By Derek Kiely
YOUGHAL made a very positive upgrade to'A' football championship last Saturday afternoon in Killeagh, wherethey beat Carrigtwohill to secure a quarter final berth in the'Michael O'Connell Motor Factors' sponsored East Cork junior 'A'football championship.
This was a tough test for the Youghalside throughout and it wasn't ever really decided until the refereeJohn Buckley blew the final whistle.
Youghal started brightly with a pointedscore from play in the first minute from Jonathan Ormonde, but aseries of bad wide's from the seasider's meant it took a further nineminutes before another score was registered, this time it wasYoughal's excellent Adrian Curtin who raised the white flag and fromthe resulting kick out seconds later the umpire was called upon againas Curtin struck another beautiful point from play.
Youghal went four clear on the 18thminute when Ritchie Cunningham kicked over a point from 30 meters outand Youghal were cruising, but the response from Carrigtwohill camefrom the boot of Seanie Farrell seconds later when the 'Carriglegend' pointed from distance off the right boot to signal the firstpoint of intent from the Carrig men.
Curtin did add a further point fromplay for Youghal before the break, but Farrell had the last saybefore the short whistle to leave three between the sides at theshort whistle.
Youghal started the second half with agoal from Ritchie Cunningham, tapping it past Kieran Baverstock aftera pin point perfect pass from Alan Fox, but Carrigtwohill never giveup and after two points from play off Farrell and Brendan Horgan,Farrell was in again with a goal on the 43rd minute.
Both sides exchanged scores with pointsfrom Barry Goggin for Youghal and from Horgan for Carrig, but whenCunningham pointed deep into added time the match was decided and Youghal progress into the last eight.
Scorers for:Youghal: R Cunningham 1-4,A Curtin 0-4, B Goggin 0-2, J Ormonde 0-1.
Carrigtwohill: S Farrell 1-3, B Horgan0-2.
YOUGHAL: S O'Sullivan; V Murray, AFoley, S Twomey (Cpt); P O'Driscoll, A Kenny, A Sheehan; B Goggin, AFrahill-O'Connor; A Fox, C Spillane, A Curtin; R Cunningham, JOrmond, D Savage.
Subs: Anthony Frahill O'Connor for ACurtin (HT) C O'Mahony for J Ormonde (44) A Curtin for D Savage (49)
CARRIGTWOHILL: K Baverstock; DO'Donovan, A Garde, S Sheehan; D O'Connor, P O'Sullivan, J Horgan; RBarret, K MacCarthy; T O'Connor, N O'Connor, D Sugrue; C Cremmin, SO'Farrell, B Horgan.
C MacCarthy for C Cremin (21) D Mahonyfor T O'Connor (40) J Leahy for D Sugrue (53)
Referee: John Buckley (Glanmire)