A fine performance from Carrick Davins was more than enough to dismiss the challenge of Lorrha Dorrha in the semi-final of the Seamus O Riain Cup in Templemore on Sunday evening.
Mentally and physically strong, Carrick Davins will present a formidable challenge to either Sarsfields or Borrisokane in the final.
Apart from their physical prowess, Davins worked to a definite and well thought out game plan. Noel Butler, Gerry Robinson and Stephen Moroney were particularly effective in the half forward line.
Lorrha found themselves a goal behind inside the first minute when Eoghan Power finished a JJ Butler solo attack to the net. Ciaran Haugh replied immediately with a point and added a goal and another point within five minutes. Coming up to the break a long range free was finished to the net by Shane Butler. Within a minute Davins had added two points and totally transformed the scoreboard. By half-time they were in full control leading by 2-9 to 1-7.
Within 20 seconds of the restart Bonner Maher exerted considerable influence on proceedings, firstly by providing the final pass for Christopher Fogarty to raise a green flag and adding a point himself. But Noel Butler set up Gerry Robinson for Davins third goal effectively killing off the game.
Carrick Davins: Michael Hackett; Keith Condon, Lee Mackey, JJ Ryan; Michael Ryan, Willie Oâ€™Dwyer, Stephen Cronin; Pa Harris (0-2), Adam Foran; Gerry Robinson (1-1), Noel Butler (0-4), Stephen Moroney (0-4); JJ Butler 1-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Shane Butler (1-0), Eoghan Power (1-0).
Subs: Thomas Meehan (0-1) for Power (39), John James Keyes (NR) for Ryan (57), James Power for S.Butler (59).
Lorrha Dorrha: Brian Hogan; Graham Houlihan, Donal Kennedy (0-1), Jamie Lewis; Tadhg Nevin, Michael Oâ€™Carroll, Enda Moran; James Dunne, Ciaran Duggan; Barry Moran (0-1), Ciaran Haugh (1-6, 0-2 frees)), Michael Oâ€™Meara; Christopher Fogarty (1-0), Patrick Maher (0-5, 0-4 frees), Noel Hogan (0-1). Subs: Niall Oâ€™Meara (6) for M. Oâ€™Meara (HT), Jack Maher (6) for Dunne (HT), Daniel Smith (6) for Lewis (49).
Referee: Willie Clohessy (Drom & Inch).