Championship v Castlelyons in Killeagh on Friday 24th March 2017
Carrigtwohill 0-4 Castlelyons 0-8
Carrig finished the wrong side of a tough game that was much closer than the final score suggests.Both teams favoured a possession-based approach with runners coming from deep. That meant that the opposition funnelled players back in defence making scoring opportunities hard to come by. As such, scores were at a premium with the deadlock only broken in the 10 th minute by Castlelyons.
Carrig were well organised defensively and were strong in the tackle. Padraic Hogan from full back and Tomás Hogan and Jay Horgan in the wing back line did well to win possession and launch attacks up the field. Conditions were difficult and maintaining possession of the ball in the final third was a struggle. The score was 2 points apiece at half time as Carrig benefited from a well-taken left foot strike by Daire Crotty and a close-in free by full forward Neil O’Connor.
Upon the resumption, Castlelyons scored 2 points in the first 5 minutes of the second half and despite Carrig’s best efforts they never surrendered that lead. Another Neil O’Connor free drew Carrig within 1 with 20 minutes to go but Castlelyons again rattled over two points stretching the deficit. A third point for O’Connor from a placed ball was Carrig’s last score before Castlelyons tacked on 2 at the end. Carrig had plenty of possession in the 2 nd half and despite some lovely play and endeavour from Colin Santry, Darren O’Driscoll and Daire Crotty, they were unable to turn opportunities into scores. Carrig now look to the second round against Midleton on the weekend of April 8th .
Carrig: Christopher Keegan, Killian McCarthy, Padraic Hogan, Conor O’Mahony, Paul Barden, Jay Horgan, Tomás Hogan, Seamus Roche, Sean Rohan, Shane Healy, Liam O’Sullivan, Daire Crotty, Conor McCarthy, Neil O’Connor, Colin Santry.
Subs used: Darren O’Driscoll, Sean Dempsey, Denis O’Connor, Luke Kelly. Other Subs: Adam McNamara, Brian Purcell, David Mullins.