Wednesday Night replay 7.30 Jamesey is still waiting

09 September, 2011

The East Cork Oil Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Final Replay 2011 7.30pm Wednesday the 14th of September in Carrigtwohill.

By Derek Kiely

Following Saturday evenings draw between Carraig na bhFear and Dungourney all roads lead to Carrigtwohill for the East Cork Oil sponsored East Cork Junior 'A' hurling championship final replay, which throws in at 7.30pm and the question that is still on everyone's lips is, who is going to take Jamesey home? In the toughest final replay to call in Decades!

2011 has been an exceptional year for the finalists this Saturday, Carraig na bhFear and Dungourney who have both shown tremendous improvement in their hurling and without a shadow of a doubt the top two teams in the Imokilly Division were rightfully in the show case event last Saturday and when it comes to East Cork GAA it doesn't get any bigger than this.

Dungourney played only three games en-route to last Saturdays final, twice against Castlemartyr and a victory over Midleton for the second year running has seen the men from Dungourney breeze into the decider with the minimum of fuss.

Carraig na bhFear nearly matched that record of only needing three games to make it through, but a quarter final replay against Lisgoold in Castlelyons, means that the Carraig men have played one more.

Now following a tense draw in Midleton the match is that bit more special, due to the fact that the two clubs involved are at Junior status and in a junior final it means so much more to junior clubs lifting the Jamesey Kelleher Cup.

A huge crowd is anticipated to descend into Carrigtwohill GAA Club on Wednesday night. The main event throws in at 7.30pm and the pride of the respective Parishes will be well and truly at stake and neither side will leave anything in the dressing room in this the All Ireland of East Cork Hurling.

Don Hegarty from Carraig na bhFear said before last Saturdays final' We can't wait for the game, we have a big doubt over Tim Geaney who has some cruciate ligament damage and will have an operation on his injury in October, but he may play some part. We have tremendous respect for Dungourney who have beaten us twice in the last two championship campaigns, last year in Watergrasshill and the year before in Carrigtwohill, so we know how good they are. We are good GAA people up here in Carraig na bhFear and we love our hurling and eventhough we have a pretty small catchment area there is tremendous excitement ahead of Saturdays final'.

Donal Ahern of Dungourney said 'With the exception of Darragh Ahern's long term injury we have no injuries from this years panel and everyone of them are rearing to go. Sean Daly has done great work with the lads and we have a very good group of players together at the moment, having said that we believe it really is 50 -50 this coming Saturday and in a final anything can happen. Carraig na bhFear beat us in the Avondhu/Imokilly junior 'A' hurling league in Dungourney earlier this year, we know they are a good side. Anyone who knows Dungourney will know how small the place is, blink and you would miss it, but the support has been fantastic from all over'.

Now both me will have time to reflect and think ahead to what can be! rather than what could have been!

Routes to the 2011 East Cork Oil Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Final

1st Round Carraig na bhFear 0-17 Midleton 2-08

Dungourney 3-15 Castlemartyr 0-04

Q Final Carraig na bhFear 1-14 Lisgoold 0-17

Dungourney 2-11 Midleton 0-14

Q Final Replay

Carraig na bhFear 1-11 Lisoold 0-12

S Final

Carraig na bhFear 0-17 Sarsfields 1-12

Dungourney 1-13 Castlemartyr 1-08

Final:

Carraig na bhFear 1-08- 0-11Dungourney (Draw)

Final Replay

Wednesday the 14th of September, 7.30pm in Carrigtwohill

Referee Denis O'Leary (Watergrasshill)