Championship v Midleton in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday 28th May 2017
Carrigtwohill 0-9 Midleton 2-14
A young Carrigtwohill side were made to rue missed chances in this senior hurling championship first round tie in Páirc Uí Rinn. Showing the exuberance of youth and putting in a determined defensive display in the first half, they were unlucky not to go in ahead at the break before losing out in the final 15 minutes.
The game began with Midleton opening the scoring with 3 consecutive points inside the first 10 minutes before the industrious Brendan McCarthy opened Carrig’s account with a fine strike from distance. After Midleton scored another to put the gap to 3 points again, Carrig followed up with superb points from Sean Rohan and Liam Gosnell. All 3 of Carrig’s scorers thus far were making their first senior hurling championship start. When full-forward Darren O’Driscoll caught a contested long ball and stroked it over the bar on 22 minutes, Carrig had drawn level and were building momentum . A minute later Tomás Hogan landed a monster free from inside his own half as Carrig took the lead for the first time in the game. Two late Midleton frees split another Sean Rohan point and the teams went in at the half 6 points apiece. Carrig looked untroubled in the backline as Ronan Power and Colm O’Connell dominated and Jay Horgan was imperious in shackling Conor Lehane who finished the game with only 2 points from play.
Midleton again started the 2nd half better and scored the first two points before Darren O’Driscoll answered with his own score on 39 minutes. The game was opening up and two more Midleton points made it 10 points to 7 before O’Driscoll again found space and took a fine point. An injury to Colm O’Connell meant Carrig had to reshuffle at the back and they were finding opportunities hard to come by at the other end. Then on 46 minutes Midleton managed to forge ahead with a Luke O’Farrell goal that just snuck inside Shane Devlin’s post. Midleton added another 1-2 with the second O’Farrell goal coming from a fortuitous flick on to a mishit free on 53 minutes. A sizeable gap had opened up and Carrig went in search of a glimmer of hope as the hard-working O’Driscoll found a bit of room on the 20 but his shot at goal was well saved. 17 year old Liam Gosnell put over a free to complete Carrig’s total as the game finished out 2-14 to 0-9.
A disappointing second half failed to mask many positives for Carrigtwohill from this game. They fielded a starting 15 with 10 players under 23 years of age and 4 players made their first championship start. Indeed, 4 of Carrig’s 5 scorers were under 22 and 3 made their first start. With championship experience under their belt, Carrig’s young guns now look forward to a Round 2B tie with Bandon who will be cursing their luck at having lost out to Blackrock in extra time last Friday, as they held a goal lead in the 65th minute of ordinary time before conceding a late equaliser. Michael Cahalane’s involvement with Cork’s senior hurlers and Peter Murphy’s involvement with Cork junior footballers are potential holdups to the playing of the fixture but the earliest date to look towards will be the weekend of June 24th.
This game also proved noteworthy as 3 sets of brothers lined out for Carrigtwohill including Aaron and Liam Gosnell, Tomás and Padraic Hogan and Eoghan and Conor O’Mahony. The last time Carrig had 3 sets of brothers line out in the same starting 15 in a championship game is a topic of debate for historians of the club.
We would also like to extend the best wishes of the club to Colm O’Connell who put in a fine shift at wing-back with the knowledge that his expectant wife could be going into labour any day now. We wish them both the very best.
Reaction from Midleton manager Paddy Fitzgerald and Carrigtwohill’s Marty McConville can be found here (at 16.28 mins and 18.24 mins respectively).
Carrigtwohill Scorers: Darren O’Driscoll 0-3, Sean Rohan 0-2, Liam Gosnell 0-2 (0-1f), Tomás Hogan 0-1 (0-1f) and Brendan McCarthy 0-1.
Carrigtwohill: Shane Devlin, Aaron Gosnell, Padraic Hogan, Eoghan O’Mahony, Colm O’Connell, Ronan Power, Conor O’Mahony, Brendan McCarthy, Liam O’Sullivan, Sean Rohan, Tomás Hogan, Seamus Roche, Jay Horgan, Darren O’Driscoll, Liam Gosnell. Subs Used: Oliver Baverstock for Colm O’Connell (inj), Sean Dempsey for Seamus Roche and Daragh Crotty for Brendan McCarthy (Blood).
Many thanks to Paul Flynn at Carrigtwohill Sports Photography on facebook and http://www.paulflynnphotography.com/ for use of his photos.