Bill Walsh scored a hat-trick as Swan were too strong for Davins in the Carrick-on-Suir derby in the South senior hurling championship, winning 4-13 to 1-10.
After six minutes Davins led by 1-3 to no score courtesy of the Butlers J.J and Noel but we were still a long way from the finish.
In the early exchanges Davins were winning possession and their running game was causing problems for Swan and winning frees. J.J. Butler made them pay twice in two and four minutes. Two minutes later Noel Butler gained possession and raced through. Perhaps the Swan backs were conscious of the two previous frees and they stood off. Butler took advantage and the green flag waved in the Carrick air. In eight minutes Danny O’Hanlon opened their account with a point from a free. Two minutes later he repeated the dose. In the 12th minute the game was stood on its head as Swan full forward Bill Walsh took advantage of slackness in the fullback line to score his first goal.
Three minutes later Walsh against exposed defensive weakness and he bulged the net for a second time. Incredibly Swan were in front. Another Swan attack was halted at the expense of a 65 which Danny O’Hanlon pointed. In 18 minutes another 65 was conceded with the same result. By now it was obvious that Swan were taking a firm grip in the middle third of the field.
Anthony O’Donnell pointed in 21 minutes and O’Hanlon pointed another free two minutes later. Almost from the puck-out Dwayne Fogarty pointed. Moving Michael Coady to full back was providing dividends for Davins, but he was sadly missed in midfield. In 28 minutes Davins were awarded a 20 m free, but the effort for a goal was parried and the resultant 65 drifted wide from Lee Mackey. To make matters even worse for Davins Danny O’Hanlon pointed yet another free for Swan on the blow of half time. Score Carrick Swan 2-08, Carrick Davins 1-03.
Davins hadn’t scored for 24 minutes and one felt they needed the first score of the second half. This score, however, went to Danny O’Hanlon when a long distance free followed by two 65s eventually went over. Stephen Moroney pointed for Davins their first score in 28 minutes. Two minutes later indiscipline cost the Davins when a Swan free at the limit of O’Hanlon’s range was moved forward for dissent and he duly obliged. J.J. Butler and Dwayne Fogarty exchanged points. Shane Butler pointed in nine minutes but within a minute the roof fell in for Davins when man of the match Bill Walsh goaled for the third time.
From the puck-out Swan attacked again and Walsh added a point. Lee Mackey pointed a 65 with the aid of the wind and then Gerry Robinson brought the Davins total to 1-09 after 18 minutes. In the next minute, the roof really fell in on the Davins when Anthony O’Donnell who had been left unmarked goaled. The game now petered out and Swan in particular emptied their subs bench. Noel Butler and Gerry Robinson pointed for Davins as they kept hurling to the end. In the 26th minute many thought that Swan sub Alan P. Ryan had goaled, but the referee had blown for a free out. The game had become somewhat scrappy and with two minutes to go an incident saw Swan corner back Darren Murphy receive the first and only red card of the game.
Carrick Swan: Tom Kennedy, Darren Murphy, Alan O’Sullivan, Darren Fahey, Aaron Walsh, Kevin Lanigan, Johnny Grace, Gerry Walsh, Martin Russell, Danny O’Hanlon, Jack Walsh, Stephen Hahessy, Dwayne Fogarty, Bill Walsh, Anthony O’Donnell.
Carrick Davins: Adam Foran, Keith Condon, Stephen Cronin, Jim Walsh, Michael Ryan, Lee Mackey, Richie McGrath, Michael Coady, Pa Harris, William O’Dwyer, Noel Butler, Gerry Robinson, Stephen Moroney, Shane Butler, J.J. Butler.
Referee: Paddy Ivors, Ballingarry.