Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

2010 Intermediate

Carnaross 2-14 St. Colmcilles 1-8

Round1 - Páirc Tailteann – 1/5/2010

After having a bye in the opening round of the championship, Carnaross got off to the perfect start with a convincing nine point win over St. Colmcilles.

St. Colmcilles scored the opening point of the game within a matter of seconds from a free but Carnaross responded straight from the kick out when Niall McDonnell set up Ollie Murphy to equalise with a well taken point from play.  Murphy then turned provider for John L McGee to put Carnaross a point in front.  Carnaross were now dominating the opening exchanges and the opening goal of the game soon followed when McGee rounded his marker and made no mistake from close range. Colmcilles responded with a point from play before McGee got his second goal after a long ball into the area from his brother Dermot was fumbled by the keeper to give Carnaross a six point lead.  St. Colmcilles responded strongly however and just before half time they had taken a one point lead scoring 1-4 without reply before Dermot McGee levelled matters to leave the sides level at the interval, 2-3 to 1-6.

After the break Carnaross could not have wished for a better start with John L McGee scoring directly from the throw in.  Carnaross dominated the opening ten minutes of the second half and after ten minutes they had registered eight points from McGee (6) Damian Smith (1) and Daniel Reilly (1) as St. Colmcilles struggled to get the ball out of their own half.  The remainder of the second half was as good as over as a contest as Carnaross protected their lead and restricted the opposition to two points while adding further points from McGee (2) and Daniel Reilly (1).

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; John Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Peter Nugent; Brian Comaskey, Dermot McGee (0-1); Damian Smith (0-1), John L McGee (2-9), Charles Brogan; Daniel Reilly (0-2), Ollie Murphy (0-1), Niall McDonnell; Subs: Shane Comaskey for Niall McDonnell;

Carnaross 0-15 Kilmainhamwood 0-8

Round 2 - Kells – 30/5/2010

Carnaross recorded their second win from as many games with an impressive victory over Kilmainhamwood. Carnaross dominated most of the game except for ten minutes before half time.

Damian Smith set Carnaross on their way with the opening point from play.  John L McGee added a free soon afterwards before Kilmainhamwood opened their account with a point from play.  Carnaross could have extended their lead further after Damian Smith failed to find the net from close range. McGee then linked up well with Daniel Reilly to score another point before adding another shortly afterwards.  Niall McDonnell was unlucky not to hit the net when he was denied by the keeper. However Patrick Nugent converted the resulting ’45 to leave Carnaross 0-5 to 0-1 in front. Kilmainhamwood then managed to get themselves back into the game scoring six points in the final ten minutes.  Another ’45 from Patrick Nugent and a point from play from Dermot McGee ensured they did not take the lead leaving the sides level 0-7 each at the interval.

Carnaross started strongly in the second half and John L McGee converted a free in the opening minute. Damian Smith added another with a fantastic effort from play.  Patrick Nugent hit his third ’45 of the game after ten minutes.  Another three frees from McGee extended the lead to six as Kilmainhamwood were guilty of missing some easy chances.  Going into the last few minutes it was a case of seeing the game out for Carnaross as the defence denied Kilmainhamwood with every attack. Charles Brogan scored a point from play with time almost up after being set up by Ollie Murphy.  As the game went into added time, Kilmainhamwood scored their first and only score of the second half before John L McGee finished the scoring with a point from play.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; John Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent (0-3); Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Peter Nugent; Brian Comaskey, Dermot McGee (0-1); Damian Smith (0-2), John L McGee (0-8), Charles Brogan (0-1); Daniel Reilly, Ollie Murphy, Niall McDonnell;

Carnaross 0-6 Moynalvey 1-7

Round 3 - Bective – 16/7/2010

Carnaross still have it all to do to reach the knockout stages following a disappointing performance against Moynalvey and now need a result against Nobber in the final group game to progress.

