Slick Em­mets leave Rocks in a hard place

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

CARNEW proved to have too much in the ar­mory for a game Arklow Rocks side in this IHC clash in Joule Park, Aughrim, last Satur­day evening.

Com­ing off the back of a 2-12 to 2-08 de­feat at the hands of Bray last week­end, the Rocks needed a win in this game to give their cham­pi­onship hopes a ma­jor boost but Carnew were in no mood to co­op­er­ate and they clocked up their sec­ond win on the trot fol­low­ing their very de­cent vic­tory over Kil­coole in their cham­pi­onship opener.

An early wide for each team was fol­lowed by a dainty lit­tle ef­fort from Carnew’s Martin Mol­loy thanks to de­cent for­ag­ing work out the field by Nick Skel­ton.

Key to the vic­tory for Carnew were the per­for­mances of the afore­men­tioned Skel­ton, the im­pres­sive Michael ‘ Wally’ Collins, Ian Clancy, Justin House and Liam Kennedy at cen­tre back.

The first and sec­ond shot at goal for Rocks were pro­duced by the ea­ger Paddy Mel­lon at half-back, his sec­ond af­ter good work by Ja­son Red­mond.

The stand out play­ers on the Rocks team was full-back John Fur­long, es­pe­cially in the open­ing half when he nul­li­fied the threat of the burly Joe Hughes, Cor­mac Whit­more and Mel­lon and Red­mond.

It was Carnew who set­tled much the better and John Wal­she to Skel­ton to the un­marked ‘Wally’ Collins saw the cen­tre-half for­ward slot over su­perbly from dis­tance for Carnew’s sec­ond score af­ter five min­utes.

Fast for­ward 25 min­utes and Carnew look to be in com­plete con­trol at 0-07 to 0-02 thanks to points from the nim­ble Ian Clancy (2), Paul Mur­phy, Justin House, and a con­verted free from ‘Wally’ Collins af­ter a foul on Justin House.

The Rocks’s two points had ar­rived from the hurl of Cor­mac Whit­more, the first from a free, in a very dis­ap­point­ing open­ing half in terms of at­tack.

The loss of Adrian My­ers to in­jury failed to slow down the Carnew train with Niall Os­borne en­ter­ing the fray and bring­ing his own inim­itable edgi­ness to the pro­ceed­ings.

Joe Hughes opened their sec­ond half ac­count with a fine score be­fore two ‘Wally’ Collins points, one from a free, pushed Carnew out to a more or less in­sur­mount­able 0-10 to 0-02 lead af­ter five min­utes of the sec­ond half.

The Rocks would need goals or else a ma­jor change of for­tune around mid­field and the half-for­ward line where Seanie Kin­sella, Justin House, and Liam Kennedy were boss­ing mat­ters.

The goals didn’t come and while they did man­age to of­fer more of a chal­lenge for the re­main­der of the game they couldn’t un­lock the Carnew de­fence in any real sense and Carnew ran out con­vinc­ing 0-14 to 0-08 win­ners thanks to points from ‘Wally’ Collins, Ian Clancy, Nick Skel­ton, and sub­sti­tute John Joe My­ers.

The Rocks had their ac­count swelled by three fine ef­forts from Ja­son Red­mond, one free, two from Paddy Mel­lon, one free, and a sin­gle from play from 18.

Scor­ers – Carnew Em­mets: Michael Collins 0-05 (3f), Ian Clancy 0-03, Martin Mol­loy 0-01, Paul Mur­phy 0-01, Justin House 0-01, Joe Hughes 0-01, Nick Skel­ton 0-01, John Joe My­ers 0-01.

Arklow Rocks: Ja­son Red­mond 0-03 (1f), Cor­mac Whit­more 0-02 (1f), Pa­trick Mel­lon 0-02 (1f), 18 0-01.

Carnew Em­mets: Ted Kennedy; Enda Fo­ley, Paul Nolan, Mark Collins; John Wal­she, Liam Kennedy, Adrian My­ers; Sean Kin­sella, Justin House; Nick Skel­ton, Michael Collins, Paul Mur­phy; Martin Mol­loy, Joe Hughes, Ian Clancy. Subs: Niall Os­borne for A My­ers (H/T, inj), TJ Hen­nessey for L Kin­sella (47min), John Joe My­ers for M Mol­loy (50min), Thomas Collins for E Fo­ley (52min), Martin Mur­phy for T Kennedy (55min).

Arklow Rock Par­nells: Keith Barnes; Kevin O’Reilly, John Fur­long, Martin Gil­bert; Colin O’Con­nor, Tony Kin­sella, Pa­trick Mel­lon; Conor Doyle, Cor­mac Whit­more; Ja­son Red­mond, Char­lie Mon­aghan jnr, James Dig­nam; Chris Ka­vanagh, Ea­mon Doyle, Ty­rone Byrne. Subs: John Cushe for E Doyle, Keith Long for T Byrne, Paul Lacey for C Ka­vanagh, Davey Mon­aghan for J Dig­nam.

Ref­eree: Ciaran Man­ley (Gle­nealy)

St Pat’s John ‘Dee’ O’Brien puts pres­sure on Carnew’s Wil­lie Collins.

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