Carnaross Gaelic Football Club County Meath Ireland

2017 Junior D Championship

TeamplayedwondrawnlostFORAGAINSTdifferencepoints
Ballinabrackey 5 5 0 0 103 43 60 10
Carnaross 5 3 0 2 60 59 1 6
Longwood 5 3 0 2 40 45 -5 6
Wolfe Tones 5 3 0 2 28 40 -12 6
Ballinlough 5 1 0 4 27 42 -15 2
Kilmainhamwood 5 0 0 5 8 37 -29 0

Carnaross 1-19 Ballinlough 2-14

Junior D Championship (Round 1)

Played in Moylagh – 22/5/2017

Neighbours Carnaross and Ballinlough served up a thrilling encounter in Round 1 of the Junior D Championship with end to end action throughout. The result could have gone either way but a late surge from Carnaross resulted in a two point victory over last year’s beaten finalists.

The opening ten minutes set the tone for the game with the sides level on 1-2 apiece. Carnaross took an early lead with points from Patrick Smith and Ollie Murphy but the advantage quickly swung in favour of the Ballinlough men when they hit a quickfire 1-2 in the space of three minutes. Paddy Dillon restored parity when he found the net following good build up play from the two Ollie’s, Murphy and Farrelly. Carnaross added two more points from Ollie Murphy and Decky Reilly, who recently returned home following a failed ice hockey career in Canada. Ballinlough hit back with a converted free but Carnaross went on to dominate the remainder of the opening half and points from Ollie Murphy (1), Decky Reilly (2), Ollie Farrelly (2) gave them a 1-9 to 1-5 advantage at half-time.

Decky Reilly opened the scoring after the restart to open the gap to five points, but Ballinlough wiped out that lead hitting 1-2 in the space of two minutes to leave the sides all square. Carnaross edged in front with a point each from Pierce Fleming and Decky Reilly but once again Ballinlough hit back to level with twenty minutes remaining. The game was now at fever pitch with both sides exchanging two points each with Patrick Smith and Ollie Murphy pointing for Carnaross. With the game entering the closing stages it swung in favour of Ballinlough who opened up a two point advantage with three minutes of normal time remaining. However, Carnaross battled on and levelled matters with points from attacking wing back Patrick Smith and the lively Decky Reilly and a draw looked to be on the cards. However, substitute John L McGee who was making his Junior D debut had the final say as he landed two points in added time to give his side the victory.

It was a good start to the campaign for a Carnaross who got all bar three of their scores from play. There was a good blend of youth and experience, with Jack Roche making his debut for the club at adult level.

Carnaross: Eamonn Comaskey; Jack Roche, Matthew O’Reilly, Cian Yore; Patrick Smith (0-3), Brian Comaskey, Aidan Lynch; Pierce Fleming (0-1), Peter Mullan; Blaine Lynch, Decky Reilly (0-7, 1f), Paddy Dillon (1-0); Alan O’Reilly, Ollie Murphy (0-4, 1f), Ollie Farrelly (0-2); Subs: Stephen Dawson for Blaine Lynch; John L McGee (0-2, 1f) for Alan O’Reilly;


Carnaross 1-9 Longwood 1-13

Junior D Championship (Round 2)

Played in Kildalkey – 23/6/2017

A poor first half display which left Carnaross trailing by eight points at half-time proved too much of a margin to turn around.

Following an impressive first round victory over Ballinlough, the Carnaross line-up consisted of seven changes from that encounter and it took a long time for them to shake off the cobwebs. Longwood opened the scoring with a goal in the third minute and went on to extend their lead to 1-3 to no score after a low scoring twenty minutes. Carnaross struggled to make any impact up front but their first score finally arrived in the twenty-third minute courtesy of Paul Donoghue. Ciaran McDonnell, on a flying visit from Australia, answered the club’s call and he got on the scoresheet with a point and also forced a good stop from the Longwood keeper. Further points from Longwood gave them a commanding eight point lead at the break, 1-7 to 0-2.

Both sides exchanged early points after the restart with Ollie Farrelly hitting the target for Carnaross. Longwood then had a player dismissed after five minutes and this gave Carnaross the opportunity to get back into contention. Two unanswered points from Ciaran McDonnell and Stephen Dawson chipped into the Longwood lead. McDonnell added two more points but crucially Longwood replied with two of their own to keep distance between the sides. Stephen Dawson and Brian Comaskey scored a point apiece but once again Longwood hit back with three more late points. The final score of the game was a Carnaross goal from Ciaran McDonnell, capping off a fine performance in his first game for the club in six years.

