FÉ 13 CENTRAL PREMIER 1 HURLING LEAGUE
Carrigtwohill v Douglas in Carrigtwohill, Friday 1st June 2018
Carrigtwohill 3-16 Douglas 5-08
The Fé 13 hurlers put in a massive performance against Douglas in a game in which it looked like the city side were going to take the spoils in the early stages.
Douglas started this game with ferocious intent and turned Carrig inside out, leading by 1-04 to 0-01 after just eight minutes, with the home team’s solitary score coming from Cillian Barry.
Carrigtwohill got themselves back into this game through pure workrate and determination; by the 15th minute, the game was level at 1-05 apiece, thanks to points from Patrick Walsh, Cillian Barry, two Seán Brennan frees and a smartly finished flicked goal from a tight angle by Fionn Kidney. Carrig kept the effort going until half time, scoring a further five points courtesy of three by Séan Brennan (two frees) and one apiece from Cillian Barry and Patrick Walsh. Douglas were held to a single point during that period of dominance and Carrigtwohill went in at the break five points to the good on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-05. This was a fantastic turnaround, given how ominous things looked in the early stages of the game.
The home team continued to dominate the game in the early stages of the second half. 15 minutes into the half, they still led by five points on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-06, thanks to a lovely point by Patrick Walsh, reciprocated by Joel Joseph and two Seán Brennan placed balls. (Seán’s unerring accuracy from frees proved to be crucial in this game.) Douglas then came to life again and hit Carrig for 1-02 in the space of two minutes to draw the game with ten minutes to go.
A Cillian Barry point and another pointed free by Seán Brennan put Carrig two points up. The decisive score of the game came with two minutes of normal time remaining. Corner back, Ben Allen attacked and won a great ball, which, following a clever pick into a teammate’s hand by Daniel Nolan, resulted in a long delivery into the Douglas penalty area. Joel Joseph fielded and finished to the net. A minute later, Patrick Walsh struck a spectacular and unstoppable shot to the top corner of the goal. Despite the fact that Carrigtwohill were eight points up heading into injury time, Douglas, to their credit didn’t give up and scored two injury time goals.
This bunch of players have put in many fine displays in the Carrig jersey. This one must surely rank with the best of them. It was a superb all round team effort from 1 to 15. A massive well done to the players and their mentors on the manner in which they stuck to the task and didn’t panic when things went wrong in the early stages of the game. A special mention must go to Cormac Murphy, who epitomised the team performance with his own individual display at full back. After struggling in the opening minutes of the game, Cormac grew into the game and played a stormer on the edge of the square, a position in which he looked comfortable despite it being relatively new to him.
Lastly, a word of thanks to Douglas for their contribution to what was a cracking game of hurling, which was played in a very sporting manner.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Seán Brennan 0-8 (6f, 1 ‘65’), Patrick Walsh 1-3, Cillian Barry 0-4, Joel Joseph 1-1, Fionn Kidney 1-0.