Garrycastle 0-15 Emmet Og, Kiloe 0-6
Our senior team had a comfortable over Kiloe in the first round of the Leinster club championship on Sunday last in TEG Park. Garrycastle took the lead at the end of the first quarter and led all the way to the end. Management selected Andrew Monaghan to replace the injured Tom O'Halloran which meant the three Monoghan brothers were in the half forward line. It was the veteran, Dessie Dolan who stole the early limelight by dominating Garrycastle ‘s attack and, scoring the first five points. An early goal chance for James Dolan was well saved by the Kiloe keeper. After 15 minutes Jason Nugent had a half chance for a goal but unfortunately didn’t get a good connection and it was saved. Alex Gardner scored the first two of three excellent points that he scored in the game, late in the first half to leave the halftime score 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of Garrycastle.
The second half continued with a sweeping Garrycastle move which ended with Mark McCallon pointing. The lead was increased to 6 when Alex Gardiner pointed a free from almost the sideline. Eoin Monoghan pointed after doing a lot of the hard work himself. Kiloe began to run at the Garrycastle defence and were rewarded with two points. However two points each from substitutes James Sheeran and Conor Cosgrove completed the Garrycastle scoring.
Kiloe’s attack found it very hard to make any headway against the Garrycastle defence in which John Gaffey and Jack Donohoe were outstanding. It was a workmanlike efficient display by a Garrycastle team who were on top in most sectors and maintained their form for the full hour and never really looked like losing. The second round is versus Meath champions, Ratoath also in Mullingar.
Team Sean Brennan , Mathew Guiheen , Jack Donohoe, Mark McCallon (0-1), Doran Harte, John Gaffey, Gary McCallon , Justin Barrett (0-1), James Dolan, Andrew Monaghan, Eoin Monaghan (0-1), Michael Monaghan, Jason Nugent , Alex Gardiner(0-3) , Des Dolan (0-5). Subs James Sheeran (0-2) for Jason Nugent , Conor Cosgrove (0-2) for Andrew Monaghan , Ger Henaghan for Des Dolan, Eoin Mulvihill for Gary McCallon, Cathal Mannion for Michael Monaghan , Mickey Greene for Eoin Monaghan .
Garrycastle welcomed St Manchan’s to AIT on Friday night last to play the Jim McHugh ‘Cup’ final. The lads knew what was at stake with this match as Garrycastle themselves have never gotten their hands on this particular piece of silverware. It carried a lot more weight this year as there were a couple of McHugh’s involved, with James captaining the team while his father Jim was on the management. Garrycastle took a good hold of proceedings by putting up a handful of scores without reply from the opposition in the opening minutes of the game. St Manchan’s however were not there to make up numbers and got right back in contention before the break; they had proven in the semi-finals when playing a very strong Shamrocks team that they never know when they’re beaten coming back from 8 points down at half-time to win by a couple of points. Garrycastle were very aware of this threat and had to ride the storm for the first 10 minutes of the second half in very tough conditions. They then proceeded to take a firm hold of the game and saw it through to the end to secure a well-deserved victory on a scoreline of 5-12 to 2-10. . It was befitting on the night that James McHugh received the Man of the Match trophy (chosen by the referee it must be added). James displayed a fine example of leadership and skill throughout the game. It must be noted that overall it was an outstanding team performance from this talented young bunch of players against a very strong St Manchan’s side. Garrycastle GAA club would like to thank AIT for hosting the game at such short notice. Also a huge ‘Thank You’ must be extended to the Garrycastle Minor Board for their tireless work behind the scenes.
The club extends deepest sympathy to the Martin family, The Derries, Bonavalley on the death of Eddie’s wife, Betty. Also deepest sympathy to the White family Creaghduff, Coosan on the recent death of Dara’s father (Cian’s grandfather). May they rest in peace.
Lotto (October 15th)
The Lotto numbers for Tuesday October 15th 2019 were 3, 17, 20, 29. The Jackpot was not won. There were two Match-3 winners this week, each of whom receives €50 - Martin Carey, Claire O'Shaughnessy.
The Lotto numbers for Monday October 21st 2019 were 8, 9, 13, 14. The Jackpot was not won. There were no Match-3 winners this week, €100 will be added to the match-3 prize fund for next week. The Jackpot next week (Oct 29th) is increased to €8,250. Play Garrycastle GAA Club Lotto online, with a safe and secure online payment.