Club news 24 June 2019

Senior hurling: Carnew Emmets recorded their second win in this year’s Lightening Protection Senior Hurling Championship with this unconvincing victory over a depleted Eire Og Greystones in Aughrim on Sunday afternoon last.

Having accounted for Kiltegan last time out, James Hickey’s
side were facing an Eire Og side who were without at least six possible
starters including Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly who was on the sideline on crutches
after injuring his Achilles during club training recently.

The Carnew Emmets side were without some key men of their
own to be fair, with Jack Doyle and Conall McCrea away on holidays but both
sides discovered on Sunday in a sparsely populated county grounds that there is
much room for improvement in both camps ahead of tougher tasks that lie ahead.

Two points separated the sides at the death, with Shaun
Cranley firing home a late free past a wellstocked Carnew goal-line having
missed a penalty earlier in the second half.

Referee John Keenan sounded the full-time whistle upon Bob
Fitzgerald’s puck out after Cranley’s late major with Eamonn Scallan’s men
looking well capable of closing the gap but for time running out.

Carnew took a 0-9 to 0-6 lead into the break in a game where
converting scores proved a problem for both sides with Enda Donohoe and Shaun
Cranley producing the majority of the white flags, the Carnew man with 0-5
(three frees) and the Eire Og sharp-shooter with four (two frees and one 65).

There was a significant bright spark for Carnew Emmets in
this game and that was the showing of corner-forward John Doyle who raced out
of the blocks and whipped over the opening score after 30 seconds and added a
second superb effort after 24 minutes.

The former Wicklow Minor footballer looks to have plenty to
offer that Carnew full-forward line going forward.

Doyle’s opening score was answered swiftly by Eire Og
through a Cranley 65 and free before Donohoe walloped over a free after a foul
on Timmy Collins by Billy Cuddihy with seven gone and the Carnew freetaker
split the posts a minute later after roaming full-forward Padraig Doran plucked
a peach from the skies before being fouled.

A wide apiece from the sharp-shooters was followed by three Eire
Og points on the trot, James Cranley, Kristin Flynn and Shaun Cranley (free) to
leave the Greystones men ahead by 0-5 to 0-3 and looking relatively comfortable
despite the stretched nature of their panel.

However, it would be the last play of the opening half
before they would score again and in between that time Carnew would go on to
add six points as they took complete control with Enda Donohoe adding three
(one free), Doyle’s second, a beauty from Padraig Doran and an absolute bomb
from midfielder Wayne Kinsella from his own 65.

Eire Og came hunting for anything as the first half drew to a
close and Dan Salmon’s effort for goal was defended but it broke to Shaun
Cranley who fired over a shot that was initially waved wide but changed to a
point following consultation between John Keenan and his team of officials.

Carnew had a goal chance of their own in the opening stages
of the second half when a long Enda Donohue free broke to John Doyle who fired
wide.

Brian Lawless reduced the arrears to two points with a
decent score before Enda Donohoe drilled over a free after Billy Cuddihy was
adjudged to have fouled Padraig Doran.

A peach from Peter Keane followed but whenever Eire Og
scored they seemed to cough up a free moments later and Donohue was in fine
form and he walloped over two more scores to make it 0-12 to 0-9 before John
Keenan signalled for a penalty after a foul on full-forward Dan Salmon.

Up stepped Shaun Cranley against Bob Fitzgerald but the Eire
Og man’s rocket whizzed past the upright at the Rednagh Hill end and a glorious
chance to sow doubt in the minds of the Carnew men was lost.

Carnew’s reaction to this was very promising albeit off
target. They recorded five wides on the trot from Donohoe, Doran, Paudi McGing
(goal chance) and Donohoe from a free before he stopped the rot with a pointed
free to make it 0-13 to 0-8.

Shaun Cranley swung over a free, Donohoe replied and the
clocked ticked steadily downwards.

A free close in for Eire Og. A whisper of a chance but
surely no time for anything else. Cranley faced a wall of Carnew men and
walloped low and hard to the back of the net to leave two points between the
teams. Bob Fitzgerald launched it towards the dressing rooms and John Keenan
blasted the three loud shrills into the evening air. Game over.

Not a good match by any standards but competitive and close
all the way through and both sides will learn plenty

Ladies football: There was an apologetic air accompanying the note Conal Brennan sent  about the recent on-field activities of our adult ladies team.  The tenor of the missive was one of regret at having to inform the Notes that they had been defeated in the last 3 matches they had played.  While such a series of defeats is disappointing it is well to remember that there is no shame in defeat per se but rather in its manner. And from Conal’s accounts “they came home on their shields” after each match.  In set-backs like this it is worth following the advice of the song and ‘accentuate the positive’.

The odds were stacked against the squads involved in these games and it is greatly to their credit that they put up such battling performances and also to the credit of their mentors for having been able to fulfill the fixtures.

The adult squad is very young and even includes a number of u-16s. So for many of the players exams take priority.  As a result the teams taking to the field are seldom 1st choice and it is a constant struggle to put together the statutory 15.  This will be an ongoing problem at all ages during the summer.  Many of the girls will be going to Cursai Samhraidh and on holiday at home in Ireland and abroad. There will also be a dampening of the enthusiasm of some for the playing of peil by the many other attractions which Na Clocha Liatha offers.  All in all this presages a summer of frustration for the various mentors.

As to the games themselves the earliest of these was against Clara in Laragh. Clara would have been strong favourites: the team had just been demoted from senior ranks and it included county star Sarah Miley in its ranks. In the 1st half Eire Og just could not get to the pace of Clara’s game and went into the break trailing 6-6 to 2-2.  The complexion of the game changed after the interval with Eire Og becoming pro-active in bringing the game to the locals and outscoring them 3-8 to 1-9.

Next up were AGB who as was expected proved to be formidable opponents.  Again a disappointing 1st period effort was followed by a battling 2nd half performance.

After the long journey to Baltinglass the girls were anything but ready mentally to be at their best when taking on the locals in the final game of the trilogy.  This showed and Eire Og were certainly not at the races in the 1st half.  However the interval worked wonders and our ladies showed close to their mettle post resumption and very much held their own for the remainder of the game.

The odds were stacked against the squads involved in these games and it is greatly to their credit that they put up such battling performances and also to the credit of their mentors for having been able to fulfill the fixtures.

The adult squad is very young and even includes a number of u-16s. So for many of the players exams take priority.  As a result the teams taking to the field are seldom 1st choice and it is a constant struggle to put together the statutory 15.  This will be an ongoing problem at all ages during the summer.  Many of the girls will be going to Cursai Samhraidh and on holiday at home in Ireland and abroad. There will also be a dampening of the enthusiasm of some for the playing of peil by the many other attractions which Na Clocha Liatha offers.  All in all this presages a summer of frustration for the various mentors.

As to the games themselves the earliest of these was against Clara in Laragh. Clara would have been strong favourites: the team had just been demoted from senior ranks and it included county star Sarah Miley in its ranks. In the 1st half Eire Og just could not get to the pace of Clara’s game and went into the break trailing 6-6 to 2-2.  The complexion of the game changed after the interval with Eire Og becoming pro-active in bringing the game to the locals and outscoring them 3-8 to 1-9.

Next up were AGB who as was expected proved to be formidable opponents.  Again a disappointing 1st period effort was followed by a battling 2nd half performance.

After the long journey to Baltinglass the girls were anything but ready mentally to be at their best when taking on the locals in the final game of the trilogy.  This showed and Eire Og were certainly not at the races in the 1st half.  However the interval worked wonders and our ladies showed close to their mettle post resumption and very much held their own for the remainder of the game. 

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