Match Reports Juvenile
Under 13 Cup (Boys) Semi Final [21 September 2020]
St Lomans 2-10 Garrycastle 0-06
Unfortunately our U13 squad were to finish second to a strong St. Lomans side on Saturday in Mullingar. In ideal football conditions Garrycastle started slowly, going down 1-3 to 1 point in the first quarter. Missing some key players, the team regrouped and started to play some good passing football, in a similar manner to that which took them to the semi final.
Despite their best efforts they were not able to break down a very well organised St Lomans defence. Coming back to within 2 points at half time, the second half proved a different prospect. St. Lomans managed to hit the net a second time despite some strong goalkeeping from Garrycastle throughout the game. Finishing 2-10 to 6 points this game will prove to be a great learning curve for this group of ambitious young players.
Under 15 Shield (Div 2) Boys Semi Final [21 September 2020]
Western Gaels 6-14 Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass 2-04
Western Gaels were at home in Garrycastle in the U15 Shield (Div 2) Semi Final against Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass. It was a perfect Sunday morning for a game of football, with the sun shining and a slight breeze blowing down the pitch. The Western Gaels team started the game strongly, driving forward and taking a couple of fine scores. Shamrocks fought back strongly and quickly found an equalising score from a free to keep the game finely balanced. The Western gaels lads pushed on again, and dominated the next 15 minutes with numerous chances missed but tagged on a goal and a point before the first water break leaving the score 1-02 to 0-01.
The second quarter saw Western gaels being more direct and clinical with some fine play from the middle third of the pitch. They were relentless in running at Shamrocks and were rewarded with a further two goals and five points before halftime. A slight lapse in defence allowed Shamrocks to run through our defence and score a fine individual goal followed by a point, to leave the half-time score showing the home team ahead by 2-05, on a scoreline of 3-08 to 1-03.
As the second half started, the game really opened up as Western gaels continuous pressure and running game produced some excellent scores. Western gaels dominated the second half all over the pitch and Shamrocks had no response to the speed and movement of our forwards. This was a great team performance and the link play was exceptional today. Well done to all involved and great to be in a County final in a few weeks. Final score Western Gaels 6-14 Kilbeggan Shamrocks/Milltownpass 2-04.
Western Gael's scorers on the day: Jamie Carroll (2-05), David Carter (1-01), David Marlow (0-05), Keelan Blom (2-00), Jake Hanify (1-00), Killian Keegan (0-03).
Under 15 (Div 2) Championship Boys [24 August 2020]
Western Gaels 3-08 Cill Óige 0-05
In the U15 championship Western Gaels played Cill Óige in Tang on Monday night last in the final game of Division 2 group stage to decide third and fourth position. With heavy rain all day the match went ahead in poor weather conditions. Western Gaels in the first half took the game to Cill Óige from the start, with intelligent use of the ball, attacking play through the hands and taking some great points from play. The first goal for Western Gaels came from a Cill Óige kick out where the Midfielders won possession and quickly ran at the opposition and 0passed the ball through the hands and scored in the bottom corner, quickly followed by a couple more points. There were a few potential scoring opportunities wasted in the first half, however Western Gaels proceeded to tap over a few more scores before the halftime whistle was blown. At the break, Western Gaels led on a score line of 2-04 to 0-03.
As expected, as the second half began, Cill Óige were quickly into their stride, and now playing a more direct route, came out strong and launched some long balls into the forward line, where they were rewarded with a couple of points in quick succession. Now it was the turn of Western Gaels lads to show their fighting spirit, they steadied the ship, and once again started to work the ball out of defence, and up the field to tap over a few more points. It was great to see a big squad available and all the efforts at training paying off.
Scorers on the night: Sean O’Donoghue 0-01, Killian Keegan 0-01, Jamie Carrol 0.01, Diarmaid Murtagh 1-01, Mathew Connor 2-00, David Marlow 0-03, Jake Hanify 0-01.