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Manager  James O'Connor


Selectors Tomas O'Brien, Sean Barrett, Maurice O'Donoghue.


Carrigtwohill Senior Hurling County Final 2011


Date Competition Opponent Result
13th November Munster Semi-Final Crusheen Carrigtwohill 1-10 Crusheen 0-19
25th October
16th October Challenge Oulart-the-Ballagh Carrig 0-9 Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-21
2nd October Championship Final CIT Carrig 0-15 CIT 1-11
11th September Championship Semi-Final Midleton Carrig 1-10 Midleton 0-10
28th August Championship 1/4 Final Cloyne Carrig 1-20 Cloyne 3-12
21st August Challenge Fourmilewater Carrig 4-10 Fourmilewater 5-18
9th August Challenge Ballyduff Carrig 3-17 Ballyduff 2-10
2nd August League Erin's Own Carrig 0-21 Erin’s Own 4- 15
30th July Challenge Lismore Carrig 3-22 Lismore 3-20
23rd July Championship Muskerry Carrig 0-16 Muskerry 1-10
16th July League Blackrock Carrig 2-13 Blackrock 0-17
11th July Challenge Tallow Carrig 2-24 Tallow 2-14
28th June League Na Pairsaigh Na Piarsaigh 0-16 Carrig 2-7
20th June Challenge Muskerry Carrig 1-16 Muskerry 1-14
4th June Championship Ballinhassig Carrig 1-13 Ballinhassig 0-14
21st May Challenge Borrisoleigh Borrisoleigh 2-12 Carrig 4-10
15th May League Douglas Carrig 4-13  Douglas 3-8
11th May League St.Finbarrs Carrig 4-17 St Finbarr's 2-15
20th April League Cloyne Carrig 1-15 Cloyne 2-13
6th April League Killeagh Carrig 0-17 Killeagh 2-12 
23rd March League Midleton Carrig 0-19 Midleton 3-10 
17th March League Bishopstown Carrig 5-11 Bishopstown 1-16
10th March League Bride Rovers Carrig 2-7 Bride Rovers 1-10 
26th February Challenge Carlow U-21s Carrig 3-8 Carlow U-21s 3-6
20th February Challenge Drom and Inch Carrig 1-13 Drom and Inch 2-13
10th February Challenge Glen Rovers Carrig 3-7 Glen Rovers 1-16



Munster Semi-Final v Crusheen (Clare) in Paric Ui Chaoimh on Sunday 13th November 2011
Carrigtwohill 1-10 Crusheen 0-19

Carrig's senior Hurling odessesy 2011 came to an end with defeat against Clare Champions, Crusheen at Pairc Ui Caoimh today. The final scoreline read Crusheen 0-19, Carrigtwohill 1-10.
Crusheen's victory was due to an impressive second half when they outscored Carrig by thirteen points to 1-2, and Carrig had no complaints with the result when the final whistle sounded, to bring an end to what was an epic an unbelievable season.

Things looked good for Carrig at half time when they led by 8 points to 6, having played with the stiff breeze. Crusheen started well however and were 2 point up, before Micky Da Fitzgerald got Carrig on the board. Niall Mac was his inspirational self and had some magnicent points to put Carrig into a 4-2 lead, before Crusheen struck again. Carrig had excellent long range points from Stephen Dineen , Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan and Liam O'Sullivan, but couldn't fully shake off Crusheen and there was never more than 3 between the sides. Eoin Dillon was particularly strong at centre half back and midfielder Pat Vaughan was energetic all through and accurate from frees.


The scoreline could have been even better  for Carrig at the break,  had the Crusheen keeper, Donal Touhy not produced an outstanding save from Stephen Dineen from point blank after Stephen had cut through the Crusheen defense with one of his trademark runs. This was a crucial save and kept Carrig within sight of the Claremen. A few other point chances also  went abegging before the half time break, which would have given a better cushion facing the second half onslaught.


Crusheen had a whildwind start to the second half and had 3 points in 3 minutes to regain the lead, before Mickey Da levelled with a beauty. This score was to be Carrig's last for a twenty minute spell however and in that time Crusheen raced into a seven point lead 16 - 9, with their half forward line in particular causing Carrig problems.  Noel Furlong and Matt Foley were injury doubts going into the game and  although Noel was dominant ealry on and brave to a fault as usual, Matt was forced to give way to young substitute Aaron Gosnell early in the second half. Ronan Power and Pat O'Sullivan put up a solid bulwark in the last line. Willie Mac did not have a serious save to make but Crusheen were able to find space outside, and picked off some great points. Crusheen's defence harried and tackled with intensity and Carrig found it very difficult to get any clear scoring oppertunities and were also guilty of over carrying on a number of occasions. Carrig needed a goal to stay in the game and Donal Touhy again saved well from Mickey Da and the rebound eluded Tomas Hogan, and a chance was lost. Carrig introduced county final hero, Sean O' Farrell, in the last quarter as well as Stephen Kidney and moved Niall Mc to centre forward in an attempt to get the elusive goal.


With 4 minutes left -a glimmer of hope- that man again - Micky Da, found the top corner with a great strike after being cleverly set up by Niall Mac, and the gap was down to 4 points.  Carrig needed the next score to set up a nail biting finish - but it was Crusheen who got it - and they closed out the game with a late free and sealed a deserved victory. Crusheen now meet Na Piarsaigh from Limerick city in a fortnight with the Shannonsiders seeing off Ballygunner in the other semi-final.

Carrig will now look forward to a break and some time to reflect on what was achived  against all the odds in 2011. The blue and gold supporters were again in in great voice at the game and the sentiment after the game was that the team owed them nothing - and the winter will still be enjoyed in the warm glow of a Cork County Chapionship sucess- undreamed of 12 months ago.

The Club AGM upcoming on Friday Dec 2nd will be an oppertunity to reflect on all the activities of the year just pasted and the senior hurling sucess will no doubt be a major talking point.

County Convention the following weekend will see the draw made for the 2012 competition - and will no doubt focus thoughts on the new season ahead and the title defense. Before that however time to catch a breath and enjoy some social activities, medal cermonies, and some well deserved plaudits. Carrig abu.


1 William McCarthy, 2 Pat O’Sullivan, 3 Ronan Power, 4 Michael O’Riordan, 5 Stephen Dinnenn, 6 Noel Furlong, 7 Mattie Foley,
8 Daniel O’Mahony, 9 Colm O’Connell, 10 Liam O’Sullivan, 11 Niall McCarthy, 12 Brian Lordan (Capt), 13 Robert White,
14 Michael Fitzgerald (Capt), 15 Tomas Hogan,  16 Shane Devlin, 17 Andrew Garde, 18 Padraig Hogan, 19 Aaron Gosnell,
20 Sean O’ Farrell, 21 Stephen Kidney,  22 Denis O’Connor, 23 Eoin O’Brien, 24 Martin McConville, 25 jay Horgan, 
26 Shane Healy,  27 Killian McCarthy, 28 Ronan Barrett, 29 Liam Barry,  30 Brian Hegarty.

Manager/Coach - James O’Conner. Selectors - Thomas O’Brien, Sean Barrett, Maurice O’Donoghue.
Assistant Coach - Niall Kidney. Team Assistant - Paul McSweeney. Physio - J.J. Wall. Team Doctor - Mary Barry.  


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Final v CIT in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday 2nd October 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-15 CIT 1-11

Esctasy and Elation for Carrigtwohill GAA Club after the Senior Hurlers achieved the impossible dream and overcame a spirited CIT team on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11. The team bridged a 93 year gap and joined the greats of 1918 and surpassed the feat of the great 1930s team by bring home the Sean Og Murphy Cup.

Bon fires blazed at west End and the Castlelyons Pipe band led an open topped bus thro’ the village before the team were feted on an impromptu stage at the GAA field before the entire Carrigtwohill population. Each member of the team was introduced by the joint captains Brian Lordan and Mickey Da Fitzgerald – and the efforts of management and backroom staff were acknowledged. Team assistant Ken Landers then led a rousing course of team anthem, Blue is the Jersey , - while launching a tongue and check “Farrell for president campaign” to round off a perfect day. – Night follows day and more about that anon. Returning to the main event- The County Final-.Maybe not hurling for the purists – but lacking for nothing in terms of drama, tension,  intensity and guts.


