Ballygarvan 4-7, Shamrocks 2-11
Shamrocks were knocked out of the championship by Ballygarvan in Minane Bridge on Saturday afternoon. This was a strange game with both teams playing sweepers, double sweepers and players all over the place.
Shamrocks threatened to run away with it early on and opened up a 1-5 to 0-1 lead in the early stages and were full value for it. Every time they got the ball into the forwards they scored. Ballygarvan reasserted themselves and fought back onto it and scored 3-3 to haul themselves right back into the game at HT in a very open game. At that point Shamrocks led 2-8 to 3-3.
The second half was bizarre. It was very congested around the middle and Ballygarvan had all the possession but scores were very hard to come by for both teams. On the few occasions Shamrocks attacked, they struck the post once and squandered 2 other quilt-edged goal chances as well.
From a Shamrocks point of view, one just knew that something wrong was going to happen and with 8 minutes to go, Ballygarvan finally got through for the all important score when a high ball in wasn’t dealt with and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Ballygarvan were ahead for the first time in the game.
Both teams exchanged points but the damage had been done and Ballygarvan held on to advance to the semi final.
Team: C. Corkery, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, D. Barry, C. Scriven, A. O’Grady, D. Scriven, A. Boland, D. Andrews, B. Crowley, D. O’Sullivan. Sub used – C. Hayes.