Match Reports Adult
ACL (Division 6) [28 September 2015]
GARRYCASTLE 1-16, MOATE ALL-WHITES 2-14
Garrycastle’s third team travelled to Moate’s Hogan Park last Saturday hoping for two league points to help them retain their Division 6 status. The home team were unable to muster a team and had to concede the points. However, they had their Under 21 squad available and agreed to play a challenge game. This proved to be an enjoyable game with plenty of good scores from both sides. Garrycastle led at half time by 1-8 to 0-6 but the home team made good use of the wind in the second period and held a three point lead as full time approached. Garrycastle responded with two late points and had a chance to level in injury time but the All-Whites held on to win by a point on a score-line of 2-14 to 1-16.
Garrycastle: Colman Gantley, Darragh Brody, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Frank Farrell, Mark Curley, Bill Kelly, Johnny McGuire (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Noel Galvin (0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-5), Enda Keena (1-1), Emmet Keena (0-1), Kenny Dolan (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2).
Subs: Paul Gunning (0-2) for Emmet Keena; Sean Gunning for Brody, Eddie Farrell for Frank Farrell (injured); Ross Mulvihill for McGuire; Mark Denby for Kelly; Donal Byrne for P. Mulvihill; Brian Leahy for Kennedy.
Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final [4 September 2015]
Ballycomoyle 1-9 Garrycastle 1-8
Garrycastle travelled to Milltown on Friday last for their Junior Championship Quarter-final match against Ballycomoyle.
Ballycomoyle were first off the mark with a point in the first minute. This was quickly followed by a Cian Hayden point to level the score. A further point from Ballycomoyle was equalised by a free from Kenny Dolan. Dolan was on hand again to equalise a few minutes later and leave the sides level after the first quarter. Shortly afterwards Peadar Mulvihill was replaced by Jonny Maguire and it was Maguire who got Garrycastle's next two points either side of a Ballycomoyle point to put Garrycastle ahead by the narrowest of margins at the half-time break.
Ballycomoyle then took over at the beginning of the second half and went into a 3 point lead. This lead was eliminated when Kenny Dolan finished to the next to level the score in the 40th minute. Cian Hayden then got his second point of the match and and this was followed by two pointed frees from Kenny Dolan. The dismissal of Jonny Maguire for a second Yellow card offence seem to lift the opposition and they managed to break through the Garrycastle defence with four minutes remaining to find the back of the net and reduce Garrycastle's lead to a single point. Suddenly the momentum was with the North Westmeath men and they kept their composure to level the match and then within seconds remaining take the lead. The referee blew for full time on the kick-out and Garrycastle were out of the Junior Championship.
The overall performance on the day was patchy and this was a game that Garrycastle were in control of with 5 minutes remaining and should have closed out. It was a big disappointment for players and mentors to lose in such a fashion considering how well the team had played in the league stages.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O'Connell, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Frank Farrell, John O’Shaughnessy, Anthony Larkin ,Mark Curley, Noel Galvin, Cathal Mannion, Cian Hayden (0-2), Peadar Mulvihill, Paul Gunning, Kenny Dolan(1-4,3f)), Alan Daly
Subs: Jonny Maguire (0-2) for Peadar Mulvihill (15 mins), Robbie Shine for Paul Gunning (35 mins), Padraig Cosgrove for Cian Hayden (56mins)
Senior Football Championship [23 August 2015]
St. Loman’s 0-11 Garrycastle 0-3
For the first time since 1999 Garrycastle will not be involved in the knock-out stage of the senior championship after this very disappointing display against Loman’s in Cusack Park last Sunday. On a miserable evening for football Loman’s started well with the aid of the breeze, kicking two early points. Conor Cosgrove opened Garrycastle’s account following a good diagonal delivery by Matthew Guiheen but there was little good approach play from Garrycastle for the remainder of the game. Loman’s continued to play the more constructive football and led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break. Garrycastle needed a good start to the second half but three pointed frees from Loman’s were the only scores in the third quarter. Gary McCallon kicked a good point from play but Loman’s lead was never threatened and the goal that Garrycastle badly needed never looked likely. The only positive memory from a Garrycastle point of view was the tremendous ovation given to Dessie Dolan when he went off injured in the second half. Dessie has been carrying a serious injury all summer and is due to undergo surgery in the coming weeks. Everyone in the club wishes him well.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (captain), Jack Donohue, James Dolan, Karl Henson, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Aidan Browne, Justin Barrett, Doran Harte, Dessie Dolan (0-1, free), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-1), Alex Gardiner, Michael Monaghan.
Subs: Eoin Monaghan for Cosgrove (20 mins); Gavin Ward for M. Monaghan (30 mins); James Duignan for Gardiner (36 mins); Damien Rushe for E. Monaghan (44 mins); Gary Dolan for D. Dolan (45 mins); Ciaran O’Neill for Guiheen (50 mins).
Senior Football Championship [15 August 2015]
Killucan 3-7 Garrycastle 0-9
Garrycastle’s hope of progressing to the knock-out stages took a serious blow when they lost to Killucan in Cusack Park last Saturday. Early pointed frees Conor Cosgrove and Dessie Dolan were wiped out when Killucan converted a penalty, followed by a point from play. Garrycastle struggled to break down Killucan’s packed defence, and after missing several good opportunities they managed four good points from play from Eoin Monaghan, Aidan Browne, John Gaffey and Conor Cosgrove to lead by 0-6 to 1-1 at half time. With the wind at their backs Killucan started the second half smartly with three unanswered points before Dessie Dolan equalised with a pointed free. With Garrycastle’s backs constantly pushing forward against the massed defence they left themselves open for swift counter attacks and were punished by two goals midway through the half. Try as they might, Garrycastle couldn’t translate possession into scores although Mark McCallon was unlucky when his close range effort came back off the underside of the crossbar, and Justin Barrett kicked a good point from play. Garrycastle must now defeat St. Loman’s in the last group game to have any chance of further progress.
Team: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (captain), Jack Donohue, Alan Fox, Doran Harte, John Gaffey (0-1), Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne (0-1), Justin Barrett (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Dessie Dolan (0-3, frees), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 1 free), James Dolan, Michael Monaghan.
Subs: Alex Gardiner for M. Monaghan (34 mins); Karl Henson for Cosgrove (42 mins); Gary Dolan for E. Monaghan (51 mins); james Duignan for G. Dolan (black card, 58mins).