Carrig made the early running and led 3 points to 1, when they were stunned by a breakaway goal by Colm Casey of CIT against the run of play. Carrig regained thei composure however and took a 0-8 to 1-3 into the interval and were good value for the two point lead.  Tomas Hogan and Mickey Da were prolific from frees and placed balls , while Robbie White had landed a beauty from the right touchline.  Colm O’Connell was keeping the shackles on dangerman , Aidan Walsh, and overall Carrig appeared to be coping better with the treacherous underfoot conditions.


CIT made some shrewd switches and substitutions early in the second half – and gained an impetus when the put 4 unanswered points on the board to gain the lead , and  asked serious questions of Carrig’s character. CIT now had Aidan Walsh at full forward and Ronan Power was now tasked with holding him. Could Carrig stem the tide and regain a foothold. ? Yes they could.  Sean O’Farrell was introduced for Stephen Kidney and released Niall McCarthy to wing forward. Niall Mac did his trademark point scoring from the left wing and played like a man possessed. He reached full length to get in a spectacular block on Aidan Walsh in a key moment. Mickey Da continued to threaten CIT  and set up Robbie White for what looked like a match winner .  Lorcan McLoughlin was accurate all thro from placed balls however and regained parity for CIT and the tension was almost unbearable when the clock counting down. Who would get the winning score.? Who do you call ? Sean O’Farrell had the facility to win possession and the coolness to slot the ball between the posts to edge Carrig in front.  Two minutes of injury time were called but you sensed the Carrig were not going to give this one up – and the defense heroic all year was up to the task of stemming the best efforts that CIT could throw at them. The final whistle sounded and Carrig were champions.


Unbelievable was the expression heard over and over as Brian and Michael and team-mates took to the steps to receive the Cup.  It was fitting that Carrig had more than two men receiving the trophy as this was  a huge team effort and Sean Flannery, Noel Furlong, Liam Sullivan , Daniel O’Mahony and Pat Sullivan made major Contibutions to the win.  The official Evening Echo Man of The Match award  went to Niall Mac – and it was a fitting tribute for his leadership, workmanship and skill level – not only today but right thro the championship.

Carrig now have a few weeks to celebrate and reflect on the history they have created. They will then re-group and hope to carry the flag for the Rebel County in the Munster Club campaign.


1 William McCarthy, 2 Pat O’Sullivan, 3 Ronan Power, 4 Michael O’Riordan, 5 Sean Flannery, 6 Noel Furlong, 7 Mattie Foley,
8 Daniel O’Mahony, 9 Colm O’Connell, 10 Liam O’Sullivan, 11 Niall McCarthy, 12 Stephen Kidney, 13 Robert White,
14 Michael Fitzgerald (Capt), 15 Tomas Hogan,  16 Shane Devlin, 17 Andrew Garde, 18 Padraig Hogan, 19 Aaron Gosnell,
20 Sean O’ Farrell, 21 Brian Lordan ( Capt ),  22 Jay Horgan,  23 Denis O’Connor, 24 Eoin O’Brien, 25 Sean Forbes, 
26 Shane Healy,  27 Martin McConville, 28 Ronan Barrett, 29 Killian McCarthy, 30 Liam Barry,  31 Brian Hegarty, 32 Colm Cronin,
33 Jason Barrett,  34 Seamus Farrell, 36 J.P. O’Riordan.

Manager/Coach - James O’Conner. Selectors - Thomas O’Brien, Sean Barrett, Maurice O’Donoghue.
Assistant Coach - Niall Kidney. Team Assistant - Paul McSweeney. Physio - J.J. Wall. Team Doctor - Mary Barry.  

Club Sponsor - Ahernes Centra, Carrigtwohill. Associate sponsors - Guilders Bar, Carrigtwohill & Jack Spratts Bar, Carrigtwohill.



Semi-Final v Midleton in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday 11th September 2011
Carrigtwohill 1-10 Midleton 0-10

Carrigtwohill Senior hurlers are through to the SENIOR HURLING COUNTY FINAL !! - achieved by beating Midleton in a titanic semi-final battle against the odds on Sunday. Carrig powered to victory courtesy of a dogged second half performance against the strong winds associated with recent hurricane Katia, winning on a score line 1-10 to 0-10. The campaign to date has been described as a perfect storm – borrowing from recent financial meltdown jargon - and Carrig stayed on course despite a rocky start.


Midleton opted to play against the gale force wind from the off - but were quicker to settle and raced into an early 4 point to 1 lead. Mickey Da had got Carrig on the board from a close in free. Luke Farrell, Conor Lehane and Pa White were all on the score sheet for Midleton early on and  it was backs to the wall stuff for Carrig despite the wind advantage. Ronan Power had made a welcome return from injury, and deputised for the unfortunate Andrew Gadre, who missed out on his second consecutive game. Ronan was alert early on to thwart an early Midleton goal chance. Slowly Carrig got to grips with the threat and Colm O'Connell and Pat O'Sullivan stormed into the contest. Liam O'Sullivan and Daniel O'Mahony got control of midfield - and Niall Mac Carthy showed his class with four exquisite first half points. Tomas Hogan hit a long range free and Daniel O'Mahony also chipped in and the sides were locked at 0-6 each, when Carrig struck for the games only goal coming up to the end of the half. Tomas Hogan started a move before offloading to Niall Mac, who parted to Mickey Da who billowed the net – GOAL. This was a decisive moment. Carrig now had a lead and a bulwark against the anticipated second half onslaught. Two more points were exchanged before the break and the sides went in with the score line 1-7 to 0-7 points in favour of the blue and gold. Could we hold out ?


Midleton passed up some early second half chances to close the gap and Carrig tackled tenaciously all over the field and scoring was at a premium. The wind, while clearly favouring the Magpies in the second half, made scoring difficult and both sides had a high wide count. Mickey Da tapped over a free to extend the lead after Niall Mac was cut down in full flight heading for goals. Robbie White got a neat point midway through the half to make the dream seem closer – and Carrigs tremendous defense continued to shackle and frustrate the dangerous Midleton forwards. Carrig were forced to make a change when Daniel O’Mahony was injured – and Colm Cronin was introduced. Midleton finally broke their second half duck – and made changes up front to attempt to unsettle Carrigs defensive grip. It was all hands on deck – Noel Furlong was dominating at centre back, Niall Mac hunted everything and lifted siege after siege with lung busting runs and great distributuion. Liam O’Sullivan and Colm OConnell continued to block, sweep and break out of dense with surging runs and clearances. Midleton got a pointed free to again leave three points between the teams – but Niall Mac restored the relative security of a four point margin with a trademark beauty from the left wing- after Sean Flannery had set him up. Brian Lordan entered the fray in the engine room for Carrig with 5 minutes to go to boost Carrig and the fight continued. Carrig’s loyal supporters became more and more vocal as the clock ticked down.


Willie Mac deflected a close range free to safety – before Seamus Farrell had Midleton’s final score in injury time. Noel Furlong still had a few brave interventions to perform before the referee, Damien Kirwin, blew up and signaled a joyous pitch invasion for Carrigs supporters. Few among the blue and gold hordes believed they would see this day – Carrig in a county senior hurling final. !!! A moment to treasure.

Carrig will need to come back to earth shortly – as their final opponents are themselves a surprise package, CIT,  who blew away favorites Newtonshandrum in the other semi final. That’s for another day (Sunday Oct 2nd) Carrig are entitled to interim celebrations as reaching a final itself is an epic achievement – and made all the more satisfying by overcoming neighbours and rivals Cloyne and Midleton in the penultimate stages. Savour the moment !


Team :  Willie  McCarthy, Mattie Foley, Pat O’Sullivan,  Ronan Power, Michael O’Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O’Connell,  Daniel O’Mahony, Liam O’Sullivan, Niall McCarthy,  Sean Flannery,  Stephen Kidney, Tomas Hogan, Mickey Fitzgerald, Robert White.
Subs used : Colm Cronin , Brian Lordan, Aaron Gossell.



Quater Final v Cloyne in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday 28th August 2011
Carrigtwohill 1-20 Cloyne 3-12

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers kept the dream live with a well meritted win over Cloyne in the quarter final of the senior hurling championship at Pairc Ui Chaoimh - in front of their euphoric supporters in the Covered Stand. Carrig had their third consecutive  championship two point win on a final scoreline of 1-20 to 3-12. However unlike the encounter with Ballinhassig and Muskerry, where Carrig dominated for spells but left their oppenents back in the game, this was a far more ding dong battle and far more satisfying in terms of the all round performance and the signifance of the result.


