Carnew Emmets 1-11
Conall McCrea scored a vital goal as Carnew Emmets booked their place in the final of the 2018 D’Arcy Sands Intermediate Football Championship following a five point victory over Laragh on Saturday afternoon.
In a closely fought encounter, McCrea was the difference maker as his tally of 1-05 proved a major part in Carnew’s clinching of the intermediate semi-final in Joule Park in Aughrim.
Neither side were able to separate themselves from the other throughout the entire game. Carnew did find themselves three points to one up inside a quarter of an hour as points from Conall McCrea (2) and a free from John Kavanagh gave them an advantage over a stationary Laragh side.
However, Laragh bounced back in the latter half of the first period, as points from Mark and David Miley, John Nolan, and Eric Olahan sent them into the break with a 0-05 to 0-04 lead.
The early stages of the second-half played out in a similar way to the first, with both sides trading points back and forth for the first 15 minutes. David Miley extended Laragh’s lead to two points inside the first 60 seconds.
John Kavanagh reduced that to a single score, before Damien Hanlon pointed to restore that two point advantage. Two more Conall McCrea points, followed by another free from John Kavanagh, put Carnew into the lead with 41 minutes on the clock for the first time since the first 16 minutes of the game.
Laragh almost retook the lead when Carnew goalkeeper Cormac Doyle denied them a goalscoring opportunity following a strong run from the industrious David Miley. Unfortunately for Laragh, that miss proved vital when, just two minutes later, Conall McCrea all-but sealed matters.
Taking the ball under control on the left-hand side of the area, McCrea smashed the ball past James Nolan in the Laragh goal to extend Carnew’s lead to four points at 1-08 to 0-07.
From the moment the goal was scored, the pattern of trading scores in the second-half proved Laragh’s downfall. David Miley reduced the deficit to a goal seconds after Laragh had yet another goal chance saved by Cormac Doyle, only for Seanie Kinsella to restore that four point lead after Enda Donohue had surrendered possession in midfield.
Laragh pointed once more with eight minutes left on the clock to give themselves a bit of hope, only for Carnew to answer wtih two further points in the dying minutes, with the final one coming once again from the boot of Conall McCrea in injury-time.
There was no more time for Laragh to save themselves as the lead proved insurmountable. Meanwhile, Carnew Emmets march on to an intermediate football championship final, where they will meet one of Tinahely or Kilmacanogue, who meet in the second semi-final on Sunday afternoon in Joule Park in Aughrim.
WicklowNews Man of the Match: Conall McCrea.