Carrick claim final spot after another extra-time thriller

They say that all good teams need a bit of good luck on their way to victory and Carrick-on-Shannon CS certainly used their quota of good fortune to overcome the challenge of St Louis CS Kiltimagh in Ballinalough on Thursday last as they qualified for the Connacht Colleges B Championship Final.

They say that all good teams need a bit of good luck on their way to victory and Carrick-on-Shannon CS certainly used their quota of good fortune to overcome the challenge of St Louis CS Kiltimagh in Ballinalough on Thursday last as they qualified for the Connacht Colleges B Championship Final.

Carrick-on-Shannon CS 3-10

St Louis CS Kiltimagh 0-17

They say that all good teams need a bit of good luck on their way to victory and Carrick-on-Shannon CS certainly used their quota of good fortune to overcome the challenge of St Louis Kiltimagh in Ballinalough on Thursday last as they qualified for the Connacht Colleges B Final.

On a sunny spring day the Mayo school appeared to be on course for victory until Liam Conlon’s goal in the final minute of the game ensured the sides were forced to play and additional 20 minutes of extra-time.

Having used their get out of jail card, Carrick CS looked very strong in the opening period of extra-time, establishing a lead five point lead that appeared to leave them on course for victory. However, Kiltimagh were refusing to throw in the towel and inspired by Brendan Harrisson and Conor Berine they brought the game to Carrick in the second period of extra-time. However, the Carrick defence, despite being under plenty of pressure ensured their goal remained intact as they held on for a two point win.

It was hard not to feel sorry for the Kiltimagh players when the full-time whistle sounded but credit must go to the Carrick players for the manner in which they stayed in a game that more than once seemed to be running away from them.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.

Carrick-on-Shannon CS will face Roscommon CBS in the Connacht B Championship final this Saturday at 12.30pm in Elphin.