Carnew ease to vic­tory over Avon­dale

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


THIS Light­en­ing Pro­tec­tion Ire­land Wick­low Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship game be­tween Carnew Em­mets and Avon­dale, played at Aughrim on Sun­day morn­ing last July 28, proved to be a mis­match al­most from the word go.

Avon­dale lined out mi­nus four of their pub­lished team, hav­ing to bring in four play­ers for Eugene Dunne, Dean Ga­han, Ea­mon Kearns and Paul Ga­han.

Padraig Doran had the ball in the Avon­dale net af­ter two min­utes and the Wex­ford bor­der men were 2-3 ahead be­fore Ray Nolan got the Dales off the mark with a pointed free af­ter nine min­utes.

John Doyle (Jnr) got the sec­ond Em­mets goal when he gained pos­ses­sion about 30 me­tres out and soloed in to beat Tom Finn from the edge of the square. Jack Doyle, Enda Dono­hoe and John Doyle (Jnr) got the points.

Enda Dono­hoe and Ray Nolan scored a point apiece from frees to leave the Em­mets ahead by 2-4 to 0-2 half way through the first half. From here on to half-time it was prac­ti­cally all Carnew. They played in the re­laxed man­ner of a team com­fort­ably ahead. Their first touch and abil­ity to switch play all over the field led to a steady stream of scores. They scored an­other 1-7 with the goal com­ing from Paudie McGing.

Avon­dale could make no head­way up front with Oisin Fur­long at full-back and Martin O’Brien in front of him mar­shalling the Carnew de­fence to give noth­ing away.

Eoin Baker at cen­tre back, Zach Cullen and Shane Byrne in the mid­dle of the field to­gether with Ross Ward and the ev­er­green Ray Nolan in the at­tack tried man­fully for Avon­dale but it was a task be­yond them on Sun­day with Carnew fir­ing on all cylin­ders and anx­ious to max­imise their score dif­fer­ence. They led by 3-11 to 0-2 at the half-time break.

Avon­dale came a lit­tle more into the game in the sec­ond half as Carnew ap­peared to ease off in their in­ten­sity. How­ever, Ray Nolan points from frees were their only scor­ing out­let. He also scored one from play and had pos­ses­sion of the ball quite a bit in that sec­ond pe­riod.

The only other Avon­dale score came from a Shane Byrne pointed free from mid­field. Carnew con­tin­ued to keep the score­board tick­ing over with four points from Enda Dono­hoe (two 65s), two from sub­sti­tute Joe Hughes, two from Conal McCrea, a point apiece from Cor­mac Doyle and Padraig Doran to­gether with a fourth goal scored by cen­tre for­ward Wayne Kin­sella, who car­ried the ball through the heart of the Avon­dale de­fence to give Tom Finn lit­tle chance from close in to goal. The fi­nal score was 4-21 to 0-6.

Scor­ers – Carnew Em­mets: Enda Dono­hoe 0-10, John Doyle Jnr 1-3, Padraig Doran 1-2, Paudie McGing 1-0, Wayne Kin­sella 1-0, Joe Hughes 0-2, Conal McCrea 0-2, Cor­mac Doyle 0-1, Jack Doyle 0-1.

Avon­dale: Ray Nolan 0-5, Shane Byrne 0-1.

CARNEW EM­METS: Robert Fitzger­ald; Daire Fo­ley, Oisin Fur­long, Aaron Kin­sella; John Wal­she, Martin O’Brien, John Doyle (Jnr); Conal McCrea, Jack Doyle; Padraig Doran, Wayne Kin­sella, Paudie McGing; John Doyle (Jnr), Enda Dono­hoe, Timmy Collins. Subs: Fionn Fur­long, Joe Hughes, Cor­mac Doyle. AVON­DALE: Tom Finn; Cathal Doyle, Conor Shee­han, Keith Byrne; Niall Hef­fer­nan, Eoin Baker, Der­mot Phelan; Zach Cullen, Shane Byrne; Jack Manley, Ross Ward, Ray Nolan; Ro­nan Doyle, Sea­mus McGraynor, Kevin Kin­sella. REF­EREE: Ciaran Manley (Gle­nealy)

Pho­tos: Joe Byrne

Padraig Doran’s shot heads for the back of the Avon­dale net.

Avon­dale’s Ray Nolan is shad­owed by Carnew’s Daire Fo­ley.

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