Rathdrum outfit run riot against Carnew Emmets
AVONDALE CARNEW EMMETS 2-24 3-2
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.