Under-16 Contacts for 2023
Under-16 Team Management:
For all enquiries related to the Girls Under-16 group, please contact Geraldine on 087 980 7042.
Under-16 Girls includes those born in 2007 and 2008.
Division 1 Féile Final, May 1st, 2023
The under-15 girls made it all the way to the Division One Féile Final on the Bank Holiday Weekend but fell short at the last hurdle against a superior St. Lomans side. The girls had an excellent tournament overall with comprehensive wins over Goldsmiths Girls, St. Mary's Rochfortbridge and Coralstown/Kinnegad in their qualifying group, a goal from St. Mary's being the only score conceded over the three games, and they played some lovely flowing football in the process.
That put them through to a semi-final against a strong looking Killucan side, but a brilliant individual goal from Amelie Henson straight from the throw-in gave them the best possible start and they never looked back, running out winners on a score line of 4-6 to 1-2.
The final, which was a repeat of last year’s Under-14 Div. 1 County Final, was always going to be a very tough ask, but St. Lomans were even stronger than expected and Garrycastle simply had no answer to them on the day.
Best of luck to St. Lomans in the National Féile, it will take a very good team to beat them.
Under-16 Div. 2B FINAL vs Milltown, Saturday October 1st, 2022
Garrycastle 5-06, Milltown 3-08
The under 16s finally got the better of a very good Milltown side after 150 minutes of at times thrilling football to win this county final. Garrycastle were brilliant in the first twenty minutes here and probably could have put the tie to bed had they taken half of the goal chances they created. They still led 2-5 to 0-2 coming up to half time thanks to goals from Lucy Kearney and Hazel Donegan, with the points coming from Hazel (2), Hannah Murray (2) and Sally Joyce. However, Garrycastle suffered a huge blow five minutes from the break when their captain and midfielder, Kacey Mulvihill, who was having an excellent game, had to retire from the game injured. Milltown had now settled and were unlucky to see a shot come crashing off the crossbar but they added two late points to leave seven between the sides at half time.
Garrycastle pushed even further ahead after the break with early goals from Aislinn Kelly and Hazel Donegan supplemented by a Sally Joyce point and although Milltown pulled a goal and two points back, when Sally scored a fine individual goal it left Garrycastle leading 5-06 to 1-06 with just 13 minutes left on the clock and looking nailed on. However, Milltown never gave up and they started to dominate possession with Garrycastle struggling to get out of their half for the rest of the game. A yellow card for a Garrycastle player saw them play the last ten minutes with just fourteen players. The Garrycastle backs though were defending like demons and they did brilliantly to restrict Milltown to just two goals and two points despite what seemed like interminable pressure. The most crucial moment of the siege came when Siobhan Ni Chluaid pulled off an incredible one handed save to deflect a shot that looked destined for the top corner. Two late breakaways from Hazel Donegan almost led to goals but both times her low shots just flashed wide. Eventually, the final whistle blew deep into injury time to spark jubilant scenes.
It was hard luck on Milltown who were left ruing a number of wides but a lot of those misses were made under tremendous pressure from the Garrycastle defence who were heroic all through. Overall, Garrycastle were full value for the title over the two games, having been denied late into injury time on the first occasion. The win was also a nice consolation for the under 14 players on the squad who had lost their own Division One final just a week earlier, and 11 of that squad were on the field at the end of the game. Vice-captain Jessica Frawley collected the trophy in the absence of her injured teammate Kacey, while Hazel Donegan was deservedly named player of the match. Well done to all the squad and to managers Ger Griffith and Brian Murphy, and mentors Lydia Hogan, Diarmaid Ni Chluaid and Colin Clyne. A word of thanks too to all of the supporters who came to the two games, but especially the senior Garrycastle ladies who turned out in such big numbers to support and inspire the team at the replay, after having their own disappointment just a day earlier, a brilliant example for the younger players to follow.