Senior Football Championship [12 August 2015]
Garrycastle 2-18 St. Malachy’s 1-7
The seniors got back on the winning trail on Wednesday last in Páirc Chiaráin with a comprehensive defeat of St. Malachy’s. Taking control from the start, Garrycastle kicked five quick points from play, all well executed by Michael Monaghan (3), Gary McCallon and Conor Cosgrove. Almost inevitably, the first goal arrived when James Dolan finished a good move to the net, and further points followed from Dessie Dolan (2), Matthew Guiheen, Michael Monaghan and James Dolan, with Malachy’s only response coming from three pointed frees. Close to half time Conor Cosgrove fired home the second goal just after Malachy’s had converted a penalty at the other end, to leave Garrycastle in front by 2-10 to 1-3 at half time. Not surprisingly, some of the urgency went out of Garrycastle’s play in the second half, and they seemed content to pop over the occasional point against a tightly-packed defence. There were good scores from Conor Cosgrove (3), Eoin Monaghan (2), Michael Monaghan and Gary McCallon in response to four points from Malachy’s, and Cosgrove added another on the stroke of full time from a sweetly-struck “45”, after Garrycastle had introduced a number of substitutes.
Overall, this was a decent performance but the players will know that tougher tests lie ahead.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon (captain), Jack Donoghue, Alan Fox, Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-2), Justin Barrett, Eoin Monaghan (0-2), Damien Rushe, Dessie Dolan (0-2, 1 free), Matthew Guiheen (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-5), Conor Cosgrove (1-5, 1 45), James Dolan (1-1).
Subs: Aidan Browne for D. Dolan (45 mins); Gavin Ward for Gaffey (47 mins); Ciaran O’Neill for Rushe (48 mins) and Sean Brennan for G. McCallon (53 mins).
Senior Football Championship, Section A [1 August 2015]
Garrycastle 0-7 Tyrrellspass 2-10
Garrycastle suffered their first defeat in the 2015 Senior championship when they were well beaten by Tyrrellspass in Cusack Park on Saturday evening last.
With some players unavailable due to injuries, Garrycastle lined out with James Dolan and Justin Barrett in midfield and Eoin Monaghan making his first appearance since his injury in October 2015.
Tyrrellspass were first on the scoreboard with a point in the first minute of play. Garrycastle then won three frees in succession in the first five minutes all of which were converted by Conor Cosgrove as they dominated the early period of the game. A long range point from Justin Barrett added to Garrycastle's tally by the midpoint of the first half.
Tyrrellspass then worked their way through the Garrycastle defence and found the net to level the game and they shortly followed with a point to put them ahead with ten minutes remaining in the first half.
Further points from Alex Gardiner and another long range effort from James Dolan put Garrycastle ahead but Tyrrellspass responded just before the break to level matters to leave the half time score at 0-6 to 1-3.
The beginning of the second half saw neither side dominate and it was the 40th minute before Tyrrellspass registered the first point. Tyrrellspass then found the net for the second time and at this point it was clear that Garrycastle were in trouble and needed to respond. The introduction of Dessie Dolan at this point gave some hope to the Garrycastle cause. Despite a number of creative moves through the half, the inability to finish off these moves with scores proved costly.
On the other hand, Tyrrellspass showed that they had the accuracy and added six more points to their tally. A point from a free at the end of the 60 minutes was all Garrycastle had to show for their endeavours.
Needless to say a significant improvement will be needed in the next game if Garrycastle are to make any impression in this year's Championship.
GARRYCASTLE Cathal Mullin, Mark Mc Callon, Jack Donohoe, Alan Fox, Doron Harte, John Gaffey, Gary Mc Callon, Justin Barrett, James Dolan, Neal Rattigan, Damien Rushe, Mattie Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-3, 3f), Alex Gardiner (0-1), Eoin Monaghan
Subs: Michael Monaghan for Eoin Monaghan (20 mins), Dessie Dolan for Damien Rushe (45 mins), Gavin Ward for Mattie Guiheen (56 mins)
Junior Football Championship, Section B [31 July 2015]
The Downs 1-4 Garrycastle 2-11
Garrycastle continued their successful Junior Championship campaign with a comprehensive victory away to The Downs on Friday evening last.
With limited resources on the day, Garrycastle gave a very impressive display and if they maintain this form they will be genuine contenders for the Junior Title.
The away team got off to the better start and were two points ahead before Peader Mulvihill registered Garrycastle’s first point after some good inter play with Cathal Mannion. Anthony Larkin produced the next point which was quickly followed by another Peader Mulivill point to leave the visitors ahead after 10 minutes. It was a lead that Garrycastle never relinquished. The remainder of the first half was a close fought contest but Garrycastle’s superior defence including Goalkeeper Padraig Cosgrove pulling off an important save ensured that the home team were restricted and unable to add to their early tally. Three more points from Paul Gunning, Cathal Mannion (a free) and Paul Mulvihill put the visitors in a secure position at half time where they led on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-2.
The second half started with the home team adding a point. Garrycastle then produced the first goal of the game when Kenny Dolan finished to the net after 33 minutes. The Downs responded well and were rewarded with a penalty two minutes later after some sloppy defensive play. Garrycastle needed to respond quickly and they did so with further points from Enda Keena and Paul Gunning to leave the score at 1-8 to 1-5 midway through the second half. Garrycastle continued to dominate and the control the game from there to the finish with further points from Cathal Mannion, Paul Gunning and Cian Hayden as well as a second goal for Kenny Dolan. The last score of the game came from the home team with a consolation point on the stroke of full time.
This was an excellent team performance with eight players contributing scores including all six starting forwards, great work rate from midfield, excellent driving play from the half backs and solid back line which got the reward they deserved.
GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Anthony Larkin (0-1), John O’Shaughnessy, Cian Hayden (0-1), Gavin Ward, Mark Curley, Enda Keena (0-1),Cathal Mannion (0-2, 1f), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2), Paul Gunning (0-3), Kenny Dolan(2-0), Paul Mulvihill (0-1),
Subs: Brian McCormack for Paul Mulvihill, Emmet Keena for Brian McCormack, Franko Doolin not used.
All County League (Division 2) [23 July 2015]
St. Malachy’s 3-12 Garrycastle 3-11
Garrycastle’s second team sustained a narrow defeat in their penultimate game of this year’s league campaign, and are now facing the prospect of relegation to Division 3. This was an entertaining game with both sides having periods of dominance and the outcome was in doubt to the very end. Garrycastle held a two-point lead at half time (1-8 to 1-6) but the visitors started the second half well with a point followed by a goal. Conor Cosgrove quickly restored Garrycastle’s lead with his second goal of the game but within minutes Malachy’s had their third goal to regain the lead. The topsy-turvy nature of the contest continued as Eoin Monaghan scored a super individual goal to put his team back in front but Malachy’s responded with two quick points to regain the lead. Two more points from the Monaghan brothers and another from Malachy’s had the teams level at the end of normal time but deep into injury time Malachy’s won a free 30 metres from goal. Their effort at the winning point came back off the upright but they pounced on the loose ball to kick a last-gasp winner and secure two vital points that eases their own relegation worries.
This was a game that could have gone either way and Garrycastle will feel they could have secured at least a draw, but ultimately it was poor displays in previous games that has them stuck in the relegation zone. On this occasion the best performances came from Mark Curley, Justin Barrett, Neill Rattigan, Michael Monaghan, Conor Cosgrove and Eoin Monaghan.
