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IFC: Carnaross lose heavily

16 April 2009

St Michael's John Barry escapes the attentions of Carnaross' Paddy Nugent and Paddy Smith during the opening round of the Meath IFC at Moynalty.
Carnaross 0-5
St. Michaels 2-9

Neighbours Carnaross and St. Michaels kicked off this years championship action and it was the Carlanstown men who progressed as winners following two quick-fire goals in the second-half put the game beyond Carnaross.

Playing against the wind in the first-half, John L McGee opened the scoring for Carnaross with a close range free before St. Michaels cancelled it with a free of their own.  McGee restored the lead once again when he converted a free following a foul on Declan Reilly. St. Michaels then took the lead with two points from play and could have had a bigger lead following a number of wides. Another two points from St. Michaels left three points between the sides at the break, 0-5 to 0-2.

Carnaross got the second-half off to the perfect start when Declan Reilly scored a point from play but St. Michaels hit back with a free. After about ten minutes Carnaross received two hammer blows when St. Michaels had the ball in the net twice in the space of a minute and suddenly found themselves ten points down. As the heavens opened the remainder of the game was played in a downpour. Carnaross tried to get back into the game and two points from John L McGee and Damien Smith reduced the margin but ultimately they had too much to do as St. Michaels scored the last two points of the game to run out worthy winners.

Carnaross - Cillian Comaskey; Shane Comaskey, Thomas Nugent, John Plunkett; Peter Farrelly, Patrick Nugent, Patrick Smith; Brian Comaskey, Peter Nugent; Dermot McGee, John L McGee (0-3), Damien Smith (0-1); Declan Reilly (0-1), Peter Mullan, Ollie Murphy; Subs: Gavin Murphy for Peter Nugent; Eamonn Comaskey for Patrick Nugent;