Garrycastle squad: Siobhán Ní Chluaid, Kayleigh Clyne (Rebecca Sleator), Cadhla Kelly, Emma Connaughton, Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Chanelle Nestor, Aislinn Kelly (1-0), Kacey Mulvihill (Amelie Henson), Eve Murphy, Hazel Donegan (2-2), Hannah Murray (0-2), Mandisa Ní Chluaid, SallyAnn Joyce (1-2), Lucy Kearney (1-1), Lara Ellen Keena McDaid, Rihanna Lowe, Tanya Stephane, Lily Mulvihill, Emma Blagriff, Roberta Narmontaite, Matilda Parker, Isabella Hogan, Róisín Ní Chluaid, Molly Copelin, Mairead McBride. The team and committee sends best wishes to Kacey Mulvihill.
The Garrycastle Girls Under-16 team who won the Under-16 Div. 2B Final.
Under-16 Div. 2B FINAL vs. Milltown, Saturday September 3rd, 2022
Garrycastle 4-14, Milltown 4-14 (After extra time)
These two sides will have to meet again after a very exciting encounter that showed off everything that is good about ladies football.
Playing with the aid of the breeze Milltown were by far the better side in the first half and led by a score of 0-8 to 0-2 at the break, with the Garrycastle points coming from Aislinn Kelly and Hazel Donegan. The lead could easily have been at least twice that had Milltown taken even half of their chances. The Garrycastle girls seemed to be affected by nerves and were guilty of poor handling and decision making all over the field, and were standing off their players, whereas Milltown were attacking every ball and there was always a player in support, whether it was in defence or attack.
Garrycastle settled themselves during the half time interval and they came out a completely different side in the second half with Hazel Donegan scoring a brilliant goal straight from the throw in. Points followed in quick succession from Sally Joyce, Lucy Kearney and Mandisa Ni Chluaid. Milltown responded with a superb individual goal from their talismanic forward Kate Whyte but Garrycastle immediately responded with a Kacey Mulvihill finish to the back of the net that was followed by an inspirational Aislinn Kelly point. Another point followed from Hazel Donegan to put Garrycastle two points clear before Lucy Kearney saw her close range shot come crashing off the crossbar. A turning point then came when a rare Milltown attack saw Siobhan Ni Chluaid make a great low diving save to prevent a shot going into the corner but the ball squirmed from her grasp on the artificial goalmouth surface and a Milltown player pounced to restore the lead. Kate Whyte, who contributed all but three of her team’s scores in the match, added two points and then another goal to leave Milltown six points clear with only ten minutes remaining.
Amazingly, Garrycastle responded yet again. Hazel Donegan knocked over two points followed by a Kacey Mulvihill free and then Jessica Frawley slalomed through the Milltown rearguard before firing low and hard to the bottom of the net. The sides exchanged further points before Garrycastle goaled after a goalmouth scramble to take the lead as the game went into injury time. Some brilliant Garrycastle defending then followed as Milltown poured everything forward in search of an equaliser and when Roisin Ni Chluaid made a super interception and clearance with 65 minutes on the clock Garrycastle thought they surely had the game won.
However, there was still time for one last Milltown attack after a turnover on halfway and it led to a foul on a Milltown forward just inside the square. Kate Whyte then stepped up with the last kick of the game to send the teams to extra time but only after hitting the crossbar and goaling from the rebound, which summed up an amazing game of football.
Twenty minutes of extra time then followed in the same vein. Garrycastle started much the better and took the lead through two Kacey Mulvihill points. Milltown pulled one back but Aislinn Kelly restored the two point lead with a lovely score before Eve Murphy was very unlucky to hit the crossbar after a great move. The escape seemed to give Milltown renewed momentum and they knocked over two late points to bring the game level yet again. The final ended with Milltown on the attack against a tiring Garrycastle defence and a winning score seemed almost inevitable until a vital and brilliantly timed block from Jessica Frawley ended the attack and the final whistle blew.
