League v St Finbarr’s in Togher on Tuesday 18th April 2017
St Finbarr’s 1-20 Carrigtwohill 2-14
Carrig went into this Senior Hurling League clash in Togher with something to prove after coming off second-best in most areas against Erins Own a week previous. Despite succumbing to a 3 point loss against St. Finbarr’s, Carrig played very well and were unlucky not to come out ahead at the final whistle.
The opening half featured some lovely, open hurling with neither side able to edge out a commanding lead. Sean Rohan put over Carrig’s first two points from play in the opening 10 minutes and a Darren O’Driscoll point had both teams level on three each after 11 minutes. Sean Rohan then grabbed the ball on the 40 and galloped past the yellow-shirted Barr’s defenders before rifling high into the net for Carrig’s first goal. St. Finbarrs replied with a goal of their own 5 minutes later and tapped over a fewof points either side of 3 successive Tomás Hogan frees. With 20 minutes played it was Carrig 1-6 St. Finbarr’s 1-7. The Togher men would outscore Carrig 4 points to 3 to finish out the half with Brendan McCarthy and Darren O’Driscoll pointing from play and Tomás Hogan easing over a placed ball. 1-9 to 1-11 at half time with both sides hurling ably.
Brendan McCarthy sent over a lovely point just after the restart and Tomás Hogan netted a fine goal after picking the pocket of the covering centre-back with a flick and finishing neatly beyond the onrushing goalkeeper. St. Finbarrs scored two points in reply and scores were at a premium as both teams tightened up. As the 50 minute mark approached Carrig’s total had been bolstered by another Sean Rohan point from distance and a Tomás Hogan free to leave Carrig on 2-12 with ten minutes left. The Barrs matched Carrig’s total of 2 points and they drew level on 1-15. Unfortunately, Carrig left a couple of chances behind them as Conor Cahalane and Bill Beckett provided the bulk of the Togher men’s five-point flurry to see the game out. The outstanding Sean Rohan added two more points in reply to leave Carrig at a deficit of 3 when the full-time whistle blew. Carrig were unlucky to lose this one on the balance of play but in truth they could have lost it much sooner if not for the heroics of Shane Devlin who made a number of fine saves. Aaron Gosnell and the O’Mahonys were stolid in defence and Sean Rohan, Tomás Hogan and Brendan McCarthy hurled very well out the field. It was a good performance all round for Carrig who have two league fixtures left against Newtownshandrum and Sars and they can look forward with confidence after this battling display.
Team: Shane Devlin, Aaron Gosnell, Padraic Hogan, Eoghan O’Mahony, Colm O’Connell, Ronan Power, Conor O’Mahony, Jay Horgan, Brendan McCarthy, Sean Rohan, Liam O’Sullivan, Seamus Roche, Dara Crotty, Tomás Hogan, Darren O’Driscoll. Subs used: Sean Dempsey for Seamus Roche.
Scorers: Sean Rohan 1-5, Tomás Hogan 1-5 (0-5 frees), Brendan McCarthy 0-2, Darren O-Driscoll 0-2.