Connaught Semi Final For Cecil Ewing Team !!!!
Report By Club Captain Sean Bohan
Saturday the 26th Carrick GC took on Co Sligo GC in the zone final of the Cecil Ewing Shield. carrick have an excellent record in this competition having been provincial champions just 2 seasons ago. The team that lined out still contained one or two of the old heads and many new players to the Inter Club game
Fiachra Neary and Denis Flynn
Declan Loftus and Colm Griffin
Pat Conlisk and Gerry McDermott
Oliver Curran and Stephen Sheeran
Ken Moran and Kieran Oates
Away for home the game was tight early on, very little in either match with Ken and Kieran just one down through the first few holes while Oliver and Stephen got to the 10th all square.
Carrick got off to a flyer at home , winning the first hole in all 3 matches. Declan and Colm stretched the lead through 7 holes and were beginning to look comfortable. Denis and Fiachra were in a much tighter battle and were battling to build up a lead but he sligo men were holding on, while in the third game Pat and Gerry were starting to build up momentum and get ahead. the changing point in the game arrived past the turn in Rosses Point – Oliver and Stephen won 10 and 11 to go 2 up and just when it looked like they would lose 12 to go back to 1up, Stephen holed from off the green to win the hole and take control of the match. Kieran and Ken lost out down the stretch but when Oliver found the green on the difficult par 3 16th, Carrick had secured a vital away win. It was beginning to look very good for Carrick, but despite being 2 up through 13 Denis and Fiachra were pegged back before eventually losing out on 17, thanks to a wonderful tee shot, the sligo pair showing their considerable experience ( 150 years plus – who said sport is for young people? ) However the last 2 matches went to plan, Declan and Colm winning on 15 with Pat and Gerry Sealing the tie on 16.So Carrick GC reach a second provincial semi final in 2 days, John Mc Carthy and his team now play Swinford for a place in the final. Well done to all involved.