Match Reports Juvenile

Minor League Championship Division 2 Final [14 October 2013]

Garrycastle 1-8 Rosemount 5-9

Garrycastle suffered a heavy defeat to Rosemount in the Division 2 final on Sunday October 13th in Cusack Park, Mullingar. The strength of the opposition reflected their superior League status having recently secured the Division 1 League title. The ability that Rosemount had to create and clinically execute their goal chances compared to Garrycastle was one of the deciding factors. It was a game that Garrycastle always struggled to contain or match the opposition and for whatever reason be it nerves or inexperience of Cusack Park did not do themselves justice on the day. That been said if some of the goal chances that Garrycastle had were converted then they may have stayed in touch and made more of a game of it. The team however played to the final whistle and tried their best to reduce the gap in the score line and they can be proud that they never gave up.

In the first half, Cian Hayden was first off the mark for Garrycastle after Rosemount had built up a 2 point lead. Rosemount followed this with a point before the first of their goals. When Kenny Dolan pointed from a free, Rosemount then hit Garrycastle with another major. Both teams then traded points to leave the half time score 2-5 to 0-3 in favour of the opposition. Michael Monaghan was first on the score board in the second half with a free for the Green and Red. Then Rosemount added to their goal tally to put 10 points between the sides. Although Garrycastle fought hard during this spell they could not make any progress on the score board and by the time Conor Duignan brought Garrycastle to 0-5, Rosemount had 4-7 on the board. Then Garrycastle had their best period of the match and Emmet Brennan finally found the net followed by a point from Kenny Dolan. There was then the most bizarre sequence of goal attempts from Garrycastle which somehow failed to find the target. Rosemount however could still break through the Garrycastle defence and they found the net for a fifth time. Further points by Darragh McCormack and Michael Monaghan completed Garrycastle's account on the day.

So a disappointing result for a team who have developed well and produced some great performances during the year. They can still hold their heads high while acknowledging that they met a team who were more confident, determined and hungrier for success on the day.

Final score - Garrycastle 1-8 Rosemount 5-9

Garrycastle: 1. Eoin Slevin, 2. Adam Keena, 3. Sean Gunning, 4. Ben Kennedy, 5. Frank Farrell, 6. Mark Curley, 7. Cian Hayden (0-1), 8. Evan Dalton, 9. Eric Kearney, 10.Cathal Mannion, 11. Michael Monaghan (0-3, 1f), 17. Mark Duffy, 13. Conor Duignan (0-1), 14. Terry Rushe, 15. Kenny Dolan (0-2, 1f)

Subs: 12. Emmet Brennan (1-0) for S. Gunning, 21. Darragh Brody for M. Duffy, 19. Liam Leahy for T. Rushe, 18. Conor McKiernan for E. Kearney, 20. Darragh McCormack (0-1) for C. Mannion. 22. Eric McCormack, 23. Donal Byrne not used.

Under-8 Blitz in Ballinagore, Saturday Sept. 21st

Our final under-8 county orgainised football blitz for this year took place on Saturday morning in St. Malachys, Ballinagore. This was a relatively long journey and early start on a Saturday morning for our under-8 squad, and on the day we had a smaller number than usual of players travelling, with 19 players making the trip.

As is usual we played two teams, one mostly at under-8 age group, and a younger team made up of under-7 and under-6 players. In total we played 4 matches against the host club St. Malachys, St. Marys from Rochfortbridge, and Tubberclair. In all 4 matches, the teams played with great enthusiasm, energy and skill, and represented themselves, their families and their club with great distinction. As has been the hallmark of our under-8 age group this year, both teams displayed great skill in kicking, tackling and blocking, and this must augur well for the underage structure in Garrycastle over the coming years.

Squad on the day:

Nathan Kelly, Jack Allen, Jamie Carroll, Diarmuid Murtagh, Tom Daly, Kyle Greene, David Carter, Oisin Nugent, Oisin Deeney, Conn O'Hara, James McHugh, Killian Redmond, Cian Norris, Niadh Shine, Adam Lennon, Matthew Hardiman, Rian Gaynor, Keelan Ward, Andrew Henson.

Team pictures etc. may be found on the Under-8 webpage.

Huge thanks to the mentors, parents and grandparents who travelled to Ballinagore, and who provided great support and encouragement to the young players. It really does make a huge difference!

Our thanks also to John and the other organisers in St. Malachys for an excellent blitz, and for the much appreciated refreshments at the end.

Minor League Championship [14 September 2013]

Garrycastle 2-17 St. Loman's 3-5

Garrycastle had a comprehensive win over St. Loman's, Mullingar in Lakepoint Park on Friday, September 13th to become the first Garrycastle Minor team since 2006 to book themselves a place in the Minor Division 2 Final. Kenny Dolan was first off the mark with a converted free which was followed by two more Garrycastle points to put the Green and Red 3 points to 1 ahead early on. A further exchange of points was followed by a Loman's goal to put them ahead for the first and as it turned out last time in the match. Garrycastle responded well with a fine Michael Monaghan point from play. Garrycastle then took complete control of the game and played very effective and exciting football with a succession of scores from play with contributions from Eric Kearney, Michael Monaghan, Cathal Mannion Terry Rushe, Kenny Dolan who raised the green flag and Emmet Brennan to put the visiting team in a commanding 1-10 to 1-3 lead at half time.

Loman's were first to score in the second half with a free but Conor Duignan quickly restored Garrycastle's 7 point lead. Evan Dalton then added his name to the Garrycastle score sheet with a point after two attempts in succession. Garrycastle then got their 2nd goal from a speculative shot from distance by Eric Kearney which deceived the goalkeeper and curled into the top corner of the goal. Cathal Mannion converted a free to bring the score to 2-14 to 1-5. St. Loman's then got a lucky break with a "soft" goal that deceived the Garrycastle defence. This gave the home team something to play for and they were further boosted by a third goal shortly afterwards. At this point Garrycastle were struggling but Cathal Mannion steadied the ship with a fine point from play. This was added to by Michael Monaghan and Kenny Dolan who converted a free for the last score of the game.

This was an excellent team performance reflected by the fact that every forward and midfield player scored on the night. The defence also worked hard in keeping the opposition in check with the obvious exception of the goals. Every player from Mark Curley taking the goal keeping duty on the night to the substitutes made telling contributions and kept their heads when faced with occasional strong pressure. The team can be justly proud of their achievement and should be confident facing into the final.

Final score - Garrycastle 2-17 Shandonagh 3-5

Garrycastle: Mark Curley, Adam Keena, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Darragh Brody, Frank Farrell, Cian Hayden, Evan Dalton (0-2), Eric Kearney (1-2), Cathal Mannion (0-3, 1f), Michael Monaghan (0-5, 1f), Emmet Brennan (0-1), Conor Duignan (0-1), Terry Rushe (0-1), Kenny Dolan (1-2, 2f)

Subs: J. McGann for D. Brody, L. Leahy for E.Brennan. C. McKiernan, D. McCormack, E. McCormack, D Byrne not used.

Minor League Championship [8 September 2013]

Garrycastle 1-15 Shandonagh 3-7

Garrycastle had a great victory over Shandonagh in the knockout stage of the Minor League Championship in Garrycastle on Friday, September 6th. Shandonagh were first off the mark with a point but Garrycastle settled well and after responding with two early points, Kenny Dolan raised the green flag. Garrycastle proceeded to dominate the first half with a number of points from play and from frees which were shared by Cathal Mannion and Kenny Dolan. Garrycastle were awarded a penalty near the end of the first half when Mark Curley was taken down. Eric Kearney stepped up to take the kick which was saved by the Shandonagh keeper. Kenny Dolan ended the first half with another free to leave the half time score Garrycastle 1-8 Shandonagh 0-3.

Shandonagh were first on the scoreboard in the second half but Garrycastle responded with two more points,the second from Eric Kearney was a fine effort from around the forty. Shandonagh then took over and and rocked Garrycastle with two goals in quick succession to put them right back in contention and within 3 points of the home team. Garrycastle held their nerve and produced four points without reply of which Evan Dalton's effort was particularly impressive. A further point from Shandonagh was followed by a point from Terry Rushe to leave a five point lead to the home team. Shandonagh were not giving up and found the net with about 2 minutes left in the game but Garrycastle held firm for a well deserved win and a place in the Division 2 Semi-final.

