Su­per-sub Tay­lor the hero as Ash­ford sink Carnew

Bray People - - Sport -

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).

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