Match Reports Juvenile
Under 10 Castledaly Tournament [2 October 2017]
In the Castledaly tournament final on Sunday week last the under 10s defeated Maryland Tang by 15 scores to 5. In a tight first half the Garrycastle boys were able to maintain a three point lead and led by 7 points to 4 at halftime. In the second half Garrycastle broke down the opposition and found scores easier to come by. They gradually increased their lead and in the end ran out easy winners. This was a hard fought game and the greater skill of the Garrycastle boys won out on the day. It was an excellent all round performance by Garrycastle in which every player played his part. As well as well taken scores there was good build up play and also good defence including many excellent blocks. Most of all there was a will to win which was very impressive. Overall it was an impressive display by the Garrycastle boys. In addition James McHugh was awarded the player of the tournament title.
On the previous day the under 9s and 10s had won the Clann na Gael tournament. There will be more detailed reports on both matches next week.
Under 10 - Clann na nGael tournament [11 September 2017]
On Saturday morning in the Clann na Gael Tournament the boys and girls of Garrycastle represented their club and county magnificently once again as they took on our Roscommon neighbours - St. Brigids and Clann na Gael. We have come to expect nothing less than a terrific performance from this brilliant bunch of players, and once again we weren’t disappointed. The boys and girls adjusted to the difficult breeze very well, giving an exhibition in point taking while also remaining extremely tight and secure in the defence. Our two teams (u9’s and u10’s) dug deep to eventually come out on top of our group, winning three of our four matches. We now look forward to the finals which will take place in the coming weeks.
Thanks again to our supporters who came along to cheer on the boys and girls, but a special thanks must be given to the three brilliant u8 players, Erin McHugh, Jack Kilmurray and Darragh Clyne, who were kind enough to join us for the morning when we were unfortunately missing a few members of our panel and who also put in brilliant displays for the team.
Our panel for the day included: Conor McCormack, Van McKay, Rian Gaynor, Andrew Henson, Keelan McNamara, Aaron Keegan, James McHugh, Niadh Shine, James Derwin, Jack Dolan, Mairead McBride, Cristean Turean, Jack Dowling, Daniel Stankard, Dylan Moloney, Senan Nugent, Darragh Glennon, Oisín O’Donoghue, Ronan Croughan, Luke Quilty, Louie Shine, Rhys Larkin, Jack Kilmurray, Erin McHugh, Darragh Clyne.
Under 10 - Castledaly Tournament [11 September 2017]
The Garrycastle u10’s looked extremely impressive as they overcame the stern challenge of Tubberclair last Tuesday evening in the Castledaly tournament. Spectators were treated to a wealth of skill and determination as the boys in green and red put in a fantastic team performance to defeat the men from Glasson. Another performance like this will be required as Garrycastle prepare to take on Caulry in the second round of group games next Tuesday in Castledaly. A big thank you to all of our supporters who made the trip out to Castledaly last Tuesday evening and we hope to see you all again as we move on through the competition.
Garrycastle panel on the night: Callum Hudson, Jack Dowling, Rian Gaynor, Conor McCormack, Oisín Mulvihill, Dylan Frawley, Niadh Shine, Andrew Henson, James Mchugh, Keelan McNamara, Jack Dolan, Cian Norris, Darragh Glennon, Keelan Ward, Tyrese Quinn, Senan Nugent, Oisín O’Donoghue, Aaron Keegan, Van McKay, Ronan Croughan, Fionn McMahon, Christopher Malone, Luke Quilty, Dylan Moloney, James Derwin, Louie Shine.
Under 12 - Jim McHugh Tournament [11 September 2017]
Garrycastle 4-12 Moate All Whites 1-6
The Garrycastle U12s secured a hard earned win over Moate in their opening fixture of the Jim McHugh tournament. Both teams opened strongly and were exchanging scores right from the start. Garrycastle then enjoyed a dominant spell and worked some well taken scores with Conor Sheehan and Diarmaid Murtagh converting excellent points. Jack Allen then scored a great goal after breaking at pace from midfield. This left the score at 1-7 to 1-4 to Garrycastle at the break.
The second half opened with both teams exchanging scores with Jack Allen converting another goal. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes and the fresh legs allowed them to pull away from their visitors as the match closed out. There were some excellent points from Jamie Carroll and Sean O' Donoghue and a great goal from Killian Redmond struck from distance that crept under the bar. It was a great start to the tournament for the team.
Garrycastle squad: Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, Cian McCormack, Brian Mulvihill, Thanh McCay, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Oisin Nugent, Jack Allen, David Carter, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Killian Keegan, Alphie Broderick, Kacey Mulvihill, Charlie O'Brien, Nathan McKeon, Con O'Hara, Sean O' Donoghue, Anthony Mannion
Rosemount 4-05 Garrycastle 4-11
Round 2 of the Jim McHugh Tournament can only be described as the proverbial game of two halves where Rosemount dominated the first and Garrycastle came back in the second to secure their second win in the tournament. Rosemount playing with the breeze opened strongly and fully capitalised on their chances scoring three goals in quick succession. The Garrycastle defence regrouped and eventually started to get on top with Thanh McCay particularly impressive across the halfback line. This allowed Garrycastle to get some scores with a goal from Jack Allen and points from Sean O'Donoghue and Jamie Carroll to leave the score at 4-3 to 1-4 in favour of Rosemount.
Garrycastle upped their performance significantly in the second half and started to dominate in midfield and the half forwards which allowed the forwards to start getting the scores on the board. There were some excellent passages of play and goals followed with two from Diarmaid Murtagh and another for Killian Keegan. Garrycastle turned to their substitute bench and again the fresh legs made a big contribution to secure the win.
Garrycastle squad: Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Jack Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Thanh McCay, Jamie Carroll, Diarmaid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Jack Allen, David Carter, Sean O' Donoghue, Matthew Conor, Killian Keegan, Conor Sheehan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Nathan McKeon, Oisin Nugent, Cian McCormack , Anthony Mannion, Tom Daly.
