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Carnaross lose to Clann na nGael

04 May 2008

Paddy Nugent Carnaross
A sluggish start combined with a failure to convert their opportunities cost Carnaross as they suffered a 6 point defeat to newly promoted Clann na nGael in the IFC.

Carnaross 0-11
Clann na nGael 1-14

Clann na nGael were quickest off the blocks as they charged into a 5 point lead early in the first-half. At the midway stage they had extended their lead to seven before Declan Reilly opened the scoring for Carnaross with a point from play. He followed this up with a free shortly afterwards from the right. John L McGee was next to get on the scoresheet with an excellent point from a tight angle. Another point from Gary Carroll left Carnaross just three points behind despite being outplayed for most of the opening period. Clann na nGael then added a free. Declan Reilly scored his third point of the half but Clann na nGael scored the final point to lead 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval.

Carnaross started the second-half very strongly as they set about cutting back the deficit. John L McGee scored two points, one from play and a free. By this stage Carnaross were well on top, dominating all areas but a concession of wides during this period was to prove costly. After about fifteen minutes and against the run of play Clann na nGael scored the games only goal. This was a hammer blow to the Carnaross revival but to their credit they refused to give up and scored the next two points through Paddy Nugent and Ollie Murphy, both from play, to leave a goal between the sides. Clann na nGael then got back into the game and scored two points of their own. Paddy Nugent hit back with a ’45 for Carnaross before Clann na nGael once again opened up their lead with three late points to run out six point winners.

Carnaross - Cillian Comaskey; Emmet Mullan, Thomas Nugent, Dermot McGee; Peter Nugent, Patrick Nugent (0-3), Eamonn Comaskey; Conor Woods, Gary Carroll (0-1); Ollie Murphy (0-1), Declan Reilly (0-3), Alan Smyth; Killian Porter, John L. McGee (0-3), Damien Smith; Subs: Patrick Smith for Dermot McGee; Peter Mullan for Alan Smyth;