Dev­ereux shines for United

Im­pres­sive hat-trick helps Ark­low side sink Carnew

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at the Back Al­ley

ARK­LOW UNITED made the trip to the Back Al­ley in Carnew a worth­while one last Sunday morn­ing when they came away with a 2-4 vic­tory against the home side with the im­pres­sive Calem Dev­ereux bag­ging a hat­trick for the Fern­dale Park side.

Carnew will won­der how dif­fer­ently this game might have turned out if they hadn’t lost goal­keeper Nathan Keane to a red card af­ter 12 min­utes of play fol­low­ing a rash at­tempt to pre­vent Brian Moran from tak­ing the ball around him af­ter a sweet through ball.

Ref­eree David Jame­son had no doubt as to the course of ac­tion he was about to take and Carnew were down to 10 and fac­ing 78 min­utes with a nu­mer­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage hang­ing over them.

Off went Conor Kennedy and in came James Joyce to fill Keane’s po­si­tion but the sub­sti­tute net­min­der couldn’t do any­thing about Calem Dev­ereux’s spot kick that flashed to the back of the net de­spite Joyce guess­ing the right side.

The vis­i­tors en­joyed the bet­ter start with Nathan Keane called into ac­tion twice and Ben Jack­man stepping up to the plate in the heart of the home side’s de­fence.

Carnew set­tled and the lively Cil­lian Gil­li­gan asked some ques­tions of Shane Con­nolly in the United goal from the head and feet, but the goal­keeper stood strong.

Keane’s foul on Brian Moran left David Jame­son very lit­tle op­tion but to award the penalty and dis­patch Keane to the line.

James Joyce re­cov­ered very well from the penalty to save su­perbly from Mark Nolan af­ter 22 min­utes and Rhys Lacey fired wide from the re­sult­ing cor­ner as Ark­low United pressed to in­crease their ad­van­tage.

A lot was now be­ing asked of Cil­lian Gil­li­gan up front for Carnew whle Mark Jor­dan, Slawek Jakobczak, Ben Jack­man, John Ka­vanagh and Mark Egan were find­ing them­selves fac­ing a con­stant sup­ply of work.

Calem dou­bled the ad­van­tage as we ap­proached the half-hour mark, con­nect­ing sweetly to a tasty lay off and giv­ing Joyce very lit­tle chance in the Carnew goal and things were start­ing to look a lit­tle bleak for the home side.

How­ever, the hard-work­ing Eu­gene Jor­dan turned a Gil­li­gan cor­ner home past Con­nolly af­ter 29 to give the hosts a ma­jor life­line in this game.

The re­main­der of the first half was all about James Joyce and his ef­forts to keep the score at 1-2 in favour of Ark­low United. Twice he saved from Calem Dev­ereux, su­perb saves to be fair, and he also man­aged to keep out an ef­fort from Cian Lee while United also reg­is­tered two wides from Rhys Lacey while Dev­ereux’s last ac­tion of the first half was to blast the ball over Joyce’s cross­bar.

Carnew upped their game in the early stages of the se­cond half and they started to ask se­ri­ous ques­tions of United and could have had at least one goal had they been more clin­i­cal in front of goal.

Cil­lian Gil­lian and Seanie Kin­sella reg­is­tered wides in the open­ing mo­ments, Kin­sella driv­ing the ball over Con­nolly’s cross­bar af­ter be­ing fed by PJ O’Ke­effe.

James Joyce was re­quired to main­tain the sta­tus quo af­ter an ef­fort from the boot of Tom Ka­vanagh be­fore Eu­gene Jor­dan blazed wide from dis­tance at the other end as the game started to heat up with eight gone in the se­cond.

Still the threat from the Ark­low United men was very real and very dan­ger­ous. Dev­ereux brought an­other save from Joyce, Mark Nolan fired wide and Dev­ereux missed the target again as Carnew brought in Eo­gan Dolan for PJ O’Ke­effe with 14 gone.

And then Carnew’s hopes of sal­vaging some­thing from this game were dealt a cruel blow. Hav­ing played so well since com­ing in early in the first half, James Joyce was caught for just a se­cond and a Calem Dev­ereux cross came off the Carnew net­min­der and rolled harm­lessly into the back off his net af­ter 17 min­utes.

Seanie Kin­sella had a golden chance to pull one back af­ter 23 when he got his head to a whipped cor­ner right in front of the United goal, but he could only watch as his ef­fort flew over the cross­bar and wide.

The home side did get one back, Cil­lian Gil­li­gan send­ing Eoghan Dolan through with a neat flick and the Coolkenno man firing home past Con­nolly af­ter 27.

Bouyed by this, the home side pressed for an equaliser but they were forced to be ever con­scious of the threat of an Ark­low break and but for the hero­ics of Mark Jor­dan who scam­pered back to save what looked to be a cer­tain goal from Brian Moran they would have con­ceded.

A wicked free-kick from Rhys Lacey af­ter 38 that flew in over James Joyce in the Carnew goal looked to have se­cured all three points for the vis­i­tors but Carnew were handed some­thing of a life­line when Seanie Kin­sella won his side a penalty off An­thony Fur­long.

Up stepped Mark Egan but his strike was saved su­perbly by Shane Con­nolly and his fol­low up drifted over the United cross­bar and the chance was gone.

A good win for United on the road. They wel­come Sham­rock Celtic to Fern­dale this week­end while Carnew make the short trip to Coolafancy for a bat­tle with the neigh­bours, Cool­boy Rangers.

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