Senior Football Championship - Final
Garrycastle 0-13 St Lomans 0-13
A last gasp point from a free by St Lomans denied Garrycastle victory in this tight and hard fought county final played in Cusack Park on Sunday last. It was a game that both sides felt that they left it behind , Lomans for shooting so many wides but it was Garrycastle who missed late scores and had the chances to seal the win late in the game. However, our boys played some superb football in the first half and after being 3 points to one behind early on, dominated the exchanges and built a 9 points to 3 lead. Two late points for Lomans left 4 into at halftime. At this stage of the game Garrycastle were dominant in most sectors.
Things turned around in the second half with Lomans winning much more possession and pressing forward. It was a poor third quarter for Garrycastle who failed to score until the 17th but luckily Lomans only added two points, while adding to their wides total. Scores began to come again in the final quarter with Garrycastle's lead varying from one to two points until the last 30 seconds when the equaliser arrived.
Over the course of the game Garrycastle played the better quality football and had the better goal chances, one of which was put
in the net by Alex Gardiner only to be deemed to have stepped over the end line. It's all to play for again next week and while the Garrycastle boys may feel they left it behind them they know they can win this game.
Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Gary McCallon, James Dolan (0-1), John Gaffey (0-1), Michael Monaghan (0-3), Eoin Mulvihill, Justin Barrett (0-1), Tom O’Halloran (0-1), Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan, Bill Kelly, Alex Gardiner (0-4), Doran Harte.
Subs used: Jason Nugent for Eoin Monaghan; James Sheeran (0-1) for Michael Monaghan; Conor Cosgrove (0-1) for Bill Kelly; Dessie Dolan for Tom O’Halloran.
Senior Football Championship (Semi Final)
Garrycastle 3-12 The Downs 3-07
Garrycastle qualified for the 2021 senior final after a hard fought win over The Downs in an eventful game played on a soft Cusack on Sunday last. In a whirlwind start Garrycastle had two goals on the board after 4 minutes, both of which Alex Gardiner set up, the first from Eoin Mulvihill and the second by Tom O'Halloran. At this stage our lads were dominant in most sectors, the score at the first water break was 2-3 to 0-3. In the second quarter The Downs came more into the game and had a number of wides. Sean Brennan brought off a great save and John Gaffey had a brilliant interception to keep The Downs out. However, with the score at 2-5 to 0-3 in the 28th minute a high ball into the Garrycastle goalmouth was knocked into the net and an exchange of points by both teams left 5 in it at halftime.
The second half started with another Garrycastle scoring blitz. A mistake by the Downs keeper led to a goal by James Dolan and two further points opened up a 10 point lead with 33 minutes gone. However, The Downs didn't lie down and worked hard to reduce the lead. At the water break the lead was still 8 points which increased to 10 by 55 minutes. The next two scores were goals for The Downs, both coming from high balls into the goalmouth. The Downs pressed and Sean Brennan was called on to make some fine saves. Doran Harte and John Gaffey cut out a lot of ball and a late counter attack resulted in a Garrycastle point to leave the final score at 3-12 to 3-7. In the last minute of the game a dangerous high tackle on James Dolan led to an incident after which the referee issued two red cards, one for each side.
Well done to all after a good win with some fine football played but still plenty for management to work on before they meet St Lomans in the final which is pencilled in for November 14th.
Garrycastle:- Sean Brennan (0-1), Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Gary McCallon, James Dolan (1-2), John Gaffey, Michael Monaghan (0-2), Eoin Mulvihill (1-0), Justin Barrett , Tom O’Halloran (1-0), Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Eoin Monaghan, Bill Kelly, Alex Gardiner (0-4), Doran Harte.
Subs used: Jason Nugent (0-1) for Eoin Monaghan; James Sheeran for Jack Donohoe; Cathal Mannion (0-1) for Michael Monaghan; Ger Henaghan for Andrew Monaghan; Adam Kennedy for Tom O’Halloran.
