Determined Display Sees Carraig Prevail Into Next Round

East Cork Junior C Hurling Championship Carraig na bhFear 3-17, Fr O’Neills 1-09 Castleyons, August 26th 2018 15 souls wore the famed red and green colours last Sunday morning and produced a performance of honesty and skill that balmed some of the wounds from the previous nights Championship loss. This was the first round of the Junior C Hurling Championship, a competition in which the winning in trophy is in honour of a former club member who quite often demonstrated those qualities of honesty and skill in former days, namely Micheál O Foghlu.  And on assessment of this performance, there is a good possibility that the cup may rest on the banks of the Glashaboy River for the first time ever. Carraig took a while to settle into this game, as did Fr. O Neills, with a difficult cross field wind making it hard for forwards to adjust their radar. However, with Con Burns i mbarr a reime ar an daichead line, do chuaigh Carraig chun tosaigh go tapaidh.  Points from Burns, Peter O’Sullivan and Conor Hayes, followed by a fortuitous goal by Burns had Carraig 1-04 to 0-02 ahead after 13 minutes. O Neills replied with a goal of their own, but it only spurred Carraig on.  A dominant half back line of Neally, Aherne and Cronin, ably assisted by a solid midfield partnership of Hayes and Jack Aherne kept a constant supply of ball ag dul I dtreo na tosaithe.  More points from Thomas Coleman, Brian Sheehan and Cormac Hill kept Carraig in the ascendency and a further boost was received when Peter O’Sullivan scored a second...

End of the Road for Carraig Hurlers as Harnedy reigns Supreme

East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final Carraig na bhFear 1-13 St. Ita’s 1-16 Pairc Cluain Mualt, Mainistir na Corann. August 25, 2018   It ended as it had begun, with Seamus Harnedy troubling the score keeper one last time. In the last seconds of injury time, Harnedy knocked over his eight point of the evening and with that Carriag na bhFear’s sojourn in the East Cork Hurling Championship came to an end. The dismay on the faces of the players was all too evident as they trudged off the field, downcast in the knowledge that Carraig never got to the pitch of the game and were always chasing St Ita’s coat tails for the entire 65 minutes or so of game time. A winter of why/how and ,maybe’s lies ahead. Regrets….maybe a few more than Frank Sinatra mentioned. The game had its first seminal moment within 60 seconds of the start of the game. Seamus Harnedy raced onto a breaking ball off the full back line, took it at pace and struck a venomous shot to the top right hand corner of the net.  It set the tone of the game. Itas added another point before Carraig started to respond.  John Forde got Carraig off the mark from a free after six minutes, yet Ita’s scored again, a point from play. Gradually the Carraig forwards started to make inroads. Good play by Brendan Murphy and Timmy Geaney created a goal chance that David Sweeney converted with aplomb. Within another minute Sweeney landed a monster shot from the wing and Carraig were within a point, 1-03 to 1-02....

Second Half Scoring Spree Puts Carraig U21s into Next Round.

East Cork U21 B Hurling Championship First Round. Carraig na bhFear 2-27 Sarsfields 2-14. August 3, Pairc Gleann na Phreachain. On a balmy Friday evening in August, Carraig’s U21 hurlers made their inaugural bow in the East Cork Championship against Sarsfields second string in Glenville. Looking for some retribution against Sars after losing to the same side in a cracking semifinal in last years competition, Carraig sent a clear message to all that they will have a major say in where the cup will rest for the winter months. Sarsfields made the better start and raced into a 1-4 to two points lead after eight minutes. However, with Brendan Murphy replying with a good finish to register a goal, the game switched in momentum as both sides sought to express themselves. Both teams went at each other with fervour, answering point with point and with five minutes left in the half, Carraig were ahead, 1-09 to 1-08. Carrig were finishing the half strongly. G Geaney at centre back, the twin terrors of Hayes and Sweeney i lar na pairce, and P Sheehan and S Farrell up front were all exceling with some super point taking. De thoradh, do bhi Carraig 1-12 to 1-09 chun tosaigh, with time almost up. However Sars engineered a very clever goal chance and took it which meant the sides were level leaving the field after thirty minutes of really good hurling fare. The second half continued in the same vein. Sarsfields were always dangerous whenever they could get clean possession anywhere near the 21 yard line, but more consistent and tigerish defending by the...

