Gle­nealy through to face Carnew in SHC fi­nal

Enda leads trans­formed Carnew to county de­cider

Wicklow People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Joule Park Aughrim


DIS­CI­PLINE, dis­ci­pline, dis­ci­pline. You get the feel­ing that the Carnew Em­mets play­ers heard that word on more than one oc­ca­sion in the lead in to the Da­cia Cars Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal against Bray Em­mets in Joule Park Aughrim last Sun­day.

Why do we get that feel­ing? Carnew won 19 frees over the course of 60 min­utes on Sun­day. Bray won nine. Nine frees in a Se­nior club hurl­ing match. If there was such a thing as a de­fen­sive coach within the Carnew ranks, then the man would de­serve a se­ri­ous raise. Chances are the credit must go to James Hickey for not only the dis­ci­pline el­e­ment but what can only be de­scribed as a stun­ning trans­for­ma­tion of this Carnew side.

A quar­ter-fi­nal exit to Éire Óg last year and a cham­pi­onship de­feat to Kil­te­gan this year sug­gested that a re­turn to a county fi­nal was most cer­tainly not on the cards, but Hickey has shown that he can bring the best out of lads and con­fi­dence and be­lief are cours­ing through the veins of ev­ery sin­gle hurler in that camp and nowhere was that more ob­vi­ous than in the last 20 min­utes of this game against Bray.

This is not the Bray team of John Hen­der­son’s reign. Let’s be fair. That zest and flair and flam­boy­ance are miss­ing across all lines of the pitch as are some key men from that time such as , Mikey Lee, Ar­ran Mur­phy and Paul Cun­ning­ham to name but a few.

But Carnew can only beat what’s in front of them and they did that in ex­cit­ing fash­ion to book their place in the 2018 county de­cider against the old foe Gle­nealy for what prom­ises to be a pure

bel­ter of a game.

How did Carnew win this game? There’s a num­ber of rea­sons. The main one is Enda Donohue. A re­turn of 13 points from a to­tal of 16, 11 placed balls. He is vi­tal to Hickey’s cause. Carnew will not rack up big scores from open play but they will fight tooth and nail for ev­ery ball and they will work them­selves to the bone for the cause and that makes them a very dif­fi­cult team to beat as this sea­son pro­gresses.

The trans­for­ma­tion within Carnew can be seen in­di­vid­u­ally in ev­ery sin­gle player and none more so than Donohue. Con­fi­dence is high with the Carnew sharp-shooter at the mo­ment. Deep in the sec­ond half of this cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal he sent a free wide of the posts and he was vis­i­bly out­raged

with him­self. But rather than let that beat him up in­side or di­min­ish his game in any way he grew about a foot and robbed pos­ses­sion back and drove a ball over the black spot to make up for his ear­lier miss. Im­pres­sive stuff.

Throw in the su­perb John Wal­she at full-back, Joe Hughes at cor­ner-for­ward, Seanie Kinsella at mid­field, Aaron Kinsella at cor­ner-back, the cap­tain Wayne Kinsella who is lov­ing his hurl­ing at the mo­ment, and veteran Timmy Collins, all of whom are thriv­ing with ther small ball and you have the in­gre­di­ents for a for­mi­da­ble out­fit.

An­other rea­son for the vic­tory is hunger. Carnew have won a hurl­ing league, gained pro­mo­tion in foot­ball, face Ti­na­hely in the IFC fi­nal this Sun­day and now take on Garry Laf­fan’s men in the SHC de­cider.

If you had pre­dicted that at the start of this year when the Mount Le­in­ster Rangers man took over at the helm you would have been laughed at.

But the hunger is there. James Hickey will tell you that the ma­te­ri­als were there, the tal­ent, and all that was lack­ing was be­lief and a process and a bond. If ever a man­ager matched a club then James Hickey matches Carnew.

Sun­day af­ter­noon was a windy one in Joule Park Aughrim and both semi-fi­nals seemed to be fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar pat­tern whereby the team with the wind would build a rea­son­able lead, 0-10 to 0-6 in the case of Carnew against Bray, be­fore the other team would go on a ram­page and romp to vic­tory on the turn­around.