Senior Football Championship (Quarter Final)
Garrycastle 3-14 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-08
The seniors coasted into the semi final with a very comfortable win over Shamrocks. After 11 minutes Garrycastle led by a Tom O'Halloran goal and two points and kept a similar lead until 10 minutes of the second half when the floodgates began to open. Our defence were better able to win turnovers and pressurise the attacker when shooting and as a result Shamrocks had a number of wides and balls into the keeper's hands. In attack Garrycastle players moved better, created and converted their chances much better. Playing with two inside forwards, James Dolan and Alex Gardiner, the Garrycastle attack proved effective in spite of a sweeper in front of them. The halftime score was 1-6 to 0-4 in favour of the Castle.
In the early stages of the second half Shamrocks fought hard to stay in touch but were a further point behind after 10 minutes. By the water break the lead was up to 8 points. Goals from James Dolan and Cathal Mannion helped to increase the margin to 15 points by full-time.
It was a more facile win than could have been expected by anyone. Garrycastle played with a purpose and were efficient but Shamrocks' performance was well below what would be expected at this stage of the championship. Next up are the Downs in the semi final who are certain to provide a much more severe challenge when Garrycastle will be trying to overturn an earlier defeat by this opposition.
Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Gary McCallon, James Dolan (1-2), John Gaffey, Michael Monaghan (0-1), Eoin Mulvihill, Justin Barrett (0-1), Tom O’Halloran (1-3), Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan, Bill Kelly, Alex Gardiner (0-6), Doran Harte.
Subs used: James Sheeran (0-1) for Michael Monaghan; Jason Nugent for Eoin Monaghan; Cathal Mannion (1-0) for Gary McCallon; Enda Keena for Andrew Monaghan.
Junior Football Championship (Quarter Final)
Garrycastle 1-09 Bunbrosna 1-10
Our juniors exited the championship at the quarter final stage on Saturday last when losing to Bunbrosna following a topsy-turvy display. Playing against the wind Garrycastle never got going in the early stages at all and were 1-5 to no score behind after about 18 minutes. The goal came from loose passing by the Garrycastle defense which was intercepted. Then they found their rhythm and totally dominated, scoring 6 points before halftime. The controversial incident of the first half was when the Bunbrosna goalie mis-directed a kick-out and when
Mickey Greene intercepted he was hacked down by the keeper. Garrycastle fans expecting a black card and penalty were disappointed with a yellow and a free, which was scored.
The early stages of the second half were dominated by Bunbrosna who increased their lead to 6 points. However, a gilt edged goal chance for the Castle was missed early in the half. Like the first half Garrycastle began to get into the game when the chips were down and a ball played into John O'Brien by Kenny Dolan was knocked into the net reducing the lead to 3. At this stage the play was being dominated by our boys but few enough scoring chances were created due to an over crowded midfield area and very few forward attackers in place. However, the lead was cut to one and when Cathal Redmond was fouled about 40 metres out thoughts of extra time were being considered. However, the free from out on the left drifted wide and the final whistle sounded leaving regrets of what might have been in the Garrycastle camp. A black card for Johnny McGuire late in the game didn't help the cause but it was a brave effort by this committed team. Both Conor Duignan and Brian Ruane received nasty injuries and are wished a speedy recovery.
Garrycastle: Shane Moran, Gary Mullery, Conor McKiernan, Sean Carey, Cathal Redmond, Anthony Larkin, Enda Keena, Jonny McGuire, John O’Brien (1-0), Kenny Dolan (0-2), Ciaran O'Neill (0-1), Brian Ruane, Mickey Greene, Ger Henaghan (0-5), Conor Duignan.
Subs: Philip Monaghan (0-1) for Conor Duignan (inj); Sean Doak for Brian Ruane (inj); Damien Rushe for Conor McKiernan.