Further credit is due to the lads, in view of the failure of stalwart full back Andrew Garde to pass a late fitness test, and the early departure from the field of Matt Foley with a serious hand injury. Sean Forbes and Aaron Gosnell were thrust into action alongside Pat O'Sullivan in a very youthful full back line. Nobody will need reminding that we have been without Ronan Power, Jason Barrett, Seamus O'Farrell, for most of the year and lost captain Brian Lordan on the last day out.


Fortunately Tomas Hogan made it through his fitness test and showed no ill effects as he was his usual accurate self from long range frees and impressive from gereral play. However, first blood fell to Cloyne when they goaled from their first attack. Carrig took a while to settle - but Mickey Da got a close in free to get Carrig off the mark and Carrig were good value for a 5 points to 1-0 lead at the quarter mark. Cloyne got points from close in frees and intercepted a short puck out from Willie Mac. Willie redeemed himself with  a double save from close range from Cork senior Paudie O'Sullivan. Niall Mc was having a battle royale with Diarmuid O'Sullivan, and Carrig were concerned to have four yellow cards entering the half time break.Stephen Kidney had Carrig's bext first half goal chance but his shot from close range struck a defender and had to settle for a 65 - which Tomas Hogan converted.  

Carrig kept the scoreboard ticking over and late points from Daniel O'Mahony and Robbie White had points from acute angles just before the break leaving Carrig 0-10  to 1-4 ahead.

Cloyne had the wind advantage in the second half and got off to a whirlwind start shooting 1-2 in the first three minutes and asking serious questions of Carrig's character and resolve. Carrig were not found wanting, however, and were back on terms after 10 minutes and edged ahead with tremendous points from Robbie White in particular. Niall Mac worked deep and tirelessly and finished off a sweeping attacking move started by Liam Sullivan and also involving Sean Flannery to the delight and appreciation of Carrig's vocal supporters.


Carrig were now on top and Mickey Da hit the side netting when put through by Robbie White. Their joy was greater a few moments later when Mickey Da rattled the net after being set up by Stephen Kidney after a great penerating touch line solo and off load. Carrig now enjoyed a 6 point led and were looking good for victory.

Carrig's reliable half back line were coping with Cloyne's aerial thret and Colm O'Connell and Noel Furlong were to the fore. Cloyne were not finished yet however and a goal, followed by two further points left the minimum between the sides and hearts were pumping on all fronts.  Willie Mac had  got a hand to a Sully rasper and deflected it over for one of Cloyne's scores as the game sizzled in the melting pot. 

Carrig refused to panic however and Stephen Kidney scored a spectacular winning point from the far touchline to seal the victory and set up a mouth watering and historic county semi final against Midleton.

Despite the injury list nightmare -  the dream lives on. Two weeks to prepare for the next epic saga - Sept 11th v. Midleton. 4 pm Pairc Ui Chaoimh.!!!




Championship v Muskerry in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday 23rd July 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-16 Muskerry 1-10

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers succeeded in getting to the quarter final of the county championship for the first time since 1959. A three point victory over divisional side Muskerry was well merited but the team conspired  to test the cardiac health of the parish and supporters by again allowing their opposition to get back to touching distance on the home straight at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sat evening.
Carrig had entered the last ten minutes with a seven point lead but the concession of a goal and then a point left Carrig vulnerable and a late 65 had to be defended before the blue and gold could breath a sigh of relief.  Muskerry had two other goal chances earlier in the second half - but Willie McCarthy saved well from a penalty and Tomas Hogan cleared the danger. Shortly afterwards a misconnection by a Muskerry forward hit the black spot of the cross bar before Noel Furlong swept the ball to safety.

Carrigs goal chances had come  in the first half and the excellent Robbie White might have done better with an early effort , but shot tamely at the Muskerry keeper. Mid-way through the half Robbie had the ball in the net but was harshly blown up for being inside the square. A goal at that point would probably have killed off Muskerry's challenge.

Carrig had an impressive first half, without ever reaching full tilt and led 0-11 to 0-6 at half time. Features of the first half were Tomas Hogan and Daniel O'Mahony's long range points from play and 65's. Mickey Da converted close in frees - but was tightly marked in gereral play. Niall McCarthy was also struggling to get into the game - but did register his first score just before half time.


Carrig were determined to get on the scoreboard early in the second half and got the tonic of an immediate close in free to get off the mark. However the town end goals of Pairc Ui Rinn again appeared jinxed where Carrig were concerned with both Mickey Da and Tomas Hogan failing with placed ball efforts. - allowing Muskerry to keep in touch. Muskerry had a strong half back trio of Joe Jordan, Stephen O'Donoghue and Niall Buckley and they held Carrig's playmakers in a tight grip and scores were hard to come by.  Carrig did have a peach of a score when Pat O'Sullivan went half the length of the pitch on one of his trademark solo runs to set up Daniel O'Mahony for the score of the game.  Mickey Da then nailed a long rang free - and that seemed to be enough - and so it eventually proved.  

Carrig's victory came at a cost with captain Brian Lordan sustaining a serious shoulder injury with only minutes to go. Carrig will have to re think their forward unit for the quarter final encounter which will be against the winners of the Glen Rovers v Cloyne/ Ballinghassig encounters - and will likely be in late August. Carrig will have less concerns for their defence however, and both lines were solid throughout with the half back line of Colm O'Connell , Noel Furlong, and Michael O'Riordan excelling. Full back Andrew Garde had his hands full at different stages with Cork triallists Dan O'Riordan and Mark O'Sullivan- but he finished strongly.

Pat Sull was neat and efficient - and Sean Forbes performed well, coming in for Matt Foley who had to cry off just before throw in. Stephen Kidney and Aaron Gosnell joined the frey late on to add some freshness to the attack and gave the over worked defence some options for clearances when Muskerry were throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at Carrig.

All in all , a satisfying result , with room for improvement. Brian Lordan's injury dampened celebrations somewhat. All wish him a speedy recovery. Next up - Senior league game v Erins Own at Carrig , 7.30 . Tuesday August 2nd. 


Team - Willie McCarthy , Pat O'Sullivan, Andrew Garde, Sean Forbes, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Daniel O'Mahony, Liam O'Sullivan, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan, Sean Flannery, Robbie White Niall McCarthy, Mickey Da Fitgerald.
Subs used - Stephen Kidney, Aaron Gosnell.




Championship v Ballinhassig on Saturday June 4th 2011 in Paric Ui Rinn 
Carrigtwohill 1-13 Ballinhassig 0-14

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers guaranteed their senior status for 2011, gave their supporters 30 minutes of ectasy, and then 30 minutes of palpations in a dramatic match with Ballinhassig on Saturday evening last.
Carrig entered the game with confidence despite the deep injury crisis which deprived the team of up to five potential starters, including the more recent losses of stalwarts Jason Barrett and Sean Flannery. The team had performed well in recent league and challenge games - and news of Ballinhassig's own injury loss of Fintan O'Leary had served to level the playing field somewhat.
Carrigtwohill had thrown young minor Padraig Hogan into the fray for his first start , and Stephen Kidney was returning to the first team after a few years absence. Apart from these all other starters had tasted championship action in recent years, so hopes remained high.


Nobody anticipated the whirlwind intensity Carrig would bring to proceedings in the first half, and the game plan of using the wind advantage and delivering quick ball into their dangermen in the full forward line, reaped dividends with Micky Fitzgerald , Niall McCarthy and Robbie White causing panic when put in possession . Out the field, the Carrig half back line of Michael O'Riordan , Noel Furlong and Colm O'Connell dominated and Daniel O'Mahony, Brian Lordan, and Tomas Hogan foraged and hunted down opponents repeatedly.  

The result was a half time scoreline of 1-13 to 0-5, and the game appeared to be in the bag for the East Cork men . The first half highlights were Robbie White's poacher's goal , after Niall Mac has had his rasper blocked by fellow Cork teammate , custodian Martin Coleman. Robbie also had two spectacular points from the right corner - one needing the assistance of the post to drop over. Niall McCarthy had two lovely points from the left wing, and Micky ( Da) had kept the scoreboard ticking over from placed balls. Tomas Hogan and Brian Lordan were also on the score sheet for Carrig .
Ballinhassig were not without first half chances however, and forced two close in frees at the end of the half created from increasingly desperate efforts to cling on to Carrig's coat tails. Martin Coleman left his goals to take both and hit the post with his first effort and saw his second piledriver deflected over by the alert Willie McCarthy. Matt Foley was prominent at corner back all thro' the half for Carrig and he and Noel Furlong were the launch pads for most of Carrig's success.Pat O'Sullivan was also to the fore. Aaron Gosnell replaced for Padraig Hogan on the stoke of half time.


