Glenealy romp to victory against old rivals Carnew
Glenealy 0-15, Carnew 0-8: Glenealy romped to the Intermediate hurling championship title on Saturday as the challenge of old rivals Carnew faded in the second-half of this final at Arklow.
In the opening 30 minutes Carnew matched their opponents stroke for stroke and there was little or nothing between the sides at the break as Glenealy retired with a slender two-point advantage 0-8 to 0-6.
However, on the change over it became abundantly clear that the men from the Wexford border lacked the fitness and skills levels of Glenealy who were powered to victory by their eagle-eyed sharpshooter Keith Snell, the scorer of nine points of their total from play and frees.
In celebrating being crowned Intermediate hurling champions for 2009, there’s a down side to the victory as they are prevented from participating in the Leinster Club competition by a rule which says that Intermediate teams of Senior clubs are ineligible to participate.
Just after the off, Carnew’s goalie Philip Rosney had to deal with a tricky ball under the cross bar from opposing midfielder Rory O’Neill before centre forward John Kavanagh won a free at the other end, thus creating the opportunity for the opening point for Michael Collins from a free after three minutes.
Indeed the first-half was very much a battle between the sharpshooters and free takers with Carnew’s Collins on target for his team on four occasions, just one point less than recorded by Glenealy’s Keith Snell in the opening period.
Carnew had the better start, however, as Michael Wally Collins gave them an early two points lead.
Wing-forward Jack Kavanagh opened for Glenealy in the sixth minute with a fine point from the stand sideline and he repeated the feat two minutes later, his leveller the perfect finish to the good work of influential centre-back Alan Delaney and corner-forward Snell.
We witnessed some good, entertaining hurling from both teams in the first-half with Carnew finishing strongly in the last ten minutes after Glenealy had forged 0-6 to 0-2 ahead after 20 minutes with further scores from Snell and Jack Kavanagh.
Apart from the free-taking exploits of Collins and centre-forward John Kavanagh, Carnew lacked sufficient fire-power in attack but they defended well and made Glenealy work for their scores.
In the closing ten minutes of the half Collins and John Kavanagh shared four Carnew points between them, thereby reducing the margin between the teams to a miniscule two points, 0-8 to 0-2, at the midway stage.
After the restart Glenealy’s Billy Byrne went oh so close to bagging a goal, but saw his flick on Declan Conyard’s relieving clearance out of defence slide past Philip Rosney’s right hand post.
On 39 minutes, Keith Snell pointed a ‘65’ to stretch Glenealy’s lead to three. Two minutes later he raised the white flag again, this time from a closer free. But at the other end the inadequacies of the Carnew attack, allied to the shackling power of the Glenealy backs, was underpinned as the losers were restricted to just two more points in the second half.
At the end of the third quarter Anthony Driver finished off a good solo run with a point and Glenealy were now ahead 0-11 to 0-6. Keith Snell made it twelve points for the winners on 50 minutes as he converted another ‘65’.
Carnew did not have their first score of the second half until nine minutes from the end, again Michael Collins was the provider from a free, but with Joe and Anthony Driver responding immediately for Glenealy it never looked as if the men from the Wexford border were going to be able to reel in their opponent’s lead.
Behind 0-14 to 0-7 entering the closing moments, Michael Sullivan tried to blast a goal from a 20 metre free but the shot was blocked. He then lobbed a ‘65’ into the goalmouth, Niall Osborne attempted to kick the sliothar to the net from the edge of the square, but again the Glenealy defence stood firm.
The only reward for Carnew was a second point by Niall Osborne deep in injury-time - too little, too late to stop Glenealy from deservedly taking the Intermediate hurling title.
Scorers for Glenealy were: Keith Snell (0-9, seven frees and two 65s), Jack Kavanagh (0-3), Anthony Driver (0-2), Joe Driver (0-1).
Carnew scorers: Michael Collins (0-5, four frees), John Kavanagh (02), Niall Osborne (0-1).
- 2008 Herbst Intermediate Hurling Champions at Arklow on Saturday.
Joe Driver keeps his eyes on the ball.
Jason Molloy and Keith Snell battle for possession.