Minor Championship (Division 2) [6 September 2017]
MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 4-14 GARRYCASTLE 2-12
Garrycastle minors exited the Division 2 championship when going down to the home side in Springfield last Wednesday evening. The opening exchanges were close with Mullingar Shamrocks getting a perfect start with two points, one from a free and one from open play. However, Garrycastle had 2 points from the boot of Joe Carmody, again one from play and one from a free. The sides exchanged points, Garrycastle scores coming from Eoin Mulvihill and Jack O’Connor to leave it 0-4 each by the mid-point of the first half. However, it was at this stage that Mullingar Shamrock began to dominate possession and Garrycastle were sloppy with theirs, resulting in a scoring spree of four points for the home side. Matters got worse for Garrycastle when a poor hand pass in their defence led directly to a gaol for the home side and Mullingar Shamrocks also added to point soon after. Jack O’Connor had a point for Garrycastle but Mullingar replied with a point of their own. However, Garrycastle finished the half strongly and a point and goal from Jack O’Connor left it 1-10 to 1-6 at the break.
Garrycastle made a determined start to the second half and had a point from Joe Carmody in their first attack. They also created other opportunities for scores but a combination of poor execution and determined defending by Mullingar Shamrocks meant that these were not converted. Mullingar Shamrocks had a point but Brian Ruane responded with a point for his side. However, the home side scored their second goal in the 46th minute to widen the gap between the sides, Yet again Brian Ruane pointed for Garrycastle but Mullingar Shamrock opened up the Garrycastle defence to register their third goal in the 51st minute. Jason Nugent had two points for Garrycastle, one from a free and one from play to narrow the gap. However, a fourth goal for Mullingar Shamrocks left Garrycastle with a mammoth task with only 5 minutes remaining. The Garrycastle lads pressed forward in search of scores and had a goal of their own from Eoin Mulvihill. Mullingar Shamrocks had a point and Joe Carmody pointed a free for Garrycastle. However, the scoring was completed with a pointed free for the home side to leave the final score 4-14 to 2-12 in their favour.
This was a disappointing end to the year for the Garrycastle lads, who had high expectations of progressing further in the championship and building on their impressive performances in the league. They know that they contributed to their own downfall with several errors in their passing and failure to convert a number of good goal opportunities, particularly in the early minutes of the second half. Best on the night for Garrycastle were Robert Kelly, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Brian Ruane, Jack O’Connor and Joe Carmody.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Copnor Macken, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons, Eoin Mulvihill (1-1), Oisin Langan, Brian Ruane (0-2), Jason Nugent (0-2, 1f), Philip Monaghan, Jack O’Connor (1-3), Joe Carmody (0-4 2f), Dara Mulvihill.
SUBS: Andrew Monaghan for D Mulvihill (Half time); Dylan Keegan for C Macken (40 min). Not used: Jack Fitzgerald, Patrick McKiernan, Eoghan Kenny, Ian Carroll, Daniel Guinan.
Under 14 Championship [4 September 2017]
Garrycastle 2-08 Inny Gaels 3-07
Our U14s lost out to Inny Gaels(Bunbrosna/Barrynacargy) in a very competitive and entertaining championship game played Sunday morning in tough conditions due to heavy overnight rain fall. Inny gaels went in at the break 1-07 to 1-04 ahead. The Garrycastle lads played their best football in the second half getting some excellent scores to take a one point lead going into the last two minutes however due to some wayward shooting they were unable to kill the game off and Inny Gaels struck for a fortuitious goal as the game entered injury time. The lads launched one last attack and were unfortunate to see a last gasp goal bound shot saved on the line.The lads were disappointed to lose a game they should have won and know that the inability to take some scoreable chances cost them dear in the end. The pleasing part of the performance was the whole team worked really hard for every ball and kept going right to the end playing some great football in the process.
GARRYCASTLE: Bill Carmody, John McBride, Frank McKiernan, Issac O’Neill, Adam Mulvihill, Peter Mulvihill, Cian McCarthy, Ben Kilkenny, Andrew Ruane, Ben Donegan, Adam O’Neill, Stephen Gaffey, Corey Nugent.
Under 14 Football Championship [25 August 2017]
Our U14s travelled to Tubberclare last Thursday evening for a 6th round Championship tie against the home side. Having to field a very depleted and young team on the night due to the absence of some of our older panelists we were soundly beaten by a Tubberclare team that could and should be competing in a higher division as they are far ahead of all other teams in the Div 3 competition. Despite this all the Garrycastle lads on duty worked very hard and kept going to the end getting some excellently worked scores in the second half in particular. Big thanks to all the U12s who fielded for us on the night.
GARRYCASTLE: Conn O'Hara, Frank McKiernan, John McBride, Peter Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Issac O’Neill, Cian McCarthy, Adam Mulvihill, Andrew Ruane, Ben Donegan, Corey Nugent, Adam O’Neill, Bill Carmody.
Under 16 Football Championship [25 August 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 3-11 ST MARYS ROCHFORDBRIDGE 1-11
Garrycastle under 16s recorded their second win in championship on Monday last with victory over St Marys Rotchfordbridge.
On the back of another excellent victory versus Maryland/Tang this result now puts Garrycastle into the under 16 Division 1 quarter final.
After a lively start from both teams the first half was brought to a halt after an injury to Rotchfordbridge midfielder Shane Whelan. As it was an neck injury an ambulance had to be called and all at Garrycastle wish Shane a speedy recovery.
The stoppage in play meant both teams took a while to find their flow again but Garrycastle finished the half with points from Andrew Monaghan, Darragh Kenna and a superb goal from Nathan Breslin given us a slender half time lead.
Garrycastle really upped the ante in the second half with Daniel Guinan,Eoghan Keogh and Cian Dowling manning the defence in front of the ever reliable Eric Rodgers .This gave the forwards the platform to play some excellent football.Points came from Charlie O Connor, Nathan Breslin,Dylan Keegan and Andrew Monaghan and the result was settled when Luke Clinton rattled the net with a super finish. Final Score Garrycastle 3-11 St Marys Rochfordbridge 1-11
Well done to all the lads on a super win.This was one of the first times this year we had everyone available for selection and results have proved this team can compete with the best teams in the county.The reward is a county quarter final against Coralstown Kinnegad on Monday next (AUG 28TH) in Kinnegad and we wish the lads all the best.
