Colman Dillon Fé 12 Hurling Tournament, Erin’s Own GAA Club, Caherlag
Saturday, 8th September 2018
Carrigtwohill won the Colman Dillon Tournament for the second year in a row and for the third time in the 13 years that it has been hosted by Erin’s Own GAA Club.
The tournament consisted of two groups of three teams in a round robin format, with the winners of each group playing in the cup final, the second placed team playing in the shield final and the third placed team playing in the plate final.
Group Match 1: Carrigtwohill 4-08 Watergrasshill 2-02
Alex Delaney was first to go on the score sheet for Carrigtwohill when he struck for a goal early in this match. Watergrasshill responded in kind to level matters before Patrick Walsh scored seven unanswered points for Carrig, one each from a free and a ‘65’. Watergrasshill replied with two points to make it 1-07 to 1-02 at half-time.
Corey Cunningham scored two finely executed goals in the second half, one of them involving some lovely interplay between Matthew Barrett and Daniel Nolan in the build-up. Patrick Walsh added another 1-1 to his tally, with Watergrasshill scoring a goal of their own.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Patrick Walsh 1-08 (1f, 1 ‘65’), Corey Cunningham 2-0, Alex Delaney 1-0.
Group Match 2: Carrigtwohill 3-13 Lisgoold 1-06
Lisgoold goaled early from long range with a shot that eluded all of the Carrig defenders. Patrick Walsh hit over four unanswered points (including a ‘65’) for Carrig to settle the team into the game. Corey Cunningham scored a very well finished goal before Alex Delaney pounced for an opportunist goal and Lisgoold pointed from a free to make it 2-04 to 1-01. Another point by Patrick Walsh was replied to with a converted free by Lisgoold before Tadhg Sullivan scored a lovely point from out near the sideline following an intelligent crossfield pass from Patrick Walsh. This made the half-time score 2-06 to 1-02.
The second half started with a Tadhg Sullivan point followed by a Corey Cunningham goal with Lisgoold then responding with two pointed frees. Carrig scored six more points from play; three from Patrick Walsh, two from Tadhg Sullivan and one from Corey Cunningham, with Lisgoold registering two more points.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Patrick Walsh 0-08 (1 ‘65’), Corey Cunningham 2-1, Tadhg Sullivan 0-04, Alex Delaney 1-0.
Cup Final: Carrigtwohill 3-06 Erin’s Own 2-06
The host club, Erin’s Own were Carrig’s opponents in the final, following a draw with St. Mary’s (Clonmel) and a win against Carraig na bhFear in the other group.
This was an uncomprising battle on a tight pitch. Erin’s Own opened the scoring with a ‘65’. Carrig replied with a Patrick Walsh point from play before Erin’s Own converted another ‘65’. Corey Cunningham then scored two well taken goals and Daniel Nolan scored two points; one after quick thinking from industrious centre back, Matthew Barrett who found Daniel in space from a free. Erin’s own pointed a free and Alex Delaney scored a fantastic point that he kicked off his boot to make it 2-04 to 0-03 at half-time.
The second half was always going to be a battle in this match, given that Carrig were playing into the breeze against the host club in the final of their tournament. Corey Cunningham made it a hat-trick of goals early in the second half with another fantastic individual effort. Erin’s Own, who, to their credit were fighting tigerishly to keep the cup in Caherlag responded with two pointed frees and a goal from a 21 yard free. Daniel Nolan relieved the pressure on Carrig temporarily with a surging run from midfield, rifling the ball over the bar. Patrick Walsh converted a ‘65’ and Erin’s Own registered a point from a free to reduce the deficit to six points. Carrigtwohill could have put the result beyond doubt only for an incredible full length diving save at the far post by the Erin’s Own keeper to keep out a Corey Cunningham shot on goal. A dangerous low shot from distance found its way to the Carrig net with only a few minutes of normal time remaining to bring Erin’s Own within a goal of Carrigtwohill.
It was backs against the wall stuff then to see out the remainder of normal time and what seemed like an eternity of injury time, with Erin’s Own piling the pressure on in search of an equalising goal. Carrig held on with some great defending, with dependable goalkeeper, Ben Murphy and ever reliable full back, Denis Walsh repelling the Erin’s Own attack.
Credit must go to the Erin’s Own team for the tenacity and fighting spirit that they showed in this final. They could well have brought the match to extra time with some late goal chances.
Carrigtwohill Team for Final: Ben Murphy, Sam Allen, Denis Walsh, Alex O’Sullivan, Cillian McCarthy, Matthew Barrett, Alex McCann, Patrick Walsh, Daniel Nolan, Jamie Cotter, Tadhg Sullivan, Paul Browne, Alex Delaney, Corey Cunningham (captain), Mark McCarthy.
Subs: Cathal Walsh, Jack Mulcahy (for Alex Delaney), Callum Fitzgerald, Matthew Barrett, Brian Healy.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Corey Cunningham 3-0, Daniel Nolan 0-3, Patrick Walsh 0-2 (1 ‘65’), Alex Delaney 0-1.
Brian Ó Sé, Erin’s Own Juvenile GAA Club chairman, presented the trophy to Carrigtwohill captain, Corey Cunningham. Colman Dillon, a living legend in the Erin’s Own club (for his contribution to underage hurling), presented the medals to the players.
Well done to the players and their mentors on this brilliant achievement. What was particularly admirable about the team is that they did not panic when the pressure came on in the final. It was a great team performance.
Sincere thanks to Erin’s Own Juvenile GAA Club for inviting Carrigtwohill to the tournament and for the hospitality that was shown to the Carrig team, mentors and supporters. A special word of thanks also to those persons who provided hot food, tea, sandwiches and cakes on the day.