All-Ireland club JHC semi-final: 'Blayney hang on

January 21, 2019

Castleblayney players celebrate their Ulster club JHC success. ©INPHO/Declan Roughan.


Castleblayney HC 1-8

Carrick-on-Shannon 0-10

Castleblayney held out for the narrowest of victories against a resurgent Carrick on Shannon in this tough, no holds barred contest in TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Sunday afternoon last to book their place in the All Ireland final.

It was a result though that Castleblayney deserved as they had been the better team for the bulk of this contest and had they been a bit more clinical in their finishing, particularly in the first half, they would not have had to endure that nail biting finish when they came under increasing pressure as Carrick on Shannon threw everything into attack in an attempt to salvage the situation.

Castleblayney led at half time by 0-6 to 0-4 and went five up early in the second half thanks largely to a goal from a penalty by Hugh Byrne but they were clinging on at the death as Carrick gradually eroded their advantage.

Castleblayney: Paddy Collins, Colin Merrick, Jim McHugh, Eoin Leonard, Aaron Kenny, Peter Treanor 0-2, Cormac McNally, Brian Flanagan, Paddy Finnegan, Hugh Byrne 1-4 (1-0pen, 0-3f), Mark Treanor, Fintan Finnegan, Fergal Rafter 0-2, Brian McGuigan, Craig Callan. Subs: Bernard Connor for C Callan (50), Pauric Malone for F Finnegan (50), Nathan Adair for B Connor (62).

Carrick on Shannon: Declan Molloy, Tomas Glancy, Conor Beirne, Enda Moreton, Cian Mallon, James Glancy, Hughie Glancy, Vincent McDermott, Conal McGuire, Clement Cunniffe 0-8 (6f, 1'65), Cathal McCrann, Colm Moreton, Liam Moreton, Kevin McGrath, Stephen Goldrick 0-1. Subs: Gavin O'Brien for V McDermott (51), James McNadbola 0-1 for C Maguire (58).

Referee: Sean Stack Dublin.

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