Red card can't derail in-form Carrigaline hurlers in win over Aghada

Red card can't derail in-form Carrigaline hurlers in win over Aghada
Rob O'Shea hit 1-2 for Carrigaline in their excellent victory over Aghada on Saturday. Picture: Larry Cummins

Carrigaline 2-21 Aghada 2-15 

CARRIGALINE are on a roll after their second win in Group A of the Co-Op Superstores PIHC in Cobh on Saturday evening.

Despite playing with only 14 men from midway through the first half, Carrigaline produced a stunning second-half performance to claim a remarkable triumph by six points.

In the searing heat in the harbour town, Aghada made a scorching start as they raced into a three-point lead by the third minute.

The two teams soon swapped a treble of points apiece with corner-forward Brian Kelleher keeping Carrigaline in the hunt with two well-taken frees.

By the first water break, the game had it’s first goal with Carrigaline’s Rob O’Shea doing the honours with a powerful strike but it was only enough to level terms, 1-4 to 0-7.

The game swung in Aghada’s favour moments later as Chris Vaughan was shown a red card before Cian Fleming blasted a stunning shot into the top right corner.

Pearse O’Neill and John Looney added a couple of points for the men from East Cork before the interval but four scores for Carrigaline - the pick of the bunch being a superb sideline cut by David Drake, kept Carrig in contention, 1-10 to 1-8.

They continued with that momentum at the start of the second half-hour as they raised three white flags.

But it seemed like their efforts would be in vain as two Leahy frees and a penalty which he bobbled into the bottom right corner kept Aghada in control, 2-13 to 1-11 with 20 minutes remaining.

But Carrigaline showed incredible heart and led by the clinical Brian Kelleher, they would get 11 of the next 13 scores, including a goal from Denis McBarron.

Aghada’s misery was compounded when Jake O’Donogue was sent off and it was Carrigaline that claimed the win to go top of the group.

Scorers for Carrigaline: B Kelleher 0-9 (0-8 f), R O’Shea 1-2, D McBarron 1-0, S O’Brien and D Drake 0-3 each, E Desmond 0-2, K Kavanagh and D Griffin 0-1 each.

Aghada: W Leahy 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-5 f), C Fleming 1-0, J Looney 0-3, P O’Neill 0-2, M McCarthy and A Stafford 0-1 each.

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

Subs: K Kavanagh for R Kelleher (19), K McIntyre for S O’Brien (51), C McSweeney for C Barry (53), S O’Brien for D McBarron (61), R Kelleher for D Drake (64).

AGHADA: C O’Shea; D Rice, J O’Donoghue, E Leahy; T Hartnett, M Russell, A Stafford; A Berry, M McCarthy; J Looney, W Leahy, C Fleming; C Terry, P O’Neill, D Creedon.

Subs: J O’Hanlon for M McCarthy (40), K O’Hanlon for D Creedon (56).

Referee: Pat Lyons (Bishopstown).

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