Saturday June 4th Pairc Ui Rinn
Carrigtwohill 1-13 Ballinhassig 0-14
Carrigtwohill’s campaign started with an extraordinary match against Ballinhassig. Carrig played scintillating hurling in the first half and with the aid of a breeze built up a 1-13 to 0-5 lead at half time. Robbie White poached the goal after a Niall McCarthy shot was blocked and all of Carrig’s forwards scored from play. Such was Carrig’s economy with the ball that they scored 14 times from just 15 attempts on goal.
Carrig still led by three goals entering the final quarter but their failure to score put them under increasing pressure. Ballinhassig reduced the deficit to a couple of points with time running out and Carrig were grateful to their young goalkeeper William McCarthy for a couple of brilliant saves.
Saturday July 23rd Pairc Ui Rinn
Carrigtwohill 0-16 Muskerry 1-10
Carrigtwohill advanced to the quarter final of the championship for first time since 1958 with a victory over Muskerry that was more decisive than the final score line suggested. Carrig’s dominance was such that they led by five points at the break, 0-11 to 0-6, and stretched that lead to eight points at one stage in the second half.
However, for the second game in a row, Carrig’s efficiency in front of goal was poor in the second half and Muskerry came with a very late surge that made the winners sweat in the closing five minutes. Carrig’s defence, though, was excellent, just as it had been against Ballinhassig.
Sunday August 28th Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Carrigtwohill 1-20 Cloyne 3-12
Carrigtwohill produced a brilliant second half performance to hold off the stubborn challenge of Cloyne in the quarter final. Their half time lead of 0-10 to 1-4 was wiped out at the beginning of the second half when Cloyne rattled in 1-2 without reply within three minutes of the resumption. Playing against the wind Carrig had to dig deep and they came up with a brilliant response, blitzing the Cloyne defence and turning a two point deficit into a six point lead.
Terrific points from Robbie White were the catalyst for Carrig’s storming comeback and Michael Fitzgerald’s goal put Carrig clear after great work by Stephen Kidney. Cloyne, though, staged their own comeback in the closing minutes and Carrig’s defence had to be strong under pressure once again.
Sunday September 11th Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Carrigtwohill 1-10 Midleton 0-10
Carrigtwohill reached their first county final since 1937 with a rousing performance that was full of heart and backbone. Regarded as rank outsiders Carrig defied all odds with a display that gradually grew in confidence. Despite playing with a strong wind Carrig trailed by three points early on and looked to be in trouble. However they ground their way back into the game with inspirational scores from Niall McCarthy and a goal just before half time by Michael Fitzgerald. Led by Noel Furlong, Colm O’Connell and Pat O’Sullivan Carrig’s defence smothered the Midleton attack in the second half and Midleton never looked like getting the goal that they desperately needed.