Garrycastle squad: Siobhan Ni Chluaid, Rihanna Lowe, Cadhla Kelly, Emma Connaughton, Jasmine Molloy, Jessica Frawley, Chanelle Nestor, Aislinn Kelly, Kacey Mulvihill, Eve Murphy, Hazel Donegan, Lucy Kearney, Mandisa Ni Chluaid, Sallyann Joyce, Kaleigh Clyne, Lara Ellen Keena McDaid, Hannah Murray, Roisin Ni Chluaid, Tanya Stephane, Emma Blagriff, Isabella Hogan, Roberta Narmontaite, Mairead McBride, Molly Copelin, Rebecca Sleator, Lily Mulvihill, Matilda Parker.
Under-16 Coach Contact for 2021
For all enquiries related to the Girls Under-16 group in 2021, please contact Colin Clyne on 087 6773095.
Training times for this group may be found on the Training Schedule page.
Under-16 Girls U16 Westmeath Div 2 Winners. The Under-16 girls started training in January 2019 and continued up to October 2020. The girls had a fantastic season and once again were crowned County champions. The girls were undefeated in all 5 championship matches played, which culminated with a very impressive victory in the final against St. Joseph’s in Garrycastle.
A strong start to the final, put them in a great position to win the under-16 title for the 2nd year in a row. Many thanks to Colin Clyne, Noelle O Donnell, Katrina Jameson, Ger Griffith, Richie Byrne and Declan Finn for their hard work all season. Also to the parents who supported the players and finally to the club executive for their help.
Under-16 Division 2 County Final, Sunday 13th September 2020
Garrycastle 5-11, St Joseph's/Kilbeggan 1-09
Westmeath County Champions 2020 !
Sunday last was the date set for the Under-16’s final against St Joseph's/Kilbeggan. As these two sides reached this final stage unbeaten, this was all set to be a very competitive game. The game was played in Garrycastle in perfect conditions. From the onset the Garrycastle girls were out to prove their unbeaten record was well deserved. Immediately the ball was thrown in by referee James Allard, the brilliant Tegan Foley won the ball and it was sent quickly into the forward line where it was gathered by Ella Dowling who took her chance well to score the first goal of the game after only 5 seconds.
This was to set the pace of the the game. Ciara Finn put the ball past the keeper to score again. St Joseph’s replied with a point from play. Tegan Foley was again on target with a well finished goal.
The diligent work of the backs Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter and Donna Molloy, made it very difficult for the St Joseph’s forwards to score. They popped over 5 points just before the half time mark. Kasey Mulvihill scored a brilliant goal followed by another goal and a point from Ciara Finn. Elaine McGovern’s work rate was superb and she scored 2 points in this half and was instrumental in many of the scores converted. At half time Garrycastle were in a commanding position, on a scoreline of Garrycastle 5-04 to St Joseph’s 0-05.
As the second half started St. Josephs were quicker to attack, but the tremendous work of Gemma Duffy in the Garrycastle goal made it very difficult for them. Garrycastle continued to score, adding 7 more points from Ella Dowling, Roisin Murphy and Elaine McGovern. Jessica Frawley made her presence felt in the half forward line. Erika Lowe worked tirelessly throughout the game.
Garrycastle finished the stronger side 5-11 to St Josephs 1-09. Garrycastle had a wonderful panel of girls to select from and the subs Orla Barry, Meleigh McDonnagh, Nessa McNamara, Emma Kearney, Amy McGovern, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihanna Lowe and Kayleigh Clyne all playing a vital part when introduced.
There was great excitement when the U16 Trophy was collected by Captain Elaine McGovern. Elaine gave a wonderful speech thanking the opposition for a very sporting game, thanking Garrycastle for hosting the game and having the pitch in such a wonderful condition and thanking the supporters for obeying the covid guidelines. Elaine also thanked the coaches and mentors Colin Clyne, Declan Finn, Geraldine Griffin, Katrina Jameson and Noelle Murphy for all their hard work and dedication over the past year to bring the girls to the final.
