Hickey’s men off to a win­ning start in cham­pi­onship

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Aughrim


ON the day that the once hurl­ing king­pins from Of­faly were relegated to the Christy Ring hurl­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the 2020 sea­son, two of Wick­low’s hurl­ing stan­dard bear­ers of the eight­ies and nineties and early part of the cen­tury set out on their quest for a re­turn to past glo­ries.

Carnew Em­mets last won the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship in 2009 while we must go back to 2001 for Kil­te­gan’s last pos­ses­sion of the Donal Donoghue Cup.

In this con­test Carnew came out com­fort­ably on top on a score line of 0-20 to 0-8 in a game that never rose to any great heights of cham­pi­onship in­ten­sity.

In­deed, when the Em­mets led by 0-13 to 0-2 at the half-way stage, it looked very likely that the western side would be played off the field in the sec­ond pe­riod. How­ever, to their great credit they came more into the game in this half and a one-point mar­gin to Carnew by 0-7 to 0-6 for the half gave us a far more even con­test.

Carnew were off the mark early in the first half and had three points on the board by four min­utes. Enda Dono­hoe pointed two frees and John Doyle (Jnr) had a point from a tight an­gle on the river side into the town goal.

Seanie Germaine landed a good point from a free into a slight breeze af­ter five min­utes to get the Kil­te­gan men on the score­board. How­ever, Carnew had added an­other four points on the trot from four dif­fer­ent scor­ers – Padraig Do­ran, Conal McCrea, Drew Bren­nan and Enda Dono­hoe, again with a long-range score from close to the river bank side­line – be­fore Kil­te­gan scored again.

Once again Seanie Germaine pointed, this time from play. It was to be the western side’s last score of the half.

Enda Dono­hoe pointed an­other free at the quar­ter-hour stage. With 20 min­utes gone, the Em­mets had lost cen­tre back An­drew Hughes to a leg in­jury.

He was re­placed by Wil­lie Collins, who went to left cor­ner-back, re­leas­ing Martin O’Brien to the cen­tre back role.

The last ten min­utes be­longed to Enda Dono­hoe. He fol­lowed a Jack Doyle point by reel­ing off three points on the trot from frees and closed the scor­ing two min­utes into time added with an­other point from play. Carnew led at the break by 0-13 to 0-2.

The sec­ond half be­gan much like the first with the Em­mets reel­ing off three points in the first ten min­utes. Enda Dono­hoe pointed a free fol­lowed by two points from play by Jack Doyle and Conal McCrea.

Kil­te­gan cor­ner-for­ward Kevin Byrne was close with a half chance of a goal when he shot into the side net­ting. The Kil­te­gan men came more into the game for the re­main­der of the half with Seanie Germaine point­ing four frees in a row be­tween the 10th and 20th min­utes.

How­ever, Carnew kept get­ting the odd score too with points from Padraig Do­ran (now op­er­at­ing fur­ther out­field) and a rar­ity from Enda Dono­hoe i.e. a point off his right hand.

Bryan Kear­ney, Mick Man­gan, Darragh Byrne, MJ Mo­ran and Padraig O’Toole were now mov­ing a lot bet­ter for the Kil­te­gan side who were com­ing much more strongly in the fi­nal 10 min­utes. Padraig O’Toole pointed and Seanie Germaine got their fi­nal point from a free with five min­utes left. Enda Dono­hoe com­pleted the Carnew scor­ing with two fur­ther points from frees. Carnew ran out com­fort­able win­ners on a score line of 0-20 to 0-8.

Kil­te­gan have a lot to do if they are to make any impression in fur­ther rounds of the cham­pi­onship. They were hugely de­pen­dent on the free-tak­ing abil­ity of Seanie Germaine for their scores.

The jury will re­main out a lit­tle longer be­fore any­one should fore­cast an end to the Carnew ti­tle drought. They scored 20 points which is a de­cent score at any time. They also con­ceded no goal. Their scores were spread be­tween six dif­fer­ent play­ers, which they will also be pleased with. How­ever, they re­main heav­ily de­pen­dent on the ac­cu­racy of Enda Dono­hoe. It would be un­fair to be overly crit­i­cal be­yond that. This was a good com­fort­able win.

Scor­ers – Carnew Em­mets: Enda Dono­hoe 0-12, Padraig Do­ran 0-2, Jack Doyle 0-2, Conal McCrea 0-2, John Doyle (Jnr) 0-1, Drew Bren­nan 0-1.

Kil­te­gan: Seanie Germaine 0-7, Padraig O’Toole 0-1.

CARNEW EM­METS: Michael Collins; Aaron Kin­sella, Oisin Fur­long, Martin O’Brien; John Doyle (Snr), An­drew Hughes, Darragh Fo­ley; Conal McCrea, Jack Doyle; Drew Bren­nan, Joe Hughes, Enda Dono­hoe; John Doyle (Jnr), Padraig Do­ran, Timmy Collins. Subs: Wil­liam Collins, Fionn Fur­long.

KIL­TE­GAN: Luke Byrne; Colm Keogh, Bryan Kear­ney, Mike Man­gan; M J Mo­ran, Darragh Byrne, Sean Coogan; Padraig Byrne, Ro­nan Byrne; Liam Keogh, Padraig O’Toole, Mark Murphy; James O’Brien, Seanie Germaine, Kevin Byrne.

REF­EREE: Liam Keenan (Jnr).

Carnew’s Con­all McCrea gal­lops through a gap in the Kil­te­gan mid­field.

Action from the SHC clash of Kil­te­gan and Carnew.

Kil­te­gan’s Bryan Kear­ney tus­sles with Carnew’s Padraig Do­ran.

Carnew’s Michael Collins clears this ball dur­ing the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship in Aughrim.

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