TEAM: Mark Keenan, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Alan Fox, Tom McHugh, Mark Curley, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Justin Barrett, Neill Rattigan (0-1), Cathal Mannion, Ciaran O’Neill (0-3), Michael Monaghan (0-4, 1 free), Conor Cosgrove (2-0), Eoin Monaghan (1-2), Paul Gunning.
Subs: Gavin Ward for Mullery (half time); Kenny Dolan for Gunning (48 mins).
All County League (Division 1) [3 July 2015]
Garrycastle 2-11 Athlone 0-8
This second win for the senior team in five days lifts them into the top half of the table and secures their Division 1 status with one game still to play. On a pleasant Friday evening in Garrycastle, a minute’s respectful silence was observed before the game in memory of the late Eileen Molloy of Altown, and of Larry and Martina Hayes of Westlodge. The home team started well with two good points from Matthew Guiheen and a pointed free by Conor Cosgrove. Athlone cut the deficit to two points but then Garrycastle enjoyed a dominant spell, kicking four unanswered points from play and missing several good opportunities into the bargain. Athlone finished the half well with two points and were well in the hunt as they turned over with the stiff wind at their backs. When they converted two frees after the break the margin was down to two points and a tight finish looked likely. However, Garrycastle restored their four point lead with two quick points, the first from centre back Karl Henson, who then set up his half back colleague Gary McCallon for a fisted score. The game’s decisive score followed when Matthew Guiheen got through for a goal, and when Alex Gardiner and Michael Monaghan added points there was no way back for Athlone. They did manage to reduce the margin to six points before the game’s best score arrived in the final minute. Karl Henson fought well to win possession in defence and initiated a swift counter-attack which culminated in Conor Cosgrove blasting the ball to the net to finish the scoring. With both sides short several regulars, Garrycastle’s greater experience in key positions proved crucial, and competition for starting places should be very keen when championship action resumes.
Team: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, John Gaffey (0-1), Tom McHugh, Doran Harte, Karl Henson (0-1), Gary McCallon (0-1), Aidan Browne, Neill Rattigan, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), James Duignan, Matthew Guiheen (1-2), Conor Cosgrove (1-1, 1 free), Alex Gardiner (0-3), Damien Rushe.
Subs: Michael Monaghan (0-1) for O’Neill (42 mins); Seanie O’Donoghue for McHugh (51 mins) and Gavin Ward for Guiheen (56 mins).
All County League (Division 2) [4 July 2015]
Rosemount 1-13 Garrycastle 0-9
Garrycastle’s second team slumped to another defeat in O’Growney Park last Saturday evening and are now in grave danger of relegation to Division 3 after a very disappointing campaign. A lack of belief and commitment was all too evident in this performance, and a depleted home team always looked likely winners. After trailing by 1-6 to 0-3 at half time, Garrycastle enjoyed their best spell midway through the second half when they reduced the gap to four points but the goal they needed proved elusive. Eventually Rosemount regained control and ran out comfortable winners in the end. Credit must be given to two of Garrycastle’s better players on the night, Tom McHugh and Damien Rushe, who were both playing their second game in 24 hours. John O’Shaughnessy, Mark Curley, Gavin Ward and Michael Monaghan also impressed, while Eoin Monaghan made a welcome return after a long absence and showed in his time on the pitch how badly he has been missed.
Team: Mark Keenan, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Tom McHugh, Gavin Ward (0-1), Mark Curley, Anthony Larkin, Ciaran O’Neill, Noel Galvin, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Damien Rushe (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-2), Paul Gunning (0-1), Robbie Shine (0-2, 1 free), Cathal Mannion.
Subs: Bill Kelly for Galvin (injured, 20 mins); Eoin Monaghan (0-1) for Mulvihill.
All County League (Division 2) [23 June 2015]
Tang 0-20 Garrycastle 2-8
Garrycastle’s second team moved closer to the relegation trapdoor as a result of this latest defeat at the hands of the home team in Tang last Tuesday. After a hesitant opening, Garrycastle hit the front with a point from Conor Cosgrove followed by a goal from the same player after good work by Sean Brennan. Tang kept sniping over points from play but Sean Brennan kept Garrycastle in the game, kicking two points and setting up Ciaran O’Neill and Cathal Mannion for two more as Garrycastle enjoyed their best spell. However, two good goal chances went a-begging, leaving them just a point in front at half time – 1-6 to 0-8.
Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Garrycastle. Tang took over completely after the break, kicking points almost at will. A well-taken point from the industrious Paul Gunning was Garrycastle’s only response in the third quarter, and when two more goal chances were squandered Garrycastle’s challenge evaporated. Cian Hayden and Gavin Ward , when introduced, injected some urgency into Garrycastle’s play and Conor Cosgrove set up Anthony Larkin for a goal. But Tang were not to be denied and ran out comfortable winners by six points. Indeed their winning margin would have been greater but for some excellent goalkeeping by Mark Keenan.
TEAM: Mark Keenan, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Alan Fox, Neill Rattigan, Mark Curley, Anthony Larkin (1-0), Seanie O’Donoghue, Noel Galvin, Damien Rushe, Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Sean Brennan (0-2, 1 free), Paul Gunning (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (1-3, 1 free), Cathal Mannion (0-1).
Subs: Cian Hayden for Galvin (42 mins); Gavin Ward for Mullery (47 mins); Enda Keena for O’Neill (49 mins); Ben Kennedy for Larkin (BC, 55mins) and Paul Mulvihill for Mannion (56 mins).
All County League, Div. 1 [27 June 2015]
MARYLAND 0-4 GARRYCASTLE 1-12
The seniors collected two valuable points with a comfortable win over the home team in Drumraney last Saturday. Garrycastle started brightly with the McCallon brothers giving them a three point lead within five minutes, with Mark’s point sandwiched between two fine efforts from younger brother Gary. Garrycastle continued to pick off points before Maryland opened their account with two pointed frees, but James Duignan ended the first half scoring to give his team a 0-9 to 0-2 lead at the break. The home side enjoyed a good spell after half time but missed two close-in frees that might have kick-started a revival. Garrycastle’s play became a bit disjointed and they were relieved when Matthew Guiheen’s goal put some daylight between the teams. Two good points from play by Conor Cosgrove and Sean Brennan put the gloss on Garrycastle’s win in the closing minutes.
TEAM: Cathal Mullin, Alan Fox, Mark McCallon (0-1), Tom McHugh, Karl Henson, John Gaffey (0-1), Gary McCallon (0-3), Justin Barrett (0-1), Neill Rattigan, Doran Harte, James Duignan (0-1), Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 3 frees), Ciaran O’Neill, Damien Rushe.
