Carrigaline 2-12, Shamrocks 1-12
Shamrocks junior footballers struggle for wins continued in Carrigalines new (excellent) pitch on Friday evening after this 3 point loss to the home team.
Shamrocks played against the breeze in the first half and started very well and kicked 4 points inside the first 10 minutes and were giving an exhibition of attacking football and movement. All three of the full forward line, Philip Brady (Shamrocks best player), Darragh O’Sullivan and Roy Twomey were on the scoresheet from play at this point. One felt that there was no way they would keep this up and indeed, for the next 35 minutes, they were outscored by 13 points. Carrigaline just totally dominated all of a sudden and came forward in waves. They added a few points and then a goal to leave themselves 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at HT, with David Hayes getting a badly needed Shamrocks score before HT.
Carrigaline, playing against the lessening breeze it must be said, completely dominated the 20 minutes after HT and opened up the Shamrocks backs. They added on another goal after 4 players were queueing up and 5 more points and they led by 2-9 to 0-6 with 13 minutes to go.
Shamrocks decided that this wasn’t good enough and made some positional switches and finished much the stronger, kicking some nice points from Brady, Barry Muqueen and Cannice Caffrey before Darragh O’Sullivan slotted home a penalty. The gap was down to 3 points with another 2 minues to play but unfortunately time ran out on them.
Overall, while the result didn’t go their way, they can take encouragement from their stylish football at times as they look forward to the championship next week. One more league game before then, at home to Ballymartle on Monday night.
Team: F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, R. Harrington, R. Murphy, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, B. Sweeney, C. Caffrey, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – S. Hurley, J. Wilson.