RedFM Senior Hurling League
Newtownshandrum 2-17 (23) Carrigtwohill 2-21 (27)
in Newtown on Saturday, June 30th.
Referee: No official referee appointed/agreed referee between two teams
It was looking like another one of those days. Carrig were down 7 points with five minutes to go after having the better of much of the match. But 2-5 without reply and a finish full of heart, determination and skill saw Carrig secure their first league win of the year in impressive fashion.
The opening ten minutes of the match was a cagey affair with Newtown edging ahead 0-4 to 0-2; two Liam Gosnell placed balls had Carrig on the scoreboard. Tomás Hogan brought Carrig within one but Newtown stretched their lead to three points with two quick scores in the twelfth minute. Carrig then had the better of it and took the lead on seventeen minutes after another Gosnell free and strikes from Jay Horgan, Seamus Roche and Hogan’s second. There wouldn’t be a score for another eight minutes as the game tightened up but it was Newtown who drew level with five minutes left in the half. A fourth Gosnell free was again answered by Newtown before scores from Brendan Twomey and Sean Rohan gave Carrig a deserved lead with half-time approaching. A missed pick-up in the Carrig backline however, gave Newtown one last chance and they worked a goal as the half-time whistle blew, 0-10 to 1-8.
Carrig started the second half slowly and conceded 1-2 in the first five minutes to trail 2-10 to 0-10. Carrig worked hard to recover and Twomey’s second, Gosnell’s fifth free and Rohan’s second had them back within a score. Another Newtown point was answered by two further Gosnell scores to bring Carrig within two with fifteen minutes left. Over the next ten minutes however, Newtown scored six of seven points with Sean Rohan’s third all Carrig could muster. Shane Devlin also had a 21-metre free saved on the goalline and Carrig were facing into another league defeat. Liam Gosnell led the comeback with three great points (two from play), 0-19 to 2-17 with three minutes left. Then Sean Rohan collected a ball just inside the Newtown half and took off, then squared for Seamus Roche who buried it to bring Carrig within one. From the resultant puckout Carrig won a free deep in their own half, near the left sideline and centre-back, Padraic Hogan struck it true to bring Carrig level with fifty-eight minutes on the clock, 1-20 to 2-17. Carrig again won possession from the Newtown puckout and worked the ball to Brendan Twomey who headed straight for goal and sandwiched between defender and goalkeeper managed to bat the ball to the net to give Carrig the lead. Newtown did have an opportunity from a 40-metre free to work a goal chance but their effort went all the way through to Devlin in the Carrig goal. Liam Gosnell would have the final word as he won and converted the free that sealed a deserved win for Carrig.
Carrig now have three league games left to play against St. Finbarrs, Bride Rovers and Ballymartle. The dates and times of those fixtures are yet to be confirmed.
Scorers: L. Gosnell 0-11 (8f), B. Twomey 1-2, S. Roche 1-1, S. Rohan 0-3, T. Hogan 0-2, P. Hogan 0-1 (f), J. Horgan 0-1.
Carrig: Shane Devlin, Pat O’Sullivan, Ronan Power, Shane Healy, Colm O’Connell, Padraic Hogan, Aaron Walsh Barry, Jay Horgan, Liam O’Sullivan, Seamus Roche, Tomás Hogan, Brendan Twomey, Jamie McCarthy, Sean Rohan, Liam Gosnell. Subs used: Daire Crotty for Ronan Power (inj), Conor O’Mahony for Shane Healy. Subs: Paul Barden, Kiitan Oke.