The opening twenty minutes were dominated by Moynalvey who led by 1-4 to 0-1 with the Carnaross score coming from a John L McGee free after ten minutes.  Carnaross finished the half stronger and scored points from play from Damian Smith and John L McGee.  However Moynalvey also added two more points to maintain their six point lead at the break, 1-6 to 0-3.

Carnaross started the second half intent on getting back into the game and two well taken points from play from Niall McDonnell and Dermot McGee gave them the perfect start. Moynalvey converted a point from a free but Niall McDonnell scored his second point after ten minutes. Amazingly this proved to be the last score of the game as neither side registered in the final twenty minutes. Both sides were guilty of missing chances. Carnaross had a late goal chance but John L McGee’s effort was kept out as Moynalvey held on for a deserved victory.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; John Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Peter Nugent; Brian Comaskey, Dermot McGee (0-1); Charles Brogan, John L McGee (0-2), Damian Smith (0-1); Niall McDonnell (0-2), Ollie Murphy, Daniel Reilly; Subs: Conor Woods for Daniel Reilly;

Moynalvey: O. Regan, R. Kiernan, P. Weldon, P. Donoghue, W. Mahady, J. Flannery (0-1), D. Donoghue, S. Donoghue, P. Conneely, R. Ryan (1-0), D. Treacy, J. Donoghue (0-1), B. Gilsenan (0-1), W. Byrne (0-2), M. O'Sullivan (0-2). Subs: R. Quinlan for Ryan, D. Durkan for Gilsenan

Carnaross 1-11 Nobber 1-11

Round 4 - Kells – 6/8/2010

There was late drama at the end of this highly entertaining game when Nobber equalized with the last kick of the game deep into injury time to deny Carnaross a semi-final spot.  However, a draw was enough to put Carnaross into the quarter-final at the expense of St. Colmcilles.

Carnaross started well and John L McGee converted a free in the opening minute. Peter Mullan then put McGee through for his second point soon afterwards before Nobber responded with their opening score. Carnaross had a glorious chance to stretch their lead further after ten minutes when John L McGee seen his goal attempt crash back off the crossbar. In the next attack Nobber found the net to take a two point lead. Carnaross responded well to this setback and two points from play from Dermot McGee had the sides level after twenty minutes. Both sides scored three points each in the last ten minutes with Dermot McGee hitting two fantastic points while Ollie Murphy scored a trademark point from a tight angle. The sides went in level at the break, 1-4 to 0-7, but Carnaross should have been in front after kicking ten wides in the opening period.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; John Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Peter Nugent; Dermot McGee (0-4), Brian Comaskey; Damian Smith (0-1), John L McGee (1-2), Charles Brogan; Niall McDonnell, Ollie Murphy (0-4), Peter Mullan; Subs: Daniel Reilly for Niall McDonnell; Niall McDonnell for Eamonn Comaskey;

Carnaross 2-8 Gaeil Colmcille 1-9

Quarter Final - Páirc Tailteann – 22/8/2010

Carnaross qualified for the Intermediate semi-final after a tough tussle with neighbours Gaeil Colmcille.

Niall McDonnell opened the scoring with a well struck point from play before the Kells side levelled matters with a free.  McDonnell was causing the Gaeil Colmcille defence a lot of problems and after ten minutes he was hauled down inside the area.  John L McGee calmly finished to the net from the spot to give Carnaross a three point lead. Gaeil Colmcille replied strongly and hit three points from play while Carnaross twice seen pointed efforts come back off the post.  Carnaross managed to restore their three point lead once again when John L McGee connected with a long ball to finish to the net. He could have had another goal moments later from an identical move but seen his effort just go over the crossbar. Damian Smith extended the lead further with a point from play.  A free from Gaeil Colmcille was cancelled out by a point from Ollie Murphy to leave Carnaross five in front. On the stroke of half-time, Gaeil Colmcille got through the Carnaross defence to score a goal which reduced the margin leaving Carnaross 2-4 to 1-5 in front at the break.

