League v Youghal in Youghal on Sunday 6th March 2016
Carrigtwohill 0-9 Youghal 1-7
A late goal denied Carrig’s senior hurlers at least a draw in absolutely appalling conditions in Youghal last Sunday. On a pitch that deteriorated into a sea of mud the match was borderline unplayable, particularly in the second half when both teams struggled to exert any control over the ball or their footing.
One goal was always likely to be decisive and Youghal came up with it in the closing minutes when the sides were level at 0-7 each. Carrig responded manfully in the time that was left and managed two points to narrow the gap but couldn’t come up with the equaliser.
Carrig were once again missing seven or eight front line players through injury and illness but put up a hugely spirited performance in the circumstances. Trailing by 0-4 to 0-1 at the beginning of the second quarter Carrig came back to lead by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time with a string of scores from Darren O’Driscoll, Michael Fitzgerald and the excellent Tomas Hogan who led the Carrig attack again with six points, three from play.
Shane Devlin made a brilliant close range save to keep Carrig in the game in the first half and the backs on the whole did exceptionally well in the conditions. Jay Horgan gave another intelligent performance as an improvised corner back, Liam Sullivan covered acres of ground at centre field and Seamus Roche worked extremely hard in the half forward line.
Carrig, though, failed to score for the first 20 minutes of the second half during which time Youghal tacked on two points. Hogan equalised for Carrig and it looked like the game was heading for a stalemate until Youghal struck late.
Carrig’s next senior hurling match is against Blackrock on St Patrick’s Day in Carrig at 11.0.
Carrig: Shane Devlin, Brian Cashman, Padraic Hogan, Jay Horgan, Colm O’Connell, Ronan Power, Michael O’Riordan, Liam Sullivan, Daire Crotty, Seamus Roche, Tomas Hogan, Stephen Kidney, Michael Fitzgerald, Darren O’Driscoll, Sean Rohan.
Subs used: Cian Harte, Ciaran Gosnell.