Donard drive

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DONARD-THE GLEN did enough to see off a Carnew out­fit shorn of the tal­ents of Bren­dan McCrea and Padraig Do­ran on a greasy pitch in Balt­in­glass in the D’Arcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship last Sun­day evening.

Donard-The Glen were full value for their win with Alan Daly, Conor Healy and Brian Len­non lead­ing the charge over the course of the hour while the west side’s de­fence helped keep a lim­ited Carnew at­tack to feed­ing on scraps.

There were rum­blings of dis­con­tent from a sec­tion of the Carnew sup­port re­gard­ing the fix­ing of the game in Balt­in­glass and the per­for­mance of the ref­eree Gar­reth Whe­lan and while there might have been a very good case for a black card for a Donard player and a hand­ful of frees over the course of the game, the Wex­ford bor­der men will have to look closer to home for the ul­ti­mate cause of this de­feat.

Keep­ing Alan Daly un­der wraps was al­ways go­ing to be a ma­jor am­bi­tion of Carnew’s for the evening and Adrian My­ers put in a se­ri­ous shift in that re­gard, but Daly only needs an inch and his four-point haul was con­sid­er­able in the con­text of the game and the con­di­tions but My­ers’ ef­forts are the rea­son that per­sonal tally is not much higher.

Carnew’s start was promis­ing. Seanie Kin­sella got on some early ball and looked to spray but both of his early at­tempts came to noth­ing other than Donard clear­ances.

Daly’s po­ten­tial was re­vealed when he eas­ily stepped back out­side My­ers to swing over a beau­ti­ful score to get the show un­der­way.

Show­ing well early on for Carnew was Conal McCrea but his early ef­fort was eas­ily gath­ered by Mark Moore in the Donard-the Glen goal and Seanie Kin­sella’s at­tempted ball into the full-for­ward line was dealt with com­pe­tently by the Donard de­fence and the ball was moved for­ward and Alan Daly won a free for the gen­tlest of touches off Adrian My­ers. A quick free over the top from Daly found the un­marked John Han­bidge and the mid­fielder stroked the ball over the bar.

Good work from the tal­ented Cil­lian Gil­li­gan along the end line pro­vided Conal McCrea with a goal chance but his ef­fort was blocked out for a 45 which was struck wide by Enda Dono­hue.

Carnew’s at­tacks were some­what laboured, tired even, whereas Donard-The Glen had a pep in their step and nowhere was that pep more ev­i­dent that in the bright or­ange boots of Alan Daly who

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