman Gantley (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill, Brian Carty, Enda Keena, Emmet Keena, Paul Mulvihill (0-4).

SUBS: Paul Gunning for Emmet Keena; Robbie Shine (0-3) for B Carty.

All County League (Division 6) [29 March 2013]


Garrycastle Junior B side entertained Bunbrosna in the fourth round of the league in Garrycastle last Friday night under lights.

The visitors had the first score in the very first minute when they manufactured a point. It took Garrycastle some time to settle but they had a goal in the 7th minute when Paul Mulvihill finished off some good approach play to fire to the Bunbrosna net. Garrycastle were playing some good football as the game progressed and a pointed free from Johnny McGuire was quickly followed by a second goal, this time from Emmet Keena. Johnny McGuire had a point from play and this was added to by a point from Peadar Mulvihill. Bunbrosna responded with a point from a free bur Garrycastle finished the half strongly and a point from Johnny McGuire left the home side 2-4 to 0-2 ahead at the break.

Bunbrosna started brightly in the second period and pointed in the second minute. Noel Galvin responded with a good point for Garrycastle. The visitors got a boost when they worked the ball into the Garrycastle goal-mouth and after some desperate defending a penalty was awarded. The visitors took full advantage to fire a goal past Sean Brennan. However, points from Emmet Keena and a free from Alex Gardiner steadied the Garrycastle play. Bunbrosna began to get more possession and came back strongly into the game. Two points fro the visitors put them right back in it with just over 15 minutes remaining and only 6 points down. Bunbrosna added two further points from play. Noel Galvin responded with a good point and Johnny McGuire pointed a free from close range after a late tackle on Neil Rattigan was spotted by the referee. A second goal for the visitors put them right back in contention as the game entered the final 5 minutes of normal time. A point from Paul Mulvihill put Garrycastle four points up but Bunbrosna never gave up and pressed forward looking for scores. They could not break through for a goal and had to settle for a pointed free in injury time. The final score 2-10 to 2-7 in Garrycastle’s favour.

While Garrycastle were deserving winners, they will regret that they made such hard work of it. Many good point opportunities were squandered by over elaboration. There were good performances by Anthony Duignan, David Broughan and Colman Gantley in defence. Johnny McGuire and Neill Rattigan gave Garrycastle the edge at midfield but faded somewhat in the middle third of the game. Noel Galvin, Paul Mulvihill and Emmet Keena took the plaudits in attack. It was great to see Tom McHugh, coming back from a long term injury, make his first competitive appearance in almost a year.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Brennan, Sean Carey, Anthony Duignan, David Broughan, Colman Gantley, Anthony Larkin, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-4, 2f), Neill Rattigan, Brian Carty, Noel Galvin (0-2), Alex Gardiner (0-1, 1f), Enda Keena, Emmet Keena (1-1) and Paul Mulvihill (1-1).

SUBS: Frank Doolan for B Carty (36 min); Kevin Dunne for Enda Keena (46 min); Liam Downey for Emmet Keena (48 min) and Tom McHugh for S Carey (51 min).

All County League (Division 6) [16 March 2013]


At the third time of asking, the Garrycastle Junior B side finally had a competitive game in this division, their first two games having been conceded by the opposition, when they overcame The Downs in a close fought match under lights in Garrycastle last Friday evening.

Garrycastle had built up a two goal lead by half time, thanks to a brace of goals from Alan Daly. However, they were made to battle for this win when The Downs fought back strongly and lead by a point as time ran out. However, Garrycastle’s fighting spirit shone through and they scraped a win by the narrowest of margins.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane OConnell, Sean Carey, John Murphy, Gary Mullery, Frank Doolan, Anthony Larkin, David Broughan, Sean Brennan, Neill Rattigan, Peadar Mulvihill, Robbie Fox, Brian Carty, Paul Mulvihill, Alan Daly and Michael Monaghan.