Minor Football Championship (Div 1 & 2) [21 August 2017]
TUBBERCLAIR 3-10 GARRYCASTLE 1-10
Garrycastle suffered yet another defeat in their final group game in the Division 1 and 2 championship in Tubberclair last Monday evening. Garrycastle started brightly and attacked right from the off. A couple of points from Joe Carmody had his side ahead in the opening minutes before the home side responded with a point. Garrycastle added two more points, with Joe Carmody and Jason Nugent scoring for the boys in green and red. The game then swung in favour of the home side and four points from play and one from a free to lead by two points as the game approached the half time whistle. A couple of great saves by the Garrycastle goalkeeper, Patrick McKiernan, denied the home side what looked like certain goals during this period. However, he could do nothing to stop a goal in the 29th minute when a strong shot was saved yet again but broke loose to an in-rushing forward to fine the net for Tubberclair. And leave them ahead by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.
The second half started with Garrycastle on the front foot and two points from Joe Carmody reduced the margin. However, a quick fire gaol and a point from the home side increased their advantage by the 37th minute. Points from Joe Carmody and Brian Ruane gave Garrycastle renewed hope and was soon added to with a goal from Jason Nugent. A second yellow card saw the home side reduced to 14 with about 15 minutes remaining. However, it was the home side who responded with renewed vigour to this setback and score a goal and two points without reply to lead by 3-10 to 1-8 as the game entered its final minutes. Garrycastle did press forward and were rewarded with two points from Joe Carmody, one from play and one from a close range free to leave it 3-10 to 1-10 at the end.
Garrycastle did not play to their potential in this game, except for short periods at the start of each half and in the closing staged. If the lads can show a bit more composure when in possession and better decision making when under pressure they can resurrect their year and look forward to competing in the division 2 championship in the coming period. Best for Garrycastle on the night were Patrick McKiernan, Mattias O’Neill, Shane Duffy, Oisin Langan, Andrew Monaghan, and top scorer Joe Carmody.
GARRYCASTLE: Patrick McKiernan , Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Conor Macken, Oisin Langan, Andrew Monaghan, Jack O’Connor, Jason Nugent, Brian Ruane (0-1), Ian Carroll, Joe Carmody (0-8 1f), Dara Mulvihill.
SUBS: Matthew McBride for Patrick McKiernan (43 min); Eoghan Kenny for I Carroll (43 min).
Minor Football Championship (Div 1 & 2) [9 August 2017]
ST MARYS 2-20 GARRYCASTLE 1-4
An understrength Garrycastle minor side, missing six regulars, faced up to yet another Division 1 side, St Marys Rochfordbridge, in their second championship outing in Garrycastle last Wednesday evening and suffered their second defeat of the series.
Playing into a stiff breeze, the Garrycastle lads made a reasonably good showing in the opening period and only trailed by a point after 10 minutes. The Garrycastle scores coming from Cillian Lyons and Joe Carmody. However, as the half wore on the visitors began to dominate play and showed great ability to take scores whether from the right or left wing and indeed from distance. St Marys piled on the pressure and had 10 points on the board by the 27th minute, all of which came from open play. Garrycastle did create some scoring opportunities but were wasteful with these and failed to trouble the St Marys goalkeeper. St Marys then registered a point from a free and added yet another point from play to lead 0-12 to 0-2 at the break.
On the resumption St Marys continued to have most of the attacking play, registering a goal and 3 points in the opening six minutes of the second half. They could have had a second goal but were thwarted by a fine save by Matthew McBride in the Garrycastle goal. Garrycastle staged a brief rally and had a goal and a point from Eoin Mulvihill, to reduce the margin. The goal was the result of good interplay and a fine finish by Eoin. St Marys continued to create most scoring opportunities and added 3 more points and goal by the 48th minute. Joe Carmody, who was Garrycastle’s most dangerous forward added a point for his side from a close range free. However, the scoring was completed by the visitors with two more points in the closing minutes to leave it 2-20 to 1-4 at the final whistle.
The score line was not a true reflection of the effort put in by the Garrycastle boys, but it has to be acknowledged that St Marys were the better side and scored some wonderful points during the hour. There were good performances from Matthew McBride, Matias O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Shane Duffy, Eoin Mulvihill and Joe Carmody. Dara Mulvihill was hampered by injury but showed great determination to play on for the full game.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons (0-1), Eoin Mulvihill (1-1), Brian Ruane, Ian Carroll, Joe Carmody (0-2, 1f), Jack O’Connor, Eoghan Kenny, Dara Mulvihill, Patrick McKiernan.
SUBS: Tommy Devery for E Kenny (56 Min).
Minor Championship (Divisions 1 & 2) [26 July 2017]
ROSEMOUNT 3-12 GARRYCASTLE 3-7
Garrycastle minors faced up to a Division 1 side in their first championship outing in Rosemount last Wednesday evening and while they ultimately went down to a defeat, they can take many positives into the remaining games in this year’s championship.
The home side played with the aid of a blustery breeze in the first half and had a point on the scoreboard with a minute. They doubled their lead soon after as they enjoyed the majority of the possession. However, Garrycastle carried a threat and jumped into the lead in the 7th minute when Jason Nugent blasted the ball to the net. The sides then exchanged points, the Garrycastle score coming from Jack O’Connor. Joe Carmody stretched the Garrycastle lead with a fine point by the mid-point of the half. The home side had a point and yet again the sides’ exchanged points with Joe Carmody converting a close range free. However, the home side finished the half in spectacular manner, scoring three goals and a point in the closing five minutes of play before the break. This left Rosemount in the lead by 3-6 to 1-3 at half time.
Garrycastle needed to step up and in the early exchanges had a point on the board from a free by Joe Carmody. Garrycastle goalkeeper, Matthew McBride, made a very smart save to prevent a goal but the home side did add two points from play to stretch their lead. Joe Carmody had yet another pointed free for Garrycastle as they began to exert some more pressure on the home defence. Rosemount had a point of their own but Garrycastle responded in style when Joe Carmody struck for a goal after good approach play. Two pointed free from Rosemount stretched their lead but Garrycastle got their third goal when a ball from Brian Ruane was expertly punch to the net by Andrew Monaghan in the 51st minute to leave just six points between the sides. Garrycastle upped their efforts and a pointed free and one from play by Joe Carmody left Garrycastle just 4 points adrift with 5 minutes remaining However, try as they may they could not get the scores required to bridge the gap. Rosemount had a point from a free in injury time and would have added a goal but for yet another good save by Matthew McBride. The final score was 3-12 to 3-07 in favour of Rosemount.
