Super-sub Taylor the hero as Ashford sink Carnew
Ashford 2-5, Carnew 1-5: Super-sub Jay Taylor was the hero for Ashford as they carved out something of a surprise victory over Carnew in their Junior B football championship game at Arklow last week, writes Mark Kennedy.
JBFC However, Carnew, who were strongly tipped to succeed in most quarters, have only themselves to blame for the countless chances to win that they squandered over the course of the match.
Indeed the men from the Wexford border had something of a nightmare first-half during which they failed to score despite having ninety percent of the play and shooting eight wides.
In contrast Ashford attacked on four occasions during the opening 30 minutes and yet harvested three points and one wide from that meagre supply of ball to lead by 0-3 to nil at the break.
Whatever was said at the interval, it lit at least a brief fire under Carnew who restarted as if they were going to blow their opponents out of the water, scoring three points by full-forward Jody Byrne, Brian Doran and Michael Collins (free) in a four minute spell to draw level.
Unfortunately the pace of Carnew’s game dropped again after that, though Michael Collins gave them the lead before the end of the third quarter with another point from a free.
Minutes later Brian Doran stretched that lead with a point and it looked at that stage as if Carnew were going to prevail. Ashford had brought on Jay Taylor for Dean Rooney moments earlier and he made a big impact for the black and amber lads.
Taylor set the ball rolling immediate- ly with a fine point following a great run and all the drama and excitement was packed into the closing ten minutes.
On 52 minutes Dean Mooney blasted to the corner of the net after a good move involving John Jenkinson and Gary Anderson, who tacked on a point immediately afterwards, and Ashford were back in the lead 1-5 to 0-5.
Carnew won a ‘45 and the ball was pumped in from Brian Doran and William Osborne; Jack Kearney pounced and punched to the net. Approaching full time and the sides were level at 1-5 each.
There were a couple of more twists left in this story. Jay Taylor cut on from the far end line and squeezed his shot to the net at the far post. Ashford leading 2-5 to 1-5.
Carnew mounted one last assault and won a 20 metre free. Matthew O’Connor tried to blast a goal through a packed goal-line, but it was not successful.
Scorers for Ashford: Jay Taylor (1-1), Dean Mooney (1-0), Graham Mooney (0-2 frees), Adrian Marah (0-1 free), Gary Anderson (0-1).
Carnew scorers: Jack Kearney (1-0), Michael Collins (0-2), Brian Doran (0-2), Jody Byrne (0-1).
Ashford: Willie Phillips, Danny Turner, Jay O’Brien, Martin Doyle, James Clarkson, Billy Clarkson, Graham Mooney, John Jenkinson, Adrian Marah, Paddy Shannon, Dean Mooney, Rory O’Connor, Gary Anderson, Darragh Rooney. Subs. - Jay Taylor for D. Rooney, John Jenkinson for R. O’Connor
Carnew: Ronan Doyle, Paul Nolan, Jason Molloy, Trevor Gilligan, Wayne Brennan, TJ Hennessy, Keith Osborne, Barry Bolger, Jack Kearney, Brian Doran, Matthew O’Connor, William Osborne, Michael Collins, Jody Byrne, Pat Doyle. Subs. - Michael Osborne for W. Brennan, Darragh Doyle for M. Osborne, Thomas Kinsella for P Doyle.
Referee: Pat Kelleher (Arklow).