Fé 13 Central Premier 2 Football League Semi-Final
St. Finbarr’s v Carrigtwohill in Togher, Monday 5th November 2018
St. Finbarr’s 6-08 Carrigtwohill 4-07
The final scoreline in this match fails to do justice to the Carrigtwohill effort, which was commendable and impressive from start to finish. Even the Barr’s, who were humble in victory conceded that the match could have gone either way. Given that Carrig were without some regulars, in particular full-back, Cormac Murphy (injured), there was a sense of ‘what might have been’ in the aftermath of this match.
The early exchanges looked ominous for Carrigtwohill with the Barr’s flying out of the traps, going 1-02 to no score up after just five minutes. Carrig steadied the ship during the next five minutes to make it 1-02 apiece after ten minutes, courtesy of points from Daniel Murnane and Patrick Walsh along with a goal from Ruairí Adam who displayed the soccer skills he hones in Ballyadam Park with a ground shot to the back of the net. The Barr’s cancelled that effort out almost straight away with their second goal. Seán Brennan pointed for Carrig before Ruairí Adam blasted the ball to the net from close range for his second goal to put Carrig ahead, 2-03 to 2-02 with just over ten minutes to go to half-time. The Glen should have scored their third goal only for a point-blank save by Carrig keeper, Kyle Graham. They followed up with a point from the parried shot and a goal two minutes later to go four points clear. Shane Buckley scored a point for the visitors in injury time to make it 3-04 to 2-04 in favour of St. Finbarr’s.
The Barr’s scored a point early in the second half before Joel Joseph goaled for Carrig to get within a point of city side. St. Finbarr’s replied with two points and Patrick Walsh scored Carrigtwohill’s fourth goal to level the match, 4-04 to 3-07 midway through the half. Yet again, the Barr’s got their noses in front with another point and Daniel Murnane then raised two white flags (one from a free) to edge Carrig in front, 4-06 to 3-08 with just seven minutes remaining. St. Finbarr’s scored their fourth goal just a minute later to go two points up. With normal time almost up, Fionn Kidney scored a point after a great searing run through the middle of the Barr’s defence by Ruairí Adam provided the assist. Not content with showcasing just one soccer skill, Ruairí instinctively ‘nodded’ the ball in front of himself as he attacked it at pace, rather than pull it into his chest. It left some of the Barr’s mentors lightheartedly questioning the legality of the fancy ‘headwork’. The scoreline was now 4-08 to 4-07 in favour of St. Finbarr’s entering injury time. The hosts scored two late goals in the space of a minute to book their place in the final against Inniscarra.
Well done to the players and mentors on what was a big improvement on the previous meeting between the sides earlier in the year. On that occasion, the uncannily similar scoreline (6-08 to 4-06 in favour of the Barr’s) probably flattered Carrigtwohill. It was possibly a case of the converse applying on this occasion. The team could not be faulted for their efforts on the evening in what was a close, exciting and entertaining game of football.
A special mention must go to Carrigtwohill goalkeeper, Kyle Graham who was blameless for all six goals that were conceded. He pulled off some fantastic saves during the match, was solid throughout in dealing with the high ball and continually found his teammates with his kick-outs.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Ruairí Adam 2-0, Patrick Walsh 1-1, Joel Joseph 1-0, Daniel Murnane 0-3 (0-1 f), Seán Brennan, Shane Buckley & Fionn Kidney 0-1 each.
Carrigtwohill Team: Kyle Graham, Ben Allen, Joel Joseph, Josh Tynan, Conor Hill, Aaron Desmond, Daniel Nolan, Cillian Barry, Daniel Murnane, Ruairí Adam, Patrick Walsh, Fionn Kidney, Shane Buckley, Seán Brennan, Cillian McCarthy. Sub: Jamie Cotter (for Cillian McCarthy). Other Panel Member: Cormac Murphy (inj).