Carnew crowned league champions
GAELIC GAMES SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
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.