TJ in lethal form as Carnew see off Barndarrig challenge
CARNEW EMMETS 5-10 BARNDARRIG 1-12
FOR the third consecutive game in this year’s Intermediate hurling championship Barndarrig’s concession of majors proved fatal, as Carnew Emmets raised five green flags in their tough battle in Aughrim last Saturday evening.
The Kilmacurra men have coughed up a dozen goals in their three games, four against Glenealy and three against the Rocks and find themselves very unfortunate to be propping up the table after putting in some serious performances in their first year up from Junior.
Carnew’s TJ Hennessy was the chief tormentor for the Barndarrig men in a sunny Aughrim. The full-forward bagged 2-7 (three frees) and was the main creator in both of John Kavanaghs goals as well as he put his superb hurling skills to good use over the course of the hour. If the Intermediate side can keep him from being drafted up to the Senior squad then they will be a major threat for this crown.
Barndarrig had the brighter start to this game and led after a nice Malachy Stone point that followed two wides for the Kilmacurra side.
TJ Hennessy got Carnew off the mark from a 65 with five on the clock but Barndarrig were looking very useful in those early exchanges and opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 11th minute thanks to points from Andrew Kavanagh (free) and Jonathan Nolan after Carnew’s Adam Hughes had been blocked during a clearance.
But Carnew’s goal threat was very real in this game and when TJ Hennessy collected a long ball from the experienced Graham Keogh from full-back he bore down on the Barndarrig goal and dispatched the ball sweetly into the top corner of Michael Crowley’s net giving the Barndarrig netminder absolutely no hope of stopping it.
Barndarrig’s recovery was excellent. In Andrew Kavanagh they have a serious athlete and a very impressive hurler. He levelled the game and then pushed them
ahead with two wonderful scores to make it 0-5 to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.
A mere 60 seconds later and all that good Barndarrig work was undone when good work from Martin Molloy gave Hennessy the chance of a shot for goal and the ball spilled to John Kavanagh who fired home.
A point from Hennessy a moment later made it 2-2 to 0-5 and gave the game a radically different outlook.
But there was no shaking this Barndarrig team who were without the services of Michael Murphy on the day.
Cormac O’Callaghan pointed before a foul on Michael Owen Byrne resulted in referee Con O Ceadhaigh awarding a penalty and up stepped Andrew Kavanagh to face Joe Murphy in the Carnew goal.
A goal here would have changed the face of the game again but whether by instruction or accident, Kavanagh drilled the ball over the bar to close to within a point of the Carnew men with 24 gone.
Carnew moved up a gear for the last four minutes of the half with Hennessy grabbing three points (one free) and always reliable Nick Skelton swinging over a stunner from out on the sideline, stand side, to leave Carnew 2-6 to 0-7 ahead at the break.
There was more bad news for Barndarrig just before the break as they lost Michael Cullen to injury after a reckless pull by Carnew’s Hennessy that saw Cullen depart with a hand injury and referee Con Ceadaigh flash a yellow card at the Carnew man who did make contact with the ball.
A bright start was required by Barndarrig and two Andrew Kavanagh points in reply to TJ Hennessy’s pointed free in the opening moments of the second period closed the gap to four but when Adrian Myers’ sideline cut sneaked its way into ther back of Crowley’s net after 18 minutes of the second half the game was as good as over as a contest.
Andrew Kavanagh tried to lift the heads with two pointed frees but John Kavanagh’s second goal put paid to any hope of a dramatic comeback and although they would find the net through Jonathan Devereux late on, Hennessy’s second major at the death capped off a fine individual for him and team performance for Carnew who now sit atop the championship table with three wins from three.
Scorers – Carnew Emmets: TJ Hennessy 2-7 (4f), John Kavanagh 2-1, Adrian Myers 0-1 (s/l), Justin House 0-1, Nick Skelton 0-1.
Barndarrig: Andrew Kavanagh 0-9 (5f, 1p), Jonathan Devereux 1-0, Cormac O’Callaghan 0-1, Jonathan Nolan 0-1, Malachy Stone 0-1.
CARMEW EMMETS: Joe Murphy; Cian Moules, Graham Keogh, Paul Murphy; Adrian Myers (capt), Dan Nolan, Adam Hughes; Nick Skelton, Richard O’Hara; James Gregan, John Kavanagh, Justin House; Martin Molloy, TJ Hennessy, Jonathan Smyth. Subs: Thomas Collins for N Skelton, Nick Skelton for T Collins.
BARNDARRIG: Michael Crowley; David Byrne, Paddy Redmond, Michael Doyle; Shane Whelan, Michael Cullen, Liam Dickenson; Jonathan Devereux, Martin Cullen; Andrew Kavanagh, Cormac O’Callaghan, Malachy Stone; Michael Owen Byrne, Tom Doyle, Jonathan Nolan. Subs: J Quinn for M Cullen, E Brennan for T Doyle, D Dickecon for D Byrne, A Quinn for J Nolan. REFEREE: Con O Ceadaigh (Kilcoole)
Barndarrig’s Andrew Kavanagh tries to get away from Carnew’s Paul Murphy.