While disappointed to lose, the Garrycastle lads can take many positives from this game into their remaining championship fixtures. Apart from the period before half time the defence restricted their opponents well. There were good performances from Matthew McBride, Shane Duffy, Colm Lynch and Cillian Lyons in defence. Dara Mulvihill and Eoin Mulvihill worked tirelessly in midfield, while Jason Nugent and Joe Carmody were most prominent in attack.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Shane Duffy, Conor Macken, Colm Lynch, Cillian Lyons, Dylan Keegan, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Jack O’Connor (0-1), Jason Nugent (1-0), Andrew Monaghan (1-0), Brian Ruane, Joe Carmody (1-6, 0-4f), and Ian Carroll.
SUBS: Jack Fitzgerald for C Macken (40 min); Eoin Kenny for I Carroll (55 min).
Under 14 Football Championship [16 July 2017]
Garrycastle 5-06 CFWC 5-04
Our U14s played their second game in this year’s championship on Sunday afternoon in Garrycastle in glorious sunshine against the North Westmeath Amalgamation of Coole/Finea/Whilehall/Castletown. After a hard battle the Garrycastle lads emerged victorious by 2 points in game where they certainly did not perform to their best and were guilty of some poor finishing however they stuck to the task and showed great composure in the final 10 minutes to get the scores required to win. They know an improvement will be needed in future games but they deserve great credit for winning this game for the manner they kept going even when it looked like the game was going away from them.
GARRYCASTLE Panel:- Conn O'Hara, Tadgh McKiernan, Frank McKiernan, Ben Kilkenny, John Dylan O'Shea, Corey Nugent, Adam Mulvihill, Issac O’Neill, Adam O’Neill, Bill Carmody, Ben Donegan, Cian McCarthy, Peter Mulvihill, Andrew Ruane, Frano Derwin, John McBride, Stephen Gaffey, Brian Mulvihill, Connor Sheehan, Jamie Carroll.
Under 12 League (phase 2) [10 July 2017]
Garrycastle 5-8 St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge 2-9
Garrycastle opened their Westmeath U12 Phase Two, first round league match with an excellent win over St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge.
This match can only be described as the proverbial game of two halves. Rochfortbridge opened the stronger and were getting the scores steadily on the board from the start. Garrycastle were struggling to keep in touch and trailed on a scoreline of 1-3 to 2-7 at halftime.
Garrycastle came out a team transformed in the second half. Every facet of their game upped a notch, tighter marking and tackling in defence, quicker movement and accuracy of possession into attack. The scores started to come at a rapid pace in the final quarter. Killian Keegan converted everything that came his way with a personal tally of 3-3. It was a 15 point turn around in the second half with Garrycastle closing out the match with eight points to spare. It was a real spirited performance in the second half from the team to keep their 100% home record intact for 2017.
Garrycastle squad: Jake Hanniffy, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Killian Redmond, Thanh McCay, Jack Mulvihill, Nathan McKeon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Jamie Carroll, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter, Matthew Conor, Conor Sheehan, Killian Keegan, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack.
Under 14 Championship [10 July 2017]
Our U14s played their first game in this year’s championship last Thursday night in Garrycastle against the Maryland/Tang amalgamation team. On the night the physically stronger Maryland/Tang lads came out on top in a high scoring game where the forwards were on top on both sides. We had to field a number of U12 players due to holidays on the night but the Garrycastle lads kept going right until the end making the Maryland/Tang lads work hard to get the two points on offer. Garrycastle had impressive performances on the night from goal scorers Ben Kilkenny, Ben Donegan, Tadgh McKiernan and Andrew Ruane as well as Issac and Adam O'Neill, Adam Mulvihill, Cian McCarthy and Conn O’Hara who gave a great display of goalkeeping.
Under-10 [26 June 2017]
Garrycastle U10s had a very enjoyable morning in Roscommon last Sunday thanks to Roscommon Gaels. We were delighted to be able to field 3 teams and each team got to play 3 competitive matches. The standard of football from both clubs was brilliant. Everything thats great about Gaelic football was very evident in all of the 9 matches. Many thanks to Roscommon Gaels for a very well organised and fun morning. We will be sure to see ye in Garrycastle in the near future. Thanks to all our parents for their continued support. Big thanks to Ursula McHugh for washing the jerseys.
Our panel included...Kealan McNamara, Christian Turean, Aaron Keegan, Niadh Shine, Kealan Ward, James McHugh, Conor McCormack, Fionn McMahon, Rian Gaynor, Dylan Frawley, Calum Hudson, Van McKay, Darragh Glennon, Maireid McBride, Daniel Stankard, Luke Quilty, Ronan Croughan, Jack Dowling, Dylan Moloney, Christopher Malone, Louie Shine, James Derwin, Jack Dolan, Senan Nugent, Thanh McCay, Anthony Mannion, Oisin Nugent.
Under-12 [26 June 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 3-09, TUBBERCLAIR 1-06
This was an excellent win for Garrycastle to give them their fourth win in five league games.
The team lined out with a new midfield partnership of Diarmaid Murtagh and Sean O’Donoghue and both players excelled in winning valuable possession which the Garrycastle forwards were soon converting into scores. Oisin Nugent netted an excellent goal and there were also some well taken points including fine efforts from Tom Sheehan and Jack Allen to leave the score at 1-6 to 0-1 at half time.
Garrycastle were now facing a strong breeze in the second half and they worked very hard to keep the Tubberclair attack at bay. The Garrycastle defensive unit was excellent with Con O’Hara and Killian Keegan particularly impressive. When Tubberclair did make the breakthrough with a goal, Garrycastle responded at the other end with goals from Tom and Conor Sheehan. Garrycastle utilised all their substitutes in the second half and the fresh legs allowed Garrycastle to push on and win comfortably at the finish.
Matthew Conor, Conor McCarthy, Con O’Hara, Killian Redmond, Killian Keegan, Jack Mulvihill, Brian Mulvihill, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sean O’Donoghue, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, David Carter, Oisin Nugent, Conor Sheehan, Jamie Carroll, Nathan McKeon, Anthony Mannion, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O’Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Cian McCormack.
