Winners face Laragh in last eight after beating Carnew
KILCOOLE 0-13 CARNEW EMMETS 0-11
KILCOOLE will face Laragh in the quarter-finals of the Darcy Sand Intermediate Football Champiionship following this impressive win over a weary looking Carnew in Pearse’s Park, Arklow, last weekend.
The defeat sends James Hickey’s men on a collision course with Coolkenno in their last-eight battle where concerns over the manner in which they faded from this game in the second half will have to be to the fore for the dual side.
A disastrous third quarter was the undoing of the Carnew men when they went from 0-7 to 0-6 ahead of Kilcoole to 0-11 to 0-7 behind as the Goosebank men charged ahead with a real lightness to their play.
It was a thoroughly entertaining first half in beautiful sunshine. Carnew’s John Kavanagh opened the scoring after Brendan McCrea had ghosted across the 45 avoiding a number of defenders before finding Kavanagh who drifted over a fine score off the right after 60 seconds.
Carnew midfielder Sean Murphy made the first of a number of marks from the subsequent kick-out and the youngster would go on to have a superb game for James Hickey’s side and has to be considered as something of a sweet find after spending much of his formative years playing soccer.
Two Carnew wides were followed by Kilcoole’s opener from full-forward Matt Gilbert after a foul on Luke Evans with five on the clock.
After the opening exchanges Kilcoole settled down in their back line and looked comfortable with Keith Reynolds picking up the elusive Conall McCrea, Matthew Mannix minding John Kavanagh and Luke Reilly trying to curtail the threatening John Doyle Jnr.
The aforementioned Doyle would push Carnew in front after nine with a superb strike off his left bookt only for the impressive Danny Kavanagh to do likewise at the other end 50 seconds later as the play moved swiftly up and down the field.
Carnew’s Conall McCrea argued the point over an effort he had at the posts, but it will be forever recorded as a wide while Danny Kavanagh most certainly had his Weetabix earlier that day because he floated over a screamer off his left from 45 out with 12 on the clock to give Kilcoole the lead for the first time.
A John Kavanagh free squared things up and then a Jack Doyle fisted point, inspired by a Sean Murphy mark it should be said, returned James Hickey’s men to the front with 18 gone in a stirring game of football where the small crowd were being treated to some good performances from Eoin and Ronan Keddy, Vinnie Quigley and Declan Roper for Kilcoole and Padraig Doran, Conall McCrea, Sean Murphy and Andrew Hughes for Carnew.
Patience was a key factor in some of Kilcoole’s scores in that opening half. A drfiting Carnew defence was making life quite difficult for the Goosebank men but they leveled matters after 20 minutes when Matt Gilbert got on the end of a calm build up to fire over.
A fine Carnew burst saw them tear open a three-point gap in the space of four minutes thanks to minors from John Doyle Jnr, Adrian Myers and Sean Murphy.
However, Kilcoole recovered and brought themselves to within a point of the Carnew men through two white flags from Eoin Keddy to leave it 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
The third quarter was the key phase of the game.
Kilcoole looked fresher and moved with much more purpose and 0-11 to 0-7 up by the 10th minute through Eoin Keddy (2), Matt Gilbert and Danny Kavanagh as they got to grips with Carnew all over the field with Luke Reilly shining bright at corner-back.
James Hickey tried to spice things up, sending in Justin House and then Niall Osborne and while they brought it back to a onepoint game at 0-11 to 0-10 after 16 minutes through John Doyle Jnr, Brendan McCrea and Conall McCrea that was really as good as it got as the last quarter was one that suggested a sense of tiredness among the Carnew players as Kilcoole enjoyed passages of keep-ball with Carnew failing to push up from their defensive shape for long periods.
Kilcoole had further scores from Jack Bellamy and Matt Gilbert while a John Kavanagh sideline hopped off the crossbar and over for a late Carnew score before the final whistle sounded sending James Hickey’s men for another battle with Coolkenno while Kilcoole will face Laragh in what promises to be a very exciting struggle for a semi-final berth.
Scorers – Kilcoole: Matthew Gilbert 0-4 (1f), Eoin Keddy 0-4, Danny Kavanagh 0-3, Jack Bellamy 0-2.
Carnew Emmets: John Kavanagh 0-3 (1f, 1 SL), John Doyle Jnr 0-3, Jack Doyle 0-1, Adrian Myers 0-1, Sean Murphy 0-1, Brendan McCrea 0-1, Conall McCrea 0-1.
KILCOOLE: Glen Tighe; Luke Reilly, Matthew Mannix, Keith Reynolds; Dara Keddy, Matthew Kennedy, Jack Bellamy; Ronan Keddy, Cormac Byrne; Eoin Keddy, Vinne Quigley, Luke Evans; Declan Roper, Matthew Gilbert, Danny Kavanagh. Subs: Lee Dutton for V Quigley (42), Chris Carroll for D Roper (57).
CARNEW EMMETS: Cormac Doyle; John Walshe, Andrew Hughes, Paul Nolan; Adrian Myers, Pádraig Doran, Enda Donohue; John Doyle Snr, Sean Murphy; Jack Doyle, Conall McCrea, Brendan McCrea; John Doyle Jnr, John Kavanagh, Nick Skelton. Subs: Justin House for N Skelton (40), Niall Osborne for J Walshe (42), Jack Collins for J Doyle, Paudi McGing for P Doran.
REFEREE: Kieran O’Shea (Tinahely)
Action from the Darcy Sand Intermediate football championship match between Kilcoole and Carnew.