Relentless Carrigaline too good for Youghal to make PIHC semis for first time

Relentless Carrigaline too good for Youghal to make PIHC semis for first time
Carrigaline's Brian Kelleher being put under pressure by Brian Collins for Courcey Rovers in an early round PIHC game this summer. Picture: Denis Boyle

Carrigaline 5-18 Youghal 0-20

CARRIGALINE maintained their 100% record in the Co-Op Superstores PIHC after their win over Youghal at Carrigtwohill.

The win now sees them top the group and safely into the semi-final stages of the championship with a hat-trick from Denis McBarron the highlight. It's the club's first time this far in the competition, having threatened to make an impact in recent season.

Their last four clash will be against the winner of the Blarney-Ballincollig Muskerry derby.

Brett Moloney opened the scoring for Youghal in the second minute and he was on target again from a free to double their lead. Bill Cooper got their third and he got his second with 11 minutes gone, to see Youghal 0-4 to no score up.

Brian Kelleher pointed from a free for Carrigaline, with James O’Mahony scoring at the other end. Kelleher pointed another free, before points from Moloney, Andrew Joyce and Cooper made it 0-8 to 0-2 with 18 minutes played. Two from David Drake reduced the deficit and with 22 minutes gone a great ball from Simon O’Brien played McBarron in to goal for Carrigaline.

Credit to Youghal they didn’t panic with Moloney hitting his third of the tie to keep the scoreboard ticking over for his side. Ronan Kelleher and Drake replied for Carrigaline but three more from Moloney saw his side in front at half-time by 0-13 to 1-7.

Carrigaline were unlucky not to get their second goal when Drake’s shot looked like heading for the top corner but Richie Cunningham saved superbly to deny him. Cooper increased Youghal’s lead, with Brian Kelleher replying with two frees. Nigel Roche pointed for Youghal but then Carrigaline enjoyed their best spell as they hit 2-3 without reply to put them in control. Drake got the first goal with McBarron adding the second and with 46 minutes gone they were 3-13 to 0-16 in front

Moloney pulled a point back but Carrigaline were relentless at this stage, with Brian Kelleher adding two more and Desmond also pointing.

Scores from Cooper and Moloney reduced the deficit slightly but late goals from McBarron and Drake saw Carrigaline run out comprehensive winners.

Scorers for Carrigaline: D Drake 2-3, D McBarron 3-0, B Kelleher 0-8 (0-6 f), R Kelleher 0-3, E Desmond 0-4.

Youghal: B Moloney 0-12 (0-8 f), B Cooper 0-5, J O’Mahony, A Joyce, N Roche 0-1 each.

CARRIGALINE: M O’Mahony; C Vaughan, S Williamson, D Stack; C McSweeney, C Barry, D Griffin; W O’Brien, E Desmond; S O’Brien, D McBarron, D Drake; B Kelleher, R O’Shea, R Kelleher.

Sub: D King for C Barry (59).

YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; J Cooper, C Spillane, M Farrell; R Walsh, K Brown, B O’Sullivan; N Roche, J O’Mahony; C O’Mahony, B Cooper, P Kirk; A Joyce, B Moloney, C Walsh.

Subs: R Cody for C Walsh (52), O Desmond for A Joyce (56)

Referee: Cathal Egan, Glen Rovers.

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