Jekyll and Hyde Performance nearly delivers the points for Carraig.

East Cork JHL Division 3 Result: Carraig na bhFear 2-19 Sarsfields 2-21 Riverstown, July 17. A first half performance that lacked aggression, belief and simple honesty of effort from the Carraig Junior Hurlers was replaced by a totally different display in the second half that nearly won the points on offer in this Round 3 game of the East Cork Junior Hurling League. Carraig trailed by 10 points at half time, fifteen points to five and it could have been worse. An overworked defensive unit in which D O Driscoll and T Sheehan were to the fore front, just about kept Carraig in the game at half time. Sarsfields were scoring points for fun at times with little pressure being exerted on their defenders or players in the middle third. On the resumption of the second half, Carraig gradually ate into the Sars lead. R Spillane, S Farrell and P O’Sullivan hit a number of good points and the lead was down to 4 points with 8 minutes left to play, 0-19 to 0-15. In a welter of excitement, both teams plundered two goals each in a four minute period. Carraig managed to level the game with a few classy points from the two O Sullivans in the full forward line and it was 2-19 apiece heading into injury time. Sars rallied and went two in front in the blink of an eye, yet Carraig fought back and were extremely unlucky not to goal again as a blistering shot hit the crossbar from P O’Sullivan. Carraig forced a number of late 21 yard frees but could not breach the...

Carraig bow out of East Cork Football Championship

East Cork Junior A Football Championship Semi Final Carraig na bhFear 0-15 Fr O Neills 2-10. Midleton, Sunday July 15.   The time read 27 minutes into the second half; three minutes left with four minutes injury time to play. Carraig na bhFear were leading an unremarkable game so far, by five points, and were in control. O Neills were hanging on by Carraig’s coat tails for the majority of the game, but one sensed without a dramatic turnaround, this was heading for a Carraig na bhFear win and a first East Cork Final appearance in ten years……and then it happened. In a six minute spell, Fr O Neills pilfered 2 goals and a point to Carraigs solitary point and our dreams were shattered. The look of shock and dumbfoundedness spoke volumes from the faces of the Carraig team, mentors and supporters as the Referee blew for full time. Fr O Neills celebrated giddily, unsure themselves how they did it but still delighted to be heading for a final. The slow torturous walk into the dressing rooms for the Carraig players and management was reminiscent of that fateful day for Limerick at Croke Park in ’94. This hurt. The game was played to a sparse gathering at Pairc Mainistir na Corann and the lack of atmosphere lead to a surreal quality at times. Both teams started tentatively, acclimatizing to the hard ground, bare grass and wide expanses of a true hurling paddock. Tar eis do dheag noimead, do bhi na foirne ar chomhscor, dha chuilin ar dha thaobh. Ach do thosaigh Carraig ag obair go dian dibhirceach I lar...

Bright Start to East Cork Campaign for Carraig’s Hurlers

East Cork Junior Hurling Championship First Round Carraig na bhFear 2-22 Fr O’Neills 1-12 Carrigtwohill, June 24th. An ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over while not letting Fr O’ Neills gain a significant foothold, paved the way for a handsome victory for the Carraig na bhFear Junior hurlers,in the opening round of the East Cork Oil Junior A hurling championship, at a sun kissed Carrigtwohill on Sunday last. Do bhi slua maith ag siul le cluiche suimiuil agus gearr, ach deanta na firinne, tar eis an chead treimshe, do bhi Carraig i mbarr a reime go dti an deireadh. While the opening quarter was a relatively close affair with early O’Neills scores being cancelled out by John Forde and centre forward Timmy Geaney, Carraig’s greater stick work and application came to the fore as the half wore on. Aided by stern defending from Daniel Coleman, Brian Hegarty and James Forde, allowed for a plentiful supply of ball to a devastating half forward trio of John Forde, Timmy Geaney and Paul Murphy who accounted for 12 points of the first half total . In addition both corner forwards Paul O’Keefe and David Sweeney struck over points of their own to give Carraig a healthy lead of 15 points to seven at the short whistle. Carraig took over from where they left off on the resumption with heavy pressure on the O’Neills backs resulting in a turn over and subsequent goal by David Sweeney.  Do bhi Carraig  aon phointe deag chun cinn agus ni bheadh ach cuig noimead  imithe sa dara leath. An inevitable consequence of the significant lead enjoyed...