’Shock right back in contention

Carrickshock................ 6-14 Graigue-Ballycallan...0-10

Carrickshock................ 6-14 Graigue-Ballycallan...0-10

Carrickshock jumped right back into contention in the senior hurling league when they dished out a hammering to Gaigue-Ballycallan.

This was a scary Saturday experience for Graigue-Ballycallan in Bennettsbridge. They were a beaten team at half-time when they were already 0-6 to 5-7 behind. Now they face a tough battle to retain their senior status.

Defending league champions, Carrickshock are wise enough to know they shouldn’t make too much of such a win, if, for the simple and serious reason that the opposition was very poor. Still, they can only beat what is in front of them.

The pace, as exemplified by the speedy John Power, and penetration, as shown by Brian Donovan and Mark O’Dwyer, they showed looked promising as things move towards the business end of the season. The boost in confidence won’t do the panel any harm at all.

The first half was a personal triumph for corner-forward, Brian Donovan, who certainly put himself about and bagged 2-3 from six efforts at goal. He enjoyed the sort of outing when he could do wrong.

He opened his goal account in the 13th minute. A snappy hand-pass by Jamie Power from the right edge of the village end goal found Donovan all alone in a central position on the edge of the square. He swiped the ball home with a one-handed swing. Within two minutes Donovan had the ball in the net again. This time the sliotar broke kindly for him about 20 metres in front of goal, and he thundered through to blast past the ’keeper.

The score at that stage was 3-4 to 0-2. Richie Power had opened the winners account with a goal from a 20 metre free after 90 seconds following a foul on his brother, John, who impressed with a frightening burst of speed, plus an ability to finish.

Poor Graigue were all at sea in defence. They couldn’t cope with the sniping attacks of the Powers’, John and Richie, nor the movement of Donovan and O’Dwyer on the inside line, nor the sheer pace at which raids were launched. Further back, Carrickshock had Michael Rice drilling good ball forward as he showed a welcome return to something close to his best form; Pat Tennyson was hurling well also and giving a display of sideline cut striking while John Tennyson anchored things nicely at centre-back. John Dalton was supreme at full-back, an assessment that must be measured against the limited opposition.

Overall there was a more cohesive look to the winners team than appeared the case in any of their three previous outings. Time will tell us more!

The game fell asunder completely in the second half, when Carrickshock’s discipline slackened and free count rose (9 against). Graigue gave the opposition a scare in the 35th minute when Willie O’Connor let fly with a close range ground shot, but goalie John Butler did well to turn the ball out for a 65. That was the only real moment of worry for the winners.

After Adrian Burke and Jamie Power swopped early points, John Power threw over a brace of casual minors at the other end to show who was boss. The sixth goal fell to Richie Power in the 56th minute, with O’Dwyer the creator. The score gift wrapped a good team efffort.

Scorers: Carrickshock - Brian Donovan (2-4); Richie Power (2-2, 1-1 frees); Mark O’Dwyer (2-0); John Power (0-4); Michael Rice (0-2); John Cahill, Jamie Power (0-1 each). Graigue-Ballycallan - Eddie Brennan (0-6, frees); Adrian Burke (0-2, one 65); Dermot Heafey, Vinny Teehan (0-1 each).

Carrickshock - John Butler, John Murphy, John Dalton, David Franks, Shane Power, John Tennyson, Pat Tennyson, Michael Rice, John Cahill, John Power (Stoneyford), Richie Power, Jamie Power, Brian Donovan, Mark O’Dwyer, Michel Rohan. Subs - Paddy Mulcahy for John Power; Kevin Farrell for M. Rohan; Richie Frisby for D. Franks.

Graigue-Ballycallan - P.J. Trant, Darragh Egan, Shane Murphy, Philly Cahill, Jimmu Murphy, James Ryall, Bob Murphy, Adrian Burke, Eddie Brennan, John Purcell, Paddy Kennedy, Darragh Walton, Billy Ryn. Subs - Vinny Teehan for P. Kennedy; B. Murphy for P. Cahill; P.J. Pollard for Trant; Thomas Ryan for J. Purcell.