SUBS: Alex Gardiner, Eoin Mooney, Anthony Duignan, S Carr, Mark Fox.

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (DIVISION 1) [ 24 February 2013]


Garrycastle got their division 1 campaign off to a winning start in Michael McDermott’s first competitive game in charge. This re-arranged game, which also doubled up as the first round of the Feis Cup, was played in ideal, if somewhat cold, conditions in Garrycastle last Sunday morning and it was clear from the number of kicking and handling errors from both sides that the players needed the game to bring them on.

Tubberclair had the first score, a pointed free, in the very first minute. Garrycastle responded with a point from Johnny McGuire but two further pointed frees pushed Tubberclair into a two point lead by the 13th minute. A pointed free by James Dolan was soon followed up with a point from Neil Rattigan to level the score by the 17th minute. From there to the half time break it was all Garrycastle. A goal from James Dolan was quickly followed by two points from Patrick Mulvihill. The same player had the last score of the half, a pointed free, to leave the home side ahead by 1-6 to 0-3 when Declan Nugent sounded his whistle for half time.

The second half started at a slow pace and it was not until the 8th minute of the half that we got a score, a point from Eoin Monaghan. A second Garrycastle goal in the 46th minute from Peadar Mulvihill, who had only just come on as a substitute, all but ended the game as a contest. James Dolan added a point to increase the Garrycastle lead. Tubberclair got their first score from play with a well taken point in the 51st minute. The sides exchanged points, with the Garrycastle score coming from Gary McCallon on a rare foray up-field and Tubberclair’s came via a placed ball. Further points from Gary Dolan and Enda Mulvihill increased the Garrycastle margin but Tubberclair had the last score in added time with a point from play. The final score 2-11 to 0-6 in Garrycastle’s favour.

Given that this was their first competitive game of the new season, Manager Michael McDermott will be pleased to have secured the win. There were good performances from Enda Mulvihill and Karl Henson in defence. Patrick Mulvihill and Aidan Browne were on top in midfield after the opening period. There were good displays from Johnny McGuire, Neil Rattigan and Peadar Mulvihill in attack.

GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Gary McCallon (0-1), Enda Mulvihill (0-1), Conor Harrington, Doron Harte, John Gaffey, Karl Henson, Patrick Mulvihill (0-3, 1f), Aidan Browne, Ciaran O’Neill, Gary Dolan (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Neil Rattigan (0-1), James Dolan (1-2, 0-1f) and Eoin Monaghan (0-1).

SUBS: Seanie O’Donoghue for C O’Neill (21 min); Sean Brennan for C Harrington (41 min); Anthony Larkin for K Henson (42 min); Peadar Mulvihill (1-0) for A Browne (inj, 44 min); David Broughan for G McCallon (55 min, inj).

All County League (Division 2) [17 February 2013]

Coralstown-Kinnegad 4-8 Garrycastle 1-7

Garrycastle had their first outing of the year on Sunday last in Kinnegad and came away empty-handed against a strong home team. Kinnegad is one of four senior clubs in this very competitive division and are intent on regaining their place in the top division. They were sharper all over the field and even when playing against the wind in the first half they created the better openings. They notched an early goal and followed with a second five minutes later. Garrycastle have been training hard indoors and on artificial surfaces over the past few weeks but this was their first action on grass and it took them a long time to settle. They were lucky to trail by just a point – 2-2 to 1-4 – at half time but in fairness they improved as the second half wore on. By that stage, however, the home team had scored another 1-4 to effectively secure the points. The introduction of a few substitutions injected more urgency in Garrycastle’s play and they added three points, but another Kinnegad goal cancelled these out.

Garrycastle’s best players were John O’Shaughnessy and Eoin Monaghan, while several others improved after a bad start. There are several tough games ahead in this division and lots of opportunities for players to stake claims for starting places.

