Carnew have too much for St. Pat’s

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CARNEW EM­METS ST PA­TRICK’S 1-12 0-08

ST. PAT’S faced Carnew in the In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing championship on Sun­day with the aim of se­cur­ing the clubs sec­ond vic­tory of the week­end af­ter their Se­nior side emerged vic­to­ri­ous over Kil­te­gan the prior evening.

From the off­set in both games, it was no­tice­able how skilled the St. Pat’s play­ers were on the ball in close quar­ters, with some su­per close range pass­ing and touches on show.

In­deed, a quick hand­pass back­wards into space set up Michael O’Brien for the open­ing score of the game af­ter James ‘Bon­ner’ O’Brien made a rous­ing run for­ward deep into Carnew ter­ri­tory.

Billy Rickerby quickly re­sponded for Carnew with a sweet score of his own. This point was very nearly fol­lowed with a goal when Martin Mol­loy got on the end of a pin­point pass for­ward from Nick Skel­ton.

Mol­loy turned his man smartly and ran 30 yards with the slio­tar on his hurl be­fore go­ing for goal, only to see his ef­fort thwarted by St. Pats goal­keeper Michael O’Brien.

Carnew did seize their op­por­tu­nity to move into the lead mo­ments later when Justin House show­cased his skills in the air with a won­der­ful catch off a St. Pat’s puck out be­fore find­ing Drew Brennan who split the posts with a well-taken ef­fort.

Carnew were be­gin­ning to take con­trol of pro­ceed­ings, with their back­line keep­ing things tight and get­ting out in front when re­quired.

There was some valiant de­fend­ing on the Pat’s side too, with De­nis O’Brien and Dale Quinn com­bin­ing for one par­tic­u­larly ex­hil­a­rat­ing block on their own 13-me­tre line.

How­ever, it was a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion in the St. Pa’ts full-back line which lead to the cru­cial score of the game. A low ball for­ward out wide on the right wing was col­lected by Martin Mol­loy. Mol­loy cut in be­fore drilling a low ball in across the face of goal which was met by the hurl of a St. Pat’s de­fender.

How­ever, rather than clear the dan­ger the slio­tar was sent up into the air at the back post where Cor­mac Doyle was lurk­ing. The cor­ner-for­ward got his hurl up over his head and bat­ted the slio­tar into the net to give his side a com­mand­ing lead.

The next score af­ter a goal is al­ways cru­cial and it was Carnew who added to their tally, Billy Rick- erby lay­ing on for Martin Mol­loy to ex­tend his sides lead.

St. Pat’s did pull a point back from a free just be­fore the break to leave them­selves trail­ing 1-07 to 0-03 head­ing into the sec­ond pe­riod.

The rain be­gan to pour just as the slio­tar was thrown in and so too be­gan St. Pat’s ef­forts to claw their way back into the game. The open­ing score of the half went to full-for­ward James O’Brien af­ter he got on the end of a long pass for­ward from John O’Brien.

The full-for­ward would go on to get his sides next two points from frees but from early on in the sec­ond half it looked as though only a goal would give the Wick­low side a real shot at haul­ing them­selves back into real con­tention.

Drew Brennan came to the fore for Carnew in the sec­ond half, wield­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence around the mid­dle third to cre­ate sev­eral scores for his team-mates.

Carnew al­ways did just enough to keep their op­po­si­tion at arms length, and their backs never re­ally looked like al­low­ing the St. Pat’s full-for­ward line the space to sneak in for a goal of their own. There were some fine per­for­mances through­out the field from both sides. John O’Brien was a solid pres­ence in mid­field for St. Pat’s through­out, and sent some fine balls in to his for­wards when he had the op­por­tu­nity.

His op­po­nent in mid­field, Sean Kin­sella, was also on fine form. On mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, Kin­sella showed com­po­sure and vi­sion to get out of po­ten­tially tricky sit­u­a­tions with his sleight of hand and clever use of the ball which al­lowed his side to main­tain con­trol of pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half and keep their op­po­si­tion at bay.

Scor­ers – St Pa­trick’s: Michael O’Brien 0-02, John O’Brien 0-01 (1f), James O’Brien 0-03 (2f), James O’Brien 0-01, To­mas Ke­hoe 0-01.

Carnew Em­mets: Cor­mac Doyle 1-00, Wil­liam Rickerby 0-02, Drew Brennan 0-02 (0-01f), Paul Nolan 0-01, Martin Mol­loy 0-03, Joseph Hughes 0-01, Sean Kin­sella 0-02, Ian Clancy 0-01.

St. Pa­trick’s: Michael O’Brien; John O’Brien, De­nis O’Brien, An­drew Con­way; John O’Neill, Dale Quinn, To­mas Ke­hoe; Ge­orge O’Brien, John O’Brien; John O’Brien, James O’Brien, Anto Mur­phy; Michael O’Brien, James O’Brien, Myles O’Brien.

Carnew Em­mets: Ed­ward Kennedy; Mark Collins, James Joyce, Adrian My­ers; Nick Skel­ton, Liam Kennedy, Ian Clancy; Sean Kin­sella, Justin House; Wil­liam Rickerby, Drew Brennan, Paul Nolan; Cor­mac Doyle, Joseph Hughes, Martin Mol­loy. Subs: Thomas Collins.

Ref­eree: Ciaran Flem­ing

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