2020 - Junior A Football - Jim Ryan Cup

Youghal (2 - 14) VS Carrigtwohill (2 - 15)
Date Saturday 19 September 2020
Time 17.15
Venue Castlemartyr
Referee Pa Beausang
Competition Junior A Football Football Championship
Round 6
  Jim Ryan Cup

Kieran Murphy CRY104fm Match Report

Carrigtwohill overcome Youghal in East Cork classic after extra time 

Carrigtwohill have booked their spot in this years Jim Ryan Cup final following an end to end affair against Youghal. They won out on a score of 2-15-2-14 after extra time. In a game of tight margins, Luke Kelly O’Regans goal four minutes into extra time proved crucial as Carrigtwohill maintained their lead all the way to the final whistle. Former Cork minor footballer Brendan Horgan put on a masterclass of slick attacking football having been introduced early in the second half. The seasoned veteran swept up 1-4 while on the field.

 

It was Youghal who burst out of the traps quicker of the two at the beginning of the affair. Ciarán O’Mahony, Paul Moylan and Conor Spillane all registered scores for the Seasiders in the opening five minutes of action. Carrigtwohills engine roared into life after a slow start putting together two quick scores to bring the game back to one with seven on the clock. However, Youghal had the perfect response for Carrigs burst. Moylan, who played a blinding game despite being the oldest man on the pitch, used his wealth of experience to outsmart his younger marker David Rooney before slotting home past Christopher Keegan in the Carrigtwohill net. Youghal didn’t kick on after the opening goal, with the game remaining an end to end affair as we neared the first water break. However, Youghal had the edge as both sides entered the water break, leading 1-4-0-3. 

 

The game remained closely contested after the break in play, despite what the scoresheet will tell you. There was very little separating the two clubs however the difference maker was the efficiency. The men in blue notched four unanswered points during the final fifteen minutes of the first. Daire Crotty and Pat Sullivan both split the posts once each while Liam O’Sullivan contributed 0-2. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the men in amber left many points out on the field, missing a bucket load of opportunities. They finished with a total of thirteen wides for the game on a whole compared to five for Carrig. At half time, the sides were level pegging 0-7-1-4.

 

Once again it was the Seasiders who started the half better. Moylan, Nigel Roche and Ciaran O’Mahoney all got their names on the scoresheet before James O’Mahoney made mince meat of the Carrig backs with one of his signature runs and finishes into the back of the net. The momentum was seemingly all in Youghals favour. They led by five, 2-7-0-8. The goal was perceived as a knockout blow to the men in blue, however they stood back and landed a knockout strike of their own through a brilliant finish from Brendan Horgan. The response was exactly what was required, just before the water break too! As we entered the break in play the deficit was two. The sides had an epic exchange down the stretch. They went strike for strike with each other, both looking to grasp the momentum. Carrigtwohill made up the two point deficit in closing moments of the game and looked the more likely to grab the winning point however it was not meant to be as both teams put up remarkable defensive displays. At full time the sides were level, 2-9-1-12. 

 

As I mentioned the goal at the beginning of extra time was the decisive moment in the match as Carrigtwohills deeper bench paid dividends once they gained the lead as they retained it until the final whistle. The boys in blue won the battle of stamina and as a result won the game of football. It was truly an exhibition of football between both sides who just went for the game. It’s yet another of example of superb football being played in the hurling dominated area that is East Cork. As you rise through the grades in football, the tentative nature becomes more apparent with an attitude of win first, entertainment value second however in East Cork there is that element of may the best team win which only increases the quality and entertainment of the games. Going hell for leather is a term commonly used and is perhaps the best way to sum up the Jim Ryan Cup games. It finished in Castlemartyr in the East Cork Junior Football Championship Semi Final Carrigtwohill 2-15-2-14 Youghal.

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