The opening ten minutes of the second half only produced a point each with Damian Smith hitting the target for Carnaross. Ollie Murphy converted another free before three points in a row from Gaeil Colmcille left the sides level with ten minutes remaining. Both sides battled hard but good defending from Carnaross denied Gaeil Colmcille from going in front for the first time. Wing back Charles Brogan then put Carnaross in front again but the game was far from won. In the second minute of injury time Ollie Murphy scored a free which gave Carnaross a well deserved victory. It was the first time Carnaross have beaten Gaeil Colmcille in a Championship game since their win in the senior grade in 1994 and they will now meet another neighbouring team, St. Michaels, in the semi-final.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Charles Brogan (0-1); Dermot McGee, Brian Comaskey; Damian Smith (0-2), John L McGee (2-1), Peter Mullan, Niall McDonnell (0-1), Ollie Murphy (0-3), Gavin Murphy; Subs: Stephen Flattery for Peter Mullan; Conor Woods for Gavin Murphy;

Carnaross 0-9 St. Michaels 0-7

Semi Final - Páirc Tailteann – 4/9/2010

Two fantastic saves late in the game from Cillian Comaskey ensured Carnaross of an Intermediate Final spot following a tight encounter with neighbours St Michaels.

John L McGee gave Carnaross the lead in the opening minute following good work from Gavin Murphy. St Michaels responded with two points to take the lead after ten minutes. Carnaross then levelled with an Ollie Murphy free before Dermot McGee finished off a fine move involving Niall McDonnell and John L McGee with a point from play. St Michaels levelled once again but Ollie Murphy got his second point from a free. A late point from St Michaels left the sides level at the break, 0-4 each.

The second half action was an improvement right from the start as both sides exchanged two points each in the opening ten minutes leaving the teams level for the sixth occasion. Stephen Flattery converted from a tight angle before Ollie Murphy fisted over after a long ball in from Peter Nugent. Two frees from Ollie Murphy put two points between the teams for the first time. John L McGee extended the lead further for Carnaross with ten minutes remaining. St Michaels added another free to leave two between the sides. The last five minutes was a real battle as both sides fought hard for possession. Then came the late drama as St. Michaels had two goal chances to win the game but Cillian Comaskey did very well to keep out both efforts while Charles Brogan was on hand to block the resulting rebound. Carnaross will now face Nobber in the final.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Charles Brogan; Dermot McGee (0-1), Brian Comaskey; Stephen Flattery (0-1), John L McGee (0-2), Peter Mullan, Niall McDonnell, Ollie Murphy (0-5), Gavin Murphy; Subs: Ciaran McDonnell for Peter Mullan; Richard Mulvey for Gavin Murphy; 

