Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

2007 Intermediate

Carnaross 2-8 St. Ultans 3-12

Intermediate Championship

Played in Kilmainhamwood - 25/8/2007

Carnaross suffered their first championship defeat in their final group game when they were well beaten by an impressive St. Ultans side who were fighting to stay in the championship.

The game couldn’t have started any better for Carnaross who scored some early points through Killian Porter and Ollie Murphy. After fifteen minutes John L. McGee did very well to win a high ball and buried it to the net from a tight angle. Further points from Ollie Murphy gave Carnaross a 1-5 to 0-3 lead.However, St. Ultans refused to lie down and enjoyed good spell of pressure as they reeled Carnaross back in. They kicked four points in a row to leave a point between the sides. John L McGee increased the lead to two points but St. Ultans cancelled it out to trail 1-6 to 0-8 at the break.

St. Ultans started the second half as they finished the first half. Three quick points put them into the lead and after about five minutes they scored a goal which put five points between the sides. Things were to get better for the Ultans when they added a second goal after ten minutes. Carnaross fought hard to get back into the game. Ollie Murphy added a point from a free and John L McGee scored his second goal when he fisted to the net following a long ball from a free kick. However, St. Ultans again were able to step it up and added another point and a goal to kill off the Carnaross challenge. Carnaross also had a penalty saved in the dying minutes of the game.

Carnaross: Eamonn Comaskey; Patrick Smith, Thomas Nugent, Dermot McGee; Alan Smyth, Patrick Nugent, Sean Donegan; Brian Comaskey, Gary Carroll; Declan Reilly, Gavin Murphy, John L. McGee (2-2), Killian Porter (0-1), Ollie Murphy (0-5), Daniel Reilly; Subs: Thomas Farrelly for Declan Reilly; Stephen Yore for Daniel Reilly; John Plunkett for Alan Smyth;

Carnaross 2-7 Cortown 0-5

Intermediate Championship

Played in Kells - 10/6/2007

Carnaross continued their unbeaten run in the Intermediate Championship with an impressive victory over neighbours Cortown in very hot conditions in Kells.

The first score of the game came from a Cortown point on the five minute mark. Ollie Murphy levelled matters soon afterwards from a close range free.Scores were hard to come by for the first 15 minutes of the game with both sides battling hard for possession. However Carnaross received a boost when Ollie Murphy took a quick free-kick to set John L. McGee through one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake shooting low to the net from close range. On the 20 minute mark McGee found himself through on goal again following another pass from Murphy and this time he rounded the keeper and blasted the ball to an empty net. Cortown replied with another point shortly afterwards following a superb save from Eamonn Comaskey in the goals.Carnaross were playing confidently and added two more points from Brian Comaskey and a free from Declan Reilly to lead at the interval, 2-3 to 0-2.

The second-half was a less exciting period with both sides battling hard and feeling the effects of the heat. Vitally, Carnaross never allowed Cortown the opportunity to get back into the game. Ollie Murphy, Peter Mullan and Declan Reilly (2) all added points from play while the defence only allowed Cortown to score 3 more points in the seond-half.

Carnaross: Eamonn Comaskey; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Smith; Alan Smyth, Patrick Nugent, Dermot McGee; Brian Comaskey (0-1), Conor Woods; Declan Reilly (0-3), Bernard Murphy, John L. McGee (2-0); Killian Porter, Ollie Murphy (0-2), Peter Mullan (0-1); Subs: Gary Carroll for Bernard Murphy; Daniel Reilly for Alan Smyth;

Carnaross 1-11 Donaghmore/Ashbourne 0-10

Intermediate Championship

Played in Pairc Tailteann - 28/4/2007

Carnaross kept their qualification ambitions on track with a well deserved victory over Don./Ashbourne at Pairc Tailteann.

Don./Ashbourne began the game the brightest registering a few early points. Carnaross began to settle into the game and the defence were beginning to win the individual battles. Up front the forwards were doing their bit too with Ollie Murphy, John L. McGee and Declan Reilly causing problems for the Ashbourne side. Murphy scored two frees with McGee, Brian Comaskey and Dermot McGee adding a point each. Carnaross were happy at the break to be leading by 0-5 to 0-4 despite playing against a strong wind in the opening period.

The second-half had only commenced one minute when Carnaross had the ball in the back of the net. Ollie Murphy latched onto a long ball and passed to John L.McGee who made no mistake from close range. This was a vital score which gave Carnaross a nice cushion for the rest of the game. They went on to lead by seven points after 10 minutes, 1-9 to 0-5 with further points from Ollie Murphy and Declan Reilly. However Don./Ashbourne never gave in and enjoyed a period of dominance in which they managed to cut the lead back to 3 points, 1-9 to 0-9. Carnaross then kicked the next two points, again from Ollie Murphy and Declan Reilly to go 5 points clear. Don./Ashbourne scored the final point of the game to leave the final score 1-11 to 0-10.

Carnaross put in a fine team effort with Peter, Thomas & Patrick Nugent, Dermot McGee, Brian Comaskey, Declan Reilly and Ollie Murphy prominent throughout.

Carnaross: Gavin Murphy; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Smith; Alan Smyth, Patrick Nugent, Dermot McGee (0-1); Brian Comaskey (0-1), Peter Mullan; Declan Reilly (0-2), Bernard Murphy, John L. McGee (1-1); Killian Porter, Ollie Murphy (0-6), Brian Smyth; Subs: Thomas Farrelly for Brian Smyth; Gary Carroll for Peter Mullan;

Carnaross 1-10 St. Michaels 1-10

Intermediate Championship

Played in Rathkenny - 15/4/2007

Carnaross failed to see off the challenge of neighbours St. Michaels having led by two points going into the closing stages. With time running out, Daithi Regan scored the equaliser for the Carlanstown men with the last kick of the game.

Carnaross opened the scoring in the first minute with a fine point from John L. McGee. St. Michaels then scored two points in quick succession to take the lead. Carnaross regained the initiative and went on to score 3 more points through Ollie Murphy (2) and Brian Comaskey. Then following a mix up in the Carnaross defence, St. Michaels got the opening goal of the game which gave them a one point lead. This was soon cancelled out within seconds when a similar mix up in the St. Michaels defence allowed Ollie Murphy to send the ball into an empty net. The remainder of the half was dominated by Carnaross who added further points from McGee, Murphy and Killian Porter to lead at half-time, 1-7 to 1-3. Just before the break Conor Woods had to retire due to a hamstring injury.

Carnaross were slow out of the blocks in the seond-half as St. Michaels started pegging back the four point deficit. After ten minutes they had achieved this as the sides were level, 1-8 apiece. The remainder of the match was a tough affair with neither team giving an inch. Carnaross seemed to have gained the upperhand by restoring their lead through John L. McGee and this was added to shortly afterwards by Killian Porter. However, with time running out St. Michaels kicked two late points to earn a share of the spoils.

Best for Carnaross were Thomas & Patrick Nugent and Alan Smyth in defence, Brian Comaskey in the middle and John L. McGee & Ollie Murphy in attack.

Carnaross: Gavin Murphy; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Smith; Alan Smyth, Patrick Nugent, Dermot McGee; Brian Comaskey (0-1), Conor Woods; Declan Reilly, Bernard Murphy, John L. McGee (0-3); Killian Porter (0-2), Ollie Murphy (1-4), Brian Smyth; Subs: Gary Carroll for Conor Woods; Peter Mullan for Brian Smyth;




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