Carnew stay in hunt for another trophy
GAELIC GAMES DUNNE CUP SEMI-FINAL
Carnew 0-12, Shillelagh 14: No stopping that dual club from the Wexford border this year!
All conquering Carnew are hunting down another trophy to add to their collection for 2008. At Tinahely on Sunday they beat neighbours Shillelagh in the semi-final of the Dunne Cup – the trophy for the top four play-off in Division 1 of the SFL.
Shillelagh blew whatever chance they had of beating the Intermediate champions when they kicked eight wides while playing with the wind in the first-half.
That squander-mania against a team as well drilled as Carnew was never going to go unpunished.
David Cullen and Gary Murphy did get Shillelagh off to a good start with early points.
Joe Murphy pointed a free for Carnew in the tenth minute and Eoin Coleman levelled the scores a minute later with a shot that just as easily could have found the net.
Murphy and Cullen exchanged points in this low scoring first-half before Stephen Byrne had a point to put Shillelagh in front – 0-4 to 0-3 – at half-time.
That slender lead did not last long. Nicky Skelton levelled the game and Timmy Collins put Carnew in front within minutes of the restart. The boys in the blue and gold were in front to stay.
Robert Doyle’s charges continued to dominate and build on their lead; Joe Murphy pointed three frees in a row, Eoin Coleman added another from play and when Murphy steered over another free the Wexford border side were ahead by seven points – 0-11 to 0-4.
An off-key Shillelagh were making no progress and were wasting whatever bit of possession they got. The question being asked at that stage was ‘were the goalscoring kings of Wicklow football about to be held goal-less?
The Carnew defence, anchored by Vinny Flaherty and Gary Doran and with the Collins brothers cleaning up were leaving few openings.
Not too pleased with the lack of progress his forwards were making corner-back Francis Simpson moved up field, soloed through the defence to play in Stephen Byrne who boxed to the net.
It was too little, too late however but at least the Coollattin men had got their goal.
Veteran Don Hyland closed the scoring with a late point. and the dream of adding the Dunne Cup to their collection for ’08 was still on.
Carnew: Emmet O’Sullivan; Shane Doyle, Vinny Flherty, Willie Collins; Mark Collins, Gary Doran, Barry Bolger; Brian Osborne, Dermot Doran; Liam Kennedy, Don Hyland (0-1), Nick Skelton ( 0-2); Timmy Collins (0-1), Eoin Coleman (0-2), Joe Murphy (0-6). Subs - TJ Hennessy for Bolger; Michael Collins for Skelton.
Shillelagh: Dermot Nolan; Declan Nolan, Patrick Hennessy, Francis Simpson; Barry Nolan, Noel Murphy, Michael Slye; Ciarán Byrne, Gary Murphy (0-1); Stephen Byrne (1-1), Keith Byrne, Anthony Cullen; Darren Kavanagh, David Cullen (02), Richard Doyle. Subs. - Paddy O’Brien for A Cullen; Anthony Grey for Dermot Nolan.
Referee: Eugene O’Brien (Aughrim).
■ The other semi-final of the Dunne Cup between the holders Kiltegan and Newtown was fixed for Roundwood on Saturday night. Both teams were on the pitch but the referee was late arriving. Newtown left after paying the ref and handing him their team list, leaving the referee Phillip Bracken of Laragh with no option but to go through the motions of awarding a walkover to Kiltegan.
However, the match has now been re-fixed for next Sunday.
Shillelagh's Barry Murphy shakes off the challenge of Carnew's Brian Osborne.
Carnew’s Mark Collins and Shillelagh’s Stephen Byrne compete for possession.