DESPITE a close opening quarter Team Garvey's got the desired result when they registered a win over St. Vincent's of Dublin in the Cup quarter-final at the weekend. Having waited patiently to finally have this fixture confirmed the St. Mary's boys played like a determined team.
St. Vincent's 55 Team Garvey's 73
The opening quarter was close as Vincent's broke thorough the visitors defence in the early part but as the quarter progressed the Team Garvey's squad tightened their defence and were particularly strong under the boards giving their opponents no second chances. Garvey's led by two at the end of the first and went on to shoot exceptionally well increasing the lead considerably at various times during the second quarter but Vincent's fought back repeatedly and brought it back to six by the interval.
The Castleisland boys continued to widen the gap in the third quarter but once againSt. Vincent's made several impressive come backs, however, they were no match for the speed of O'Rahilly and the accuracy of Declan Wall who hit three-pointer after threepointer. Vincent's struggled to contain Michael Broderick, Andrew Fitzgerald, Dan Griffin and John Teahan inside and by the end of the third the lead was extended to 11 points.
The fourth quarter saw Team Garvey's take total control as they hit a massive 19 points to Vincent's 12. TEAM GARVEY'S: Declan Wall 22, Andrew Fitzgerald 12, Dan Griffin, John Teahan and Michael Broderick 10 each, Ruairí O'Rahilly 7 and Seamus Brosnan 3.
CUP semi-finals will be held on the weekend of January 12 and 13, the venue is yet to be confirmed. Team Garvey's will meet Killester in their semifinal while Blue Demons who had a comprehensive win over Ulster Elks will meet St. Brendan's who had a win over Maree.
ON Saturday night next Team Garvey's will host Fr. Matthew's in a league game. This will be the last home game this side of Christmas. Tip off in Castleisland community centre will be at 7.45pm.