Senior Hurling Relegation
Carrigtwohill 1-16 (19) Na Piarsaigh 3-11 (20)
in Cobh on Saturday, September 22nd.
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline)
This one is going to hurt for a while. Defeat meant Carrig would have a black mark against them and another defeat at this stage within the next two years would see them relegated. The stakes were high and Carrig played to the occasion with some outstanding hurling and fantastic effort but it was all undone with the last puck of the game.
It was Na Piarsaigh who started the match on top and by the time Carrig came into the game the Northsiders were already 1-2 to 0-0 ahead, much like the start against Ballyhea last year. From then on however Carrig took a firm hold of the match with the aid of a strong breeze and over the next twenty minutes outscored their opponents 0-11 to 0-1. Brendan Twomey opened Carrig’s account from midfield. Tomás Hogan notched soon after before Twomey added his second. Liam Gosnell brought Carrig within a point on ten minutes before Na Piarsaigh responded but Carrig would not concede again for another fifteen minutes. Liam Gosnell (0-3, 0-2f) and Sean Rohan (0-2) secured the next five points between them before a monster effort from full back Padraic Hogan and a fine Seamus Roche strike had Carrig well on top, 0-11 to 1-3, with five minutes left in the half. Disaster struck however as Na Piarsaigh grabbed their second goal against the run of play and tacked on another point to bring them within one. Sean Dempsey ensured Carrig had the last word of the half but Carrig should have been further ahead than two points at the turnaround, 0-12 to 2-4.
Once again Na Piarsaigh made the running after the throw-in and they had pulled level within five minutes, 0-13 to 2-7. Carrig finally got a lucky break of the ball up the other end though and restored their lead when Liam Gosnell stole in for a goal. Na Piarsaigh responded with two quick points but they were cancelled out by two Gosnell frees to leave Carrig three ahead going into the last quarter. Na Piarsaigh and Gosnell (free) again traded points and just as Carrig started to believe, Na Piarsaigh notched their third goal. It was a cruel way to concede a goal as the attacker was hooked and blocked which caused the ball to slice into the top corner. Both sides had chances to win it but when the ball fell to a Na Piarsaigh player in the sixty-fourth minute his wild effort snuck over. Carrig weren’t given a chance from the restart. It was Na Piarsaigh’s first lead since the seventeenth minute.
Although the manner of defeat was hard to take, our club can be very proud of the efforts put in by the players on this day and throughout the year. A battling display adn a tough year have laid the foundations for better times ahead.
Team: Shane Devlin, Cian Harte, Padraic Hogan, Pat O’Sullivan, Colm O’Connell, Jay Horgan, Aaron Walsh Barry, Brendan Twomey, Liam O’Sullivan, Sean Rohan, Tomás Hogan, Seamus Roche, Jamie McCarthy, Sean Dempsey, Liam Gosnell. Subs used: Oliver Baverstock, Conor O’Mahony. Subs: Daire Crotty, Shane O’Hanlon, Shane Healy, Paul Barden.