Cross County League (Div 1)

Post date: Jun 28, 2021 8:58:17 AM

St Lomans, Mullingar 3-09 Garrrycastle 1-14

This game finished soon after Alex Gardner's converted penalty left the Garrycastle contingent congratulating each other on a great comeback by the team to earn a draw. However the joy was short lived when the referee announced a one point win for Lomans - 1-14 to 3-9, we thought it was 1-15 to 3-9.

The story of the match was a leaky defence conceding goals in the first half and brave fightbacks by a battling under strength Garrycastle outfit. Lomans goals came in the 3rd , 19th and 30th minutes while in between Garrycastle were tacking on points. The halftime score was 3-3 to 0-7.

In the second half Garrycastle tightened up the defence and were battling hard to reduce the deficit but were failing to reduce it below three points. With time running out we felt that a goal was needed to salvage anything from the game. A short passing Garrycastle movement ended with a foot block and a penalty being awarded which Alex Gardiner converted. Two minutes later the final whistle sounded with the referee's notebook having us a point behind. In spite of the goal setbacks the team showed a great battling spirit in fighting back each time. Adam Kennedy playing at full forward proved to be an effective target man and caused the Lomans defence plenty of trouble. A worrying feature of the game was injuries to Anthony Larkin, Doran Harte and Jason Nugent adding to an already high injury toll in the club. All in all it was useful preparation for championship.

GARRYCASTLE:- Shane Moran; Mathew Guiheen (0-1); Jack Donohoe; Anthony Larkin; Bill Kelly; Doran Harte; Jason Nugent (0-1); Eoin Monaghan; Alex Gardiner (1-6); Cathal Mannion (0-1); Conor Cosgrove (0-2); Michael Monaghan (0-1); Mickey Greene; Adam Kennedy (0-2); Ger Henaghan (0-1).

Subs Enda Keena for Anthony Larkin; Ciaran ONeill for Jason Nugent; Brian Ruane for Doran Harte; Kenny Dolan for Ger Henaghan.