Carrickshock the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Champions 2016
Carrickshock’s quality helps secure All-Ireland crown
Carrickshock 2-15 Ahascragh-Fohenagh 0-6
A huge crowd from the parish, many home from overseas, made the trip to Croke Park on Saturday night and were rewarded with an unbelievably impressive display from the Carrickshock heroes. The form leading up to the final suggested this was going to be a huge test:
Ahascragh-Fohenagh of Galway had comfortably seen off the much talked about Lismore of Waterford in their semi final. And by all accounts they’d done a huge amount of homework on Carrickshok in their final preparations.
But from the very start it was clear that Tommy Shefflin and his selectors Pat Fennelly and Larry O’Shea had Carrickshock fully prepared for the big occasion. Richie Power put in a man of the match display and a point from his first ball set the tone for the first half. Carrickshock had 6 points on the board before Ahascragh put over their 1st point after 19 minutes. When Jamie Power buried a penalty after Richie was pulled down it helped Carrickshock to a half-time lead of 1-6 to 0-2.
Seven points might have looked like a comfortable lead but only for some very wasteful finishing, Ahascragh could have been within 2 or 3 points. The start to the 2nd half was going to be crucial. Brian Donavan sent in a ball for Damian Walsh to race on to, then with an expert 1st touch he rounded the goalie and tapped it in for a 9 point lead.
From there on Carrickshock put on an exhibition and simply never allowed Ahascragh into the game. The backs as a unit were dominant the whole way through, keeping the much talked about Galway forwards to only 3 points from play. At the other end all 6 starting forwards scored from play. It was fitting that Pat Tennyson was on the field to send over the final point from over 100m out.
Then the biggest cheer of the day came when when captain John Tennyson handed over the cup on the steps of Croke Park to Ireland’s number 1 hurling supporters, Jim Rohan and Gary Comerford. The celebrations started in Croke Park on Saturday night, and who knows where they’ll finish…
CARRICKSHOCK: J Power (1-0, pen); D Franks, J Dalton, J Grace; J Cahill, J Tennyson, N Tennyson; B O’Donovan, M Rice (0-1); J Power (0-2), R Power (0-6, one free), D Walsh (1-1); K Farrell (0-2, two frees), D Brennan (0-1), M O’Dwyer (0-1).
Subs: J Butler for O’Donovan (38 mins), S Power for Brennan (53 mins), P Tennyson (0-1) for Cahill (58 mins), J Murphy for Grace (59 mins), M Rohan for O’Dwyer (59 mins).
AHASCRAGH-FOHENAGH: D Kelly; B Kilroy, J Kelly, P Gavin; JP Egan, P Mannion, J Finnerty; S Kelly, L Tully; L Cosgrove (0-1), S Smyth, E Delaney, F Donnellan; C Mannion (0-5, three frees), R Kelly, M Kelly.
Subs: S Connelly for Donnellan (h/t), E O Ceallaigh for M Kelly (42 mins), C Cosgrove for Delaney (50 mins), S Smyth for R Kelly (54 mins).