RedFM Senior Hurling League Round 2
Glen Rovers 0-13 (13) Carrigtwohill 1-7 (10)
in the Glen on Sunday, March 18th
Referee: David Daly (Brian Dillons)
A puck of a ball is all that separated Carrig and the Glen at the end of the latest bout of the senior hurling league and as against Bishopstown, Carrig found themselves on the losing side. A bitterly cold and windy Glen field had been subject to half an hour of snowfall before throw-in so conditions were always going to be difficult. Chances were at a premium in a tightly-contested game but Carrig will rue the fact that the Glen came by 9 of their 13 points from frees while down the other end Carrig failed to capitalise on their scoring opportunities.
Liam Gosnell opened the scoring with a fine individual point inside two minutes before the Glen responded from a free. Brendan McCarthy put Carrig ahead again in the sixth minute before another Glen placed ball drew the city side level, setting the pattern for the day. Ten minutes in, a long ball into the Glen square was gathered by the Glen keeper but as full-forward Brendan McCarthy attempted to make a tackle he was fouled by the full-back and a penalty was awarded. Shane Devlin came out of goal to take responsibility but his effort went just over the bar. The Glen responded with three points on the bounce (one free) which saw them push two points ahead, 0-5 to 0-3 into the second quarter. Carrig reacted well though when a wayward Glen handpass overshot their goalkeeper and Tomás Hogan stole in to poke home, 1-3 to 0-5 with twenty minutes gone. However, another trio of Glen frees in the last five minutes of the half saw them edge ahead by two points after an even thirty minutes. Half-time: 1-3 to 0-8.
The Glen pushed their lead to three points at the start of the second half with another free before Liam Gosnell responded with a trio of his own frees to draw Carrig level on forty-two minutes, 1-6 to 0-9. There wouldn’t be another score for eight minutes as both sides battled and five wides (three from Carrig) in this period could be attributed to the deteriorating conditions. Carrig went behind once again from a placed ball in the fiftieth minute and just couldn’t find their range to draw level once more as the snow started to come down again. The Glen were able to make the most of their opportunities and eked out three more scores (one free) within the last five minutes. With fifty-eight minutes on the clock, Liam Gosnell caught a ball on the forty and turned two Glen defenders heading for goal, before he was taken out deliberately from behind and a free only was awarded twenty-five metres from goal. In an ensuing coming together, Glen Rovers’ wing-back was given a straight red card for what appeared to be a striking offence. Liam Gosnell was substituted with an injury due to the foul and Shane Devlin was again called upon for the close-in free but his effort again just cleared the crossbar. Carrig won possession one more time but just couldn’t work the goal opportunity to get the draw. Full-time: 0-13 to 1-7.
It was another close defeat in a game where Carrig were always in it but they can take many positives from a battling display. There is little time to dwell on the result however as attention immediately turns to hosting Douglas at West End next Sunday. Throw-in is 11.30am.
Scorers: L. Gosnell 0-4 (3f), T. Hogan 1-0, S. Devlin 0-2 (0-1 pen), B. McCarthy 0-1.
Carrig team: Shane Devlin, Aaron Gosnell, Padraic Hogan, Pat O’Sullivan, Colm O’Connell, Ronan Power, Aaron Walsh-Barry, Shane Healy, Liam O’Sullivan, Seamus Roche, Tomás Hogan, Sean Dempsey, Liam Gosnell, Brendan McCarthy, Jamie McCarthy. Subs used: Brendan Twomey for Tomás Hogan (inj), Conor O’Mahony for Liam Gosnell (inj).