Clin­i­cal Carnew in con­trol

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Carnew 4-8, St. Pa­trick’s 0-7: Carnew capped a great year for their In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ballers on home soil on Satur­day by adding the Se­nior league tro­phy to the cham­pi­onship crown won ear­lier this au­tumn.

An the trea­sure trove for the Wex­ford bor­der men in 2008 may not be com­pleted just yet ei­ther as they now go on to par­tic­i­pate in the top four com­pe­ti­tion along with New­town, Kil­te­gan and Shil­le­lagh.

Winning the Se­nior league ti­tle went down to the last match against beaten Se­nior cham­pi­onship fi­nal­ists St. Pa­trick’s and, while that fact added ex­tra edge to the match, the game it­self did not live up to that billing with Carnew al­ways very much in con­trol of pro­ceed­ings.

All credit to St. Pa­trick’s for field­ing in such cold weather when in ac­tual fact they were no longer in con­tention in the league, but with scarcely half their cham­pi­onship out­fit on duty they were just no match for Robert Doyle’s all-con­quer­ing squad.

The game was scarcely two min­utes old when full-for­ward Eoin Cole­man ri­fled home Carnew’s first goal, ap­ply­ing just the per­fect fin­ish to the ap­proach work of Thomas Kennedy and Brian Os­borne, and from that mo­ment on it never looked as if their dom­i­nance was go­ing to be se­ri­ously chal­lenged.

Ten min­utes elapsed be­fore St. Pa­trick’s opened their ac­count with a point from wing-for­ward Richard Mur­phy who was set up for a pop at the tar­get by an inch-per­fect ball floated into the mid­dle from the left wing by Chris Ka­vanagh.

Field­ing without so many regulars, St. Pa­trick’s re­ar­ranged their top play­ers to plug the vi­tal po­si­tions with Paudge McWal­ter man­ning mid­field, reg­u­lar at­tacker Matty Byrne im­press­ing at cen­tre­back, Brian Cornyn shoring up the full-back berth.

With points by Joe Mur­phy (2), the sec­ond a mar­vel­lous ef­fort from a dif­fi­cult an­gle out wide on the left wing; and JJ My­ers, Carnew led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the end of the first quar­ter, the sec­ond St. Pa­trick’s point also com­ing from the boot of Richard Mur­phy af­ter one of the Wick­low’s lads bet­ter at­tack­ing moves which be­gan deep in their own de­fence.

Af­ter a ten minute bar­ren spell St. Pa­trick’s were to nar­row the gap fur­ther as Matthew Byrne con­verted a free into a point af­ter be­ing fouled him­self.

How­ever, a large part of the rea­son St. Pa­trick’s were that close to their op­po­nents (1-3 to 0-3) af­ter 26 min­utes could also be put down to the profli­gacy of Carnew, who shot an in­or­di­nate nine wides in the open­ing half com­pared with just one wide by St. Pa­trick’s.

Joe Mur­phy kicked won­der points from tight an­gles in this match and yet man­aged to blaze wide from frees in front of goal.

Eoin Cole­man cracked a shot off the goal­post and wide from the edge of the square when it looked as if he must score a sec­ond goal.

And there were other bad misses from other play­ers as well.

St. Pa­trick’s brought on Ro­nan Con­nolly for James Quinn in de­fence to steady their ship, but even so the seasiders were not able to pre­vent JJ My­ers from poach­ing a sec­ond goal for Carnew, who went on to lead by 2-4 to 0-3 at the break, Col­man tack­ing on the fi­nal point as the half ticket over into in­jury-time.

St. Pa­trick’s suf­fered a third ham­mer-blow eight min­utes into the new half. Brian Os­borne, who has joined Mick O’Dwyer’s county squad, floated a great ball into Cole­man, who was brought down in the box. Cole­man then coolly slot­ted the penalty into the net for his sec­ond goal and Carnew’s third.

Joe Quinn, Andy Jame­son and Thomas Kelly re­sponded with St. Pa­trick’s points, which they wrapped around a Joe Mur­phy score for the win­ners, but they never suc­ceeded in clos­ing the gap closer than eight points at any stage.

Af­ter be­ing in hard luck with a sim­i­lar at­tempt at a goal, Carnew’s mid­fielder Thomas Kennedy saw his sec­ond flicked ef­fort from a Joe Mur­phy de­liv­ery hit the tar­get and the back of the St. Pa­trick’s net to em­bel­lish their clear cut victory, but long be­fore that Mick Ha­gan, county vice-chair­man, was dec­o­rat­ing the league cup in Carnew rib­bons to present their cap­tain and full-back Vinny Fla­herty.

The win was his­toric as it marked Carnew’s first ti­tle win in Se­nior foot­ball in a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Scor­ers for Carnew were: Eoin Cole­man (1-1), JJ My­ers (1-1), Joe Mur­phy (0-2)

St. Pa­trick’s scor­ers: Richard Mur­phy (0-2), Matthew Byrne (0-1).

The vic­to­ri­ous Carnew Em­mets team, af­ter they clinched the league crown by beat­ing St. Pa­trick’s on Satur­day.

Action from the match be­tween Carnew and St. Pat’s.

Mick Ha­gan presents the cup to Carnew cap­tain Vin­cent Fla­herty.

Eoin Cole­man of Carnew Em­mets scores from the penalty spot.

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