Osborne brothers combine to secure draw for Carnew
A late point from Carnew's Niall Osborne earned his side a share of the spoils against visiting Coolkenno in their opening game in the Arklow Bay Hotel Football League Division 1A clash in Carnew last Saturday evening.
Carnew Emmets 0-08 Coolkenno 1-05
It was a lovely evening for football but the underfoot conditions were soft at best and this made periods of this game a hard slog for players and spectators alike. However, that's not to say there weren't some fine scores and very decent football during this game and Carnew will be very happy to have secured a draw against a Coolkenno side who were the architects of their own demise with 11 wides to their credit over the 60 minutes.
Enda Donohue was the first to be presented with a scoring opportunity but his effort off the floor went narrowly wide of John Corcoran's upright in the opening moments.
A foul on Jack Doyle saw a quick free taken to Drew Brennan but the corner-forward held on to the ball too long and was penalised.
It was all Carnew in these early stages and Seamus Osborne found himself in a bit of room thanks to nice footwork but his effort off his right drifted wide. He had also chosen to hop the ball prior to kicking and the ball seemed to have considered whether or not to bounce back up so soft was the ground.
A long ball from Don Jackman to full-forward Eamon Rossiter drew a foul from Niall Osborne and Conor Walker did the needful from the free out of his hands.
Walker was afforded another chance moments later thanks to a fisted pass from Paddy Dalton but pressure from Patrick Nolan put the Coolkenno sharpshooter off enough to make him drag his shot wide.
Nick Skelton turned provider at the other end when he picked out Enda Donohue but the full-forward couldn't find the target with seven minutes on the clock.
Coolkenno began to dominate for a period then with Conor Walker starting to cause trouble in the Carnew defence and he won and pointed his own free as we approached the quarter hour to make it 0-02 to 0-00.
A foul on Padraig Doran provided Enda Donohue with another chance off the ground but his shooting was letting him down in the tricky conditions and he fired wide of the target.
But he was to rectify the shooting situation moments later when he popped over a free won by Justin House.
Walker banged over another to push Coolkenno ahead by 0-03 to 0-01 before Seamus Osborne began to make his mark when he pointed from play thanks to good work by Andrew Hughes.
A wide from Cathal Rossiter was followed by a converted free by Enda Donohue after he was fouled himself and the sides went in level at the break at 0-03 apiece and with Padraig Doran collecting the game's first mark just before the interval.
It was Seamus Osborne who owned the opening stages of the second half. He pointed early on thanks to a ball from Niall Osborne who turned provider for his brother immediately after a Conor Walker wide at the other end and Seamus split the posts again and Carnew were 0-05 to 0-03 ahead with only three minutes of the second half elapsed.
Coolkenno were more than back in it after 10 minutes when Paul Murphy brought a fine save out of Dara Kelly but the ball spilled across to Conor Walker and the corner-forward slammed home from close range to make it 1-03 to 0-05.
There was drama at the other end then when Brian Rossiter picked up a black card off referee Kieron Kenny for a foul on Justin House and the Tinahely official awarded the Carnew men a penalty. Up stepped Seamus Osborne and he faced John Corcoran and the Carnew man drove low to the keeper's left but the Coolkenno netminder got down superbly and saved the day.
Substitute Conal McCrea drew the sides level again with a fine score before Cathal Rossiter edged the visitors in front again and Conor Walker put some daylight between the sides with a pointed free with 10 minutes to go and things were looking positive for Coolkenno.
However, it was Carnew who finished the better and first Seamus Osborne after good play from Andrew Hughes, Nick Skelton and Padraig Doran and then Niall Osborne at the death with Nick Skelton involved in the build up again closed the gap and secured a point for Carnew after an entertaing but error riddled clash in sunny Carnew on Saturday evening.
Scorers - Carnew Emmets: Seamus Osborne 0-04; Enda Donohue 0-02 (2f); Conal McCrea 0-01; Niall Osborne 0-01.
Coolkenno: Conor Walker 1-04 (2f); Cathal Rossiter 0-01.
Carnew Emmets: Dara Kelly; Willie Collins, Paul Nolan, Patrick Nolan; Nick Skelton, Mark Collins, Niall Osborne; Andrew Hughes, Padraig Doran; Seamus Osborne, Justin House, Michael Collins; Jack Doyle, Enda Donohue, Drew Brennan. Subs: James Nolan for M Collins; Seamus Mulhall for D Brennan; Conal McCrea for M Collins; John Kavanagh for E Donohue; Adrian Myers for P Doran.
Coolkenno: John Corcoran; Shane Walker, James Gregan, Brian Rossiter; Dan O'Neill, Robert Keogh, James Cushe; Don Jackman, Paddy Dalton; Cathal Rossiter, Eoghan Dolan, Ben Jackman; Paul Murphy, Eamon Rossiter, Conor Walker. Subs: Conor Doyle for B Jackman (35min); Michael Nocter in for B Rossiter (43min, BC).
Referee: Kieron Kenny