Ballinhassig came out to play the second half with the benefit of the elements and needed a good start to make a game of it. They introduced their towering substitute, Stephen Dineen to full forward, joining his brother Darren as leaders of the attack and it was clear that Carrig were in for a "route one" bombardment.  Ballinhassig scored from their first attack of the half - but Carrig's defense performed heroics over the 3rd quarter period - and despite failing to make any headway on the  scoreboard themselves , they contrived to limit Ballinhassig's gain to the minimum, and retained a healthy lead of 1-13 to 0-7 at the 3 quarter stage.  Brian Lordan then suffered a hand injury from an incident unpunished by the referee, which limited his effectiveness, and forced Carrig to reshuffle their front six. Niall McCarthy came to centre forward and immediately became embroiled in an incident with his old adversary, Brendan Lombard. - for which both earned yellow cards. Niall appeared to win the "fight", but Mr. Lombard went on to have a storming last 15 mins for Ballinhassig - and Carrig struggled to get the ball past the Ballinhassig half back line. It became obvious that Carrig needed a score to settle - but chances were at a premium and Carrig could not seem to get a break or a decision from the match officials.


On a few rare sortie's , Micky Fitzgerald appeared to be held back , when in a good position, but play was waived on and the chance was lost. A shot from the right wing by Stephen Kidney was waved wide - when all Carrig supporters were convinced it had crept inside the post. A blocked effort by the same player agonizingly eluded Niall McCarthy on the edge of the square. Still no score in the second half !
At the other end , a rather reckless tackle by Michael O'Riordan earned him a yellow , and an unfortunate collision between him and Noel Furlong left Ballinhassig in for a simple score.  Ballinhassig continued to press and whittled down the lead point by point , the gap ever decreasing to danger level. Noel Furlong picked up Carrig's third yellow for a robust aerial tackle. The  bombardment continued and although Andrew Garde did well to block and force Stephen Dinnen away from goals in most of their duels, the full forward did manage two strikes on goal, but both were brilliantly saved by Willie McCarthy in goals. The second effort was particularly noteworthy, with Willie getting down full length to deflect the ball to safety from the butt of the post , when the Ballinhassig crowd already cheering "goal" in anticipation. This was the key moment of the game and a score then would surely have been decisive.

Still the game was not safe, and Ballinhassig cut the lead to a mere two points entering injury time, and launched a final attack, initially repulsed by a combinationof  Noel Furlong and Andy Garde but returned again to the danger zone - and only safe when fielded in the grateful grasp of Colm O'Connell - and Carrig and their supports could finally relax and savour the victory. Relief was the dominant emotion.
A bonus of the win was the league points also on offer, and Carrig were sitting proudly in 3rd place in the table after the weekend's results - and looking forward to participating in round 4 of the championship . the 4th round draw is likely to take place in early July - but fixtures will be dependant on Cork teams progress - and might not take place until the August weekend pending the Rebels progress.  

Team. William McCarthy, Pat O'Sullivan , Andrew Garde, Matt Foley,  Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Padraig Hogan ,Daniel O'Mahony, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan , Stephen Kidney, Mickey Fitzgerald, Niall McCarthy, Robert White.
Subs used: Aaron Gosnell



League v Erin’s Own in Carrigtwohill on Tuesday August 2nd 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-21 Erin’s Own 4- 15

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers’ new found confidence was dented by neighbours Erin’s Own in a high scoring encounter with the Caherlag side winning by 4-15 to 0-21, at Carrigtwohill last evening - a comfortable six point margin.
The damage for the home team was done in the first half with the concession of 3 goals in the second quarter to give a half time score of 3-9 to 10 points, and a mountain to climb in the second half. Try as they might Carrig could not fashion a serious goal chance – and while they notched some excellent points, Erins Own were able to keep the score board ticking over and the gap was never less than five points.

Erin’ s Own’s fluid movement and interchange play up front had Carrig chasing shadows in the first 30 mins and Eoghan (Bear) Murphy in particular punished any Carrig indiscretions from placed balls as well as notching two of the first half goals. Erins Own’s led 6 point to 1 before Carrig made any impression and Niall McCarthy on the forty finally got Carrig going with 2 well taken points . It was 1-6 to 0-5 when Noel Furlong landed a mighty score – but then Carrig suffered the double whammy of conceding two goals, one from a close in free that Willie McCarthy saved – but the ball still managed to elude the massed defense and squirm over the line. Willie had saved and cleared an earlier pile driver and kept Carrig in the game.  Tomas Hogan was reliable from long rang frees and Robbie White got on the scoreboard before half time with a point, when he might have taken the ball on and gone for broke.

An early second half goal by Erins Own made Carrig’s task even harder and  a landslide win for Erin’s Own was on the cards. Carrig had replaced the out of sorts Andrew Garde at half time with Sean Forbes – but Erin’ s Own were still able to carve out chances and Willie McCarthy again performed heroics saving point blank on the double from two Erins Own forwards when they had slipped clear of Carrig leaden footed defense. Only Pat O’Sullivan could be happy with his performance in the rearguard – although Noel Furlong again got through a lot of work. To their credit, Carrig kept fighting and  introduced Seanie Farrell late on, fresh from his two goal salvo in the junior championship, in an effort to find some penetration and although he did well to gain possession on a few occasions, he couldn’t find room to get meaningful strikes on target. Carrig’ s best chance fell to Robert White and he was well bottled up on the edge of the square and Carrig’ s penalty pleas were not entertained by the match official. Niall McCarthy, Tomas Hogan  and Mickey Da were forced to shoot from distance and while many of the points taken were exceptional in terms of quality, Carrig needed goals to make an impact and to get a lift from their suffering supporters. Goals never looked likely and in the end time ran out and Erins Own were the team best satisfied and can look forward to facing CIT in the 4th round championship next week.


For Carrig , it’s back to the drawing board ahead of their next game – on Tuesday next Aug 9th , at home to Ballymartle with a 7.30 pm throw in. 


Team . W. McCarthy, Pat O’Sullivan, Andrew Garde, Matt Foley,  Colm O'Connell, Noel Furlong, Michael O'Riordan, Daniel O'Mahony, Liam O'Sullivan , Sean Flannery ,Niall McCarthy , Tomas Hogan , Robert White, Mickey Fitzgerald, Stephen Kidney.
Subs used : Sean Forbes, Sean O’ Farrell
Subs not used:  Denis O’Connor, Shane Healy, Eoin O’Brien, Aaron Gosnell, Sean Rohan



League v Blackrock at Church Road on Saturday, July 16th 2011
Carrigtwohill 2-13 Blackrock 0-17

Carrigtwohill came from behind to steal the points in a hard fought victory over Blackrock at Church Road on Saturday evening. Strong winds, a slippery surface and the tight pitch conspired to make the game a scrappy affair and Carrig's performance was not their best. However the points were very welcome and the win keeps Carrig in contention for the knock out stages of the competition. It was also a good result for morale entering next week's scheduled championship encounter with Muskerry.


Carrig played with wind advantage in the first half after Blackrock elected to play against the wind, but the home side dominated the first quarter and were good value for a 6 points to 2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Niall McCarthy was returning from county duty and he was mainly responsible for Carrig's comeback contributing 4 impressive points and being denied a goal by a fine save by the home keeper. Tomas Hogan pointed the resulting '65 to leave the minimum between the sides. Stephen Kidney then set up Micky Da Fitzgerald for a smashing goal and Carrig had the lead and finished the half strongly to lead 1-10 to 0-8. Andrew Garde suffered a knock in the first half and was eventually forced off later in the game. He found Blackrock's, David Cashman a handful and he was Blackrock's main scoring threat.


Carrig struggled to find scores in the second half and Blackrock began to whittle away the lead point by point - and looked winners when they gained a two point advantage with the Carrig defence struggling to cope with incessant pressure. Carrig were guilty of some poor shooting from the limited chances that came their way, and Mickey Da failed to get a solid touch on the ball on the edge of the square when a goal seemed certain.

