Match Reports Adult
LEINSTER CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Semi-Final [23 November 2014]
ST VINCENTS 3-9 GARRYCASTLE 1-10
Garrycastle had to yield to a very strong St Vincents side, reigning Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland club champions, in an entertaining semi-final in Parnell Park, on Sunday. Garrycastle could not have got off to a worse start, conceding a goal after just a couple of minutes play, as Tomas Quinn took full advantage of a slip by Jack Donoghue to fire a goal. St Vincents added a point soon after and it took a fine point by James Dolan in the 5th minute to get Garrycastle off the mark. St Vincents continued to have the better attacks but some good defending and a bit of good fortune saw them only register a point. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort a fine one from a tight angle on the left by Dessie Dolan. St Vincents had the majority of possession and created a number of good goal scoring opportunities but did not manage to raise a green flag. They did add two points and finally got a deserved second goal in the 24th minute. They also added a point soon after to lead by 2-6 to 0-2 by the 25th minute. Garrycastle they staged a mini revival and had four unanswered points before the half time break. Points from James Dolan, Justin Barrett, a free from Dessie Dolan and another point from James Dolan taking the score at the break to 2-6 to 0-6 in favour of St Vincents.
Garrycastle started the second half in the same vein, adding two points, both from Dessie Dolan, one from play and one from a free, in the opening six minutes. The Garrycastle cause received an even bigger fillip when Dessie Dolan broke through the St Vincents defence and expertly placed his shot beyond Michael Savage to raise a green flag. Game on with just a point between the sides after 37 minutes. Michael Savage then made a wonderful save in the 40th minute to deny Garrycastle a second goal, but the resultant 45 was just wide from Alex Gardiner. However, Garrycastle did gain parity in the 42nd minute as Michael Monaghan slotted over a fine point. St Vincents showed their championship mettle and hit over two points in quick succession to regain the lead, the first of which came from a close range free. Garrycastle pushed forward in search of more scores but were caught out by a quick counter-attack in the 53rd minute and when a high ball broke kindly for Ruairi Traynor and he was fouled by Cathal Mullin. A penalty was signalled by Referee, John Hickey, who also brandished a black card to the Garrycastle goalkeeper. Shane O’Connell was introduced in goal and his first taste of action was to face up to the penalty, which was expertly placed to his left for a decisive goal for the All Irelands club champions. Dessie Dolan pointed a close range free as full time approached, but it was St Vincents who had the final score, a point deep into added time, to leave it 3-9 to 1-10 in the end.
A brave effort from Garrycastle but St Vincents were deserving winners in the end. There were good performances from Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue and John Gaffey in defence. Dessie Dolan, Mathew Guiheen and James Dolan were most prominent in attack.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett (0-1), Aidan Browne, Gary Dolan, Dessie Dolan (1-5, 0-3f), Matthew Guiheen, Damian Rushe, Michael Monaghan(0-1) and James Dolan (0-3).
SUBs: Alex Gardiner for D Rushe (half time); David O’Shaughnessy for A Browne (inj, 47 min); James Duignan for A Gardiner (47 min); Shane O’Connell for C Mullin (black card, 53 min); and Conor Cosgrove for M Monaghan (59 min).
(Report by: Matt Ryan)
LEINSTER CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Q/Final [9 November 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-11 EMMET ÓG 1-10
Garrycastle advanced to the Leinster Senior Club semi-final with a close fought win over the Longford champions, Emmet Óg, but they had to stage a comeback in both halves and a disallowed goal from Emmet Óg at the very end. Garrycastle will now meet Dublin and All Ireland champions St Vincents in two weeks in a Dublin venue (most likely Parnell Park).
It was Emmet Óg who had the better start but hit a couple of wides from scoring positions in their initial attacks. Some indecision in the Garrycastle defence saw possession surrendered and they were punished as Emmet Óg created and scored a goal in the 2nd minute of play. Dessie Dolan got Garrycastle off the mark with a point from play soon after. The same player was cynically fouled in a promising attack, which resulted in a black card for an Emmet Óg defender, and Dessie pointed from the resulting free. Emmert Óg had a point from a free but Dessie Dolan also pointed for Garrycastle from a free. The sides were level in the 18th minute when Dessie Dolan pointed from a sharp angle. Emmet Óg forged ahead again soon after with a point from play but James Dolan responded with a point for Garrycastle. Another pointed free pushed Emmet Óg ahead as the half time break approached. However, a point from a free by Dessie Dolan, which was followed soon after with one from open play by substitute, Michael Monaghan, pushed Garrycastle ahead for the first time. There was sufficient time left for Emmet Óg to level matters with a point from a close range free in the third minute of added time. The half time score 1-4 to 0-7.
Damian Rushe was introduced for Conor Cosgrove for the second half and was soon in action linking up play. However, it was Emmet Óg who again had the better start and hit over two fine points in the opening ten minutes of the half to lead by the same margin. A pointed free from Michael Monaghan reduced the gap. Emmet Óg responded with a point from play. Garrycastle worked a fine move out of their defence and joint-captain Mark McCallon, was on hand to finish to the Emmet Óg net in the 46th minute and propel Garrycastle into the lead. Another substitute, James Duignan, fired over a point to increase the Garrycastle lead, as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Emmet Óg responded with a point of their own to reduce the gap to just 1 again soon after. Gary McCallon broke forward, just as he had in the Westmeath final, to fire over a fine point but Emmet Óg responded with a point from a free. The sides were level in the 57th minute when Emnmet Óg pointed from open play. However, in the final minute of ordinary time Dessie Dolan made room on the right and fired over a wonderful point at the Dunne’s Store end of Cusack Park to put his side ahead again. There was some late drama as Emmet Óg worked the ball forward and somehow it was finished to the Garrycastle net. However, the Referee following consultation with his umpires and linesman, awarded a free out much to the delight of the Garrycastle followers. The final whistle sounded soon after and Garrycastle had won a close affair by the slimmest of margins.
The game was closely fought throughout, but in the end it was the greater experience of the Garrycastle side that saw them through against a young and skilful Emmet Óg side. Cathal Mullin was solid in goal and was well supported by Jack Donoghue, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey and Gary McCallon in defence. Aidan Browne made a number of fine catches and set up several scores. Dessie Dolan was the main man in attack, again showing his full range of footballing skills and fine finishing. He was well assisted by James Dolan and substitutes Michael Monaghan and Damian Rushe.
Garrycastle will have to be at their very best to have any chance against the reigning All Ireland champions, St Vincents, but they can call upon many experienced players as they seek to reach yet another Leinster Final.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (1-0), Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Gary Dolan, Dessie Dolan (0-5, 2f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-1), Alex Gardiner and James Dolan (0-1).
SUBs: Michael Monaghan (0-2, 1f) for M Guiheen (18min); Damian Rushe for C Cosgrove (half time); James Duignan (0-1) for A Gardiner (43 min) and Seanie O’Donoghue for D Rushe (53 min).
(Report by: Matt Ryan)
Westmeath Senior Football Championship Final 2014 [26 October 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-11 MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 0-8
Garrycastle captured their 7th Westmeath senior football title with a well merited win over Mullingar Shamrocks in Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon.
Playing into a very stiff breeze Garrycastle dominated the early minutes and took the lead in the 2nd minute when wing back, Gary McCallon, broke forward to point from the left. Dessie Dolan got his first score when he converted a free ij the 10th minute. Dessie also pointed in the 18th minute to leave Garrycastle ahead by 3 points. Mullingar Shanmrocks had their first score, a point from play in the 22nd minute and added their second point soon after to reduce the margin to a single point. Garrycastle then grabbed a vital score when Alex Gardiner was put through and he finished emphatically to the net in the 26th minute. Mullingar Shamnrocks had the last score of the half, a point in the last minute to leave Garrycastle ahead at the break by 1-3 to 0-3.
Mullingar Shamrocks had a bright start to the second period and added points in the 33rd minute from play and in the 35th minute from a close range free. Damian Rushe then pointed for Garrycastle in response. Garrycastle continued to have most of the possession but Mullingar Shamrocks added a point to reduce the gap to just one point again by the 37th minute. James Dolan pointed for Garrycastle after good approach play and Dessie Dolan pointed from a free which he won himself. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from substitute, Michael Monaghan. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan increased the Garrycastle lead and another substitute, James Duignan, pointed in the 54th minute. Mullingar Shamrocks broke forward looking for a goal but had to be content with a point from a free. However, it was Garrycastle who finished strongly and added a point from a Dessie Dolan free and one from play by Michael Monaghan in added time. The final whistle from Pat Fox was greeted with great joy by the large Garycastle support in attendance.
This was a fine performance from Garrycastle, who combined their great experience with some new young talent to great effect. The defence was solid throughout and Cathal Mullin’s goal was well protected. Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Karl Henson and John Gaffey were most prominent in breaking up the Mullingar Shamrocks attacks. Aidan Browne and Justin Barrett won the midfield battle and worked back to defend when the opposition had possession. Dessie Dolan was selected as Man of the Match, and rightly so for his tireless work throughout the field and accuracy from placed balls. He was well supported in attack by Alex Gardiner, James Dolan and Damien Rushe. Substitutes Michael Monaghan and James Duignan contributed scores when called into action.
So Garrycastle move on to represent Westmeath in the Leinster club championship against the Longford champions, Emmet Og Killoe, a game which will be played in Cusack Park on the 9th November.
Congratulation to the entire panel of players, team manager, Des Dolan Snr, his selectors Seán Connell, Aidan Dunning and Gary Johnston, and his back-up team.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Damian Rushe (0-1), Dessie Dolan (0-5, 5f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove, Alex Gardiner (1-0) and James Dolan (0-1).
SUBs: Gary Dolan for C Cosgrove (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-2) for M Guiheen (35min); James Duignan (0-1) for D Rushe (50 min); Ciaran O’Neill for A Gardiner (54 min).
(Report by: Matt Ryan)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Semi-Final [28 September 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-14 CORALSTOWN/KINNEGAD 0-6
Garrycastle seniors qualified for their 10th Westmeath senior football final since 2001 with a comprehensive win over Coralstown/Kinnegad in sun drenched Mullingar last Sunday afternoon.
Right from the start Garrycastle moved the ball with pace and precision and had a goal in the first minute when Conor Cosgrove took a pass from Dessie Dolan and shot for goal, his initial effort was saved by Damian Molly but Conor gathered the rebound and finished to the net. A Dessie Dolan free was struck over the bar in their next attack, Eoin Monaghan had another goal opportunity but his effort was just wide. A point from James Dolan was added to by another pointed free by Dessie Dolan to establish a 1-3 to no score lead by the 8thminute. Coralstown/Kinnegad finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute with a point from play. Eoin Monaghan suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury as he tried to gather possession and was stretchered off, accompanied by a sympathetic round of applause, after a long break in play in the 13th minute. Garrycastle continued to dominate and a point from James Dolan increased their advantage. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a second point when a goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by Jack Donoghue to prevent a certain goal. Alex Gardiner then got a point for Garrycastle. Garrycastle’s injury woes continued when Alan Fox came off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Enda Mulvihill. Karl Henson broke forward to point for Garrycastle and deep into injury time James Dolan pointed yet again. Coralstown/Kinnegad did register a point in the 6th minute of injury time to leave it 1-7 to 0-3 at the break.
