Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

Tailteann Cup R1: Winning start in Ballivor

Carnaross got off to a winning start in their bid to retain the Tailteann Cup after a high scoring encounter in Ballivor.

Carnaross 3-12 Ballivor 1-14

Tailteann Cup (Round 1)
Played in Ballivor – 14/5/2019

The match was played in ideal conditions on the impressive Ballivor surface. Both teams took a while to get into their stride with Carnaross eking out a narrow lead in the opening ten minutes as their defence restricted the home side to just a handful of shots from distance. The visitors then hit a purple patch midway through the opening period as their forward line ran riot for the remainder of the half.

A long ball into Cillian Comaskey led to the first goal of the game as the centre forward battled to gather possession before turning his man and firing past the onrushing keeper. Patrick McDermott raised another green flag shortly after amid a flurry of points as Ballivor struggled to contain the pace of the visitor’s forwards and again a foothold around the middle.

The start of the second half saw a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the home side as they dominated proceedings by scoring 1-4 without reply. They began to gain a stranglehold on possession and kept Carnaross hemmed in their own half leaving the visitors in real danger of seeing their large lead slip away.

Comaskey, however, succeeded in steadying the ship after his point attempt hit the post before rebounding into his grateful arms leaving him with an easy finish. Points from Frank O’Reilly and Declan Reilly kept the home side at bay and, despite losing Tomás Plunkett to a second yellow in the final minutes, the visitors managed to hold on for the a 4 point win on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-14.

Carnaross: Shane McNiffe, Jack Roche, Peter Farrelly, Ian Donoghue, Peter Carpenter, Tomás Plunkett, Stephen Flattery, Pierce Fleming, Frank O’Reilly, Niall McDonnell, Cillian Comaskey, Killian Porter, Declan Reilly, Dermot McGee, Patrick McDermott. Subs: Cormac Yore for Reilly, Richard Mulvey for Fleming, Luke Gillic for Comaskey;

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