Carbery Find their Rhythm to Overcome Resilient Ballygarvan Test
Divisional side Carbery were pushed all the way by a young but resilient Ballygarvan outfit that stood up to the test, however came up short and succumbed to a slightly more experienced Carbery in the first round of the SE Systems Cork Camogie Senior Championship. With never more than four between the sides the game proved a lively contest despite the wet and misty conditions at Castle Road on Thursday last.
Cork Intermediate and Ballinascarthy’s Caroline Sugrue proved prominent notching up 10 of the sides 13 points and with captain Eimear White on form between the posts Ballygarvan were up against it. However, it was Ballygarvan who got off to a flying start notching up three unanswered points inside the opening five minutes via two Michaela Buckley efforts either side of a close range Rebecca Murphy point.
It was a slower start for Carbery but it was sharp shooter Sugure who kick started their scoring on 10 when she slotted over two placed balls within four to cut the deficit to one before a Moira Barrett point had the sides level on the quarter mark.
With both sides falling foul of finding the target the sides remained deadlocked on three a piece until the 23rd minute when Murphy slotted over a free to push Ballygarvan one clear.
However, with Carbery beginning to show signs of getting a grip on the game Sarah Ahern was kept busy in the Ballygarvan goal first seeing a Sugrue shot go just wide of the target followed shortly after by pulling off a great save from Barrett.
Despite the Carbery attack pressing Ballygarvan remained resolute and it was Murphy who pushed the South East side two clear with a placed ball on 58 before a Sugrue free had Carbery heading to the dressing room trailing 0-04 to Ballygarvan’s 0-05.
Within four minutes of the restart the lead had changed hands after Sugure slotted over a placed ball followed by a fine effort on the run. Murphy responded for Ballygarvan when she ran at the Carbery defence to fire over and tie up the sides on 0-06 a piece.
In the space of five minutes three unanswered Sugrue points gave Carbery the ascendancy, however, it was short lived when Ballygarvan responded with a brace via Isobelle O’Regan and Cliona O’Leary to cut the lead to the slimmest 15 from time.
Carbery rallied and Sugure led the charge by firing over before substitute Maria Keneally pointed from close range to put two between the sides Carbery 0-11, Ballygarvan 0-08 on 50.
On 51 Eimear White pulled off a great save, however, as no advantage accrued play was called back and Murphy slotted over the resultant 30 metre free before Kate Wall cancelled it out with a fine tight angled effort to restore a two point lead for the West Cork outfit.
Five minutes from time Sugrue was denied a goal by Ahern who saved out for a 45 metre free which Sugrue duly converted to give Carbery a four point lead for the first time in the game. It was short lived however as Maeve Moynihan cancelled it out instantaneously to see Ballygarvan trail by three with four remaining.
Ballygarvan rallied, however, a Murphy placed ball on time was their final say on the game and it was Carbery who took the spoils on a scoreline of Carbery 0-13, Ballygarvan 0-11.
Carbery: E. White Barryroe (c), M. Sexton Barryroe, D. Carroll Enniskeane, M. Coppinger St. Colums, M. Lynch Newcestown, A. Crowley Kilbrittain/Timoleague, A. O’Donovan Newcestown, C. Crowley Ballinascarthy, M. O’Donovan Newcestown, M. Barrett Ballinascarthy, E. Ryan Barryroe, K. Wall Kilbrittain/Timoleague, C. O’Sullivan Newcestown, S. O’Driscoll Enniskeane, C. Sugrue Ballinascarthy.
Subs: H. Keneally Newcestown for E. Ryan (HT).
Ballygarvan: S. Ahern, A. Keohane, E. Ryan, A. Moynihan, E. Bateman, S. Wynne, L. Kennefick, E. O’Regan, SJ Brady, I. O’Regan, R. Murphy (c), C. O’Sullivan, C. Keohane, M. Buckley, S. Elliffe.
Subs: C. O’Leary for C. Keohane (42), M. Moynihan for C. O’Sullivan (49).
Carbery: C. Sugrue 0-10 (0-04f, 0-0145), M. Barrett 0-01, K. Wall 0-01, M. Kenneally 0-01
Ballygarvan: R. Murphy 0-06 (0-04f), M. Buckley 0-02, I. O’Regan 0-01, C. O’Leary 0-01, M. Moynihan 0-01
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan, Éire Óg