Dunlavin hit Carnew hard
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)