Carnaross 0-7 Nobber 3-12

Final - Páirc Tailteann – 3/10/2010

The following report is taken from the Meath Chronicle by Jimmy Geoghegan

Finals can often be fraught, tight, uncompromising affairs with one side or other winning in the end by a point or two. This IFC showdown at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday wasn't in that category. Nobber came into the game finely-tuned and all too ready and able to show their opponents how to do the business on the big day. Carnaross were flat, lacking in self-belief and fizz. From very early on it was no contest. Not even in their wildest dreams could Nobber have expected the Mattie McDonnell Cup to fall into their laps as easily as it did before a good crowd on a near balmy afternoon. Power-packed with pace and drive Nobber looked odds-on certainties to win this game at half-time when they led by 1-9 to 0-4. Carnaross needed a good start to the second-half to have any chance. They didn't get it and the game meandered on in a predictable fashion with Nobber, at times, producing exhibition stuff on their way to securing their first IFC crown in 30 years. The Nobber team that lined out bore only an accidental resemblance to the side named in the programme. Players stared in unfamiliar positions, and chopped and changed as the action unfolded. Maybe that put Carnaross off? Whatever the reason, nothing worked for Ollie Murphy and his men. One player however, started in the position that everyone expected - Brian Farrell. Carnaross must have worked out some sort of strategy to try and diminish his effectiveness. Whatever it was it malfunctioned badly. Farrell started like a steam train, sweetly firing over three unanswered points in the opening eight minutes to send his side on the way. Carnaross then put their best defender on him, Paddy Nugent. That helped to curtail Farrell's effectiveness yet it also meant that Nugent was unable to make his forward surges that are so effective in turning defence into attack. In one stroke Carnaross lost a potent feature of their armoury. Farrell went on to score five points, but with six other Nobber players also getting on the scoresheet the team in black and amber were never short of options when it came to transferring possession into scores. Gordon Weldon, Alan Farrell, Gavin Farrelly, Brendan Heffernan, Andrew Hayes and Darren Lambe all split the posts over the hour underlining the wide range of their attack. The full-back combination of Padraig Weldon, Brian O'Reilly and Andrew O'Brien snuffed out danger with consummate ease. It was significant that Nobber's netminder Christopher O'Reilly didn't have a save to make. The Nobber half-backs pushed up at every opportunity, yet they didn't forget their primary duty - to defend. Carnaross, in contrast, never found any fluency. Murphy put in a huge effort yet his team over-rely on him to add some vision and verve to their cause. Murphy got three points, but he also failed to score from a few close-in frees. John L McGee had to live off scraps and did well to eke out two points from play while Dermot McGee, who had a good game, and Daniel Reilly, were the only other players to split the posts. The nearest Carnaross came to getting a goal was late in the opening half when Dermot McGee punched a Reilly cross wide. It was a half-chance at best. The tide really started to turn in Nobber's favour midway through the opening half when they bagged their opening goal - and what a goal it was. It originated deep in their own half and Philip McEntee, Gordon Weldon and Lambe were involved in moving the ball forward. Hayes also contributed, breaking the ball down for the in-rushing Heffernan. He could have secured possession and pointed. Instead he took the more flamboyant route, striking it first-time and driving it low and hard from 20 metres out through a well-populated goalmouth. A Carnaross back and goalkeeper Cillian Comaskey got a touch yet it wasn't enough to prevent the ball from rolling over the line. That left it 1-4 to 0-1 and Nobber were well and truly on their way. There was also a touch of flamboyance about the second goal. The ball was played into the square, Brian Farrell went down. Referee David Gough - who had a good game - had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. There was a lengthy delay as players jostled each other as they lined up for the penalty. Nobber's Colin Clarke went off holding an ice pack to his face, while a Carnaross player also received treatment. The side-show didn't upset the concentration of Alan Farrell. He stepped up and right footed the ball to the left side of the net. It was a textbook penalty hit with all the power and confidence that characterised the team's display. With 49 minutes on the clock Nobber closed out the game. This time a move that involved Jamie Owens and Hayes ended with Heffernan crossing for Lambe who fired home from about eight metres. With the scoreline reading, 3-11 to 0-5, it was time for some spectators to head for the exits. They knew the game was up. Carnaross kept battling yet there was a lack of real conviction about much of their play. While they huffed and puffed Nobber eased their way to another IFC title - and a return to the Promised Land.

Carnaross: Cillian Comaskey; Peter Nugent, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey, Stein Carpenter, Charles Brogan; Dermot McGee (0-1), Brian Comaskey; Daniel Reilly (0-1), John L McGee (0-2), Peter Mullan; Niall McDonnell, Ollie Murphy (0-3), Gavin Murphy; Subs: John Plunkett for Peter Nugent; Killian Porter for Daniel Reilly; Ciaran McDonnell for Peter Mullan; Conor Woods for Gavin Murphy; John Ward for Eamonn Comaskey;

Nobber: C O'Reilly; P Weldon, B O'Reilly, A O'Brien; G Weldon (0-1), P McEntee, R Shiels; A Farrell (1-1), G Farrelly (0-1); N Farrell, C Clarke, B Heffernan (1-2); A Hayes (0-1), B Farrell (0-5), D Lambe (1-1). Subs: J Owens for Clarke; P Clarke for Shiels; P Fox for N Farrell; C Halpin for Hayes:

Referee: David Gough (Slane).




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