Garrycastle (@2.0) vs Ratoath (@2.1)

Our Prediction:

Garrycastle will win

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

The first half produced greatend to end football with both defenses doing well and scores hard to come byand Garrycastle were down by two points at the break. Despite heavy rainunderfoot conditions in Caulry were excellent. Having been well beaten by St Josephs in the group stages Garrycastle wereunder no illusion that this would be a tough encounter. Garrycastletravelled the short journey to Caulry to take on St Josephs in this Final.

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 (Westmeath) v Killoe Emmet g (Longford), TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, 1.30 Garrycastles know-how in club championship combat was on display when they deposed St Lomans despite an eight-point deficit at half-time and with every match potentially Dessie Dolans (above) last, they are driven and capable of getting past Emmet g, who are trying to emulate their predecessors, Mullinalaghta.

Group Stage[edit]

WEXFORD SHC FINALSt Annes v St Martins, Innovate Wexford Park, 3.0 Annes have a nice momentum after a good semi-final win against Rapparees got them back to a final for the first time in five years and they are capable of springing a surprise here, a task facilitated by the suspension of Rory OConnor, which is a blow for Martins who nonetheless remain favourites.

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.

Garrycastle: Megan Mc Cormack, Jane Henshaw, Aine Lynn, Orla Breatnach, AoifeMcCormack, Amanda McCloone, Orla Connaughton, Katie Mc Donald, Laura Brennan,Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Dolan (1-1), Danielle Madden, Kiara Ward (0-1), LisaFitzpatrick (0-1), Aoife Connolly (0-4), Grace Halligan (0-1),Annie McCole,Ailish Mannion, Ciara McCormack, Ciara McGovern, Eimer ONeill, Kate Brennan,Anne Marie Donoghue, Gemma Donoghue, Rebecca Norris, Stephanie ONeill.

The lead wasincreased to 6 when Alex Gardiner pointed a free from almost the sideline. EoinMonoghanpointed after doing a lot ofthe hard work himself.Killoe began torun at the Garrycastle defence and were rewarded with two points. The second half continued with a sweepingGarrycastle move which ended with Mark McCallon pointing. However, twopoints each fromsubstitutes JamesSheeran and Conor Cosgrovecompleted theGarrycastle scoring.

Live Competitions

Our senior team had a comfortable over Kiloe inthe first round of the Leinster club championship on Sunday last in TEG Park.

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.

Congratulations to this bunch of girls many who willstill be under 16 next year and to their manager Declan Finn for his commitmentand work with this team and to the backroom team if Katrina Jameson and MarieMcGovern. The teamenjoyed refreshments after the game. The midfield duo of Erica Lowe and Tegan Foley worked hard allthrough with the latter creating many an attack in the second half. Sarah Kelly had a great game in goals and made the bestof every kick out. Thanks also to Colin Clyne and Ger Griffith for helping out. Great work from Roisin Murphy, Jessica Frawley and Arlene Devery feedingin the ball with Elaine McGovern, Ella Dowling and Shannon Mullvihill makingthe most of every chance and convertingat crucial times. Her defense were solid all through and put an end to manyattacks with Rosin Mc Namara thwarting a number of goal chances. She was wellassisted by Donna Molloy and Emily Ruane with Amy McGovern doing well on herintroduction. Up frontthe forwards worked hard for scores and found their momentum in the secondhalf. This was a great performance from Garrycastle who hadto dig deep to take the lead from four points down and then to hold onto thatlead and claim victory. The half back line of Sarah Carter and Rebecca Norris broke upmany attack and sent the ball to the forwards while Eimer O'Neill wasconsistent all through winning lots of kick outs from both sides and feeding theforwards. She commended Josephs on a great game and thanked the teammanagement and committee. Captain Elaine McGovern accepted the cup on behalf ofher team.

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.

Preview: Weekends Gaelic Football action

Killoes attack found it very hard to make anyheadway against the Garrycastle defence in which John Gaffey and Jack Donohoewere outstanding. It was a workmanlikeefficient display by a Garrycastle team who were on top in most sectors andmaintained their form for the full hour and never really looked likelosing.The second round is versus Meathchampions, Ratoath also in Mullingar.

This victory rounded off a super season forthese girls who have lost only one competitive match all year, a narrow andcontroversial loss in the National Feile Division 4 quarter final againsteventual winners and Longford champions, Clonguish. Many thanks to Colin Clyne and his back roomteam of Geraldine Griffith, Noelle ODonnell, and Anne Kearney, who have put ina huge effort with this talented and enthusiastic squad, starting as far backas mid-January when they held the first of almost eighty training sessions, andending with this very enjoyable and well deserved win.

This was an epicencounter which provided great entertainment and drama for those fortunate towitness the game.