Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019
Carrigtwohill Juvenile Club played host to Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin) for the national U14 hurling competition. Carrig and Lucan were in Group D of Division 1 of the competition with 160 teams competing in ten divisions. Midleton and Oulart The Ballagh (Wexford) were also in Group D.
Group Match 1: Carrigtwohill v Oulart The Ballagh in Carrigtwohill on Friday 7th June 2019
Carrigtwohill 1-05 Oulart The Ballagh 2-06
Carrig got the first score in Group D after just 12 seconds when Cormac Murphy fielded the ball and struck for goal. Points from Patrick Walsh (two), Daniel Murnane (free) and Corey Cunningham put Carrig two points ahead at half-time, 1-04 to 1-02 with Oulart’s goal coming just two minutes before the break. Oulart scored as heavily with the wind in the second half as Carrigtwohill did in the previous one but the hosts only managed a single point from Joel Joseph. This meant that Carrig would need to beat Midleton in their second match to keep their hopes of making the Division 1 Cup play-offs alive.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Cormac Murphy 1-0, Patrick Walsh 0-2, Daniel Murnane, Corey Cunningham & Joel Joseph 0-1 each.
Group Match 2: Carrigtwohill v Midleton in Carrigtwohill on Friday 7th June 2019
Carrigtwohill 0-05 Midleton 1-11
Tadhg Sullivan put Carrig’s first point on the board and Patrick Walsh followed up with a brace but Midleton scored 1-4 in the first half, with three points coming from placed balls to give them a four point lead at the short whistle: 0-03 to 1-04. Carrig managed just another two points from Daniel Murnane (free) and Seán Brennan in the second half to Midleton’s seven (two frees). The team found it hard to hit full throttle in this game so soon after the disappointment of the loss to Oulart in the first match just half an hour previously. They did not reach the same level of performance as was evident against the Magpies in the league just two weeks previously.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Patrick Walsh 0-2, Tadhg Sullivan, Daniel Murnane (f) & Seán Brennan 0-1 each.
Group Match 3: Carrigtwohill v Lucan Sarsfields in Carrigtwohill on Saturday 8th June 2019
Carrigtwohill 6-09 Lucan Sarsfields 0-02
In the final group game, the team were urged by their coaches to play for pride in the jersey and they responded to that call. Carrigtweohill dominated this game in all sectors from start to finish. After ten minutes, Carrig were in full control with 1-5 on the scoreboard and the visitors yet to register a score. Seán Brennan led the scoring during that spell, hitting 1-3 (two frees) with Patrick Walsh and Daniel Murnane also raising white flags. Further goals from Joel Joseph, Kyle Graham and Seán Brennan along with a point by Cormac Murphy put the result beyond doubt at half-time, 4-06 to 0-01. Corey Cunningham and Cormac Murphy added second half goals with Cillian Barry, Fionn Kidney and Joel Joseph all scoring fine points as the team seemed to thrive in a nothing to lose environment that this game provided.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Seán Brennan 2-3 (2 f) , Cormac Murphy & Joel Joseph 1-1 each, Kyle Graham & Corey Cunningham 1-0 each, Patrick Walsh, Daniel Murnane, Cillian Barry & Fionn Kidney 0-1 each.
Shield Quarter-Final: Carrigtwohill v Sarsfields (Cork) in Ballincollig on Saturday 8th June 2019
Carrigtwohill 1-06 Sarsfields 2-02
For the second time in the competition, Carrigtwohill faced familiar East Cork opposition in this play-off match. This performance, in what was a very exciting and entertaining match, was probably the best that the team produced in the competition.
