Carraig na bhFear Junior Hurlers slip to defeat

Cork County Junior ‘A’ Hurling League Result:

Cloughduv 2-19 Carraig na bhFear 0-14.

Sun 8th April @ Cloughduv

The Carraig na bhFear Junior Hurlers made their inaugural appearance in the Cork County Junior League, on Sunday last, April 8th in Cloughduv, and unfortunately, it was not a happy experience.

This was a game that Carraig not really got to the tempo of and were dictated to from the off by an aggressive and fit Cloughduv side. Cloughduv raced into a very quick 1 goal and two points lead after the first five minutes and they were never lead for the rest of the game.  Thankfully Carraig woke from their slumber and started to register some scores through excellent play by Timmy Geaney and Paul Murphy. Diarmuid O Driscoll gradually started to lead from the front at centre back but the Carraig full back line was under serious pressure as incessant ball was coming their direction. Cloughduv, aided by the elements went 1-10 to 0-4 ahead with five minutes to go to half time. Carraig then enjoyed their best period with two very good scores from play, and also at least three goal chances created but alas, none were taken. Half time score 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of the men from Cloughduv.

After the switch over, Carraig tried to make more of an impression on the game, but for every point we scored, Cloughduv answered. Ten minutes into the second half, a speculative shot from distance deceived Carraig’s goalkeeper, Conor Hegarty and nestled in the net. That gave Cloughduv a six point lead just as Carraig were starting to ask a few questions of their defence. The setback did not duly affect Carraig immediately and with another score from P Murphy and one from B Murphy, Carraig were within four of Cloughduv. However, that was as good as things got for Carraig, as wilting legs and unforced errors cost us in the last ten minutes. Cloughduv went on a point scoring spree and in the end, ran out an easy eleven point victors. Where to next for the team? A date with Russell Rovers next Sunday April 15th in Shanagarry is on the roster, but there is a fair bit of soul searching for a number of players to do, those present agus na himreoiri a bhi as lathair.  Good performances to be noted from T Geaney, P Murphy and C Cooney.

Team: C Hegarty, C Cooney, G Geaney, T Sheehan,  C Hill, D O’Driscoll, M Aherne, D Sweeney, P Geaney, A Dorgan, T Geaney, B Murphy, P Murphy, C O’Reilly, O Crowley.

Subs: C Cronin for P Geaney, B Sheehan for C O’Reilly, T Neally for D Sweeney.