This was an easier encounter than Carrickshock expected as they swept Tullaroan aside with ease to finish as runners-up in theri section of the senior hurling league.
After the thrashing of Graigue-Ballycallan earlier, opinion about the quality, the direction, the competitiveness of Carrickshock was still in question. They simply drove on in John Locke Park on Saturday once Richie Power had strapped his six-shooter onto his hip.
Power was in capital form, shooting free shots from all angles and distances. He shot eight points from frees, augmented by two from play. The Tullaroan defence was in serious trouble from an early stage. It didn’t help that they lost the services of captain Mikey Maher after 25 minutes. They also lost Ken Coogan at half time with an injury.
Mind you Michael Rice’s departure after three minutes with a torn hamstring might have disrupted ’Shock, but it didn’t. The Tullaroan attack was very busy early on testing the Carrickshock defence. Mark Walsh was zipping up and down the left flank. Padraig Walsh too was darting, twisting and running hard.
For all their inventiveness they were not overly successful against John Tennyson at six, John Dalton at 3, who was foot perfect, and David Franks, who made a valuable contribution. At the other end, Richie Power, Michael Rohan, Brian Donovan and Mark Dwyer were hunting success, and accrued plenty of booty.
After 15 minutes the winners were 0-5 to 0-3 ahead. They looked winners even then. Tullaroan looked troubled. By the 25th minute Carrickshock had increased their lead to 1- to 0-3, the goal was bravely initiated by Brian Donovan, who drove the gauntlet of several defenders before slipping the ball brilliantly to scorer Mark Dwyer.
At half time Carrickshock had 1-10 on the ’board. Tullaroan had 0-5.
Richie Power (two frees), Brian Donovan, Pat Tennyson (lineball) and Michael Rohan had points for the winners by the 40th minute. Mark Walsh (two frees), Padraig Walsh belted over a few for Tullaroan. Tommy Walsh had moved to centre-back. Two Mark Walsh frees had reduced the deficit to three goals.
It didn’t matter. Carrickshock cruised home and Tullaroan’s best was never going to be good enough.
Scorers: Carrickshock - Richie Power (0-10, seven frees, one 65); Mark O’Dwyer (1-1); Brain Donovan (0-3); Michael Rohan, Jamie Power (0-2 each); Pat Tennyson (0-2, one lineball); Damien Walsh (0-1). Tullaroan - Mark Walsh (0-10. Six frees, one 65); Padraig Walsh (0-4); Martin Walsh (0-1).
Carrickshock - John Butler, John Murphy, John Dalton, David Franks, Shane Power, John Tennyson, Pat Tennyson, Michael Rice, John Cahill, Jamie Power, Richie Power, John Power (Stoneyford), Michael Rohan, Mark O’Dwyer, Brian Donovan. Subs - Paddy Mulcahy for M. Rice ( inj); Richie Frisby for S. Power (ht); Damien Walsh for J. Power.
Tullaroan - Richard Holland, Paddy Campion, Tommy Walsh, Mickey maher (capt), Mark Simpson, Eddie Campion, Stephen Maher, Richard Maher, Ken Coogan, Martin Walsh, Padraig Walsh, Jimmy Coogan, Peter Walsh, Shane Cuddihy, Mark Walsh. Subs - David Dowling for M. Maher (inj); Josh Moore for K. Coogan (ht); John Maher for P. Walsh; Jack Keoghan for P. Walsh (inj).
Referee - R. Dowling (Klmacow).