Fé 14 Central Premier 2 Hurling League Semi-Final
Carrigtwohill v Valley Rovers in Carrigtwohill, Monday 8th October 2018
Carrigtwohill 2-16 Valley Rovers 1-15 (AET)
Carrigtwohill were pushed hard by a spirited Valley Rovers side in this semi-final that required extra time to separate the sides. It was the type of game one would want in preparation for a final.
Daniel Murnane raised Carrig’s first white flag in the opening seconds with Valley Rovers promptly equalising from a free before Mark O’Connor converted his first placed ball. Rovers scored two more points from frees with a Cian O’Riordan point in response for Carrigtwohill to make it 0-03 to 0-03 midway through the half. Valley Rovers scored the game’s first goal from a penalty in the 24th minute. Cian O’Riordan then added another point to his tally and the opposition replied with two more to go four points clear, 0-04 to 1-05 approaching half-time. Carrig finished the half strongly though, with Cian O’Riordan and Mark O’Connor (free) both putting the ball over the bar to make it 0-06 to 1-05 at the break.
Carrigtwohill started the second half in determined fashion with Cian O’Riordan converting a ‘65’ and Daniel Murnane pulling on a low ball that finished in the net. Valleys replied with three pointed frees with Carrig keeper, Fionn Kidney pulling off a fantastic save ten minutes in. Cian O’Riordan and Mark O’Connor followed up with a point apiece to edge Carrigtwohill into the lead, 1-09 to 1-08 midway through the half. Rovers scored the next four points (three from frees) to go three points ahead with less than ten minutes left. Mark O’Connor kept Carrig in the game from placed balls, scoring four points from frees in the closing minutes with the visitors registering a single point (free) of their own. O’Connor’s final free was into injury time and it drew the game, 1-13 to 1-13.
Two Mark O’Connor points from frees and an Oisín Lynch goal put Carrigtwohill a goal to the good after the first period of extra time, 2-15 to 1-15, as Valley Rovers registered just two points from frees. There was just one score in the second period of extra time; appropriately it was possibly the score of the game as Cian O’Riordan struck a fine point out on the left wing to see Carrig home and dry.
Huge credit must go to Valley Rovers for their contribution to this closely contested semi-final, which was played in a sporting manner.
Well done to the players and coaches/mentors on reaching the league final and for sticking to the task every time the pressure came on. Carrigtwohill will play Glen Rovers in the league final on Saturday, 20th October. (Venue & time to be confirmed.)
The Juvenile Club wishes a speedy recovery to full-back, Cormac Murphy who sustained a broken collar bone in the match.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Mark O’Connor 0-9 (8f), Cian O’Riordan 0-6 (1 ‘65’), Daniel Murnane 1-1, Oisín Lynch 1-0.
Carrigtwohill Team: Fionn Kidney, Ben Allen, Cormac Murphy, Daniel Covaci, Seán Ahern, Neil Coughlan, Seán Brennan, Adam Rooney, Joel Joseph, Daniel Murnane, Cian O’Riordan, Eric O’Sullivan, Cillian Barry, Oisín Lynch, Mark O’Connor. Subs: Ronan Browne, Shane Buckley, Zak Duggan, George McCarthy, Adam O’Neill.