Bray had pulled level by the end of the third quar­ter but un­like the Gle­nealy de­struc­tion of Pat’s in their sec­ond half, James Hickey’s men were hav­ing none of it

and they pro­duced a fine last 15 min­utes where Enda Donohue did the dam­age at one end and the Carnew de­fence held firm at the other.

That 0-10 to 0-6 lead at the break was a fair re­flec­tion of that open­ing half. Enda Donohue would bag eight of those 10 scores, all frees, while Joe Hughes and Seanie Kinsella would add the oth­ers in a first half where they bossed their Bray coun­ter­parts.

Christy Moore­house opened Bray’s ac­count, but they wouldn’t score again un­til the 17th minute when the sub­limely skill­ful Diar­muid Master­son fired over.

Be­tween the 15th and 20th min­utes would be a pos­i­tive spell for Bray with points from Moore­house (free) and Tom Cash but Bray were find­ing it hard to cope with the Carnew men and with Donohue prov­ing re­lent­less from the frees it wasn’t long be­fore the 0-10 to 0-6 lead was opened up.

Martin O’Brien had been handed the job of mark­ing Christy Moore­house who wore 13 but played in the half-for­wards. How­ever, with O’Brien’s ab­sence from the cen­tre back po­si­tion be­ing keenly felt, Hickey de­tailed Andy Hughes to the Bray at­tacker and re­turned O’Brien to where he is most com­fort­able.

Drew Brennan en­tered the fray for Seanie Kinsella at the start of the sec­ond half af­ter the mid­fielder had picked up a knock early in the first half.

The Bray re­cov­ery started in earnest when Damien Byrne threw in the ball and points from the busy Marc Len­non (2), Moore­house (2, one free), and Tom Cash drew them level with Carnew who could only reg­is­ter a score through the hard-work­ing Jack Doyle.

It was end to end at this stage and two Donohue frees were an- swered by a Moore­house free and a Dara Maloney score from play and we were tied at 0-13 apiece with nine to go.

Donohue from play was fol­lowed by a Padraig Doyle point but that would be Bray’s last score of this game.

Carnew would stand tall for the re­main­der of the game with Donohue push­ing them out to a 0-16 to 0-14 lead and the loss of Marc Len­non to a sec­ond yel­low and dogged Carnew de­fend­ing put paid to any hopes of a late Bray revival.

Carnew march on to face Gle­nealy. It has the mak­ings of a tac­ti­cal war.

Scor­ers – Carnew Em­mets: Enda Donohue 0-13 (10f, 1 65), Joe Hughes 0-1, Seanie Kinsella 0-1, Jack Doyle 0-1.

Bray Em­mets: Christy Moore­house 0-7 (6f), Tom Cash 0-2, Marc Len­non 0-2, Diar­muid Master­son 0-1, Dara Maloney 0-1, Padraig Doyle 0-1.

Carnew Em­mets: Ted Kennedy; Aaron Kinsella, John Wal­she, Conal McCrea; Wil­lie Collins, Martin O’Brien, Robert Lam­bert; Wayne Kinsella, Seanie Kinsella; Jack Doyle, Timmy Collins, Enda Donohue; Andy Hughes, Padraig Do­ran, Joe Hughes. Subs: Bob Fitzger­ald, John Doyle, Cor­mac Doyle, Drew Brennan.

Bray Em­mets: Peter O’Reilly; Daire Lo­han, Peter Kiely, Ben Kear­ney; Ben McCor­mack, John Hen­der­son, Luke Maloney; Dara Maloney, Eoin McCor­mack; Padraig Doyle, Diar­muid Master­son, Marc Len­non; Christy Moore­house, Jim Doyle, Tom Cash. Subs: Mac­dara O Mid­heach, Cian O’Byrne.

Ref­eree: Damien Byrne (Kil­te­gan)

Carnew goal­keeper Ted Kennedy saves from Bray’s Diar­muid Master­son dur­ing the Da­cia Cars Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal in Joule Park Aughrim.

Carnew’s John Wal­she gets his hurl in to thwart Bray’s Jim Doyle.

Bray’s Christy Moore­house comes un­der pres­sure from Andy Hughes.

Carnew’s Jack Doyle races away from Bray’s Daire Lo­han.

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