The Muskerry side certainly deserve it because from the throw-in they dictated this game, making light of the very difficult underfoot conditions, and displayed commendable heart when falling three points down with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Carrigaline struggled to cope with the tenacity and commitment of their opponents for three quarters of the game, but a superb goal by substitute Billy Pope in the 47th minute changed all that and they looked the likely winners as they clung to a point lead deep into injury time, only to be denied by Goulding’s brilliant equalising score.
Making light of the conditions, Éire Óg, superbly led by Liam Murphy at midfield, took control from the throw-in, but while their outfield display was excellent, their finishing left a lot to be desired, and they kicked seven wides to none for their opponents in a half that saw the sides level three times.
Because of the miserable conditions, mistakes were numerous. Defensively, Éire Óg gave very little away, with Shane McCarthy, John Mullins, and Fionn O’Rourke keeping a very tight rein on Carrig dangermen David Drake and Barry O’Keeffe.
Scores were scarce as both defences were on top, and Liam Sheehan’s point on the stroke of half-time helped Éire Óg to a 0-4 to 0-3 interval lead.
Carrigaline’s cause wasn’t helped by the loss of full-back Peter Murphy to a black card early in the second half.
Carrigaline’s persistence in trying to walk the ball in against a teak-tough Éire Óg defence was futile, but a gradual improvement around midfield where Nicholas Murphy managed to break the stranglehold Liam Murphy had on that position, saw the Carrigdhoun side come more and more into the game.
Points by Goulding and Danny Murphy helped Éire Óg into an 0-6 to 0-3 lead by the three-quarter stage, before Barry O’Keeffe reduced the deficit for Carrig with a point, sparking off a tremendous period for Carrigaline.
Pope was on the end of a great passing movement to drill the ball to the Éire Óg net and give his side the lead for the first time; Nicholas Murphy landed a great point soon after and when Eoin Kavanagh added another to stretch the Carrig lead to three points, they looked to be in the driving seat.
However, Éire Óg weren’t quite ready to roll over and points by John Dineen and Goulding left a point between the sides with an hour played.
With Carrig hanging on grimly, play continued on until the 64th minute when Goulding got possession at least 60 yards out, and his magnificent left-legged effort sailed between the posts for a worthy equaliser.
B Pope 1-0; D Drake (0-1 free) 0-2; B Coakley (free), B O’Keeffe, N Murphy, E Kavanagh 0-1 each.
D Goulding 0-4 (0-1 free); J Dineen 0-2 (0-1 free); M O’Shea, L. Sheehan, D Murphy 0-1 each.
S Mellett; P Ronayne, P Murphy, C Forbes; C McSweeney, C Barry, E O’Connor; N Murphy, E Kavanagh; E Ryle, B O’Keeffe, Kevin Kavanagh; D Drake, B Coakley, S O’Brien.
S Griffin for P Murphy (B/C 33); B Pope for S O’Brien (45); Kieran Kavanagh for E O’Connor (55).
C Kelly; S McCarthy, J Mullins, C O’Mahony; D O’Herlihy, F O’Rourke, M O’Shea; L Murphy, R O’Toole; L Sheehan, D Murphy, D O’Connor; D Goulding, K Hallissey, J Dineen.
A O’Connor for D Murphy (45); P McDonagh for L Murphy (52); R Dennehy for F O’Rourke (60).
M Collins (Clonakilty).