The second period took a similar pattern to the first with Garrycastle having most of the possession. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from James Dolan. A pointed free from Dessie Dolan was added to with a wonderful point from the wing by the same payer. Conor Cosgrove had a good point as Garrycastle added to their lead. James Duignan replaced Mathew Guiheen and got on the scoreboard with a good point in the 52nd minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point straight away. James Dolan added yet another point and Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point from a free. Cathal Mullin made an excellent save to deny Coralstown/Kinnegad at the expense of a 45, which was not converted. Michael Monaghan had the last score, a point from play, in the final minute to leave it 1-14 to 0-6 at full time.
This was an excellent performance from Garrycastle but they will surely have to play better in the final if they wish to capture their seventh senior title. In truth Coralstown/Kinnegad did not offer much resistance. Nonetheless there were very good performances from Jack Donoghue, Karl Henson and John Gaffey in defence. Justin Barrett and Aidan Browne dominated in midfield throughout, while Dessie Dolan, Alex Gardiner and James Dolan were most prominent in attack.
We all wish Eoin Monaghan a speedy recovery from his injury.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson (0-1), John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, Eoin Monaghan, Dessie Dolan (0-4, 3f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (1-1), Alex Gardiner (0-1) and James Dolan (0-5).
SUBs: Michael Monaghan for Eoin Monaghan (inj, 13 min); Enda Mulvihill for A Fox (inj, 24 min); James Duignan (0-1) for M Guiheen (46 min); Damian Rushe for C Cosgrove (51 min); Sean Brennan for D Dolan (57 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for A Gardiner (59 min).
Blood Subs: Tom McHugh for Mark McCallon; James Duignan for M Guiheen.
(Report by: Matt Ryan)
Junior B Championship Semi Final [27 September 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 0-7 ST. MARY'S ROCHFORTBRIDGE 1-14
Garrycastle lost their Junior B title to a stronger, more committed St. Mary’s team in Garrycastle on Saturday afternoon.
Garrycastle missing a significant number of first choice players were always on the back foot in this game. St. Mary’s were 3 points up and about 12 minutes into the match when Paul Gunning pointed a free for the home side. A further point from the visitors was matched by a point from play by Emmet Keena after 18 minutes. Garrycastle’s next score at 27 minutes was their last of the first half, another pointed free by Paul Gunning. Half time score 0-8 to 0-3 to the visitors.
If the home team were to make any inroads into this game they needed to up their performance in the second half but it was the visitors who started the sharper, adding 3 further points to their tally before Garrycastle opened their second half account with another Paul Gunning converted free. The home team got two quick points in succession from Noel Galvin and Sean Moran midway through the second half but the rally was short lived as St.Mary’s continued to keep the score board ticking over with some very accurate scoring. Enda Keena contributed Garrycastle’s last score one minute from time. St. Mary’s had one last attack and managed to get a goal almost on full time.
Credit must go to the Garrycastle players who rallied to the cause on the day not least Ben Kennedy who came on as a second half substitute having come direct from a Minor Match in Kilbeggan. Credit also to Padraig Cosgrove, who managed the team on the day.
GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Sean Gunning, Stephen Maguire, Ronan Donoghue, Coleman Gantley, John O’Shaughnessy, Francis Doolan, Jonny Maguire, Anthony Larkin, Sean Moran, Noel Galvin, Enda Keena, Emmet Keena, Paul Gunning, Keith Donoghue.
Subs: S. Brennan for K. Donoghue, G. Mullery for F Doolan, B. Kennedy for C. Gantley, C. Murray for Emmet Keena.
(Match Report: Anrai Ó Maonaigh)
Under-21 County Final (15-a-side) [12 September 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 0-13, TUBBERCLAIR 2-12
Garrycastle under 21s were narrowly beaten in the county under 21 final on Friday night in Pairc Ciaráin.
Played in front of a huge crowd, it is fair to say both teams served up a really entertaining hour of football that contained plenty of skill, outstanding scores, and above all determination which can only bode well for the future.
Tubberclair raced out of the blocks quickest and took advantage of some early Garrycastle nerves to score a goal and some neatly taking points. However it did not take Garrycastle long to get into their stride and they quickly restored parity courtesy of some well worked points. Both teams were evenly matched with scores quickly following on both sides. Tubberclair held a narrow half time advantage 2 point lead.
On the resumption of the second half Garrycastle as they have done all year really took the game to Tubberclair. Some excellent scores left the side’s level midway through the second half and the way momentum was going it looked like Garrycastle were set to go on and claim victory. However a combination of a couple of unfortunate decisions against us and a well worked Tubberclair goal saw them retake the lead once again. Garrycastle battled back and by having to throw men forward to draw level we were left open to some quick points on the counter attack. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Tubberclair held out for victory by 5 points.
This was a great effort from our lads and all spectators present on the night felt that Garrycastle had done their club proud and came very close to winning the title. However it wasn’t to be and we congratulate Tubberclair on a fine under 21 side who were very gracious in victory.
Thanks to all our lads and management for the great campaign they have given us, and signs are good that another core of senior footballers is coming from this team. We hope that all the lads will use this as a springboard to continue on adult football in the club.
TEAM: Mark Keenan, Sean Gunning, Jack Donoghue, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey, Mark Curley, Terry Rushe, Justin Barrett, Eric Kearney, Michael Monaghan, Eoghan Monaghan, Evan Dalton, Paul Gunning, Alex Gardiner, Kenny Dolan
Subs Used: Cian Hayden , Conor Duignan, Ronán Donoghue.
Subs: Shane McEnery, Lee McNamara, Shaun Moran, Darragh McCormack, Gavin Ward, Liam Leahy, Adam Keena, Darragh Brody, Kevin McCormack, Donal Byrne, Edward Farrell, Michael Fagan, Frank Farrell.
(Match Report: Enda Keena)
Senior Championship, Quarter-Final [7 September 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 0-11, KILLUCAN 0-5
Match report to follow...
Junior Football Championship (Quarter Final) [6 September 2014]
ST PAULS 3-19 GARRYCASTLE 1-6
Garrycastle Junior side exited the championship as they were comprehensively beaten by Sty Pauls in sunny Rochfortbridge on Saturday evening. The opening exchanges were even with both sides creating some presentable scoring opportunities but failing to raise e a flag. Garrycastle had a good opportunity to goal, but Robbie Shine’s effort was well saved by the St Paul’s goalkeeper. St Pauls broke up field and a plundered a goal in the next attack in the 9th minute. The increased their lead immediate with a well taken point. St Pauls were 5 point up soon after with another well taken point. Garrycastle got off the mark in the 11th minute when Alan Daly pointed from a free on the right. The side’s exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from the boot of Peadar Mulvihill in the 16rth minute. However, from there to end of the first period St Pauls were dominant and struck over four unanswered points, all of which came from play. They also added a second goal in the 27th minute to take a 2-7 to 0-2 lead. In their next attack St Pauls added a point but Garrycastle replied with a point from Robbie Shine in added time. The half time score was 2-8 to 0-3 in favour of St Pauls.
St Pauls added two points on the resumption but Peadar Mulvihill pointed for Garrycastle in response. St Pauls continued to press forward and hit over a succession of points, many of which were from distance, and lead by 2-12 to 0-4 after 40 minutes. The result was surely confirmed with a thirds goal for St Pauls in the 41st minute. They also added seven points, six of which were from play, to increase their lead even further. To their credit the Garrycastle lads did not throw in the towel and two points from Alan Daly and a goal from John O’Shaughnessy took some of the edge off the final score of 3-19 to 1-6.
Garrycastle can have no complaints, as they were comprehensively beaten by the better side and we wish St Pauls well in their upcoming semi-final. Despite the winning margin, there were good performances from Gary Mullery, Terry Rushe, Noel Galvin, Padraig Cosgrove and Peadar Mulvihill. Some of the younger players introduced as substitutes, will have gained useful experience from their introduction to adult championship football.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy (1-0), Ben Kennedy, Stephen McGuire, Terry Rushe, Sean Carey, Noel Galvin, Mark Curley, Padraig Cosgrove, Alan Daly (0-3, 2f), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2), Paul Gunning, Robbie Shine (0-1) and Enda Keena.
SUBs: Colman Gantley for B Kennedy (Half time); Paul Mulvihill for R Shine (Half time); Sean Gunning for S McGuire (33 min); Kenny Dolan for E Keena (42 min); Paul O’ Donovan for P Gunning (42 min) and Emmet Keena for P Cosgrove (inj, 47 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Play-off) [3 September 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-17 ST MALACHYS 1-3
Garrycastle seniors put in an impressive display to overwhelm St Malachy’s in their play-off game in Tubberclair on Wednesday evening. Garrycastle opened their account in the second minute when Desie Dolan pointed a close range free. Ciaran O’Neill added a second point soon after. St Malachy’s got off the mark with a pointed free in the 5th minute but two points in rapid succession, from Alex Gardiner and Conor Cosgrove, increased the Garrycastle advantage. Playing some very impressive football, Garrycastle continued to dominate, thanks to the mid-filed domination of Aidan Browne and David O’Shaughnessy and intricate and penetrating play in attack. Points from James Dolan, John Gaffey and Alex Gardiner stretched the Garrycastle advantage to six points by the 12th minute. Alex Gardiner was then sent clear with a pass from Conor Cosgrove, after very good approach play, and blasted the ball to the net in their next attack. However, a quickly taken free unhinged the Garrycastle defence and St Malachys got through for a goal. Dessie Dolan replied with a fine point for Garrycastle. Garrycastle were reduced to 14 players, when Aidan Browne received a red card from after a melee in mid-field. However, despite the numerical disadvantage Garrycastel continued to play good football and points from Karl Henson, David O’Shaughnessy and a free in added time from Dessie Dolan pushed the lead out to 1-11 to 1-1 at the break.
Garrycastle continued to play the better and more penetrating football and added points from Gary McCallon and Conor Cosgrove in the opening minutes after the break. Dessie Dolan added a point from a free and another wonderful point from far out on the right wing to augment their lead. St Malachys pointed a close range free mid-way through the half and then brought a fine save from Cathal Mullin to deny a goal, with the resultant 45 being cleared to safety. A point from a long distance free by Alex Gardiner was added to by substitute, James Duignan, when he converted a free on the left. St Malachys did get a consolation point with the very last kick to leave it 1-17 to 1-3.
This was an excellent team performance from Garrycastle, easily their best display in championship football this year, and it would be unfair to single out any individual as the whole team deserves great credit. They were on top in all areas of the field and if they can put up a similar display on Sunday next hey will pose a serious challenge to Killucan in the quarter final. Garrycastle had scores from ten players during the hour, an impressive spread of scores by any standard.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Karl Henson (0-1), John Gaffey (0-1), Gary McCallon (0-1), Aidan Browne, David O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Dessie Dolan (0-5, 3f), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-2), Alex Gardiner (1-3, 0-1f) and James Dolan (0-1).
SUBs: Justin Barrett for C Cosgrove (40 min); Michael Monaghan for D Dolan (45 min); James Duignan (0-1, 1f) for C O’Neill (45 min); Damian Rushe for M Guiheen (53 min); Enda Mulvihill for K Henson (53 min); Seanie O’Donoghue for D O’Shaughnessy (58 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Section B) [24 August 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-12 CORALSTOWN/KINNEGAD 1-4
Garrycastle knew that only a win, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, could extend their involvement in the 2014 senior championship. They duly obliged with a well-deserved win over the team leading Section B before this weekend’s games.