Garrycastle Team and Scorers:
Gemma Duffy, Shauna Jameson, Orlath Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter, Donna Molloy, Erika Lowe, Tegan Foley (1-0), Jessica Frawley, Elaine McGovern (0-4), Roisin Murphy (0-1), Kasey Mulvihill (1-0), Ella Dowling (1-5), Ciara Finn (2-1), Meleigh McDonnagh, Orla Barry, Nessa McNamara, Emma Kearney, Amy McGovern, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan, Rihanna Lowe, Kaleigh Clyne.
Under-16 Championship vs Caulry, Monday August 24th
Garrycastle 7-13, Caulry 0-06
Well done to our under-16 girls who were victorious over Caulry last Monday evening.
The Garrycastle girls were in total control from start to finish with a final score of 7-13 to 0-06. Keep up the great work!
Under-16 Championship vs Killucan, August 13th
Garrycastle 9-12, Killucan 2-06
On Thursday evening the squad travelled to Killucan to play the home side. A strong Killucan side opened the scoring with 2 goals in quick succession. The Garrycastle girls settled down after the uneasy start with a great goal from Ella Dowling. This was followed shortly by a point from Roisin Murphy. Gemma Duffy was once again superb in goals keeping the home side from scoring any more goals. The Garrycastle girls pressed hard and kept the scoreboard moving in their direction putting up an impressive score line of 9-12 to Killucans 2-06.
Garrycastle Team and scorers: Gemma Duffy, Orliath Lynch, Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Sarah Carter, Arlene Devery, Donna Molloy, Erika Lowe (1-0), Tegan Foley (1-1), Roisin Murphy (1-2), Elaine McGovern (3-2), Jessica Frawley, Ciara Finn (0-3), Ella Dowling (2-3), Kasey Mulvihill, Amy McGovern (0-1), Orla Barry, Nessa McNamara, Jasmine Molloy, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton, Hazel Donegan (1-0), Mandisa Ni Chluaid.
Under-16 Championship vs Milltown, August 10th
Garrycastle 2-15 Miltown 0-08
The Under-16 team played their first game of the championship on Monday evening in Garrycastle against Milltown. This was an end to end pulsating game with both teams evenly matched although this was not reflected in the final score. The diligent work of the backs Roisin McNamara, Shauna Jameson, Orliath Lynch, Arlene Devery, Sarah Carter and Donna Molloy, Emma Kearney, Emma Connaughton and Jasmine Molloy left it difficult for the Miltown forwards to penetrate. Superb goal keeping from Gemma Duffy keeping a clean sheet. Tegan Foley and Jessica Frawley were commanding in midfield. The half forwards Amy McGovern, Nessa McNamara and Elaine McGovern lead by Roisin Murphy drove consistently forward creating and taking scoring chances. The full forward line of Ciara Finn, Ella Dowling, Kasey Mulvihill, Orla Barry and Meleigh McDonnagh worked hard throughout, winning out on a score line of Garrycastle 2-15 to Miltown 0-8.
Under-16 B-Championship Final vs. St. Josephs, October 5th
Garrycastle 3-08 St Joseph’s 2-10
Garrycastle travelled the short journey to Caulry to take on St Joseph’s in this Final. Having been well beaten by St Joseph’s in the group stages Garrycastle were under no illusion that this would be a tough encounter. Despite heavy rain underfoot conditions in Caulry were excellent. The first half produced great end to end football with both defences doing well and scores hard to come by and Garrycastle were down by two points at the break. 0-5 to 0-3 from Ella Dowling (0-2) and a free from Shannon Mulvihill.
The second half started at pace and St. Joseph’s added 2 points before finding the Garrycastle net. From the kick out Garrycastle launched an attack which ended in a tackle on Erika Lowe and a penalty awarded which was duly converted by Shannon Mullvihill. This spurred on the girls and points from Elaine McGovern and Roisin Murphy closed the gap. St Joseph’s didn’t give up and added a goal but further pressure from Garrycastle resulted in 2 goals from the boot of Shannon Mulvihill and a point from Arlene Devery. Garrycastle were now two points up in the dying minutes and a point from St. Joseph’s in injury time left the minimum between the sides. The Garrycastle girls held firm and every player defended to the last to win out by one point, 3-08 to 2-10.
