Fé 14 Central Premier 2 Hurling League Final
Carrigtwohill v Glen Rovers in Carrigtwohill, Saturday 10th November 2018
Carrigtwohill 3-09 Glen Rovers 2-08
Carrigtwohill edged an exciting game of hurling to lift the silverware in this final against familiar opponents. It was one win apiece heading into this game; Carrig having taken the spoils in the earlier rounds of the league and the Glen winning the championship semi-final between the sides in September.
The Glen settled into the match quicker, going 0-03 to no score up after seven minutes with the first two scores from placed balls followed by a point from play. Neil Coughlan and Cian O’Riordan both raised white flags from play to leave Carrig trailing by the minimum but the Glen replied immediately with another point from play. Mark O’Connor then scored Carrig’s first point from a free to make it 0-03 to 0-04 midway through the half. Oisín Lynch traded a point with the Glen and this was followed by a scoreless ten minute spell until Mark O’Connor poached an opportunistic goal in injury time to put Carrigtwohill 1-04 to 0-05 ahead at the break.
The Glen got the perfect start to the second half, goaling after just two minutes. Cian O’Riordan replied with a point for Carrig but the Glen then registered the next two points (one from a free) to go 1-07 to 1-05 ahead ten minutes into the half. A superb Joel Joseph point from out on the wing kickstarted Carrigtwohill’s purple patch over the final twenty minutes, during which time they outscored the Glen 2-04 to 1-02. Adam Rooney’s long range free found its way to the Glen net. The Glen cancelled out that goal straight from the puckout when the ball ended up in the Carrig net after a momentary lapse in concentration. A minute later, Adam Rooney struck a ‘65’, which also eluded the hapless Glen keeper and ended up in the net. Cian O’Riordan followed up with a point to make it 3-07 to 2-07 to Carrig midway through the half. Oisín Lynch almost scored a fourth goal from Carrig; a ground shot hitting the butt of the post and going wide. Mark O’Connor pointed from play with four minutes remaining and the Glen replied in kind from a free.
During the final minutes of the game, there was a sustained period of pressure on the Carrig goal as the Glen went in search of an equalising goal. Carrigtwohill withstood the onslaught with some superb defending. Joel Joseph relieved the pressure with a surging trademark solo run from the Carrig 65m line as far as the Glen goalmouth, almost scoring goal. Fittingly, Neil Coughlan, who had a fine game won the ball after it was cleared following Joel’s effort and he fired over the last insurance point from distance in injury time.
Bernie O’Mahony of the Rebel Óg Competitions Control Committee (and Carrigaline GAA Club) delegated the presentation of the cup to Carrigtwohill’s Peter Hogan. Peter referred to Carrig captain, Cian O’Riordan as “a worthy captain of Carrigtwohill, a great captain.”
This victory was a just reward for the efforts of a great young group of players who have improved steadily under the guidance of ever-present manager, Mervyn O’Connor, aided by coaches/selectors John ‘Junior’ Buckley, John Ronan, Tomás Hogan and Conor McCarthy.
It was a close exciting game that forced Carrig to find the resolve to get the result under pressure from Glen Rovers, which is a credit to both the team and management. Credit must also go to the Glen for their contribution to what was a sporting contest.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Adam Rooney 2-0 (1-0 f, 1-0 ‘65’), Mark O’Connor 1-2 (0-2 f), Cian O’Riordan 0-3, Neil Coughlan 0-2, Oisín Lynch & Joel Joseph 0-1 each.
Carrigtwohill Team: Fionn Kidney, Daniel Covaci, Adam Rooney, Ben Allen, Daniel Murnane, Seán Ahern, Seán Brennan, Neil Coughlan, Joel Joseph, Cillian Barry, Cian O’Riordan (captain), Adam O’Neill, Mark O’Connor, Oisín Lynch, Eric O’Sullivan. Subs: Ronan Browne (for Eric O’Sullivan), Shane Buckley, Zak Duggan, George McCarthy. Other Panel Member: Cormac Murphy (inj).