Dunlavin hit Carnew hard

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

DUNLAVIN made it two wins from two in the Darcy Sands In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory in the windup over Carnew last Satur­day evening.

Dunlavin got off to a blis­ter­ing start, plun­der­ing 2-2 in­side the open­ing seven min­utes with a brace of points landed by the in­dus­tri­ous Cian O’Sullivan, be­fore Paul Murtagh dropped in a high ball to the dan­ger zone where Aaron Phe­lan flicked the ball over the on-rush­ing Cor­mac Doyle to the back of the net.

Mark Reid won pos­ses­sion of the kick-out and dropped an­other high ball goal­ward, where this time full-for­ward Shane O’Rourke rushed in and flicked home to give Jonathan Daniels’ side the per­fect start be­fore Carnew knew where they were.

Mark Collins then bril­liantly in­ter­cepted a Dunlavin pass and laid off to John Doyle who cut up the field and found Padraig Do­ran whose shot pow­ered pass Tom McGuirk for a ma­jor with their first at­tack.

Shane O’Rourke bombed over a mighty point as Dunlavin dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion over the next pe­riod, but some way­ward shoot­ing by their for­wards didn’t pun­ish James Hickey’s side.

Wil­liam Kennedy was doing tro­jan work clear­ing any dirty ball that came his way, equally Wil­lie Collins and Carnew were tena­cious in their tack­ling and were re­warded when John Doyle Jnr landed their first point with 22 min­utes on the clock.

Again, Dunlavin were guilty of some poor shot se­lec­tion in front of the posts as the wides tally in­creased.

A square ball was the call af­ter the ref­eree consulted with his um­pires af­ter Shane O’Rourke bun­dled the ball to the net.

Cian O’Sullivan fi­nally stopped the rot as he fired over a placed ball to bring clo­sure to the open­ing half, with the score­board reading 2-4 to 1-2 in Dunlavin’s favour.

Carnew in­tro­duced Justin House on the restart and in­side ten sec­onds he opened the door and found the back of McGuirk’s net with fine aplomb. It looked like game back on again.

Sub­sti­tute Gary Allen was lucky to es­cape with a yel­low card af­ter a rash slid­ing tackle in the next play. Carnew turned over pos­ses­sion from the re­sul­tant free kick and Allen fired over his first white flag of the game.

Aaron Phe­lan had an­other pow­er­ful shot cleared of the line by Jack Doyle.

The dy­namic Cian O’Sullivan was in the fly­ing form, with fine ma­raud­ing runs cre­at­ing plenty

of chances through-out the game, as O’Rourke and Eoin Murtagh plun­dered over a brace of points.

John Doyle Snr picked up a yel­low card for a heavy chal­lenge which floored Aaron Phe­lan.

Conal McCrea made a pen­e­trat­ing run through the Dunlavin rear­guard and was fouled, marks­man John Ka­vanagh tagged on a point to re­duce the deficit, 2-3 to 2-7 to close out the third quar­ter as Dunlavin could not shake of a re­silient Carnew side.

Eoin Murtagh drew a point­blank save from Cor­mac Doyle, how­ever Mark Reid fired over the par­ried ball from Doyle.

Carnew replied with a brace of points from Doyle Jnr and a Ka­vanagh free to keep in touch.

Back came Dunlavin with the in­dus­tri­ous Cian O’Sullivan har­vest­ing three points on the bounce in­side three min­utes.

John Doyle Jnr pointed be­fore Cor­mac Doyle saved an­other piledriver from a Mark Reid shot, how­ever Cian O’Sullivan blasted the re­bound into the net in the 53rd minute.

Mo­ments later the game was put to bed when Cian O’Sullivan reg­is­tered his sec­ond green flag, this time from the penalty spot af­ter Dar­ragh Dil­lion was fouled.

Dunlavin emp­tied their bench as Gary Allen fired over their last point on the stroke of full-time.

John Ka­vanagh goaled late on for Carnew as things got scrappy in the fi­nal min­utes of stop­page time.

Over­all, Dunlavin, one of the favourites for this IFC, will be happy with the re­sult, but should have sown up the re­sult much ear­lier in the first half with more clin­i­cal shot se­lec­tion in front of the posts.

Write Carnew off at your peril. Last year fi­nal­ists will have a big say yet, as their vic­tory over Donard in round three, has them up right up there in the cham­pi­onship ta­ble, go­ing into round three next time out but they will need to re­assess their de­fen­sive tac­tics af­ter be­ing so bru­tally found out in those open­ing few min­utes.

Scorers - Dunlavin: Cian O’Sullivan 2-6 (peno, 3f), Shane O’Rourke 1-3, Aaron Phe­lan 1-0, Gary Allen 0-2, Eoin Murtagh 0-1, Mark Reid 0-1.

Carnew Em­mets: John Ka­vanagh 1-3 (2f), Padraig Do­ran 1-0, Justin House 1-0, John Doyle Jnr 0-3.

DUNLAVIN: Tom McGuirk; Padraig Car­mody, Sean Phe­lan, Daryl Hunt­ley; Wil­liam Kennedy, Paul Murtagh, MJ Mo­ran; Eoin Murtagh, Mark Reid; Alan Deer­ing, Cian O’Sullivan, Dar­ragh Dil­lion; Aaron Phe­lan, Shane O’Rourke, Patrick Kelly. Subs: Gary Allen, To­mas Lawlor, Alan O’Sullivan, Mark O’Sullivan.

CARNEW EM­METS: Cor­mac Doyle; Niall Os­borne, John Wal­she, Adrian My­ers; Mark Collins, Jack Doyle, Wil­liam Collins; John Doyle Snr, Padraig Do­ran; John Doyle Jnr, Conal McCrea, Enda Dono­hoe; Cil­lian Gil­li­gan, John Ka­vanagh, Bren­dan McCrea. Subs: Justin House, Paudie Gu­ing, Joe Hughes, Timmy Collins. REF­EREE: Gareth Whe­lan (Kil­te­gan)

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