Clinical Carnew in control
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.