Despite trailing to two Aaron Foskin penalties at the break, Carrick-on-Suir turned things around to edge out Waterford City 15-11 in the Martin O’Sullivan Cup semi-final at Tybroughney on Sunday last.
City, who reached the final of this competition last season, started much the brighter, with their pack getting the better of the home side during the opening 40 minutes.
On a remarkably hard surface given the recent dry spell, Carrick’s pack didn’t shy from the heavy stuff after the break and gradually turned the screw on City’s front five.
Their winning of the infield battle paved the way for a better feed to the backs, from which both Peadar Downey and David Kiersey profited with a try apiece. Michael Cronin converted one of the tries while James Wallace added three points via a penalty.
City, who had carried much of their end of season form into the new campaign, didn’t cave in and registered a try through Damien Kennedy.
But this was to be Carrick’s day and they progress now to a final against Mallow, who scored five tries during a fine 32-18 victory away to Abbeyfeale.
The final will be played on Sunday, October 25th with the venue for that game yet to be decided.
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