Carnaross: Damian McArdle; Alan O’Reilly, Matthew O’Reilly, Cian Yore; Colin Yore, Brian Comaskey (0-1), Patrick Smith; Pierce Fleming, Eamonn Comaskey; Colm Carpenter, Paul Donoghue (0-1), Enda Gillic; Ciaran McDonnell (1-4), Ollie Farrelly (0-1), Tadgh Skelly; Subs: Jack Roche for Tadgh Skelly; Stephen Dawson (0-2) for Enda Gillic; Blaine Lynch for Alan O’Reilly; Benny Murphy for Colin Yore;


Carnaross 3-9 Wolfe Tones 0-8

Junior D Championship (Round 3)

Played in Kilmainham – 23/7/2017

Carnaross got their Junior D campaign back on track when they emerged ten point winners after a good team performance in fine conditions in Kilmainham. After a scoreless opening 10 minutes Carnaross hit the ground running with Killian Porter hitting 1-1. Wolfe Tones struck back with a point before points from Brian Comaskey and Stephen Dawson extended Carnaross’s lead to five.

Carnaross went on to dominate the remainder of the half and a long ball in to Ollie Murphy saw him pulled to the ground for a penalty. He duly stepped up and bamboozled the keeper with a textbook finish from the spot. 2 more points followed from Porter after some champagne football from Murphy, Comaskey and Peter Mullan. The Tones replied with 2 points to close the half leaving Carnaross 8 points up, 2-05 to 0-03.

An Ollie Murphy point opened the scoring in the second half before Wolfe Tones replied with a point of their own. Carnaross opened up an eleven point lead with fine scores from Ollie Farrelly and Porter before Blaine Lynch bobbed around his man and lofted a high ball over the bar.

Wolfe Tones hit a purple patch and reeled off four points in a row to reduce the deficit to six. This period included a melee in the Carnaross goalmouth as Jack “the Bull” Yore marked his Junior D return. However Carnaross had the last say as a high ball in to Ollie “Bomber” Farrelly was fisted to the net to seal a ten point win. Carnaross remain in contention for a semi final appearance after good performances all over the field.

Carnaross: Jack Yore; John Plunkett, Matthew O’Reilly, Cian Yore; Stephen Dawson (0-1), Eamonn Comaskey, Alan O’Reilly; Pierce Fleming, Peter Mullan; Ollie Farrelly (1-1), Brian Comaskey (0-1), Killian Porter (1-4); Blaine Lynch (0-1), Ollie Murphy (1-1), Tadgh Skelly; Subs: Damian McArdle for Skelly; Jack Roche for Porter;


Carnaross 1-5 Ballinabrackey 1-12

Junior D Championship (Round 5)

Played in Kildalkey – 27/8/2017

Ballinabrackey started the game at a fast pace and had 6 points on the scoreboard before Ollie Murphy got the first point for Carnaross. Jack Yore then made a great penalty save to keep Carnaross in the game. Points from Ollie Murphy and Ollie Farrelly got Carnaross back in the game but Ballinabrackey got 3 points of their own  to leave the half time score Carnaross  0-3, Ballinabrackey  0-9.

Ollie Farrelly got the first point of the second half and shortly afterwards were denied a goal by some great defending by Ballinabrackey. However, Ballinabrackey killed the game off when they scored a goal and quickly added a point. Carnaross didn’t throw in the towel and following good play from Ollie Murphy, Ollie Farrelly found the net.  Bernard Murphy then added a point to become the third over 40 on the scoresheet for Carnaross but Ballinabrackey got the last two scores of the game to leave the final score 1-12 to 1-5.

Carnaross: Jack Yore; John Plunkett, Matthew O’Reilly, Patrick Smith; Jack Roche, Peter Carpenter, Cian Yore; Peter Mullan, Colm Carpenter; Colin Yore, Brian Comaskey, Enda Gillic; Alan O’Reilly, Oliver Murphy (0-2), Oliver Farrelly (1-2); Subs: Bernard Murphy (0-1) for Colin Yore; Shane Comaskey for Jack Yore; Emmet Mullan for John Plunkett; Ben Carry for Alan O’Reilly; Tom Shortt for Colm Carpenter; Conor Woods for Enda Gillic;


Carnaross 3-7 Longwood 2-4

Junior D Championship (2nd Place Playoff)

Played in Athboy – 10/9/2017

Carnaross emerged six point winners on a wet Sunday afternoon in Athboy. Carnaross started strongest against the breeze and Alan O’Reilly opened the scoring with a fine effort after being picked out by Ollie Murphy. Longwood replied with a point before Murphy chipped a delicate point and followed up with a well struck penalty after Cian Yore was taken down. A fortuitous Longwood goal narrowed the gap to one as the ball ricocheted off Yore’s face before looping into the corner of the net. Murphy was too hot to handle for the Longwood defence and took his personal tally to 1-04 with two more points from play and a free after a foul on Ollie Farrelly. Longwood closed the scoring in the first half with a pointed free after a David Luiz style slide tackle from Patrick Smith to leave Carnaross in front at the break 1-05 to 1-02.

