Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

2020 Premier Championship - Div4 Group B

Pos Team Pl W L D SF SA SD Pts
1. Carnaross 3 3 0 0 69 32 +37 6
2. Blackhall Gaels 3 2 1 0 50 43 +7 4
3. St Michaels 3 1 2 0 38 55 -17 2
4. St Pauls 3 0 3 0 29 56 -27 0

Carnaross crowned Premier Champions

Carnaross secured victory in the closing stages to be crowned Premier Division 4 champions after a titanic tussle with Seneschalstown.

Carnaross 2-13 Seneschalstown 1-11

Premier Championship Division 4 Final
Played in Pairc Tailteann – 27/9/2020

On an early Sunday morning in the idyllic surroundings of Páirc Tailteann with normal time elapsed, only one point separated the sides but Carnaross finished strongly to bring the Brian MacGabhann cup home to North Meath.

The game began at a frantic pace as Seneschalstown were first to settle. They exploded out of the blocks registering 4 points in 10minutes in a devastating spell. The Carnaross rear guard began to stem the tide lead by the tumultuous tackling of Peter Farrelly and Seán Carpenter. Once turnovers were secured, our half back line of Carpenter, Connell and Reynolds began to dictate proceedings by launching counter attacks. After spurning a few guilt edge chances early on, the Carnaross forwards eventually found their feet registering 2 points before the first water break.

The second quarter saw Seneschalstown register their only goal seconds after the resumption when a long delivery landed favourably for the corner forward who squeezed in a goal to give the Yellow Furze men a 5 point lead. Carnaross weren’t fazed and went on to dominate the next 40minutes of play. Cormac Yore had a goal chance well saved before John L McGee began to exert his dominance. He reacted quickest to a loose ball to feed the captain, Shane Casserly, whose deft finish brought the Ross right back into contention. McGee continued to flourish from open play as Seneschalstown struggled to contain the lively talisman.

Daniel Roche utilized his roaming role to good effect when he split the posts from an acute angle much to the surprise of the startled supporters. Cormac Yore was deadly accurate from placed balls all day and kicked over 4 magnificent frees. Richard Mulvey was like a man possessed around the middle of the field bouncing off Seneschalstown opponents for fun. He was ably assisted by his midfield partner Brian Comaskey, whose fielding ability and overall play was central to the victory. At half time, Carnaross had managed to turn a 5 point deficit into a 3 point lead, 1-07 to 1-04.

Carnaross continued in their rich vein of form in the third quarter adding a further 5 points. The men in maroon and saffron hoops upped the intensity further with Casserly, Porter and Nugent working tirelessly to both attack and defend. Killian Porter capped an industrious display with a fine point from play as Carnaross enjoyed their most dominant spell of play. At the final water break, Carnaross held a 5 point advantage and looked promising to finish out proceedings. The momentum began to break however and Seneschalstown crept back into contention with 4 points in a row leaving the bare minimum between the sides. Carnaross lost Cormac Yore and Seneschalstown lost their wing back after an off the ball incident which delayed proceedings for a few moments. Just when Seneschalstown looked to pounce, Carnaross rose again for a final stand.

They opted for a long ball approach into the one man forward line of John L McGee. Three balls were played in by the midfield duo of Comaskey and Mulvey which reaped 1-1 and killed the game as a contest. The first score ended up with McGee fisting over from close range after a sharp catch and turn. The second score was pure box office. A high rangy ball was launched into John L, who collected and dribbled the ball towards goal soccer style from 30 yards out. The Seneschalstown keeper was only able to parry his effort to Shane Yore, who finished with aplomb after sprinting the length of the field.

It was a fitting tribute to this engrossing final that had everything. Carnaross were deserving winners but Seneschalstown were a fantastic opponent who refused to lie down bringing the contest down to the very last minute. Afterwards, captain Shane Casserly was presented with the Brian MacGabhann trophy which he duly raised, much to the delight of his teammates and supporters.

Carnaross: Shane McNiffe; Peter Farrelly, Daniel Roche (0-1), Sean Carpenter; Sam Reynolds, Tom Carpenter, Dean Connell, Richard Mulvey, Cormac Yore (0-4), Thomas Nugent, Shane Casserly (1-0), Killian Porter (0-1) Brian Comaskey, John L McGee (0-7), Shane Yore (1-0). Subs: Colm Carpenter for Nugent 57 mins, Stephen Dawson for Porter and Ryan McGlynn for Casserly both 60m.