The Fat Lady’s throat may be cleared, but she ain’t singing yet! Carrick-on-Suir’s promotion hopes remain alive thanks to a 22-0 victory over Douglas at Tybroughney on Sunday last, a win which included an all-important bonus point, only their second ‘BP’ of the campaign.
With two games in hand on 3B pacesetters Charleville and Mallow, Carrick can still mathematically make it into a promotion play-off position, with Sunday’s win certain to provide some impetus to their training this week.
With 10 games now played, Carrick have 30 points, 14 behind Mallow and 15 behind Charleville. Two wins in their games in hand would see Carrick narrow the margin to just six points in terms of second place, while further bonus points would greatly assist their attempted late season surge.
Intriguingly, Carrick have yet to travel to Charleville and have a home fixture against Fermoy to look forward to, while a trip to Kilbarry and a home clash with Dungarvan also await.
Win first, then think about bonus points is a point of view uttered in practically every dressing room in the land, and Carrick’s team talk was no different last Sunday.
wered over for the first try, with Mick Carroll, a real force of nature on a rugby paddock, duly adding the second. Peadar Downey, such a star for Carrick during last season’s campaign, touched down for the third before David Kiersey added the crucial fourth try.
James Wallace added one conversion while Carrick’s hard working defence kept their opposition scoreless for the first time in league action this season.
Meanwhile, Waterford City worked their socks off against league leaders Charleville but returned from North Cork on the wrong side of an 11-0 scoreline.
Damian Leahy scored the game’s solitary try, adding to two first half penalties from Frankie Holly, while City’s best shifts were put in by the Powers Jason and Lennie, along with Dale Ryan, Gary Keane and Fintan Purcell
Mallow won 15-3 against third placed Fermoy to maintain their promotion push, which may be made a tad more interesting if Carrick can translate their games in hand into bonus point victories.