Carnew set for ‘B’ fi­nal

New­town await in de­cider

Bray People - - SPORT - DAVE MUR­RAY at Pearse Park, Ark­low


Right from the start of this game Carnew were on the at­tack with Dean Grandy and Conal McCrea link­ing up well to se­cure the first scor­ing chance of the game but a badly placed ball ended up in the Kevin’s keeper Am­bie Mi­ley’s hands.

Clear­ing the ball to the wing, Mi­ley found Donal O’Hara free and his long ball into the for­wards re­sulted in a free kick for a foul on Matthew Kelly.

Liam Mi­ley sent the free kick high over the bar to open the scor­ing.

Brian Mi­ley added two more points and St Kevin’s were three ahead with almost 15 min­utes played.

Carnew did have plenty of pos­ses­sion but they con­tin­u­ally misplaced their shots and had a to­tal of 10 misplaced shots end­ing up in the keep­ers grate­ful arms through­out the half.

Carnew’s Robert Young fi­nally got their open­ing score when he pointed on the 16th minute.

The St Kevin’s back line of Wil­liam Ka­vanagh, Shane Browne and Breon Nu­gent worked tire­lessly to en­sure that the Carnew op­por­tu­ni­ties were kept to the min­i­mum.

Carnew looked in trou­ble and when they lost the in­flu­en­tial Enda Dono­hue through in­jury their task was all up­hill.

St Kevin’s heaped fur­ther mis­ery on them with John Tea­han Burke’s abil­ity to carry the ball to the for­ward line set­ting up a Robert Kelly point on the 23rd minute and then Liam Mi­ley in­creased the lead to four points.

This sig­naled the Carnew come­back. Points from Justin House and Cil­lian Gil­li­gan got them back into the game and they should have had fur­ther scores but for their bad decision mak­ing and rushed shoot­ing saw the half end on a score­line of St Kevin’s 0-05 to Carnew’s 0-03.

Carnew tore into the sec­ond half and looked to have left their waste­ful play firmly in the first. Two points from Cathal Doyle and another from Cil­lian Gil­li­gan sent them into the lead for the first time in the game.

Jack Doyle and Cieran Gaynor were prov­ing to be a con­stant thorn in the side for the St. Kevin’s lads while Sea­mus Mul­hall, Aaron Kin­sella and Niall O’Ke­effe mar­shaled the back line with as­sur­ance.

Carnew looked to add to their scores but a se­ries of wides blighted their progress.

St Kevin’s worked hard and re­took the lead with points from Daniel Coyne and Brian Mi­ley. Back came Carnew, Cathal Doyle equalised with a real beauty on 18 min­utes but again Carnew proved waste­ful in front of goal and a to­tal of 10 wides in the half told the story of their day.

John Tea­han Burke had an out­stand­ing day and his strong run in the 25th minute put St. Kevin’s in the lead again.

Carnew needed lead­er­ship and they found it in the form of Aaron Kin­sella and Jack Doyle who took con­trol of the the game driv­ing their team at the St. Kevin’s de­fense.

Conal McCrea lev­eled in the 27th minute and this was then fol­lowed by points from Justin House and Dean Grandy who sealed the vic­tory for Carnew.

New­town now await Carnew in the fi­nal and on this show­ing the men from the south will have to do a lot of work on their point tak­ing if they are to have any chance.

Carnew Em­mets: Eoin Byrne, Sea­mus Mul­hall, Aaron Kin­sella, Niall O’Ke­effe, Jack Doyle, Enda Dono­hue, Cieran Gaynor, Justin House (0-02), Dean Grandy (0-01), Cathal Doyle (0-03), Conal McCrea (0-01), De­clan Hen­nessy, Adam Doyle, Robert Young (0-01), Cil­lian Gil­li­gan (0-01). Sub used:Martin Murphy for Enda Dono­hue.

St Kevin’s: Am­bie Mi­ley, Wil­liam Ka­vanagh, Shane Browne, Breon Nu­gent, Adam Coyne, Donal O’Hara, Jack Mi­ley, Robert Kelly (0-01), John Tea­han Burke (001), Liam Mi­ley (0-02), Brian Mi­ley (0-03), Am­bie Mi­ley, Matthew Kelly, Jack Cullen, Daniel Coyne (0-01).

Carnew’s Justin House reaches the ball ahead of Robert Kelly dur­ing the Mi­nor ‘B’ foot­ball semi-fi­nal.

Carnew’s Martin Murphy evades the clutches of Robert Kelly.

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