Overall it was a very good performance by the home team with all players and subs working hard for the victory.

Final score - Garrycastle 1-15 Shandonagh 3-7

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Cian Hayden, Evan Dalton (0-1), Eric Kearney (0-2), Cathal Mannion (0-3, 2f), Mark Curley (0-2), Emmet Brennan, Mark Duffy, Terry Rushe (0-1), Kenny Dolan (1-6, 5f)

Subs: J. McGann for C. Duignan, C. McKiernan for E.Brennan, D. Brody for B. Kennedy, D. McCormack for M. Duffy, L. Leahy for Terry Rushe.

Under-8 County Blitz in Tubberclair [7 September 2013]

In marked contrast to the fantastic weather we have enjoyed at the county under-8 football blitzes up to now, it was a cold and damp Saturday morning as the Garrycastle Under-8 squad headed off to near neighbours Tubberclair to take part in the latest county sponsored Under-8 blitz.

Nonetheless, 27 players made the trip, allowing us to field two teams as usual, and play matches against the host club, Castledaly, and St. Josephs from Killbeggan.

Both teams acquitted themselves in some style, with some excellent fielding and defending on display, and some great goalkeeping from both goalkeepers. Up front, excitement took over on occasions when perhaps the simpler option would have been better, but that is all part of learning to play Gaelic football. All-in-all, this group of players is showing great improvements in skill levels, thanks in no small measure to the work being put in by Ger, Michael, Chris, Derek and all the trainers and mentors. The summer street league has also helped in getting game experience for this group.

As is the custom, Tubberclair GAA provided refreshments for all of the players after the matches, which were very gratefully received. A huge word of thanks also to all of the parents and supporters who cheered on their young heroes from the sidelines on a cold damp morning.

Pictures etc. are on the under-8 webpage.

Minor League Championship [31 August 2013]

St Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-7 Garrycastle 2-9

Garrycastle Minors secured 3rd place in Div 1/2 Group C on Friday, August 30th with a narrow victory over St Mary's in Rochfortbridge. With a number of regular players unavailable, Garrycastle faced a tough challenge against the local team. St. Mary's got off to the better start and after both sides had traded points they got an early goal from a speculative high ball which rebounded out to a waiting St. Mary's player. Garrycastle had to dig deep at this point and they responded well with two pointed frees from Kenny Dolan. Garrycastle then hit the front with a goal that was finished by Darragh McCormack after a number of attempts from others. Garrycastle then doubled their goal tally when Evan Dalton finished off a fine move with a well taken goal. Further points from Conor McKiernan and a free from Kenny Dolan left Garrycastle in a strong position at half time with a score line of 2-5 to 1-2.

St Mary's opened their second half account with a point which was followed by 2 points in reply from the Green and Red team. Leading by seven points at this stage Garrycastle were in a comforatble position but St. Mary's lifted their game and hit four points in a row. Another Kenny Dolan free made it a four point game but then St. Mary's fired home their second goal of the match to leave the minimum between the teams. The game seemed to be swinging in St. Mary's favour at this stage as the clock was ticking down. However Garrycastle rallied well under a lot of pressure and managed to get a 20 metre free which was near the side line. Kenny Dolan cleverly found Conor McKiernan and he converted a point in style with what turned out to be the winning score.

It was a good team performance with some passion and spirit and the players battled hard to ensure the victory.

Garrycastle now go into the knock-out stage of the competition and will play Shandonagh at home on Wednesday evening next.

Final score: St Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-7 Garrycastle 2-9

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Ben Kennedy, Darragh Brody, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Cian Hayden, Evan Dalton (1-0), Emmet Brennan, Mark Duffy, Terry Rushe (0-1), Cathal Mannion, D. McCormack (1-0), Liam Leahy, Kenny Dolan (0-6 (6f))

Subs: C. McKiernan (0-2) for L. Leahy, L. Leahy for D. McCormack, D. McCormack for M. Duffy

Minor League Championship [26 August 2013]

Garrycastle 1-8 Tubberclair 3-16

Garrycastle Minors were comprehensively beaten at home by a superior Tubberclair team on Monday, August 26th. Tubberclair set the pace of the game from the opening minutes and Garrycastle struggled to come to terms with the pace and physicality of their near neighbours. Tubberclair had a four point lead before the home team opened their account with a Michael Monaghan point. The visitors added a further point and then raised the green flag to put clear daylight between the teams. Garrycastle rallied at this stage and managed back to back scores but were then rocked by another goal. A further point from Monaghan was the last contribution of the first half from the home team as Tubberclair maintained their dominance with 3 more points to leave the score at 2-8 to 0-4 when Referee Pat Fox blew the half-time whistle.

Garrycastle got the first score of the second half through a penalty converted by Eric Kearney. Tubberclair then took over from where they left off at half-time and proceeded to rack up a further goal and 4 points before the home team added a point to their own tally. With the game well and truly out of Garrycastle's grasp both teams traded further points until the final whistle.

Overall it was a poor display by the home team who have a lot of work to do to reach the standard of their neighbours.

Final score - Garrycastle 1-8 Tubberclair 3-16

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Terry Rushe, Cian Hayden, Frank Farrell, Mark Curley, Eric Kearney (1-0), Michael Monaghan (0-8 (3f)), Evan Dalton, Cathal Mannion, Emmet Brennan, Conor Duignan, Kenny Dolan

Subs: C. McKiernan, D. McCormack, J. McGann, D. Brody, L. Leahy, E. McCormack, M. Duffy, D. Byrne.

Under 16 League Championship (Division 3 – play-off) [13 August 2013]


Garrycastle under 16s made the long journey to take on Ballycomoyle for a second place play-off in this year’s league championship last Monday evening. It was always going to be a tall order given the absence of many regulars because of holidays and illness.

Garrycastle failed to perform in the first period and the home side enjoyed almost total domination of possession in that half. The Garrycastle defence was under constant pressure and were it not for some stout defending and a couple of excellent saves by Paul McKiernan they would have trailed by a bigger margin at the break. As it was the home side lead by 1-10 to 0-1 at the half way mark, with Garrycastle’s only score coming from Conor Mulvihill in the 24th minute.

There was a much improved performance from Garrycastle in the second period and while Ballycomoyle still had most of the possession, Garrycastle mounted some promising attacks, even if they did not yield the scores they merited. Eoin Duignan had a point for Garrycastle early in the second period. Paul McKiernan continued to excel in goal and his back line worked tirelessly to assist. They were unfortunate that a deflection resulted in a second Ballycomoyle goal in their last attack of the game. The final score was 2-14 to 0-2 in Ballycomoyle’s favour and they now go on to play Tubberclair to determine second place in the group.

There was little to enthuse from Garrycastle in the first half but they rallied well in the second. The best for Garrycastle were Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy, Eoin Mulvihill and Ross Mulvihill.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy, Oisin Langan, Conor Mulvihill, Shane McEnery, Eoin Mulvihill, Ross Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan, Jack Brody and Brian Ruane.

SUB: Eoghan Kenny for B Ruane (50 min).

U14 Football Championship [27 July 2013]

Garrycastle 4-12, Kilbeggan St Josephs 6-12

Despite having a much weakened side and having only 13 players available due to holidays and injuries, Garrycastle U14s put in a very spirited performance last Thursday night at home against Kilbeggan. Great credit is due to the lads that were available on the night who worked hard right to the final whistle.

The evening was very humid and as the lads tired in the second half our inability to bring on replacements was a huge factor in losing this game. All the lads can take many positives from this game which saw excellent work in particular from Jason Nugent, Oisin Langan, Brian Ruane, Eoin Mulvihill, Dara Mulvihill and Joe Carmody.

There were some great scores from Garrycastle on the night with our goals coming from Phillip Monaghan, Eoin Kenny, Brian Ruane and Joe Carmody from the penalty spot. The Kilbeggan goalkeeper was in fine form on the night and denied us three more with great saves. The team move on to play Kinnegad in the next round.

