Premier 2A Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-final
Carrigtwohill 1-16 (19) Sam Maguires 1-17 (20)
in Ovens on Thursday, August 23rd.
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg)
Carrig bowed out of this year’s minor hurling championship after a valiant effort came up a point short at the end of extra time in Ovens last Thursday.
Carrig were slow out of the blocks with Sean Walsh’s opening free the only Carrig score in the first fifteen minutes. In that time Sam Maguires had built a seven point lead, scoring 1-5. A second Sean Walsh free put Carrig back on the scoreboard before fifteen-year old corner-forward, Justin Oke cut inside brilliantly to raise Carrig’s only goal of the night. Maguires responded with two further points, one from a penalty, before Justin Oke notched Carrig’s third point. Sam Maguires and Sean Walsh traded placed balls to see out the half, Carrig trailing 1-8 to 1-4 but with the advantage of the breeze in the second half.
The second half began with Carrig on the front foot and hurling much more freely. A Folasaide point and two Sean Walsh frees brought Carrig within one after ten minutes. Sam Maguires responded with a brace of their own scores but then Carrig took their first lead since the opening minute through a James Mulcahy strike and three more perfect placed balls from Walsh. Carrig 1-11 Maguires 1-10 with five minutes left. Maguires levelled the game in the 56th minute and but Carrig stole ahead with a fine Walsh score from play. That was almost enough to win the match but Maguires pulled level in the 63rd minute and the game was headed for extra time.
Carrig were much the better of the two sides in the first half of extra time and emerged at the turnaround with a one point lead; 1-15 to 1-14. Adrien Browne, Sean Walsh and John Carroll were the Carrig scorers. That lead was extended by one last Walsh free but it was Sam Maguires who finished the stronger scoring the final three points.
It was a tough loss to take but well done to our minor hurlers and management team who have put in incredible effort all year.
Scorers: S. Walsh 0-11 (0-9f), J. Oke 1-1, J. Mulcahy, A. Browne, D. Folasaide and J. Carroll 0-1 each.
Team: Daire Sullivan, Jack Scully, Aaron Walsh Barry, Cillian Carroll, Shane O’Hanlon, Kiitan Oke, David Rooney, Adrien Browne, Cormac Flynn, John Carroll, James Mulcahy, David Folasaide, Justin Oke, Ryan O’Donovan, Sean Walsh. Subs used: David Joseph for Ryan O’Donovan and Cian Horgan for Jack Scully. Subs: Cillian Nolan, Seán de Búrca, Cian Thornton, Billy Scully, Niall Hannigan, Adam Walsh, Darren Flynn and Jamie Noonan.