McCarthy magic inspires Carrig

Carrigtwohill 3-13 Aghada 1-9

Splendid performances from Niall McCarthy, Jason Barrett and young Robert White spurred Carrigtwohill to exciting heights and left Aghada floundering.

Cork’s senior player McCarthy scored eight points, three from play; Barrett was a rock of dependability at centre-back, while White scored two cracking goals as Carrig won pulling up.

Although Aghada took an early lead with a Trevor O’Keeffe pointed free, it soon became apparent that Carrigtwohill had no intention of playing second fiddle on this occasion.

Two successful free conversions by McCarthy and a rocket of a goal from White, after four minutes of play, powered them into the lead and Aghada were left with a mountain to climb.

In fairness Aghada did manage to claw their way back into contention for a time and five points without reply brought them level after the opening quarter.

But then the well dramatically dried up for Aghada who did not score again for a period of 26 minutes.

Carrig, with McCarthy in swashbuckling form on the 40, took the game by the scruff of the neck and led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time.

After the resumption, with the wind to their backs, Carrigtwohill continued to pile on the pressure with McCarthy scoring two points in a devastating three minute spell.

A rampant Carrigtwohill side were 1-11 to 0-6 in front before Brian

Morrissey finally succeeded in ending Aghada’s barren scoring spell when he pointed in the 42nd minute.

Aghada, with further points from wing-back Billy Hennessy and Morrissey again, reduced the deficit to six points entering the closing stages.

But then Carrigtwohill stunned their opponents with two superb goals from Michael Barry and White.

It was all over following those strikes from Barry and White and the only crumb of consolation Aghada received was a late goal from corner-forward Kieran O’Connor.

Scorers for Carrigtwohill: R. White 2-1, M. Barry 1-0, N. McCarthy 0-8 (0-5 frees), B. Lordan 0-2, M. O’Riordan, D. Collins 0-1 each.

Aghada: K. O’Connor 1-0, T. O’Keeffe 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65), B. Morrissey 0-2, B. Hennessy, S. O’Keeffe, P. O’Neill, V. Morrissey 0-1 each.

CARRIGTWOHILL: M. Fitzgerald; M. Nolan, J.P. O’Riordan, M. Foley, S. Flannery, J. Barrett, M. O’Riordan, F. Flannery, R. Power, R. White, N. McCarthy, N. Gubbins, B. Lordan, D. Collins, S. Dineen.

Sub: M. Barry for Collins.

AGHADA: M. Day; C. Wright, R. Dwane, B. Crowley, B. Hennessy, M. Galvin, J. Connolly, J. Melvin, K. O’Keeffe, S. O’Keeffe, J.P. O’Connor, P. O’Neill, K. O’Connor, T. O’Keeffe, V. Morrissey.

Subs: B. Morrissey for J.P. O’Connor; A. Morrissey for S. O’Keeffe.

Referee: John Sexton (Ballyhea)

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