Carnew crowned league cham­pi­ons

GAELIC GAMES SE­NIOR HURL­ING CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Carnew 4-16, Ark­low Rock Parnells 1-11: Carnew’s Se­nior hurlers were crowned league cham­pi­ons at the week­end af­ter com­plet­ing an un­beaten run though the group sec­tion of the cham­pi­onship.

This com­pre­hen­sive 14-points victory over Ark­low Rock Parnells on Satur­day also had an­other plus side for Carnew as it pro­vided them with an un­con­tested pas­sage to the cham­pi­onship fi­nal where they await ei­ther de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Glenealy or Kil­te­gan who have to play-off in a semi-fi­nal.

De­spite de­feat, it has been a good year for ARP in their first year back in Se­nior ranks and while the seasiders bat­tled gamely to the very end they still have some dis­tance to go to be­come the equals of Carnew once more.

Wing-back Der­mot Do­ran set the Carnew band­wagon rolling with their open­ing point in the sec­ond minute and, de­spite the best ef­forts of a bat­tling Ark­low side, the win­ners went on to lead from pil­lar to post, with an­other tour-de­force per­for­mance from skil­ful Don Hy­land, their top scor­ers with 1-7.

The game also marked the re­turn af­ter in­jury of Seánie Kin­sella at full­for­ward and Gra­ham Keogh in his reg­u­lar full­back po­si­tion and both play­ers did noth­ing to dam­age their con­sid­er­able hurl­ing rep­u­ta­tions.

Kin­sella was in the thick of the action all the way through and he also con­trib­uted two points to their to­tal.

Af­ter Hy­land had stretched Carnew’s lead to two points, ev­er­green Ark­low hurler Danny Cur­ran replied for the seasiders, in­di­cat­ing that they were not just on the field to make up the num­bers.

County keeper Keith Barnes un­der­lined Ark­low’s de­fi­ance with a fine save from Gary Do­ran’s sting­ing shot, cen­tre-back Trevor Mel­lon fired over a de­light­ful long-range point from a free and im­pres­sive mid­fielder John Harper landed the first of his five mar­vel­lous points, also from a free.

The re­sult was that Ark­low only trailed by 05 to 0-8 af­ter 24 min­utes while it was thanks to a Timmy Collins goal three min­utes from half time that Carnew en­joyed a six points lead, 1-10 to 07, at the break.

Start­ing the sec­ond­half, Ark­low’s wing-back Tony Kin­sella took off on an­other of his dash­ing solo runs through the heart of the Carnew de­fence, won the free and a point for Danny Cur­ran from the placed ball.

Carnew’s boss Robert Doyle started ring­ing the changes, brin­ing on Thomas Wafer for Thomas Kennedy and Mark Collins in place of Barry Bol­ger at cor­ner­back.

Timmy Collins landed his first point for Carnew on 37 min­utes but from the puck out they were rocked back on their heels as Martin Reilly found the net from a great cross-field de­liv­ery from Trevor Mel­lon and the game was still in the melt­ing pot at that stage, with ARP just three points adrift 1-8 to 1-11.

How­ever, when the chips were re­ally down, Carnew showed their su­pe­rior class and strength and killer goals by Timmy Collins and Don Hy­land at strate­gic times and by Brian Os­borne be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle en­sured a comfortable win for the new league cham­pi­ons in the end.

Scor­ers for Carnew were: Don Hy­land (1-7), Timmy Collins ( 2- 2), Brian Os­borne ( 1- 1), Seanie Kin­sella ( 0- 2), Der­mot Do­ran, Thomas Kennedy, Thomas Wafer and Joe Mur­phy ( 0- 1 each).

Ark­low Rock Parnells scor­ers: John Harper (0-6), Danny Cur- ran (0-2), Martin Reilly ( 1- 0), Trevor Mel­lon, Derek Hef­fer­nan and Tony Kin­sella (0-1 each).

Carnew Em­mets cap­tain Don Hy­land re­ceives the Ka­vanagh Cup from Wick­low County Board Vice-Chair­man Mick Ha­gan.

Gary Do­ran surges for­ward.

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