Carnew are kings of Intermediate hurling
CARNEW EMMETS had a comprehensive win over Bray Emmets in this Minor ‘A’ urling championship semi-final played at the Arklow Rock Parnells ground on Saturday morning last, September 21.
The game was played on a bone-dry hurling sod and in ideal weather conditions. Carnew hit the ground running straight from the throw in and were dominant both in defence and attack right from the first minute when centre forward Eoin Kavanagh got their opening point from play.
Kavanagh went on to have a huge influence on the game, scoring 5-3 in total over the course of the hour. John Young had the Emmets second point and when corner forward Dan Redmond whipped a close in ground shot to the net, they were ahead by 1-2 to no score after three minutes with the Bray men still on the starting blocks.
The Carnew forwards were moving the ball slickly and their touch and pace on the ball was stretching the Bray Emmets defence to breaking point. Cormac Redmond pointed and also immediately from the puck out Carnew full-forward Owen Young gained possession and appeared to shoot for a point.
Bray goalie Luan Roddy appeared in two minds whether to catch or block clear with his hurley. He did neither and the ball ended up in the net. Just on the quarter hour mark Eoin Kavanagh gained possession from a line ball and slotted home his first goal. Roddy was unfortunate in this instance as he got to the shot, but the ball slid off up into the roof of the net.
The score stood now at 3-3 to 0-0 with the Bray men still to get off the mark. Oscar Harty got their first point after 16 minutes and centre back Adam Bush added another.
Their other point of the half came from a Brian Nesbitt free just before the break.
Carnew kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second quarter with further points from Owen Young (2), Eoin Kavanagh (2) and a further point from John Young. In addition, the Carnew men had ten or12 wides. They led at the break by 3-8 to 0-3.
Bray came more into the game in the opening minutes of the second half but Eoin Kavanagh was first to score when he netted another goal.
Jamie Ryan responded with a Bray point. Adam Bush had moved forward for Bray Emmets and they did raise a gallop for a few minutes.
Bush pointed a free but when John Young scored a goal, having taken possession from a line ball, the Bray resurgence began to peter out.
Carnew were playing comfortably within themselves in the manner of a team with a commanding lead and went on to score a further 4-7 with three of the goals coming from the stick of Eoin Kavanagh.
The final Bray point came from midfielder Peter Aherne in the final minute of the game. The final score stood 8-16 to 0-6 in favour of the south Wicklow men.
Centre forward Eoin Kavanagh was their outstanding player with centre back James McGing sealing off all the gaps in the middle third of the field. Brays never got going in this game and were well beaten in the end.
Scorers - Carnew Emmets: Eoin Kavanagh 5-3, Dan Redmond 1-2, Owen Young 1-4, John Young 1-3, Cormac Redmond 0-2, Thos Hayden 0-1, Ryan Guilfoyle 0-1.
Bray Emmets: Adam Bush 0-2, Brian Nesbitt 0-1, Oscar Harty 0-1, Jamie Ryan 0-1, Peter Aherne 0-1.
CARNEW EMMETS: Caoimhin Rawson; Maurice Shiel, Thomas Collins, Max Keogh; Conor Wafer, James McGing, Conor Byrne; Ryan Guilfoyle, Cillian McDonald; John Young, Eoin Kavanagh, Thomas Hayden; Cormac Redmond, Owen Young, Dan Redmond. Subs: Daniel Hederman, Jake O’Dwyer, Edward Smyth, Niall Byrne, Gavin Murray.
BRAY EMMETS: Luan Roddy; Tadhg McCarthy, Jack Treacy, Conor Maher; Rory Mulcahy, Adam Bush, Eoin Holmes; Peter Aherne, Jamie Ryan; Finn Treacy, Adam O’Rourke, Tim Harrington; Brian Nesbitt, Michael Healy, Oscar Harty. Subs: Daniel Flavin, Mark Cullen, Cathal Doran, Simon Mahon, Liam MacMaolainn, Conor Goggin.