Subs: Cathal Mannion for O’Neill (half time); Gavin Ward for Guiheen (49 mins); Sean O’Donoghue for Duignan (52 mins); Cian Hayden for McHugh (56 mins); Sean Brennan (0-1) for Cosgrove (56 mins) and Mark Keenan for Mullin (58 mins).
All-County League, Division 1 [21 June 2015]
MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 0-12, GARRYCASTLE 1-06
Garrycastle failed to resurrect their Division 1 League campaign when they were beaten by Mullingar Shamrocks in Springfield on Sunday evening last.
Missing six of their regular starting line-up, it took Garrycastle over 20 minutes to register their first score by which time the home team were already three points up. Garrycastle’s early scores came from frees from Alex Gardiner and by the 25th minute were trailing by 4 points to 3. A great break from defence from Mark Mc Callon ended with Sean Brennan finding the back of the net to put the visitors ahead. This was the point in the game that Garrycastle should have kicked on but when reduced to 14 men they failed to build on the lead and the first half ended with Shamrocks adding two more points to put them ahead by 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval.
Garrycastle needed to up their game in the second half but it was the home team who were first off the mark. Garrycastle rallied and two points from Conor Cosgrove one from a free the other a spectacular score from distance gave the visitors some hope. Shamrocks lifted their game and hit three further unanswered points to put them ahead midway through the second half. Two more converted frees from Alex Gardiner put Garrycastle within a point of Shamrocks. However it was Shamrocks who finished the stronger and saw out the game with a winning margin of three points.
This was a mixed performance from Garrycastle who but from some poor finishing could have come away with a least a draw and they now need to win their remaining games to retain their Division 1 status.
Garrycastle: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Mark Mc Callon, Alan Fox, Neal Rattigan, Doran Harte, Gary Mc Callon, Gary Dolan, Mark Curley, Sean Brennan (1-0), Ciaran O’Neill, Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-2, 1f), Alex Gardiner (0-3, 3f), Damien Rushe
Subs: Gavin Ward for Gary Mullery (inj.) (21 mins), Cian Hayden for Sean Brennan (50 mins), Cathal Mannion for Neal Rattigan (52 mins)
(Match Report: Harry Mooney)
Junior Championship [19 June 2015]
Garrycastle 3-14 Coralstown-Kinnegad 0-5
The Juniors coasted to an easy victory over visitors Coralstown-Kinnegad last Friday and remain on course for a place in the knock-out stages of the championship. Garrycastle came into this game with full points from four games whereas Kinnegad had annexed just three points from a draw with The Downs and a walkover from Maryland, and the game was as good as over at half time when Garrycastle led by 1-8 to 0-1. The goal came from Eric Kearney who had only minutes earlier replaced Paul Mulvihill. Garrycastle continued to pick off their points after the break and Eric Kearney then helped himself to two more goals in the space of two minutes to put the gloss on this victory. The team did all that was needed on an evening when they were never really tested and the players themselves will know that much tougher tests await them in the coming weeks.
TEAM: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Anthony Larkin, Mark Curley (0-2), Cian Hayden, Noel Galvin (0-2), Seanie O’Donoghue, Peadar Mulvihill, Cathal Mannion, Enda Keena (0-2), Paul Gunning (0-3, 1 free), Robbie Shine (0-5, 3 frees), Paul Mulvihill.
Subs: Eric Kearney (3-0) for Paul Mulvihill (24 mins); Gavin Ward for Peadar Mulvihill (36 mins); Padraig Cosgrove for O’Donoghue (45 mins); Colman Gantley for Kennedy (51 mins); Brian McCormack for Mannion (52 mins) and John Murphy for Shine (55 mins).
Our thanks to referee Michael Galvin (Tang) who for the second week in a row turned up in Garrycastle with his own four umpires, suitably decked out in white coats. Well done Michael.
Junior B Championship (Division 4) [16 June 2015]
MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 2-6 GARRYCASTLE 0-11
Garrycastle failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Junior B championship as they came up just short against Mullingar Shamrocks in a game that they needed to win. With depleted resources and with some players carrying injuries this was a brave performance under the circumstances.
Shamrocks were first off the mark and Garrycastle responded well in the early stages to lead by 3 points to 2 after 10 mins. However, two goals within a minute of each other, the first a powerful shot which gave goalkeeper Padraig Cosgrove no chance put the home team in the driving seat at the half way mark in the first half. Garrycastle were unfortunate not to score a goal when Robbie Shine saw his chance come back off the cross bar and eventually cleared. Garrycastle rallied and gradually increased their total to leave themselves just two points behind at the break on a score line of 2-3 to 0-7.
The second half got underway with a score for the home team but again Garrycastle responded well with three points without reply to level the match by the 35th minute. The loss of Robbie Fox to an injury half way through the 2nd half unsettled the Garrycastle defence and had an impact on Garrycastle’s performance for the remainder of the match. Shamrocks took the lead then went two points up with 7 minutes remaining. A point from Enda Keena in the final minute gave some hope but Garrycastle were unable to add to that score and Shamrocks ran out winners in the end by the smallest of margins.
GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Gary Mullery, Colman Gantley, Anthony Larkin, Brian McCormack (0-1), Mark Curley, Robbie Fox, Noel Galvin, Ciaran O’Neill, Sean Brennan (0-3, 2 45s), Cathal Mannion (0-1), Enda Keena (0-2), Emmet Keena, Robbie Shine (0-3, 1f), Paul Mulvihill, (0-1)
Subs: Paul Gunning for Robbie Fox (inj.) 45mins, Mark Denby for Paul Mulvihill (56 mins).
Junior Football Championship [12 June 2015]
Garrycastle 1-13 Tubberclair 1-11
The Juniors collected another two points from this home fixture against Tubberclair last Friday. Despite the win, it is difficult to find too many positives from this performance. The battling qualities displayed against Mullingar Shamrocks the previous week were seldom in evidence, and had the visitors not wasted so many opportunities from both frees and open play they would surely have annexed the two points. Garrycastle’s best moments came in the first half, at the end of which they led by 1-8 to 0-7, but even before half time they were losing their grip on the game, and had also lost Tom McHugh to injury. Tubberclair started the second half positively but then self-destructed when two of their full forward line were red-carded in separate incidents. Anthony Larkin was also sent off after picking up two yellow cards in those incidents, but Garrycastle still had a spare man and would have been expected to push on and close out the game. The loss of Jonny McGuire to injury was certainly a blow and Tubberclair increased their dominance around the middle and with sharper finishing they could have won the game. It was very deep into injury time before they managed their goal, but a Noel Galvin free in the last extra minute left the game safe for a relieved Garrycastle.
With most of the team under-performing, Garrycastle had reason to be grateful for the contributions of Mark Curley, Jonny McGuire (until injured), Cian Hayden and Paul Gunning, while subs Colman Gantley and Padraig Cosgrove both made a significant impact when introduced.