Under 12 [3 June 2017]
Garrycastle 3-5 Kilbeggan/Joseph’s 2-4
This was a very entertaining game of football with both sides enjoying their dominant spells in the game. Kilbeggan started the stronger and opened with a goal in the first few minutes and this was followed by further pressure by the Kilbeggan forwards but the Garrycastle defence held firm with Mathew Conor very much dominating his goal and making some very good saves. Garrycastle then put some good passages of play together working the ball forward from midfield and started to get the scores on the board including points from Diarmaid Murtagh and Conor Sheehan. This was followed by a really well worked goal from Sean O'Donoghue. Kilbeggan came back and scored a goal of their own leaving Garrycastle trailing by two points at the break.
Garrycastle upped their performance significantly in the second half especially in the middle third of the pitch where Brian Mulvihill and Tom Daly in particular were securing valuable possession. This gave the advantage to the Garrycastle forwards and goals followed from Than McCay and Conor Sheehan allowing Garrycastle to pull clear going into the last quarter of the game. Kilbeggan applied significant pressure towards the end of the game but the Garrycastle defence held firm and secured the win with four points to spare.
Garrycastle squad: Matthew Conor, Anthony Mannion, Jack Mulvihill, Killian Redmond, David Carter, Con O'Hara, Nathan McKeon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Cian McCormack, Sean O'Donoghue, Oisin Nugent, Jack Allen, Conor Sheehan, Alphie Broderick, Conor McCarthy, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Thanh McCay, Charlie O'Brien, Tom Daly, Jamie Carroll.
Under 16 League (Div 3) [29 May 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 3-08, TUBBERCLAIR 1-06
Garrycastle under 16s delivered a second underage league title to the club in the space of week by virtue of a hard earned win over Tubberclair on Sunday last. This came in addition to a victory over Moate All Whites the week before.
In truth Garrycastle were slow starting in this game and found ourselves wasting lots of good possession and struggling to get any real flow to our attack. However once the lads settled into the game we started to pick of scores through Andrew Monaghan, Dylan Keegan and Darragh Kenna. The standout feature of the first half was the defence who were superbly marshalled by Daniel Guinan. Ryan Cornallys energy and ball carrying ability really helped in linking up defence and attack allowing Garrycastle to establish a four point half time lead.
The second half was much better from Garrycastle and with the direct early ball into Charlie O Connor and Shane Coffey proving a threat Garrycastle added further points and also a great goal from Darragh Kenna.
Dermot Carey helped to keep the defence strong and with Daniel McManus and Dylan Keegan getting on top in midfield Garrycastle finished the game strong adding the further points needed to secure the league title. The final score was Garrycastle 3-8 Tubberclair 1-6
Well done to all the panel members who contributed excellently to this league campaign. It was excellent to see a panel of 24 players available for this game. One would hope that this team will have a great chance of making an impact in championship if they put the work in on the training field over the next few weeks.
GARRYCASTLE: Eric Rogers, Cian Dowling, Daniel Guinan, James Murphy, Cathal Redmond, Dermot Carey, Dylan Keegan, Andrew Monaghan, Darragh Kenna, Nathan Breslin, Ryan Cornally, Luke Clinton, Charlie O'Connor, Daniel McManus, Tommy Stephens, Nathaniel O'Neil, Shane Coffey, Tommy Devery, Scott Duffy, Eoghan Slevin, Martin Sammon, Neil Costelloe, Samuil Sharma, Conor O'Donoghue.
Minor League (Div 2) [18 May 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 8-6 MILLMORE GAELS 0-6
Garrycastle minors secured the Minor League Division 2 title with a comprehensive win over the home side in Milltown last Thursday evening. Needing at least a draw to secure the league title the Garrycastle lads put in a powerful performance to run out easy winners.
The early exchanges were quiet even and Millmore Gaels took the lead with a good point after some 4 minutes of play. Garrycastle responded with a point from Jason Nugent but Millmore Gaels restored their lead with yet another point. A second point from Jason Nugent had Garrycastle level by the 9th minute and when Brian Ruane scored the first goal in the 12th minute the Garrycastle lads got completely on top of proceedings. A point from Oisin Langan was soon added to by a goal from Jack O’Connor and Oisin Langan added a third goal by the 21st minute. Garrycastle kept up the pressure and added a fourth goal, this again scored by Jack O’Connor, and a point from Brian Ruane to leave them ahead by 4-4 to 0-2 at the break.
Taking up where they had left off, the Garrycastle boys added two more goal in the opening minutes of the half, coming from Joe Carmody and Oisin Langan. Garrycastle introduced a number of substitutes and remained in control of proceedings. Another point from Joe Carmody had stretched the Garrycastle advantage by the 34th minute. Substitute, Ian Carroll, added a goal with his first touch. Millmore Gaels had a point, but yet another goal was scored by Joe Carmody. Brian Ruane added a point from a free. To their credit Millmore Gaels had three points in as many minutes to leave the final score 8-6 to 0-6 at the final whistle.
A fine performance by all the team, who displayed fine teamwork throughout. The defence were solid throughout and as the list of scorers’ displays, the Garrycastle forwards took their scores well and made good use of the wonderful opportunities presented by their teammates. They can now look forward to the upcoming championship with confident, but will know that they must perform consistently well in every game if they are to challenge for championship honours.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Conor Macken, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Dylan Keegan, Jason Nugent (0-2), Philip Monaghan, Jack O’Connor (2-0), Oisin Langan (2-1), and Brian Ruane (1-2, 0-1f).
SUBS: Joe Carmody (2-1) for J Nugent (inj, 17 min); Ian Carroll (1-0) for O Langan (35 min); Andrew Monaghan for D Keegan (37 min); Jack Fitzgerald for C Macken (38 min); Eoghan Kenny for J O’Connor (40 min); Patrick McKiernan for M McBride (40 min).
