Fé 13 Central Premier 1 Hurling League Semi-Final
Carrigtwohill v Douglas in Carrigtwohill, Saturday 29th September 2018
Carrigtwohill 4-14 Douglas 5-10
This was one of the most exciting games of underage hurling that was witnessed at West End for some time, with Carrigtwohill just edging a close and fiercely contested match that had a very high standard of hurling on display from both sides. Douglas travelled to Carrigtwohill with it being one win apiece from the previous two hurling league encounters between the sides.
Midfielder, Joel Joseph had Carrig on the scoreboard within six seconds of the start, winning the ball from the throw-in and cutting through the Douglas defence to rifle the ball over the bar. Douglas responded immediately from the puckout with a goal from a low well struck shot that Carrig keeper, Tadhg Sullivan got the hurley to but the power of the shot took it over the line. Patrick Walsh got on the scoreboard with a point before Douglas replied in kind and Joel Joseph then scored Carrigtwohill’s first goal to make it 1-02 to 1-01 with the game not even four minutes old.
Aaron Desmond added a second goal in the 7th minute only for Douglas to hit for a well struck goal and three points within the next four minutes. Seán Brennan scored his first point midway through the half to keep Carrig within a point of the visitors, 2-03 to 2-04. Douglas goaled from a close range free – despite a good save by Tadhg Sullivan, the rebound was finished to the net. Cillian Barry immediately pointed for Carrig to steady things. Again, Douglas hit for three unanswered points to lead by six with as many minutes to go to half-time. Carrigtwohill finished the half very strongly though; points from Patrick Walsh, Seán Brennan (two, one from a free), Cillian Barry and a goal scrambled to the net by Kyle Graham put the home team’s nose in front at the break, 3-08 to 3-07.
Seán Brennan pointed a free just after the restart. Douglas cancelled that out six minutes in and then struck for their fourth goal, again reacting quickest to a shot that was saved well by the Carrig keeper. Daniel Murnane chipped in with a point ten minutes in but again, Douglas replied in kind straight from the puckout to go two ahead, 3-10 to 4-09. Séan Brennan (free), Patrick Walsh and Aaron Desmond all raised white flags over the next ten minutes, with Douglas registering just a single point to put the game in the balance with ten minutes remaining, 3-13 to 4-10. The final ten minutes involved a lot of fighting for possession in what was an enthralling contest. There were just three scores during those closing stages; Fionn Kidney got the final touch on a ball in the square to finish it to the net, Seán Brennan registered Carrig’s last score (a point) and Douglas got an injury time goal to bring the difference back to the minimum.
This team has had some terrific performances over the last three years of playing in the Rebel Óg leagues. This one ranks up there with the best of them. It was an absorbing game that had everything and it ebbed and flowed with great excitement throughout and some fantastic passages of play. Huge credit must go to Douglas for their contribution to this cracking game of hurling, which was played in a most sporting manner. They were magnanimous in defeat, given that they came very close to winning the game.
Well done to the players and coaches/mentors on reaching the league final.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Seán Brennan 0-6 (4f), Joel Joseph & Aaron Desmond 1-1 each, Patrick Walsh 0-3, Kyle Graham & Fionn Kidney 1-0 each, Cillian Barry 0-2, Daniel Murnane 0-1.
Carrigtwohill Team: Tadhg Sullivan, Daniel Nolan, Cormac Murphy, Ben Allen, Conor Hill, Daniel Murnane, Matthew Barrett, Seán Brennan, Joel Joseph, Patrick Walsh, Cillian Barry, Corey Cunningham, Fionn Kidney, Aaron Desmond, Kyle Graham. Subs: Denis Walsh, Jamie Cotter, Keelan Aylward, Rory Adam, James Barrett.