Carrig brought on Seanie Farrell for his first competive action of the season and he was in the right place, at the right time to receive a pass from Sean Flannery and slot home the winning goal with minutes remaining.- and to regain an unlikey lead for Carrig.  There was still time for a late exchange of points - Toms Hogan getting Carrig's last score after a long solo run by Noel Furlong. Strong defensive work by Noel, Colm O'Connell and substitute Denis O'Conner ensured that Willie McCarthy was protected in the Carrig goals to frustrate Blackrock and Carrig greeted the final whistle with relief.


Team:  Willie McCarthy, Sean Forbes, Andy Garde,  Matt Foley, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Liam O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan, Sean Flannery, Stephen Kidney, Niall McCarthy, Micky Fitzgerald.
Subs used: Denis O'Connor, Sean O'Farrell.
Subs not used : Brian Hegarty , Shane Devlin,  Liam Barry, Eoin O'Brien, Ronan Barrett




League v Na Piarsaigh in Fair Hill on Tuesday June 28th 2011
Na Piarsaigh 0-16 Carrigtwohill 2-7

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers were unlucky to lose to Na Pairsaigh's at Fair Hill on Tuesday June 28th. Without the injured Robert White , it was always likely that Carrig might lack the scoring prowess to match their illustrious rivals and so it transpired.

Notwithstanding , Carrig gave a good account of themselves and were on parity  1- 5 to 0-8 at half time , with Mickey Da Fitz, the goal scorer for Carrig.It could have been better if the impressive Daniel O'Mahony could have got the ball past the Na Piarsaigh keeper , when put through on at least one occasion in that half. The early loss of Micheal O'Riordan with a knee injury was also an unsettling factor for Carrig.


Na Piarsaigh streaked ahead in the 3rd quarter and Carrig could not find the posts - and the memory of a scoreless second half agaisnt Ballinhassig resurfaced. A few marginal decisions went against Carrig also , which allowed the gap to open to 6 points. However Carrig showed good character to stick to the task and a Mickey Da penalty goal and further point closed the gap to a single point with a few minutes left. Na Piarsaig survived with 2 late frees to win on a scoreline of   0-16  to 2 - 7. 


Team: Willie McCarthy , Pat O'Sullivan, Andy Garde, Matty Foley, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Liam O'Sullivan, Aaron Gosnell, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan,  Sean Flannery , Micky Fitzgerald, Daniel O'Mahony, Jay Horgan.
Sub used: Padraig Hogan



League v Doughlas in Carrigtwohill on Sunday May 15th 2011
Carrigtwohill 4-13  Douglas 3-8

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers had a second good win on the trot against south city opposition this Sunday evening. The game had many similarities to the recent victory over the Barrs with Carrig making the most of a strong wind to build up an impressive half time lead of 4-9 to 1-4 and battling hard against the breeze and the low evening sun to hold out for the points.


The win came at a cost however with Jason Barrett and Colm O'Connell both leaving the field with serious injuries in the second half - and raising concerns for the their participation in the upcoming championship on the June weekend. With Sean Flannery and Seamus Farrell out from the last game, joining long term injuries Ronan Power and Liam O'Sullivan, Carrig have had to dig deep into their panel but will be encouraged by the response from all who played a part and particularly minors Jay Horgan and Padraig Hogan. 

Carrig took this game by the scruff of the neck from the early stages and Mickey Fitzgerald and Robbie White helped themselves to 2 goals each and Jason Barrett who had 4 impressive long range frees. Brian Lordan and Tomas Hogan were also on the score sheet before half time. Carrig's defence was on top and were unlucky to be blown for a penalty on the stroke of half time. Cork fringe player Mark Harrington blasted to the net to give them a glimmer of hope for the second half. A melee before the interval  involving a number of players also ensured that the second half was not going to be a picnic for either team.


Carrigtwohill defended heroically in the third quarter and traded score for score with Douglas in this period. The injuries mentioned above disrupted Carrig and despite strong play from Noel Furlong and Michael O'Riordan, Douglas's Stephen Moylan got through for two late goals, but Carrig had done enough to see out the contest and push themselves into the top echelons of the league table for the first time since regaining senior status with almost half their programme completed. There is a long way to go, but the focus will now be firmly on the championship and on getting everyone fit.


Team:  Willie McCarthy, Pat O'Sullivan, Andy Garde, Matt Foley, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Jason Barrett, Daniel O'Mahony, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan, Stephen Kidney,  Micky Fitzgerald, Robbie White, Jay Horgan.
Subs used :  JP O'Riordan,  Padraig Hogan
Subs not used : Brian Hegarty, Eoin O'Brien, Sean Forbes, Denis O'Connor, Liam Barry. Killian McCarthy




League v St Finbarr's in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday May 11th 2011
Carrigtwohill 4-17 St Finbarr's 2-15

Carrigtwohill Senior hurlers returned to winning ways with a deserved win over St.Finbarrs in a high scoring game at Carrigtwohill this Wednesday evening, May 11th, on a scoreline of 4-17 to 2-15. St Finbarrs were missing some key players following their recent senior football exploits - but Carrigtwohill also had a number of absentees, with regular defenders Matt Foley, Colm O'Connell and Cork minor triallist Aaron Gosnell all crying off.

Carrig led from the start and rarely looked in danger from the moment Tomas Hogan opened the scoring with a long range point.  Carrig had opted to play with the strong wind and all the forwards got on the scoresheet  from play in the opening period as Carrig made the most of their advantage. Niall McCarthy and Robbie White  both goaled early on to leave Carrig 2-7 to 0-2 ahead and a rout looked on the cards. However  St Finbarr's rallied briefly - and threatened to make a real game of it when they goaled themselves - when the Carrig defence failed to deal with a close in free and the rebound was finished to the net. However two long range frees from Tomas Hogan settled the team and they were good value for a half time lead of 2-13 to 1-8.

St. Finbarrs suffered a blow with the loss of County Star, Ronan Curran just before the break - and this militated against a second half comeback by the visitors.

The scoring rate dropped in the second period - with scores harder to come by for Carrig  against the wind - but Mickey Fitzgerald did get Carrig off to the perfect start with a pointed free. St Finbarrs tried hard but pressure from midfielders Daniel O'Mahony and Jason Barrett and strong defensive performances by Noel Furlong and Michael O'Riordan denied the Barrs the time and space for accurate shooting.  A third Carrig goal  by Robbie White effectively sealed victory for the home team and although the Barrs hit back with a goal late on, Mickey Fitzgerald was able to finish off a free flowing move for Carrig's fourth goal , before  second half substitutes, J P O'Riordan and Stephen Kidney combined well for Carrigs final pointed score- and add the icing to the cake

Carrig lost Sean Flannery and Seamus O'Farrell to injuries during the game and will be hopeful of having both back for next Sunday's game against Douglas, scheduled for Carrigtwohill, at 6.00 pm.


Team:  Willie McCarthy, Pat O'Sullivan, Andy Garde, Sean Flannery, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Sean Forbes, Jason Barrett, Daniel O'Mahony, Tomas Hogan, Brian Lordan, Seamus O'Farrell, Robbie White, Niall McCarthy, Micky Fitzgerald.
Subs used :  Padraig Hogan , Stephen Kidney, JP O'Riordan, Denis O'Connor, Liam Barry.
Subs not used : Brian Hegarty, Eoin O'Brien, Jay Horgan, Matt Foley, Colm O'Connell.



League v Cloyne in Carrigtwohill on April 20th 2011
Carrig 1-15 Cloyne 2-13

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers endured their second 1 point defeat in a row to East Cork rivals on Wednesday evening 20th, in a close fought encounter , losing to Cloyne on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-15.  Carrig had a dream start with an early  Mickey Da Fitzgerald goal - but were quickly pegged back and found themselves 2- 4 to 1-1 in arrears midway though the first half , before clawing their way back to a 1 point deficit at the break 2-4 to 1.6. Mickey Da scored all of Carrig's first half tally from frees, apart from a Sean Flannery point. Cork Senior Paudie O'Sullivan had hit the net for Cloyne from a 20 metre free - and planted another in the top corner within the first ten minutes, to put it up to Carrig. 


Cloyne appeared to be at full strength and had all the established old guard on duty. Niall McCarthy was a late withdrawal from the Carrig line up , who were also without the absent  Jason Barrett, and their presence was missed by the home team, who lacked urgency in their play and struggled to come to grips with Cloyne's passing game.

