Carnew see off spir­ited Val­ley­mount to claim sum­mit

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SFL DI­VI­SION 2 Round-up Carnew 0-12 Val­ley­mount 2-5

James Hickey’s magic con­tin­ues to be worked within the Carnew Em­mets squad with the Wex­ford bor­der side sit­ting on top of Di­vi­sion 2 this week thanks to a nar­row vic­tory over vis­it­ing Val­ley­mount on Satur­day evening.

The home side started brightly in this clash with Bren­dan McCreza notch­ing the open­ing three points from the full-for­ward po­si­tion, promt­ping the Val­ley­mount man­age­ment to make a switch to negate his prom­i­nent in­flu­ence on pro­ceed­ings.

Val­ley­mount don’t do sur­ren­ders and were soon back in the mix thanks to two goals, the first a rip­per from mid­fielder Wil­liam Ka­vanagh and the sec­ond an opportunistic ma­jor from De­clan Cahill af­ter a night­mar­ish mis­take in the Carnew full-back line.

The vis­i­tors led by 2-1 to 0-5 at the break with Bren­dan McCrea fir­ing wide from a penalty just be­fore half-time.

What­ever the ‘Leg­end’ said in the dress­ing rooms had the de­sired ef­fect be­cause the Carnew men emerged in­spired and they drew level thanks to an out­stand­ing point from cor­ner-for­ward John Ka­vanagh af­ter 14 min­utes of the sec­ond half, Carnew 0-9, Val­ley­mount 2-3.

It was nip and tuck all the way from there to the end.

Niall Os­borne lifted the home team and sup­port with a su­perb ef­fort from dis­tance to level mat­ters again af­ter Brian Mi­ley and Glen Cullen had fired Val­ley­mount ahead again.

The last word in the game went to Enda Dono­hue who romped through a gap in the Val­ley­mount half-back line and drilled over a beauty of a point to se­cure vic­tory for the Carnew men.

Bal­li­na­cor 13 Newtown 12

Bal­li­na­cor’s steady progress con­tin­ued when they recorded a one-point win away to im­prov­ing Newtown.

The Mag­pies lost their un­beaten record in the league with this de­feat and came un­done against a very de­cent and in­tel­li­gent Bal­li­na­cor side while short of sev­eral key play­ers.

Bal­li­na­cor will wel­come Bal­ly­manus to Glenmalure for their next en­counter on Sun­day, April 15, while Newtown will face the very tricky job of trav­el­ling to Val­ley­mount to do bat­tle with the home side on the pre­vi­ous evening.

Ashford 1-13 Strat­ford-Grange­con 1-9

Af­ter a stut­ter­ing start to the League, Ashford fi­nally got a win in their fourth match, against Strat­ford on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-09.

The Ashford lads hung on for an im­por­tant morale-boost­ing win in a close and tense fin­ish. The win comes at a cost how­ever with the loss of Brian Coen to a bro­ken col­lar­bone.

For Strat­ford-Grange­con, ev­ery player gave their all, Pa­trick Cronin had some great saves and went on a few long so­los, Joe O’Neill, Mar­cus Han­bidge and Paddy Walsh were very prom­i­nent, Ian Moore, Jor­don Lawrence were very steady in the half backs and Michael Man­gan and Matt Man­ley were hold­ing their own in the mid field area. Colin Byrne and Eric Fen­lon in the for­wards put their shoul­ders to the wheel when the team needed them most.

Laragh 4-15 Barn­dar­rig 0-8

Laragh en­joyed a very healthy vic­tory over a de­pleted Barn­dar­rig out­fit on Satur­day evening in Laragh. This was a game both sides badly needed to win.

Both teams started the game well and af­ter 10 min­utes the score was level at three points each.

Laragh then started to win a lot ball all over the pitch and pun­ished Barn­dar­rig with 1-5 be­fore half time. Eric Olo­han get­ting the goal. Half-time score: 1-08 to 0-05.

Barn­dar­rig were strug­gling af­ter been re­duced to 14 men with the send­ing off of Michael Mur­phy just be­fore half-time whis­tle.

In­side the first 10 min­utes in the sec­ond half the game was de­cided when Laragh bagged 2-2, two cracking goals from Damien Han­lon.

Donard-The Glen 3-10 Knockananna 0-4

Knockananna’s woes were com­pounded with the visit of Donard-The Glen last Sun­day morn­ing. With only 13 play­ers avail­able, Pat Lambe’s side were al­ways go­ing to strug­gle and the Donard-the Glen side can­tered to vic­tory.

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