Garrycastle dominated the early period and almost had a goal in the 4th minute when Michael Monaghan was put through, however, he was thwarted by the Coralstown/Kinnegad goalie who saved at the expense of a 45. Unfortunately, Cathal Mullin failed to convert the 45 meter kick. Garrycastle did take the lead in the 9th minute as Dessie Dolan pointed from the right. In their next attack Garrycastle won another 45 and Alex Gardiner stepped up to point it. Another point from Dessie Dolan increased the lead as the midpoint of the half approached. Coralstown/Kinnegad registered their first score, a point from play, after Garrycastle surrendered possession, and pointed. In their next attack Coralstown/Kinnegad took the lead, against the run of play, when a slick attack opened up the Garrycastle defence and Cathal Mullin had no chance with the goal bound shot. Garrycastle responded well to this setback and points from Alan Fox, Dessie Dolan and Michael Monaghan restored the Garrycastle lead to two points by the 26th minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point from play but Dessie Dolan had the last say on the scoreboard with a point in first minute of added time to leave it 0-7 to 1-2 at the break.
Justin Barrett came into midfield for the start of the second half in place of James Duignan, with Matthew Guiheen moving to wing forward. They were rewarded with a goal after just two minutes, as James Dolan was able to fist a long ball into the Coralstown/Kinnegad net. Coralstown/Kinnegad had a point in reply. Alex Gardiner was shown a black card and was replaced by Ciaran O’Neill. Garrycastle had a strong grip on midfield and created a lot of scoring opportunities. Dessie Dolan pointed two close range frees. Substitute, Gary Dolan, was on hand to point mid-way through the second period. Dessie pointed yet another free in the 51st minute. Coralstown/Kinnegad responded with a point but Mark McCallon moved forward from wing back to point in the final minute and leave it 1-12 to 1-4 at the full time whistle.
This was a mixed bag from Garrycastle, who could have won more comfortably if they had taken more of the scoring opportunities that they created throughout the hour. But they got the job done and can improve from her on and have a significant say in the knock-out stages. As this win moved them on to 6 points, the same as St Malachys, they will now meet St Malachys in a playoff next weekend to determine who advances to the quarterfinal as the third placed team in Section B. There were good performances from John Gaffey, Jack O’Donoghue and Karl Henson in defence. Aidan Browne showed up well in mid field and was well supported in the second period by substitute, Justin Barrett. Dessie Dolan was the focal point of the attack and showed no ill effect from his long lay-off due to injury, contributing almost half of his side’s total.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Jack O’Donoghue, Alan Fox (0-1), Mark McCallon (0-1), Karl Henson, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, Matthew Guiheen, James Duignan, Dessie Dolan (0-7, 3f), James Dolan (1-0), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-1, 145) and Eoin Monaghan.
SUBS: Justin Barrett for J Duignan (half time); Ciaran O’Neill A Gardiner (35 min); Gary Dolan for M Guiheen (43 min); Enda Mulvihill for M Monaghan (53 min); Damien Rushe for E Monaghan (57 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
Junior Football Championship (Section B) [22 August 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 4-18, KILLUCAN 2-6
Garrycastle consolidated their position near the top of the Junior Championship Section B table with a comprehensive win at home to Killucan on Friday evening last.
Led by captain on the day Peadar Mulvihill, due to injury to Padraig Cosgrove, the home team blizted Killucan in the opening 5 minutes. Noel Galvin was first off the mark with a point and then 2 goals in quick succession from first Conor Cosgrove and the evergreen Alan Daly were followed by a point each from the same two players to put Garrycastle 2-3 up before the visitors got their first score. A further 4 points, one from Cosgrove, two from Daly and one from Galvin increased the lead for the home team. Jonny Maguire was next to score and Enda Keena rounded off the first half with two well taken points to leave the half time score at 2-10 to 0-3.
It was to the credit of the home team that they were first off the mark in the second half with first Robbie Shine and then the always impressive Mark Curley pointing to keep the momentum from the first half performance. In fairness to Killucan they lifted their game and managed to breach the Garrycastle defence with a goal to give them some hope early in the second half. Garrycastle responded well and a pointed free by Conor Cosgrove was followed by the same player getting his second and the home team's third goal on the night. Not to be out done, Alan Daly rose to the challenge and produced his second goal as well as a further 3 points. As was the case in the first half Enda Keena got the last score for the home team which followed an earlier point from Stephen Maguire.
The visitors caught the Garrycastle defence napping at the very end with their second goal to leave the final score of 4-18 to 2-6 when Referee Declan Nugent blew the final whistle.
This was a very good team performance and an impressive scoreline with all scores save one pointed free coming from play from this Garrycastle team who will know that they will face stronger opposition as this Championship develops. Some of the attacking play and finishing was of the highest standard but players know that improvement is needed on the defensive side of their game across the pitch.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, John O'Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Stephen McGuire, Mark Curley (0-1), Sean Carey, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-2), Enda Keena (0-3), Conor Cosgrove (2-3, 1f), Peadar Mulvihill, Alan Daly (2-6), Robbie Shine (0-1) and Paul Mulvihill.
SUB: C. Gantley for S. Maguire, B. McCormack for E Keena, C. Murray for B. Kennedy, S. Maguire for J. Maguire. E. Keena for N. Galvin.
(Match Report: Harry Mooney)
Under-21 Championship (15-a-side) Semi-Final [19 August 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 3-18, MARYLAND/TANG 1-9
Garrycastle travelled out to Tang on Tuesday last to play Maryland/Tang in the county semi-final and produced an immense display that all in the club can be very proud of.
On a lovely evening for football Garrycastle playing with the aid of a slight breeze set the tempo from the off with Justin and Eric winning the midfield battle and both forwards and defence on top. Garrycastle kicked some early scores after well worked moves that were finished off by Paul Gunning, Eoin Monoghan and Kenny Dolan.
Maryland Tang who fielded a team full of quality on the night responded in typical fashion with two quick scores before our lads responded with coolly taken scores from Eoin Monaghan and Sean Carey after a great run.
Just as the home side responded with two scores the key score in the first half came when a trademark Eoin Monaghan run saw him carry the ball through the defence and finish excellently. Garrycastle were now playing with confidence and scores followed from Eoin Michael (0-2) and Alex. The home side came back with 3 well worked scores which were followed up by a Garrycastle response from Michael leaving the score 1-9 to 7 at half time.
Garrycastle knew that the second half playing into the breeze against a Maryland Tang team that would come out firing was going to be tough but what followed was Garrycastle team which seemed to up their performance another notch after an impressive first half. Right from the off Garrycastle got excellent scores from Justin and Jack. A Maryland Tang goal and point putting 4 between the teams had a few Garrycastle supporters worried was quickly responded to with Paul, Eoin, the deadly accurate Michael Monaghan and Alex grabbing scores. The Garrycastle defence was now in control and were excellently marshalled by Jack Donoghue and Mark Curley. Garrycastle pushed on with further scores from Alex, Eoin and goals from Cian Hayden and Paul Gunning after well worked moves. Eoin Monoghan rounded off another great display with a score and Garrycastle were though to a county under 21 final.
It would be unfair to pick out a stand out player from this game as every player that played on the night produced a fantastic display of skill, determination and workrate. It is great for Garrycastle to be back in a major underage final. However the lads will know that the county final will require this performance and more if they are to be victorious. It is certainly an exciting time for the club and we hope everyone gets behind this team as they deserve it.
Garrycastle: Shane McEnery, Sean Gunning, Jack Donoghue (0-1), Ben Kennedy, Conor Duignan, Mark Curley, Sean Carey (0-1) , Justin Barrett (0-1), Eric Kearney (0-2), Terry Rushe, Eoin Monaghan (1-2), Michael Monaghan (0-6, 1f), Paul Gunning (1-2) , Alex Gardiner (0-3), Kenny Dolan (0-1).
Subs used: Cian Hayden (1-0), Mark Duffy, Lee McNamara, Darragh McCormack, Kevin McCormack, Liam Leahy.
(Report by Enda Keena)
Under-21 Championship Quarter-Final [12 August 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 2-14, THE DOWNS 4-07
The Garrycastle Under-21 football team qualified for the semi-finals of this years competition with a one-point win over The Downs in a thrilling encounter in Garrycastle on Tuesday night.
The Downs had by far the better of the first half and managed to score 4 goals past the Garrycastle defence in this period. Garrycastle managed to just about stay in touch with their opponents with points from Eoin Monaghan (2) Alex Gardiner (2,1f) Michael Monaghan (2,1f) and Conor Duignan. Half time score Garrycastle 0-07 The Downs 4-04.
Garrycastle came out for the 2nd half a changed team and showed great determination in trying to get back into the game. A quick point from Eoin Monaghan was followed by a goal from the impressive Eric Kearney. Further points followed from Alex Gardiner (3) Eoin Monaghan and Michael Monaghan. In the closing stages The Downs extended their lead further and it looked to all in attendance that Garrycastle would exit the competition at this stage. However an opportunistic goal from Eric Kearney brought Garrycastle level and with one of the last plays of the game Eric again found himself in the right place to fire over the winning point.
This was definitely a game of two halves from a Garrycastle view point. If the team is to progress further, another performance as seen in the 1st half will not do. However the great team spirit and never say die attitude shown in the 2nd period shows that this team has the ability to go on in the competition.
Full time score Garrycastle 2-14 The Downs 4-07
Garrycastle team: Shane McEnery, Sean Gunning, Gavin Ward, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey, Mark Curley, Ronan Donohue, Eric Kearney (2-01) Eoin Monaghan (0-03) Terry Rushe, Michael Monaghan (0-04) Evan Dalton, Conor Duignan (0-01) Alex Gardiner (0-05) Kenny Dolan.
Subs Used Mark Duffy, Lee McNamara.
Subs Darragh McCormack, Donal Byrne, Adam Keena, Kevin McCormack, Jack McGann, Eddie Farrell, Liam Leahy
(Match Report : Padraig Cosgrove)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP [9 August 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 2-16 BUNBROSNA 2-11
The scoreline might suggest a close contest, however, a late flurry of scores from Bunbrosna made it closer that the play throughout the hour warranted. Garrycastle made an excellent start and points from James Dolan and Aidan Browne, followed by a goal from Eoin Monaghan established a five point lead within four minutes. James Duignan increased the gap with a point. Bunbrosna had their opening point from a free in the 9th minute and added a second, also from a free, soon after. Matthew Guiheen pointed for Garrycastle to stretch their advantage but Bunbrosna responded with a point. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from Michael Monaghan. James Duignan stepped up to point a close range free but Bunbrosna responded with a good point from open play as half time approached. Seanie O’Donoghue had the final score of the half, a trade mark drop kick sailing over the bar, to leave it 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.
The opening ten minutes of the second half was all Garrycastle. They registered a goal from Michael Monaghan and added points from Eoin Monaghan, Alex Gardiner and a James Duignan free to stretch their lead even further. Bunbrosna hit back with a goal in the 43rd minute to reduce the gap. James Duignan pointed yet again from a placed ball and Alex Gardiner had a point from play. Substitute, Sean Brennan, then got into the scoring act, with a fine point. Bunbrosna rallied and hit over three points without reply in a short period. James Duignan pointed for Garrycastle but Bunbrosna responded with two points in quick succession. The sides exchanged points again, the Garrycastle score coming from Alex Gardiner. Bunbrosna pointed and then reduced the gap to just four points when they goaled in the 59th minute. Garrycastle had the last score, a fine effort from another substitute, Ciaran O’Neill in added time. The final score 2-16 to 2-11 in Garrycastle’s favour.
