Unlucky 13 for Carrick as Manor end hurling reign

It certainly was a case of unlucky 13 for Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday in Pairc Naomh Mhuire as an injury time Gary Hickey goal saw Manorhamilton snatch a famous victory in the Leitrim Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final.

It certainly was a case of unlucky 13 for Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday in Pairc Naomh Mhuire as an injury time Gary Hickey goal saw Manorhamilton snatch a famous victory in the Leitrim Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final.

By John Connolly

Manorhamilton 2-10

Carrick-on-Shannon 1-11

The Carrick men were seeking their 13th County title on the trot and looked as if they would once again see off the north Leitrim men as they held a one point advantage over two minutes into added time, defending well against Manorhamilton.

But then came a late free, moved in due to dissent and Hickey again proved to be the killer of Carrick dream’s, replicating his football heroics of 2008 when his injury time goal also wrestled the football title from St. Mary’s in a semi-final.

If there is a difference in Hickey’s two strikes, it was that the football strike was a thunderbolt while last Saturday’s game winner was certainly not his best struck effort of the day, Hickey not making perfect contact with the sliothar but enough to see it bounce past dismayed Carrick defenders and into the net.

If the goal had an element of fortune about it, Manorhamilton’s victory did not as they were the better side over the hour and produced a strong display that a Carrick team, far from their best days, were never able to shake off.

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