In a game that Cahir could have been out of sight after 15 minutes, they ended up with their backs to the wall with 5 minutes to go and relying on some brilliant saves from keeper Lauren Fitzpatrick to win on a scoreline of Cahir 4.08 Carrick 2.09.
In the opening 30seconds Aisling Moloney was through for a goal but a good save from Caitlin Power sent the ball out for a 45. A minute later a Moloney pass to Roisin Howard opened the scoring with a Cahir point. Carrick replied with a pointed free before Rachel Moloney took advantage of a misplaced pass to put Cahir back in front after 3 minutes. A Howard pass to Aisling Moloney point and a pointed free from Carricks Aoife Murray preceded another Howard - Moloney pass for a goal. A minute later Aisling Moloney kicked from long distance to Howard who put Caoimhe Condon through for goal. Aisling Moloney had goal chance when slipped on the edge of the square and another chance from Aoife Corcoran could have put the game out of sight. Cahir then lost their way a bit and it was the 21st minute before a succession of passes between Moloney and Howard laid Rachel Moloney on for Cahirs 3rd goal. There were chances swapped by both teams in the latter end of the half to leave the score Cahir 3.04 Carrick 0.05 at HT.
Form the restart Aoife Corcoran gathered the throw and passed to Aisling Moloney who passed to perfection to Howard who goaled to put Cahir 11 points ahead.
Carrick came more into the game and the speed of Kellyann Doyle at midfield was a major factor in the recovery. Carrick had a goal in the 5th minute and a penalty in the 20 minute helped their cause. There were many referees who would have given a free out for leading with the shoulder but a goal resulted from the placed ball.
Carrick had chances after this but some top class saves from the Cahir keeper including one Tipped over the bar in the 30th minute helped her win the player of the match award.
Overall it was a top class game and very entertaining. Both teams had some very talented players on view and while it's mostly the forwards get the praise there were some solid displays in defence and for Carrick, Doyle at midfield along with Aine Power and Aoife Murray were always a threat. It was a pity that fellow students didn't turnout in bigger numbers to support the effort of their colleagues as Cahir now march on to meet the winners of Leinster in the semi finals to be played before March 7th.