Stirring Second Half sees Carraig Footballers win in Style

Carraig na bhFear 0-17 Cloyne 1-09. East Cork Junior “A” Football Championship Quarter Final. Sat 9th June – Lisgoold For those of us with a negative disposition or prone to casual cliches, they could have found much to support the view that this was the’ same old Carraig’ following the first half of this JAFC quarter final at Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. True the men in green and red had started brightly. Opening points from the boot of Paul O’Keefe (x2), Paul Murphy and Colm O’Reilly had moved them into a lead of four points to one. However, a crucial inability to engage in the physical battle in the middle third, gave Cloyne a foothold that propelled them into swift action. They rattled off 1-5 with the probings of Paudie O Sullivan to the fore. A solitary point in reply from James Forde gave them a tidy lead of 1-6 to five points at the short whistle. Carraig trundled off to the dressing room with questions wringing in their ears about their mental constitution for the battle. Do bhi udar imni ann I measc  phobail na Carraige. We are all prone to believing that half time orations inspire teams to greater things. There was no doubt that our lads were in a hole. “in umar na haimileise, ‘se an smaoineamh  a bhi ag fear amhain. And in these scenarios, it takes courage, self awareness of ones mistakes and key tactical interventions to stem the tide. When the vital corrections in terms of application and personnel were made, the team were transformed. Mar a deireann an seanfhocail    “Teann focal...

Carraig Show Character to Secure a Draw

East Cork Junior Hurling League Div 1 Wed 23rd May – Cobh Cobh 0-19 Carraig na bhFear 0-19   In the third round of fixtures for the East Cork Junior A Hurling League, Carraig na bhFear visited the seaport town of Cobh on a sunny Wednesday evening, May 23. In a game that was placed with a good tempo and with a little bit of bite from both sides, it took an equalizing ’65 free from John Forde to earn Carraig the draw. A fair result you might ask? Probably, as both sides had good periods of dominance without being able to pull away fully from their opponents. The first half was fast and open. Cobh started well and after 12 minutes took a lead of six points to two. The Carraig full back line was under a bit of pressure at this time, but gradually Paul Geaney started to nullify the dangerous Cobh number 14.  Increased possession won at midfield and in the half back lead to Carraig shooting some excellent points. John and James Forde, Timmy Geaney and Paul Murphy shot points from distance and with the onset of half time, Carraig went in ahead, leading by twelve points to eleven. Do thosaigh na fir on Charraig go maith sa dara leath. Do thiomain Timmy Geaney dha chuilin den scoth on taobh dheis den bpairc.  Do bhi Aaron Dorgan, Gary Geaney agus Michael Aherne i mbarr a reime sa line leath chulai agus da bhri sin, do bhi a lan seilbh ag Carraig. Ach do chiallamar tri seans lena cheile chun cul a fhail agus mar a...

The indomitable spirit of Carraig na bhFear prevails in tight finish

East Cork JAFC 1st Round Sat 19th May, Venue: Lisgoold Carraig na bhFear 0-11 Glenbower Rovers 0-10.  Without doubt, when club members look back on this game, a deep sense of pride and satisfaction will be the underlying emotions, as our Junior Football team upset the odds and won the first round of the East Cork Junior “A” Football Championship in Lisgoold, last Saturday evening, May 19. This was a game that tested the depth and resilience of our championship squad as a number of senior players were missing due to an unfortunate clash of events. Ach mar a deirtear ‘ Is iomair cor sa tsaol” agus sin mar a tharla. There was a fantastic honesty of endeavour to Carraig’s performance. Laoch na hImeartha Sean O hArgain, ag imirt i lar na bpairce, do thug se ceannas agus treo mor da fhoireann. The game was even enough in the first fifteen minutes, with Killeagh leading 0-03 to 0-02, our scores coming from the boot of Colm O’Reilly and Paul O’Keeffe. But buoyed on by strong play at the back from Dee O’ Driscoll and Gary Geaney, Carraig kicked five scores without response, including a brace from O’ Reilly and John Forde, and went in at half time 0-07 to 0-04 in front. On the resumption of play in the second half, Carraig kicked another two more points and led by five points after 13 minutes of the second half. Gradually Glenbower started to creep into the game, and they started to erode our lead. The difference was whittled down to one when Colm O Reilly kicked his seventh point and put two between us with five to play. Glenbower added another...

