Garrycastle (@2.0) vs Ratoath (@2.1)
10-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Garrycastle will win

Garrycastle – Ratoath Match Prediction | 10-11-2019 08:30

It will however serve to focus them and the challengers may end up regretting missed opportunities at death last week. DONEGAL SFC FINAL REPLAY Gaoth Dobhair v Naomh Conaill, MacCumhaill Park, Balybofey, 3.0 Last seasons Ulster champions were caught on the line by Naomh Conaill after a lack-lustre final and they must now plan without defenders Kieran Gillespie and his replacement last week Christopher McFadden, both injured.

It was during this period thatGarrycastle led for the first and only time in the game when points from Dylan Keegan and JasonNugent put Garrycastle 2 points up only for the home team to respond and leavethe score at half time in extra time level at 0-14 to 1-11. At half time in the second period, Coralstown-Kinnegad led by 1 point. The hometeam continued to build on their scoreline and they again pulled away in thesecond half of the first period of extra time and were leading by 4 points whenDaragh Kenna finished the ball to the net from a narrow angle to draw the gameagain and cause a second period of extra time of 10 minutes duration to beplayed. There thenfollowed a period of 20 minutes extra time. Then in the last attack the home team got a vital goal and the fulltime whistleblew to end this extended battle between the two teams. They held thislead into the second half of the second period with both teams trading points.

A long range shot from Tubberclair hit the upright and the ball fell kindly into the forward who scored another goal. The Garrycastle lads never gave up and just before halftime were rewarded with a goal that left the score at Garrycastle 1-02 Tubberclair 2-04 with all to play for in the second half. As the game started there was a strong breeze favouring Tubberclair and this showed as the home team started the brighter and scored the first two points. With a few players missing due to holidays Garrycastle still had 17 players togged out in the red and green. Garrycastle adjusted well to the wind and started running at their opponents and were rewarded by numerous frees. We were unlucky not to convert a couple of frees close in and also had a few chances cleared off the Tubberclair line.Long balls from Tubberclair eventually broke our defence and the home team scored a goal and some poor decisions gave Tubberclair another two points.Our lads kept working and were rewarded by some fine runs from the backline and midfield scoring two points in concession which was keeping us in the game.

Knock-Out Stage[edit]

Garrycastle needed to respond and they suddenly wokeup and started playing with more belief and conviction. Further scores from Andrew Monaghanwho contributed 4 more points 2 from frees and with his brother Phillip gettinga goal and Joe Carmody with a point, the game finished level on a scoreline of 0-12 to1-9 after 60 minutes. Led by Andrew Monaghanwith Garrycastle's first score after a barren spell of 25 minutes, his scorewas cancelled out by a further point by Coralstown-Kinnegad. Midway through the 2ndhalf, the score stood at 0-11 to 0-3 for the home team who looked like theywould run out easy winners. Robert Kelly cleared a ball off the line and shortly afterwards GoalkeeperPatrick McKiernan got down well to save a certain goal. From then on, the remainder ofthe second half belonged to the visitors. Coralstown-Kinnegad upped their game at thestart of the 2nd half and caused many problems for the Garrycastle defence.

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. James displayed a fine example of leadership and skill throughout the game. It was befitting on the night that James McHugh received the Man of the Match trophy (chosen by the referee it must be added). 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.

Our under 14 girls finished off a tremendousseason with victory in the county final on a sunny Saturday afternoon inRochfordbridge.Loughnavalley sent afree wide with the first attack of the game but the next five minutes were allGarrycastle as they went on a blitz that saw them score a goal and fiveunanswered points. Hazel Donegan scoredthe goal from close range, and points quickly followed from Kacey Mulvihill (two frees), Ella Dowling, Nessa McNamara, and Rosn Murphy. Loughnavalleyfinally got on the board from a free, but Hazel Donegan responded with a point,and then a long range shot from Tegan Foley sailed all the way to the net.Hazel Donegan followed another Loughnavalleyfree with a point before Loughnavalley converted a penalty.

LEINSTER CLUB SFC FIRST ROUND Ferbane (Offaly) v St Patricks (Wicklow), OConnor Park, Tullamore, 1.30 Composure and a strong bench helped to get champions St Patricks over the line in a tight final tussle with Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney but this may be beyond them, as Ferbane have gained altitude impressively through the clubs first successful county campaign in 25 years and have the rising Cian Johnson in form and shooting the lights out.

Leinster Senior Club Football Championship[edit]

Anotherbusy weekend for the Garrycastle girls. Garrycastle started the second half in a much more determinedfashion and indeed had the lions possession but unfortunately did not makethis count on the scoreboard. Playing against a strong breeze in the opening half Garrycastle struggled tosettle and Milltown made the most of the conditions and went in at the break1-8 to 0-4. First up was the turn of the seniorgirls when they lined out for the Division 1 league final to take on Milltown.

There are three groups of six teams called Group A, B and C. The 5th and 6th placed teams will proceed to the Relegation Play-Off to determine which three teams will suffer relegation. The 1st and 2nd placed teams in Groups A, B and C along with the 3rd placed team in Group A automatically qualify for the Quarter-Finals. The third placed teams in Groups B and C engage in the Preliminary Quarter-Final to determine the team that completes the Quarter-Finals lineup.

Emma Connaughton made some crucial interceptions at differentstages while Arlene Devery and Orlaith Lynch rivalled Tegan Foley and JessicaFrawley as the squads best performers on the day. Aside from the scorers, therest of the Garrycastle players are deserving of great praise, starting withboth keepers, Kayleigh Clyne, who pulled off a super save midway through thefirst half, and Gemma Duffy, who was making a welcome return to action after along lay off with injury. The backs weresuperb all through, with Emma Kearney and Amy McGovern doing very well in theirbattle on the right hand side with Loughnavalleys two most dangerous attackerswhile Jasmine Molloy put in a powerful display at full back particularly in thesecond half.

The second half was a tighter affair as both teamsstarted to tire in the soft underfoot conditions and Loughnavalley deserve hugecredit for never giving up despite the large deficit.

2019 Meath Senior Football Championship

After the game the girls enjoyed a lovely meal compliments of the club. However the young girls persevered during this and fought the whole way through and performed to their best but losing out to a stronger Killucan outfit. The U12 girls played Killucan in the final in horrendous conditions of rain, thunder and lightning. Overall this has been a great season for this young side made up of a number of 9 and 10 year olds. Many thanks to our U12s manager Brian Ganly assisted by John Quilty and to the backroom team and all who helped in every way with this team.