Minor League (Div 2) [16 May 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 2-11 KILBEGGAN/ST JOSEPHS 2-8
Garrycastle minors had to withstand a spirited late rally by Kilbeggan/St Josephs in order to keep their 100% league record in tact on Tuesday evening last in Garrycastle. Playing with the aid of the breeze, Garrycastle had a number of promising attacks in the early minutes, however, they failed to reflect this on the scoreboard. It wat the visitors who scored first with a point in the 5th minute of play. Garrycastle then put a number of scores on the board with points from Oisin Lagan, Eoin Mulvihill and a goal from Jason Nugent to lead by four points. Kilbeggan/St Josephs responded well to this set-back and added two points from frees and one from play to reduce the margin. Jason Nugent had a good point for Garrycastle and Eoin Mulvihill broke forward to strike a powerful shot to the net. The same player then added a point from play to leave Garrycastle six points to the good. Kilbeggan/St Josephs had a point from play but Ian Carroll responded with a point for his side to leave it 2-5 to 0-5 at the break in favour of Garrycastle.
The visitors made a positive start to the second half and added a point from a close range free and one from play to reduce the gap to just four points by the 37th minute. Jason Nugent responded with a point for Garrycastle. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle point coming yet again from the boot of Jason Nugent. Jason added yet another point from play to put Garrycastle into a six point lead again by the 46th minute. However, Garrycastle were then rocked when Kilbeggan/St Josephs registered two goals in the space of a couple of minutes to level matters, the second of which resulted from poor making at a close in free. With just eight minutes remaining the points were up for grabs. To their credit the Garrycastle lads responded with determination and dominated the play for the remainder of the game. Points from play, a free and yet again from play by Jason Nugent calmed any nerves and Garrycastle held out for a vital win.
This was a very mixed bag for the Garrycastle lads, who played well in patches but also became complacent as the game evolved. They will have to pay much better and for the full hour in their last league game against Millmore Gaels if they are to secure the points needed to claim top spot in the league. The best performers on the night were Patrick McKiernan, Matias O’Neill, Shane Duffy, Eoin Mulvihill, Jason Nugent and Philip Monaghan.
GARRYCASTLE: Patrick McKiernan, Conor Macken, , Matias O’Neill, Robert Kelly, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Cillian Lyons, Dara Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill (1-2), Jack O’Connor, Jason Nugent (1-7, 0-2f), Philip Monaghan, Ian Carroll (0-1), Oisin Langan (0-1), and Eoghan Kenny.
SUBS: Tommy Devery for J O’Connor (38 Min); Matthew McBride for E Kenny (41 min); Jack O’Connor for O Langan (48 min) and O Langan for I Carroll (56 min).
Under 14 League [12 May 2017]
Garrycastle 5-11 Multyfarnham 1-03
Our U14s gathered another 2 league points last Thursday evening with a comprehensive win at home over Multyfarnham. In what was a very good team performance where all the lads played very well they were in command right from the throw in and never gave Multyfarnham a chance to get into the game by constant tackling, defending and some excellent running off the ball in support of a team mate. With a few players still to join up with the panel this year the team work and work ethic on the field is encouraging.
GARRYCASTLE: Tadgh McKiernan, Frank McKiernan, John McBride, Frano Derwin, Ben Kilkenny, Peter Mulvihill, Adam Mulvihill, Bill Carmody, John Dylan O’Shea, Cian McCarthy, Chris Kehoe, Andrew Ruane, Stephen Gaffey, Corey Nugent, Ben Donegan and Brian Mulvihill.
Minor League (Div 2) [10 May 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 3-8 CAULRY 1-12
Going into this game in Garrycastle last Wednesday evening, both sides had won all of their games, Caulry with 4 wins from 4 and Garrycastle with 3 wins from 3. Garrycastle made a positive start and mounted a number of attacks, however, they could not convert any of these into scores. Meanwhile Caulry showed more composure when presented with scoring opportunities and had a point in the 3rd minute and a goal from a penalty soon after. The visitors continued to show some nice touches and had stretched their lead to six points by the 8th minute. Garrycastle finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute with a good point from a Jason Nugent free when he was fouled close to goal. Eoin Mulvihill then added to this with a well taken point for the home side. Caulry responded with two points of their own to restore their advantage. Jason Nugent took advantage of a good pass to fire over a point from play at the mid-point of the half. However, Caulry added three points, all of which were from play, to increase their lead to 8 points as the half time whistle approached. However, Garrycastle had another point from a Jason Nugent free in the final minute to leave the score-line 1-8 to 0-4 in favour of Caulry at the break.
Garrycastle introduced Joe Carmody for the second half, with Eoin Mulvihill moving to midfield. Garrycastle pressed forward and narrowed the gap with yet another pointed free from Jason Nugent. Caulry had a point but Andrew Monaghan pointed in reply for Garrycastle. The teams exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort coming from substitute, Joe Carmody in the 44th minute. The game was thrown wide open soon after when Jack O’Connor took possession following good approach play to fire a goal for Garrycastle and leave just 3 points between the sides. Joe Carmody then added a good point for Garrycastle to leave just two between them. Soon after his introduction as a substitute, Oisin Langan, fired Garrycastle into the lead for the first time with a well struck shot and a minute later the same player fired his second and Garrycastle’s third goal and put the home side into a five point lead with a bit less than 10 minutes remaining. Garrycastle did retreat somewhat at this stage but used their possession well and despite a couple of late points for Caulry held out for a vital win. The final score 3-8 to 0-12 in Garrycastle’s favour.
Overall this was a fine win for the Garrycastle lads, but they had to fight back after a disjointed first half performance and showed great character to claw their way back into the game and secure a vital win. The defence played well as a unit, restricting Caulry to just one goal and that coming from a penalty. Matias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy and Eoin Mulvihill showing up well throughout. Andrew Monaghan has a good hour in midfield for his side. The forward division showed their potential in the second period, when given the right kind of ball and both Joe Carmody and Oisin Langan contribute well taken scores after their introduction. If the lads can continue to show similar battling characteristics and skill in their remaining games they can push for league honours.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matias O’Neill, Cillian Lyons, Colm Lynch, Shane Duffy, Conor Macken, Dara Mulvihill, Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Dylan Keegan, Jack O’Connor (1-0), Brian Ruane, Philip Monaghan, Jason Nugent (0-4, 3f), and Eoin Mulvihill (0-1).
