There was a real backs to the wall, all hands to the pumps finale to this absorbing junior hurling game in Hugginstown on Saturday as the visitors came from the jaws of defeat to snatch a remarkable victory in what was probably the match of the round.
It really was a game of two halves. The John Lockes were dominant throughout the first half in which they were propelled forward by an unforgiving defence, where outstanding work was done by full-back, Keith Doheny, excellent centre-back, Bill McDowell, Davy Phelan and the Kennedy twins.
As a result of this hard work, the ’Shock attackers were suffocated, and just could not find the necessary oxygen to facilitate any form of winning ways. To compound those problems, Josh Haines was having the game of his life at midfield, and he really was the conduit through which the Callan forwards were fed with plentiness of good ball.
Their ball distribution was inch-perfect all through the half. That was all in the first half after which John Lockes comfortably led by 0-10 to 1-2.
All was to change, and very quickly.
Goals by Ger Power and Larry O’Shea and a point by Andrew Power inside the opening 10 minutes of the new half had the ’Shock out in front by a single point. By the 48th minute the sides were level with John Lockes at 0-14, and the ’Shock at 3-5.
Andrew Power shot the ’Shock ahead by the 50th minute, but the doughty Callan lads were upsides by the 53rd minute. However it looked all over in the 58th minute when Andrew Power slammed home a heart-breaking goal.
Could the ’Lockes respond? Definitely, and in great fashion.
Brian McCann was doing hand-stands for the cause at corner-forward. He certainly was putting his entire being on the plate for the blue and yellow.
As the resultant puck-out from Power’s stunner of a goal was driven out, it was returned post haste to Bill McCormack, who slammed it home. Two further points were registered, and the Callan lads celebrated.
It was a finish worthy of lads who never contemplated surrender, and there were a number of those on the John Lockes team.
Scorers: John Lockes - Josh Haines (0-5, two frees); D. McCormack (0-5); B.McCormack (1-1); Brendam Grace (0-3); Jim Power, Martin O’Connell, Niall Hennessy (0-1 each). Carrickshock - Andrew Power (1-4, one pointed free); James Moran, Ger Power, Larry O’Shea (1-0 each); Aaron Roche (0-1, free); Dan O’Brien (0-1).
John Lockes - Sean Bryan, David Phelan, Keith Doheny, Ruairi Kennedy, Eoin Kennedy, Bill McDowell, Liam Kennedy, Jim Power, Josh Haines, Martin O’Connell, Brendan Grace, Daniel McCormack, Patrick Holden, Niall Hennessy, Brian McCann. Sub - B. McCormack.
Carrickshock - Keith Cuddihy, Dylan Holligan, Ciaran Holden, Gerry Fitzpatrick, Ed Power, Niall Tennyson, Paddy Foran, Aaron Roche, Aaron O’Neill, Seanie Gibbons, Larry O’Shea, Andy Power, Dan O’Brien, James Moran, Ger Power.
Referee - Paschal Connolly (Shamrocks).