This was a much improved performance from Garrycastle when compared against recent showings, particularly in the first half. However, they will be concerned at the concession of so many scores in the final quarter of the game. There were good performances from John Gaffey, James Dolan and Seanie O’Donoghue in defence. Aidan Browne and David O’Shaughnessy were dominant in mid-field throughout. The Monaghan brothers and Alex Gardiner caused the Bunbrosna defence a lot of trouble throughout the game, while James Duignan was very accurate from placed balls.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (Capt), John Gaffey, Alan Fox, James Dolan (0-1), Seanie O’Donoghue (0-1), Gary McCallon, David O’Shaughnessy, Aidan Browne (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Damian Rushe, James Duignan (0-5, 4f), Michael Monaghan (1-1), Alex Gardiner (0-3) and Eoin Monaghan (1-1).
SUBs: Sean Brennan (0-1) for M Guiheen (36 min); Neil Rattigan for D Rushe (42 min); Ciaran O’Neill (0-1) for M Monaghan (55 min); Enda Mulvihill for A Fox (56 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
Junior Football Championship (Section B) [8 August 2014]
ST LOMANS 2-8 GARRYCASTLE 0-6
Garrycastle Junior side went down to their first defeat in this year’s junior championship min Lakepoint Park last Friday evening. This was a very even contest in the first quarter, with the defences on top. The home side took the lead in the 4th minute with a point from play. It took Garrycastle all of 13 minutes to register their first point, a free from Robbie Shine after Johnny McGuire was fouled. St Lomans retook the lead son after and had increased their tally to 3 points by the 23rd minute. The home side scored an important goal in their next attack, as they opened up the Garrycastle defence and goaled. Garrycastle responded with a fine point from Johnny McGuire in the 25th minute. St Lomans had the last score of the first half, a point in the 30th minute, to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 at the break.
Needing to make a good impression on the resumption, Garrycastle upped their efforts and had a point from Enda Keena in the 35th minute. Despite some good possession, the Garrycastle attack failed to register other scores during this initial period of dominance. It was the home side who pressed on with a point from play and 3 points from frees to open up an 8 point advantage by the mid-point of the second period. St Lomans added a second goal in their next attack to all but seal the win. To their credit Garrycastle never gave up and indeed registered all of the game’s remaining scores in the final 13 minutes. Pointed frees from Robbie Shine and Conor Cosgrove, with one from play by substitute, Paul Gunning, providing a final score of 2-8 to 0-6 in St Loman’s favour. Full back, Gavin Ward, picked up a knee injury near the end, and hopefully it will not rule him out for the remaining games of the year.
This was a disappointing performance and result for Garrycastle. They will need to improve significantly if they are to feature in the knockout stages of the championship this year. It was the Garrycastle defence and midfield that featured most in this game, with good showings by Gary Mullery, Gavin Ward, Mark Curley, Johnny McGuire and Noel Galvin. The attack failed to make any real impression but Peadar Mulvihill worked tirelessly throughout to get them going.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Gavin Ward, Ben Kennedy, Padraig Cosgrove, Mark Curley, Sean Carey, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Noel Galvin, Enda Keena (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-1, 1f), Peadar Mulvihill, Alan Daly, Robbie Shine (0-2, 2f) and Paul Mulvihill.
SUB: Paul Gunning (0-1) for Paul Mulvihill (36 min); Kenny Dolan for S Carey (40 min); Terry Rushe for R Shine (47 min); Adam Kennedy for P Cosgrove (52 min); Conor Molloy for E Keena (55 min) and Paul O’ Donovan for A Daly (55 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
Under-21 Championship [31 July 2014]
ST. MARYS ROCHFORTBRIDGE 2-13, GARRYCASTLE 2-15 (AET)
Garrycastle got their U21 championship campaign off to a winning start on Thursday with an extra time 2 point victory away to St. Mary's Rochfortbridge.
The home side had the better of the opening stages as Garrycastle slowly found their way into game. A Conor Duignan goal and point brought Garrycastle to within 2 points of St Mary's at half time, with Alex Gardiner, Eoin Monaghan and a Paul Gunning free also on the score-sheet.
Half time score St. Mary's led by 2 points, 1-6 to 1-4.
Garrycastle performed much better in the second half and added scores from Eoin Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Sean Carey and Alex Gardiner (1-02, 1f). However having to play the last 12mins with 14 players, Garrycastle came under a lot of pressure from St. Mary's and managed to hold on until the last minute when the home side forced an equalizer.
Score at end of normal time. 2-9 to 2-9.
Extra time beckoned and Garrycastle managed to get out of the blocks quicker and kicked 6 unanswered points from Eoin Monaghan, Paul Gunning (f) Alex Gardiner (f) Conor Duignan, Michael Monaghan and Mark Curley. St Marys managed to pull a goal and point back to leave 2 points between the teams in the 2nd half of extra time but Garrycastle held on to claim the victory.
This was a patchy performance from Garrycastle who will know improvement all round will be needed if they are to progress further in the competition. Credit must go to our Minors Shane McEnery, Ben Kennedy, Cian Hayden, Evan Dalton, Mark Duffy, Kenny Dolan and Darragh McCormack on their performances.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane McEnery, Sean Gunning, Mark Curley (0-1), Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey (0-1), Terry Rushe, Cian Hayden, Eoin Monaghan (0-3), Alex Gardiner Capt.(1-4, 2f) Evan Dalton, Michael Monaghan (0-2), Mark Duffy, Conor Duignan (1-2), Paul Gunning (0-2, 2f) and Kenny Dolan.
Subs used: Darragh McCormack, Lee McNamara, Sean Moran and Donal Byrne
(Match Report : Padraig Cosgrove)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Section B) [26 July 2014]
TYRRELLSPASS 1-12 GARRYCASTLE 1-8
Garrycastle’s championship aspirations are hanging on by a thread after their second defeat within a week, as they lost out to Tyrrellspass in Cusack Park last Saturday evening.
Tyrrellspass were quickly out of the blocks and raced into a three point lead within the first few minutes. Garrycastle hit back in style when a slick build up left Eoin Monaghan in on goal and he finished coolly to raise a green flag. His brother Michael put the green and red into the lead with a point in their next attack. Tyrrellspass levelled with a point from play and in the 10th minute jumped into the lead when the Referee awarded a penalty for a foot block against Neil Rattigan, which earned him a yellow card. Tyrrellspass converted the penalty to lead by three points. Tyrrellspass then added a point from open play. Garrycastle had a period of possession and added points from a free by Alex Gardiner and from play by Matthew Guiheen to reduce the margin to two points by the 20th minute. However, it was Tyrrellspas who had the final score of the half, a point in the first minute of added time to lead by 1-6 to 1-3 at the break.
Both Sean Brennan and James Duignan were introduced on the resumption. However, it was Tyrrellspas who made an impression on the scoreboard with a point from play and one from a free. Garrycastle began to exert some pressure and two points from Eoin Monaghan, the first of which came from a free, reduced the gap. James Duignan then pointed after a cleverly taken free from Eoin Monaghan. The gap was down to just a point in the 54th minute as James Dolan hit over a lovely point from distance. However, it was Tyrrellspass who finished strongly and Dennis Glennon had a big influence on the scoreboard in the final minutes with three points in a row. Eoin Monaghan pointed for Garrycastle as time ran out but Tyrrellspass had the final score, a fisted point from Dennis Glennon to win out on a score line of 1-12 to 1-8. Gary Dolan was given a red card in injury time for a high challenge on a Tyrrellspass defender.
There were good performances from John Gaffey, Aidan Browne and Eoin Monaghan. However, too many Garrycastle players were finding it hard to make an impression throughout the game. A very big improvement will be necessary, along with favourable results elsewhere, if Garrycastle are to have any say in the knock-out stages of this year’s championship.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (Capt), John Gaffey, Alan Fox, Anthony Larkin, Karl Henson, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, Neil Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen (0-1), James Dolan (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Damian Rushe, Alex Gardiner (0-1, 0-1f) and Eoin Monaghan (1-3, 0-1f).
SUBs: S Brennan for D Rushe (blood); Enda Mulvihill for A Fox (21 min); Sean Brennan for D Rushe(half time); J Duignan (0-1) for N Rattigan (42 min); David O’Shaughnessy for A Gardiner (43 min); Gary Dolan for M Guiheen (55 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Section B) [20 July 2014]
ST MALACHYS 0-17 GARRYCASTLE 1-11
Garrycastle felt the loss of county players, Dessie Dolan and Doron Harte, when going down to St Malachys in the second round of the senior championship in sunny Moate last Sunday evening.
St Malachys had a score within 30 seconds to take the lead but some good play by Garrycastle saw them forge into the lead with points from Eoin Monaghan and Alex Gardiner getting two. It could have even been better, but a couple of descent goal opportunities were wasted in the opening 10 minutes. St Malachys regained the lead with a pointed free and two from open play by the 13th minute. They extended their lead further with a point but Alex Gardiner responded for Garycastle. Two more points were added by St Malachys to stretch their lead to 3 points. However, points from Alex Gardiner, James Duignan and James Dolan had Garrycastle level by the 29th minute. However, Garrycastle allowed St Malachys in for two further points in the last minute of the half and again in added time, to leave it 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
Garrycastle introduced Michael Monaghan and Matthew Guiheen for the start of the second period and it seem to lift the side. St Malachys had the first point but Michael Monaghan responded with one for Garrycastle immediately. A goal for Garrycastle put them ahead, when Alex Gardiner was quickest to react as the ball broke loose in the St Malachys defence. The same player added a point from a free to increase the Garrycastle lead to 2 points by the 38th minute. However, to their credit St Malachys reacted in style to this setback and had a string of 4 points, one coming from a free and the others from open play, to lead again. A pointed free from James Dolan reduced the gap to one. The sides exchanged points, the Garycastle effort coming from James Dolan. But it was St Malachys who pushed on and added two further points to lead by 3 as time ran out. Substitute, Gary Dolan, came closest to saving the day for Garrycastle but his shot hit the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
St Malachys were worthy winners of this tie and Garrycastle will have to show considerable improvement next Saturday when they take on Tyrrellspass in the 3rd round. There were good performances from John Gaffey, Mark McCallon and Gary McCallon in defence. St Malachys were on top in midfield and won most of the breaking ball in that sector. This was James Dolan and Alex Gardiner were prominent in attack. Substitutes, Michael Monaghan and Matthew Guiheen play well on their introduction.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (Capt), John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Anthony Larkin, Karl Henson, Gary McCallon, Sean O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, Sean Brennan, James Dolan (0-3, 1f), James Duignan (0-1), Neil Rattigan, Alex Gardiner (1-5, 0-1f) and Eoin Monaghan (0-1).