Garrycastle Team:

Matthew McBride, Cian O Brien, Eoin Mulvihill, Conor Macken, Joe Carmody, Andrew Monaghan, Oisin Langan, Dara Mulvihill, Jason Nugent, Colm Henry, Brian Ruane, Phillip Monaghan, Eoin Kenny.

Under 16 League Championship (Division 3) [22 July 2013]


Garrycastle were comprehensively beaten in their third game in this year’s under 16 league championship in Shandonagh last Monday evening.

Right from the start Garrycastle were under pressure and the home side piled on score after score. By the mid point of the half Shandonagh had 2-3 on the board as Garrycastle struggled to get out of their own half. In a rare foray into the Shandonagh half, Ross Mulvihill was unlucky to see his effort on goal just drift just wide of the left hand upright. The home side continued to dominate and added further scores as the half wore on. Cathal Mannion saw his effort for a point hit the upright and rebound to safety as the half finished with Garrycastle scoreless and Shandonagh on 4-7.

Garrycastle finally got off the mark in the opening minutes of the second half as good approach play opened up the home defence and Ross Mulvihill slotted home a goal. The home side responded with a succession of points to stretch their lead even further before Cathal Mannion pointed a close range free following a foul on Ronan Mulvihill. This was to be their last score as Shandonagh continued to pile on the scores and finish with 5-16 to 1-1.

This was a very disappointing performance from Garrycastle who seemed to be very flat throughout. While Shandonagh are undoubtedly a strong side, the Garrycastle side put up very little resistance. There were good performances in defence by Owen Mulvihill in goal, Sean Mulvihill, and Caolan Jameson. Mid-field and forwards found it very difficult to impress.

GARRYCASTLE: Owen Mulvihill, Mark Denby, Bill Kelly, Caolan Jameson, Sean Mulvihill, Oisin Langan, Cathal Mannion (0-1, 1f), Conor Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan, Shane McEnery, Jack Brody, Ronan Mulvihill and Ross Mulvihill (1-0).

SUB: Eoin Kenny for Oisin Langan (50 min).

Under-8 Blitz in Castledaly [19 July 2013]

On Friday evening last, (July 19th), the Garrycastle under-8 squad set off on the short journey to our neighbours in Castledaly GAA to take part in the latest county organised under-8 blitz. On the evening, teams from Castledaly, Athlone, Millmore Gaels, Moate All-Whites and Garrycastle took part in the blitz, under "GO Games" rules.

On a very hot evening, (the hottest day of the summer so far), and even allowing for holidays etc., it was excellent to see a group of 24 players attending, allowing two teams to be fielded by Garrycastle.

The younger team played two matches against Moate All-Whites and Castledaly, and acquitted themselves very well, with some excellent skills on show from what are some of the very youngest players in the club. Great midfield play, catching and kicking was in evidence, including one great block from Rory to stop a dangerous attack during the match with Moate.

The older team, including our under-7 and under-8 players, also played two matches, and to to be outdone by their younger team mates, put in two sparkling displays, which has to augur well for the future of the Garrycastle club.

Team photos are available on the Under-8 team webpage.

It almost goes without saying at this stage, but huge thanks are due also to all of the parents and supporters who attended, as their encouragement from the sideline makes all the difference.

Many thanks also to the Castledaly GAA club for a well-organised and very enjoyable blitz.

Minor League Championship [17 July 2013]

Ballynacargy 3-16 Garrycastle 3-10

Garrycastle Minors opened their Championship campaign away to Ballynacargy on Monday, July 16th going down valiantly by 6 points against the Division 1 side. The opening minutes saw both sides competing well with the sides level at 2 points a-piece after 5 minutes. During this period Eoin Slevin got down well to make a fine save from a clear goal chance. Ballynacargy then took over and hit 3 more points before Michael Monaghan (2) and Evan Dalton levelled the score. There was a further exchange of points but then Ballynacargy upped the ante and hit 4 more points without reply to leave the half-time score at 0-10 to 0-6 for the home team team.

Garrycastle really needed a score at the start of the 2nd half to get back into the game but unfortunately it was the home side who got the dream start with a goal within 2 minutes of the restart. Garrycastle did respond with a goal from Emmet Brennan but were further rocked by another Ballynacargy goal followed by two further points to put 8 points between the teams. There was a further exchange of points before Ballynacargy rocked the Castle again with a third goal. Now trailing by 11 points Garrycastle really needed to respond and they did when Darragh Brody finished to the net after a fine move. Still trailing Garrycastle rallied and after some further exchange of points were awarded a close in free. Michael Monaghan stepped up and blasted the ball to the net. Garrycastle finished the scoring with a further point before the Referee blew the final whistle.

Overall it was a spirited display by Garrycastle with all but two scores coming from play. With some regulars unavailable, full credit to the 19 players who turned out and gave a good account of themselves. Some improvement is needed in terms of options taken at key times in both defence and attack but if the work rate and spirit is maintained this team could have some success in the championship. We wish Jack Mc Gann and Cian Hayden speedy recoveries from the injuries sustained in the game.

Final score - Ballynacargy 3-16 Garrycastle 3-10

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Jack McGann, Conor Duignan, Cian Hayden, Frank Farrell, Mark Curley, Michael Monaghan (1-8 (2f)), Emmet Brennan (1-1), Terry Rushe, Darragh McCormack, Liam Leahy, Evan Dalton (0-1), Kenny Dolan

Subs: Cathal Mannion for Darragh McCormack, Adam Keena for Jack McGann, Darragh Brody (1-0) for Liam Leahy, Donal Byrne for Emmet Brennan, Jack McGann for Cian Hayden

Under 16 League Championship (Division 3) [8 July 2013]


Garrycastle were well beaten in their second game in this year’s under 16 league championship in Garrycastle last Monday evening.

The opening exchanges were even with both sides creating some opportunities but failing to get scores. The visitors did register a point in the 5th minute but Shane McEnery levelled matters with a good point a couple of minutes later. Tubberclair lead again with three points, one from a free and two from play. However, Shane McEnery had his side’s second point, this time from a close range free by the mid point of the half. A couple of more points were scored by Tubberclair and Conor Mulvihill responded with a point from distance for Garrycastle. Tubberclair had the upper hand in the minutes leading up to the break and registered a couple of points from play and one from a free in added time to lead by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break.

A goal for the visitors in the first minute of the second half had a demoralising effect on Garrycastle and Tubberclair pushed on and added four points. Garrycastle did break forward and Cathal Mannion pointed from a close in free following a foul on Ronan Mulvihill. Tubberclair continued to have most of the possession and added a couple of points to their tally. A Shane McEnery free brought the Garrycastle score up to 5 points by the 45th minute. Tubberclair were content to pick off points and increased their lead further. Garrycastle were awarded a penalty for a foul on Brian Ruane but Enda Moran’s effort was well saved by the Tubberclair goalie, however, Garrycastle won possession from that save and worked it to Brian Ruane who slotted over a point. The visitors continued to dominate and hit over a couple of more points before the final whistle. The final score 1-20 to 0-6.

This was a disappointing performance from Garrycastle, particularly in the second period. Following a reasonably close first period the Garrycastle challenge faded badly in the second half. There were good performances in defence by Paul McKiernan, Seam Mulvihill, Loic Gately and Mark Denby. The mid-field and forwards found it very difficult to impress but Shane McEnery and Philip Monaghan showed up well at times.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Loic Gately, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Brian Leahy, Mark Denby, Cathal Mannion (0-1, 1f), Conor Mulvihill (0-1), Eoin Duignan, Ross Mulvihill, Shane McEnery (0-3, 2f), Enda Moran and Ronan Mulvihill.

SUBS: Philip Monaghan for Ross Mulvihill (10 min, inj); Brian Ruane (0-1) for Ronan Mulvihill (50 min).

Under 16 League Championship (Division 3) [1 July 2013]


Garrycastle secured a valuable brace of points in their first outing in this year’s league championship in Garrycastle last Monday evening. This game also doubled up for the postponed league game between the sides. It was a closer game than the scoreline would suggest and both sides were missing several regulars because of holidays and lads in the Gaeltacht.

