Ferocious defence and the boot of Conor Glancy proved the difference at Castlecarra Road last Sunday as Carrick-on-Shannon succesfully negotiated the challenge of visitors Portumna in the first round of the Cawley Cup, 12-10.
Carrick can consider themselves lucky to have only trailed 5-3 at the break. An early Chris Jordan penalty got the home side of the mark but Portumna dominated as a whole. The visitors had two tries disallowed while being on the wrong end of a couple of borderline refereeing decisions, the one unconverted try being a poor return for their dominance.
The experience of Patrick McKeon & Conor Glancy was introduced after the break which improved matters for the home side. The balance began to swing in favour of the home pack while Glancy immediately got the backs dancing to a better tune. Three penalties from Glancy seemed to have settled matters but Portumna had other ideas.
The frustration of their earlier unrewarded dominance mainfested itself through a sustained attack in the last ten minutes. Brilliant defence held Portumna back but a yellow card for the home side took it’s toll and Portumna eventually squeezed over in the corner. However, to the sound of only birdsong, Portumna’s attempt to force extra time drifted wide and the days was Carrick’s.
Next up for the home side is a home semi final against Ballina next Sunday at 2pm and a chance to get a step closer to emulating our ladies by capturing silverware.
Team: Joe Mulvey, Colm McWeeney, Keith Crossan, Joe Kennedy, Emmet Argue, Denis McCaffery, Jason Roddy, Peter Beirne, Colin Donovan, Davitt O’Shannon, Chris Jordan, Noel McDermott, Michael Cox, Ollie Duignan, Liam Logan, Subs Used: Paddy McKeon, Derek Burns, Conor Glancy