Carnaross started the second half brightly when Ollie Farrelly scored his third goal in three successive Junior D games. He showed the keeper no mercy with a ruthless dummy hop before falling and striking to the net. Carnaross and Longwood traded points with a fine Stephen Dawson effort before a third Carnaross goal effectively sealed the win. A loose ball in the full forward line was beautifully flicked up by Ollie Murphy to the incoming Peter Carpenter whose finish was a carbon copy of Peter Canavans 2005 All Ireland effort vs Kerry. The scores dried up for the closing fifteen minutes. Longwood scored their final point before an outstanding 60 yard point from Jack Roche who was eating out of the Dermot Connolly recipe book. Longwood scored a dubiously awarded penalty with the last kick of the game to leave the final score 3-07 to 2-04.

Carnaross are rewarded with a quarter final appearance against Clonard and will be hoping to emulate the Junior A team by reaching the semi-final stages.

Carnaross: Shane Comaskey; John Plunkett, Matthew O’Reilly, Cian Yore; Jack Roche (0-1), Eamonn Comaskey, Patrick Smith; Pierce Fleming, Peter Carpenter (1-0); Alan O’Reilly (0-1), Brian Comaskey, Stephen Dawson (0-1); Ollie Farrelly (1-0), Ollie Murphy (1-4), Dillon Fox; Subs: Conor Woods for Alan O’Reilly; Bernard Murphy for Ollie Murphy; Tom Shortt for Eamonn Comaskey; Blaine Lynch for Ollie Farrelly;


Carnaross 1-18 Clonard 2-9

Junior D Championship (Quarter-Final)

Played in Bective – 16/9/2017

Carnaross responded to the challenge of two games in six days with a six point win over Clonard to reach the semi-finals of the Junior D championship. Clonard could not match the Carnaross pace and mobility around the middle third despite remaining competitive for most of the game.

Benny Murphy opened the scoring for Carnaross after good work by the hardworking Dean Connell and Pierce Fleming. Clonard replied strongly with a quick-fire 1-2 to take a four point lead. Carnaross hit back with scores from Fleming, Connell and an excellent left footed effort from Peter “Canavan” Carpenter. Both teams traded points with Fleming accountable for the Carnaross score before The Ross hit a purple patch to take the game by the scruff off the neck. Carpenter, Murphy and Fleming made it a two point game before Dean Connell hit the onion bag with a daisy cutter from 25 yards. Ollie Farrelly curled over a fine effort before Tadgh Skelly hit the score of the game with a no-look effort from the 50 yard line. A Clonard penalty was awarded despite the Carnaross netminder Shane Comaskey departing with a dislocated shoulder. Jack Yore’s first act in goals was to pick the ball out of the net as the Clonard corner back finished from the spot in style. However, Carnaross had the final say in an action packed first half. Benny Murphy was on fire and hit his third score of the half before Paddy Smith hit a trademark score off his left to leave the men in maroon and saffron six in front at the break 1-12 to 2-3.

Dean Connell opened the second-half scoring with a pointed free before the anticipated Clonard backlash arrived. Three points from play reduced the gap to four and the game was back in the melting pot. Pierce Fleming settled Carnaross with two frees before Paddy Smith popped up with his second point, this time with the right boot. Clonard once more responded with three successive points to leave four in it with ten minutes remaining. Brian Comaskey dominated the closing minutes around midfield and was rewarded with a fine point to close the game after Fleming had converted another free.

Carnaross advance to the semi-finals full of confidence buoyed by two wins in successive weeks and with the match sharpness returning to several key players will be a match for any opponent.

Carnaross: Shane Comaskey; John Plunkett, Matthew O’Reilly, Alan O’Reilly; Stephen Dawson, Eamonn Comaskey, Patrick Smith (0-2); Pierce Fleming (0-6), Peter Carpenter (0-2); Dean Connell (1-2), Brian Comaskey (0-1), Paul Donoghue; Ollie Farrelly (0-1), Benny Murphy (0-3), Tadgh Skelly (0-1); Subs: Jack Yore for Shane Comaskey; Conor Woods for Tadgh Skelly; Jack Roche for Alan O’Reilly;

 

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