This was a great performance from Garrycastle who had to dig deep to take the lead from four points down and then to hold onto that lead and claim victory. Sarah Kelly had a great game in goals and made the best of every kick out. Her defence were solid all through and put an end to many attacks with Roisin McNamara thwarting a number of goal chances. She was well assisted by Donna Molloy and Emily Ruane with Amy McGovern doing well on her introduction.
The half back line of Sarah Carter and Rebecca Norris broke up many attack and sent the ball to the forwards while Eimer O'Neill was consistent all through winning lots of kick outs from both sides and feeding the forwards. The midfield duo of Erika Lowe and Tegan Foley worked hard all through with the latter creating many an attack in the second half. Up front the forwards worked hard for scores and found their momentum in the second half. Great work from Roisin Murphy, Jessica Frawley and Arlene Devery feeding in the ball with Elaine McGovern, Ella Dowling and Shannon Mullvihill making the most of every chance and converting at crucial times.
Captain Elaine McGovern accepted the cup on behalf of her team. She commended St. Joseph’s on a great game and thanked the team management and committee.
Congratulations to this bunch of girls, many who will still be under 16 next year, to their manager Declan Finn for his commitment and work with this team and to the backroom team of Katrina Jameson and Marie McGovern. Thanks also to Colin Clyne and Ger Griffith for helping out. The team enjoyed refreshments after the game.
Under-16 B-Championship Winners!
Sarah Kelly, Donna Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane, Eimear O'Neill, Rebecca Norris, Sarah Carter, Erika Lowe, Tegan Foley, Roisin Murphy(0-1), Shannon Mulvihill (3-3), Elaine McGovern (capt.) (0-1), Jessica Frawley, Ella Dowling (0-2), Arlene Devery (0-1), Shauna Jameson, Ciara Finn, Amy McGovern, Ciara Sheils, Emma Hynes, Aoife Galvin, Emma Connaughton.
Under-16 B-Championship Semi-Final vs. Milltownpass, September 3rd
Garrycastle 2-16, Milltownpass 2-12
The Garrycastle U16 girls are into the Final of the B Championship after a win over Milltownpass on Tuesday evening last. Garrycastle opened up the game with a point from Captain, Elaine McGovern, this was followed by a point from Shannon Mulvihill. Milltownpass dominated the next patch of play leaving the score level at the half time break. The Garrycastle girls worked hard in the second half. They displayed some great football skills. It was an overall great team effort that saw Garrycastle come out on top on a score line of 2-16 to Miltownpass 2-12
Under-16 B-Championship Semi-Final:
Sarah Jane Kelly, Emer O'Neill, Elaine McGovern (0-1), Tegan Foley(0-1), Rebecca Norris, Donahay Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane (1-0), Shauna Jameson, Ciara Sheils, Sarah Carter, Shannon Mulvihill (0-7), Emma Hynes, Erika Lowe (0-2), Roisin Murphy (0-3), Jessica Frawley, Jasmine Molloy, Amy McGovern, Ciara Finn (1-2), Arlene Devery, Ella Dowling.
Under-16 vs. The Downs, July 16th
Garrycastle 8-11, The Downs 5-04
Garrycastle U16 team travelled to the Downs on Tuesday evening last to play the Downs. This was a hard fought game, with great scores coming from both sides. Garrycastle opened up with the first score but the Downs replied quickly, this was the way throughout the game. The backs were constantly put under pressure by the quick Downs forwards. Roisin McNamara led in fullback position aided by Shauna Jameson and Amy McGovern on the wings keeping the Downs forwards from scoring. Sarah Kelly pulled off a great save from the penalty spot. The work rate of the half backs, Emily Ruane, Donna Molloy and Rebecca Norris was superb. The duo at centre field, Tegan Foley and Emer O'Neill, were excellent. Our captain Elaine McGovern (0-2) led by example and was instrumental in a lot the scores taken. Shannon Mulvihill was a tower of strength and scored an amazing 5 goals and 8 points of the final tally. Ciara Finn showed great determination and skill making great space for our young forwards Ella Dowling (2-0) and Jasmine Molloy (1-0) to put their names on the score sheet.
