Some vintage football on display on a hot Sunday morning in Cahermore. Despite some tired legs from a tough encounter against Goleen on the previous Wednesday, a reshaped Garnish side clocked up a a big score. Dean Henshaw made a big impression distributing ball to the wings where Jacky Andy and Gary O’Sullivan enjoyed some considerable freedom.
With Matthew O’Leary and Tommy O’Sullivan on man-marking duty, Ilen Rover’s attack was largely blunted. Moreover, several subs stamped their own impression on the game with Stephen Lane, Danny Harrington and Eric O’Neil all getting on the scoreboard.
A brave effort was not good enough to advance to the semi-finals of the 2020 championship. Deel Rovers started well with three points before a well-taken goal from Paul O’Neill shock off early Garnish nerves. By the first water-break, Garnish were 3 points up thanks to a long-range effort from Hugh Sounish and two frees from Sean Terry. In the second quarter the teams traded scores. Brian Terry chipped to an excellent charge forward from Darragh Henshaw, from which Sean Terry duly pointed, giving Garnish a 4-point lead at half-time.
Things were looking rosy early in the second-half with Garnish enjoying a 1-08 to 0-05 lead. But the Deel Rovers challenge roared back to life a brilliant goal and by the water-break enjoyed a three-point lead. With four minutes left on the clock Darren Deery responded with a goal of his own. Sean Terry levelled in the red, bringing the match to extra-time. A black card for a needless foul swing the momentum back to Garnish. Yet, points from Rory O’Driscoll and Jerome O’Dwyer were insufficient for the ten minutes of numerical superiority. For the final 10 minutes, it was all Deel Rovers.
A lovely sunny mid-summer’s eve for UCC’s senior football team to play a game down the ‘Dyke. And great to see Garnish represented with Matthew O’Leary starting at corner-back. Matthew more than held his own against some quality forwards and his vintage tight marking did not go unnoticed.
Garnish saw off a strong Castletownbere team with a narrow league victory on 20th June. Town came with some big guns and tried every trick in the book to rattle Garnish from the start.
With players away or in midst of exams, there were first starts for Darragh Henshaw, Fintan JL, Paul O’Neill, Cian O’Neil and Darren Deery. Brian Terry opened the scoring with an great long range effort followed by frees from Paul O’Neill and Fintan JL. Despite a strong headwind ‘Town kept in touch and it wasn’t until Jerome O’Dwyer’s 12th minute goal that some daylight emerged. A 2nd goal from Darren Deery gave Garnish a 4 point cushion at half time. Particularly pleasing in the second half is how Garnish managed the game, defending in numbers, retaining possession and working the ball into scoring range. Brian Terry controlled the last 10 minutes after Dylan Henshaw got the insurance score with a well taken goal just after the water break.
Garnish Ross Murphy, Matt O’Leary, Darragh Henshaw, Tommy O’Sullivan, Jack Andy, Rory O’Driscoll, Gary O’Sullivan, Eanna Murphy, Brian Terry, Fintan JL, Paul O’Neill, Hugh O’Sullivan, Jerome O’Dwyer, Darren Deery, Dylan Hendshaw. Subs Used: Cian O’Neill , Brian Walsh, Dean Henshaw, Daniel Rue Jamie O’Driscoll
Thanks to our Fundraising Committee 2021 for their oversight, leadership and energy in our efforts to rise €50,000 towards club development – if it ain’t red, leave it in the shed!
Pictured from Left to Right – Kevin Tim, Alison Henshaw, Ollie Rue, Eric O’Neill, Cormac O’Neill, Cormac MacMahon, Ross Murphy, Liz O’Leary, Daniel Rue and Niamh Terry. Not pictured – club treasurer , Ruairi Mensink and club development officer, Finbarr Harrington.
Garnish and Glengarriff kicked off their league seasons with a tough encounter in Cahermore yesterday. With many first team regulars unavailable, it was a great opportunity to blood some youth … and they did not disappoint.
With Matthew O’Leary on man-marking duties, Tommy O’Sullivan had a strong display in the other corner. Dylan Henshaw and Jack Andy worked the wings extremely well, whilst Finbarr Sheehan showed signs of his potential at 14! Particular congratulations to Stephen Lane on making his debut for the team.