Westmeath LGFA Under 14 Division 3 Final
Garrycastle 5-11 Goldsmiths 5-07
Garrycastle were crowned champions after a quite incredible game that was only settled in the last moments of extra time. This was a match that really could have gone either way and either team would have been deserving champions. Goldsmiths had the aid of the breeze in the first half and were much the better side early on scoring a goal and three points without reply in the first ten minutes. The lead would have been even larger were it not for a brilliant tackle by Rebecca Sleator that stopped what looked like a certain goal. Garrycastle captain Hazel Donegan then scored a goal on the stroke of the first water break which gave Garrycastle a huge boost and they carried that momentum into the next quarter as they played their best football of the match and turned the game around to lead 2-4 to 1-4 at half time. Garrycastle continued to push forward after half time but they were caught out with two goals in quick succession, and although a goal from Hannah Ganly put Garrycastle back into a brief lead, two more goals from Goldsmiths saw them lead by five points as the clock ticked down. Garrycastle did not panic though and they worked some very good points including a superb score from distance from Mandisa Ni Chluaid and there were just two points between the teams as the referee signalled three minutes of injury time. A free brought the gap down to one and then Garrycastle won another free out on the right hand side with just thirty seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, free taker Hazel Donegan who had been Garrycastle’s outstanding player on the day was unable to continue due to injury and had to be carried from the field. Sally Joyce took over the place kicking duties and she showed nerves of steel as she slotted over from all of thirty yards, at an angle and into a cross wind, to bring the game to extra time. Garrycastle had to dig deep now with their stand put persidelined but some superb defending saw them restrict Goldsmiths to just two points in the next fifteen minutes. However, they were struggling to convert possession into scores at the other end until a great team move training which started in their own back line set Hazel Donegan, who had just come back on in a restricted full forward role, into space, and she was fouled as she looked set to fire home to the net. Sally Joyce stepped up again to slot the resulting penalty home to the corner of the net to give Garrycastle a one point lead. Goldsmiths then won a long range free which was superbly struck but sailed just to the right of the posts. Garrycastle had a chance to make the game safe with the next attack but the ball was turned over superbly yet again and Goldsmiths carried the ball down the field only for a shot to be deflected out for a 45 with only seconds on the clock. Goldsmiths then tried to work the ball short, something they had done to great effect earlier, but the ball was intercepted and good pass out of defence from Aislinn Kelly found substitute Ella Rose McAuley who showed superb skill and composure to work space for herself before finding Hazel Donegan with a pin point pass, and, despite being clearly hampered with a leg injury, she glided past her marker and drove through to fire an unstoppable shot past the keeper. There was only time for the kick out before referee John Gallagher blew the final whistle to spark great scenes of celebration in the Garrycastle squad. It was very hard luck on Goldsmiths who played a huge part in what was an epic tussle with really only a bounce of a ball between the sides. Garrycastle showed tremendous bravery throughout though and it was fheir ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over that just made the difference in the end. Hazel Donegan was deservedly presented with the player of the match award by county players Grace Halligan and Aine Lynn, but there were superb performances all over the field on both sides. For Garrycastle, the final win marks the end of an excellent season, and it is very encouraging that fourteen of the starting side will all be eligible for this age category again next year.
Garrycastle Squad: Siobhan Ni Chluaid, Rebecca Sleator, Cadhla Kelly, Andrea Doran, Lily Mulvihill, Aislinn Kelly, Matilda Parker, Hazel Donegan, Amelie Henson, Eve Murphy, Sally Joyce, Hannah Murray, Mandisa Ni Chluaid, Tanya Stephane, Chanelle Nestor, Lara Ellen Keena McDaid, Isabella Hogan, Roberta Narmontaite, Roisin Ni Chluaid, Libby McHugh, Mairead McBride, Ella Rose McAuley, Emma Blagriff, Kayah Mierzwa, Amy Cox, Marcella Santos, Lucy Kearney, Hannah Ganly.
