Devereux shines for United
Impressive hat-trick helps Arklow side sink Carnew
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.