The visitors made an excellent start and had a goal in their first attack as they opened up the Garrycastle defence to hit the front in the 2nd minute. However, Garrycastle settled and hit back with a goal of their own a couple of minutes later when Ronan Mulvihill was on the end of a good move to plant the ball in the net. Ballycomoyle hit over two points, both from open play, to lead again but Garrycastle hit back with points from Ross Mulvihill and Ronan Mulvihill to leave it level by the 16th minute. Ballycomoyle lead again with a good point but a couple of points from Garrycastle’s Shane McEnery and a free by Cathal Mannion put them ahead by the narrowest of margins. The visitors equalised with a pointed free of their own in the final minute of the half to leave it 1-4 each at the break.

Garrycastle began the half in fine form with a goal by Cathal Mannion to push them into the lead after just two minutes. However, Ballycomoyle responded with a point. Enda Moran broke forward to hit over a point. In their next attack Ballycomoyle were unlucky when efforts on goal struck the crossbar and then the post in quick succession and rebounded to safety. Garrycastle broke up field and Ross Mulvihill hit over a point after a penetrating solo run up the centre. The result was effectively decided in the minutes either side of the mid-point of the half when Philip Monaghan and Ronan Mulvihill raised a green flag each for Garrycastle after good approach play. Ballycomoyle had a point from play but were immediately rocked back when Philip Monaghan grabbed yet another goal for the home side. The final minutes saw Ballycomoyle press for some score but they were repelled by good defending by the Garrycastle backline and sharp reflexes from Paul McKiernan in goal. Ross Mulvihill broke forward for yet another goal as time ran out but Ballycomoyle had the last score, a point in the first minute of injury time.

This was a good performance from Garrycastle, particularly in the second period. The scoreline was not kind to the visitors as the sides were closely matched for most of the game. Paul McKiernan was solid in goal and brought off a number of good stops in the second half. There were good performances from Loic Gately, Sean Mulvihill, Oisin Langan and Brian Leahy in defence. Cathal Mannion was prominent throughout, and fielded a number of fine high catches as well as getting scores. The forwards all showed well, as was evidenced by the fact that all five contributed scores. Shane McEnery, Ross Mulvihill, Enda Moran combined well. Ronan Mulvihill and Philip Monaghan finished the opportunities that came their way in fine style.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Loic Gately, Sean Mulvihill, Oisin Langan, Brian Leahy, Conor Macken, Cathal Mannion (1-1, 0-1f), Conor Mulvihill, Shane McEnery (0-1), Ross Mulvihill (1-2), Enda Moran (0-1), Philip Monaghan (2-0) and Ronan Mulvihill (2-1).

SUB: Eoin Mulvihill for C Macken (inj, 9 min).

Under-8 matches in Cusack Park [20 June 2013]

On Tuesday evening, (June 18th), the youngest team in the club headed off to Cusack Park in Mullingar, to take part in the annual Westmeath under-8 Play and Stay games, held in parallel with the Destination Sport Mullingar initiative.

Every GAA club in the county takes part on the evening, and it is a great opportunity for the young players to play in the county grounds.

On a beautiful warm summers evening, Garrycastle took a squad of 20 players to take part in the games. We fielded two teams, and both teams played against their counterparts from The Downs GAA club. In both matches, great skill was in evidence from all the players present, with some excellent high catching, tackling, and scoring. All scores in these games are considered equal, but the quantity of scores was extremely impressive!

After the games, the players had their photo taken as a group, and then got the opportunity to raise the Senior County Championship trophy aloft, to the delight of their parents and brothers and sisters. In this way, they are following in the footsteps of the Garrycastle senior teams, who have had great success at county level over the last decade, and who knows?, one day it may well be some of these players who lift the cup for Garrycastle for real.

Team photos, and many shots of the players in action, can be seen on the Under-8 page here.

All the players were given refreshments in appreciation of a good evenings football, and it was a tired but happy group of players who set off home to Athlone. Special thanks to the very many parents and supporters who made the trip - it makes all the difference to the players to have such great support on the sideline.

Teams on the evening:

Red team: Conor McCarthy, Brian Mulvihill, Jack Mulvihill, Diarmuid Murtagh, Jack Allen, David Carter, Oisin Deehan, Kyle Greene, Dean Grehan, Tom Sheehan.

Green Team: Jamie Carroll, Tom Daly, Thanh McCay, Charlie O'Brien, Conn O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Conor Sheehan, Brandon Devaney, Ben McMenamin, Sean O'Donoghue.

U12 league [17 June 2013]

Our U/12s played Caulry last Wednesday evening in Garrycastle. We had 22 players on duty while missing some due to illness and injury.On what turned out to be a wet miserable evening, both teams served up two very competitive matches.Our panel was split evenly on the night into a red and green team.Both teams won their matches.Players that stood out on the night were Darragh, Nathan, Andrew, Dylan, Scott, Micheal, Jack, Luke and Robert. This was the last match in phase 1 of the league. Our lads have won 4 out of 5 of their matches in this phase.

Red team: Darragh Kenna, Dylan Keegan, Jason Mannion, Charlie O'Connor, Micheal Dooley, James Dempsey, Joseph Henson, Nathaniel O'Neill, Jack Norton, Nathan Breslin, Cathal Redmond

Green team: Andrew Monaghon, Mark Kelly, Daniel Guinan, Robert O Brien, James Murphy, Scott Duffy, Luke Clinton, Shane White, Cian Dowling, Ryan Cornally, Ruairi Lyons.

Under-8 Blitz in Garrycastle, June 8th

On Saturday, it was Garrycastle's turn to hold one of the County organised Under-8 football blitzes, and we welcomed teams from Castledaly, Millmore Gaels and Rosemount to Garrycastle for the occasion.

On a scorching hot summers day, probably the first blitz day this year when the sun shone from a beautiful blue sky, 25 of the clubs youngest players togged out to take part in the blitz. This allowed us to field 2 teams on the morning.

As it happened, due to scout camps, athletics meets and other reasons, it was mainly the younger players who were present, but this gave all of them the opportunity to pull on the red-and-green shirt, and play for their club.

Both Garrycastle teams played some excellent football, and there was great effort on display from all concerned. Due to the very warm weather, only two rounds were played (each team playing 2 matches), following which refreshments were distributed to all the players.

As always, huge thanks to all of the parents and supporters who came along to cheer on their young heroes. Thanks also to Lorraine Gaynor, Darragh Shine, Michael Murtagh and Mark Redmond for managing the teams on the morning.

Team pictures are on the Under-8 page.

Under-8 squad on the day:

Brandon Devaney, Matthew Conner, Senan Gavin, Conn O'Hara, Sean O'Donoghue, Nathan Kelly, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Oisin O'Donoghue, Aaron Keegan, Niadh Shine, Hannah Heneghan, Rian Gaynor, Anthony Mannion, Conor McCarthy, Killian Redmond, Kyle Greene, Oisin Nugent, Sean O'Neill, Sean Galvin, Andrew Henson, James McHugh, Charlie O'Brien, David Carter, Cian Norris and Conor McCormack.

Under-12 Newry Mitchels Tournament [8 June 2013]

Garrycastle under-12s put in a really excellent performance at the prestigious Newry Mitchels Tournament (11-a-side) held on Saturday the 1st June.

An 18 man squad were one of 42 clubs competing in the country’s largest under 12 tournament, now in its 27th year, which featured teams from Donegal, Armagh, Down, Tyrone, Monaghan, Antrim, Cavan, Derry, Louth, Meath, Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath and Laois. The quality of the competition on show was reflected in the eventual winners of the Cup and Shield, who were Lavey of Derry and Mayobridge of Down, managed respectively by former All-Stars Henry Downey and Benny Coulter.

The day started at 10.00 with a parade of all the teams in their Club colours and Garrycastle were then put straight into action in the first match of their five team group where they were drawn with Moy, the home of the Cavanagh brothers of Tyrone, Bailieboro of Cavan, local club Annaclone (Down) and finally, St. Peregrines of Dublin.

A full slideshow with 168 pictures of the parade and from the games is available on the U12 web page.

