Seán Twomey Fé 11 Hurling Memorial Tournament, Saturday, 29th September 2018
Carrigtwohill won what was a great Seán Twomey Memorial Tournament, played on a warm and dry Saturday afternoon.
The tournament consisted of two groups of three teams in a round robin format playing 15 minute a half matches, with the winners of each group playing in the 20 minute a half cup final and the second placed team playing in the shield final. Group 1 consisted of Brian Dillons, Carrigtwohill and Killeagh/Ita’s with Cobh, Erin’s Own and St. Vincent’s making up Group 2.
Group Match 1: Carrigtwohill 1-05 Brian Dillons 0-0
Cillian Rooney was first to go on the score sheet for Carrigtwohill when he struck a nicely taken point in very first minute of the game. Ryan Fitzsimmons followed up with a point five minutes later and there was no further score until shortly before half-time, due mainly to some super net-midning by the Brian Dillon’s goalkeeper. Ryan Fitzsimmons did manage to get the ball past the Dillon’s keeper just before the short whistle by first timing a hoping ball in the square. That put Carrig five points to the good at half time on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-0.
Daniel McCarthy announced his arrival to the tournament with three fine points in the second half to put the result beyond doubt and it was a case of ‘job done’ with the first win in the bag.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Ryan Fitzsimmons 1-1, Daniel McCarthy 0-3, Cillian Rooney 0-1.
Group Match 2: Carrigtwohill 4-02 Killeagh/Ita’s 2-01
Carrigtwohill started this game well, running into a seven point lead after just five minutes, thanks to goals from Daniel McCarthy and Alex McCann, followed by a point by the former. Killeagh/Ita’s responded with a close range and pretty much unstoppable shot, which even goalkeeper Brian Healy – who played very well throughout the tournament – could not prevent hitting the back of the net. Ryan Fitzsimmons cancelled that goal out with his second of the tournament to make it 3-01 to 1-0 to Carrig at half-time.
The second half was pretty evenly contested with Daniel McCarthy adding a goal (from a free) and a point to Carrigtwohill’s tally with Killeagh/Ita’s scoring 1-1. This result ensured that Carrig would contest the final.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Daniel McCarthy 2-2 (1-1 f), Alex McCann & Ryan Fitzsimmons 1-0 each.
Cup Final: Carrigtwohill 4-06 Cobh 2-06
Carrigtwohill were up against familiar final opponents in Cobh (who won both of their group matches), having played against them in the final of the Cobh CarePlus Pharmacy Fé 11 Hurling Tournament only a few weeks previously; a closely contested match, which Carrig won.
Cobh started this match with serious intent, clearly meaning to reverse the result of the previous meeting between the teams. They raced into a 1-04 to 0-0 lead with just two minutes to go to half-time and it looked like Carrig were in serious trouble. However, Ryan Fitzsimmons then struck for what was arguably the most important score of the match from a Carrig perspective. Just like with his first goal, he first timed the ball on the ground to keep Carrig in touch at half-time on a scoreline of 1-0 to 1-04.
A rejuvenated Carrigtwohill team took to the pitch for the second half, thanks in no small part to some rousing half-time words by coach, Colm Cullimore. There was a notable urgency about the Carrig play, which resulted in a sudden flurry of scores; a pointed free by Daniel McCarthy was followed up with goals by Seán Óg Madden and Cillian Rooney with a further pointed free by Alex O’Sullivan. Within four minutes of the restart it was Carrig who were four points up, 3-02 to 1-04. Cobh responded with a goal to put the bare minimum between the teams. Seán Óg Madden then scored a lovely point from out near the corner flag before Cobh scored two quick points to level the game (3-03 to 2-06) with just six minutes remaining. Carrigtwohill finished the stronger; Fionn Kelly converted a free after a foul on Alex O’Sullivan and this was followed with a well struck Daniel McCarthy goal from a free. Daniel followed this up with two more points in the dying minutes.
These young Carrigtwohill hurlers showed massive determination and resolve to win this match in the manner that they did, having started the game so slowly in the first half. It is a huge credit to the players and their coaches that they recovered from the seven point deficit to win the match so impressively. Credit must go to Cobh for contributing to what was one of the most exciting Seán Twomey Tournament finals in years.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Daniel McCarthy 1-3 (1-1 f), Seán Óg Madden 1-1, Cillian Rooney 1-0, Ryan Fitzsimmons 1-0, Alex O’Sullivan & Fionn Kelly 0-1 (f) each.
Carrigtwohill Panel: Declan Callan, Liam Cody, Ethan Collins, John Crowley (joint-captain), Jarlath Cullimore, Rory Dolan, Jawad Dosummu, Ricky Fane, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Brian Healy, Sam Hodgins, Kevin Jones, Fionn Kelly, Alex Kingston, Martin Lane, Seán Óg Madden, Rory Manley, Alex McCann Carroll, Daniel McCarthy (joint-captain), Kane MacSweeney, Cillian Murphy, Kaylim Normoyle, Rowan O’Keeffe, Alex O’Sullivan, Cian O’Sullivan, Jerry O’Sullivan, Cillian Rooney, Anthony Schulen.
Carrigtwohill Coaches: Dave Kelly, Noel McCarthy, Colm Cullimore, James Hodgins, Andy Fitzsimmons, Alan Callan.
Pat Horgan, Carrigtwohill Juvenile GAA Club chairman, presented the trophy to Carrigtwohill joint-captains, Daniel McCarthy and John Crowley. Secretary, Conor Ahern, presented the medals to the Cobh and Carrigtwohill players.
In the Shield Final, Killeagh/Ita’s beat Erin’s Own, 1-07 to 1-05 in another very exciting final.
Sincere thanks to all the clubs that took part in the tournament. Thanks must also go to the referees, Conor O’Mahony, Luke Kelly O’Regan and Brian Murphy. A special word of thanks also to those persons who provided tea, sandwiches and cakes on the day.