Senior Hurling Championship Round 2
Carrig 1-11 (14) Killeagh 1-9 (12) at 6pm in Midleton on Sunday, August 4th.
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg)
As Carrig emerged onto the field for the second half they must have been cursing their luck that the wind and rain that had given Killeagh a big hand in establishing a 7-point lead had died away to nothing. At that point, after a lacklustre first half that saw Carrig trail 1-8 to 0-4 at the break, not
many could foresee Carrig holding Killeagh to just a point in the second half and putting up 1-7 of their own. Not many outside the Carrigtwohill dressing room that is. It was an incredible fightback from this group of players that gave Carrig their first Championship proper win since 2015.
Sean Rohan opened the scoring for Carrig inside the 1 st minute with a fine turn and shot but Killeagh answered with a goal minutes later when an indirect free wasn’t cleared. Soon Carrig were trailing 1-4 to 0-2 as they were the victims of 2 fine Ryan McCarthy points from sidelines with a Liam Gosnell free Carrig’s only response. Things didn’t get better from there as Carrig struggled into the wind and rain and Killeagh outscored Carrig 0-4 to 0-2 to the end of the half with placed balls from Gosnell and Padraic Hogan rounding out Carrig’s first half total.
It was a different Carrig side that came out for the second half however and Killeagh had no answer as Carrig blew them away from the clash. Tomás Hogan set the tone with a point straightaway and Carrig’s dominance in the backline would tell for the rest of the half as Hogan, Walsh Barry and Pat O’Sullivan cleared a world of ball and O’Connell, Power and Barden had their men well shackled. When James Mulcahy pointed from over the shoulder Carrig were in full flow. Tomás Hogan was brought down for a penalty after Jamie McCarthy won the puckout and Shane Devlin came out of goal to bury at the other end. Killeagh mustered their only point of the half in response; Carrig 1-6 Killeagh 1-9 going into the final quarter. Carrig were relentless to the end and scored the last 5 points of the match, 0-4 from Gosnell (0-3f) and the final score from Sean Rohan. A Killeagh free at the death was ably saved by Shane Devlin who pulled off a couple of fine saves to keep Carrig in the game early on too.
Carrig were deservedly applauded off the field at the final whistle as much for this remarkable turnaround full of fight and character as for changing the narrative after a couple of years on the back foot. Carrig will now meet Bandon in Ovens in the last 16 on Saturday, August 17th . The winner will progress to the quarter-final and will guarantee themselves a place in the Premier Senior grade after the re-grading of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship next year.
Scorers: L. Gosnell 0-6 (0-5f), S. Devlin 1-0 (pen), S. Rohan 0-2, T. Hogan, J. Mulcahy, P. Hogan (f) 0-1 each.
Panel: S. Devlin, P. O’Sullivan, P. Hogan, P. Barden, R. Power, A. Walsh Barry, C. O’Connell, B. Twomey, J. Horgan, T. Hogan, S. Roche, J. McCarthy, L. Gosnell, J, Mulcahy, S. Rohan. Subs used: D. Crotty