Swan booked their place in the South Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final earlier today after an impressive 2-19 to 0-15 victory.
The game could have panned out a lot differently only for a great save in the opening minutes from Tom Kennedy after a mix up in the Swan full back line. Swan's first score came from a Danny O' Hanlon free, his first of 5 scores in the first half & 11 overall (4 from play). Our other first half scorers were Bill Walsh who got 3 points from play & Dwaine Fogarty who scored 2 from play and James Waters got 0-01 in the opening half. This left the half time score 0-11 to 0-07 in our favour.
Ballingarry started the second half more brightly and looked to be clawing the lead back with the wind at their backs. Ian Ivors put two frees over the black spot in as many minutes from distance. The changing point came in the 38th minute. A smart pass by an under pressure Anthony O' Donnell to Stephen Hahessy who in turn made a sublime pass to the onrushing James Waters who buried the ball past James Logue in the Ballingarry goal to make the score 1-13 to 0-10. Swan pushed on from here with Anthony O' Donnell causing havoc in the Ballingary defence for the final 20 minutes. The other Swan scorers in the second half were Danny O' Hanlon who scored 6 (2 from play), Dwaine Fogarty got 0-01, Stephen Hahessy scored 0-01 and Anthony O' Donnell got a last minute goal after a goal mouth scramble.
FT Score: Carrick Swan 2-19 Ballingarry 0-15.
In defence, Dale O' Hanlon on his debut & Darren Fahey did well while in the forwards James Waters, Anthony O' Donnell, Danny O' Hanlon & Dwaine Fogarty all went well.
In the 47th minute Paul Diffily replaced Jack Walsh while Alan 'P' Ryan replaced Bill Walsh in the 58th minute.
Best wishes to our County Minor Panelist Lee Wall who sustained an eye injury before the game as he was walking back to the dressing room. Hopefully it's not too serious and he's back playing for Tipperary & Swan in the very near future.
Carrick Swan team
Dale O' Hanlon Alan O' Sullivan Darren Fahey
Martin Russell Kevin Lanigan Johnny Grace
Gerry Walsh & Jack Walsh
Danny O' Hanlon James Waters Stephen Hahessy
Dwaine Fogarty Bill Walsh Anthony O' Donnell