TEAM: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Tom McHugh, Mark Curley (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Noel Galvin (0-3, frees), Jonny McGuire, Cian Hayden, Cathal Mannion (0-3, 1 free), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill, Paul Mulvihill (1-0).
Subs: Eric Kearney (0-1) for McHugh (injured, 19 mins); Colman Gantley for Kennedy (half time); Padraig Cosgrove (0-1) for McGuire (injured, 36 mins); Mark Keenan for Paul Mulvihill (68 mins).
Junior Football Championship, Section B [5 June 2015]
GARRYCASTLE 1-06 MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 0-7
The Juniors pulled off a noteworthy win over championship favourites Mullingar Shamrocks in cold and windy conditions in Garrycastle last Friday. Playing with the wind in the first half Garrycastle were second best for much of the half and when they went in at the break trailing by 0-4 to 0-3 they appeared to be in deep trouble. Two early second-half points by Shamrocks seemed to confirm this view but an excellent point by Jonny McGuire lifted the home team. The game’s vital score came half way through the half when an effort from distance by Noel Galvin was caught in the swirling wind and fumbled by the Shamrocks goalkeeper. The energetic Cian Hayden was on hand to squeeze the rebound to the net from a tight angle, and Garrycastle were in front for the first time. Two very good points from play by Anthony Larkin and Noel Galvin gave them a three point cushion and late pressure from Shamrocks yielded just a pointed “45” as Garrycastle’s backs defended heroically.
This win should be a confidence booster to the players in their efforts to qualify for the play-off stages but continued improvement will be needed, especially in attack. The goalkeeper and all seven backs, including sub Bill Kelly, were solid all through, while Jonny McGuire and Mark Curley displayed abundant skill and energy at midfield. In attack Noel Galvin and Cian Hayden were most effective.
TEAM: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Tom McHugh, Colman Gantley, Seanie O’Donoghue, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Jonny McGuire (0-1), Mark Curley, Paul Gunning, Noel Galvin (0-1), Enda Keena (0-1), Cian Hayden (1-0), Padraig Cosgrove, Paul Mulvihill (0-2).
Subs: Bill Kelly for O’Shaughnessy (injured); Emmet Keena for Enda Keena; John Murphy for Gunning.
Senior Football Championship [31 May 2015]
Garrycastle 2-11 The Downs 0-08
The seniors opened the defence of their championship crown with a nine point win over The Downs in Cusack Park last Sunday evening. It was a patchy performance by the champions, who dominated the first half despite playing into a strong wind and yet somehow found themselves behind by 0-4 to 0-3 at the break. The Downs had the better of the third quarter and stretched their lead to four points before Garrycastle finally found their scoring touch. Justin Barrett set up Gary Dolan for the first goal and Aidan Browne put Matthew Guiheen on his way for a superb finish for the second goal which effectively ended the contest. While a lot of work clearly has to be done there were some positives to be taken from the game. Mark McCallon was the shining light in a solid defence where Doran Harte made a very welcome return after a year-long absence due to injury. The high fielding of both midfielders was a joy to watch, and while the forwards squandered several chances, there was much to admire in the powerful performance of Matthew Guiheen and the free-taking of Alex Gardiner. The return of Dessie Dolan and Eoin Monaghan will certainly strengthen this department.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohue, Alan Fox, Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon (0-1), Aidan Browne, Justin Barrett, Neill Rattigan, Gary Dolan (1-1), Matthew Guiheen (1-0), Conor Cosgrove, Alex Gardiner (0-6, 3 frees, 1 “45”), James Dolan (0-1).
Subs: Michael Monaghan (0-2) for Cosgrove (26 mins); Ciaran O’Neill for Rattigan (39 mins); Sean Brennan for G. Dolan (56 mins); Damien Rushe for Gardiner (61 mins).
Junior Football Championship, Section B [29 May 2015]
GARRYCASTLE 1-14, CAULRY 0-7
The juniors collected a second pair of championship points with a good win over Caulry in Garrycastle last Friday. Playing with the benefit of a stiff wind, Garrycastle dominated the first half and picked off some good scores to lead by 0-12 to 0-2 at half time. After withstanding some pressure from the visitors after the break Garrycastle put the game beyond Caulry’s reach when Cathal Mannion scored the game’s only goal after his initial attempt had rebounded off the crossbar. Garrycastle emptied their subs’ bench in the last quarter and ran out winners by ten points. Garrycastle’s defence was solid, with the experience of John O’Shaughnessy, Colman Gantley, Robbie Fox and sub Tom McHugh always evident. Jonny McGuire was the outstanding figure at midfield, well supported by Noel Galvin. The forwards had a great supply all through the game and wasted a lot of chances that might be more costly on another day, but Paul Gunning, Cathal Mannion and Peadar Mulvihill were very impressive in this area.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Colman Gantley, John O’Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Robbie Fox (0-1), Anthony Larkin, Gary Mullery, Noel Galvin (0-2), Jonny McGuire (0-3, Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), Cathal Mannion (1-2), Enda Keena (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-1), Robbie Shine (0-2), Paul Mulvihill (0-1),
Subs: Tom McHugh for Fox; Padraig Cosgrove for Paul Mulvihill; Brian McCormack for Shine; John Murphy for Keena; Sean Gunning for Mannion and Emmet Keena for P. Gunning.
All County League (Division 2) [24 May 2015]
Shandonagh 1-13 Garrycastle 0-8
Garrycastle’s second team are facing a tough challenge to retain their Division 2 status as a result of this latest defeat to Shandonagh in Garycastle on Sunday evening. With several players absent for various reasons, and with most of the team playing their second or third game of the weekend, this was a listless performance by Garrycastle and Shandonagh had the better of the first quarter. However, the home team finished the half well and went in at the break level at 0-5 each. Garrycastle hit the front in the second half but a rather fortuitous goal gave Shandonagh the impetus and the confidence to kick a succession of points to run out winners by eight points.
Garrycastle: Mark Keenan, Ben Kennedy, John O’Shaughnessy, Gary Mullery, Jonny McGuire (0-1), Mark Curley, Anthony Larkin, Justin Barrett (0-1), Ciaran O’Neill (0-2), Cathal Mannion (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill (0-2), Enda Keena, Kenny Dolan, Paul Gunning, Paul Mulvihill (0-1).
Subs: Padraig Cosgrove for Dolan; Bill Kelly for Keena.
All County League (Division 1) [23 May 2015]
Caulry 2-11 Garrycastle 1-7
The senior team were comprehensively beaten by the home team in Mount Temple last Saturday. After a hesitant start Garrycastle appeared to take control of the game but wasted several opportunities until Gary Dolan flicked a Matthew Guiheen centre to the net. Leading by 1-2 to 0-3 at the break Garrycastle had increased their lead to three points midway through the second half when Caulry hit a purple patch, scoring 2-2 in the space of a few minutes. Garrycastle never recovered from this set-back and Caulry stretched their lead with some fine scores in the remaining minutes.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohue, Alan Fox, Neill Rattigan, Mark Curley, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Aidan Browne, James Dolan (0-1), Gary Dolan (0-1), Matthew Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (0-3, 1 free), Ciaran O’Neill (0-1), Alex Gardiner (0-2, frees).