SUBS: Joe Carmody (0-2) for Dara Mulvihill (Half time); Oisin Langan (2-0) for P Monaghan (45min). Not used: Patrick McKiernan, Jack Fitzgerald, Eoghan Kenny, Ian Carroll and Tommy Devery.
Under 14 League [28 April 2017]
Garrycastle 5-09 Inny Gaels 4-04
Our U14s traveled to Bunbrosna on Thursday evening last to take on the Ballynacargy/Bunbrosna/Streete amalgamation team, Inny Gaels. After a very entertaining game with some excellent scores by both teams Garrycastle deservedly prevailed by 8 points. On a lovely evening for football the first half was a tight affair with Garrycastle only ahead by 2 points at half time 3-05 to 3-03 despite having wind advantage. The lads upped the workrate in the second half with some strong running at the opposition from Frano Derwin, Cian McCarthy, Andrew Ruane, Ben Kilkenny, Stephen Gaffey and Ben Donegan which yielded some fine scores. The defense was tight with Adam Mulvihill, John Dylan O'Shea and Frank McKiernan doing some excellent work to keep Inny Gaels to just 2 scores in the second half. Overall a good team performance and 2 valuable league points in the bag.
Under 16 [17 April 2017]
Garrycastle under 16s recorded two good league wins in recent weeks against Northern Gaels and Inny Gaels, two combination teams.
Garrycastle v Northern Gaels
Garrycastle got their league campaign up and running with a good win over Northern Gaels. After a start in which we conceded two goals Garrycastle tightened things up and went on to play some super football for the remainder of the game. The midfield pairing of Daniel McManus and Dylan Keegan gave us a strong platform to build attacks with both Andrew Monaghan and Darragh Kenna combining excellently with the younger forwards. Garrycastle ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Inny Gaels v Garrycastle
Garrycastle made the journey to Bunbrosna on Monday evening and ran out comfortable winners. Again the lads played some excellent football moving the ball quickly into the forwards where the excellent Shane Coffey led the way with some great finishing and he was ably assisted by Tommy Devery (2 great goals) ,Ryan Cornally and Andrew Monaghan.
The second half saw Garrycastle notch up some great scores and with the defence superbly marshalled by Daniel Guinan and Diarmuid Carey combined with an excellent Eric Rogers penalty save, the opposition found it hard to work scores.
Garrycastle have made a strong start to the league and will hope to build on this in the next few weeks. The team will play a number of challenges in the next few weeks and with the excellent Anthony Cunningham offering guidance and assistance we are sure to see this team improve even further
Team v Inny Gaels: Eric Rogers, Cian Dowling, Daniel Guinan, Cathal Redmond, Dermot Carey, Tommy Stephens, Daniel McManus, Dylan Keegan, Ryan Cornally, Andrew Monaghan, Nathan Breslin, Shane Coffey, Samuil Sharma.
Subs used-Darragh Kenna, Scott Duffy, Tommy Devery
Under-14 League [15 April 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 2-03 TYRELLSPASS 2-09
Our U14s played their first game in this year’s league on Thursday night last against Tyrellspass in Garrycastle. Having to field a very young side including some under 12s due to the unavailability of some of our older players the team gave a great performance and played some excellent football throughout in a very entertaining game before eventually losing 2-09 to 2-03 to the physically stronger Tyrellspass Team.
On the night where all the team played their part, there were impressive performances in particular from Bill Carmody, John McBride, Frank McKiernan, Brian Mulvihill, Conor Sheehan, Adam Mulvihill, Andrew Ruane and Ben Donegan.
Under 12 [10 April 2017]
Garrycastle 3-6 Moate All-Whites 2-6
This was an excellent opening to 2017 season with both sides starting brightly after the winter hibernation. Garrycastle took control of this game midway through the first half with a great goal from Diarmuid Murtagh and went into the second half with the lead. Moate pushed very hard in the second half and converted some well taken scores of their own. The Garrycastle defence held firm with Con O'Hara particularly impressive and saw out the win with a goal to spare. This was a valuable exercise for both sides as preparation for the Westmeath U12 league.
Garrycastle squad: Jake Hanniffy, Killian Keegan, Con O'Hara, Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Conor Sheehan, Brian Mulvihill, Jack Allen, Jamie Carroll, Killian Redmond, Diarmuid Murtagh, Tom Sheehan, Matthew Conor, Sean O' Donoghue, Thanh McCay, Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, David Carter, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent, Odhran Cannon, Dean Grehan, Cian McCormack.
Castledaly 2-8 Garrycastle 4-10
The match was relegated to Castledaly's second pitch due to another more senior fixture on the main pitch. The pitch was fairly tight and it took a while for this game to open up. Garrycastle defended very well in the first half and eventually the scores came for them. Sean O'Donoghue taking the couple of chances that came to him which he converted into goals to give Garrycastle the lead at half time. Castledaly came back strongly in the second half and narrowed the margin to a single point going into the final stages of the game. The game swung in Garrycastle's favour with two late goals from Tom Sheehan to see out the win.
Garrycastle squad: Jack Allen, Anthony Mannion, Conor Sheehan, Jack Mulvihill, Conor McCarthy, Con O'Hara, Nathan McKeon, Brian Mulvihill, Diarmuid Murtagh, David Carter, Jamie Carroll, Tom Sheehan, Matthew Conor, Sean O' Donoghue, Thanh McCay, Alphie Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, Kacey Mulvihill, Oisin Nugent, Odhran Cannon.
Minor League (Div 2) [5 April 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 2-11 MOATE ALL WHITES 0-9
Garrycastle minors journeyed to Moate last Wednesday evening determined to continue their good start to the league campaign. They showed their intent early on with points from Jack O’Connor and Jason Nugent. Jason Nugent added his second point to stretch the lead further. Moate AW got off the mark with a point from a close range free soon after. Jason Nugent then stepped up to fire over a point from a free awarded after a foul on the same player. Moate AW added their second point from a free in the 15th minute. In their next attack Garrycastle raised a green flag, as Jason Nugent was on the end of a good move to find the Moate net. Jack O’Connor then added his second point to give Garrycastle a nice cushion by the 20th minute. However, Moate AW were not going to lie down and added two points, both from frees, in the remaining time to leave it 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Just as in the first period, it was Garrycastle who made the better start on the resumption of play. Eoin Mulvihill broke forward from his defensive duties to stroke over a point. Further points from Jason Nugent and Dylan Keegan gave Garrycastle a seven point cushion by the 38th minute. Moate AW hit back with two quick fire points, their first scores from open play. However, a second Garrycastle goal in the 46th minute, which came as a Colm Lynch shot for a point fell short and deceived the Moate goalkeeper and dipped into the net at the angle of crossbar and post. The sides exchanged points, the Garrycastle effort by Dylan Keegan from a free. Jason Nugent then added a point from a free but Moate AW responded with a pointed free of their own. Brian Ruane got Garrycastle’s last score, a fine point from distance, and the scoring was completed by Moate AW with a good point in added time to leave the final score 2-11 to 0-9 in Garrycastle’s favour.
