Carrick Swans u-16 hurlers narrowly lose county final

Carrick Swan failed in their bid to win the county u-16 ‘A’ hurling title, losing in the final to Kilruane McDonaghs in Littleton on Saturday.

Carrick Swan failed in their bid to win the county u-16 ‘A’ hurling title, losing in the final to Kilruane McDonaghs in Littleton on Saturday.

Despite a brave effort, the South side lost by 1-10 to 0-10.

Dean Walsh was the target man for Swan ably assisted by Jack Cooke, Tommy McGrath, Shane Torpey,Eric O’Halloran, Aron Dunne and Dean Walsh.

Kilruane led 1-3 to 0-5 at the break with Swan still very much in contention for the second period.

Dean Walsh had opened the scoring but Carrick were rocked by a Kilruane goal from Jerome Cahill.

However further points from Jack Cooke (2), Tom McGrath and Dean Walsh had Swan just a point behind at the interval.

Sx minutes into the second half the north side had extended the lead to three points, 1-16 to 0-6 with the Swan score from Cooke.

A neutral might have thought that Kilruane were going to move further in front as the were enjoying the best of the action.

However Carrick Swan bounced right when Jack Cooke pointed a free which was quickly followed by a point from play by Dean Walsh to reduce the deficit to a single point 1-6 to 0-8.

Once again Kilruane marksman Cian Darcy was missing nothing as he pointed two more frees and another point from play by James Cleary to get a four point advantage 1-9 to 0-8.

In the 17th minute Dean Walsh scored a point for Carrick Swan to put a goal between the sides 1-9 to 0-9.

One minute later Rory McCarthy added another point to the Kilruane tally and was responded to with a pointed free from Dean Walsh for Carrick to put the score at 1-10 to 0-10.

For the remaining five minutes of the game it was amazing that no further addition was made to the score. During this time both goal keepers made great saves and both sides had an equal number of wides, three apiece. Carrick were intent on going for goal when taking other options could have been the better thing to do.