Cremin de­liv­ers late for Blar­ney

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Water­grasshill Blar­ney Michael Moyni­han 0-9 1-11

This Premier In­ter­me­di­ate Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship clash be­tween Water­grasshill and Blar­ney was de­cided by the lat­ter side’s qual­ity in the last ten min­utes, a calmly-taken goal by David Cremin the dif­fer­ence with five min­utes re­main­ing.

Nei­ther team will feel they did them­selves jus­tice in this game, how­ever, which was marred by se­ri­ously way­ward shoot­ing.

Blar­ney, whose Cork player Mark Cole­man didn’t start due to a slight in­jury, be­gan well with points from Shane Mulc­ahy and David Cremin, though they needed goal­keeper Conor Mur­phy to look sharp to deny Water­grasshill’s Aidan Fo­ley soon af­ter­wards.

The Hill were level on ten min­utes thanks to Eoin Barry and Shane O’Re­gan (free), with the game swing­ing from end to end.

Both sides played a man spare at the back, and in Blar­ney’s case that was Joe Jor­dan, whose ex­pe­ri­ence and read­ing of the game was in­valu­able at the heart of the de­fence.

In the other half, Water­grasshill’s de­fend­ers were some­times guilty of over-elab­o­ra­tion in work­ing the ball clear when full-for­ward Fo­ley looked dan­ger­ous if he got early ball de­liv­ered to him.

Both sides hit some poor wides be­fore Ray Mur­phy’s free nudged Blar­ney ahead on 16 min­utes. By the 22nd minute, Water­grasshill were a point up thanks to Dy­lan McCarthy and Aidan Fo­ley, but af­ter a fusil­lade of wides from both teams, Mur­phy equalised with another Blar­ney free.

The im­pres­sive O’Re­gan pointed from the puck-out, how­ever, to make it 0-5 to 0-4 for the Hill at the in­ter­val and plenty of room for im­prove­ment from both sides in the sec­ond half.

Another O’Re­gan free pushed Water­grasshill two ahead on the re­sump­tion, then the same player hit the score of the game with a long-range point.

Brian Hur­ley hit a fine point for Blar­ney but another O’Re­gan ef­fort had Water­grasshill main­tain­ing that three­p­oint lead, and ex­ert­ing more con­trol in the mid­dle of the field thanks to Sean O’Cal­laghan and De­nis O’Far­rell’s in­dus­try. Both sides, how­ever, con­tin­ued to hit wides un­til Mulc­ahy’s point brought Blar­ney to within two points on 46 min­utes.

As the fi­nal ten min­utes ar­rived, Blar­ney sub Mark Cremin made it a one-point game with a fine score from the wing, but O’Re­gan pointed a 65 in re­sponse for Water­grasshill to lead 0-9 to 0-7.

Mark Cremin pointed a free and David Cremin added a point from play to level mat­ters, and when Shane Mulc­ahy’s third point went over Blar­ney were ahead with six min­utes left.

David Cremin then fas­tened onto a break­ing ball and soloed through for that de­ci­sive goal. Hill sub Ben Hal­bert cut through soon af­ter­wards but couldn’t get his shot away, and with that went his side’s chances of a re­sult.

Scor­ers for Water­grasshill: S.O’Re­gan (0-3 frees, 0-1 65, 0-6); D. McCarthy, A. Fo­ley and E. Barry (0-1 each).

Scor­ers for Blar­ney: D. Cremin (1-2); S. Mulc­ahy (0-3); R. Mur­phy (frees), M. Cremin (0-1 free)(0-2 each); B. Hur­ley, P. Philpott (0-1 each). WATER­GRASSHILL: D. O’Cal­laghan, S. Field, A. Ricken, E. O’Reilly, P. Cronin, S. O’Cal­laghan, P. Re­gan, D. O’Far­rell, K. O’Neill, J. McCarthy, S. O’Re­gan, D. McCarthy, E. Barry, A. Fo­ley, J. Hal­bert. Subs: B. Hal­bert for Fo­ley and A. Cronin (c) for McCarthy (both HT); W. Con­nolly for O’Far­rell (55). BLAR­NEY: C. Mur­phy, D. Walsh (c), P. O’Leary, P. O’Con­nor, P. Philpott, J. Jor­dan, A. McEvoy, C. O’Ma­hony, B. Hur­ley, M. O’Leary, S. Sheedy, S. Lo­han, S. Mulc­ahy, D. Cremin, R. Mur­phy. Subs: B. O’Con­nell for Sheedy (26); S. Crow­ley for O’Con­nell (HT); M. Cremin for R. Mur­phy (42); C. Mur­phy for O’Leary (50); K. Costello for D. Cremin (60). Ref­eree: T. O’Dono­van (Dou­glas). *Only one of the Water­grasshill subs was an­nounced yes­ter­day on the PA — not good enough for pay­ing pa­trons

Pic­ture: Ed­die O’Hare

Blar­ney’s David Walsh has his shop blocked down by Water­grasshill’s John Hal­bert in yes­ter­day’s Cork PIHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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