Un­stop­pable Dales

Rath­drum out­fit run riot against Carnew Em­mets

Wicklow People - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA


AVON­DALE ad­vanced to the In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing fi­nal with a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Carnew at Ark­low last Sun­day.

A scin­til­lat­ing first half of at­tack­ing hurl­ing left them 15 points up and Carnew with too big of a moun­tain to climb.

The open­ing ex­changes were feisty with county foot­baller Gearoid Mur­phy point­ing a humdinger of a score from out un­der the stand side of the pitch for the Rath­drum men be­fore Danny Owens added a sec­ond from out around the mid­dle of the field.

Carnew re­sponded mag­nif­i­cently with good ball into full-for­ward TJ Hen­nessy and the class at­tacker mak­ing a yard of space for him­self be­fore drilling through keeper Craig Byrne.

If the goal made Avon­dale doubt them­selves it did not show and with Eu­gene Dunne drop­ping deeper to cut out the lines to Hen­nessy they dom­i­nated the re­main­der of the half.

The ball into their full-for­ward line was low, ac­cu­rate, di­ag­o­nal and the im­pres­sive in­side line of Mur­phy, veteran Ray Nolan and speedy Ross Ward lapped it up.

A run of ten points in a row re­ally started to break Carnew and when they dropped back to try nar­row the space, Avon­dale’s wing backs Owens and Jim Doyle struck for­ward to land mon­ster scores.

The open­ing goal from Avon­dale that re­ally put the game be­yond Carnew came in the 27th minute. An­other ac­cu­rate cross­field pass from Owens found Mur­phy out on the right wing.

Show­ing a ter­rific turn of pace, he cut in from the wing and with the cor­ner-back hold­ing one arm back he ex­pertly flicked be­yond keeper Billy Mol­loy to the Carnew net.

Min­utes later, Karl Phe­lan turned pro­vided with a low ball into Mur­phy who found Ray Nolan in space and with the vi­sion of a hawk the wily veteran found Paul Ga­han steam­ing in on goal and the full-for­ward blasted by Mol­loy who had no chance.

With the game as good as over at half-time, Carnew dis­played their renowned fight and de­ter­mi­na­tion to bat­tle gamely in the sec­ond pe­riod. They al­ways fought an up­hill task with Ea­monn Kearns and es­pe­cially Eu­gene Dunne show­ing a po­si­tional sense that the Carnew man could not get around.

More Nolan and Ward points stretched the lead out to 20 with ten min­utes left.

Carnew moved Gary Do­ran to full-for­ward and started land­ing balls in on top of him from one such ball he con­jured up a penalty that Jody Byrne ex­pertly dis­patched.

How­ever, Nolan, Mur­phy and Ward re­sponded to keep the score­board tick­ing over.

Carnew got a third goal near the end when Do­ran once more caused the dam­age be­fore fin­ish­ing him­self.

Carnew were well bet. How­ever, los­ing free-taker TJ Hen­nessy to in­jury af­ter his goal was a big blow. Do­ran was im­pres­sive as was Billy Mol­loy in goal who made some out­stand­ing saves.

For the vic­tors it was a real team ef­fort. Mur­phy, Ward, Nolan and Ga­han will get the plau­dits for their scor­ing but the sup­ply into them, es­pe­cially in the first half, was out­stand­ing.

Man of the match had to be Eu­gene Dunne who was every­where the ball dropped es­pe­cially in the open­ing stages when Carnew tried to get a foothold.

His po­si­tion­ing was ex­cel­lent and dis­tri­bu­tion into the for­wards ex­em­plary.

– Avon­dale: Gearoid Mur­phy 1-4, Ray Nolan 0-7, Paul Ga­han 1-2, Ross Ward 0-3, Niall Hef­fer­nan 0-3, Danny Owens 0-2,


Jim Doyle 0-1, Ea­monn Kearns 0-1, Shane Byrne 0-1.

Carnew Em­mets: Jody Byrne 1-1, Gary Do­ran 1-0, TJ Hen­nessy 1-0, Adam Hughes 0-1

Craig Byrne; An­thony O’Toole, Conor Shee­han, James Busher; Jim Doyle, Eu­gene Dunne, Danny Owens; Ea­mon Kearns, Shaun Byrne; Gearoid Mur­phy, Ray Nolan, Niall Hef­fer­nan; Ross Ward, Paul Ga­han, Karl Phe­lan. Subs: Jack Manley, Brian Burke, Diar­muid Phe­lan, Owen Baker, Eu­gene Hef­ferna.n


Billy Mol­loy; James Joyce, Stephen Barnes, Thomas Collins; Tommy McGing, Liam Kennedy, Cian Moules; Dan Nolan, Murt Mol­loy; Jody Byrne, Gary Do­ran, Justin House; Paul Mur­phy, T.J Hen­nessy, Adam Hughes. Subs: Thomas Kennedy, Stephen Mur­phy, Padraig Do­ran.

Ciaran O’Shea (Ti­na­hely)

Carnew Em­mets: Ref­eree:

The three un­der-11 hurl­ing teams from Éire Óg Grey­stones that took part in the county fi­nals in Bal­li­nakill on Satur­day af­ter­noon last.

Ac­tion from the county fi­nals in Bal­li­nakill.

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