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 point and they searched valiantly for an equalizer. But it never came as the Carraig full back line, lead by maestro Tomás Óg, and young pretenders Colm Cooney and Davod Sweeney worked hard and defended resolutely. The phrase “thou shalt not pass” came to mind as the team defended as unit and were not afraid to put their bodies on the line. With the onset of the long whistle, a huge guttural roar of satistaction and pride pierced the sunny evening in Lisgoold as the men from the Barrymore barony tasted victory, and a sweet one at that.
An foireann:

C Hayes,
T Sheehan, C Cooney, D Sweeney,
C Cronin, D O’Driscoll, G Geaney,
S Horgan, M Aherne,
J Forde(0-01) , B Murphy, C Hill,
J Forde (0-02), P O’Keeffe (0-01), C O’Reilly,( 0-07,5F)

Fir Ionad: C Burns, O Crowley, S Farrell.