Perfect start for Carnaross
21 April 2008
Damien Smith has two Dunderry defenders for company during the Meath IFC at Carlanstown
Played in Carlanstown 20/4/2008
Carnaross got the Intermediate Championship off to the perfect start after a strong first-half performance set the platform for an impressive victory over Dunderry.
Dunderry had two early chances but they wasted both. After five minutes, following a long ball into the square by Ollie Murphy, Killian Porter rose highest to beat the keeper to the ball and fisted to the net to give Carnaross the early advantage. Two frees from John L. McGee stretched the lead before Ollie Murphy left it 1-3 to 0-0 with a fantastic point from a tight angle in the right-hand corner. McGee added another point from a free before Dunderry got off the mark with a point from play. Carnaross finished the half strongly when Ollie Murphy finished to the net following a good one-two with Brian Comaskey. At half-time, Carnaross were in the driving seat and a lot of the credit should go to the defence who restricted the opposition two only one point to give a half-time lead of 2-4 to 0-1.
As expected Dunderry started the second-half intent on cutting the deficit and scored two early points. John L. McGee added another point for Carnaross from a free before Dunderry added two more points, both from frees. The next score was the best score of the game and came from John L. McGee. Following a one-two with Ollie Murphy in the corner, he split the posts with a fantastic effort from a tight angle to put seven points between the sides. Dunderry hit back with two more points before Ollie Murphy scored a point from play which restored a six point lead going into the closing stages. Dunderry were awarded a penalty in the last minute which proved to be the last play of the game. Keeper Cillian Comaskey was unlucky to see his saved effort rebound to a Dunderry attacker who finished to the net to leave three points between the sides and gave Carnaross a deserved victory following a great team performance.
Carnaross Team & Scorers: Cillian Comaskey; Emmet Mullan, Thomas Nugent, Dermot McGee; Eamonn Comaskey, Patrick Nugent, Peter Nugent; Conor Woods, Brian Comaskey; Ollie Murphy (1-2), Declan Reilly, Gavin Murphy; Killian Porter (1-0), John L. McGee (0-5), Damien Smith; Subs: Gary Carroll for Gavin Murphy; Alan Smyth for Damien Smith;