Fer­moy find a way to

The Corkman - - SPORT - DIAR­MUID SHEE­HAN Pairc Uí Rinn

Fer­moy 2-13 Car­ri­ga­line 0-15

THROUGH­OUT last sea­son there was a buzz about the Fer­moy GAA Club that was some­thing to be­hold. Train­ing ses­sions were watched by lo­cal fans, the play­ers were buzzing and the man­age­ment had a be­lief in what work was be­ing done. Fer­moy, in both codes, were al­most in­vin­ci­ble.

The un­for­tu­nate losses in both fi­nals saw the club hit with two ma­jor set­backs in the space of a few weeks – some­thing that many clubs would strug­gle to get over.

Roll on an­other cham­pi­onship sea­son and again Fer­moy are on the march, how­ever, this time it seems to be less im­pres­sive than the early ex­ploits of 2016. That said Fer­moy booked them­selves a spot in the knock-out stages thanks to two late goals against a com­pet­i­tive Car­ri­ga­line in Pairc Uí Rinn last Satur­day night.

Fer­moy were in ma­jor trou­ble in this tie and looked like an exit was to be their re­ward for what was far from their best per­for­mance of the year. Win­ning ugly is bet­ter than not win­ning at all and Fer­moy showed they are pre­pared to dig deep when it is re­quired.

This game looked done af­ter 62 min­utes as Car­ri­ga­line’s tal­is­man Rob O’Shea spanked over his 10th placed ball of the game how­ever the next few fran­tic min­utes saw Fer­moy’s sub­sti­tute Padraig Shana­han raise the game’s first green flag be­fore his col­league Shane Ah­erne burst through to blast past a shell shocked Car­ri­ga­line de­fen­sive line.

For Car­ri­ga­line David Drake and Kevin Ka­vanagh im­pressed through­out with Wes­ley O’Brien, Brian Kelle­her and Rob O’Shea all do­ing their bit for the men in blue and yel­low.

For the vic­tors the Liam Cole­man’s frees and Jack Hutch­ings’ brace of points kept Fer­moy in the hunt dur­ing pe­ri­ods when the Car­ri­ga­line could eas­ily have got away from them.

Fer­moy trailed by for from the start and cut that by just one by the in­ter­val (0-6 to 0-9). The sec­ond pe­riod saw the sides trad­ing scores for the next 15 min­utes as Car­ri­ga­line looked more and more like de­serv­ing win­ners how­ever this Fer­moy team may well be still try­ing to find their best form but that didn’t stop them ral­ly­ing late with Shana­han’s and Ah­erne’s strikes ul­ti­mately de­cid­ing this.

The loss should be con­sid­ered re­ally hard on a Car­rig side that looked all set for pro­gres­sion, how­ever, you must play to the final whis­tle and on this oc­ca­sion that is what Fer­moy did and what Car­ri­ga­line failed to do.

This win should see Fer­moy firmly back on the horse as they now are just a cou­ple of games away from an­other tilt at the ti­tle in the most com­pet­i­tive divi­sion in the county but im­prove­ment will be re­quired, and fast.

If Fer­moy go into the last few min­utes trail­ing like they did last Satur­day night a bet­ter side will see them off how­ever right now for Fer­moy re­main­ing in the com­peti-

Eu­gene O’Leary fires over a first half point for Bal­ly­hea dur­ing their clash with Bish­op­stown in the County Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship last Mon­day evening Photo by Eric Barry

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