Carnew ease to victory over Avondale
CARNEW EMMETS 4-21 AVONDALE 0-6
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)
Padraig Doran’s shot heads for the back of the Avondale net.
Avondale’s Ray Nolan is shadowed by Carnew’s Daire Foley.