Edmondstown 4.5 - 0.5 Carrickmines.
Don't be fooled by the scoreline!
This was a far from an easy win with 3 matches going down the 18th and two pairings battling back from 4 down to go up the 19th, and beyond, in the case of Jody Gilhooly and John Lawlor (match 1), who eventually recorded a win on the 22nd as the pale moon was rising!
While Jody and John were strolling to 4 down after 7, Stephen O'Connell and Colm Fallon (match 2) asserted their superiority early on and cruised to victory on the 14th and a well deserved early shower awaited.
John Cousins (on his birthday!) and Tony O'Connor (match 5) also had the soap to themselves after winning with ease, again on the 14th.
The other 3 matches had all the elements of an unfolding Shakespearian tragedy with former star performers Tony (hole in 1) Deane and Nicky Obernik (match 3) were slumbering to 4 down after 7, thereby eliminating any chance of finishing equal or better than their previous carpark wins (13th in Castle and 11th in EGC). They seesawed between 4 down and 2 down over the next series of holes before miraculously emerging from the 18th green having secured a white knuckle draw to take their match up 19.
The aforementioned Jody/John marathon match, was watchable only by those possessing the intestinal fortitude of a Nile crocodile or those who could withstand the weird, nerve jangling sensations associated with witnessing every iffy chip and putt on those 4 extra holes!
John brought respite to their unwavering supporters (3 or 4 at least!) by striking the 4th hole flag stick, with a masterful 3rd shot from 150 yds (183 yds according to John!), that clipped the pole and dropped to a 4 foot almost gimmee-while their hapless Carrickmines opponent dunked his 3rd shot into the river. Game over, finally!
Meanwhile John Dunny and Bernard Maguire (match 4), 5/4 winners vs Lutrellstown a few short weeks ago, were struggling at 2 down after 12 but eventually found their second wind to overcome the adversity of their situation and ultimately record a 1 up win on 18 to seal victory for Team EGC and dash the hopes of the valiant Carrickmines veterans!
This was 'senior hurling" at its best and well done to all our players, but next time team, please have a little regard for the hypertension and cardio health of the manager and supporters!
Or as William Shakespeare famously said-All's Well That Ends Well!
We now look froward to the Dublin South semi-final vs Grange in EGC on Saturday May 26th at 11am.
Grange were our 2017 nemesis winning 3-2 last year in EGC.
We now have the opportunity to avenge that defeat and progress to the Dublin South Final.
Selection headaches abound!
Time will tell!
PS. A word of thanks to President Susan, Captain Billy and all our wonderful patrons for their great support yesterday.