SUBs: Matthew Guiheen S Brennan (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for J Duignan (half time); Alan Fox for T McHugh (inj, 35 min); Damien Rushe for S O’Donoghue (46 min); Gary Dolan for for N Rattigan (53 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
Junior B Football Championship [10 July 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-14 MOATE ALL WHITES 0-9
Garrycastle made it two wins from two when they overcame Moate AW in Moate last Thursday evening. Garrycastle made a lively start and raced into a four point lead within 6 minutes, thanks to well taken points from Padraig Cosgrove, Paul Gunning and Robbie Shine (one from open play and one from a free). The home side responded with two points, one each from play and one from a free. Garrycastle continued to have the better of possession and a point from Johnny McGuire was quickly followed up with one from Paul Gunning. Moate AW had a point from another close range free tom reduce the gap. Johnny McGuire was replaced by Robbie Fox when he suffered a dead-leg. Moate reduced the gap with yet another point in the 20th minute. Garrycastle upped their performance again and points from Paul Gunning and Emmet Keena stretched the scoreline out to 0-8 to 0-4 at the break.
Moate registered the first point on the resumption but points from Robbie Shine and a converted 45 meter kick from Alex Gardiner pushed Garrycastle further ahead. Garrycastle were getting a good deal of possession but were finding it hard to turn their dominance into scores. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle point coming from Noel Galvin. The tie was effectively settled in a two minute spell about the 50th minute, when Ciaran O’Neil had the game’s only goal, when his first effort was saved but he struck it home from the rebound. Substitute, Peadar Mulvihill, followed up quickly with a point. Moate AW hit over two very good points from distance. However, points from Ciaran O’Neill and Robbie Shine restored Garrycastle’s advantage as time ran out. The home side did have the final score, a pointed free in added time.
This was a good performance from Garrycastle. The defence was solid and apart from a couple of opportunities were in control throughout. Gavin Ward, Ben Kennedy, John O’Shaughnessy were most prominent. Noel Galvin played steadily for the hour, while Paul Gunning and Robbie Shine were well assisted in attack by Alex Gardiner. Each of the substitutes made a valuable contribution.
GARRYCASTLE: Stephen McGuire, Gavin Ward, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Ciaran O’Neill (1-1), John O’Shaughnessy, Sean Carey, Noel Galvin (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Brian McCormack, Alex Gardiner (0-1, 1 45mt), Padraig Cosgrove (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-3), Robbie Shine (0-4, 1f) and Emmet Keena (0-1).
SUB: Robbie Fox for J McGuire (inj, 20 min); Peadar Mulvihill (0-1) for Emmet Keena (36 min); Enda Keena for B McCormack (46 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
Junior Football Championship - Section B [27 June 2014]
CORALSTOWN/KINNEGAD 1-5, GARRYCASTLE 1-18
Garrycastle had an impressive win over Coralstown/Kinnegad on Friday evening in Kinnegad in their first outing in this year’s Junior championship. The home side were quickest off the mark and caught the Garrycastle defence napping with a goal within the first minute which left Junior championship debutant Shane McEnery with no chance. This score was added to by the home side and by the fourth minute when Garrycastle opened their account, the score stood at 1-2 to 0-1.
Garrycastle then took a grip of the game and dominated for the remainder of the first half with Robbie Shine contributing three frees and with good scores from Paul Gunning, Jonny Maguire, and Enda Keena they took the lead by the 20th minute.
Conor Cosgrove then added to the score with two superb long distance points. The home side contributed the last score of the half to leave the half time score 0-9 to 1-2 to the visitors.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first half with the visitors contributing two points in a row to reduce the margin to the minimum. This was a critical period in the game where the home side were in a position to take control of the game and put the visitors under pressure. Garrycastle rallied and again it was two converted frees from Robbie Shine which helped settle the side. A further point from Paul Gunning and one from Peader Mulvihill put the visitors back in control. In the 54th minute Conor Cosgrove went through for a goal and his first shot was well parried by the keeper, he collected the rebound but was brought down by the keeper in the small square. Robbie Shine converted the resultant penalty with some style. Garrycastle were rampant at this stage in the game and produced four more points with good play from midfielders Jonny Maguire and Noel Galvin as well as Mark Curley who laid on a pass for Peader Mulvihill to score and then got his own score to close out the game for the visitors.
This was a fine team performance from the Garrycastle lads with solid contributions from all concerned and seven players contributing scores.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane McEnery, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Stephen McGuire, Mark Curley, Sean Carey, Noel Galvin, Johnny McGuire, Peader Mulvihill (0-2), Robbie Shine (1-5, 1 Pen, 5f), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-4), Conor Cosgrove (0-3) Padraig Cosgrove SUB: K. Dolan for E. Keena.
(Match Report : Harry Mooney)
Junior B Football Championship [24 June 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 8-21 BALLYCOMOYLE 1-4
Ballycomoyle made the long journey to Garrycastle on Tuesday evening and started the game with just 14 players while they awaited the arrival of an additional player. While Balycomoyle started in reasonable shape, they even levelled the score at 1-2 a piece in the 13th minute, they were subsequently outclassed and fell to a very heavy defeat. Garrycastle made full use of the additional personnel and lead by 6-8 to 1-2 at the break. From the mid-point of the half, Garrycastle showed their footballing ability and hit the visitors for six goals, a hat trick for Paul Mulvilill and one each for Stephen McGuire, Alex Gardiner and Noel Galvin.
The second period was much the same with the home side dominating and hitting over points and scoring goals almost at will. It is very hard to judge Garrycastle on this performance because in truth Ballycomoyle struggled to make an impact in all sectors. The performances of Gary Mullery, Mark Curley and Ben Kennedy were notable. Alex Gardiner, Paul Mulvihill, Padraig Cosgrove and substitute, Robbie Fox, were most prominent in attack.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Mark Curley, Cathal Murray, Stephen McGuire (1-0), Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Robbie Shine, Noel Galvin (1-0), Enda Keena (0-3), Padraig Cosgrove (0-1), Alex Gardiner (1-7, 0-1f), Paul Gunning (1-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-2), Paul Mulvihill (3-3).
SUB: Robbie Fox (1-2) for R Shine (43 min); Sean Carey for C Murray (34 min); Kenny Dolan (0-1) for C Cosgrove (36 min); Peadar Mulvihill (0-1) for Paul Mulvihill (40 min) and Colman Gantley for S McGuire (40 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
All County League (Division 6) [23 June 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 2-23 THE DOWNS 2-6
This re-arranged fixture saw The Downs travel to Garrycastle on Monday evening and in ideal weather we saw Garrycastle put up an impressive performance. Playing with the aid of what breeze there was Garrycastle were quickly into their stride and a point from Robbie Shine got them off the mark early on. Paul Gunning added another point before The Downs got off the mark with a point in the 6th minute. Garrycastle were well on top in midfield and a good supply of ball, coupled with some fine inter-play, saw Garrycastle register further points from Alan Daly (3), Brian McCormack (2), Noel Galvin, Paul Gunning (2) and Paul Mulvihill to lead by 0-11 point to 0-1 by the 22nd minute. In their next attack Garrycastle released Alan Daly in front of goal and he dispatched it to the net with his usual aplomb. Enda Keena added a point but The Downs responded with a point of their own. The sides then exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from Paul Mulvihill. Noel Galvin added yet another point for Garrycastle but The Downs had the last score of the half, a point, in the 298th minute, to leave it 1-15 to 0-3 at the break.
Paul Gunning increased the Garrycastle lead on the resumption, but The Downs responded with a point of their own. Robbie Shine pointed and Kenny Dolan pointed from a free in the 36th minute after being fouled himself (this was the only Garrycastle score from a free during the game). The Down had a point but Garrycastel continued to dominate. Noel Galvin, Kenny Dolan and Padriag Cosgrove pointed for Garrycastle. The Downs broke through for a goal in the 48th minute but Paul Gunning replied with a point for Garrycastle. The Downs scored a point and a goal in quick succession. However, Kenny Dolan had the final say when he goaled from close range near the end. The final score 2-23 to 2-6.
This was a fine performance from the Garrycastle lads. They displayed fine team-work throughout and hit over an impressive 2-22 from open play in the hour. There were particularly good displays by Ben Kennedy, Mark Curley, Padraig Cosgrove, Noel Galvin, Brian McCormack, Paul Gunning, Alan Daly and Kenny Dolan.
GARRYCASTLE: Johnny McGuire, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, Stephen McGuire, Mark Curley, Padraig Cosgrove (0-2), Robbie Shine (0-2), Noel Galvin (0-3), Paul Mulvihill (0-2), Brian McCormack (0-2), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-6), Alan Daly (1-3) and Kenny Dolan (1-2, 0-1f).
SUB: Cathal Murray and A Daly (40 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
All County League (Division 2) [20 June 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 4-13 ST. MARYS ROCHFORTBRIDGE 1-10
Garrycastle secured another brace of points in their ACL Division 2 campaign with a substantial victory over St. Mary’s from Rochfortbridge at home on Friday evening last. St. Mary’s were first off the mark with a point from play and dictated the terms of the game for the first 10 minutes until Garrycastle broke through to score their first goal when midfielder Jonny Mc Guire found the net. Paul Mulvihill followed up with a point , Conor Cosgrove got on the end of a Jonny McGuire pass and fisted over when it seemed a goal was on the cards. The visitors then fought back with first a point and then they raised the green flag to level matters at the half stage of the first half. The home team kept battling and another Paul Mulvihill point was followed by a goal from other midfielder Noel Galvin who collected a pass after fine fielding by Alan Daly to clinically finish leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. Alan Daly continued to contribute up to the break when first he took a fine point and then set up Peader Mulvihill to complete Garrycastle’s first half tally. St. Mary’s got the last score of the half to leave the home team deservedly leading by 2-6 to 1-4.
The Alan Daly show continued in the early stages of the second half when he was first off the mark with a point and then scored two goals in the space of a minute. The first surprised everyone when he returned a poor kick out from the visitors to float the ball over the keeper and find the net. The second goal put the home team in a very secure position to lead by 4-7 to 1-5 after 35 minutes. Garrycastle then played out the rest of the game by a series of well taken points from Paul Mulvihill, Peader Mulvihill, Conor Cosgrove and sub Robbie Shine who contributed three points in the second half. St. Mary’s second half contribution was six points in total compared to 2-7 for the home team.
This was a fine display by Garrycastle who put up a large score, to the best of the reporter’s recollection, all scores coming from play. The team was most effective when they attacked in numbers down the middle. The defence was well marshalled by Tom McHugh. Midfield were effective at various times and contributed 2 goals. Upfront the full forward line worked well with Peader Mulvihill the best of the half forwards on the day.
Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Padraig Cosgrove, Stephen McGuire, Seanie O’Donoghue, Anthony Larkin, Jonny McGuire, Noel Galvin (0-1), Michael Monaghan, Damien Rushe, Peader Mulvihill, Alan Daly (1-3), Conor Cosgrove (2-4), Paul Mulvihill (1-0),
Subs: R. Shine for D. Rushe, N. Rattigan for J. McGuire, Enda Keena for M. Monaghan, D O’Shaughnessy for S O’Donoghue, S. Carey for P. Cosgrove, P. Gunning for A. Daly.
(Report by Harry Mooney)
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP [13 June 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-11 ATHLONE 0-10
Garrycastle and Athlone faced off in this first round fixture in the 2014 Westmeath senior football championship in Tubberclair on Friday evening, and it was the green and red that came out on top.
