Tank Runs Dry For Seniors In Second Half
SHC RD4 Kenny Park Sep 19th
Carnmore emerged from Galway’s annual summer championship hiatus determined to claim their first win in the 2015 campaign against a Kilnadeema side who were also in search of the same prize. As per usual in Galway many teams take on a different look in September to that they had earlier in the year and Carnmore were no different as they lined out with some new additions including Danny Cummins, JP O’Connell and Trevor Casserly and with several positional changes with Darren Fahy deployed at full forward and both Kegan Fox and Jason Bryne playing moving into defence being the notable moves.
Carnmore began this game brightly and led 6.0–0.0 after twenty minutes, with Carnmore’s work rate and intensity grinding the Kilnadeema challenge to a halt early on. Kevin Killilea, Barry Hanley and Danny Cummins provided some of the early scores but it was the tactical awareness particularly on the puckouts which gave Carnmore the means to dominate early on.
As in all games teams will have their purple patches and it was only a matter of time before Carnmore would have to take a breath and their relentless intensity would lull somewhat, this period came toward the end of the opening half as a Kilnadeema spear headed by Brian Molloy slowly but surely began to eat into the Carnmore lead, the east Galway men outscoring Carnmore 0–8 to 0–3 in the closing ten minutes of Carnmore have been in this position before following powerful first half performances and were unable to reach the energy levels and intensity of the opening half. Frustratingly for men in red they could not replicate on this occasion too with Kilnadeema blitzing Carnmore with a Lawless goal and three unanswered points to lead 1–11 to 0–8 early the second half. Carnmore to their credit continued to battle and kept the score board ticking but in truth the energy required to fuel the intensity of the first thirty minutes had taken its toll.
Despite being outplayed in the second half Carnmore had opportunities to get back into the game. George Hanley and Kevin Killiea both had 21 metre frees saved, one of which should have been a penalty. Hanley did find the net following a long delivery and a spectacular catch. Carnmore have one game remaining in this phase of the competition that being a matchup local rivals Liam Mellows.
Team: S.Nugent, J.Bryne, G.Grealish, T.Casserly, K.Fox, D.Fox, E.Grealish, B.Hanley, D.Cummins, G.Hanley, K.Killiea, C.Fahy, A.Fox, D.Fahy, JP O’Connell. Subs: R.Morgan for D.Fahy, A.Daveron for K.Fox.
Best Of Luck to the Claregalway Ladies Football Team
Best of luck to the Claregalway ladies football team and their management team; Darragh Leonard, Pat Coen, Jimmy Gavin and Elaine Goldrick.
Darragh is a recently retired senior hurler who has been heavily involved in the development and raise of ladies football in Claregalway over the past number of years in various coaching and managerial roles. He has already had several successes at underage grades including an All-Ireland Féile na nGael title and two Minor Championship, one of which coming last Saturday.
Claregalway will face Galway Ladies football kingpins, Kilkerrin/Clonberne in Tuam Stadium on Oct 3rd. If the ladies can overcome the highly fancied favourites it will be a massive achievement for a team who were competing at the junior ranks in 2011 and have had their senior status for 2013.
U10s, U12s & U15 Round Up
With Juvenile year drawing to a close it is great to see Carnmore teams involved in the latter stages.
In the annual U10 CATS competition (Carnmore, Abbeyknockmoy, Turloughmore, Sylane) Carnmore were defeated in the final by a strong Sylane team. Sylane also took the CATS shield too.
The U12 team were beaten in the shield semi final of the A league by Athenry in a tight game which was right in the mix until the closing stages when Athenry scored a crucial goal. The lads will be disappointed to not have come through this game having beaten Athenry earlier in the year.
Tom Cogley and Derek Healy’s U15s are having a fantastic run in the U15 B1 championship. To date the lads have had victories over Mountbellew/Moylough, Abbeyknockmoy and Annaghdown and have qualified for the semi finals.
Minor Girls Open Championship Account
The Carnmore Minor girls got their championship campaign off the ground with a win over Pearses in Fohenigh last week. The girls had a comprehensive over the Pearses who are regarded as one of Galway’s premier camogie clubs.