Carrick Swan u16s travelled to Cashel earlier today to play reigning u16 ‘A’ County Champions, and current Mid u16 Champions Drom/Inch in a game that was sure to be a humdinger.
The underfoot conditions weren’t great but that didn’t stop the two super teams on show living up to the skill, commitment and quality expectations that you expect in a County ‘A’ Semi Final.
Goals win games and it was Swan who raised the Green flag
three times to Drom/Inch’s once over the hour. In the first half, superb workrate
from Dean Walsh put Dean Faulkner through and he found the back of the net under pressure to set us on our way. In
the second half, with less than ten minutes to go, a long range free went to
the net, a moment of luck that you sometimes need to win tight games while Aaron
Dunne scored the goal of the game, and a goal that would have RTE pundits
falling over, if it happened at inter-county level, in the closing minutes to
seal a great win.
FT: Carrick Swan 3-11 Drom and Inch 1-07
Scott Murphy was super in goal, while Aidan Brunnock, Daniel Walsh and Gavin Waters put their bodies on the line when required and came out with ball after ball in defence. In our half back line Eric O’ Halloran gave an exhibition in centre back play while Aaron Dunne (what was he doing close enough to the Drom/Inch goal to shoot for goal?) and Shane Torpey were outstanding.
Tommy McGrath worked tirelessly in three or four different positions over the hour, as did Cian Foley who also had a super game.
In our half forward line, Jack Cooke, Ben Cooney and Dean Faulkner worked their socks off. The winning of most matches is the winner of the half back/half forward battle and today our men can stand tall as they edged it over a super Drom half back line.
Our full forward line of Dean Walsh, Ryan Waters and Luke Power were superb. When your full forward line hassle and harry as we did today, it’s rare that you come out on the losing end of the scoreline. Dean Walsh covered an acre of ground today and got his just rewards, when the game was in the melting pot and he was running riot on the half forward line. Ryan Waters hurled up a storm and was the lynchpin of many Swan attacks in the opening half hour.
The subs introduced today were also superb. When fresh legs were needed, we got the same level of skill, work rate and commitment from the boys going in as we had from the boys coming out. This was needed badly, if we were to win. It takes twenty players to win any game nowadays and today was proof of that.
Beating a team of Drom/Inch’s quality is a great achievement for this team, however there’s nothing won yet! Swan now face Kilruane MacDonaghs in Littleton next Saturday in a game where we’re going to be up against another super team. Kilruane MacDonaghs have quality throughout and to beat them in a competitive game, we’ll need to up our performance by at least another 20%.
Today was a good one for our u16s, and more importantly it’s a good day for Carrick Swan GAA Club. Back in an ‘A’ County Final for the first time since 2007. It’s where our club needs to be and it’s where our club belongs!
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