On for vic­tory

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slipped a neat pass to Kevin Kealy who lobbed over off his left for a 0-03 to 0-00 lead to Donard.

A John Ka­vanagh free and a bomb of a point from Seanie Kin­sella brought Carnew right back into the game and a con­verted free each from Daly and Ka­vanagh made it 0-04 to 0-03 to Donard after 17 min­utes.

Daly from play was an­swered by Dono­hue and Ka­vanagh from frees but the fi­nal word of the first half fell to Kevin Kealy and he popped over a nice point to send the west side in lead­ing 0-07 to 0-05.

Tom Darcy sprung Timmy Collins from the bench after the break and he had an im­me­di­ate im­pact with a point as Carnew upped the ante con­sid­er­ably.

There was drama early on in the sec­ond when Carnew goal­keeper Cor­mac Doyle fum­bled a ball from John Han­bidge and Brian Len­non was in like a light and he hit the deck with Gar­reth Whe­lan sig­nal­ing for a penalty. Doyle was shown a black card and Alan Daly fired the penalty wide with eight gone. Could Carnew use this miss as a ral­ly­ing force?

Conor Healy pointed a screamer off the out­side of the right boot not long after the penalty and the key pe­riod of the game fol­lowed with points from Bill Flynn and Harry Man­gan for Donard to open up a 0-10 to 0-06 lead.

Timmy Collins and Cil­lian Gil­li­gan re­duced the deficit but Man­gan and Daly made it 0-12 to 0-08 and that’s how it would stay as Donard-The Glen claimed a de­served vic­tory over­all against a Carnew team who didn’t cope with the con­di­tions as well as their west coun­ter­parts.

Both teams face tough clashes ahead.

Scor­ers – Donard-The Glen: Alan Daly 0-04 (1f), Kevin Kealy 0-02, Harry Man­gan 0-02 (2f), Conor Healy 0-01, Brian Len­non 0-01 (f), John Han­bidge 0-01, Bill Flynn 0-01.

Carnew Em­mets: John Ka­vanagh 0-03 (3f), Seanie Kin­sella 0-01, Enda Dono­hue 0-01 (f), Timmy Collins 0-02, Cil­lian Gil­li­gan 0-01.

Mark Moore; Kevin Os­borne, Alan Tutty, Conor Kelly; Eoin Kelly, Colin Os­borne, Bill Flynn; John Han­bidge, Brian Len­non; Sean Brana­gan, Kevin Kealy, Dar­ren O’Neill; Alan Daly, Conor Healy, Ray Hal­lo­ran. Subs: Harry Man­gan for D O’Neill (42min); 23 for 10 (48min), Niall Cur­ran for S Bran­ni­gan.

Cor­mac Doyle; Adrian My­ers, Paul Nolan, Niall Os­borne; Jack Doyle, Wil­lie Collins, Nick Skel­ton; An­drew Hughes, Justin House; Enda Dono­hue, Seanie Kin­sella, Drew Bren­nan; Cil­lian Gil­li­gan, John Ka­vanagh, Conal McCrea. Subs: Timmy Collins for D Bren­nan (H/T); Dara Kelly for C Doyle (38min, BC), Michael Rock for S Kin­sella, John Wal­she for N Os­borne, Liam Kennedy for E Dono­hue

Gar­reth Whe­lan (Kil­te­gan)


IT was as dra­matic a fi­nale as you’re likely to see down in Pearse’s Park last Fri­day evening when Rath­new and Ballymanus locked horns in the D’Arcy Sands In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

After a pul­sat­ing bat­tle, the fate of the cham­pi­onship points rested in the ca­pa­ble hands of Rath­new’s Ed­ward Doyle after he had won some­thing of a du­bi­ous free as the game en­tered its clos­ing stages down on the stand side on the 21-yard line.

Mo­ments be­fore this kick, Doyle had split the posts after a very pro­duc­tive evening from placed balls, but this one was dif­fer­ent as he had a full-bod­ied cho­rus of Ballymanus sup­port­ers ring­ing in his ears as he lined up the kick.

Un­for­tu­nately, from Rath­new ‘s point of view, Doyle’s kick veered to the right of the up­rights and wide and the sub­se­quent ac­tion pro­vided no fur­ther scores so the fi­nal whis­tle her­alded a draw at 1-10 apiece and, per­haps, it was the fairest of re­sults given the thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle we had wit­nessed on the field be­fore us.

There were nu­mer­ous game-chang­ing in­ci­dents and switches in this en­counter.

The loss of Paddy Byrne (Moyne) to what has now been con­firmed as a rup­tured cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment was a par­tic­u­larly hard blow for the Bil­lies.

The county man had started very well, had been in­volved in the ma­jor­ity of pos­i­tive things the Ballymanus men had cre­ated and was sorely missed in the sec­ond half when his tenac­ity and cre­ativ­ity might have engi­neered a few more vi­tal scores.

How­ever, pos­si­bly the most telling of all in­ci­dents in the game was the mov­ing of Dean Franey back to the role of sweeper in front of his full-back line in the open­ing half. The full ef­fect of this move might not have been abun­dantly ob­vi­ous in the re­main­der of the open­ing half but his nu­mer­ous in­ter­cep­tions and his typ­i­cally abra­sive play in the sec­ond half cur­tailed the in­flu­ence of Mark Kenny and pro­vided Rath­new with some very im­por­tant go-for­ward ball.