Senior Football Championship (Round 5)
Garrycastle 1-09 Coralstown/Kinnegad 1-09
Playing against the wind, Garrycastle got off to a slow start and Coralstown Kinnegad were 1–1 ahead after the first three minutes but Garrycastle managed to pull back in the 5th minute with a goal from Jason Nugent. Andrew Monaghan then levelled the game with a point from play in the 12th minute. Garrycastle didn't score again until the 28th minute with a point from play from Eoin Monaghan. Garrycastle finished the 1st half strongly with a point each without reply from Michael Monaghan (33 min), Alex Gardiner (34 min) and Justin Barrett (34 min). This left the half time score at Garrycastle 1-5 and Coralstown Kinnegad – 6. The backs looked strong throughout with new addition Bill Kelly showing well.
Garrycastle opened the 2nd half strongly with 3 points from play in quick succession from Alex Gardiner within the first six minutes. Michael Monaghan fisted the ball over the bar in the 11th minute after a well-executed move involving Tom O’Halloran, Alex Gardiner and Jason Nugent. Garrycastle
were then dealt a serious blow when James Dolan was shown a black card which was followed very shortly afterwards by a black card for Tom O’Halloran. Leading by 2 points at this stage, Garrycastle showed great resilience and strength in only allowing Coralstown/Kinnegad to score a single point during this period. Doran Harte was then introduced for Jason Nugent.Then with only minutes remaining, James Dolan was given a yellow card following a tackle on his opponent and Garrycastle were reduced to 14 players. Cathal Mannion came on for Michael Monaghan. The game ended in a draw, with the final score 1–09 all. Garrycastle now progress on to the knockout stages of the Senior Football Championship and will meet Mullingar Shamrocks in the quarter final.
GARRYCASTLE:- Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donoghue, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, John Gaffey, Michael Monaghan (2 pts), Eoin Mulvihill, Justin Barrett (0-1), Tom O’Halloran, Andrew Monaghan (0-1), Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Bill Kelly, Alex Gardiner (0-4), Jason Nugent (1-0).
Subs used: Doran Harte for Jason Nugent and Cathal Mannion for Michael Monaghan.
Junior Football Championship (Section 1)
Garrycastle 2-12 Athlone 1-08
This final round finished with Garrycastle gaining two more points in a home game versus Athlone, cementing their position near the top of the division. Playing with a strong wind in the first half Garrycastle were first on the scoreboard and after 12 minutes a Ger Henaghan 45 went all the way to the net. The score at the first water break was 1-4 to 0-2. In the 2nd quarter Athlone added 1-2 to Garrycastle s 0-2 leaving the halftime score at 1-6 to 1-4. Garrycastle had plenty of possession in the half but a reluctance to shoot cost scores.
With it all to do in the second half the Garrycastle lads got stuck in and showed better movement than in the first half. At the 2nd water break the Castle led by 4 points but two Athlone points left them within striking position with ten minutes to go. However the final stages of the game saw the home team dominate with a goal from sub Conor Duignan, who made a big impact after being introduced, and 2 further points. All in all it was a deserved win who now are now on 8 points in the table alongside The Downs and St Lomans. Points difference should be the factor determining 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but all three have qualified for the knockout stages.
GARRYCASTLE:-: Shane Moran, John O'Shea-Sharkey, Fergal McKiernan, Cathal Redmond, Enda Keena, Gary Mullery, Sean Doak (0-1), Jonny McGuire, Conor McKiernan (0-1), Philip Monaghan, Ciaran O'Neill (0-1), Brian Ruane (0-2), Ger Henaghan (1-3), John OBrien (0-1), Peadar Mulvihill (0-1).
Subs: Damien Rushe for Fergal McKiernan; Conor Duignan (1-2) for Phillip Monoghan.