Subs: Sean Brennan for O’Neill; Gavin Ward for Fox.
Junior B Championship [14 May 2015]
ST. LOMANS 2-10 GARRYCASTLE 1-12
Garrycastle suffered a narrow defeat to the home team in Lakepoint Park last Thursday in their second game of the championship. A poor first half display left them trailing by 2-6 to 0-5 at the break. An improved second half, in which they outscored Loman’s by 1-7 to 0-4, wasn’t enough to avoid a frustrating defeat and leaves them needing the win the final group game against Mullingar Shamrocks if they are to make further progress.
Garrycastle: Padraig Cosgrove, Tom McHugh, John O’Shaughnessy, Colman Gantley, Anthony Larkin, Jonny McGuire, Brian McCormack, Neill Rattigan, Gavin Ward (0-2), Enda Keena (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1), James Duignan, Cathal Mannion (0-1), Sean Brennan (0-3), Emmet Keena (0-1).
Subs: Robbie Shine (1-2) (for Emmet Keena); Robbie Fox (for Duignan); Paul Gunning (0-1) (for Mannion) and John Murphy.
Junior B Championship [7 May 2015]
Garrycastle 1-17 Milltown 1-9
The third team opened their Junior B campaign with a good win over Milltown in Garrycastle last Thursday. The visitors had two early points from frees but a well-taken goal by Sean Brennan helped his team settle. Garrycastle dominated the play without making it count on the scoreboard and when Milltown goaled after 15 minutes the sides were again level. Garrycastle kicked some good points from play and led by three after 30 minutes when Milltown were awarded a penalty. However, a great save from Padraig Cosgrove denied the visitors an equaliser and Garrycastle led by 1-8 to 1-5 at the break. The second half was mostly one-way traffic as Garrycastle picked off a succession of points to run out winners by eight.
This was a comfortable win for Garrycastle, whose next game is away to St. Loman’s. With Mullingar Shamrocks making up the fourth team in this group a significant improvement will be needed if further progress is to be made. Best performances on Thursday came from Tom McHugh, Mark Curley, Neill Rattigan, Sean Brennan, Peadar Mulvihill and Paul Gunning.
Garrycastle: Padraig Cosgrove, Ben Kennedy, John O’Shaughnessy, Tom McHugh, Anthony Larkin, Mark Curley, Neil Rattigan, Noel Galvin, Johnny McGuire, Paul Gunning (0-3), Peadar Mulvihill (0-4), Enda Keena (0-1), Eric Kearney (0-1), Sean Brennan (1-5), Paul Mulvihill (0-2).
SUBS: Seanie O’Donoghue, Colman Gantley, Brian McCormack (0-1), Robbie Shine, Robbie Fox, Kenny Dolan.
All County League (Division 6) [10 May 2015]
Garrycastle 1-9 The Downs 2-6
Garrycastle’s third team had their first satisfactory result in Division 6 when they drew with The Downs on Sunday morning last in Garrycastle.Playing with the aid of a strong breeze the visitors broke though the Garrycastle defence after 3 minutes and found the back of the net for the first score of the game. Garrycastle responded well and Kenny Dolan pointed to settle the home team after 5 minutes. Midway through the first half, Kenny Dolan was again on the mark and this time raised the green flag for the home side. A pointed free from Cathal Mannion put Garrycastle two points ahead. A point from The Downs was replied to by Kenny Dolan and just before the break, The Downs got a further point to leave the minimum between the teams at half-time.
The visitors levelled the scores within a minute of the start of the second half but a Paul Gunning point put Garrycastle back in the lead. The scoreline oscillated in this way for the remainder of the second half. Garrycastle went ahead by two points when Paul Mulvihill pointed. Then The Downs once more broke through the Garrycastle defence and rocked the net with a well-placed kick to the top left hand corner which gave Mark Keenan no chance. A Gavin Ward point put the home team level and points from the Mulvihill brothers first Paul and then Peader either side of a point from The Downs had Garrycastle back in the lead. The Downs levelled proceeding with a point within a minute. The game then went through a scrappy spell with neither side succeeding in taking an advantage. Eventually it was The Downs who broke the deadlock and took the lead for only the third time in the game. It was looking like they had done enough when after several failed attempts, Cathal Mannion eventually got the needed score to level the game and this turned out to be the final action as referee Liam McDaniel blew for full time on the subsequent kick out.
It is hoped that after suffering three defeats before this game that the team have turned a corner and will establish their position in the Division 6 League table.
GARRYCASTLE: Mark Keenan, Ben Kennedy, Padraig Cosgrove, Colman Gantley, Bill Kelly, Mark Curley, Brian McCormack, Jonny McGuire, Gavin Ward(0-1), Cathal Mannion (0-2,1f ), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1) Enda Keena, Paul Mulvihill, (0-2) , Paul Gunning (0-1 ) Kenny Dolan (1-2)
Subs: Brian Leahy for Jonny McGuire (50 mins), John Murphy not used
All County League (Division 2) [28 April 2015]
Castledaly 2-12 Garrycastle 0-8
Garrycastle’s second team had a disappointing visit to Castledaly in their ACL Division 2 match on Tuesday night last for a game which was rescheduled from the previous weekend due to unplayable pitch. In adverse weather conditions of continuous rain and wind, Garrycastle struggled to find any form and were always on the back foot in the first half where the wind favoured the home team. The early period was marked by poor defending which led to the concession of two goals by the visitors. With a half time score line of 2-8 to 0-4, Garrycastle left themselves with a significant deficit which required a major improvement in the second half to get themselves back in contention. Unfortunately the needed improvement did not materialise. Although the second half score was even at 4 point apiece, Garrycastle never looked like troubling Castledaly who ran out deserving winners on the night.