Athlone made the better start and a pointed free from Ray Connellan in the first minute put his side ahead. The same player doubled Athlone’s lead soon after. It took until the 7th minute for Garrycastle to register their first score, when Dessie Dolan slotted over a free. From the resultant kick-out Garrycastle attacked again and Dessie pointed to level matters. Doron Harte then added a point to put Garrycastle into the lead for the first time in the 9th minute. At this stage Garrycastle were beginning to get on top and another pointed free for Dessie pushed them further ahead. A good attack, in which James Dolan and Dessie Dolan combined saw James brought down, however, the ball broke free to Sean Brennan who hit the crossbar with his shot. Referee, Damian Maher, brought back play for the foul and as it was in the large square awarded Garrycastle a penalty. Eoin Monaghan slotted the ball past Jason Merrigan for the game’s first green flag in the 20th minute. Athlone responded to this setback with a point but Dessie Dolan pointed in return for Garrycastle. The final score of the first period, a point, came to Athlone in injury time to leave it 1-5 to 0-4 at the break in Garrycastle’s favour.
As in the first period, Athlone registered the first score of the second half, a point from play. Eoin Monaghan responded with a point for his side. Athlone had another point from play but Dessie Dolan pointed in response for Garrycastle. Athlone added yet another point and could have had a goal soon after as a good attacking move opened up the Garrycastle defence but Cathal Mullin brought off a fine save to deny them. Garrycastle counter attacked and following a foul on Eoin Monaghan, Dessie Dolan pointed. Athlone never gave up and closed the gap when Charlie McMicken pointed from a 45 and a free in the space of a couple of minutes. It was down to the minimum by the 49th minute as Michael Green pointed. Garrycastle responded well to the challenge and a point from James Dolan was added to by substitute Michael Monaghan to leave 3 points between the sides with under 5 minutes remaining. In added time Dessie Dolan was fouled, resulting in a red card for an Athlone player. Cathal Mullin took the free, as Dessie continued to receive treatment, and pointed. This was followed quickly by the final whistle on a score-line of 1-11 to 0-10 to Garrycastle.
This was a mixed bag from Garrycastle, who were guilty of some poor passing, particularly in the first half. Both side made a lot of mistakes and the slippery surface contributed to the error count. Best for Garrycastle were Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Mark McCallon and Karl Henson in defence. Dessie Dolan proved difficult to handle for the Athlone defenders and he was well supported by James Dolan in attack.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin (0-1, 1f), Mark McCallon (Capt), John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Doron Harte (0-1), Karl Henson, Sean O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, Neil Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen, Sean Brennan, James Duignan, Eoin Monaghan (1-1, 1-0 pen), Dessie Dolan (0-6, 3f) and James Dolan (0-1)
SUBs: Damian Rushe for S Brennan (half time); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for J Duignan (50 min); Ciaran O’Neill for N Rattigan (57 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
All County League (Division 1) [30 May 2014]
Garrycastle 2-16 Maryland 0-8.
The seniors collected two more league points from this home fixture against Maryland on Friday last. Garrycastle took control from the start and built up a five point lead before Maryland got off the mark. The vital score of the first half was a goal from Matthew Guiheen after a good pass from James Dolan and Garrycastle led by 1-8 to 0-6 at the break. The home team continued to dominate in the second half, when Maryland could only manage two points. Garrycastle picked off some good points and a goal late on from Dessie Dolan sealed their victory.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin (0-2, 45s), Mark McCallon, John Gaffey, Tom McHugh, Doran Harte (0-2), Karl Henson (0-1), Seanie O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne (0-1), Neill Rattigan, Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), James Duignan, James Dolan (0-2), Sean Brennan (0-1), Dessie Dolan (1-5, 1 free).
Subs: Ciaran O’Neill for Rattigan (black card); Michael Monaghan (0-1) for Eoin Monaghan; Damien Rushe for Duignan; Gary McCallon for O’Donoghue; Anthony Larkin for Harte and Conor Cosgrove for James Dolan.
All County League (Division 1) [27 May 2014]
Garrycastle 2-13, Caulry 0-8
Garrycastle collected another two points from this home fixture against Caulry on Tuesday night. On a lovely evening for football, Garrycastle had the better of the first half and built up a lead of 2-4 to 0-3. The goals came from Matthew Guiheen (after good work by James Dolan) and Eoin Monaghan from the penalty spot. Caulry made some half time changes which improved their performance but they were unable to contain Dessie Dolan, who kicked a succession of superb points to put the game out of Caulry’s reach. Garrycastle almost got through for a third goal but Michael Monaghan’s effort crashed off the crossbar. In the final quarter three of Garrycastle’s defence got in on the scoring, with points from Cathal Mullin (from a 45), John Gaffey and Doran Harte. This was a good display from Garrycastle but they will be aware that further improvements are needed before the championship begins.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin (0-1, 45), Tom McHugh, John Gaffey (0-1), Mark McCallon, Doran Harte (0-1), Karl Henson, Seanie O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, Eoin Monaghan (1-3), Neill Rattigan, James Duignan, Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Damien Rushe, James Dolan (0-2), Dessie Dolan (0-5, 1 free).
Subs: Gary McCallon for O’Donoghue (injured); David O’Shaughnessy for Guiheen; Michael Monaghan for Duignan (injured); Alan Daly for Rushe; Alex Gardiner for Rattigan and Anthony Larkin for McHugh.
All County League (Division 1) [20 May 2014]
Garrycastle 3-10 Tyrrellspass 0-14
The seniors recorded a good win over the home team in Tyrrellspass last week. The Sky Blues had the better of the first half and went in leading by 0-8 to 1-3. They stretched their lead to five points after the break until two Garrycastle goals gave them the edge, and they went on to extend their lead to four points, which they held until the finish. There were some good displays from Garrycastle, notably Karl Henson, Matthew Guiheen and Dessie Dolan, who accounted for 2-6 of his team’s total. The other Garrycastle goal came from Gary Dolan.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin, Tom McHugh, John Gaffey, Mark McCallon, Karl Henson, Seanie O’Donoghue, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, David O’Shaughnessy, Matthew Guiheen, Gary Dolan, Alex Gardiner, Damien Rushe, James Dolan, Dessie Dolan.
Subs: Ciaran O’Neill for McHugh (injured); James Duignan for Gardiner; Anthony Larkin for O’Neill (injured).
All County League (Division 2) [5 May 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 5-14 SHANDONAGH 0-6
Garrycastle’s second team travelled to Shandonagh on Bank Monday to play this League Division 2 encounter in wet and windy conditions. Deciding to play against the wind in the first half the Garrycastle team came out the blocks with gusto stringing together a fast flowing move, running the ball the length of the pitch where a clinical Conor Cosgrove finished to the net. Shandonagh replied with a point before another scintillating Garrycastle move left Alex Gardiner through one on one with the Shandonagh goalkeeper, Alex finishing with aplomb. Shandonagh still had a foothold in the game and scored two points on the trot leaving the score 2-0 to 0-3 after twelve minutes. Garrycastle, sticking to their game plan, and with an excellent defence, took complete control of the game scoring the next six points in a row, Conor Cosgrove with four and Alan Daly with two. Conor Cosgrove finished off the first half scoring with his second major.
Playing with the wind in the second half Garrycastle was careful to keep playing their running game despite Shandonagh scoring the first two points of the half. Captain Anthony Larkin finished with a classy point after a flowing move, and having conceded another point Garrycastle put Shandonagh to the sword with two goals in quick succession from Alan Daly and Paul Mulvihill. Shandonagh were not to score for the rest of the half while Garrycastle finished the game with seven more points, five from Alex Gardiner, and one a piece from Alan Daly and Noel Galvin.
This was an excellent display from this Division two team and for the second game in a row Garrycastle conceded just six points. While all six backs played very well, Tom McHugh, Anthony Larkin and Jack Donoghue were outstanding. Justin Barrett launched most of the Garrycastle attacks from centre half back while Conor Cosgrove, Alex Gardiner and Alan Daly impressed in the forwards.
Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Jack Donoghue, Tom McHugh, Anthony Larkin (0-1) Justin Barrett, Ciaran O'Neill, Neal Rattigan, Noel Galvin (0-1), Peader Mulvihill, Robbie Shine, Alex Gardiner (1-5), Paul Mulvihill (1-0), Alan Daly (1-3), Conor Cosgrove (2-4)
Subs: D. Rushe for R.Shine, P. O'Donovan for Paul Mulvihill, Enda Keena for Peader Mulvihill, B. Kennedy for C. O'Neill, P. Cosgrove for N. Galvin, S. Carey for G. Mullery.
(Report by Sean Connell)
All County League (Division 1) [3 May 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-11 TANG 0-03
Garrycastle secured two valuable League points with a comprehensive win at home to Tang on
Saturday afternoon following two recent losses in the Division 1 campaign. The home team opened their account with a successfully converted '45' from the boot of Goalkeeper Cathal Mullin to level matters after the visitors had earlier pointed from play. Conor Cosgrove got on the end of a speculative shot from Alan Daly and while being challenged by the goalie managed to put the ball over the bar to double the home team's score after 12 minutes. The next score which came five minutes from the end of the first half was a pointed free from Michael Monaghan to leave the half time score at 0-3 to 0-1 to the home team. The low scoring first half reflected the home team's strong defence and their inability to convert the scoring opportunities that they managed to create.
The introduction of three County players at the start of the second half had a major impact on the outcome of the game. Following a Conor Cosgrove pointed free, James Dolan got the first of his three points. Tang then doubled their tally before Gary McCallon extended the home team's lead further. Another Tang point followed but this proved to be their last score as Garrycastle took a tight grip on the game. A further point from James Dolan was followed by a goal from Conor Cosgrove who was set up following a superb run from Dessie Dolan. Michael Monaghan doubled his account with a well taken point from play. James Dolan then contributed his third point of the day. Tang had a player dismissed by Referee Declan Nugent which made their task all the more difficult at this point in the match. An injury to a Tang player resulted in a stoppage in play for a number of minutes. On the resumption Garrycastle continued to add to their tally with a trademark Dessie Dolan point from close to the side line which sailed high over the bar. Garrycastle's final score came from John Gaffey who came through from defence to fist the ball over the bar.
A satisfactory performance by Garrycastle who performed much better in the second half but have room for improvement. Garrycastle wish Tang player Conor Marlow a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained during the game.
GARRYCASTLE; Cathal Mullin (0-1, 1'45'), Jack Donohoe, John Gaffey (o-1), Tom McHugh, Ciaran O'Neill, Karl Henson, Gary McCallon (0-1), Seanie O’Donoghue, Justin Barrett, Neil Rattigan, Damien Rushe, Eoin Monaghan, Conor Cosgrove (1-2, 1f), Alan Daly, Michael Monaghan (0-2, 1f).
SUBS: J.Dolan (0-3) for A. Daly (HT); D. Dolan (0-1) for E.Monaghan (HT); D. Harte for C. O'Neill (HT); N. Galvin for N. Rattigan (50m);A Larkin for J. Donohoe (55m); G Mullery for G. McCallon (55m).
(Report by H Mooney)
All County League (Division 2) [30 April 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 0-9, ROSEMOUNT 0-6.
Garrycastle had a well-deserved win over Rosemount on a wet Wednesday evening in Garrycastle. The first half was a low scoring affair with the home team being first off the mark with a point from play from Robbie Shine. This was followed with a pointed free from Conor Cosgrove with Robbie Shine again on the mark to put the home team three points to no score ahead after 20 minutes of play. Two points in reply from Rosemount brought the half time score to 0-3 to 0-2. The first half performance was patchy with a lot of passes going astray so an improvement was needed for the second half.