The second half improved as a contest and was nip and tuck with the sides exchanging points in a tit for tat manner with never more than the minimum between them. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until a late long puck out from Donal og Cusack found it's way to Paudie, who slipped over the winner. Carrig had lost Robbie White to injury 10 minutes from the end - and although not on the score sheet,  he was Carrig's main ball winner - and his loss was a major blow to Carrig 's chances of getting something from the tie in terms of league points.


The highlights for Carrig in the second half were a suberb long range point from Tomas Hogan - and another audacious effort from Mickey Da from the right hand corner. Carrig could not get their noses in front when it mattered and will need to get their team settled and functioning soon in order to restore confidence for the fast approaching championship.


Carrigtwohill Team - W. McCarthy, Matt Foley, Colm O'Connell, Pat O'Sullivan,  Andrew Garde, Noel Furlong, Michael O'Riordan, Daniel O'Mahony, ,Sean Flannery , Robert White ,  Brian Lordan , Seamie O'Farrell, Tomas Hogan ,  Mickey Fitzgerald, Stephen Kidney.
Subs used : Jay Horgan , Aaron Gossell
Subs not used:
Sean Forbes,  Liam Barry ,Killian McCarthy,  Padraig Hogan, Eoin O'Brien



League v Killeagh in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday April 6th 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-17 Killeagh 2-12 

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers slipped up in their bid to stay with the front runners and maintain their unbeaten start to Red FM SHL at their home venue on Wednesday, losing to Killeagh  by the narrowest of margins on the scoreline 2-12 to 0-17.


Killeagh gained revenge for last year's championship first round reverse, and clearly savoured their victory. Carrigtwohill will feel frustrated  however having led the contest by a 7 point margin 0-14 to 0-7 early in the second half - and pushing on from their half time lead of 0-9 to 0-5. At that stage it appeared that the game was safe - but two sloppy errors in defence were punished to the max by Sean Long with 2 opportunist goals. In between the goals Killeagh had the luxury of missing a penalty, and hitting the cross bar as they hit a purple patch and Carrig's heads dropped and disciple wavered.Killeagh raced into a four point lead of their own, before Carrig substitute, Jay Horgan stopped the rot - and a late spirited rally from Carrig almost produced a draw with Robbie White's long range effort agonisingly sailing just right of the upright in injury time .


Robbie had been impeccable from placed balls  before that, scoring the bulk of Carrig's 17 point total - aided by the hard working Niall McCarthy and Jason Barrett who chipped in with 2 points each from play .  Carrig had re arranged their forward division as the casualty list continues to grow with Michael Fitzgerald, Seamus Farrell and Stephen Kidney all missing out from the  Midleton encounter. On the positive front Brian Lordan and Jason Barrett played the full sixty minutes and gained much needed match practice. Carrig's first half performance was impressive as they closed down Killeagh well and forced their opponents into wayward shooting and giving the home support much to enthuse about. However, a failing was the inability to create any worthwhile goal chances - and this was a worrying feature - and ultimately was decisive at the final whistle.

Carrig will hope to have some of their absentees back for the next challenging encounter against Erins Own , scheduled for Mon week, April 18th at Caherlag.

Carrigtwohill Team . W. McCarthy, Eoin O'Brien , Colm O'Connell, Pat O'Sullivan,  Andrew Garde, Noel Furlong, Daniel O'Mahony, Aaron Gossell ,Sean Flannery , Robert White , Jason Barrett, Tomas Hogan , JP O'Riordan, Niall McCarthy, Brian Lordan
Subs used : Jay Horgan
Subs not used: , Michael O'Riordan , Sean Forbes,  Liam Barry, Padraig Hogan, Mickey Fitzgerald



League v Midleton in Carrigtwohill on March 23rd 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-19 Midleton 3-10 

Carrig and Midleton have been hard to separate in all meetings since Carrig regained senior status - and this encounter proved no exception with the teams tied 3-10 to 19 points at the full time whistle. The game was played under lights in Carrigtwohill - in perfect hurling conditions  - and the game had a championship feel.

There was drama at the finish with Carrigtwohill edging ahead with a late free, only for Midleton to snatch the draw with a long range  free of their own with the last puck of the game.

Every ball was contested throughout the game in true Carrig Midleton life or death fashion and the large attendance got plenty to cheer about. The first half in particular was played at a frantic pace and was a quality high scoring spectacle with Carrig good value for a 14 points to 2-5 lead. Sean Flannery was on the score board early for Carrig, after making a welcome return from injury at midfield.  Mickey Fitzgerald was again proving the ace marksman for Carrig - but was aided by Niall McCarthy with two glorious score, and Seamie Farrell and Robbie White who scored beauties from opposite wings.

Midleton remained in the game primarily thanks to the opportunism on Luke Farrell who benefitted from a poor clearance to give Willie Mac no chance in the Carrig goals and Midleton had a second goal when an accidental collision in defence between Noel Furlong and Andrew Garde left a three on one  situation and Midleton again capitalized. Carrig responded well to these set backs and Tomas Hogan points before the break saw Carrig regain the lead.

The second half saw Midleton step up the pressure and Carrig began to struggle for good possession and scoring chances - despite the introduction of Jason Barrett to midfield at half time . Carrig's best goal chance fell to Robbie White with 10 mins to go  - but he failed to test the Midleton keeper. Carrig defence was heroic on occasions with  Aaron Gosnell getting in a brilliant block when a goal seemed certain - and another sequence of play near the Carrig goals had multiple block downs from Andrew Garde and Daniel O'Mahony - two of Carrigs best performers on the night.

Midleton grabbed their third goal late on and took the lead for the first time and it looked like this might be the decisive score. They also rattled the crossbar from an acute angle - and a goal at that point would surely have sealed the deal. Carrig however fought back and a great score from Mickey Da had the sides level again before the late drama of the injury time exchanges and pointed frees.
Despite the drop in scoring rate in the second half , the clashes were no less fierce and the game threatened to boil over on occasions - but a couple of yellow cards to both sides served to keep things just about under control. Roll on the next encounter!


Carrigtwohill Team. W. McCarthy, Sean Forbes, Colm O'Connell, Pat O'Sullivan,  Andrew Garde, Noel Furlong, Daniel O'Mahony, Aaron Gossell Sean Flannery , Robert White , Sheamie O 'Farrell, Tomas Hogan , Mickey Fitzgerald, Niall McCarthy, Stephen Kidney.
Subs used : Jason Barrett. Subs not used: JP O'Riordan, Jay Horgan, Killian McCarthy, Eoin O'Brien, Padraig Hogan, Brian Lordan



League v Bishopstown in Carrigtwohill on March 17th 2011
Carrigtwohill 5-11 Bishopstown 1-16

Carrigtwohill's Round 2 SHL game against Bishopstown on St Patrick's day proved a major step up on the opening game against Bride Rovers - with Carrig prevailing on an impressive scoreline of 5-11 to 1-16.- a 7 point margin.
Two early goals, one each from Niall McCarthy and Mickey Fitzgerald got Carrig off to a confident start - and although Bishopstown fought back with a string of impressive points - a third goal by Stephen Kidney ensured  the home side led at the break 3 - 4 to 1 - 9. Niall McCarthy was making his first competitive appearance for his club this season- with a day off from county duty - and he had a hand in all Carrig's goals on the day. Tomas Hogan worked hard on the wing and landed two impressive points against the stiff breeze in the first half.

Two further Mickey Fitzgerald goals in the second half cemented Carrig's grip on the game and Robbie White, and Stephen Kidney added crucial points to keep the score board ticking over. Carrig were also boosted by the introduction of Jason Barrett to midfield in the 2nd half after a long injury layoff and he and Daniel O'Mahony got on top after getting to grips with Cork senior Pa Cronin who had dominated early on.
Pa continued to threaten from placed balls and had a few spectacular catches that Carrig could only admire. Jason Barrett also got on the scoreboard - as did Seamie O'Farrell, ensuring that all Carrig's starting forwards scored from play. Bishopstown had Shane O'Neil retuning from Injury - but played only the first half as a precautionary measure.

Noel Furlong and Colm O Connell were again impressive in the central defensive positions for Carrig and Cork minor panellist Aaron Gosnell also showed up well. Andrew Garde and Sean Forbes were solid under high balls - remedying a defensive failing in the first round game.  Unfortunately for Carrig, Liam O'Sullivan didn't start and has joined Ronan Power on the long term injury list, with a shoulder injury .However it is hoped that Brian Lordan and Sean Flannery will be available to play some part in the upcoming game versus Midleton on Wednesday night next, March  23rd , in Carrig under lights, with a 7.30 throw in.