The early start and the long bus journey took a bit of a toll on the players in the first half against Moy and they faced a four point deficit at half time. The second half saw Garrycastle come right back into the game but a succession of missed chances and the concession of a crucial goal saw Moy run out winners 1-5 to 0-3. Moy subsequently won the rest of the games in the group to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals leaving a fierce battle between the other four teams for second spot and qualification for the Shield knockout stages.

Next up were Bailieboro of Cavan. All of the players who had missed out in the first game were brought in for their first taste of action. It became clear early on that Garrycastle were the better team but just when it looked like a familiar failure to take chances was going to cost them a crucial goal swung the fixture their way with the final score reading 1-4 to 0-6. This result put Garrycastle right back into the reckoning and the players were now beginning to realise that they were going to prove tough opponents for any team. A win in their next match over Annaclone who had beaten St. Peregrines with a last second goal and who had put up a great performance against Moy would send them a long way towards qualification. This game saw the best performance that this group of players had produced so far this year. Garrycastle controlled the game from start to finish against very good opponents but somehow a combination of posts, crossbars, great saves, goalmouth blocks and amazing misses saw them go into the last minute of the game just a point ahead. Another missed chance by Garrycastle to finally put the game away gave the referee an opportunity to allow Annaclone one last chance to equalise and this they duly did from a long range free with the last kick of the game.

Points difference was now coming into the equation with both Annaclone and Garrycastle level on points with just a game to go. A four point win by the Down lads over Bailieboro meant that Garrycastle knew that they had to beat St. Peregrines of Dublin by a minimum of eight points to make the quarter finals. A rampant Garrycastle took the game to their physically bigger opponents from the very first seconds and it was clear they were not going to be denied the chance to stay in the tournament. A final scoreline of 3-5 to 0-1 was almost an unfair reflection of a superb Garrycastle performance and which hopefully gave an insight in the future potential and development of this squad.

Getting into the knockout stages had always been the goal for the players but they faced into their quarter-final against Moortown-St. Malachys of Tyrone with plenty of confidence. There was a long break before the quarter-final which might have taken away a little of their momentum but Garrycastle will be the first to acknowledge that they came up against a side that played at a level well above anything they have encountered to date. The speed, skill, combination play and ability to take scores from every angle of the Tyrone lads was a joy to watch and they played with an intensity that was simply too hard to handle at the end of a long day. To their credit the Garrycastle lads never gave up but this was just a bridge too far at this stage of their development and Moortown ran out comfortable winners. It was no surprise after to hear that Moortown made the Shield final where they lost out by only a point to Mayobridge with 3 players from that final being nominated for player of the tournament.

Overall, this would have been a great experience for the Garrycastle lads even if they had just made up the numbers. However, the fact that they performed with such distinction, improved with every game, and showed their potential was a real bonus. The standard of the performance was also reflected in the invitations received from other clubs to future tournaments and matches. The players can also be proud of the way they handled themselves on and off the field. Many of the teams on view fielded teams consisting exclusively of under 12 players whereas Garrycastle were more or less split evenly between under 12s and under 11s. The only pity was that a number of other players mainly through injury and illness were unable to make the trip. Of the players who did travel, Captain for the day Andrew Monaghan and Owen Keogh probably deserve special mention as they played as well as any player from any other county all through. Michael Dooley and Cian Dowling shared the goalkeeping duties and both put in very solid performances. They received great protection from Jack Norton and Scott Duffy who were rock solid in the full back line. Cathal Redmond and Daniel Guinan also impressed in the backs, as did Robert O’Brien who stood out during his spell in defence in the quarter-final. Midfield was Garrycastle’s strongest area with Dylan Keegan providing great support to Andrew and Owen with his hard running. All of the forwards competed strongly but scores were hard to come by close in due to the small goals and sometimes packed defences. However, Fearghal Mullin picked off some lovely points, and Dara Kenna, (who scored one of the goals of the tournament), and Tommy Stephens combined very well in the half forwards. Luke Clinton won a crucial penalty in the all important match against St. Peregrines where James Murphy got the ball rolling with a shot that rocketed off the post in the opening seconds and led to the opening score. Elsewhere, Jason Mannion put himself about to very good effect as did Joseph Henson, and Ruairi Lyons was another who was very unlucky not get his name on the scoresheet on at least a couple of occasions.

Under 16 League (Division 3) - Round 6 [21 May 2013]


Garrycastle under 16s played their first home game of the year when entertaining Inny Shamrocks in this re-arranged game last Tuesday evening in round 6 of the league.

The visitors have chalked up some big wins in the league to date and it was evident from the start that they were determined to carry on as before. Inny Shamrocks scored two goals and three points within the first 10 minutes to establish a good lead. Despite some good defensive work by Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby and Brian Leahy, the Garrycastle side were finding it difficult to gain any decent spell of possession. Garrycastle had a number of attacks but they were repelled by a strong visiting defence. Further points for Inny Shamrocks had stretched their lead before Cathal Mannion had Garrycastle only score of the half, from a long range free, before the break, to leave it 2-8 to 0-1 at half time.

The second period was pretty much as before with Inny Gales enjoying most of the possession and getting a couple of goals to emphasise their superiority on the scoreboard. To their credit the Garrycastle lads kept on trying and produced some good attacks in the last quarter.

They were rewarded with some good scores, particularly points from play by Shane McEnery and Eoin Duignan. Conor Mulvihill also had a point from a close range free. The final score 5-12 to 0-5.

Garrycastle were disappointing on the night and had to give way to the better side. Paul McKiernan made a number of important saves and could not be faulted. Mark Denby, Caolan Jameson, Bill Kelly and Brian Leahy played well in defence. Jack Brody had a good second period, while Shane McEnery and Ross Mulvihill tried to make the best of limited opportunities.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Sean Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Bill Kelly, Brian Leahy, Conor Mulvihill (0-1, 1f), Cathal Mannion (0-1, 1f), Jack Brody, Ross Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan (0-1), Shane McEnery (0-2) and Brian Kenny.

SUB: Eoin Kenny for B Kenny (inj, 21 min).

Under-8 Blitz in Moate, May 18th

The Garrycastle under-8 squad played their second county under-8 blitz in Moate on Saturday morning. On the morning, 22 players travelled to the new Moate All-Whites pitch, our numbers reduced somewhat by Confirmations and Communions being held in Athlone.

Two equal teams were created on the day, and each team played three matches, against the hosts, Athlone and Castledaly. Both groups displayed some excellent skills, and it was obvious to all present that this group of players is improving by the day. The matches were all played in an excellent atmosphere, with great support from the assembled parents and other supporters.

Special mention to James McHugh and Dean Grehan, making their first appearance in the green-and-red, sure to be just the first of many in the years to come.

Team pictures on the Under-8 page at

Many thanks to all of the parents and supporters who made the trip to Moate. It is a huge boost and benefit to the players to get such great support from the sideline. And of course, many thanks to all who helped with running the teams on the day.

Under-8 Squad (Moate u8 blitz):

Jamie Carroll, David Carter, Matthew Connor, Tom Daly, Oisin Deehan, Brandon Devaney, Kyle Greene, Dean Grehan, Andrew Henson, Aaron Keegan, Nathan Kelly, Conor McCarthy, James McHugh, Evan McMickan, Cian Norris, Charlie O'Brien, Sean O'Donoghue, Conn O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Conor Sheehan, Tom Sheehan.

Under 16 League (Division 3) - Round 5 [14 May 2013]


Garrycastle under 16s travelled to Tyrrellspass last Monday evening to take on the home side in round 5 of the league. Following the recent rains the pitch was heavy and soft underfoot.

Garrycastle started well playing into a strong breeze and mounted a number of promising attacks in the opening minutes; however, they failed to score during that period. The home side got off the mark soon after and built up a 5 point lead by the 7th minute. A goal soon followed to put Tyrrellspass firmly in control. Further points pushed them into an eleven point lead before Garrycastle got off the mark with a point from Ross Mulvihill. A second Garrycastle point, this time from Cathal Mannion, reduced the margin. A second Tyrrellspass goal in the 21st minute was followed by Garrycastle best spell of the half from there to the break. A pointed free by Conor Mulvihill was added to by a free from Cathal Mannion to leave the score at 2-9 to 0-4 at the break.

