Leinster Club SFC: Goals the key for Garrycastle

November 10, 2019

Cian Rogers (Ratoath) with Gary McCallon and James Dolan of Garrycastle during the Leinster Club SFC at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Goals from Alex Gardiner, Tom O’Halloran and Michael Monaghan laid the foundations for Garrycastle’s two-point quarter-final success over Ratoath at Cusack Park, Mullingar today.

The home side survived a strong finish by the first-time Meath champions to prevail on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-12.

Veteran Dessie Dolan, who finished with 0-3 to his name, set up Gardiner for his goal in the 6th minute and Garrycastle took a 1-9 to 0-5 lead into the break.

A goal from substitute Cian Rogers goal early in the second-half brought the Meath men back into contention but O’Halloran and Monaghan raised green flags in the 36th and 43rd minutes respectively to restore Garrycastle’s supremacy.

However, a cause of concern for manager Gary Dolan and his selectors ahead of next weekend’s semi-final date with Ballyboden St Enda’s will be the manner in which they allowed their opponents register 1-4 without reply in the final quarter.

Substitute Daithi McGowan found the back of the Garrycastle net in the stoppage time but Davy Byrne’s charges came up short.

Garrycastle - S Brennan; M Guiheen, J Donohue, M McCallon; D Harte, J Gaffey, G McCallon; J Barrett, J Dolan; A Monaghan (0-2), E Monaghan, M Monaghan (1-2); J Sheerin (0-2), A Gardiner (1-1), D Dolan (0-3f). Subs: G Heneghan (0-1f) for D Dolan, T O'Halloran (1-0) for A Monaghan, E Mulvihill for E Monaghan, J Nugent for M Monaghan, C Cosgrove for A Gardiner, J McGuire for D Harte. 

Ratoath - S Duffy; S Brazil, C McGill, L Newe; C O Fearraigh, G McGowan, E Boyle; K McCabe, D Kelly; E Wallace (0-6, 5f), C Rooney (0-3), B O’Connor; J Wallace (0-1), C O’Brien, C Ahearne (0-1f). Subs: A Gerard for S Brazil, D McGowan (1-1) for B O’Connor, C Rogers (1-0) for C Ahearne, D McPartlin for S Duffy, B McGowan for C O’Brien. 

Referee - B Cawley.

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