Garrycastle were first of the mark after the break with a point from Peader Mulvihill. This was followed by Garrycastle’s best period in the game when they hit three points in a three minute spell, first one from Neil Rattigan who was set up by a Sean Brennan pass. Then Alan Daly laid on a pass for Paul Mulvihill to point and this was followed by brother Peader with his second point and Garrycastle’s seventh point to put a clear gap between the teams. A pointed free from Conor Cosgrove was followed by a point from the visitors to bring the score to 0-8 to 0-4 with 20 minutes remaining. Damien Rushe replaced Robbie Shine with 15 minutes to go and following a heavy challenge on Rushe which went unpunished by Referee Declan Nugent a scuffle broke out which resulted in the dismissal of the offending Rosemount substitute and Sean Brennan from the home team. Rosemount reduced the margin to three points with five minutes remaining but Tom McHugh who had an outstanding game settled the home side with a fine point. Rosemount then recorded their last point and the last score of the game to leave the home team with a three point victory.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Jack Donohoe, Tom McHugh (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Seanie O’Donoghue, Ciaran O’Neill, Neil Rattigan (0-1), Noel Galvin, Peader Mulvihill (0-2), Robbie Shine (0-2), Sean Brennan, Paul Mulvihill (0-1), Alan Daly, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 2f).
SUBS: A. Gardiner for C. Cosgrove (41m), D. Rushe for R. Shine, (46m), Enda Keena for Peadar Mulvihill (55m).
(Match Report: Harry Mooney)
All County League (Division 1) [20 April 2014]
Athlone 2-13 Garrycastle 0-15
Garrycastle suffered defeat against their near neighbours in Athlone after a disappointing performance from the lads. Athlone started brightly with a stiff breeze but goals either side of half time gave a sizeable lead to the men in blue and white. Athlone went 12 points up at one stage in the second half and dominated for long periods in the second half with some very well taken scores. A late flurry from Garrycastle, scoring the last 5 points of the game was the only positive from a bad day at the office. Congrats to Athlone who put in a very spirited display and were well deserved winners on the day.
ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (Division 6) [27 April 2014]
ST LOMANS 1-14 GARRYCASTLE 1-12
I and many other who attended this game in Garrycastle were certain that it ended in a draw with both sides scoring 1-13. However, the Referee gave it to St Lomans by 1-14 to 1-12. I record each score for both teams and the times in which they were achieved and I know the correct score was 1-13 each. However, it’s the Referee’s score that counts in the end – I believe he made a genuine error but thats sport.
Enda Keena got the game’s first score in the 5th minute following goods approach play. The visitors than had a period of domination and equalised shortly afterwards and jumped into the lead with a well worked goal in the 7th minute. The visitors added a point but Garrycastle responded when a long range effort was fumbled by the St Lomans keeper and Paul O’Donovan was on hand to fire into the net. St Lomans had a point but it then Garrycastle’s turn to dominate possession. Ciaran O’Neill and Paul O’Donovan had points for the home side and Conor Cosgrove added a point from a free to put Garrycastle into the lead by the 23rd minute. St Lomans had a point but Paul O’Donovan was on the mark again for his side. The final minutes of the half were all St Lomans and they added three points, two from play and one from a free, to lead by 1-7 to 1-5 at the break.
The visitors added a point on the resumption but Johnny McGuire responded with a point for Garrycastle. Further points were traded with the Garrycastle point coming from Enda Keena. There was dust up in the Garrycastle goal area and when order was restored St Lomans had a player red carded and Garrycastle saw red cards given to two of their players. St Lomans added a point and Garrycastle despite being down to 13 rallied strongly. Alex Gardiner converted a 45 with a fine point. Noel Galvin with a point from play and a free by Alex Gardiner levelled matters by the 47th minute. A fine effort from Noel Galvin put his side ahead but St Lomans responded with a point of their own soon after. Conor Cosgrove fired over a point and the same player added another point by the 55th minute. St Lomans responded with a point and in the final minutes attacked with some purpose. It took a desperate tackle from Kenny Dolan to deny a goal opportunity but St Lomans converted the resultant free to level the scores – as I and many others thought.
This was a spirited performance from the Garrycastle side with had to battle for most of the second period with 13 against 14 players. There were very good performances particularly by Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Noel Galvin, Alex Gardiner, Brian McCormack and Paul O’Donovan.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Stephen McGuire, Ben Kennedy, Sean Carey, Anthony Larkin, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-2), Peadar Mulvihill, Alex Gardiner (0-2, 1f, 1 45mt), Brian McCormack, Conor Cosgrove (0-3, 1f), Paul O’Donovan (1-2) and Enda Keena (0-2).
SUB: Emmet Keena for P O’Donovan (37 min); Paul Mulvihill for Enda Keena (46 min); Kenny Dolan for B McCormack (51 min); Cathal Murray for Peadar Mulvihill (56 min).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
ACL (Division 2) [21 April 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 3-11 CASTLETOWN-FINEA-COOLE-WHITEHALL 1-8
Garrycastle’s second team collected their first points of this year’s league by virtue of a 9-point win over CFCW in Garrycastle on Monday. The visitors travelled the long journey with a depleted outfit while Garrycastle were also without several eligible players, most of whom had played the Division 1 game 24 hours earlier. An early Paul Mulvihill goal gave Garrycastle a good start against the stiff wind but the visitors soon drew level and a goal after 15 minutes gave them the lead. Alan Daly was unfortunate with two close-range efforts that rattled the crossbar but Garrycastle were in a strong position at half time with the teams level at 1-5 each. Two quick points from Conor Cosgrove after the break put Garrycastle in the driving seat and the crucial goal came from a Robbie Shine penalty after Alan Daly had been fouled when bearing down on goal. Alex Gardiner put the icing on the cake in the closing minutes with a superb goal from 25 yards out.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Stephen McGuire, Anthony Larkin, Johnny McGuire, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Justin Barrett, Neill Rattigan (0-1), Alex Gardiner (1-3, 1 free), Robbie Shine (1-0, penalty), Peadar Mulvihill, Conor Cosgrove (0-3), Alan Daly (0-3), Paul Mulvihill (1-0).
SUBS: Jack Donohue (for S. McGuire), Sean Brennan (for Barrett), Noel Galvin (for Rattigan), Enda Keena (for Peadar Mulvihill), Paul O’Donovan (for Paul Mulvihill), Ben Kennedy (for Mullery).
ALL COUNTY LEAGUE (Division 6) [13 April 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 2-10 BUNBROSNA 3-5
Garrycastle travelled to Bunbrosna last Sunday morning to take on the home side and came away with a very valuable win in their quest for promotion. Playing into a slight breeze, Garrycastle had a slight advantage in the opening exchanges but each side spurned scoring opportunities before Noel Galvin put over a point in the 5th minute. However, Bunbrosna rocked Garrycastle with a two goal burst with goals 6TH and 7TH minutes and added a point soon after. Garrcastle had a goal opportunity of their own but Tommy Murphy in the Bunbrosna goal brought off a good save from Paul Mulvihill. The home side’s lead was further increased by the 14th minute with another point from play. Garrycastle finally roused themselves and Conor Cosgrove pointed from a free in the 17th minute. A Garrycastle goal arrived soon after when Johnny McGuire was set up after good approach play and he fired a shot to the Bunbrosna net. Points followed from Paul O’Donovan, Enda Keena and Johnny McGuire to level matter as the half time whistle approached. However, a poor kick-out from Bunbrosna saw Conor Cosgrove gather possession and he hit a shot from distance over the goalkeeper to put his side ahead. The half time whistle followed immediately with Garrycastle leading 2-5 to 2-2.
Bunbrosna had the first score on the resumption, a pointed free. Conor Cosgrove also pointed from a free for Garrycastle and he also had one from play to increase the Garrycastle advantage. Bunbrosna mounted an attack, and although Cathal Murray parried the first effort on goal, the home side lashed the rebound to the Garrycastle net. Conor Cosgrove hit over another point but Bunbrosna kept pressing and had two points in succession to level the score again by the 54th minute. Garrycastle showed great resolve in the final minutes and points from Conor Cosgrove and substitute, Kenny Dolan, sealed a close fought win for Garrycastle.
There were good performances from Ben Kennedy, Anthony Larkin and Gary Mullery in defence. Johnny McGuire and Ciaran O’Neill gave their side a slight advantage in the middle of the field. Conor Cosgrove and Noel Galvin were most prominent in attack.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Murray, Gary Mullery, Stephen McGuire, Ben Kennedy, Peadar Mulvihill, Anthony Larkin, Sean Carey, Johnny McGuire (1-1), Ciaran O’Neill, Padraig Cosgrove, Conor Cosgrove (1-5, 0-2f), Noel Galvin (0-1), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul O’Donovan (0-1) and Paul Mulvihill.
SUB: Kenny Dolan (0-1) for Paul Mulvihill (half time).
(Report by Matt Ryan)
All County League (Division 1) [11 April 2014]
St. Loman's 1-11 Garrycastle 1-10
Garrycastle had their first loss in the ACL Division 1 away to St. Loman's last Friday night in Mullingar.
The visitors got off to a dream start when the ball was worked well from the back and Doron Harte crossed to an in rushing Dessie Dolan who palmed the ball to the net after just one minute of play. Garrycastle added to the goal with a '45 which was perfectly executed by goalkeeper Cathal Mullin. St. Loman's eventually settled and delivered four points in a row to level the score by the 20 minute mark. Garrycastle then missed a number of scoring chances including one goal chance which was blocked for a '45. Cathal Mullin again stepped up but this time was unsuccessful. Two further pointed frees by Dessie Dolan put the visitors ahead. Garrycastle then lost Justin Barrett for a black card infringement. Two further points from St. Loman's brought the first half to an end with the sides level at 1-3 to 0-6.
The first score of the second half just like the first was a goal but this time it was St. Loman's who raised the green flag. Cathal Mullin did well to block the initial shot but the
ball was not cleared and Loman's were quickest to react and find the net. Garrycastle responded with a Dessie Dolan point to keep the visitors in touch. During this third
quarter St. Loman's dominated and started to put daylight between the teams with a lead of five points. Michael Monaghan got on the score sheet for Garrycastle and hit two points in a row to keep the visitors in contention. James Duignan became the second Garrycastle player to receive a black card. In total on the night four black cards were awarded by referee Barry Kelly, two to each side.
With about 6 minutes to go Garrycastle began to come back into the game and were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty. Instead the decision was a 13 metre free which Dessie Dolan pointed and the same player then pointed from play to reduce the arrears to two points. Loman's rallied again to increase the margin with a point.
With time running out, James Dolan pointed for the visitors which was quickly followed by a Doron Harte point but this proved to be the last score of the game and leave victory with St. Loman's by the narrowest of margins.
Overall, a disappointing outcome for Garrycastle who will rue the fact that they let the home team build up a five point lead in the second half but did well to recover to lose by a single point. On the night, Dessie was the most potent of the forward line delivering the majority of the scores while in defence Jack Donohoe's performance caught the eye.
GARRYCASTLE; Cathal Mullin (0-1, 1 45), John Gaffey, Jack Donohoe, Tom McHugh, Mark McCallon (0-1), Karl Henson, Doron Harte (0-1), Seanie O’Donoghue, David O’Shaughnessy (c), Justin Barrett (0-1),Damien Rushe, Michael Monaghan (0-2),James Duignan, Dessie Dolan (1-5, 3f), James Dolan (0-1)2f).