It was the afore­men­tioned Kenny who im­pressed most in the open­ing half; ev­ery­thing he touched be­ing turned to pure gold at times. He opened the score after lead­ing the Rath­new full-back line on a merry dance in the open­ing minute and added a sec­ond mo­ments later on the far side of Ed­ward Doyle’s opener from a free for Rath­new after Dean Franey had been fouled by Seanie O’Neill.

But Rath­new were in pa­tient form and points from Ro­nan Doyle and an­other Ed­ward Doyle free left them lead­ing by 0-03 to 0-02 after 10 min­utes of hard-hit­ting and very en­joy­able foot­ball.

There were two early goal chances in the games as well with Bren­dan Doyle sav­ing well from An­drew O’Brien and Dy­lan Keogh get­ting down su­perbly to pre­vent Padraig Byrne’s low strike.

But goals were com­ing and that old trusty high ball tech­nique proved to be a win­ner for Rath­new when Dean Franey fired in a bomb on top of Jor­don Graham and the Rath­new attacker turned sweetly and ri­fled home to the bot­tom corner.

The crowd had barely time to catch their breaths when Paddy Byrne re­leased Padraig Byrne and the cen­tre-half for­ward waltzed through the Rath­new de­fence to fire home past the aban­doned Keogh.

A Kieran Doyle free after a foul on Philip Coogan made it 1-03 apiece after 15 min­utes. This was go­ing to be a bel­ter.

But then Paddy Byrne went over in what seemed to be a harm­less sit­u­a­tion but from his re­ac­tion and his punch­ing of the ground as he lay pros­trate it was clear to see that some­thing very se­ri­ous was wrong.

After swift treat­ment, Paddy was re­moved from the field on a stretcher to a round of ap­plause and the game got un­der­way again with Roan Lynch tak­ing the Moyne man’s place.

With Franey back sweep­ing now, it was more dif­fi­cult for Ballymanus to dis­sect the Vil­lage de­fence but they were still draw­ing the odd free and Kieran Whe­lan was in fine form from the dead ball and one from him and Mark Kenny’s third from play – all three be­ing su­perb strikes – put Ballymanus into a 1-05 to 1-03 lead.

Ed­ward Doyle re­duced that with an­other sweetly taken free kick be­fore Padraig Byrne fired over a screamer and things might have looked even bet­ter for the Bil­lies had Roan Lynch not pulled a goal shot wide after a long burst up the field.

Kieran Whe­lan opened the sec­ond half scor­ing after wides from both sides and a mas­sive point from Roan Lynch put Ballymanus in a good spot at 1-08 to 1-04 ahead.

But Rath­new are never down for long. An ex­cel­lent Philip Mur­phy point was fol­lowed by an Ed­ward Doyle pointed free and then Ro­nan Doyle thumped over two out­stand­ing points from dis­tance to leave the sides level after 18 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

With Dean Franey boss­ing things around his own 21, Rath­new were mak­ing ma­jor ad­vances up through the mid­dle of the field and on one of th­ese for­ays the ball was worked to Stu­art Mur­phy who dropped over a beast of a score to give his side the lead and this was ex­tended by an Ed­ward Doyle point from a free after Glen Farrar fouled Jor­don Graham.

But, like Rath­new, you never re­ally have Ballymanus beaten un­til the fi­nal whis­tle, and a class Kieran Whe­lan pointed free and a tremen­dous score from mid­fielder Dar­ragh O’Keefe left the sides level with four of nor­mal to go.

Kieran Whe­lan went wide, Mark Kenny did like­wise as he came hunt­ing fur­ther out the field while be­ing kept com­pany by Philip O’Neill, and then Stu­art Mur­phy sent a ball down into the corner for Ed­ward Doyle to run on to. The Rath­new attacker bounded out to the side­line with Seanie O’Neill breath­ing heav­ily down on to the back of his neck and Doyle hit the deck and Robert Whe­lan’s whis­tle sounded much to the dis­gust of O’Neill and the Ballymanus sup­port­ers.

Doyle fired wide and noth­ing came from the ad­di­tional 60 sec­onds or so and the fi­nal whis­tle sounded with prob­a­bly a mix of re­lief and re­gret for both teams. Great bat­tle though.

Scor­ers – Ballymanus: Kieran Whe­lan 0-04 (3f), Mark Kenny 0-03, Padraig Byrne 1-01, Roan Lynch 0-01, Dar­ragh O’Keefe 0-01.

Rath­new: Ed­ward Doyle 0-05 (5f), Ro­nan Doyle 0-03, Jor­don Graham 1-00, Philip Mur­phy 0-01, Stu­art Mur­phy 0-01.

Ballymanus: Bren­dan Doyle; Glen Farrar, Seán O’Neill, Aidan Byrne; Liam Byrne, Dar­ragh Byrne, Shane Whe­lan; Sea­mus Coogan, Dar­ragh O’Keefe; Philip Coogan, Pádraig Byrne, Paddy Byrne (Moyne); Kevin Byrne, Mark Kenny, Kieran Whe­lan. Subs: Roan Lynch for P Byrne (23min, inj), Bren­dan Whe­lan for P Coogan (54min), Jim Byrne for A Byrne (54min)

Rath­new: Dy­lan Keogh; Ross Quinn, James Manley, Pa­trick Con­nor; An­drew O’Brien, Gary Byrne, Philip O’Neill; Stu­art Mur­phy, Jonah Graham; Ed­ward Doyle, Philip Mur­phy, Ro­nan Doyle; Sea­mus Cos­grove, Dean Franey, Jor­don Graham. Subs: Jamie O’Con­nor for S Cos­grove (58min).

Ref­eree: Robert Whe­lan (Kil­coole)

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