East Cork U21 A Hurling Championship
Carrigtwohill 4-20 (32) Watergrasshill 4-10 (22)
in Lisgoold on Tuesday, July 24th.
Referee: Jim Hennessey (Dungourney)
Carrig pulled off a phenomenal comeback in the second round of the East Cork U21 A Hurling Championship in Lisgoold on a warm Tuesday evening. Trailing by 8 points at the half, Carrig rallied in the second to emerge victorious by 10.
Carrig got off to the worst possible start and trailed 2-4 to no score inside ten minutes. A Watergrasshill goal in the first minute set the tone for a dominant opening quarter and a second goal from a 21-metre free on seven minutes left Carrig reeling. A Liam Gosnell free opened Carrig’s account in the eleventh minute. Watergrasshill responded before a point from Ollie Baverstock and a second Gosnell free on fifteen minutes brought Carrig into the game. It was a false dawn however as Watergrasshill worked their third goal three minutes later and Carrig were in trouble, 3-5 to 0-3. The fightback didn’t take long to emerge though as Carrig worked the ball up the field from the subsequent puckout and Paul O’Hanlon netted for Carrig’s opening goal. A trio of Gosnell frees brought Carrig within 5 points with eight minutes left in the half. An expected Carrig push before the half didn’t emerge and it was Watergrasshill who upped the intensity and rattled off 1-2 from the 23rd to the 28th minute. Two Gosnell frees just before half time gave Carrig a much-needed lifeline going into the turnaround. 1-8 to 4-7 after thirty minutes.
Carrig had to overturn a three point half-time deficit to claim a draw in injury time in round one against Castlelyons but this was a far bigger challenge. Nevertheless, Carrig emerged with desire and determination and simply blew Watergrasshill away. Carrig had levelled the game within eight minutes of the restart. Two Ollie Baverstock strikes and a Brendan Twomey point set the table for Paul O’Hanlon’s second goal before another Twomey effort and a Brendan McCarthy score had Carrig even; 2-13 to 4-7. Carrig were relentless and goalkeeper Stephen Flynn edged the team ahead with a monster free in the thirty-ninth minute. Watergrasshill mustered their first scores of the half with two frees in the forty-second and forty-sixth minutes but they were quickly matched by two Gosnell placed balls. Ollie Baverstock then raised Carrig’s third green flag of the night and substitute James Mulcahy stretched Carrig’s lead to five points on fifty-two minutes, 3-17 to 4-9. Watergrasshill could only answer with one more free, their third and final point of the half as the Carrig defence gave no quarter. Carrig finished the game on a high with Liam Gosnell scoring another 1-2 and Ollie Baverstock lofting the final score in the sixtieth minute. Second half score; Carrig 3-12 Watergrasshill 0-3. Full time score: Carrig 4-20 Watergrasshill 4-10.
Congratulations to the players on a fantastic second half performance and to the management and players for an outstanding turnaround. Carrig have now progressed to the East Cork semi-final and await their opponent based on their final standing in the round robin table.
Scorers: L. Gosnell 1-11 (0-10f) P. O’Hanlon 2-0, O. Baverstock 1-4, D. Crotty 0-2, S O’Flynn, J. Mulcahy and L. Kelly 0-1 each.
Team: Stephen Flynn, Paul Barden, Aaron Walsh Barry, Jack Scully, Kiitan Oke, Conor O’Mahony, Matthew Kidney, Daire Crotty, Brendan Twomey, Luke Kelly, Oliver Baverstock, Brendan McCarthy, Paul O’Hanlon, Liam Gosnell, Dara McCann. Subs used: James Mulcahy, John Carroll and Ronan Donnelly. Subs: David Rooney, Cillian Carroll, David Folasaide, Ryan O’Donovan, Jamie Noonan, Cormac Flynn, and Shane O’Hanlon.
Sincere thanks to Derek Kiely for use of his photos.