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Garrycastle GAA – Derek Daly Memorial Run

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Monday 26th December 2011.
Garrycastle GAA – Derek Daly Memorial 5km Run.

On a misty St Stephens Day, Noel Kelly and Olivia Ni Shúilleabháin became the inaugural winners of the Annual Garrycastle GAA – Derek Daly Memorial Run.

The race, which catered for runners and walkers of all levels was extremely well attended with everyone from participants to stewards enjoying a fun day out.

Prize Winners On The Day:
Mens Race

1st: Noel Kelly, 2nd: Seán Carey, 3rd: Anthony Rickard.
Womens Race
1st: Olivia Ni Shúilleabháin, 2nd. Denise Coghill, 3rd. Rosemary Ryan.

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Padraig Rattigan and Peadar Mulvihill lead the charge at the start of the Garrycastle GAA/Derek Daly Memorial 5km Run

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Noel Kelly, Seán Carey & Anthony Rickard celebrate after finishing the race

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Olivia Ni Shúilleabháin, Denise Coghill & Rosemary Ryan pictured at the prize giving

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Garrycastle Make History

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday 18th December 2011. Leinster Club Championship Final.
St Brigids 0-10 … 1-08 Garrycastle

Garrycastle GAA Club wrote themselves into the history books on a cold Sunday in Tullamore as they became the first Westmeath club to win the Leinster Club Championship title.
If ever a match deserved the old cliche of “a game of 2 halves”, this was the one. Garrycastle stormed into a 5 point lead at the half time break with Dessie Dolan giving a masterclass in football to the bewildered St Brigids defence.

A second half goal from Gary Dolan looked to have put the tie beyond doubt but St Brigids picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and set off on a comeback trail that knocked the wind out of the Westmeath club. Paddy Andrews was in top form, notching up a tally of 5 points and with seconds left on the clock Gavin McIntyre leveled the score. Extra time looked to be a certainty, but into the 2nd minute of injury time Garrycastle were awarded a free kick out near the sideline. Up stepped Conor Cosgrove and the forward kept a cool head to fire the ball over the bar with the left boot to seal a dramatic and historic victory.

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Dessie Dolan fires over a point under pressure from Grahan Norton

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Garrycastle are presented with the cup

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Match winner Conor Cosgrove celebrates at full time

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CHAMPIONS!

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Garrycastle GAA Club – Leinster Champions

John Gaffey and James Diugnan lift the Cup as Champions

Spurs Too Hot For Rovers

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Thurs 15th December 2011. Europa League

Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur.

Shamrock Rovers season finally came to a close as they bowed out of the Europa League at the group stages.
The Rovers fans started in fine voice singing, to the tune of Johnny Cashs I Want To Go Home, “You Should be In Jail, You Should be In Jail, Harry Redknapp, You Should be In Jail”. Not to be outdone, the travelling Spurs fans replied on the same air with “We Want To Go Home, We Want To Go Home, Dublins A Sh*thole, We Want To Go Home”.

Unfortunately for the home side, things on the pitch were not nearly as evenly matched and a half interested Spurs side cruised to victory on a 4-0 scoreline. Despite flashes of good play from Rovers, their main attacking tactic was to pump the ball high to Karl Sheppard. Unfortunately for the lively Sheppard, standing directly behind him for most of these high balls was the 6ft 3in centre half Younes Kaboul.
Just before the half hour mark, South African international Stephen Pienaar broke the deadlock when his shot from the edge of the box flew past the unsighted Richard Brush and into the bottom right of the net.

As half time loomed, Spurs doubled their lead when Andros Townsend sent a perfectly aimed shot from the wing into the top left corner of Brushes net. The tie was effectively ended on the stroke of half time when Townsend again caused problems for the Rovers defence as he set up Jermaine Defoe to score from close range.

In the second half, Rovers got their only shot of note on target as Billy Dennehys shot kicked up off the ground but was dealt with by Carlo Cudicini. Rovers did have a bit more bite to them in the second half and can feel aggreived with some refereeing decisions. Firstly Karl Sheppard was hauled to the ground on the edge of the box, with a tackle that wouldnt look out of place in Thomond Park, by Jake Livermore. Play on was the call from the Swiss official. With close ot 20 minutes left on the clock Sheppard again was in the thick of it when Younes Kabouol swept the former Galway United players legs from under him inside the penalty area. Play on was once again  the call from the Swiss official.

It just was not going to be Rovers night and Spurs rounded it off in the last minute when substitute Harry Kane tapped the ball in from close range to finish off the nights scoring.

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Stephen Pienaar fires home to put Spurs in the lead

Karl Sheppard is taken down by Younès Kaboul

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Connacht Pick Up First Point

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Saturday 10th December 2011. Heineken Cup
Connacht 10-14 Gloucester. The Sportsgrounds.

Connacht narrowly missed out on their 1st win in the Heineken Cup on a wet Saturday in Galway, however they did manage to earn their first point of the campaign via a losing bonus point.

After Gloucester had built up a an 11 point lead, Connacht captain, Gavin Duffy set things up for the Province before the break when he linked up with Ray Ofisa before running down the pitch to score right at the post.

Early in the 2nd half Niall O’Connor narrowed the gap to just 1 point with a penalty. Both teams battled hard to find more scores but Connacht hopes were dashed when Gloucester were awarded a late penalty and Freddie Burns made no mistake from close range to seal the away victory by 4 points.

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Gavin Duffy dives over the line for a try to Connacht

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