Overall well deserved win with great work rate by all fourteen players.
Sarah Jane Kelly, Emer O'Neill, Ciara Finn, Elaine McGovern, Ella May Dowling, Tegan Foley, Rebecca Norris, Donahay Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane, Shauna Jameson, Shannon Mulvihill, Jasmine Molloy and Amy McGovern.
Under-16 Championship vs. Mullingar Shamrocks, May 14th
Garrycastle 9-15, Mullingar Shamrocks 1-02
Our U16’s travelled to Mullingar on Tuesday evening last to play Mullingar Shamrocks in the Championship. This was somewhat of a one sided affair with Shannon Mulvihill opening the score with a goal, with a quick pass from Ciara Sheils This was followed by a point by Erika Lowe. The Garrycastle girls continued to dominate with Rebecca Norris giving good passes that led to scores from Ella Dowling and Ciara Finn. Tegan Foley was outstanding in her mid-field role. Donna Molloy flourished in her half back position. Eimer O Neill and Emily Ruane worked well not allowing the ball back to the Shamrock forwards. Rosin McNamara was a power of strength at full back and this left things easy for Sarah Kelly in goals. There were some great displays of football from Elaine McGovern, Sarah Carter and Rosin Murphy. Emma Hynes added to the score with a point from an awkward angle. When introduced Shauna Jameson played her defensive role. Overall the girls should be proud of their display, great teamwork with brilliant scores.
Team: Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin McNamara, Ciara Sheils 1-0, Rebecca Norris, Shauna Jameson, Emer O'Neill, Donna Molloy, Emily Ruane, Elaine McGovern 2-3, Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling 0-2, Erika Lowe 0-3, Tegan Foley, Shannon Mulvihill 3-2, Roisin Murphy 2-1, Ciara Finn 1-3, Emma Hynes 0-1
Under-16 League vs Loughnavalley, May 7th
Garrycastle 8-11 Loughnavalley 8-10
Our U16’s played Loughnavalley in a high scoring game on Tuesday evening last in Garrycastle. Loughnavalley started off very strong with a goal and 4 points before Garrycastle put a score up. Garrycastle were behind at the half time mark.
After the break the Garrycastle girls dug deep and worked hard to win the game by the narrowest of margins. There were some great displays of football from our full back Rosin McNamara, Shannon Mulvihill, Tegan Foley and Elaine McGovern. Overall it was a great team effort.
Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin McNamara, Ciara Sheils, Shauna Jameson, Emer O’Neill, Donna Molloy, Elaine McGovern (1-2), Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling (0-1), Erika Lowe (1-1), Tegan Foley, Shannon Mulvihil (6-3), Aoife Galvin, Roisin Murphy, Ciara Finn (0-4), Emma Hynes, Jessica Frawley, Amy McGovern.
Well done to Garrycastle player Shannon Mulvihill and her teammates from Moate Community School on winning the All-Ireland Junior B final last Friday (April 5th). Shannon was also named player of the match.
Congratulations from all at Garrycastle Ladies!
Under-16 League vs Milltown, April 2nd
MILLTOWN 2-07, GARRYCASTLE 3-05
The Garrycastle Under-16 girls travelled to Milltown on Tuesday April 2nd last to play their first league game of the season. This was a hard fought game played in winter like conditions. The Garrycastle girls showed great determination and skill and well deserved to come out on top at the final whistle.
Team: Sarah Jane Kelly, Roisin Murphy, Ciara Shiels, Emer O'Neill, Ciara Finn, Elaine McGovern, Sarah Carter, Ella May Dowling, Erika Lowe 0-1, Tegan Foley, Chloe Fitzgerald, Rebecca Norris, Aoife Galvin, Donahay Molloy, Roisin McNamara, Emily Ruane.