Carrick Swan are South Tipperary under 21 'A' hurling champions

Carrick Swan are South Tipperary under 21 'A' hurling champions

Carrick Swan captain Dean Waters accepts the cup from South Board chairman Michael Cooney with vice-chairman Hugo Browne.

Carrick Swan had two points to spare over St. Mary's in the South u-21 HC 'A' final at Ardfinnan following an exciting game, winning 0-14 to 1-9.

 Gavin O'Halloran at centre back was outstanding for the winners, Jack Cooke was particularly evident when going to full forward, and ably assisted by Lee Dunne, Aaron Dunne and Dean Waters.

 St Marys man of the match was Joe Gunne at corner back with Gavin Ryan a tower of strength at midfield  and Sean Kennedy impressive up front.

 They could not be faulted on the day for the defeat with Swans better able to smother the attack and run at St Marys picking of scores from play

The Carrick Swan team pictured with the cup after beating St. Mary's in the final.

The game started at a fast pace when Aaron Dunne picked off a point from play in the first minute. Two minutes later Gavin Ryan levelled the game with a well taken point from midfield.

 Within a minute Sean Kennedy had St Marys in front when he pointed a free  and in the 5th minute the sides were level again when Aaron Dunne got his second from play to set up an exciting contest for the next ten minutes.

 The game was up and down the field with hard hitting battles, particularly on line ball incidents with the Swans breaking the deadlock when awarded a 65m in the 15th minute that Gavin O'Halloran sent straight between the posts.

 Within a minute the were level again at 0-3 each when Gavin Ryan got his second point of the day.

 Swans went ahead with  a great worked point from Aaron Dunne who had roamed out around the middle of the field when firing over from play.  Gavin Ryan scored from centre field to level again.

St. Marys during this period had a number of wides, totalling six in the first half, with Swans more efficient.

Aaron Dunne scored his 4th point from play to put Swans one point up at the short whistle with only two wides in the first half.

 Carrick Swans got a penalty in stoppage time but the shot was mishit  and misplaced with Jamie Ahearne coming to the rescue ,

After the interval a little mist came down on Ardfinnan making conditions a little more difficult but it did not dampen the excitement as Swans came out of the blocks with all guns blazing scoring two unanswered points from Lee Dunne  and Gavin O Halloran.

Sean Kennedy pointed a Mary's free  with a  Swans reply from Luke O'Dwyer.

In the 45th minute Gavin Ryan scored a goal for the Clonmel side after he had moved into full forward to bring the teams level again.

However Swans went into overdrive with committed hurling and endeavour and going back in front in the space of three minutes with thee wonderful points from a Gavin O'Halloran 65m, a Jack Cooke free and then Cooke from play.

 St Marys got two points, a free by Sean Kennedy from midfield, and Niall Hoctor who had be relatively quite up to then, leaving just one between the sides.

St. Marys brought on Ryan Lambe for Dean Fitzgerald, with Jack Kennedy having been brought back in the 35th minute for Michael Murphy.

 But  Swans edged two up in the 54th minute when Gavin O'Halloran pointed a free 80m out to leave the score Carrick Swans 0-12 St Mays 1-7.

In the final five minutes we had four points, two from each side - for St Marys two frees scored from Sean Kennedy and Ross Peters, and for Carrick a free by Jack Cooke 40m out and the other a fine score from play by Aaron Dunne to leave the final score Carrick Swans 0-14 St Marys 1-9, a deserved victory  for Carrick Swans who now go forward to the County Semi Final 

Carrick Swan - Jack Kelly, Aiden Brunnock, Scott Hogan, Billy Murphy, Rian Fleming, Gavin O'Halloran (0-3 (2x65+1F), Shane Torpey, Eric O'Halloran, Gavin Waters, Jack Cooke 0-3(2f), Lee Dunne 0-2, Luke O'Dwyer 0-1, Dean Waters, capt, Aaron Dunne (0-5 , Ryan Waters. Sub - Paudie Walsh for Ryan Waters.

 St. Mary's -  Jamie Ahearne, Joe Gunne, Kyle Peters, Richie Gunne, Jamie McGuire, Ross Peters 0-1f Capt, Liam Ryan, Eric Walsh, Gavin Ryan 1-3, Niall Hoctor 0-1, Dean Fitzgerald, Conor O'Sullivan, Sean Kennedy 0-4 Frees, Michael Murphy, Matt Barlow. Subs - Jack Kennedy for Michael Murphy, Ryan Lambe  for Dean Fitzgerald 

Referre - Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)