The home side emphasised their advantage in the opening exchanges of the second half and had two goals and several points registered by the mid point. Ross Mulvihill pointed in the 41st minute for Garrycastle and this was quickly followed by a goal for Garrycastle when Cathal Mannion’s long range free deceived the Tyrrellspass goalkeeper and ended up in the net. From there to the end the sides exchanged points, with the Garrycastle scores coming from Ross Mulvihill and a pointed free from Cathal Mannion.

Garrycastle were disappointing on the night and had to concede that the home side were superior, particularly in the opening half. To their credit the Garrycastle lads never gave up trying and played their best football in the closing minutes of both halfs. Paul McKiernan was assured in goal and brought off some fine saves. There were notable performances also from Sean Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion and Ross Mulvihill.

Round 6 of the league will see Garrycastle entertain Inny Shamrocks on Monday 20th May in Garrycastle at 7pm.

GARRYCASTLE: Paul McKiernan, Mark Denby, Caolan Jameson, Jack Brody, Sean Mulvihill, Brian Leahy, Conor Mulvihill (0-1, 1f), Cathal Mannion (1-3, 0-2f), Brian Kenny, Ross Mulvihill (0-3), Eoin Duignan, Shane McEnery and Eoin Kenny.

SUB: Conor Macken for B Leahy (half time).

Under-16 League (Division 3) - Round 4 [7 May 2013]

Garrycastle 4-15, Castledaly 2-10

The Garrycastle Under-16 team traveled the short distance to Castledaly for round 4 of this years Under-16 division 3 league on Monday evening. On the evening, only the bare minimum number of players were available for the trip.

Garrycastle started brightly, and had the first score on the board, a point from Cathal Mannion. Points were traded evenly with Castledaly in the early stages, and Sean Mulvihill was called on to make two important saves. However, on the quarter-hour mark, a mix-up under pressure by the Castledaly backs saw them concede an own goal. Spurred on by this, Garrycastle quickly extended the lead by two more points, and then a pivotal moment, as Ross Mulvihill was brought down when straight through on goal, and the resulting penalty was ably dispatched by Cathal. By now the game was being played largely in the Castledaly half, and further points, and a goal from play by Eoin Duignan, left Garrycastle well ahead at half-time on a scoreline of 3-8 to 0-3.

However, any thoughts that this game was already won were quickly scotched as the second half began, as Castledaly launched attack after attack, gaining them 2 goals and three points in the space of 6 minutes. However, Garrycastle's backline and half-backline once again asserted control of the game and slowly Garrycastle added further points, and an excellent goal with a blistering shot from Ross. Castledaly's difficulties increased after one of their midfielders was sent off for a second yellow card offence, and from then on Garrycastle took total control, adding another 4 points in the closing minutes.

Overall this was a solid display from the Garrycastle side. The midfield in particular were dominant throughout, and aside from a few jitters, the backline was strong and efficient. Up front, the ball was perhaps overplayed on several occasions, looking for goals, when points would have been the easier option. This is however, a result which will stand to this team.

Team: Sean Mulvihill, Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Jack Brody, Bill Kelly, Caolan Jameson, Cathal Mannion, Conor Mulvihill, Brian Kenny, Ross Mulvihill, Eoin Duignan, Eoghan Kenny, Shane McEnery.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 7 [29 April 2013]

Garrycastle 4-13 Maryland/Tang 3-5

Garrycastle Minors finished their League campaign against Maryland/Tang in Tang on Monday April 29th in fine style with a big win despite missing a few regulars. Garrycastle opened the scoring with a Michael Monaghan free but were quickly behind to a goal from the home team. Garrycastle maintained their composure and tacked on a couple of points. A further point by the opposition followed and then Garrycastle took over to record a further 3 points and finished the half with a goal from Emmet Brennan to leave the half time score of 1-7 to 1-2 in favour of the Green and Red.

The second half started evenly with scores from a number of frees by Michael Monaghan and a 45 which was well executed by Terry Rushe.

Garrycastle were leading by 7 points at this stage when Maryland/Tang scored their second goal. Almost immediately Garrycastle responded with a goal from Terry Rushe followed by a couple more points. The opposition rallied and delivered their third goal but once again Garrycastle responded with a goal from Evan Dalton. The final score of the evening was another goal converted by Donal Byrne.

Final score - Garrycastle 4-13 Maryland/Tang 3-5

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Ben Kennedy, Jack McGann, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Cathal Mannion, Michael Monaghan (0-8,7f), Terry Rushe (1-1, 1(45)), Emmet Brennan (1-0), Mark Curley (0-1), Darragh McCormack, Kenny Dolan (0-3), Liam Leahy (0-1), Donal Byrne (1-0)

Subs: Mark Duffy, Evan Dalton (1-0).

Under-14, Div 1B, Round 4 [27 April 2013]

Our U14s travelled to Tubberclair last Thursday evening and came away with a one point win (1-07 to 2-03) in a low scoring game that saw both defences dominant.

With a number of players unavailable due to injury the team showed numerous positional changes from earlier games and because of this it took them a while to settle against a Tubberclair team that always relish taking on Garrycastle.The half time score was level 1-04 to 2-01 despite Garrycastle playing with a strong wind.

They knew they were going have to dig deep in the 2nd half and did just that with some excellent defending and counter attacking play. This was a great team result but Dara Mulvihill,Joe Carmody,Brian Ruane,Jason Nugent,Robert

Kelly and Eoin Mulvihill deserve special mention for outstanding 2nd half displays in particular.

The winning point was kicked by Eoin Mulvihill following a brilliant counter attacking move into the wind. The win which was their fourth from four games played in the league confirms they will be competing in the U14 Division one championship during the summer.

Under-12 League - Round 1 [26 April 2013]

Garrycastle under 12s played their first league game away to Tubberclair on Wednesday night. 26 Garrycastle players togged out for two simultaneous matches (one 10-a-side, the other 9-a-side) and played under the Go-Games rules.

Despite the number of substitutes everybody got some much needed playing time with each player making a positive contribution.

The Red team consisting mainly of the older players showed their rustiness in the first half and a number of missed chances saw them well down on the scoreboard at half time. However, a storming second half saw them get within a point of their hosts and only a series of excellent saves from the Tubberclair keeper stopped Garrycastle taking the lead. The players tired a little in the last ten minutes and Tubberclair recovered their composure to kick several good scores before the end.

Like their older counterparts the Green team were a little slow to get into their stride but they gradually took a grip of the game to run out strong winners of a keenly contested match, playing some great football in the process. There was very little to choose between the teams overall with Garrycastle winning by a point on aggregate over the two games.


Andrew Monaghan, Owen Keogh, Fergal Mullin, Dara Kenna, Robert O’Brien, Daniel Guinan, Mark Kelly, Jason Mannion, Dylan Keegan, Nathaniel O’Neill, Dermot Carey, Ruairi Lyons, Shane Barry, Michael Dooley, Cathal Redmond, Ryan Cornally, Shane Coffey, James Murphy, Tommy Stephens, Nathan Breslin, Joseph Henson, Cian Dowling, Luke Clinton, Jack Norton, Charlie O’Connor, James Dempsey.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 6 [15 April 2013]

Garrycastle 0-8 Tubberclair 2-12

Garrycastle Minors lost their unbeaten record in the League at home to Tubberclair in wet and extremely windy weather on Monday April 15th. With the aid of the very strong wind Garrycastle dominated the first half. Michael Monaghan converted two frees and added a third from play

before Tubberclair got their first point. A point from Kenny Dolan was matched by a point from Tubberclair. Garrycastle added 4 more points to lead by 0-8 to 0-2 at half time.

The second half was a completely different story, Tubberclair took over and with the aid of the strong wind dominated for long periods and found the net on two occasions in the second half. Garrycastle managed to get a few attacks but failed to score. Overall a disappointing result as the home team failed to contain the opposition in the second half.