Carraig defeated in County Junior Football League

County Junior A Football League Carraig na bhFear 1-12 Dromtariffe 3-12 On Sunday morning last, Carraig hosted Dromtariffe in the third round of games in the Cork County Junior Football League. This was a game that Carraig were chasing from the start, after the concession of two goals in the first 13 minutes of the game. Carraig were short a number of U21 players after their exertions from the previous day, but this gave an opportunity for a number of fringe players. Carraig did fight back into the game, with promininent play from Paul O Keeffe and the evergreen Shane Horgan i lar na bpairce. The half time score was Dromtariffe 2-07, Carraig 0-07. Dromtariffe managed to keep Carraig at arms length throughout the second half, as Carraig tried to reel them in. With Carraig chasing the game, Dromtariife sat deep and hit quickly on the counter, and from this they engineered their third goal with a quarter of the game left. There was no way back for Carraig, eventhough C O’Reilly did dispatch a penalty in the last three minutes. A worthwhile work out for the team a week away from Championship, but a few creases to be ironed out as well. First round of East Cork Junior Football Championship takes place next Sunday May 13th, Carraig na bhFear V Glenbower Rovers, 2 pm at Castlelyons Team: B Murphy, C Cooney, P Geaney, T Sheehan. C Cronin, T Geaney, T Neally, M Aherne, S Horgan, C Hill, P O’Keeffe, J Forde, C O’Reilly, P Murphy, P...

Goals Prove decisive as Cobh shatter Carraig’s Title Dreams

Goals Prove decisive as Cobh shatter Carraig’s Title Dreams Cobh 3-08 Carraig na bhFear 0-10   At a warm and sunny Carraigtwohill pitch, last Saturday, the Carraig na bhFear U21 footballers were denied another East Cork title by a more balanced and more incisive Cobh team. This was a game that Carraig might have a few regrets about, possibly due to missed opportunities at the start of both halves. Goal chances were missed at these times and the course of the game may have been altered. But, Cobh did take their chances and must be commended on a having their homework done in snuffing out Carraig’s prime forwards, namely O Crowley and P Sheehan. Carraig had a great goal chance within 40 seconds of the commencement of the game, P Sheehan hitting the butt of the post after being put through by Crowley. It would have been the tonic start, but instead Cobh gained a foothold in midfield and scored two quickfire points in the first five minutes. Carraig replied with their first score, Crowely stroking over a classy free from distance. Cobh added another point from play, but then Carraig had a good period of dominance. S Farrell worked hard on the wing, B Murphy and J Aherne started to dominate in midfield and O Crowley was starting the pull the strings on the “forty”. Carraig scored the next 3 points, a fine effort from play from Murphy, O Crowley from a free after he was fouled himself and then Crowley again with a determind effort from play. Carraig were a point up 0-4 to 0-3 after 20 mins. But Cobh struck back with an incisive run...

Match Reports 30th April

Carraig na bhFear 2-12 Muintir Bhaire 1-08. Carraig na bhFear recorded their second win of the Cork County Junior A Football League, after a good honest display against Muintir Bhaire, on Saturday April 21 st in Carraig na bhFear. The story of this game was defined in the joint performance of Oisin Crowley and Paul Murphy, both players in the full forward line who managed to score all of Carraig’s scores. Carraig started with a good tempo and were quick to get on the scoresheet. Within the first 15 minutes, Crowley and Murphy had both goaled after good approach work from midfield. Both finishes were clinical and left Carraig in front at half time, Carraig 2-06 Muintir Bhaire 0-04. Carraig did not lessen their grip on the game in the second half. S Casey was solid at full back and the half back line of Cronin, Dorgan and Sweeney defended quite well. M Aherne and S Horgan fielded well at midfield and this platform kept a constant flow of possession heading in the direction of the “Terrible Twins”. Crowely added three more minors from frees, whilst Murphy, lena chiatog, scored three from play. Munitir Bhaire did rally and managed a good goal with ten minutes left. But Carraig finished the game well and won by a margin of seven points. Onwards and upwards for the group, with the first round of the Football Championship only two weeks away. Team: C Hayes, T Sheehan, S Casey, C Cooney, C Cronin, A Dorgan, T Neally, M Aherne, S Horgan, J Forde, P O’Keeffe, B Murphy, P Murphy, O Crowley, J Forde. Subs: D Sweeney for Neally. Facile Victory for Carraig na bhFear Junior Hurlers...