SUBS: A. Browne for J. Barrett (B.C.), A Fox for T.McHugh, M. Guiheen for J. Duignan (B.C.)
(Report by Harry Mooney)
All County League (Division 1) [6 April 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-10, BUNBROSNA 0-8
This match which was played in windy conditions in Garrycastle on Sunday morning was a hard fought contest between two sides who as well as playing for League points were also playing for Feis Cup points as agreed prior to the game.
Garrycastle were first off the mark with a point from captain Mark McCallon. This was added to by Michael Monaghan who got on to the end of a speculative ball from Sean Brennan.The visitors then got off the mark to reduce the deficit to one point. Next to score was Gary McCallon playing at half forward on the day. Bunbrosna replied with a point to keep the margin between the teams to the minimum. Sean Brennan went close for Garrycastle but collided with the Bunbrosna 'keeper who suffered an injury which would eventually lead to him being replaced before the end of the first half. Garrycastle then had their best spell of the game in the last 10 minutes of the half. Justin Barrett pointed followed by a Damien Rushe point. Then a free kick from Seanie O'Donoghue found Damien Rushe and he finished to the net to put clear daylight between the teams. James Duignan pointed a free just before the break to leave the half-time score at 1-6 to 0-3.
The second half saw Garrycastle maintain their dominance and they added to their tally with a well taken point by teenager Michael Monaghan. James Duignan pointed another free and Michael Monaghan then got his third and Garrycastle's ninth point of the day. With 10 minutes gone in the second half Bunbrona had still just four points on the board. For the next 15 minutes neither side managed a score and Garrycastle introduced a number of subs and it was on these subs, Aidan Browne who was next on the score board for the home team. Bunbrosna then made a late surge with about 5 minutes remaining they managed to double their score and add four more points before Referee Pat Fox called time.
Overall this was a satisfactory performance by Garrycastle who were missing their county players on the day. Damien Rushe was very effective and creative especially in the first half and with Michael Monaghan was best of the forwards on show. Midfield held the upper hand for the most part and the defence were very alert and played well as a unit.
GARRYCASTLE; Cathal Mullin, John Gaffey, Jack Donohoe, Tom McHugh, Mark McCallon (c) (0-1), Karl Henson, Alan Fox, David O’Shaughnessy, Seanie O’Donoghue, Justin Barrett (0-1),Damien Rushe (1-1), Gary McCallon (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-3), Sean Brennan, James Duignan (0-2, 2f).
SUBS: A. Browne (0-1) for S. O' Donoghue, N. Rattigan for D. Rushe, A. Daly for S.Brennan, C. Cosgrove for G. McCallon..
(Match Report by Harry Mooney0
All County League (Division 2) [5 April 2014]
St. Malachy’s 1-18 Garrycastle 0-10
Garrycastle’s second team sustained a second defeat when losing to the home team in Castletown-Geoghegan last Saturday evening. Having to play without several of their strongest players because of the Division 1 fixture the following morning, this was always going to be a difficult task for a young Garrycastle team coming up against a good senior outfit. Malachy’s dominated the first half and led by 1-9 to 0-5 at half-time. Garrycastle came more into the game after the break despite playing against the wind, with the team being strengthened by the introduction of some substitutes. While they never really threatened Malachys’ lead, they battled on to the end and scored some very good points. If this team is to be given a fair chance in this very competitive division the fixture-makers will have to show a more reasonable attitude. Asking the club to play both Division 1 and Division 2 games within 20 hours of each other is hardly fair, especially when playing numbers have already been affected by the absence of players on inter-county duty.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Stephen McGuire, Ben Kennedy, Alex Gardiner, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Padraig Cosgrove (0-1), Noel Galvin (0-1), Neill Rattigan, Mark Keenan, Robbie Shine (0-2, frees), Enda Keena, Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 2 frees), Paul Mulvihill (0-1), Paul O’Donovan.
SUBS: John O’Shaughnessy (for O’Donovan), Jack Donohue (for Rattigan), Emmet Keena (for Enda Keena), Justin Barrett (for S. McGuire).
(Report by Dermot Ryan)
All County League (Division 6) [29 March 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 4-11, ST. MARY'S ROCHFORTBRIDGE 0-9
They say goals win matches and that was certainly the case on Saturday when Garrycastle had a comprehensive win over St. Mary's Rochfortbridge. The game which was played in wet conditions was fairly competitive in the opening minutes with both teams trading points. Robbie Shine was first off the mark for the home team with a point and this was followed by points from Noel Galvin and Peadar Mulvihill. St. Mary's were four points to three ahead when Alex Gardiner goaled for the Castle in the 20th minute.The visitors scored two more points to level before Referee Seamus McCormack blew for half time to leave the score 1-3 to 0-6 at the break.
The second half belonged to Garrycastle even though St. Mary's were quite competitive it was the home team who provided the superior finishing. Conor Cosgrove pointed a free and then followed up with a point from play. Sean Brennan then converted another free. The score at this stage had the home team leading by 1-6 to 0-8 when Shane O'Connell made a brilliant save to deny the visitors taking the lead. This could be regarded as the turning point in the match as Garrycastle then lifted their game and took control led by the hard working Sean Brennan in midfield. From the 45th to the 54th minute Garrycastle brought their score from 1-6 to 3-11 with goals from Conor Cosgrove and Robbie Shine who also added a point and points from Sean Brennan and Kenny Dolan. Substitute Padraig Cosgrove rounded off the scoring with a clever flick to the back of the net to complete the scoring for the home team. This was an impressive performance especially in the second half with all named players and subs making a contribution.
Garrycastle: Shane O'Connell, Stephen Maguire, Anthony Larkin, Ben Kennedy, MarK Curley, Peadar Mulvihill, Gavin Ward, Sean Brennan, Robbie Shine, Emmet Keena, Alex Gardiner, Conor Cosgrove, Paul Mulvihill, Noel Galvin, Enda Keena.
Subs:K. Dolan for Paul Mulvihill, B McCormack for Emmet Keena, F. Doolan for G. Ward, P. O'Donovan for Enda Keena, P. Cosgrove for A. Gardiner, C. Murray for S Maguire.
(Report by Harry Mooney)
All County League (Division 2) [23 March 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 0-9, CORALSTOWN-KINNEGAD 1-9
Despite a spirited second half display, Garrycastle’s second team came up short against Coralstown-Kinnegad in this league game in Garrycastle on Sunday afternoon. Garrycastle were short several players and a few others were playing their second game in 20 hours so in that context a narrow defeat to a strong senior team should not cause any despondency. When the visitors raced into an early 1-4 to 0-0 lead after 15 minutes, despite playing into the wind, Garrycastle looked to be heading for a heavy defeat, especially when they were reduced to 14 players after 20 minutes. Inspired by some great points from Sean Brennan, Garrycastle fought back to narrow the deficit to five points at half time. They continued to battle all through the second half and against the odds they managed to outscore the opposition and came close to snatching a draw. This is a very competitive division with four senior teams involved but if Garrycastle can play with the same determination that they showed for 40 minutes of this game they are well capable of consolidating their position.
GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keena, Gary Mullery, Justin Barrett, Stephen McGuire, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Tom McHugh, Alan Fox, Johnny McGuire (captain), Sean Brennan (0-5, 4f), Alex Gardiner, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 1f), Peadar Mulvihill, Noel Galvin, Alan Daly, Paul Mulvihill.
SUBS: D. Rushe for A. Gardiner, G. Ward for S. Maguire, Enda Keena (0-1) for N. Galvin & A.Gardiner for Paul Mulvihill.
(Report by Dermot Ryan)
All County League (Division 1) [22 March 2014]
TUBBERCLAIR 0-9, GARRYCASTLE 1-9
The seniors collected two league points from their visit to Tubberclair last Saturday night after a hard-fought win over the locals. This was Garrycastle’s first outing of the year and inevitably there was a lot of rustiness in their play. Against the stiff wind in the first half they defended well but scores were hard to come by at the other end. Tubberclair scored some very good long-range points and led at half time by 0-6 to 0-3. Two quick points from Michael Monaghan and James Dolan after the break left Garrycastle in a good position but their scoring rate dropped after that and several good chances were wasted, including two good goal opportunities. The vital score of the game came after 15 minutes when Dessie Dolan intercepted a short free and delivered a great cross-field pass to his cousin James who beat Gary Connaughton from close range. Further points from Dessie, James and Michael Monaghan pushed Garrycastle five points clear until two late points for the home narrowed the gap to three points, but Garrycastle held on for victory.
GARRYCASTLE; Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohue, Tom McHugh, John Gaffey, Karl Henson, Doron Harte, Seanie O’Donoghue, Aidan Browne, Michael Monaghan (0-3), Damien Rushe (0-1), Justin Barrett, James Duignan, Dessie Dolan (0-2), James Dolan (1-3).
SUBS: Conor Cosgrove for Duignan; David O’Shaughnessy for Browne
(Report by Dermot Ryan)
All County League (Division 6) [22 February 2014]
GARRYCASTLE 1-9 MOATE ALL WHITES 0-12
This game was moved to Hogan Park as the Garrycastle pitch was unplayable. The games in this division are 13 a side, and it was just as well for Garrycastle as we only had 13 players available.
Moate AW had the aid of a strong breeze for the first period and had a point on the board after only 30 seconds. It was evident that this was the first game for the Garrycastle players and they were finding it very difficult to get any flow to their play. Moate AW continued to dominate the early exchanges and added six more points by the 16th minute to lead by seven. Garrycastle finally got off the mark with a good point from Peadar Mlvihill a minute later. This signalled a period of Garrycastle domination and they were rewarded with a goal shortly after when Noel Galvin was set up to score smartly. Moate AW responded with a point in the 20th minute but Robbie Shine was on target with a point from a close range free soon after. Moate AW had the last score of the first half to leave them ahead by 0-9 to 1-2 at the break.
On the restart Kevin Hogan was on target for Garrycastle but Moate AW responded with a good point from play. Moate AW extended their lead even further with a point from a free in the 44th minute. Garrycastle now had a large lead to whittle down, but they set about their task with renewed vigour. Three points from Kevin Hogan, all from frees, reduced the gap to just two points with 9 minutes to play. Moate AW attacked again and were rewarded with a point to push the lead up to 3 points again with just seven minutes left. A shot from Gavin Ward struck the Moate AW crossbar and rebounded to safety. Kevin Hogan pointed twice to leave the minimum between the sides as the final whistle approached. Sean Brennan levelled matters with just a minute remaining. The final score level on 1-9 to 0-12.
A draw was a fair result in the end. There were some excellent performances from Garrycastle. Anthony Larkin played a captain’s part. He was well supported in defence by Gavin Ward, Sean Carey and Stephen McGuire. Johnny McGuire and Sean Brennan worked tirelessly in midfield. Kevin Hogan, Noel Galvin and Kenny Dolan were prominent in attack. It was a difficult game with no substitutes available and great credit is due to all 13 players who played and made themselves available.
GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Stephen McGuire, Anthony Larkin, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Sean Carey, Gavin Ward, Johnny McGuire, Sean Brennan (0-1), Noel Galvin (1-0), Kevin Hogan (0-5, 3f), Kenny Dolan, Emmet Keena and Robbie Shine (0-2, 1f).
(Report by Matt Ryan)