Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

2019 Junior Championship

Pos Team Pl W D L SF SA SD Pts
1. Ballivor 3 3 0 0 72 45 +27 6
2. St. Ultan's 3 3 0 0 55 47 +8 6
3. Moynalty 3 1 1 1 44 60 -16 3
4. Moylagh 3 1 0 2 50 46 +4 2
5. Clonard 3 0 1 2 45 59 -14 1
6. Carnaross 3 0 0 3 39 48 -9 0

JFC R5: Moylagh put an end to championship hopes

Moylagh emerged as one point victors from this war of attrition played in Millbrook.

Carnaross 0-6 Moylagh 0-7

Junior A Championship (Round 4)
Played in Millbrook – 11/8/2019

The game struggled for any form of fluidity throughout and the game remained in the balance for the entirety of this battle. Carnaross opened the scoring with a free from Frank O’Reilly sandwiched between two Moylagh frees. Carnaross struggled to get past Moylagh’s defensive formation and kicked a mountain of possession into the hands of the Moylagh sweepers. The game ebbed and flowed with Moylagh leading by 4 points to 2 approaching half time.

Only once did Carnaross carve open their North Meath counterparts, with a swift counter attack full of intricate hand passing but the Moylagh goalkeeper was equal to Niall McDonnell’s effort. After more efforts were foiled by a hard working Moylagh rear guard, eventually Dermot McGee registered his side’s first score from play before Stephen Flattery launched over an equalising point bringing the first half proceedings to a halt.

The second half continued in the same vein as both defences remained on top. Scores were at a premium as no quarter was given or asked. Moylagh’s full back burst forward to re-establish the lead before Frank restored parity. The intensity levels rose as the hits grew in ferocity. Both teams were scrapping for every possession, knowing their season was on the line, leading to an abundance of errors mixed with an unwillingness to give in.

Moylagh regained the lead but Stephen Flattery burst forward again and unleashed another effort from distance to ensure nothing separated the sides on the scoreboard. Both teams had numerous chances to take the lead but the swarming defences feasted on every shot ensuring it was either blocked down or recycled. Moylagh’s Sean Reilly hit the winning score with 3 minutes remaining. Carnaross threw everything they could muster at Moylagh in search of a lifeline in this year’s championship but it never came and Moylagh ran out one point winners.

The contest as a whole lacked free flowing football but it kept the spectators entertained throughout with a good, honest, no holds barred encounter where either team could’ve emerged victorious. For Carnaross, this loss confirmed their exit from this year’s championship. Unfortunately, their early season league form couldn’t be maintained leading to a bitterly disappointing campaign that no-one could’ve envisaged.

Carnaross: Conor Kenny, Ian Donoghue, Cillian Comaskey, Peter Carpenter, Sam Reynolds, Frank O’Reilly (0-3), Stephen Flattery (0-2), Luke Gillic, Dermot McGee (0-1), Niall McDonnell, Tomás Plunkett, Killian Porter, Shane Casserly, Thomas Nugent, Paddy McDermott; Sub: Cian Gillic

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