East Cork Junior Football League 3 final/ Paddy O’Mahony Cup in Carrigtwohill on Saturday, November 18th
Carrigtwohill 2-7 Castlelyons 6-10
A strong start to the year for our footballers, three wins and a draw from their four league outings, meant that they advanced to the Paddy O’Mahony Cup final against Castlelyons.
Carrig made a bright start to the game with corner-forward Luke Kelly O’Regan striking a great effort to open the scoring after 2 minutes. Castlelyons took control from thereon out however and scored 1-6 without reply over the next twenty minutes. Daire Crotty was unlucky when he cut inside on 19 minutes only to see his shot come back off the post and cleared. Conor O’Mahony registered Carrig’s second point with a fine effort from distance and Sean Rohan followed up with his own score with five minutes to go in the half. Carrig were slowly getting back into the game as former Waterford footballer, Sean Dempsey, gained a stranglehold of the midfield after being withdrawn from full-forward. It was Dempsey who would score Carrig’s first goal from the penalty spot on 29 minutes but two further points from Castlelyons saw them go in ahead at the break leading 1-8 to 1-3.
Castlelyons registered the first point of the second half but it was Carrig who were on the front foot at the restart. Conor O’Mahony, Jay Horgan and Dempsey fielded a lot of possession and Liam O’Sullivan was driving the team forward at 11. O’Sullivan would bring Carrig within two points on 38 minutes with an opportunist goal straight after another Conor O’Mahony point. As Carrig pushed forward however, they were left short on numbers at the back and Castlelyons sealed the game with four goals in the last six minutes. Conor O’Mahony scored his third point from a free and Kelly O’Regan notched his second before Neil O’Connor rounded out Carrig’s tally for the day. Final score 2-7 to 6-10.
Sincere thanks to all the players who turned up for this game and throughout the year. Special mention has to be given to Marty McConville however. Perhaps inspired by his native Lámh Dhearg’s senior county football title in Antrim this year, he togged out for the footballers and put in a fine shift at corner-back on a day that the team was well short of numbers. The club would also like to extend its gratitude to John Horgan, John O’Mahony, Ned Barden, Jim O’Connor and Clive Cremen for their efforts throughout the year.
Scorers: S. Dempsey 1-0, L. O’Sullivan 1-0, C. O’Mahony 0-3, Kelly O’Regan 0-2, S. Rohan 0-1, N. O’Connor 0-1.
Team: Christopher Keegan, Marty McConville, Paraic Hogan, Killian McCarthy, Paul Barden, Jay Horgan, Tomás Hogan, Conor O’Mahony, Seamus Roche, Sean Rohan, Liam O’Sullivan, Neil O’Connor, Daire Crotty, Sean Dempsey, Luke Kelly O’Regan. Subs used: Dara McCann, Frank Kierans.