Cappawhite/Treacys reach county final just 24 hours after West success

County u-21 HC 'A' semi-final

A gripping contest between two talented teams set on securing passage to a county U/21 hurling final was decided by two sublime scores in the final quarter of the game.

The pulsating encounter between Cappawhite/Sean Treacys and Carrick Swans in Bansha on Sunday had been an even affair all through until two moments of magic swayed the contest in favour of the team from the West.

Swan held a one point advantage, ten points to nine, with nineteen minutes gone in the second half when Cappawhite/Sean Treacys struck a killer blow.

A sideline ball rifled in at pace by Rian Doody was attacked by centre forward Kevin Stapleton whose angled run deceived the Carrick defence and he expertly guided the ball into the net.

Two minutes later Patrick Carey, who at that point had scored seven out of nine Cappa points, applied a beautiful finish for the best point of the game.

The Cappa' marksman executed an audacious steal from a Carrick defender who was about to clear his lines.

Carey turned and drove over the bar to give his team a three point lead and a hold on the game they never relinquished.

Carrick Swans, who had matched Cappawhite/Treacys up to that point, never recovered from that body blow and failed to score for the remainder of the game.,

Cappawhite/Treacys were rampant in the closing ten minutes turning on the style in front of goal to set themselves up for a clash with Thurles Sarsfields in the county U/21 final next weekend.

Carey added two more points, goalscorer Stapleton chipped in with another point as did Rian Doody while Tim Meagher scored an excellent goal,holding off his marker before turning to shoot to the back of the net.

It was a glorious finish to the game for Cappawhite/Sean Treacys who the day before overcame the challenge of Clonoulty in the west final.

It was a huge ask for the club to play a county semi final one day after a west final.

With the game delicately poised going into the closing stages, one would have expected Cappawhite/Treacys to fade given the demands placed on them over a two day period.

However the opposite happened.

Buoyed by the quality of the Stapleton goal and the inspirational point taken by Patrick Carey, Cappawhite/Treacys marched on from that point.

They showed tremendous strength of character to pull away from their opponents and once they edged in front they surged on to completely dominate the closing stages denying Carrick Swans any opportunity to mount a comeback.

Swans will be very disappointed with how the combination pulled away in the closing stages.

They had been well in the game up to the last quarter and were a point ahead before Stapleton struck for goal.

Up to that point it was the Swan who looked the most likely to find the goal that would break the deadlock between the two teams.

They posed a real threat in front of the Cappawhite/Treacys goal throughout the first half in particular but heroic defending and excellent goalkeeping from Shane Stapleton denied the south side.

Swan were hurling with a fierce intensity with Eric O'Halloran, Luke Gahan and Colin Waters driving them on.

Dean Walsh had a tremendous battle all day with makeshift Cappawhite/Treacys defender Brian Carey, who for a player accustomed to playing up front, did exceptionally well as a defender.

Walsh managed to put over five of Carrick Swans seven first half scores through frees.

Cappawhite/Treacys kept in touch through the marksmanship of Patrick Carey who scored an impressive five from play and one free out of a total of eight points for the side in that first half.

It was just as evenly balanced in the second half until Stapleton and Carey intervened with match winning scores to decide the outcome.

Cappawhite / Sean Treacys: Shane Stapleton, Brian Carey, Willie Mackey, David Stapleton, Andy O'Brien, Sean Ryan (W) (0.1), Emmet Ryan, Sean Ryan (R), Pat Deegan, Matt Feehan, Kevin Stapleton (1.2), Rian Doody (0.1), Patrick Carey (0.10,3f's), Tim Meagher, Brian Carew.

Subs: Thomas Coughlan for Brian Carew, Shane Fahey for Brian Carey, Paul Ryan for Emmett Ryan, Eanna Heffernan for Tim Meagher, Fergal Ryan for Patrick Carey.

Carrick Swan: Kevin Lonergan,Danny Walsh, Scott Hogan, Aaron Dunne, Dale O'Hanlon, Colin Loughman (0.1), Tommy McGrath (0.1), Gavin O'Halloran, Eric O'Halloran (0.1), Dean Walsh ( 0.6, 5f's), Luke Gahan, Dean Waters, Martin Griffin, Colin Waters (0.1), Jack Cooke.

Subs: Aiden Brunnock for Jack Cooke, Luke Power for Dean Walsh, Evan Hogan for Martin Griffin.