MINOR HURLERS END YEAR ON WINNING NOTE
Congratulations to the Fermoy minor hurlers who ended their year on a winning note by defeating Carrigtwohill in the final of the Rebel Og Premier 2 league, on the score of 2-11 to 23 after very interesting and well fought encounter played in cold blustery conditions at Delany's Grounds in Kilbarry, Cork on Saturday last.
Ground conditions, while good, were a bit on the soft side and as this game was the third of three finals played on the pitch on the day, it made for difficulties all round for players on both sides, ground hurling was at a minimum and quite a few players found difficulty in lifting the sliothar which often led to bunching and the referee having to throw-in to continue the game.
The final score would tend to believe that Fermoy had an easy victory, far from it indeed; both sides found scoring very difficult from play, a tricky wind may have been partly to blame for this, but mainly it was down to good defences which were both on top of their game all through.
Fermoy were first on the board when ace forward David Geary scored from a free, at the other end the Carrig forwards were finding the going tough against a Fermoy defence that saw full back Peter, Murphy, centre back John Ring and Josh Pyne on the wing each in brilliant form and controlling all that was happening in that area of the pitch.
Two more points from the stick of David Geary saw Fermoy slowly edge ahead 0-4 to 0-0, ten minutes before the interval Carrig were handed a lifeline when a rather speculative ball from the midfield area dropped under the bar only to slip from the hand of excellent goalkeeper Richie Cronin to make it a one point game all of a sudden, this score seemed to do more for Fermoy as they upped their game with points from Garry O'Callaghan and Martin Brennan to leave their team in front at the interval 0-5 to 1-0.
Carrig lads will look back on all their wides of that first half and wonder what would have happened had they only converted a small number of them?
The second half saw much more pressure applied by the Carrig boys, they pulled back one point but two excellent scores 1-1, by Geary, put his team back in the driving seat once again.
The exchanges were fast and furious for most of the second half.
Carrig added 1-1 to put the game in the melting pot once again, but once again the Fermoy captain David Geary was on hand to make the breakthrough and his second goal restored his side's four point lead to which Carrig again replied with a point.
Entering the last five minutes, both sides were trying desperately to get the vital scores but it was Fermoy with Padraig de Roiste coming into his own and colleague Geary 0-2 who finished the scoring to leave Fermoy deserving winners after an exciting game.
On this coming Saturday the team will be in action in yet another Premier 2 league final, this time it will be in the football final and the opposition will be provided the more traditional football side from Clonakilty, this game is billed to take place in Togher (home of St Finbarrs H&F clubs) on this Saturday with the time to be confirmed. As usual I ask all who may intend to travel, to consult club officials before doing so as these games tend to change very often.
With the senior side enjoying a weekend off, the Fermoy junior side were away to Everton for their 3rd round game in the FAI junior cup, this team is currently in great form and they continued in this vein with a well deserved 2-4 victory,
The Fermoy Rugby team is also enjoying a great start to their season in the Junior league, their victory at home to Clare side Scarriff on Sunday last was a top of the table clash with Fermoy coming out on top by 28pts to 13 for Scarriff, meanwhile the club's second team lost out away to Midleton on a 12pts to 3 scoreline.