TEAM: Padraig Cosgrove, Gary Mullery, Sean Brennan, Conor Harrington, Anthony Larkin, John O’Shaughnessy, Matthew Guiheen, Gary Dolan, Aidan Browne, Neill Rattigan (1-1), James Duignan (0-3, 2 frees), Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Noel Galvin, Paul Mulvihill (0-1).

Subs: Jack Donohue (for Mullery), Robbie Fox (for O’Neill), Peadar Mulvihill (for Paul Mulvihill), David Broughan (for Larkin), Colman Gantley (for Rattigan), Ronan Donohue, Anthony Duignan, Alan Daly, Johnny McGuire, Sean Carey, Brian Carty, Shane Carr, Enda Keena, Paul Gunning.

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (Division 7) FINAL [9 February 2013]


Garrycastle Junior B side captured the Division 7 league title with a well merited win over Mullingar Shamrocks in Lakepoint Park last Saturday morning. This gives the club a unique triple crown of league titles in 2012 – Division 1, 3 and 7 annexed in one season.

Played in ideal conditions on St Loman’s 3G pitch the game was tight for the opening 15 minutes. Garrycastle got a point from a close range free, converted by Noel Galvin in the second minute. Mullingar Shamrocks responded with a pointed free. A second pointed free, this time from Alex Gardiner, put Garrycastle ahead again by the 5th minute. A goal from Paul Mulvihill, after very good approach play, increased the Garrycastle lead in the 7th minute. Mullingar Shamrocks responded with a point but Alex Gardiner with another successful free stretched the lead again. A point from Ciaran O’Neill was soon added to by a wonderful goal for Garrycastle. Slick passing and movement opened up the Shamrocks defence and Paul Mulvihill set up Padraig Cosgrove to raise the green flag. With an eight point lead by the 19th minute Garrycastle were in a strong position. Shamrocks had a point, however, Garrycastle kept up the pressure on the Shamrocks defense and a point from Noel Galvin was followed up by a third Garrycastle goal when Paul Mulvihill was on hand to find the net in the 24th minute. The half time score was 3-5 to 0-3 in Garrycastle’s favour.

Shamrocks needed a good start to the second period and they nearly got the break they hoped for in their first attack of the half. A good build up created a chance but strong and resolute defending by Sean Brennan and Eoin Mooney prevented a goal. Padraig Cosgrove had a point for Garrycastle to open their account in the second half but Shamrocks responded with a point of their own immediately. Johnny McGuire pointed and this was added to by Padraig Cosgrove to increase the Garrycastle lead even further. Shamrock had a point in the 44th minute, which was to be their last score. A fourth Garrycastle goal from Paul Mulvihill, ended any hope for Shamrocks. Points from Ciaran O’Neill, Robbie Shine and Alex Gardiner only went to emphasise the Garrycastle superiority on the day. Try as they might Shamrocks could not breach the Garrycastle defense and the final score was 4-11 to 0-5.

This was an excellent team display. Every player played their part and can now look forward to playing in Division 6 in 2013. There were particularly strong displays from Eoin Mooney, Sean Brennan and Peadar Mulvihill in defence. Ciaran O’Neill and Mathew Guiheen gave their side the edge in midfield and ensured a plentiful supply of good ball into the forwards. Alex Gardiner, Paul Mulvihill and Noel Galvin were particularly prominent in attack. Each of the substitutes played their part in a wonderful win for the club.

GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Sean Carey, Sean Brennan, Eoin Mooney, Frank Doolan, Anthony Larkin, Peadar Mulvihill, Matthew Guiheen, Ciaran O’Neill (0-2), Alex Gardiner (0-3, 2f), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Neil Rattigan, Paul Mulvihill (2-0), Noel Galvin (1-2, 0-1f) and Padraig Cosgrove(1-2).

SUBS: Robbie Shine (0-1) for M Guiheen, inj 40 min); Enda Keena for P Cosgrove (43 min); Colman Gantley for Paul Mulvihill (47 min); Emmet Keena for N Galvin (54 min); David Broughan for J McGuire (56 min); Ronan Donoghue not used.