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IFC: Carnaross edge close game

02 May 2009

John L.McGee impressed for Carnaross
Carnaross 1-13
Drumconrath 1-10

Carnaross opened brightly when a defensive slip up allowed John L Magee to point and Magee followed this with a pointed free on 5 minutes. Drumconrath playing into the stiff breeze goaled on 8 minutes when a long ball from Christopher Tighe was cleverly fisted to the net by Sean Reilly. A long range Terry Skelly point followed quickly but Drums spurned a couple of point chances when scoreable frees went narrowly wide. Magee again from a free and Paddy Nugent from play pointed to level the game. On the 16th minute Sean Reilly pointed from tight angle.

Paddy Nugent broke through for a well taken goal and this inspired Carnaross who went on to hit the next 3 points frees from Magee, Declan Reilly (frees) and Nugent from play. Alan Byrne respond to give Drums some hope when he raced through to score a good point from play just as the half ended.

On the resumption Drumconrath where dismayed to see the stiff breeze had died down considerably but points from play from Byrne and Stephan Cosby narrowed the gap to two. Carnaross steadied the ship with a Magee free and a point from Damien Smith. Drumconrath introduced Leighton Irwin and he along with Olllie McMahon drove Drumconrath on. Carnaross reverted to fouling as Crosby, Skelly and Jamie Myles came more into the game. Indeed a couple of heavy tackles on Myles and Crosby only resulted in Yellow cards. Three pointed Irwin frees narrowed the gap to a single point but as Drumconrath dominated but two breakaway attack from Carnaross resulted with firstly a great score from Brian Comiskey and another when Magee picked up a loose ball and pointed.

Alan Byrne playing well narrowed the gap to 2 but Nugent and Reilly made the game safe for Carnaross as Irwin pointed in the 5th minute of injury time to end the scoring.

Magee and Nugent where best supported by Brian Comiskey and Richard Mulvey while Ollie McMahon starred for Drumconrath along with 17 yearolds Keith McConnon and Oran Finnegan also with Skelly, Crosby, Padraig McMahon and substitute Irwin tried best for the Red cause

Carnaross; Killian Comiskey; John Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Patrick Smith; Eammon Comiskey, Shane Comiskey, Ciaran McDonnell; Dermot Magee, Brian Comiskey (0-1); Damien Smith (0-1), Paddy Nugent (1-3), Peter Mullen; Declan Reilly (0-2), John L Magee (0-6), Richard Mulvey.

Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Keith McConnon, Thomas Carolan, Oran Finnegan; Ollie McMahon, Peter Tighe, Stephan Crosby (0-1); Peter McEvoy, Terry Skelly (0-1); Alan Byrne (0-3), Jamie Myles, Christopher Tighe; Sean Reilly (1-1), Padraig McMahon, Damien Glass. Sub Leighton Irwin (0-4) for Glass