Team: William McCarthy, Sean Forbes, Colm O'Connell, Aaron Gosnell,  Andrew Garde, Noel Furlong, Padraig Hogan , Daniel O'Mahony, Pat O'Sullivan  , Robert White, Seamie O'Farrell, Tomas Hogan, Mickey Fitzgerald, Niall McCarthy, Stephen Kidney.
Subs used :Jason Barrett, JP O'Riordan, Colm Cronin, Killian McCarthy, Liam Barry


League v Bride Rovers in Carrigtwohill on Thursday March 10th 2011
Carrigtwohill 2-7 Bride Rovers 1-10 

Carrigtwohill's senior hurlers got their league campaign off the ground with an opening round match with Bride Rovers in Carrig under lights on Thursday night last. The game was seen as an opportunity for Carrig to avenge last year's defeat at the hands of Rovers which ended Carrig's championship interest. In the end Carrig were extremely lucky to salvage a draw with two late goals, having trailed by eight points with less than ten minutes left.Micky da Fitzgerald and Tomas Hogan were the goal scorers, following a lead part by Robert White in both scores.

The main talking point of the game was the serious injury to the unfortunate Ronan Power, which held up play for almost 10 mins in the second half . Ronan suffered an arm injury in an accidental collision which is likely to keep him out of the game for some weeks at least.
The game was very stop start which Carrig in particular conceding far too many frees and were lucky not to be punished more severely by the normally reliable Maurice Johnson. Carrig, too, were guilty of not converting some easy placed ball opportunities. Carrig thought they had a major breakthrough midway though the first half, only for a Robert White effort to be ruled out for a square ball infringement. With that goal ruled out Carrig trailed by 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

With the aid of a freshening breeze Bride Rovers took control in the third quarter and pulled into a commanding 1-10 to 0-5 lead. At that stage Carrig looked dead and buried but they showed great determination to rescue a draw in a storming last ten minutes. The equalising goal came in the second last puck of the game.
Noel Furlong and Colm O'Connell manned the central defensive positions with distinction all through - but Carrig struggled at midfield and in the half forward line for long periods. Sean Flannery carried an injury into the game and was forced off at half time. Brian Lordan and Jason Barrett's experience and marksmanship were also missed - and Carrig will be looking for an improvement for their next  day out on St. Patrick's morning with Bishopstown coming to compete - with an 11.30 throw in.

Team - W. McCarthy, M Folet, C O'Connell, Pat O'Sullivan, R. Power, N Furlong, M O'Riordan, L O'Sullivan , C Cronin, S O "Farrell, S Flannery, JP O'Riordan, M Fitzgerald, R White, S Kidney.
Subs used - T.Hogan, S Forbes, P Hogan , A Gosnell 


Challenge v UCC on Tuesday 25th October 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-15 UCC 1-16

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers continued their preparation for the upcoming Munster Club championship semifinal against newly crowned Clare champions Crusheen with a game against UCC’s Fitzgibbon team at Riverstown last evening.  The game was a well contested affair with the lively College side finally prevailing on a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-15, with a late goal and point. Carrig had chances to at least snatch a draw with a few late efforts of their own – but failed to find the target.


Carrig will be pleased enough with the performance however, which was a step up from the recent game with Oulart. It provided game time for the returning Niall McCarthy, as well as further rehab opportunity for Brian Lordan and Andy Garde. Padraig Hogan again deputised at centre back and is putting in a strong stake for a starting place with another solid performance. Carrig were behind 10- 07 at half time but were more adventurous after the break and had nosed in front on a few occasions before UCC got the late decisive scores.

UCC are likely to be strong contenders for the Fitzgibbon cup and they had lively forwards in Shane Burke (Tipp), Michael Grace (Kilkenny),  and East Cork men Brian Hartnett and Seamus Harnedy. Sars midfielders Daniel Roche and Aidan Kearney played a half each – and UCC were able to call from a strong bench in the second half with Stephen Moylan (Douglas) amoung those introduced.

Crusheen had a 10 point to 4 victory over Sixmilebridge in Ennis last Sunday in atrocious conditions and will be hoping to go one better than their exit to Kilmallock in last year's Munster championship. The countdown has begun !


Team - Willie McCarthy, Pat O'Sullivan, Ronan Power, Aaron Gosnell, Michael O’Riordan, Padraig Hogan, Colm O'Connell,
Liam O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony, Stephen Dineen, Tomas Hogan, Niall McCarthy, Brian Lordan, Mickey Da Fitgerald, Robbie White.



Challenge v Oulart-the-Ballagh in WIT on Sunday 16th October 2011
Carrigtwohill 0-9 Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-21

Carrigtwohill  senior hurlers got a reality check when the faced the 3 in a row Wexford champions, Oulart-the-Ballagh in a challenge match at the super WIT sports complex on Sunday . Oulart led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half time and Carrig's expected second half push never materialised as the Oulart defence held our forwards in a vice like grip – with county players Keith Rossiter and Darren Stamp particularly impressive. Oulart were able to pick off an impressive tally of points and the final score read 1-21 to 0-9. The goal came late on and Carrig will be disappointed not to have kept their goal intact.

Carrig had a few absenteesm, including Niall McCarthy, Sean Flannery and Stephen Kidney, but most of the county winning team were available, and confidence of progressing beyond the Munster semi-final against the Clare champions took a blow. Oulart were unlucky to lose the Leinster final to O’Loughlin Geals by a single point last year and are considered serious contenders for this year's title.

The Carrig cause wasn't helped by the departure through first half injuries to Noel Furlong and Matt Foley. Substitute Colm Cronin also suffered a worrying leg injury in the second half . These injuries were unlikely to have affected the trend of the game however, with Carrig’s forwards unable to take the game to Oulart and help out an overworked defence.

Carrig can take a few minor positives from the game nonetheless. Andrew Garde made a welcome return to action after injury. Brian Lordan played his first full game since Round 1 in the championship. Stephen Dineen rejoined the panel after his enforced 2010/11 study absence and got 60 mins of action. Padraig Hogan played a solid game at centreback, when called into action and Aaron Gosnell also impressed when introduced early on.

The winners of next week's Clare championship final between Sixmilebridge and Crusheen is now awaited with interest and perhaps Carrig can get the show back on the road for their Nov 13th outing.


Team - Willie McCarthy, Pat O Sullivan, Ronan Power, Mattie Foley, Andy Garde, Noel Forlong, Michael O’Riordan, Liam O Sullivan,
Colm O Connell, Daniel OMahony, Brian Lordan, Stephen Dineen, Tomas Hogan, Mickey Da Fitgerald, Robbie White.
Subs used - Padraig Hogan for Noel Furlong (injured), Aaron Gosnell for Mattie Foley (injured), Colm Cronin for Andy Garde,
Andy Garde for Colm Cronin ( injured), Cillian McCarthy for Tomas Hogan.
Subs not used - Shane Devlin, Denis O’Connor, Jay Horgan, Martin McConville.



Challenge v Fourmilewater in Cappoquin on Sunday 21st August 2011
Carrigtwohill 4-10 Fourmilewater 5-18

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers concluded their preparations for their county quarter final clash against Cloyne with a work out against Waterford team Fourmilewater. A low evening sun had made defending difficult at the Cappoquin venue. The game got away from Carrig early on and was not the close physical encounter anticipated. Fourmilewater had early goals and led 3- 8 to 0-3 points before Carrig got to realise there was a game to be played.

Mickey Da got 2 goals for Carrig and Shane Healy volleyed a spectacular effort to the net on the stroke of half time to leave it 3-11 to 3-4.  Fourmilewater continued to impress in the second half and won on a final scoreline of 5-18 to 4-10 in a game that had an exhibition match flavour.


Team: Willie McCarthy, Sean Forbes, Matt Foley, Denis O'Connor, M O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Colm O'Connell, Liam O'Sullivan, Aaron Gosnell, Sean Flannery, Stephen Kidey, Robbie White, M Fitzgerald, Shane Healy.
Subs used :Padraig Hogan, Sean O'Farrell
Subs not used : Shane Devlin, Eoin O'Brien,Marty McConville, Jay Horgan, Pat O'Sullivan.



Challenge v Lismore in Lismore on Saturday July 30th 2011
Carrigtwohill 3-22 Lismore 3-20

Carrigtwohill senior hurlers kept their winning run going with a victory over Lismore on Saturday evening in a high scoring game at Lismore. Both teams were close to full strength but Carrig were restricted to a tight panel due to the upcoming Junior A  hurling championship.

