FÉ 12 HURLERS WIN COLMAN DILLON TOURNAMENT
Erin’s Own GAA Club, Caherlag, Saturday 16th September 2017
This very promising Fé 12 team had fantastic success in the Colman Dillon tournament, which sets a high standard every year and attracts participating clubs from as far away as Kilkenny, Dublin and Galway.
The tournament consisted of two groups of four teams in a round robin format playing 30 minute games, with the winners of each group playing in the 40 minute cup final and the second placed team playing in the shield final.
GROUP MATCH 1: CARRIGTWOHILL 1-06 VALLEY ROVERS 2-03
Carrig were up against it from the start with a tough assignment against Valley Rovers (currently third in the Premier 1 hurling league table). The Innishannon side got used to the quite narrow pitch quicker than Carrig and opened up a four point half-time lead on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-01.
Carrigtwohill got the first score (a point) of the second half but when Valley Rovers goaled seven minutes in to open up a six point advantage, it looked very ominous for the east Cork side. However, they did not panic and gradually got to grips with the opposition. With only two minutes remaining, it still looked like Valley Rovers were going to take the spoils, as they led by four points. A late goal, scrambled home by Aaron Desmond followed by a pointed Cillian Barry free secured a draw. This would ultimately prove to be the crucial moment of the tournament for Carrig, as the failure to get that draw could have resulted in the outcome of the group being determined by score difference.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Aaron Desmond 1-0, Patrick Walsh 0-3 (2 fs), Cillian Barry 0-2 (1 f), Seán Brennan 0-1 (f).
GROUP MATCH 2: CARRIGTWOHILL 3-06 ST. MARY’S (CLONMEL) 1-04
Next up were Tipperary team St. Mary’s. Carrig scored three first half goals courtesy of Cormac Murphy, Seán Brennan and Matthew Barrett (a brilliant first timed half volley shot) to lead comfortably at half-time on a scoreline of 3-02 to 0-02.
Carrig took a bit of a breather in the second half of this match after the exploits of the first game. They still ran out winners by eight points.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Seán Brennan 1-3 (2 fs), Matthew Barrett 1-1, Cormac Murphy 1-0, Patrick Walsh 0-02.
GROUP MATCH 3: CARRIGTWOHILL 3-04 KILMACUD CROKES (DUBLIN) 1-06
Carrig knew that they would be up against it in their final group game, as Valley Rovers had a very tough close game against the Dublin side in the previous round. The Kilmacud Crokes keeper dropped a ball struck in from the wing by Patrick Walsh after just two minutes to put Carrigtwohill a goal up. Shane Buckley scored a fine goal and another scrambled Aaron Desmond goal gave Carrig a nine point half-time lead on a scoreline of 3-03 to 0-03.
Kilmacud Crokes upped their game in the second half, assisted by the wind. They goaled in the very first minute and followed up with three unanswered points, holding Carrig scoreless until Seán Brennan pointed from play in the final minute of normal time. Carrigtwohill held on to win the game and ultimately the group with an impressive performance in which all of the Carrig scores came from play.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Shane Buckley 1-1, Patrick Walsh 1-1, Aaron Desmond 1-0, Seán Brennan 0-1, Cillian Barry 0-1.
CUP FINAL: CARRIGTWOHILL 2-06 SARSFIELDS 1-04
Sarsfields won what appeared to the eye to be an easier group, setting up an East Cork derby for the final. The concern from a Carrig perspective was tired legs and bruised bodies after three tough games. Fear not, as to a player, Carrigtwohill stood up and put in a massive performance in the circumstances.
Sars opened the scoring with a free in the third minute, which was responded to with a Seán Brennan free a minute later. There was a scoreless ten minute period until Sars rattled the net 15 minutes in but once again Carrig responded with a white flag courtesy of a Patrick Walsh free to trail by two points. Walsh doubled his placed ball tally two minutes later and Daniel Murnane put a long range free between the posts for the final score of the half to draw the match, 0-04 to 1-01.
arrigtwohill took the lead four minutes into the second half with a well finished goal by Shane Buckley after some Trojan work by Cillian Barry out the field, delivering in a great ball. Sars responded immediately with a pointed free to stay in touch. Carrig then goaled a second time seven minutes into the half after goalkeeper, Tadhg Sullivan’s launched puck-out was brilliantly fielded by Patrick Walsh, whose shot was parried by the Sars keeper only for the alert Kyle Graham to pounce and bat it to the net. Sars replied with a pointed free to stay in touch on a scoreline of 2-04 to 1-03 midway through the half. Twelve minutes into the half, Patrick Walsh yet again fielded majestically from a long range puck-out and with just two pucks of the ball, the white flag was raised as he rifled it between the posts. The latter stages of the game were low scoring, as both teams showed great endeavour in what was a very tough but sporting contest. Right on the stroke of full time, Daniel Murnane, who was a revelation in his newly berthed centre back position made a storming run up the field and hit over a great long range point – possibly the score of the match. Sars got the final score of the match, a point from play late in injury time.
Colman Dillon, a living legend in the Erin’s Own club (for his contribution to the development of underage hurling), presented the trophy to Carrigtwohill captain, Patrick Walsh.
Well done to the players and their mentors on their brilliant achievement. What is particularly admirable about this bunch of players is that they never panic in the face of adversity. The composure that was shown in the second half of the first group game against Valley Rovers was an essential part of their success in the tournament.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Kyle Graham 1-0, Shane Buckley 1-0, Patrick Walsh 0-3 (2 fs), Daniel Murnane 0-2 (1 f), Seán Brennan 0-1 (f).
Carrigtwohill Panel: Rory Adam, Ben Allen, James Barrett, Matthew Barrett, Cillian Barry, Seán Brennan, Shane Buckley, Jamie Cotter, Aaron Desmond, Kyle Graham, Conor Hill, Jake Horgan, Joel Joseph, Fionn Kidney, Daniel Murnane, Cormac Murphy, Daniel Nolan, Tadhg Sullivan, Denis Walsh, Patrick Walsh.
(Photos courtesy of Paul Flynn.)
There are some great action shots on the Carrigtwohill Sports Photography Facebook page, courtesy of local photographer Paul Flynn, who was in-situ taking snaps 15 minutes after being contacted as the final threw in. A huge thanks to Paul for his continual contribution to the posterity of our games.