Cecil Ewing Success for Carrick
Twenty one years since Carrick lifted the Cecil Ewing trophy for the first time, the feat was repeated again last Saturday in Roscommon in identical circumstances when Shane Kelly & Sean Gilmartin emulated Martin Daly & Mickey Durkin in 1991 and won it for the second time on the 2nd extra hole, all though Daly & Durkin only needed one.
Carrick went into the second leg 3-2 up from their home leg needing to repeat the feat to secure the title, but the score line was reversed and the home team tied up the match at 5-5 to require extra holes. Its the Captain’s pick who play’s sudden death, for Carrick it was only going to be one pair, Shane Kelly & Sean Gilmartin who had won their matches in both legs, for Roscommon Seamus Fallon & Oliver Dempsey were given the task of securing Roscommon’s second Cecil Ewing having first won it in 2004. The first play off hole was halved in 5, both had good drives, Carrick’s approach ended in the bunker, Roscommon into the water, advantage Carrick or so it seemed, Roscommon took their penalty & proceeded to get up & down for 5. Next hole the advantage swung to the home side or so it seemed again with two good drives Roscommon were in pole position, approach to the green came up short of the bunker, the adage NIBY (not in bunker yet) came to mind, the chip to the green ended up in the bunker , they failed to get up & down and Carrick won the hole and title with a 5, the winning putt from Golfer Of the Year elect Shane Kelly.
So a fantastic achievement for the team and their rookie Captain John Coffey and all the team and reserves, first up on Saturday last Tom Daly & Denis Flynn they lost 2/1 to Seamus Mulhern & Kevin Rogers, Collie Griffin & Declan Loftus lost to Eddie Keane & Eamonn Smyth 4/3, Donal Hanly & Gerry McDermott were beaten by Seamus Fallon & Oliver Dempsey 2/1.That left the match at 5-3 to Roscommon, Sean Gilmartin & Shane Kelly were always in control against John Cunningham & Tom Og O’Brien and won 4/3 and the bottom match of Eamonn McGirl & Joe Bruen extracted revenge from the previous week on Liam O’Neill & Pat O’Brien winning 3/2. Reserves on the day Bearach Doherty & Ollie Curran, Paddy Duffy played in previous rounds.