Carraig na bhFear 7-10, Shamrocks 3-13
Its not often that a team scores 3-13 and still end up getting a 9 point beating but unfortunately for Shamrocks, they were in that position on Tuesday night in their last league game of the year. As had been pointed out in the previous report, the year had featured depleted sides taking to the field. On this occasion, Shamrocks had virtually all their players available and this made a huge difference to the performance. When the lads are all present and the attitude is right, they can compete with most teams.
However, throughout the year, the lack of a proper goalkeeper has cost the team with too many goals shipped, especially at vital times in the games. Some of the outfield players have seflessly stepped into the breach but in reality, the difference was glaring for all to see tonight. While Daniel O’Mahony did as good as he could in the Shamrocks goal, the Carraig na bhFear keeper was simply outstanding and saved about 5 certain goals in the second half alone.
The visitors led 5-2 to 2-7 at half time, with both sets of forwards putting together some nice moves. Shamrocks just about kept in touch with goals from Shane Flavin and David O’Sullivan along with points from Ruairí Meighan, Cillian Hayes, Dylan O’Flaherty, O’Sullivan and James Lynam.
Carraig na bhFear scored a quickfire 1-2 at the start of the second half to further stretch their lead but Shamrocks, despite facing an onslaught from the visitors showed great courage and fighting spirit to keep scoring points away at the other end, despite the best efforts of the Carraig na bhFear goalkeeper. Joseph O’Keeffe got amoung the scores while substitute Cillain O’Mahony managed to squeeze a late goal inside the post of the visiting keeper.
We hope to continue with the hurling games, probably against Cloyne away Monday week.
Panel : D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, S. Downey, J. Lynam, C. Hayes, S. Fox, J. O’Keeffe, R. Meighan, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Flavin, D. Fox. Subs used – S. Browne, C. O’Mahony