Garrycastle GAA club notes

August 07, 2018

Senior Football Championship

Garrycastle 1-13   Mullingar Shamrocks 2 -8

Garrycastle gained two very valuable championship points on Saturday evening last in Rosemount in an incident packed  game. There was controversy towards the end  of eight minutes of injury time with the awarding of a penalty to Shamrocks. Garrycastle had been three points ahead going into injury time. Shamrocks pressurised looking to level and were awarded by a point at 33 minutes to reduce the lead to two points.. Play continued and a high ball into the Garrycastle penalty area was caught by a Shamrocks player who was surrounded by defenders and in the ensuing play the referee deemed that a foul was committed by the defence and awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper SHANE MORAN and knocked out for a 45. The game eventually ended when the Garrycastle defence gained possession from the 45. During that action packed injury time red cards were issued to a Shamrocks and Garrycastle player and a black card to a Garrycastle player. It was a pity that a game that had been well contested by both sides had ended in controversy. Overall Garrycastle had played a lot of good football but were very leaky in defence conceding  two goals and calling on Shane Moran to bring off two fines saves in the 53rd and 54th minutes. The early lead was taken by Garrycastle but by the 16th minute Shamrocks had levelled. Then a high ball across the Shamrocks square by Cathal Mannion was knocked to the net by James Sheeran  . However with a four point lead Shamrocks replied with a goal of their own in the 21st minute. Three Garrycastle points on the trot built the four point lead again but two late Shamrocks points reduced the halftime  lead to two, 1-7 to 1-5.

Garrycastle increased their lead to three before a Shamrocks goal after 5 minutes levelled matters. Two further Shamrock's points left Garrycastle under pressure with 43 minutes gone.  However they regained the initiative and responded with 5 unanswered points to give them a three point lead at the end of normal time. The highlight of those points occurred when a dispossession by John Gaffey inside his own 45 metre line was fed to Alex Gardiner who made a brilliant to the 20 metre line and his high shot was retrieved from going wide by the same John Gaffey, who had made up the ground,  and a free was won which Cathal Mannion scored. This was an entertaining game with some good football and great battles between players, none better that between Doran Harte and Denis Corroon, which Doron shaded.  The next outing for the senior team is versus Castledaly.

Team: Shane Moran, Mark McCallon , John Gaffey, Gary McCallon , Michael Monaghan,(0-1) Mathew Guiheen, Mark Curley, Eoin Monaghan , Doran Harte , Tom o'Halloran  , Conor Cosgrove , James Sheeran(1-1),  Cathal Mannion (0-2,) , Alex Gardiner (0-4), Ger Henaghan (0-4).  Subs Des Dolan for Conor Cosgrove, Jason Nugent (0-1)  for Tom O''Halloran


Under 12

Garrycastle 4-09, Multyfarnham 2-05

Garrycastle played Multyfarnham in the second round of the Under-12 league (phase 2),in a wet Garrycastle on Wednesday evening.


As is usual at this time of year, the number of players available was greatly reduced due to summer holidays and other commitments. Even so, we still were able to field 17 players on the night, although with only 4 of our under-12 players were available, it was very much left to our under-11 and under-10 players to fill out the team. As such, we knew we would be up against a physically stronger Multyfarnham team.  However, all the Garrycastle players played magnificently, showing a huge work-rate and stepped up their game all over the pitch. They fought for every ball, and importantly, did all the simple things well.

Both teams got off to a good start with the opening points being shared equally. The Garrycastle team started to take control, playing to its strengths, passing the ball around cleanly, and attacking in numbers once the chance was on. The wet conditions meant that at times the ball was difficult to hold, but when we did hold onto the ball we got the rewards. At half time the Garrycastle team led on a scoreline of 2-02 to 0-04. 

The Multyfarnham boys came out strong in the second half, scoring a quick goal and point. The Garrycastle boys did not panic and kicked the next four points to open up the lead again. With the Garrycastle team doing some  continuous running off the ball, the space started to open up and we scored two great goals. Both teams played some excellent football in the wet conditions, tackling hard, and some fantastic kick passing which was great to see.  As the final whistle blew, the Garrycastle boys ran out the winners, on a final scoreline of Garrycastle 4-09 to Multyfarnham 2-05.  Many thanks to Multyfarnham for a very fair competitive game, and to our supporters on the night.

Team on the night:  Conor McCormack, Cian Norris, Van McCay, Anthony Mannion, David Carter, Nathan McKeon,  Killian Keegan (0-01), Rian Gaynor, Aaron Keegan (0-01), Niadh Shine, Christopher Maloney,  Paddy Stephens (1-01), Darragh Glennon (1-03), Calum Hudson, Jack Dolan, James McHugh (2-03),  Dylan Frawley.


The Lotto numbers for Monday July 30th 2018 were 11, 20, 24, 26.  There was no Jackpot winner.  There were two Match3 winners, each receives €50 -  Frank Maher, Joanne Croughan.  The Jackpot next week is €11,000. 


Summer Camp & Skills Camp

The club is running its annual summer camp and skills week from Monday August 13th to Friday August 17th. It is open to boys and girls from ages 4 to 13.   For  children from 4 to 6 the camp will  run from 10am to 12 noon and will cost 40 euro.  For children from 7 to 13 the camp will  run from 10am to 2pm and will cost 55 euro.  Family rates are available.   It is a great opportunity for children to have fun, meet friends and also to learn the skills of the game.    Registration will take place on Wednesday evening from 7 to 8pm. For more information contact Enda at 087 241 4843. 

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