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A major win for Carberys minors

Friday, 19th September, 2014 10:02am
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A major win for Carberys minors

History makers: Carbery minor hurlers and officials celebrate with the trophy after ther victory over Aghabullogue in the Carrigaline Court Premier 2 minor hurling final at Páirc Uí Rinn.

History makers: Carbery minor hurlers and officials celebrate with the trophy after ther victory over Aghabullogue in the Carrigaline Court Premier 2 minor hurling final at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Carbery 4-17 Aghabullogue 1-16


CARBERY minor hurlers, in their first ever premier 2 county final, captured the title against a game Aghabullogue in Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday evening in a thrilling hour of swaying fortunes.

Ignore the final scoreline in this thrill-a-minute encounter as it was only in the dying minutes that Carbery lashed home two goals to copperfasten a hard-earned win, against an Aghabullogue side whose sheer pace and ball control threatened to overwhelm the Carbery boys at times.

It was to Carbery’s credit that they refused to buckle under severe pressure from their flying opponents and hit back with their own periods of dominance to register some marvellous scores.

In the end it was the goal-scoring ability of the Carbery forwards that decided this stirring clash. In their five championship games they hit no less than 20 goals and in this final they hit the net four times, three from play and one from a penalty.

Playing with the breeze Aghabullogue got off to a flyer in the first half and should have been almost out the gate in ten minutes as Carbery had no answer to their pace.

However, too many missed chances, including a great goal chance, meant they had only three points on the board, from the outstanding Matthew Bradley and the hard-working Ian Barry-Murphy. Carbery had one in reply, from man-of-the-match Aaron Hayes, who finished with 2-4 to his credit.

Allowed off the hook, Carbery finally got up to the pace of the game and four points in a row from Kevin O’Donovan (free), Jonathan Mulcahy, Cathal O’Donovan and Aaron Hayes put them into a surprise two-point lead.


With Hayes causing all kinds of problems at corner forward, well assisted by Cathal Nyhan and Kevin O’Donovan, Carbery threatened to score a hatful of goals and they hit the net following a great penalty shot from goalkeeper Conor Madden, after Martin Collins was hauled down with the goal at his mercy.

Joe O’Mahony, Luke Murray and Timmy McCarthy were well on top in the Carbery defence, with midfielders Jonathan Mulcahy and Josh O’Donovan working very hard.

Although Bradley pointed a free for Aghabullogue, points from Cathal and Kevin O’Donovan had the West Cork lads six points to the good after 20 minutes against the breeze.

Aghabullogue upped the pace again before half time, well led by Bradley, Ian Barry-Murphy and the dangerous Daniel Dineen and when Paul Ring blasted home a 25-metre free, followed by a series of points from Bradley and Dineen, they hit the front.

A pointed 65 by Kevin O’Donovan closed the gap to a single point, 1-9 to 1-8 in favour of Aghabullogue at half time.

The game really sprang into life in the second half as Carbery, following an early point from Aghabullogue’s speedy winger Billy Casey, hit the ground running.

Playing tremendous hurling they swept forward in waves of attacks and two points a-piece from O’Donovan and Mulcahy had them two in front before Hayes billowed the net for their second goal.

Any ideas of a comprehensive Carbery win with the lessening breeze were soon dispelled as once more Aghabullogue lifted their game and the talented Bradley hit three frees in a row, added to by Ian Barry-Murphy from play, with a single reply from Carbery’s Hayes and the lead was down to a single point, 2-13 to 1-15, after 50 minutes.

Aghabullogue were looking the winners now but back came courageous Carbery once again and with David Kiely, Liam O’Brien and Cathal O’Donovan sparkling in defence, they roared back to stretch their lead with points from Eoin O’Brien and Aaron Hayes.

It was far from over yet as Aghabullogue drove forward in search of an equalising goal and with four minutes remaining, they were awarded a penalty. Heart-stopping time for Carbery supporters as Matthew Bradley faced up to the shot and to the immense relief of the winners, he managed to shoot wide, just outside the post.

That miss was compounded when Carbery swept down the pitch from the puckout and impressive sub, Jamie Carroll raced through for a stunning goal.

Although Barry-Murphy pointed for Aghabullogue, Carbery weren’t going to be caught now against a tiring opposition and, following another superb free from Kevin O’Donovan, the icing was put on the cake when Hayes soloed through for another superb goal.
Game, set and match to the West Cork lads, for whom goalkeeper Conor Madden, forwards Damien O’Gorman and Eoin O’Brien and subs Brian Everard and Jamie Carroll all contributed handsomely to an historic win.
Final score was 4-17 to 1-16 and there was great rejoicing among the Carbery hurling fraternity when Jim Forbes, cathaoirleach, Central Region, Rebel Óg, presented the Gerald McCarthy Cup to outstanding captain, Kevin O’Donovan. A long time coming had come at last.
Carbery’s Aaron Hayes, who scored 2-4 from play, was named man-of-the-match.
Carbery: Aaron Hayes 2-4, Kevin O’Donovan 0-7 (4f, 1 65), Conor Madden (1 pen) and Jamie Carroll 1-0 each, Jonathan Mulcahy 0-3, Cathal O’Donovan 0-2, Eoin O’Brien 0-1.
Aghabullogue: Matthew Bradley 0-10 (7f), Paul Ring 1-0 f, Ian Barry-Murphy 0-3 (1f), Daniel Dineen and Billy Casey 0-1 each.
Carbery: Conor Madden (Ibane Gaels); Joe O’Mahony (St Brogan’s), Liam O’Brien (Kilbree), David Kiely (Ibane Gaels); Cathal O’Donovan (Ibane Gaels), Luke Murray (Pedlar’s Cross), Timmy McCarthy (S Brogan’s); Jonathan Mulcahy (do.), Josh O’Donovan (Kilbrittain); Kevin O’Donovan (Ahán Gaels), Martin Collins (St Patrick’s), Damien O’Gorman (Kilbree); Eoin O’Brien (Pedlar’s Cross), Cathal Nyhan (do.), Aaron Hayes (St James).
Subs used: Brian Everard (Ahán Gaels) and Jamie Carroll (Sam Maguires).
Other subs: Sean Ryan (Pedlar’s Cross), Colin Crowley (do.), Gearóid O’Donovan (Ahán Gaels). Niall O’Driscoll (Pedlar’s Cross), Sean O’Donovan (do.), Daniel O’Brien (do.), Ian Hodge (Kilbrittain), Patrick O’Mahony (do.), Dylan Twohig (do.), Darragh Moore (do.), Eoin Lawton (Ibane Gaels)(inj), John O’Sullivan (Ahán Gaels) (inj), Darren O’Donovan (Fastnet Rangers) (inj).
Mentors: David Whyte (Ahán Gaels), Fergal Keohane (Kilbrittain), Tom Lyons (SW Coaching Officer).
Aghabullogue: Shane Tarrant; Sean Lane, Diarmuid O’Callaghan, John Lynch; Niall Barry-Murphy, Killian Cooney, Tadhg Corkery; Sean Dineen, Greg Long; Billy Casey, Ian Barry-Murphy, Matthew Bradley; Denis Desmond, Daniel Dineen, Paul Ring.
Referee: David Daly (Brian Dillons).