Senior Ladies Championship
Round 2 of the Westmeath Ladies Fairgreen Senior championship took place at the weekend with our senior side hosting Mullingar Shamrocks on Saturday afternoon in perfect playing conditions. The first 10 minutes of the game saw good end to end football from both sides but scores hard to come by. The Garrycastle defence were solid from the start and applied great pressure to the wind assisted Shamrocks side and denied them a number of opportunities while at the other end Aoife Connolly got the scoreboard ticking with a good goal and goals was the flavour of the day for Garrycastle with Aoife getting a hat trick and Grace Halligan adding another to win out on a final score of 4-4 to 1-7 and will now face Milltown in 2 weeks for the final round.
U15 Championship (Div 2) Final
Garrycastle 3-12 Caulry 2-12
The under 15 boys pulled off a great win over Caulry in the rescheduled division 2 championship final played in Athlone in front of a fine crowd. This was a smashing game of football played in a great spirit by both teams. This young Garrycastle team came into the game as underdogs, having
lost to Caulry in an earlier round. They started nervously but played their way into the game and led early on. However, Caulry had a purple patch midway through the half and saw them take the lead. But a determined Garrycastle regained the initiative and led by a point at halftime, 2-6 to 1-8, the goals coming from Andrew Henson and Niadh Shine.
The early stages of the second half saw Garrycastle increase their lead to 4 points when Andrew Henson cut through the Caulry defence to find the net for the second time. The 7 point lead didn't last as Caulry fought back and with the help of a goal reduced the lead to 3. However, Garrycastle controlled possession and after a number of misses increased the lead to 4, a brilliant free off the ground from 45 metres by Niadh Shine. Another Caulry point brought it back to a one score game but in spite of constant Garrycastle pressure they failed to make the game secure but the final whistle arrived bringing great celebration by the large Garrycastle crowd present . This was
a well deserved win by a team who have made tremendous improvement during the season and showed a great hunger for victory. Their handling, kicking, support play, tackling and ability to find each other was of a high standard. Well done by players and management.
Following the game Minor Board Secretary, Kevin Jordan, presented the cup to Garrycastle captain, Anthony Mannion.
Garrycastle: Cian Norris, Oisin Mulvihill, Anthony Mannion, Rían Gaynor, Nathan MacKeon, David Carter, Dylan Frawley, Aaron Keegan, Sean O’Donoghue, Andrew Henson, Níadh Shine, Killian Keegan, James McHugh, Darragh Glennon, Brandon Devaney.
Subs Jack Dolan for Rían Gaynor and Oisin O’Donoghue for Brandon Devaney. Subs not used Matthew Turner and James Derwin.
Senior Football Championmship (Section A)
Garrycastle 1-13 St Loman’s, Mullingar 2-11
Round 4 of the championship ended in another one point defeat which leaves us needing to beat Coralstown/Kinnegad in Round 5 to retain an interest in the competition. A lively start saw our boys going into a 4 point lead, 1-2 to 0-1, after 5 minutes with the help of a Jason Nugent
goal. The tide turned quickly with Lomans leading by 1-5 to 1-3 at the water break. Lomans added 4 points before Garrycastle s next score in the 28th minute. The difference were that Lomans were scoring on most of their attacks while Garrycastle walked into trouble time and again around the half forward line trying to play the ball through. The score at halftime was 1-10 to 1-5 for Lomans.
A red card to a Lomans player at halftime reduced them to 14 in the second half. The first score of the second half was a Lomans point followed by 2 for Garrycastle who were having plenty of possession but were finding it hard to create and take scoring chances. Then disaster struck when on a counter attack the Lomans midfielder ran through for a goal to leave 7 points between the sides with the 4th quarter to come. Scores began to come more easily for Garrycastle and 6 on the trot followed but time ran out and the final whistle came as a big relief to Lomans and frustration for our lads.
Supporters went away disappointed after a 2nd one point defeat in a row but still hopeful that qualification for the knockout stages can be achieved.
Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohoe, Gary McCallon (0-1), James Dolan, John Gaffey, Michael Monaghan, Eoin Mulvihill, Justin Barrett, Tom O'Halloran (0-2), Eoin Monaghan, Doron Harte, Cathal Mannion, Alex Gardiner (0-8), Jason Nugent (1-0).
Subs used: Andrew Monaghan, Bill Kelly, James Sheeran (0-1), Conor Cosgrove (0-1), Adam Kennedy.
Junior Football Championship
GARRYCASTLE 1-15 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-08
The juniors continued their good form making it 3 wins out of 4 matches. Mullingar Shamrocks had a goal and a point on the scoreboard before a Ger Heneghan free got Garrycastle off the mark after 5 minutes. The goal was the difference between the sides at half time, in a half where Garrycastle
were always chasing the game and struggled to get scores.
The second half saw improvement with 3 dead balls converted by Ger Heneghan, 2 frees and a 45 to level the match. Further points came from John O'Shea-Sharkey and Kenny Dolan but Shamrocks led by a
point going into the last quarter. The game turned in Garrycastle's favour with the substitutes having an impact and seeing Garrycastle take the lead with a fine move finished to the net by Kenny Dolan. It was a lead that was added to while holding Shamrocks scoreless in the last quarter as the team in green and red ran out comfortable winners.
Garrycastle: Shane Moran, John O'Shea-Sharkey (0-1), Fergal McKiernan, Sean Carey, Gary Mullery, Anthony Larkin, Cathal Redmond, John O’Brien (0-1), Conor McKiernan (0-2), Enda Keena, Ciaran O'Neill (0-1), Conor Duignan (0-1), Kenny Dolan (1-2), Ger Henaghan (0-7), Mickey Greene.
Subs: Philip Monaghan, Adam Keena, Sean Doak (0-1), Jonny McGuire.
Senior Ladies match reports 13 September 2021:
One week after reclaiming the Mary Quinn cup and back in senior ranks the Westmeath Ladies Fairgreen Senior championship got underway. Our senior side hosted Moate in the first round in Garrycastle on a Saturday morning in perfect playing conditions. Garrycastle got off to a great start and played attacking football from the off and clocked up some early scores to set the tone. The opening half was played at a fast pace with great end to end football and some fine scores with Garrycastle on a comfortable lead going into the break. The second half saw a more determined Moate side and with the wind in their favour they clawed back to eat into the lead. However Garrycastle held their nerve and with a late rally won out on a score-line of 3-14 to 2-10. Overall this was a solid performance from Garrycastle to build on going into the second round where they will meet Mullingar Shamrocks in 2 weeks.
Garrycastle: Megan Mc Cormack, Aimee Duncan, Laura Brennan, Sarah Carter, Jane Henshaw, Finola Mulroy, Áine Lynn, Lorraine Duncan, Danielle Madden, Lisa Fitzpatrick, LauraLee Walsh, Grace Halligan, Aoife Connolly, Aoife Dolan, Sarah Dolan, Shannon Mulvihill, Elaine McGovern, Donna Molloy.
On Sunday morning it was the turn of the Senior B side, same venue and same opposition. Missing a few regulars, the game started at a fast pace with both sides ticking off points until Moate found the net and dominated into the break with an 8 point lead. The Garrycastle girls put up a big battle in the second half and played some great football and were unlucky in the end to lose by 2. Final Score: 2-15 to 2-13. This was a fine performance from a side that introduced a number of young debutants to senior football.
Garrycastle: Rebecca Norris, Faye Hanniffy, Jane Henshaw, Jess McCallon, Niamh Dooley, Sarah Carter, Emily Ruane, Aimee Duncan, Aoife Dolan, Sarah Denby, Elaine McGovern, Rosin Murphy, Amy McGovern, Kate Brennan, Nicole O’Connor, Emma Connaughton, Orla Lynch, Kayleigh Klyne.
