Hickey’s men off to a winning start in championship
CARNEW EMMETS 0-20 KILTEGAN 0-8
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.