Final score - Garrycastle 0-8 Tubberclair 2-12

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Adam Keena, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Conor Duignan, Cian Hayden, Frank Farrell, Michael Monaghan (0-5,3f), Eric Kearney (0-1), Mark Curley (0-1), Terry Rushe, Cathal Mannion, Mark Duffy, Evan Dalton, Kenny Dolan (0-1),

Subs:Jack McGann, Darragh McCormack, Darragh Brody, Conor McKiernan, Donal Byrne, Fergal McKiernan, Emmet Brennan, Eric McCormack, Liam Leahy

U14 Feile Peil na nOg, (Group D) [15 April 2013]

Our U14s travelled to Mullingar on a blustery and cold Saturday morning last to compete in the annual Feile competition.

The competition is run on a blitz format with games of 15 minutes per half.

They successfully overcame the Moate challenge in the first game to set up a winner takes all game versus hosts Mullingar Shamrocks. The lads had to play this game directly after the Moate game and despite putting up a very good first half

performance lost out to the physically stronger Shamrocks side as the lads visibly tired from their effort in the earlier game.

Under-8 Blitz, Athlone, April 13th

Our first outing of the year was to Athlone GAA on Saturday morning to take part in an Under-8 blitz, along side Athlone, Caulry, Castledaly and Tubberclair. Despite the wind and cold, we had a great turnout of 31 young players on the day, which allowed Garrycastle to field 3 teams, and each team played two matches.

Some great skill was on show from all the players, and for most of them, this was their first time taking the field in a Garrycastle shirt, the first we hope of many, many days playing for the club.

Huge thanks to Athlone GAA for an excellently run blitz, and the much appreciated refreshments at the end. Many thanks also of course to all the parents for cheering on their young stars!

Pictures available on the Under-8 team page.

The following players took part in the matches:

Oisin O'Donoghue, Tom Sheehan, Conn O'Hara, Evan McMickan, Anthony Mannion, David Carter, Cian Norris, Oisin Nugent, Sean O'Donoghue, Jack Dowling, Charlie O'Brien, Conor Sheehan, Nathan Kelly, Brian Mulvihill, Brandon Devaney, Kyle Greene, Niadh Shine, Sean Galvin, Sean O'Neill, Aaron Keegan, Ben McMenamin, Hannah Henegan, Dervla Turley, Kevin Casey, Tom Daly, Oisin Deehan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Jack Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Andrew Henson, Jayden Cromar.

Under-14, Div. 1B, Round 3 [12 April 2013]

Our U14s defeated Millmore Gaels in round 3 of the league in Garrycastle last Thursday night by 7-07 to 2-03. The lads were very slow to get going on the night and missed some very scoreable chances in the opening half. However they were a different team in the second period after the half time team talk.

Best for Garrycastle on a night the team were not at their best were Eoin Mulvihill,Joe Carmody,Dara Mulvihill,Jason Nugent and Jack O'Connor who played very well in his first game back after injury.

Panel on Duty:

Matthew McBride,Cillian Lyons,Joe Carmody,Robert Kelly,Brian Ruane,Eoin Mulvihill,Cian O Brien,Patrick McKiernan,Phillip Monaghan,Jack O Connor,Jason Nugent,Conor Macken,Eoin Kenny,Enda Moran,Colm Henry,Ian Carroll,Jack Fitzgerald,Conor O'Driscoll.

Under 16 League (Division 3) [8 April 2013]


Garrycastle finally got their league campaign off the ground when they travelled to Tubberclair last Monday night to take on the home side.

Garrycastle had the better of the early stages but failed to make good use of possession and a number of scoring opportunities. Finally, in the 6th minute, Garrycastle scored the first point from a free by Cathal Mannion. However, the stronger home side then established supremacy and rattled off a series of points. Three quick fire goals for Tubberclair established a strong lead but Garrycastle had a good spell as the half time approached. A point from a Cathal Mannion free was added to by a point from Shane McEnery. Tubberclair had another goal but a Cathal Mannion free and one from play by the same player pushed their score on to 5 points. The score at the break was 4-5 to 0-5 for the home side.

Tubberclair continued to dominate most of the possession in the early stages of the second half and tacked on a couple of goals and points to increase their lead. Cathal Mannion raised a green flag when he converted a penalty for a foul on Shane McEnery in the 47th minute. Cathal also added points, one from a free and the other from open play. Jack Brody had Garrycastle’s second goal in the 59th minute. However, Tubberclair had the last score, a goal just before the end.

While they were convincingly beaten by the better side, they can take some encouragement from their second half display. This game will bring them on and they must continue to show the spirit and determination in evidence in the second half. There were good displays from Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Bill Kelly, Cathal Mannion, Conor Mulvihill and Ross Mulvihill.

GARRYCASTLE: Sean Mulvihill, Mark Denby, Brian Leahy, Brian Kenny, Bill Kelly, Sean Dalton, Conor Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion (1-6), Jack Brody (1-0), Ross Mulvihill, Caolan Jameson, Eoin Duignan and Shane McEnery (0-1).

SUBS: Conor Macken for Sean Dalton and Eoin Kenny for Brian Kenny.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 5 [26 March 2013]

Garrycastle 2-10 St. Loman's 2-10

Garrycastle Minors played their 5th game in the League away to St. Loman's in bitterly cold weather on the all-weather pitch in Lakepoint Park on Monday March 25th. In contrast to previous matches it was the opposition who got off to a flying start and had racked up 1-3 before Mark Curley scored a point for the Green and Red. Loman's stretched their led to 2-5 before Garrycastle managed to stem the tide with a goal from Eric Kearney and finished out the first half with a Michael Monaghan converted free to leave the half time score at 2-5 to 1-2.

Loman's went further ahead with a point early in the second half and the signs were ominous for Garrycastle who failed to come to grips with Loman's pacy forwards.

Garrycastle then upped their game and were awarded a penalty which they failed to convert. However, they quickly bounced back and 3 points in a row got them into contention. Loman's however moved further ahead with 2 more points. After trading points, Garrycastle then took over following the introduction of Adam Keena and Cathal Mannion and got 3 points followed by a second Eric Kearney goal. With the game delicately poised Kenny Dolan held his nerve and pointed a free to level the scores which was the last score of the game.

This game looked lost for long periods but credit to the team for coming back and playing to the final whistle to salvage a draw.

Final score - Garrycastle 2-10 St.Loman's 2-10

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Conor Duignan, Cian Hayden, Frank Farrell, Michael Monaghan (0-4,3f), Eric Kearney (2-0), Darragh Brody, Mark Curley (0-2), Conor McKiernan, Kenny Dolan (0-4, 3f), Liam Leahy, Mark Duffy

Darragh McCormack, Adam Keena, Emmet Brennan, Fergal McKiernan, Donal Byrne, Cathal Mannion.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 4 [18 March 2013]

Garrycastle 2-13 St. Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-6

Garrycastle Minors continued their impressive start to the League with their fourth win at home to St.Mary's Rochfortbridge on Monday March 18th last. Garrycastle were 3 points ahead before the visitors registered their first score. Another 3 points from the home team followed before Mary's responsed with a point and then a goal to cut Garrycastle's lead to just 1 point with 7 minutes left in the first half.

Garrycastle upped their game and had their best spell with a further 2 goals and 2 points to leave the half-time score at 2-8 to 1-2.

The visitors had their best spell in the opening minutes of the second half when they scored their second goal followed by 3 unanswered points to leave just 3 points between the teams. It was then that Eoin Slevin brought off a fine save to prevent St Mary's bringing the sides level. This seemed to awaken the Garrycastle side who regained control and didn't relinquished it for the rest of the match.

St. Mary's got a consolation point at the end but Garrycastle were deserved winners on the night.

Overall a convincing performance with fine contributions from Cian Hayden and Eoin Slevin in defence, Michael Monaghan in midfield and Darragh Brody working hard in the forwards.

