Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath

2018 A League Division 3

Pos Team Pl W D L SF SA SD Pts
1. Meath Hill 11 9 0 2 200 147 +53 18
2. Bective 11 9 0 2 167 122 +45 18
3. Carnaross 11 8 0 3 178 124 +54 16
4. Drumbaragh 11 6 1 4 150 140 +10 13
5. Dunsany 11 6 0 5 155 152 +3 12
6. Ballinlough 11 6 0 5 152 164 -12 12
7. Kilmainham 11 5 0 6 151 149 +2 10
8. St. Ultan's 11 5 0 6 188 198 -10 10
9. Longwood 11 3 2 6 151 163 -12 8
10. St. Vincent's 11 3 1 7 125 139 -14 7
11. Cortown 11 2 0 9 127 185 -58 4
12. Clann na nGael 11 2 0 9 124 185 -61 4

AFL R3: Kilmainham inflict second league defeat

Kilmainham took the spoils in this evenly contested local derby played in blizzard conditions on Sunday. Kilmainham held home advantage after the fixture was changed from Carnaross on Sunday morning.

Carnaross 1-7 Kilmainham 0-12

A League (Division 3)

Played in Kilmainham – 11/2/2018

Indeed the men in red and black began the brighter, registering the first score of the game. In response, Frank O’ Reilly converted a free from the ground from a near impossible angle and rightfully received a rapturous applause from all supporters present. John L McGee doubled the Carnaross tally after Carnaross spurned a few guilt edge scoring opportunities. These spurned opportunities were punished by a more prolific Kilmainham attack when they utilised potent forward Mickey Newman to good effect, scoring 4 out of the next 5 scores. Charles Brogan collected a mishit kickout and ran straight at the Kilmainham defence and after a series of hand passes Niall McDonnell powered the ball into the back of the net. Kilmainham had the last say on proceedings when they registered the final point of the first half hour. The opening half was a keenly contested encounter played at a high tempo for February. Both teams attacked at pace and defended tigerishly with Carnaross edging it 1-04 to 0-06 at half time.

Kilmainham raced into a lead 5 minutes in, when they converted 3 scoring chances in the first 10 minutes. The second half then deteriorated into a war of attrition as the snowstorm dictated proceedings, ensuring scores were at a premium but mistakes were plentiful. Frank O’Reilly intercepted a pass and punished Kilmainham’s sloppiness stemming their tide. O’Reilly then restored parity to the scoreboard converting a long range free. Both teams struggled for any form of fluency with the game in the melting pot. It was Kilmainham who dominated possession in the closing stages and converted 2 of their opportunities whereas Carnaross struggled to work the ball out of their own half with the snow pelting down. Carnaross committed men forward with time running out and John Brogan halved the deficit with a well taken score. Unfortunately Kilmainham tagged on the final score leaving the maroon and saffron men looking for a goal that never materialised.

Carnaross left the pitch disappointed to have nothing to show for their tremendous effort in horrendous conditions. Kilmainham ultimately offered more of a scoring threat, none more so than their talismatic leader Mickey Newman, who was imperious throughout. Carnaross will take some positives from this battle as their full back line fought valiantly throughout, with Roche epitomising this feat, despite it being his first competitive start for the first team. Frank O’Reilly kicked some outlandish frees and was a constant menace throughout but ended up on the losing side. Carnaross will look to rebuild with a round 4 fixture against St. Vincent’s.

Carnaross: Conor Kenny, Jack Roche, Peter S Farrelly, Peter Carpenter, Ian Donoghue, Tomas Plunkett, Stephen Flattery, Sam Reynolds, Charles Brogan, Niall McDonnell (1-0), Frank O’Reilly (0-5), Killian Porter, Decky Reilly, John L McGee (0-1), Michael Brogan. Subs: John Brogan (0-1) for Flattery (BC), Paddy McDermott for Porter, Dillon Fox for Reilly, Shane Casserly for Charles Brogan, Dermot McGee for John L McGee.



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