Jersey Sponsorship Draw
Carnmore Hurling Club held their annual Jersey Sponsorship draw in the Arches Bar on Easter Sunday. With excess of 160 entries this was our biggest draw to date. Declan Langan Painting was the name drawn from the drum to be the sponsor on the Carnmore Senior Jersey for the 2016 season.
Patrick Killilea, Sheila Fox, Kevin Shaughnessy and Niall Nugent were awarded with Club People of the Year awards and the 1990 Carnmore Minor team who defeated Beagh in the County Final were also honored on the night.
Points Left Behind in Ballymacward
Padraig Pearses 2–15
Carnmore were back in action just four days after a narrow defeat to Kiltormer, this time on the road for a St Patricks Day clash with Padraig Pearses.
Carnmore, who were without both Gary and Eoin Grealish and with injuries ruling JP O’Connell, Trevor Casserly, Brian McKeon and Ciaran Murray out were forced into making several changes with U21s Kegan Fox, Shane Quinn, Ben Murray and Kevin Hanley coming into the team.
Carnmore started this game strongly and lead 0–2 to 0–0 early with scores from George and Barry Hanley. Padraig Pearses would strike back with a brace of their own, with one from the placed ball. Both sides would continue to trade points until Pearses found the first three pointer of the contest with a great individual effort to lead 1–4 to 0–4. Carnmore would be hit with another sucker punch between good scores from Ben Murray and Ciaran Fahy as Pearses bagged their second goal which as near a carbon copy of their first. Half time score 2–8 to 0–9 for the Ballymacward men.
The second half saw Carnmore play their best hurling of the year as they went very close to overturning a five point deficient into a victory. With points from George Hanley and the free taking of Barry Hanley early on Carnmore reduced the margin to one score.
Pearses would bounce back and hit a purple patch where they would register four points without reply to regain their lead once more. Carnmore, however were not fazed by this and continued to play with conviction and a work rate with made Pearses earn every score. As Carnmore called in the changes the team showed no signs of weakness as U21s Ronan Morgan, Kevin Feeney, Mark Kenny and Liam Egan were all hungry for action and keen to be involved.
Carnmore would once again reel Pearses in when Kevin Killilea took on a solo effort from the centre back position and scored possibly the game’s best point and when a well worked move resulted in a 21 metre free Ben Murray took on the responsibly and gave the Pearses defenders no chance to reduce to the margin to a single point. Pearses would hold on for a hard earned two point victory.
Carnmore will count themselves very unlucky to not have taken the points on offer here, but far more important was the performance and in particular the way in which the U21 players stood up to be counted with strong performances from them all.
Scores for Carnmore on the day came from Barry Hanley (0–9), Ben Murray (1–1), George Hanley (0–3) and Kevin Killilea, Ciaran Fahy, Jason Bryne (0–1).
Carnmore: S.Nugent, S.Quinn, A.O’Reilly, A.Fox, K.Fox, K.Killilea, D.Fahy, C.Fahy, K.Hanley, G.Hanley, P.Fox, B.Murray, J.Bryne, B.Hanley, T.Traynor. Subs: R.Morgan for A.O’Reilly, M.Kenny for S.Quinn, K.Feeney for J.Bryne, L.Egan for B.Hanley.
U16s Get First Championship Win
U16 B1 Championship
Carnmore edged out Sylane in their second game of the U16 championship with a two point victory after a hard fought encounter.
This is a great boost for a very young Carnmore side after a tough opening game with Ahascragh Fohenigh where they were defeated.