This was a below par performance and the team will need to quickly put this result behind them and pick up their league campaign in the next match.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Tom McHugh, John O’Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Anthony Larkin, Mark Curley, Bill Kelly, Neale Rattigan (0-1), Jonny McGuire, Sean Brennan (0-2, 1f), Ciaran O'Neill (0-1),Paul Gunning, Paul Mulvihill, Noel Galvin , Conor Cosgrove (0-4, 4f)
Subs: K. Dolan for Paul Mulvihill (HT), Enda Keena for N. Galvin (40 mins), Peadar Mulvihill for P. Gunning, P. Cosgrove for S. Brennan, C. Gantley for B Kelly (all 50 Mins)
All County League (Division 1) [10 April 2015]
Garrycastle 3-12 Tubberclair 1-8
The seniors collected two more league points after a comprehensive win over Tubberclair in Garrycastle last Friday evening. The visitors started well with a neat point but were soon rocked by two goals from Conor Cosgrove. Garrycastle continued to hold the upper hand with the assistance of the wind and had good points from Michael Monaghan (2) Alex Gardiner and Dessie Dolan. A third goal from the in-form Conor Cosgrove gave the home team a half time lead of 3-5 to 0-4. Tubberclair again started well after the break and closed the gap to seven points with a well-taken goal, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Garrycastle responded impressively with three quick scores, with Michael Monaghan’s third point sandwiched between two sweetly-struck Cosgrove frees from difficult angles. Another excellent point by Dessie Dolan put Garrycastle firmly in control, and further points from Neill Rattigan and Conor Cosgrove (2) sealed victory. As Garrycastle closed out the game they took the opportunity to give some game time to a few substitutes. This was a good performance by Garrycastle who had to play without their county players, and there will be keen competition for places when championship time comes round. All the players contributed significantly to the victory, with particularly good displays coming from John Gaffey, Neill Rattigan, Gary Dolan, Justin Barrett, Dessie Dolan and the outstanding Conor Cosgrove.
GARRYCASTLE: Shane O’Connell, Gary Mullery, John Gaffey, Alan Fox, Neill Rattigan (0-1), Mark Curley, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Gary Dolan, Michael Monaghan (0-3), Dessie Dolan (0-2, 1 free), Mattie Guiheen, Conor Cosgrove (3-5), Alex Gardiner (0-1), Ciaran O’Neill.
Subs: Mark Keenan for O’Connell; Paul Gunning for Monaghan; John O’Shaughnessy for G. Dolan; Tom McHugh for Mullery; Gavin Ward for McCallon and Anthony Larkin for Fox.
All County League (Division 6) [3 April 2015]
St Joseph's 2-7 Garrycastle 1-9
The third team suffered another defeat by the slimmest of margins in Streamstown on Good Friday evening. Garrycastle built up a decent lead of four points before the home team got on the scoreboard. St. Joseph's equalised by the 20th minute and then got a goal to put them in control. Garrycastle could only manage one more point just before half time to leave the score 1-4 to 0-5 at the break with three of the scores coming from frees converted by captain Noel Galvin.
Garrycastle were slow off the mark for the second half with St Joseph's scoring two unanswered points to build up a four point lead. Garrycastle rallied and scored two points in quick succession one from Noel Galvin followed by another by his midfield partner Jonny McGuire. Garrycastle then raised the green flag following a move which involved the ball ping-ponging among the forwards before Kenny Dolan finished to the net with his hands to put the Green and Red back into the lead. This was the stage in the game when Garrycastle needed to consolidate their position and kick-on. Alas, they failed to do so and the home team equalised shortly afterwards and they then produced their second goal which gave them a significant lead. With about three minutes remaining Paul Gunning reduced the margin to two points and a Noel Galvin point left the minimum between the teams. A late attack which looked like it could produce the equaliser was halted by Referee Michael Gordon who blew for over carrying. That proved to be Garrycastle's last chance and the team will rue the earlier missed chances and hopefully learn from their mistakes on the day and deliver an improved performance next time out.
Garrycastle: Colman Gantley, Gavin Ward, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Mark Curley, John O’Shaughnessy, Neale Rattigan, Noel Galvin (0-5, 3f), Jonny McGuire (0-2), Enda Keena, Peadar Mulvihill, Emmet Keena, Brian McCormack, Paul Gunning (0-1), Kenny Dolan (1-0).
Subs: Bill Kelly for Emmet Keena HT, Padraig Cosgrove for Brian McCormack HT, Franko Doolin, Conor Duignan, Mark Denby.
All County League (Division 6) [22 March 2015]
Mullingar Shamrocks 0-8 Garrycastle 1-4
The third team suffered their second defeat in this game played in glorious sunshine in Garrycastle last Sunday morning. The visitors started brightly and built up a three point lead before Johnny McGuire finally opened Garrycastle’s account with a fine left-footed point from distance. Shamrocks replied with a point before good work from Paul Mulvihill left Enda Keena with the simple task of tapping the ball to the net to level the scores. Shamrocks regained the lead before Noel Galvin pointed to leave the sides level at the break.
Garrycastle were again slow out of the blocks for the second half and Shamrocks scored three unanswered points in the third quarter. Garrycastle forwards were continually guilty of over-elaboration but Bill Kelly showed the way when he came forward for an excellent point. Cathal Mannion cut the deficit to the minimum but in the closing minutes Garrycastle wasted numerous opportunities to equalise and Shamrocks held out for a one-point win.
Garrycastle: Stephen McGuire, Gavin Ward, Tom McHugh, Ben Kennedy, Bill Kelly (0-1), John O’Shaughnessy, Darragh Brody, Noel Galvin (0-1), Johnny McGuire (0-1), Eric Kearney, Peadar Mulvihill, Enda Keena (1-0), Paul Mulvihill, Padraig Cosgrove, Paul Mulvihill.
Subs: Brian McCormack, Anthony Larkin, Cathal Mannion, Colman Gantley, Alan Daly.
All County League (Division 2) [15 March 2015]
The Downs 2-10 Garrycastle 2-12
Garrycastle’s second team collected their first points in the 2015 ACL Division 2 campaign on Sunday morning last away to The Downs. The visiting team were first off the mark with a point from Conor Cosgrove. The home team responded scoring three points in a row before the Garrycastle forward line clicked into gear and Michael Monaghan finished to the net. There then followed a period of dominance for Garrycastle who hit four points without reply including a fine individual effort by Enda Keena to lead by five with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Downs then lifted their game and started to dominate and reduced the lead to the minimum with a point followed by a goal. Garrycastle had the last say and a Conor Cosgrove free left the score at 1-6 to 1-4 in Garrycastle's favour when Referee Jim Rock blew for half time.
The second half saw The Downs score first and reduce the margin to one point. Two points from Conor Cosgrove put Garrycastle three points ahead. The Downs then took over midway through the second half as Garrycastle seemed to lose their way and the home team went into a 2-8 to 1-8 lead. Noel Galvin then hit a point with his left to break the momentum but The Downs added two more points to lead by four points and were looking most likely to secure victory. However, Garrycastle rallied and a further two points from Ciaran O'Neill and Michael Monaghan followed by a goal from Ciaran O'Neill who had earlier seen another goal chance come back off the upright made for an exciting finish to the game which was closed out with a Michael Monaghan pointed free.
This was a great team performance and the team showed great spirit to come back in the last five minutes and turn around a four point deficit and go on to win by two in the end.
