Carnew Emmets stroll past disappointing Rocks
CARNEW EMMETS and Arklow Rocks renewed their rivalry in the first of this year’s Intermediate hurling semi-finals played at Aughrim in ideal hurling conditions on Saturday evening last.
These two clubs began a great sporting rivalry in the late sixties which endured through the next couple of decades but in more recent years the fortunes of both clubs have gone in different directions.
Based on last Saturday’s result, this will remain the position for the present at least, as the Carnew men ran out very comfortable winners as the Arklow side failed to ever threaten beyond half-time.
The opening minutes were quiet enough for both sides with wides being recorded at either end.
Proceedings were not being contested at a high level of intensity but gradually the Emmets began to move ahead.
Full-forward Jody Byrne had their opening point after six minutes and one minute later he had the ball in the net.
The pacey Brendan McCrea raced through the heart of the Parnell’s defence before setting up Byrne who gave Keith Barnes little chance.
Carnew continued to press and Jody Byrne pointed a free to leave them ahead by 1-2 to 0-0 after ten minutes.
Arklow Rocks were coming more into the game at this stage but had a couple of bad wides before Cian Doyle got them off the mark with a pointed free after thirteen minutes.
Carnew responded straight from the puck out when Martin Molloy went through and picked off another point.
Straight from the Rocks puck out, the Emmets were back on the attack and Jody Byrne wrong sided John Furlong when contesting a dropping ball and beat the advancing Keith Barnes to register his second goal 2-3 to 0-1 to the Carnew men at the quarter-hour mark but A.R.P. enjoyed their best spell in the game from here on to the half time break.
Tony Kinsella at centre back and midfielders Paddy Mellon and Colm O’Connor and the half-forward line came right into the game and kept the flow of play moving towards the Carnew goal.
A combination of wayward shooting by the forwards and a rock solid defence display by Graham Keogh at full-back for the Emmets meant that the Rocks did not reap the reward in scores that they might have done in this period.
Darragh Walker had a point from play and Cian Doyle pointed another free coming up to 20 minutes.
Nick Skelton responded with a point for Carnew and that score was balanced by a Tiernan Mellon point from play.
It proved to be the last score for either side for this half.
The final ten minutes of the half saw no scoring dividend to the Rocks despite a favorable share of play.
It soon became evident in the second period that the Rocks were not going to rescue the game.
Without ever rising too much of a gallop Carnew gradually extended their lead.
Jody Byrne pointed a free two minutes into the half and went on to add three more points from play in addition to two more points from Jonathon Smith and Brendan McCrea to leave the Emmets ahead by 2-10 to 0-4 by sixteen minutes.
Arklow had still to register a score in this half. Their only real scoring efforts came from Cian Doyle long-range free attempts, which were wide on a few occasions.
Doyle did land a point after 18 minutes and brought the Parnells’ final tally to 0-6 three minutes from time.
Goalkeeper Joe Murphy landed two points from 65s and corner-back Adam Hughes, who had a steady game all through added the remaining point for the Carnew men.
The second half was contested at a leisurely pace much of the time with there being an air of inevitability about the result from a long way out.
Arklow Rocks disappointed and never really gave the impression that they might win this game.
The final score was 2-13 to 0-6 in favour of the Carnew side.
Scorers – Carnew: Jody Byrne 2-6, Joe Murphy 0-2, Brendan McCrea, Jonathon Smith, Martin Molloy, Nick Skelton and Adam Hughes 0-1 each.
ARP: Cian Doyle 0-4, Darragh Walker and Tiernan Mellon 0-1 each.
Sean Somers competes with Carnew’s James Gregan.