2019 - J A Hurling Championship - Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Erins Own (0 - 15) VS Sarsfields (0 - 11)
Date Friday 21 June 2019
Time 20.00
Venue Carraig na bhFear
Referee Pat O'Driscoll
Competition J A Hurling Championship Hurling Championship
Round 2
  Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Kieran Murphy Match Report

Late Carraig Na BhFear surge seal 6 point win against Fr O Neill’s

Carraig Na BhFear have defeated Fr O Neills 1-19-1-13  in Round two of the East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship recovering brilliantly from their shock defeat last time out against Watergrasshill. The sides were level a stunning ten times in a very tight game however late on Carraig managed to pull away, scoring 1-2 in added time when there was only a puck of a ball in the game. Paul Murphy with 1-4 got the goal and was untouchable in the second half, winning numerous frees which John Forde put over no questions asked. 0-9 from Forde from frees was crucial only putting one wide in the whole match.

Kevin O’Sullivan opened the scoring inside the first minute for his first score of an eventual 1-11 tally. One of only two Fr O Neills players which scored, the other was Eoin Motherway in Centre forward who notched two points from play in quick succession in the first half. Conor Hayes opened Carraig Na BhFears account after three minutes of play before Motherway’s quick fire points gave FON a two point lead. Brian McSweeney grabbed his first score of the game after seven minutes to slow down the momentum Fr O Neills were building. This began to be the story of the half with neither side able to pull away. With twenty five minutes of play gone the game a finely balanced at 0-6-0-6 after O’Sullivan and Forde had traded points from both play and placed ball, Fr O’Neills won a free just outside the twenty and to the right of goal. O’Sullivan stood up to take it and slotted in brilliantly into the back of the net to put O’Neills in pole position. They looked like they were about to pull away when Kevin O’Sullivan scored a 65 just three minutes later. However Carraig Na BhFear finished the half on a high scoring two points from free from Forde and Murphy. At half time it was a two point game with Fr O’Neills winning 1-7-0-8. 

The opening fifteen minutes of the second half proved crucial as Carraig Na BhFear outscored O’Neills seven points to four, going ahead for the first time in the match. Points were coming from everywhere for Carraig, with five different scorers, in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half. Paul Murphy, James Forde, Conor Hayes and Paul Sheehan contributed one each while John Forde grabbed two points of his own. Fr O’Neills leveled it not once but twice in the remaining minutes of normal time thanks to O’Sullivan for frees. 

Heading into injury time it was a one point game 0-17-1-13. John Forde won and converted a free in the opening minute of time added on before a great counter attack from Carraig led to Paul Murphy winning a stunning high ball before breaking away from his marker however misfit the ball however it didn’t go wide or even over the bar it landed in the top left corner of the net, and with the next puck out they sealed it as Martin Hickey slotted over to extend the lead to six points.

A great for Carraig Na BhFear in a very close game in Carrigtwohill but, the size of the win is perhaps not a fair reflection on the story of the match. Seven different scorers from Carraig won them the game really, as FR O’Neills only had two, scores were coming from all across the forward line, Paul Murphy was exceptional in the second half while Forde was consistent throughout the match. The forwards may have grabbed many peoples attention however the backs of Carraig Na BhFear were exceptional, Timmy Geaney at Centre back and Gary Geaney at Corner Back stood out while for Fr O’Neills Kevin O’Sullivan was by far their star, scoring 1-11/1-13, scoring a mad 85% of their scores. Only time will tell how far Carraig Na BhFear can go in this years East Cork JAHC

Fr O’Neills scorers; Kevin O’Sullivan 1-11, Eoin Motherway 0-2

Carraig Na BhFear scorers; John Forde 0-9, Paul Murphy 1-4, Conor Hayes 0-2, David Sweeney 0-1, Paul Sheehan 0-1, James Forde, Martin Hickey.

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