Final score - Garrycastle 2-13 Mary's Rochfortbridge 2-6

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Ben Kennedy, Conor Duignan, Cian Hayden, Frank Farrell, Michael Monaghan (1-9,7f), Eric Kearney (1-0), Mark Curley (0-1), Terry Rushe (0-1), Darragh Brody, Kenny Dolan (0-2, 1f), Liam Leahy, C. McKiernan

Subs: M. Duffy for C. McKiernan, J. McGann for E. McCormack, D. McCormack for L. Leahy, A. Keena for C. Duignan, E. Brennan for D. Brody. D. Byrne, E. Dalton, C. Mannion not used.

Under-14, Div. 1B, Round 2 [12 March 2013]

Our U14s played Moate in round 2 of the league in bitterly cold conditions last Monday night in Garrycastle and recorded their second win of the campaign by 3-10 to 2-05.

The first half was a very tight affair with both teams making simple handling errors due to the freezing conditions however Garrycastle despite missing some scoring chances led at the break by 1-05 to 0-04 thanks to a well taken goal from Colm Henry and points from Phillip Monaghan and Brian Ruane.

The second half was a much more open game with Moate hitting two goals within 5 minutes of the restart.

At that stage Garrycastle looked in trouble but went on to only concede one more point with excellent defending from Joe Carmody,Eoin Mulvihill and Robert Kelly. The forwards also found more space and some fine scores from Oisin Langan,Jason

Nugent and Enda Moran extended Garrycastle's lead before Eoin Kenny killed off the game with a goal with 5 minutes remaining.

Panel on Duty:

Matthew McBride,Cillian Lyons,Joe Carmody,Robert Kelly,Oisin Langan,Brian Ruane,Eoin Mulvihill,Cian O Brien,Patrick McKiernan,Phillip Monaghan,Jack O Connor,Jason Nugent,Conor Macken,Eoin Kenny,Enda Moran,Colm Henry,Ian Carroll,Jack Fitzgerald,Mathias O Neill.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 3 [10 March 2013]

Garrycastle 4-8 Kilbeggan/St. Josephs 2-9

Garrycastle Minors had their third win in a row on Saturday March 9th away to Kilbeggan/St.Josephs in Streamstown pitch. Garrycastle opened the scoring with an Eric Kearney goal which was followed by a point from the opposition. Aided by a strong wind Garrycastle built up a commanding lead in the first half with goals from Liam Leahy, and Kenny Dolan and points from Mark Curley (1) and Michael Monaghan (4) before Kilbeggan/St.Josephs registered their second point. Half time score: 3-5 to 0-2 for the visitors.

With the wind advantage now with the home team they took control early in the second half and brought their score to 1-4 before Kenny Dolan added to Garrycastle's tally. A further 3 points from the home team left 5 points between the teams. A free from Michael Monaghan was followed by a well worked Garrycastle move which was eventually driven to the net by Mark Curley to put Garrycastle back in control. Kilbeggan/St.Josephs rallied again and hit 3 more points before a well taken point by Kenny Dolan near the end capped a fine performance by the Green and Red.

Final score - Garrycastle 4-8 Kilbeggan/St.Josephs 2-9

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Adam Keena, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Ben Kennedy, Michael Monaghan (0-5,3f), Eric Kearney (1-0), Mark Curley(1-1), Cian Hayden, Emmet Brennan, Kenny Dolan (1-2), Liam Leahy (1-0) Mark Duffy

Subs: F. McKiernan for E. Brennan, C. McKiernan for L. Leahy, D. Brody for M. Duffy, D. Byrne for C. Duignan. D. McCormack, C. Mannion not used.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 1 [6 March 2013]

Garrycastle 4-8 Caulry 4-6

Garrycastle Minors defeated Caulry in their second League game on Tuesday evening last, (March 5th) in damp conditions in Garrycastle. This was a rescheduled Round 1 game. Garrycastle took an early lead and were 3 points up before Caulry registered their first score. Michael Monaghan added another point before Kenny Dolan found the back of the net when he was quick to react to a rebound from the Caulry defence. Eric Kearney added to Garrycastle's goal tally with his first of 3 goals following a Mark Duffy pass to put the home team into a 2-5 to 0-2 lead. Caulry then replied with a goal followed by 3 more points to make the score at half time, 2-5 to 1-4 in favour of the home team.

Caulry were first off the mark in the second half to reduce the gap to 3 points. Garrycastle responded well and took charge with another Kearney goal which he blasted to the net followed by a point from Michael Monaghan. Caulry mounted a series of attacks and following a number of excellent saves by Eoin Slevin they hit back with two goals in quick succession to reduce Garrycastle's lead to 2 points. 2 more frees by Michael Monaghan who was now finding his accuracy after a number of missed frees earlier gave the home team some breathing space and a fourth goal by Eric Kearney from a fine Liam Leahy pass consolidated the lead. Caulry were not giving up and they rocked the home team with their fourth goal of the night. This turned out to be the last score of the game.

Overall a mixed performance by Garrycastle with some fine scores but the manner in which the four goals were conceded shows the need for improvement.

Next up is Kilbeggan away on Saturday at 4.30.

Final score - Garrycastle 4-8 Caulry 4-6.

Garrycastle: Eoin Slevin, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Jack McGann, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Ben Kennedy, Michael Monaghan (0-6,3f), Eric Kearney (3-0), Mark Curley, Terry Rushe (0-1), Emmet Brennan, Kenny Dolan (1-0), Conor McKiernan, Mark Duffy (0-1)

Subs: F. McKiernan for C. McKiernan, A. Keena for J. McGann, L. Leahy for E. Brennan, D. Brody for E.Kearney, D. McCormack for M. Duffy. D. Byrne not used.

Under-14, Div. 1B [5 March 2013]

Our U14s first game in the 2013 league ended with a convincing win over Caulry last Monday evening in Garrycastle. The lads settled into the game very quickly with some early scores and totally dominated the first half to lead at half time 5-12 to 1-00.

With Garrycastle playing into the wind in the second half and using the opportunity to give the full panel a run out the game got much more competitive.The final score was Garrycastle 7-16 to Caulry 3-05.


Matthew McBride, Cillian Lyons, Joe Carmody, Robert Kelly, Oisin Langan, Brian Ruane, Eoin Mulvihill, Cian O Brien, Dara Mulvihill, Patrick McKiernan, Phillip Monaghan, Jack O Connor, Jason Nugent, Conor Macken, Eoin Kenny, Enda Moran, Colm Henry, Ian Carroll, Jack Fitzgerald, Conor O Driscoll, Keith Emerson, David Morris, Joe Sorohan, Mathias O Neill.

Minor Football, Div. 2, Round 2 [3 March 2013]

Garrycastle 0-16 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8

Garrycastle Minors got their 2013 League campaign off the ground with a hard fought victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in Garrycastle on Sunday Morning last, (March 3rd). Despite missing a number of regulars, Garrycastle got off to a flying start and led by 7 points to 1 after 8 minutes, 3 from frees followed by 4 from play. 2 further points from play put Garrycastle in a commanding lead at 9 points to 1. Shamrocks then took over and scored 3 points on the spin, 1 from play followed by 2 frees. Terry Rushe put Garrycastle further ahead before the break with the half time score at 0-10 to 0-4.

Garrycastle added to the lead at the start of the 2nd half with scores from Mark Duffy and Kenny Dolan from a free. Shamrocks then struck with a goal with a shot from distance assisted by the strong wind. They added to this lead with 3 more points without reply and reduced the deficit to just 3 points. Garrycastle struggled to find any response during this critical period but a point from half-back Ben Kennedy settled the ship. This was followed by a score from play from Kenny Dolan. Shamrocks were not giving up and responded with 2 more points. The game was delicately poised at this stage but Garrycastle responded well and 2 well taken points by Eric Kearney saw Garrycastle seal victory.

Final score - Garrycastle 0-16 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8.

Garrycastle: Liam Leahy, Eric McCormack, Sean Gunning, Jack McGann, Conor Duignan, Frank Farrell, Ben Kennedy (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-4,1f), Eric Kearney (0-2), Mark Curley (0-1), Terry Rushe (0-3), Emmet Brennan, Mark Duffy (0-1), Conor McKiernan, Kenny Dolan (0-4,3f)

Subs: D. McCormack for C. McKiernan, A. Keena for C. Duignan, C. Mannion for M. Duffy. D. Brody not used.