Carrig survive Erin’s Own late challenge

CARRIGALINE survived a tremendous fight back by Erin’s Own at Páirc Uí Rinn last night to move on to the quarter-final of the Evening Echo IFC.

The South East side had taken a four point lead early in the second half and with their county senior Nicholas Murphy playing the proverbial blinder, they looked to be heading for a comfortable victory.

However after Tony O’Sullivan pointed a 30 metre free in the 43rd minute, it was surprisingly, to be their last score. Add in the six minutes of added time and Carrig went 23 minutes without a score while Erin’s Own failed to add to their tally for the last 14 minutes.

Indeed the Glounthaune side can count themselves a little unlucky not to have won the game. They wasted two gilt-edged chances, one in each half, for goals that would have put the game beyond Carrig.

Fielding seven senior hurlers, Erin’s Own took the precaution of taking off Fergus Murphy — he got a slight back injury — and Kieran Murphy who was on a yellow card; they lost the services of Eoin Murphy for a second yellow card offence in injury time, but all three will be available for the county final in 10 days time.

Apart from Nicholas Murphy, Cillian Forbes, Neilly Hayes and Tony O’Sullivan played well. Erin’s Own showed that with greater application, their football would be a match for the best, and they were best served by Cian O’Connor, the Murphy brothers Kieran and Eoin, Ronan Aherne, Fergus Murphy and Alan Lane.

The teams were level three times after sharing six points. Erin’s Own lost their first goal chance in the 17th minute following a great passing movement which left Paul Fenton in the clear but he blazed wide from five metres out.

After Nicholas Murphy fisted a point, the South East side struck for the game’s only goal in the when Murphy’s long range free broke out to Tony O’Sullivan who shot low to the corner of the net and they were full value for their 1-5 to 0-5 half time lead.

Erin’s Own were full of running on the change over and after Mark O’Connor landed a point, they lost their second chance of a goal when the Carrigaline keeper dropped O’Connor’s shot on his goal-line but there was no-one there to apply the finish.

The incessant pressure on the Carrig defence eventually told when Cian O’Connor was fouled after a tremendous run and Eoin Murphy coolly converted the resultant penalty. to leave just the minimum between the sides after 52 minutes.

Amazingly neither side scored again, although Nicholas Murphy following a great interception in the Erin’s Own half, kicked what looked a superb point, only to have the score waved wide.

An injury to Joe Lyons meant six minutes of injury time and in that period and despite being a man down, Erin’s Own had the chances to at least force a replay, while the Carrig attack wasted several good chances to put the issue beyond doubt.

Carrigaline now go on to meet Ballyclough in the quarter-final.

Scorers: Carrigaline: T. O’Sullivan 1-2 (0-2 frees); B. O’Keeffe 0-2; W. O’Brien (free), N. Murphy, C. Creed-Nolan (free) 0-1 each. Erin’s Own: E. Murphy 1-0 (pen.); P. Fenton 0-2 (frees); F. Murphy,. P. Fitzgerald, M. O’Connor, K. O’Leary 0-1 each.

CARRIGALINE: T.. Harris; K. Blake, G. Harrington, C. Forbes; C. Lynch, N. Hayes, E. O’Sullivan; E. Murphy, T. Burke; W. O’Brien, N. Murphy, K. O’Keeffe; B. O’Keeffe, C. Creed-Nolan, T. O’Sullivan.

Subs. D. Twomey for Creed-Nolan; E. O’Keeffe for K. O’Keeffe; A. Noonan for E. Murphy.

ERIN’S OWN: P. Walsh; D. Dennehy, C. O’Connor, D. Mulcahy; P. Fitzgerald, A. Lane, J. Lyons; K. Murphy, E. Murphy; S. Kelly, J. Keane-O’Mahony, R. Aherne; P. Fenton, F. Murphy, C. Coakley.

Subs: M. O’Connor for F. Murphy; P. Kelly for K. Murphy; K. O’Leary for Keane-O’Mahony; M. Finn for Coakley; J. Keane-O’Mahony for Lyons.

Referee: C. Lyons (Nemo Rangers).

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