Weaver the last-gasp hero for Carrick
Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30
In a nail-biting home fixture, Carrick RFC took on Portumna in the penultimate match of the league.
After consecutive wins against Tuam and Corinthians, the Co Galway club had managed to nudge Carrick from their position at the top of the table and so were on a one-point advantage heading into last weekend's match.
With everything to play for, Carrick were in full flow, showing absolute and unswerving dedication to their league campaign.
Despite conceding an early try after a Portumna lineout on the five-metre line, Carrick soon took back the lead with two successive penalty kicks taken by Eddie Weaver at out-half.
A 6-5 lead gave Carrick the edge, and the home side continued to dominate play, blitzing their opponents with pace and accuracy in attack, keeping Portumna in their own half and giving them no opportunity to break through.
However, there was to be no hiding behind narrow margins for Carrick, and a penalty for Portumna helped them to find their way back into the game, bringing the score to 8-6 with only ten minutes left on the clock.
Carrick kept their heads in spite of the pressure, and the front row experience coupled with some sterling work by the backs enabled them to put their opponents under serious pressure, resulting in a last-minute penalty being awarded to Carrick.
There was silence as Weaver prepared to take the kick which would determine the final score, and players and spectators alike held their breath as the ball hit the post and then slipped over, giving Carrick the three points needed to take the match.
The 9-8 win sees Carrick regain their position at the top of the league table on 27 points, and with only one more fixture to play. Carrick will travel to Dangan in two weeks' time to take on NUIG in the final match before the play-offs.