Forward power decisive for Carrig

Carrignavar 1-15 Erin’s Own 1-10

Losers in a replay with Dungourney last year, it was notable that corner-forward Ronan Spillane and full-forward Paul Murphy were quick to make an impact because between them they were to finish with the creditable total of 1-9 between them.

And, while wing-back Timmy Geaney was given the ‘man-of-the-match’ award, these two players — along with the outstanding Paul O’Keeffe at centre-forward — played significant roles in their victory.

Erin’s Own trailed by four points before team captain Ian Quinlan got their opening score from a ’65 in the 15th minute and while they were to be more competitive after improved play at half-back and the efforts of midfielders Ian O’Mahony and Ronan O’Carroll, poor finishing undermined their challenge on a continuing basis.

In simple terms, Carrignarvar’s striking was much more dependable, with Spillane excelling in general play as well as unerring in his free-taking and it saw them lead 0-8 to 0-3 at the break — with Quinlan denied a goal by a good save by ‘keeper Conor Hegarty.

Erin’s Own promised a recovery with the first of four points between the 36th and 42nd minutes coming from a long-distance free by goalkeeper Kieran Murphy, before a goal from the skilful Spillane four minutes later boosted Carrignavar.

And by the 56th minute they were 1-14 to 0-9 ahead. Again, Erin’s Own showed promise following a quick goal from Ronan Coakley and a Quinlan point, but when it mattered most Carrignavar had the strength — and the belief — to close the game out.

Scorers for Carrignavar: R. Spillane 1-4 (3f); P. Murphy 0-5; P. O’Keeffe 0-3; A. Dorgan 0-2; T. Geaney 0-1.

Scorers for Erins Own: R. Coakley 1-1; I. Quinlan 0-3 (0-1 ’65); D. O’Flynn 0-2; K. Murphy (f), A. Power, M. Buckley and K. Fenton 0-1 each.

CARRIGNAVAR: C. Hegarty; B. Hegarty, D. O’Driscoll, D. Coleman; T. Geaney, C. O’Reilly (c), T. Neally; B. Murphy, R. Mullins; A. Hegarty, P. O’Keeffe, C. Burns; A. Dorgan, P. Murphy, R. Spillane. Subs: J. O’Sullivan for B. Murphy (28); P. Geaney for Neally and N. Mullins for R. Mullins (41); S. Horgan for Burns (54).

ERIN’S OWN: K. Murphy; C. Cronin, P. Fenton, C. O’Connor; K. Fenton, C. Dooley, C. Geary; I. O’Mahony, R. O’Carroll; D. O’Flynn, M. Buckley, A. Power; R. Coakley, C. O’Mahony, I. Quinlan (c).

Subs: N. Scanlon for O’Carroll (35); S. Crowley for Cronin (51).

Referee: Brian Murphy (Carrigtwohill).

*A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of the late Sarah Jane O’Connell, daughter of the Erins Own chairman Liam O’Connell.

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