Byrne wins it for Eire Og

Bray People - - SPORT -


THE meet­ing of Carnew Em­mets and Eire Og Grey­stone saw both clubs en­ter this con­test in search of a morale-boost­ing vic­tory with the Wex­ford-border side aim­ing to bounce back fol­low­ing two de­feats in a row, while Ea­monn Scallan’s side were aim­ing to record their first win in the cam­paign hav­ing lost by nar­row mar­gins to county cham­pi­ons Bray Em­mets and St Pa­trick’s.

The end re­sult saw Ea­monn Scallan’s side col­lect two vi­tal points and in do­ing so in­flicted a third de­feat in a row for the Wex­ford-border side, with a one-point win­ning mar­gin in what was a keenly-con­tested game that went right down to wire at Joule Park on Sun­day evening last.

The pre-match favourites Carnew Em­mets took the game to the chal­lengers from the start and were re­warded with a point from a free by Padraic Do­ran af­ter four min­utes.

This brought a quick re­sponse from the north Wick­low side which saw wing-for­ward Gavin Parslow score the first of his three points, which were all from play, to bring the sides level at a point each af­ter six min­utes.

At this stage Tom Darcy’s side upped the tempo which saw them score three unan­swered points, which must have pleased the team man­age­ment as three dif­fer­ent play­ers fea­tured on the score­board.

Wing-for­ward Jack Doyle set the ball rolling with the first point, while dual player Robert Lam­bert also got his name on the score­board and Cor­mac Doyle also added a point, which proved to be these play­ers only score for the en­tire game as the Eire Og de­fence bat­tened down the hatches on all three play­ers.

De­spite the early set­back the Grey­stones team set about re­duc­ing the deficit, which saw them record two wides in row be­fore Michael Walsh scored a point from play which in­spired his team mates to re­spond.

Fol­low­ing an­other at­tack James Cran­ley was fouled as he headed to­wards goal, which left top score Anto Byrne with an easy task as slot­ted over the first of his five points which saw the score line read­ing 0-4 to 0-3 at the end of the first quar­ter.

With play flow­ing from end to end which saw both sides record two wides, it was the win­ners who surged for­ward once more, which forced the Carnew de­fend­ers to foul, but on three dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions the win­ners failed to con­vert their dom­i­nance into scores with three wides in a row, two frees and a 65 which could have proved costly. A typ­i­cal Carnew rally saw Drew Bren­nan score a won­der­ful point from out on the side­line.

With both de­fences on top scores were hard to come by which saw six min­utes elapse without a score.

Gavin Parslow and vet­eran Don Hy­land ex­changed a point each from play and one last ef­fort be­fore the break saw James Cran­ley float a long ball to­wards the Carnew goal, which saw the ball re­bound of the up­right and the alert Michael Collins showed his abil­ity as a goal­keeper by win­ning pos­ses­sion and a free out.

Ref­eree Jimmy Kelly blew the half-time whis­tle with Carnew lead­ing 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Just as they did in the open­ing half, Padraic Do­ran opened the sec­ond half scor­ing with a point from a free.

A quick re­sponse from the win­ners saw them surge up the field but not for the first time in the game they were off tar­get.

Carnew replied and fol­low­ing and at­tack Padraic Do­ran pointed a free to give his team a 0-8 to 0-4 lead six min­utes into the sec­ond half.

The win­ners were de­nied a goal fol­low­ing a good move in­volv­ing sev­eral play­ers which forced Michael Collins to make an ex­cel­lent save.

Af­ter both sides recorded a wide each it was the win­ners who upped their game and showed no fear of their sea­soned op­po­nents as they took the game to the Wex­ford border men once again and were re­warded with a point each from James Cran­ley and Anto Byrne to re­duce the deficit which left Carnew hang­ing on to two-point lead 0-8 to 0-6.

Don Hy­land, who had moved out field, gath­ered the ball and gave a quick ball to Cor­mac Doyle who was fouled as he headed to­wards goals, which saw Hy­land con­vert the free to in­crease the lead 0-9 to 0-6, which left the game hang­ing in the bal­ance as both teams strived to be win­ners.

The Grey­stones men showed they were up for the oc­ca­sion as the hit a golden spell, with three points in row be­ing recorded.

Im­pres­sive Gavin Parslow scored h1s third point, Anto Byrne showed his abil­ity as a free-taker while wing-back Peter Keane brought the sides level with a long-range point from play to bring the sides level at 0-9 each with six min­utes left to play.

The win­ners kept plugging away which re­sulted in free be­ing awarded which Anto Byrne pointed to give his side the lead for the first time in the game, but the lead was short-lived as Carnew at­tacked, which re­sulted in Jack Doyle be­ing fouled which saw Padraic Do­ran con­vert with time al­most up and look­ing like a draw.

But the Grey­stones side had other ideas as they went in search for the win­ner which saw Anto Byrne con­vert a point from a free to edge his side a point ahead.

One last ef­fort saw a Padraic Do­ran shot fall short, which saw the Eire Og de­fence stand firm and they recorded a morale-boost­ing vic­tory.

It was a good all team per­for­mance which will give the win­ners a great lift go­ing for­ward, while Carnew will have to show a vast im­prove­ment if they are to become real cham­pi­onship con­tenders.

Scor­ers - Eire Og Grey­stones: Anto Byrne (0-5, four frees), Gavin Parslow (0-3), Michael Walsh (0-1), James Cran­ley (0-1), Peter Keane (0-1).

Carnew Em­mets: Padraic Do­ran (0-4, all frees), Don Hy­land (0-2, one free), Drew Bren­nan (0-1), Jack Doyle (0-1), Cor­mac Doyle (0-1), Robert Lam­bert (0-1).

pres­sure on Gle­nealy goal­keeper Keith Snell.

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