Daniel Murnane converted a long range free in the first minute of the game and Carrig didn’t manage to score for the remainder of the 15 minute half. That stat does not do justice to the team’s workrate and effort, which was very impressive as they held Sars to three scores 1-2. Sars goaled within a minute of the restart to take what looked like an unassailable lead (0-1 to 2-02). Incredibly, the exact same scoring pattern as had afflicted Carrig in the first half now befell the Riverstown outfit, as they didn’t score for the remainder of the game. Carrigtwohill chipped away at the lead, starting with a Corey Cunningham point and followed by an opportunist Fionn Kidney goal, where he reacted quickest to a ball batted down by the Sars keeper. Seán Brennan then converted a pressure free to bring Carrig within two points of Sars before the immense Daniel Murnane scored three points (1 ‘65’) in three minutes, the equaliser and winner both coming in added time. Daniel drove the team forward from centre back and made charging runs up the pitch in a desperate bid to keep Carrigtwohill’s run in the competition alive. Great credit must also go to very solid full-back, Aaron Desmond and goalkeeper, Daniel Nolan, who was very assured in the unfamiliar position of goalkeeper, where he deputised for the injured net-minder, Tadhg Sullivan.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Daniel Murnane 0-4 (1 f, 1 ‘65’), Fionn Kidney 1-0, Corey Cunningham & Seán Brennan (f) 0-1 each.
Shield Semi-Final: Carrigtwohill v Erin’s Own (Cork) in Togher on Sunday 9th June 2019
Carrigtwohill 1-04 Erin’s Own 1-12
Yet again, Carrigtwohill were up against a neighbouring club at the penultimate stage of the Division 1 Shield. The team simply failed to re-ignite themselves following the high of winning the quarter-final less than 24 hours earlier. However, they battled admirably in this match, despite having some bruised and battered bodies prior to the throw-in and fought to the very final whistle.
Erin’s Own scored an unanswered six points (one free) in the first ten minutes of the game, playing with a stiff breeze They followed up with another two points (one free) before the break with Carrig’s only scores of the half coming from two Seán Brennan frees late in the half to make it 0-02 to 0-08. The heavens opened as Seán stood over the second free and any advantage that the wind might have brought in the second half was washed away by the heavy rain which fell for the remainder of the match as the wind eased. Erin’s Own scored a point early in the second half but Carrig responded with a Cormac Murphy goal and a Seán Brennan free to bring them within a goal of the Glonthaune team, 1-03 to 0-09. Carrigtwohill were then awarded a penalty and the Erin’s Own keeper saved well from Daniel Murnane’s effort. The Carrig challenge waned thereafter, as Erin’s Own struck for a goal and followed up with three points to Carrigtwohill’s single score from a long range Daniel Murnane free.
Scorers for Carrigtwohill: Cormac Murphy 1-0, Seán Brennan 0-3 (f), Daniel Murnane 0-1 (f).
Féile Panel: Tadhg Sullivan, Josh Tynan, Cormac Murphy, Ben Allen, Daniel Nolan, Daniel Murnane, Conor Hill, Seán Brennan, Joel Joseph, Aaron Desmond, Cillian Barry, Matthew Barrett, Kyle Graham, Patrick Walsh, Fionn Kidney, Ruairí Adam, Success Aregbesola, Corey Cunningham, Jamie Cotter, Keelan Aylward, Cillian McCarthy, Denis Walsh, Shane Buckley.
The Juvenile Club is extremely proud of the team and their coaches/mentors for their efforts in the top division of this national competition. There was obvious disappointment that the team did not reach one of the two Division 1 finals but there were a lot of positives to take from the experience.
Sincere thanks to our main sponsor of the event, Shipping Solutions (and Andrea Kennedy). The club also wishes to thank GE Healthcare (c/o Derrick Nolan), O’Hare’s Mace and Kevin Graham for the sponsorship of the Féile team kit. We are very grateful to Philip and Robert Kidney for cutting and lining the pitches and to all those families who hosted the Lucan Sarsfields team. A big thanks must go to all those who helped out in any way with the painting and tidy-up of the club grounds, the stewarding, catering in the kitchen, ticket selling etc. The Juvenile and Camogie clubs, along with the teams they were hosting enjoyed a night of food, drinks and entertainment in the Midleton Park Hotel on the Saturday evening and we would like to thank the staff of the hotel for being so accommodating.
(Photos courtesy of Paul Flynn of Carrigtwohill Sports Photography.https://www.facebook.com/carrigsportsphotos/)