Carnew are kings of In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Par­nell Park, Ark­low REF­EREE: John Keenan (Aughrim)

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.

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