They completed an easy victory over St. Caimin’s at Dromcollogher yesterday.
Firing on all cylinders, the Cork school, backboned by the bulk of the local minor team recently defeated in the premier county final, were never headed, and now need to beat Our Lady’s in their final game next Wednesday to be certain of the runners-up spot behind Thurles CBS.
Rock solid in defence, where Stephen White and Ray Keohane were outstanding, Carrig stormed into a 1-7 to 0-0 lead after 20 minutes, mainly due to the scoring exploits of Stephen Corcoran, accounted for 1-5, and it would have been more but for a brilliant save by Caimins ‘keeper Darren Duggan from Kieran Corrigan, at the expense of a point.
Caimin’s struggled to cope with the pace and skill of Corcoran, Mathew O’Riordan and Anthony Murphy, and it took them until the 21st minute to open their account with a Stephen Gleeson point. With David Reidy, Barry Gleeson and Sean Collins doing well, the Clare school began to come more into the game. Two further points in a row were added and at 1-7 to 0-3 after 25 minutes, Caimin’s were still in the hunt.
However, with the Carrig forwards in tremendous form, they rifled over four points in a row to lead 1-11 to 0-3 at half time and there was only going to be one outcome. On the change over the Cork school continued where they left off and Simon O’Brien’s goal in the 35th minute ended the game as a contest.
Credit to Caimins they continued to press forward and gave the Carrig defence a few scary moments after Mark O’Regan got through for a goal which he deserved after a good run, and Michael Cusack was only inches away from another.
Carrig always had the facility to step up a gear when danger threatened and a litany of points - a couple superbly struck from long range frees by Stephen White - ensures it will all come down the last game to decide who goes into the hat for the quarter-final draws after Christmas.
: Carrigaline: S. Corcoran 1-12 (0-8 frees); S. O’Brien 1-1; S. White 0-3 (0-2 frees); A. Murphy, K. Corrigan, M. O’Riordan 0-2 each; M. O’Sullivan 0-1. St. Caimin’s: B. Gleeson 0-4; C. Morey 0-3 (frees); M. O’Regan 1-0; D. Reidy, M. Cusack, S. Collins, C. Griffin 0-1 each.
: S. Barry; T. Maher, J. Walsh, K. Kelleher; R. Keohane, S. White, J. Cowhig; S. O’Regan, R. Foley; A. Murphy, M. O’Riordan, P. Campbell; S. O’Brien, K. Corrigan, S. Corcoran. Subs: E. Harrington for Kelleher; M. O’Sullivan for Murphy; M. Williamson for Keohane; I. Ward for O’Brien.
: D. Duggan; S. O’Brien, R. O’Shea, J. Fennessy; E. Hayes, E. Quinn, M. Frawley; M. Cusack, S. Collins; C. Morey, S. Condron, D. Reidy; B. Gleeson, D. McMahon, M. O’Regan. Subs. D. Cullinane for O’Brien; C. Griffin for Condron.
: M. Ryan (Limerick).