A stunning performance by flying young full-forward, Kevin Farrell was the catalyst that propelled Carrickshock to a memorable victory over young Rower Inistioge in this South junior ‘A’ hurling league game in Hugginstown on Saturday.
Farrell was on fire from the second the referee’s whistle commenced proceedings. He opened the Carrickshock account with a nice simple point in the first minute, and he certainly finished the business off when he goaled in the 61st minute.
This was yet another good quality game played at a good zip, with some excellent scores being recorded by both sides. The teams were very close at the break with the Rower out in front with a four-point lead, 0-9 to 0-5.
Within four minutes of the restart Farrell shot the ‘Shock one point to the good with a great goal. In fairness he may never have grabbed the goal without the wholehearted work of the lively Seanie Gibbons.
Half way through this half the sides were back level at 1-9 to 0-12. From there to the finish the game was still in the balance, but even though the winners were still a goal to the good the Rower would be entitled to think that victory was not beyond their domain.
However Farrell’s goal in the 61st minute sealed the issue. The winners drew plenty of their strength from the Herculean efforts of their defence. Emmett Dunphy kept a clean sheet and controlled everything fired at him by a busy Rower attack.
Conor Aylward, James Grace and Dylan Haligan were determined and in no humour to shirk responsibility on a solid full-back line. In front of them Richie Frisby, John Power and Seamus Millea never put a foot wrong as they put paid to much of the Rower pressure from out the field.
As stated, Farrell was the go-to-man for the winners, but he got great assistance from the likes of Seanie Gibbons, Edward Dunphy and Jody Dwyer. James Roche defended well for the Rower, as did Luke Tennyson and Richie Ryan. Tony Whelan fought hard at midfield while David Kelly, Conor Lyng and Richie Grace were the pick of the forwards.
Carrickshock - Emmett Dunphy, Conor Aylward, James Grace, Dylan Haligan, Richie Frisby, John Power, Seamus Millea, Darren O’Dwyer, Aaron O’Neill, Seanie Gibbons, Eamon Foley, Edward Dunphy, Jody Dwyer, Kevin Farrell, Darren Brennan. Subs - Sean Grace, Ger Power.
Rower Inistioge - David Murphy, Toby Kavanagh, James Roche, Neil Lyng, John Murphy, Luke Tennyson, Richie Ryan, Tony Whelan, Pauric Ryan, Robbie Grace, Pauric Grace, Richie Leahy, Shane Ryan, Conor Lyng, David Kelly. Subs - Paudie Fleming, Kevin Murphy, Michael McDonald, Paddy Lyng.