GARRYCASTLE: Stephen McGuire, Ben Kennedy, John O’Shaughnessy, Tom McHugh, Gary Mullery,Mark Curley, Anthony Larkin, Ciaran O'Neill (1-1), Jonny McGuire, Enda Keena(0-1), Eric Kearney, Michael Monaghan (1-3,1f), Kenny Dolan, Noel Galvin (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-6, 2f)
Subs: Paul Mulvihill for N. Galvin G.Ward for B. Kennedy. Not used Emmet Keena, Colman Gantley.
All County League (Division 1) [8 March 2015]
BUNBROSNA 0-8 GARRYCASTLE 0-13
The seniors collected two valuable league points from this visit to Bunbrosna last Sunday. Taking control from the start, they picked off some very good scores and led at the break by 0-10 to 0-3. The home team enjoyed a good spell after half time and quickly reduced the deficit to five points, but Garrycastle restored the seven point gap and seemed comfortable with 15 minutes remaining. Maybe it was complacency or perhaps it was due to some players playing their second match in two days but Garrycastle began to struggle and a few errors crept into their play. Bunbrosna scored three unanswered points to reduce the gap to four before a pointed Dessie Dolan free eased the pressure. When the home team missed a good goal chance in the closing minutes that effectively ended their challenge.
The players will be relieved to have two league points but are mature enough to know that significant improvements will be needed in the months ahead.
GARRYCASTLE: Cathal Mullin, Gary Mullery, Jack Donohue, Alan Fox, Neill Rattigan, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon, Aidan Browne, Ciaran O’Neill (0-2), Matthew Guiheen, Dessie Dolan (0-3), Michael Monaghan (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-5), Alex Gardiner (0-1), Gary Dolan (0-1).
Subs: Damien Rushe for O’Neill, Mark Curley for Fox, Sean Brennan for Rattigan.
All County League (Division 2) [7 March 2015]
Garrycastle 0-5 Milltownpass 3-7
Garrycastle’s second team were comprehensively beaten by Milltownpass on Saturday last in Garrycastle. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Garrycastle got the better start and led by 3 points to no score after 6 minutes. The visitors then put two points on the scoreboard but after Garrycastle added a fourth point, the visitors cut though the home team's defence and finished the ball to the net to level the match. Millltownpass mounted another similar attack within 2 minutes and found the Garrycastle net for a second time.
Garrycastle responded with a point with 5 minutes of the first half remaining and this turned out to be the last score they would get.
The second half was dominated by Milltownpass as the home team ran out of energy and struggle to keep up with the visitors. A third goal and 3 more points from Milltownpass saw them run out clear winners in the end.
This was a disappointing result for Garrycastle they will need to improve to make an impression in this Division.
GARRYCASTLE: Stephen McGuire, Gary Mullery, John O’Shaughnessy, Tom McHugh, Mark Curley, Seanie O'Donoghue, Anthony Larkin, Justin Barrett (0-1), Neale Rattigan,Peadar Mulvihill, James Duignan, Damien Rushe (0-2), Enda Keena, Noel Galvin (0-1, 1f), Kenny Dolan (0-1).
Subs: P. Gunning for E Keena HT,D. Brody for J. Barrett, B. Kennedy for T. McHugh, B. McCormack, for N. Rattigan, Emmet Keena for D. Rushe, P. Cosgrove for N. Galvin.
All County League (Division 6) [28 February 2015]
St. Mary’s 3-4 Garrycastle 1-8
Garrycastle’s third team suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of the local team in Rochfortbridge last Saturday. Playing against a strong wind Garrycastle had an ideal start when Darragh Brody showed great determination and composure to score a good goal. Scores were hard to come by in the tricky wind but Garrycastle still led by 1-1 to 0-1 as half time approached when a defensive error from a short kick-out let the home team in for a goal. They added a point to lead at the break but Garrycastle were still well positioned as they turned over with the elements in their favour. Two quick points after the break seems to be a good platform to build up a winning lead but the home team showed greater urgency and they regained the lead with a disputed goal. When they added a third goal and two points to lead by seven Garrycastle were in deep trouble. The introduction of Paul Gunning and Sean Carey signalled a good spell for Garrycastle and they gradually reduced the lead to two points before time ran out.
This was a disappointing result for Garrycastle but they will take encouragement from the displays of some of the younger players, and when fitness levels improve they are capable of a good run in this competition.
GARRYCASTLE: Padraig Cosgrove, Stephen McGuire, John O’Shaughnessy, Ben Kennedy, Gary Mullery, Mark Curley (0-1), Tom McHugh, Eric Kearney, Anthony Larkin (0-1), Darragh Brody (1-0), Noel Galvin (0-2, frees), Enda Keena, Brian McCormack, Peadar Mulvihill, Kenny Dolan (0-1, free).
Subs: Paul Gunning (0-2, 1 free), Sean Carey (0-1), Frank Doolin.
All County League (Division 1) [15 February 2015]
TYRRELLSPASS 1-11 GARRYCASTLE 1-09
Garrycastle incurred a two point defeat in their opening round of the 2015 Division 1 campaign away to Tyrrellspass on Sunday last. Garrycastle were first off the mark after four minutes with a pointed free from Dessie Dolan. The home team equalised within a minute and then went ahead by a point after eight minutes. A pointed free by Conor Cosgrove left the sides level at mid-point in the first half. Garrycastle then took charge and Cosgrove added to his tally with two well taken points from a play and one from a free. The home team got their third point and this was followed by a Gary Dolan point to leave Garrycastle leading by three points at half-time.
The home team was first off the mark in the second half with a point and then took the lead with a goal which was a result of some poor defending by Garrycastle. Conor Cosgrove was once again on hand to level the scores. However this was as close as Garrycastle got in the second half. The next two points went to the home team and a Dessie Dolan free reduced the margin to be followed by four points in a row for the home team who were showing their dominance and superior fitness as the game entered the final quarter. A great goal chance fell to Dessie Dolan at this stage but his shot was wide of the mark. With about four minutes to go, Garrycastle were awarded a penalty when Conor Cosgrove was taken down. The same player then expertly drove the ball to the top corner to give County goalkeeper Darren Quinn no chance and put two points between the sides. A Dessie Dolan free reduced the score to the minimum but the home team went straight up the pitch to put two between the sides. Garrycastle had a chance near the death when Conor Cosgrove found himself in front of goal but his shot was blocked and Tyrellspass ran out eventual winners.
Garrycastle were missing a number of regular players and produced a patchy performance where Conor Cosgrove’s contribution of 1-5 was a highlight.
GARRYCASTLE; Stephen Maguire, Gary Mullery, Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon, Anthony Larkin, John O’Shaughnessy, Gary McCallon, Justin Barrett, Neale Rattigan, James Duignan, Dessie Dolan(0-3, 3f), Alex Gardiner, Conor Cosgrove (1-5, 1 pen 3f), Sean Brennan, Gary Dolan (0-1).
SUBS used. K.Dolan for N Rattigan 58 mins. B Kennedy for J Donoghue (blood sub) in 1st half.