Carrickshock G.A.A. 31 Iúil 2016
Junior A Championship South Quarter Final; Windgap Friday 29th July
Carrickshock 1-13 Dunnamaggin 0-15
This quarter-final was a repeat of last year’s Southern Final, and Carrickshock again prevailed by a point in another closely fought affair in Windgap on Friday. This time Dunnamaggin started the brighter and looked determined to reverse that result. After 5 minutes Tommy Maher struck over a superb long range effort that put them 2 up. But gradually Carrickshock worked their way into it.Darragh Brennan was causing problems for their back line and he struck over 2 points in quick succession. With 10 minutes gone Ciaran Lennon put Carrickshock in front for the 1st time with a fine point from the right-hand sideline. From there on the Shocks dominated the half. After breaking clear on the left David Franks struck a looping ball that with the help of the evening sun deceived Brian O’Shea in the Dunnamaggin goal and it left them 5 ahead. John Butler too in the forwards was doing damage and put over an outrageous point almost from the end-line to leave it 1-5 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. Aaron O’Neill at midfield was starting to win a few puck outs and combining well with Liam Walsh. David Franks went on one of his trademark runs to open the defence and split the posts before trading a couple of frees with Seaghan O’Neill. Eddie Dunphy was leading the defence superbly and when he was fouled after making a great break, David Franks struck over a monster free to leave left the half-time score 1-8 to 0-7. A 4 point lead was no more than Carrickshock deserved.
Dunnamaggin looked a different team on the restart and cancelled out that lead within 5 minutes. Tommy Maher at midfield was having a great game and he put over 2 fine points either side of Seaghan’s placed balls. And when Carrickshock were reduced to 14 men 8 minutes in – John Butler saw red for a loose pull – it looked like curtains for them. But they increased their work-rate and managed to keep in touch. Midway through the half Dunnamaggin did go 2 in front but with Richie Frisby holding out at full back they were finding it hard to pull clear . They were having to find scores from deep, and Victor Costello at wing back made a fine run up the field to keep them 2 ahead with 13 minutes left. But that was to be Dunnamaggin’s last score and from there on the Carrickshock work-rate was the difference, especially from Darragh Brennan and Shane Power in the middle third. Sean Grace came in to the forwards and won what looked like a lost cause on the end line, fed David Franks and he slotted over to level it with 8 minutes left. Their battling spirit was epitomised by Dylan Halligan at wing-back winning a ferocious tussle and from the resulting sideline Carrickshock won a free up the field. David Franks maintained his perfect record from placed balls as he calmly struck over what was to be the winning score.
Carrickshock: Emmet Dunphy, Seamus Millea, Richie Frisby, Chris Price, Dylan Halligan, Edward Dunphy, Shane Power, Ciarán Lennon (0-1), Aaron O’Neill, Liam Walsh, David Franks (1-8, 0-6 frees), Damien Walsh, Darragh Brennan (0-2), John Butler (0-2), Kieran Conway, Subs – Sean Grace (for Kieran Conway 45 min), Rory Doyle, Darragh Doyle, David Moore, Jim Rice, William King.
Dunnamaggin: Brian O’Shea, Mark Dowling, Aaron Doherty, Brian Farrell, Richard O’Shea, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Victor Costello (0-1), Tommy Maher (0-3), Paul Kirwan (0-1), Ray Cody (0-1), Sean Connery, William Bergin, Roy Cullen, Kieran Bergin (0-2), Seaghan O Neill (0-6 Frees, 0-1 65). Subs – Donal O’Shea, Anthony Kearney, Jason Doherty, William Hughes, Jack Brett, Aidan Donovan.
Under 16 Hurling
Best of luck to the Under 16s, who are out in the Championship against O’Loughlin’s next week. Most likely on Tuesday 9th, venue to be confirmed.
The minors came off second best against Young Irelands last Thursday in Hugginstown. The visitors came in with a 100% record in the league, but a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-11 flattered them somewhat. Carrickshock battled gamely throughout and, but for a couple of soft goals midway through the first half, matched their opponents for most of the game.
Under 13 – 7’s
Well done to our Under 13s – they came through the first 2 rounds of the Lisdowney 7’s tournament on Saturday, beating Tullaroan and James Stephens. That keeps them in the Sweeney Cup competition, back next Saturday for the Finals Day.