This was good performance from the lads, but they will have to improve and make better use of their scoring chances if they are to challenge strongly for the league. The defence was solid throughout and only conceded four scores from open play throughout the hour, with Cillian Lyons, Shane Duffy, Colm Lynch and Eoin Mulvihill to the fore. Brian Ruane and Andrew Monaghan gave Garrycastle the edge in midfield and provided a good supply to the forwards. Jason Nugent was top scorer but Jack O’Connor and Dylan Keegan also helped to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However, Garrycastle will need to make better use of the numerous scoring opportunities they created in the bigger challenges to come.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Cillian Lyons, Robert Kelly, Shane Duffy, Colm Lynch (1-0), Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), Conor Macken, Brian Ruane (0-1), Andrew Monaghan, Philip Monaghan, Jack O’Connor (0-2), Dylan Keegan (0-2, 1f), Ian Carroll, Jason Nugent (1-5, 0-3f), and Eoghan Kenny.
SUB: Patrick McKiernan for M McBride (Half time).
Minor Football League (Division 2) [19 March 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 1-10 MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 1-4
Garrycastle minors made it two wins from two in the minor football league with a well-deserved victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in wind swept Garrycastle last Sunday morning. Playing with the aid of the strong wind in the first period, it was important that Garrycastle got off to a good start and Jason Nugent put his side into the lead with a pointed free in their first attack. Mullingar Shamrocks soon levelled matters with a converted free of their own. However, a fine point from Jack O’Connor nudged Garrycastle in front again. The same player added his second point, and Garrycastle’s third, in the 12th minute. Jason Nugent then added a point from play as Garrycastle began to reflect their superiority in general play on the scoreboard. However, in a rare attack Mullingar Shamrocks managed to open up the Garrycastle defence but Matthew McBride made a smart save to prevent a goal for the visitors. In the 23rd minute Garrycastle built a good attack from their defence and it finished with a well taken goal from the Garrycastle full-forward, Oisin Langan. Jason Nugent added his second point from a free to extend the Garrycastle lead. Colm Lynch broke forward from his wing-back position to fire over a fine point as half time approached. This was the last score of the half and it finished with Garrycastle leading by 1-6 to 0-1.
Given that Mullingar Shamrocks would have the strong breeze in their favour on the resumption, it was clear that Garrycastle would have to battle hard to secure victory. The visitors had a bright start to the second period and reduced the gap with a pointed free. Garrycastle’s other wing-back, Cillian Lyons, was on the end of a good attack and pointed to restore Garrycastle’s eight point advantage. Mullingar Shamrocks came more into the game and their efforts were rewarded with a good goal in the 42nd minute. The visitors added a point from play in the 47th minute to reduce the gap to just five points with plenty of time remaining. A further point reduced the gap even further. However, Garrycastle steadied matters with a Jason Nugent point from play. Dylan Keegan then stepped up with a fine point to close out the game as Garrycastle won on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-4.
This was a good team performance, as Garrycastle got good scores in both half’s and defended well, particularly against the wind in the second period. There were particularly notable performances from Matius O’Neill, Eoin Mulvihill and Cillian Lyons in defence. Matthew McBride was solid in goal and made a vital save in the first period. Dara Mulvihill worked tirelessly in midfield throughout. The half forward line of Jack O’Connor, Jason Nugent and Dylan Keegan all contributed scores. Oisin Langan’s gaol in the first half put Garrycastle firmly on the path to victory.
GARRYCASTLE: Matthew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matius O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Colm Lynch (0-1), Eoin Mulvihill, Cillian Lyons (0-1), Brian
Ruane, Dara Mulvihill, Jack O’Connor (0-2), Jason Nugent (0-4, 2f), Dylan Keegan (0-2), Patrick McKiernan, Oisin Langan (1-0) and Eoghan Kenny.
Minor League (Division 2) [5 February 2017]
GARRYCASTLE 3-10 LILLIPUT GAELS 2-11
The Garrycastle minors got their league campaign off to a winning start on Sunday morning when they entertained Lilliput Gaels, a St. Malachy's and Ballinagore combination.
The home side opened the scoring through Joe Carmody, and Dylan Keegan followed this up with another point shortly after. Lilliput leveled the game up and if it wasn't for some wayward shooting could have been ahead half way through the first half. For the last 15 minutes the Garrycastle lads really upped their game, Joe Carmody hit the net with a well taken shot, while Brian Ruane & Phillip Monaghan combined well twice to put 2 more goals passed the Lilliput keeper. Joe Carmody added a couple of well taken points before half time.
Garrycastle started the second half well, but they were not having the same impact on the score board as they did in the first, this buoyed Lilliput and they started chipping away at the 11 point lead, slowly but surely Lilliput closed the gap to 2 points. However the Garrycastle defense lead by Colm Lynch and Eoin Mulvihill held firm and closed the game out.
Plenty of positives for the Garrycastle lads to take out of the game, with the vast majority of the scores coming from open play, and also the determination the lads showed in the last 10 minutes to see off a strong Lilliput fight back.
Great to see Joe Carmody back in a Garrycastle jersey, and we would like to wish Brian Ruane a speedy recovery.
Garrycastle: Mattie McBride, Cillian Lyons, Jack Fitzgerald, Robert Kelly, Conor Macken, Eoin Mulvihill, Colm Lynch, Brian Ruane (1-1), Andrew Monaghan, Dylan Keegan (0-1), Jack O'Connor (0-1), Pat McKiernan, Philip Monaghan (1-1), Joe Carmody (1-6), Ian Carroll.