Fergal Óg reach the final
Fergal Óg 1-18, Carnew 3-9: Fergal Óg from Bray stand on the threshold of winning their first ever junior A hurling championship title after beating famed Carnew by three points in their semi-final game at Arklow on Sunday.
This was a cracking game of junior hurling from start finish, contested in a very sporting manner right to the finish.
The Fergal Óg victory was all the more meritorious because they played the last twenty minutes with only 13 players after having two men sent off on double yellow cards.
And in that period Carnew hit back for their 3 goals scored by Martin Doyle which made for a very tight finish to match.
Bolstered by some former St. Patrick’s hurlers, Fergal Óg led from pillar to post, including opening up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead early in the first half.
Carnew made a number of astute changes and, despite the normally accurate Thomas Darcy being off target with a number of frees, they succeeded in reducing the margin to two points, 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
Fergal Óg again opened up a gap in the third quarter after they had made some alterations to their team formation, but their vulnerability in the closing 20 minutes after the two players were sent off was exploited by Carnew, particular by full-forward Martin Doyle as he rifled home those three goals.
And Carnew just might have pipped it had they concentrated more on picking off those points earlier, but all credit to Fergal Óg for holding on and setting up a championship final meeting with either Eire Óg or Newcastle.
Fergal Óg were inspired by victory by the performances of Karl Lacey, Jim and John Connors and Paddy Fisher; while Carnew were led by Martin Doyle and a tight defence in which James Joyce and Michael Osborne shone like a beacon of hope.
Barry Cowan scored the goal for Fergal Óg and other scorers included John Connors (7 points). Frankie Cowan, Robert Mason (3), Andy O’Brien (4).