Offaly players Conor Doughan and Dylan Murray played key roles as Carlow IT won All Ireland Fresher’s Hurling title with a 2-14 to 1-16 win over UCC.
IT Carlow settled the quickest in Division 1 All Ireland League Final against hurling kingpins UCC in this cracking advertisement for hurling last Wednesday in the Waterford IT Sports complex.
IT Carlow led by three early on with scores from Marty Kavanagh, Dale O’ Hanlon and Meath’s Jack Fagan before UCC came to life and went into the lead midway through the first half. Carlow were dealt a blow with the loss of Carlow senior hurler Marty Kavanagh but his replacement Aaron Moore made an instant impact with a point from his first touch.
Carlow got their noses back in front with five minutes to go to half time with a goal from the illustrious Jack Fagan and a penalty from Offaly’s Conor Doughan to leave the half time score ITC 2-8 to UCC 0-10.
The second half started at a frantic pace as it had finished the first. With Westmeath senior full back Tommy Gallagher a rock in defence it gave the platform for Colin Dunford and Mark Russell to gain a foothold at midfield and Dunford’s pace was causing UCC real problems.
Carlow’s James Doyle also began leading the charge as the game pushed towards the close. Thirty seconds into injury time and Carlow leading by three points, disaster struck when UCC goaled to leave it all square. 60 seconds later the game was still on when Emmett Jones of Borris Kilcotton (Laois) received the sliotar on the right wing 60 yards out and struck to see the ball creep inside the top of the post to put IT Carlow one point up.
From the puck out Tipperary ref John O’ Brien blew the full time whistle to the sheer delight of IT Carlow and their large support who witnessed a great spectacle with IT Carlow prevailing 2-14 to 1-16. With representations from 11 counties on the team this will surely bring a massive boost to hurling in the college on the back of DJ Carey being appointed as hurling ambassador for IT Carlow.
Carlow IT: A Ryan (Wexford), K Hanafin (Kerry), T Gallagher (Westmeath), R Tierney (Dublin), W Young (Laois), C Doughan (Offaly), D Palmer (Laois), C Dunford (Waterford), M Russell (Tipperary), D O’ Hanlon (Tipperary) E Jones (Laois), M Kavanagh (Carlow), J Doyle (Carlow), J Fagan (Meath), D Murray (Offaly). Subs: A Moore (Laois) for M Kavanagh.