Brian Lordan and Niall McCarthy were absentees due to injury from the recent Muskerry game, and Pat O'Sullivan's performance in that game has earned him a call up to the Cork U21 squad ahead of their Munster final next week, and he was unable to line out as a consequence. Carrig did have Robbie White however and he got Carrig off to a great start with an early goal. Despite the good start  Carrig were fairly wasteful up front and a bit sloppy in defence in the first half and went in at half time down 2-6 to 1-12. Mickey Da Fitgerald  had scored  Carrig's second goal.


Carrig picked up the pace a little in the second half and another Robbie White goal regained the lead for Carrig . Lismore were in no mood to lie down however and had further goals of their own as the contest heated up and the lead changed hands a number times before Carrig finished strongly and a late brace of points from Stephen Kidney to win on a scoreline of 3-22 to 3-20.  Micky Da ended the game with 1-7 and Robbie White had 2-3 and were Carrig's ace scorers. Tomas Hogan was excellent with long range frees and Stephen Kidney had an impressive 4 points from play.  Young Sean Rohan replaced Aaron Gosnell near the end , after Aaron had notched an important point .

At the back Andrew Garde had a good hour and saw off no less an opponent than Dan Shanahan. - but Carrig will be concerned with the concession of 3-20 even if the result was academic.


Team: William McCarthy, Padraig Hogan, Andrew Garde, Matt Foley,  Colm O'Connell, Noel Furlong, Michael O'Riordan, Daniel O'Mahony, Liam O'Sullivan , Sean Flannery , Robert White, Tomas Hogan , Aaron Gosnell, Mickey Fitzgerald, Stephen Kidney.
Subs used : Sean Rohan.



Challenge v Tallow in Tallow on Monday July 11th 2011
Carrigtwohill 2-24 Tallow 2-14

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers had a successful trip to Tallow on Monday evening last , enjoying an impressive 2-24 to 2-14 victory over the Waterford team.

Carrig hit the ground running and were good value for a 0-13 to 1-6 half time lead with Tomas Hogan and Mickey Fitzgerald unlucky not to find the net last on separate occasions. Mattie Foley stood in at full back for the absent Andy Garde and was solid for the hour. Sean Flannery, Sean Forbes, Shane Healy   and Liam O'Sullivan were playing their 2nd games in 24 hour hours, having impressed in the Junior Hurling win over Cloyne on Sunday evening , but all came thro with no ill effects.  Ronan Barrett also made a welcome return to first team action and played the first 30 mins . Kevin Murphy, Denis O'Connor and Marty McConville made second half appearance with the wily Marty notching 1 -1 late on to seal the victory.


Carrig's main marksman was the ever reliable Mickey Fitzgerald who accounted for 1-11 of the total from frees and play and was instrumental in winning a lot of the converted frees. Tallow fielded a strong outfit with ex seniors James Murray, Aidan Kearney and Paul O'Brien featuring along with a number of current fringe panelists. They were wasteful up front however and Carrig appeared to have the edge in fitness and confidence .

Carrigtwohill now get down to the serious business of SH league v. Blackrock on Sat. evening next at Church Road - before the more serious business of Championship v. Muskerry - scheduled for Sat July 23rd.


Team: Willie McCarthy, Pat O'Sullivan, Matt Foley, Sean Forbes, Colm O'Connell, Noel Furlong, Padraig Hogan,  Liam O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony, Sean Flannery, Brian Lordan , Ronan Barrett, Shane Healy,Tomas Hogan,  Micky Fitzgerald.
Subs used: Kevin Murphy, Denis O'Connor, Marty McConville.
Subs not used: Liam Barry, Jay Horgan,  Shane Devlin. 



Challenge v Muskerry in Carrigtwohill on Monday June 20th 2011 
Carrigtwohill 1-16 Muskerry 1-14

Carrigtwohill Senior Hurlers had their first game since their championship victory over Ballinhassig,  with a lively work out against divisional side  Muskerry, who themselves had accounted for UCC in their championship opener. Both sides fielded somewhat understrength teams, but Carrig availed of the opportunity to experiment up front and had Sean Flannery and Liam O'Sullivan back on the field after injury layoffs and both came through the full hour and showed impressive form.


The game ended 1-16 to 1-14 in Carrig's favour , thanks to a late surge with a brace of Stephen Kidney points and the ever reliable  Micky Da Fitzgerald getting the clinching scores. Daniel O'Mahony , Michael O'Riordan and Jay Horgan  were point scorers but Michael Fitzgerald was again the main man with an impressive 8 point tally from play and frees.
The game was closely contested all through and Carrig led by 0-9 to 0-7 at half time. Carrig then fell behind to a Muskerry goal mid way through the 2nd half , but a Sean Flannery got a decisive strike to rattle the Muskerry net with ten minutes to go and Carrig passed up a few more goal opportunities, as the Muskerry goalline led a charmed life late on.  Carrig introduced substitutes Denis O'Connor, Eoin O'Brien, Shane Healy, Sean Forbes, Brian Hegarty and Kevin Murphy for the 2nd half  - and all will likely feature in the upcoming junior championship clash with St.Ita's on Sunday afternoon next.

Carrig's next senior competitive outing is scheduled for Tuesday next July 28th, in the Red FM league against Na Piarsaig at the Fair Hill venue , with throw in at 7.30 pm.


Team: Shane Devlin, Pat O'Sullivan, Andy Garde, Aaron Gosnell, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Padraig Hogan, Colm O'Connell, Liam O'Sullivan,, Stephen Kidney, Tomas Hogan, Sean Flannery , Micky Fitzgerald.Daniel O'Mahony, Jay Horgan.



Challenge Match, Saturday February 26th 2011
Carrigtwohill 3-8 Carlow U-21s 3-6

Carrig's senior hurlers continued their build up to the league with a hard fought win against the Carlow U-21s in Ballygunner last Saturday. Leading by just two poitns at half time having played with the breeze Carrig increased the intensity and quality of their performance in the second half to run out narrow winners.
For a challenge match it was unusually physical with local referee Paul Foley happy to let the play develop without too many frees. One consequence was that the scoring was low with neither team able to get into a rhythm, particularly in the first half. Carrig led by 1-4 to 1-2 at the break with goalkeeper Tomas Hogan accounting for 1-1 from long range frees.
The Carrig attack, though, got motoring in the second half. Niall McCarthy came storming into the game at full forward, scoring 1-2 himself and making a goal for Michael Fitzgerald - who also scored the outstanding point of the game with a brilliant catch and strike from out on the wing. On his return from injury Seamus O'Farrell had a very productive hour at wing forward and Noel Furlong was terrific when he was switched to centre back in the second half. Around the middle of the field Liam O'Sullivan was hugely effective and John Paul O'Riordan played with a lot of commitment in a new role at centre forward.
Carrig's next game will be in the Senior League against Bride Rovers in Carrig on Thursday night, March 10th.

Carrig: T Hogan, P O'Sullivan, A Garde, E O'Brien, D O'Mahony, R Power, P Hogan, L O'Sullivan, N Furlong, S Flannery, J P O'Riordan, Seamus O'Farrell, S Kidney, N McCarthy, M Fitzgerald.
Subs used: C O'Connell, M O'Riordan, C Cronin.




Challenge Match, Thursday February 10th 2011
Carrigtwohill 3-7 Glen Rovers 1-16

Carrig's senior hurlers played their first game of the year against last year's county finalists and gave a good account of themselves before fading in the last quarter. A late Glen Rovers goal was the difference on a night when both teams were short a number of first choice players.
Carrig made a great start and were 3-4 to 0-7 ahead at half time. Robbie White scored two of the goals - one of which was set up brilliantly by the other goalscorer Michael Fitzgerald. In the second half, though, Carrig couldn't get enough ball into the full forward line and the scores dried up. Pat O'Sullivan did really well in an accustomed role at centre field and Michael O'Riordan also did well at wing back in an experimental line-up.
Carrig: William McCarthy, Eoin O'Brien, Andrew Garde, Denis O'Connor, Sean Forbes, Colm O'Connell, Michael O'Riordan, Noel Furlong, Pat O'Sullivan, Stephen Kidney, Daniel O'Mahony, Sean Flannery, Robbie White, Michael Fitzgerald
Subs used: Liam Barry, Marty McConville, Padraig Hogan 

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