Milford’s true grit rewarded

Milford 4-6 Carrigdhoun 3-7

In a remarkable senior debut this season after winning the B level last winter, they are determined to prove that their upgrade was no mere stroke of luck. They were determined right from the throw-in, and as a result, their supporters were cock-a-hoop with the masterful show that they put on.

And while Anna Geary once again stole the show with a remarkable second-half burst that yielded her 1-3, it was their overall support play and sheer grit that got them through in the end.

Carrigdhoun looked the likely winners at the half with a more varied contribution from their attack. Marion Jagoe grabbed their goal after five minutes and by the interval they had bagged 1-7. Emer Watson was sole provider of the Milford 2-2.

The second-half was a tough affair. Facing the closing 10 minutes neither side had recorded a score, but Milford were hunting in packs and had missed three or four wonderful opportunities. Good fortune does come to those who wait and when Carrigdhoun goaled through Sarah O'Donovan it looked dim for them.

However, with Elaine O'Riordan playing out of her skin at full-back and Regina Curtin lording it at centre-back, the contest began in earnest with Geary despite playing at midfield the fulcrum of their attack. Her purple patch gave Milford a two-point lead before substitute Noelle O'Riordan tipped home to give them a five-point advantage.

But, O'Donovan struck again for Carrigdhoun to ensure that the final moments plus five minutes of injury-time kept the anxious crowd at the edge of their seats. Now with morale on an upward slope, Milford will look forward to their

semi-final clash with Fr O'Neill's in six days time.

Scorers for Carrigdhoun: S O'Donovan 2-0, M Jagoe 1-0, C Kelly 0-3 (frees), E Dillon, E Burke, A Murphy and J O'Keeffe 0-1 each.

Milford: E Watson 2-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 45m), A Geary 1-3 (0-2 frees), N O'Riordan 1-0, C O'Gorman 0-1.

CARRIGDHOUN: A Kiely (Carrigaline); M Hallahan (Ballygarvan), J O'Keeffe (Carrigaline) capt; A O'Neill (Ballygarvan), S A O'Halloran (do), J Browne (do), C O'Keeffe (Carrigaline); E Dillon (Ballygarvan), E Burke (Valley Rovers); L Bugler (do), C Kelly (Ballygarvan), A Murphy (do); M Jagoe (Tracton), S O'Donovan (Ballygarvan), J O'Keeffe (Carrigaline).

Subs: L O'Mahony for C O'Keeffe (h/t).

MILFORD: E Lenihan; L Healy, E O'Riordan, S Sexton; T McLoughlin, R Curtin, C O'Gorman; D Hayes, A Geary; A Watson, L Long, E O'Friel; E Watson, M Watson, J Sheehy.

Subs: N O'Riordan for J Sheehy (50 mins).

Referee: D Daly (Sarsfields).

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