Carey the assassin as 'Irelands go through

This Aylward Cup intermediate hurling semi-final on Saturday in Palmerstown was the proverbial game of two halves.

However, when it came down to it, Young Irelands (Gowran) made slightly the better use of the near gale force wind in the second half and that helped them scrape through.

Carrickshock started slowly and the score was 0-2 each after 10 minutes before they found any sort of rhythm.

Then four of the forwards got on the scoresheet in quick succession.

Shane Power, Kevin Farrell, David Franks and Mark O’Dwyer all rose white flags to inject a bit fire into the team.

Sean Carey at the other end for ’Irelands was just about keeping his side in touch.

Carrickshock finished the half strongly, and three smart points during the closing five minutes left them 0-9 to 0-3 up at the break.

One long range free from John Dalton - on an off-day for their free-takers - was their only score from a placed ball.

Playing into the wind in the second half Carrickshock continued in the same mood, with Mark O’Dwyer and Damien Walsh combining well to feed David Franks and Kevin Farrell in scorable positions.

After 40 minutes they had slipped into a 0-12 to 0-5 lead before Young Irelands hit a purple patch.

Sean Carey’s accuracy from frees continued to serve his side well, and when Paul Kehoe put over two points in quick succession that add to the momentum for the team.

When Sean Carey received a pass from Philip O’Donnell he was in a tight situation, but he wormed free and buried the ball in the corner of the net.

That left the minimum between the teams with 15 minutes remaining ( 0-12 to 1-8).

Dick Carroll at full-forward for the winners levelled soon after before Paul Delahunty broke from the half-backs and fired Young Irelands into the lead with 10 minutes left.

Carrickshock fought back again. When David Franks and Mark O’Dwyer combined well on the left and found Damien Walsh on the edge of the square, he pulled first time on the ball to edge them back in front, 1-12 to 1-10.

However, from there to the finish the conversion of frees was the difference.

Sean Carey fired over four placed shots to push ’Irelands through.

SCORERS: Young Irelands - Sean Carey (1-11, 0-9 frees); Paul Kehoe (0-2); Dick Carroll, Paul Delahunty (0-1 each). Carrickshock - Kevin Farrell (0-5); David Franks (0-3); Damien Walsh (1-0); Mark O’Dwyer (0-2); John Dalton (0-1, free); Shane Power (0-1).

Carrickshock - Jamie Power, Richie Frisby, John Murphy, James Grace, Niall Tennyson, John Dalton, Pat Tennyson, David Franks, Damien Walsh, Michael Rohan, Shane Power, John Power (Lismatigue), Darragh Brennan, Mark O’Dwyer, Kevin Farrell. Subs - Ciarán Lennon for J. Power; Aaron O’Neill for M. Rohan; Jody Dwyer for J. Murphy.

Young Irelands - Peter Hutchinson, Michael Lennon, Geoff Brennan, Sean Lynch, Sean Farrell, Emmett Byrne, Paul Delahunty, Thomas Carroll, J.J. Lennon, John Morris, Ciaran Carroll, Sean Carey, Paul Kehoe, Dick Carroll, Philip O’Donnell.