Senior Football Champ[ionship (Section A) Round 3
Garrycastle 0-13 The Downs 2-08
Our seniors left two championship points slip though their fingers in Kinnegad on Friday evening last when a long free was pointed by the Downs goalie in the 7th minute of injury time. The first half started at a frantic pace with a lively hungry Downs team making life uncomfortable for our boys. The crucial scores were two Downs goals coming in the 12th and 21st minutes. The first was well taken but came after a mistake in the Garrycastle defence. The second was a scramble in the square when a ball, which should have been cleared, deflected into the net. The score at halftime was 2-5 to 0-6 for the Downs.
From the start of the second half Garrycastle looked like a team on a mission, scoring two quick points but a misplaced pass and an overcarry allowed the Downs regain a 5 point lead. From the 40th minute Garrycastle laid siege to the Downs goal but found scores hard to come by. A great
goal chance flashed outside the post, a penalty was shot wide and there were a number of scorable point chances missed. But the lead was gradually whittled down until Michael Monaghan kicked the equaliser well into injury time. The expected final whistle didn't come and the Downs won a rare kick out and worked the ball up the field when the referee blew for a free, which was converted by the goalie. While there were mistakes made the players couldn't be faulted for lack of effort. They showed great heart, put in a huge effort and did everything except take enough of the chances that came their way.
Garrycastle: Sean Brennan, Mark McCallon, Jack Donohoe, Gary McCallon, James Dolan, John Gaffey, Eoin Monaghan (0-3), Eoin Mulvihill (0-1), Justin Barrett (0-1), Tom O'Halloran (0-2), Michael Monaghan (0-2), Doron Harte, Cathal Mannion, Alex Gardiner (0-4), James Sheeran.
Subs used: Andrew Monaghan, Bill Kelly.
Junior Football Championship
Garrycastle 2-07 St Lomans 0-19
Garrycastle Junior team were out played in Ballymore on Sunday week last in Round 2 of the Junior 1 championship. Lomans started strongly and were 5 points up before Michael Green got our first score. The slow start from Garrycastle allowed lomans to build confidence and continue strongly through to a half time lead of 9 points to 3.
The game was niggly in the second half with 4 yellow cards being dished out. There were excellent goals from Ger Henehan and Adam Keena. Garrycastle started to show their fitness and potential after the 2nd half water break and finally had the measure of a tiring Lomans. However it was too late and some poor passing ended the chances of catching up which were made even more difficult by one of our players getting a red card near the end.
Westmeath LGFA Under 14 Division 3
Garrycastle 6-06 St Josephs 1-11
The under 14s maintained their 100% record with their third win in a row but more importantly the result guaranteed their place in the Division 3 final. This was a really entertaining game with the difference between the teams being Garrycastle’s ability to score goals while at the other end Siobhan Ni Chluaid frustrated the St Josephs girls time and time again with a string of superb saves. Goals from Hazel Donegan (2), Tanya Stephane, and Amelie Henson helped Garrycastle to 4-2 to 1-4 lead at half time. St Josephs are a very good side and they poured the pressure on throughout the second half but some tremendous defending by the Garrycastle backs kept them at bay while two more goals from Hazel and Tanya and some very well worked late points helped seal a hard earned victory. As well as the players mentioned, Cadhla Kelly deserves praise for a great display at full back while Sally Joyce had a big influence on the game in the second half.
Garrycastle Squad: Siobhan Ni Chluaid, Andrea Doran, Cadhla Kelly, Isabella Hogan, Lily Mulvihill, Aislinn Kelly, Matilda Parker, Hazel Donegan (3-3), Lucy Kearney, Eve Murphy (0-1), Sally Joyce, Hannah Murray (0-1), Amelie Henson (1-0), Tanya Stephane (2-0), Chanelle Nestor, Hannah Ganly (0-1), Roberta Narmantaite, Marcella Santos, Roisin Ni Chluaid, Mairead McBride, Emma Blagriff, LaraEllen Keena, Libby McHugh.