Hyland guides Carnew home
Intermediate Hurling: Carnew Emmets 0-14 Glenealy 0-09
Carnew's Intermediate hurlers racked up a convincing win over Glenealy last Sunday morning in a sparsely populated Joule Park, Aughrim.
The victory leaves the Wexford border men sitting pretty in the competition and going on the form they have shown so fay they will be a difficult entity to stop as we enter the business end.
Key to this victory was the free-taking of Don Hyland who lined out at full-forward and whose striking for the most part was superb as he finished the day with a tally of eight points from placed balls.
An engine room that contained the very influential Michael Collins, the burly Liam Kennedy, the excellent Mark Collins, the hardworking midfield pairing of Justin House and Daire Foley and the capable half-forward line of Nick Skelton, Billy Rickerby and Ian Clancy must also take credit for downing a Glenealy side who collected too many wides and seemed just that little bit off the boil on a damp and dreary Sunday morning.
The aforementioned Michael Collins, fresh from a very decent shift in the goals for the Senior side the previous evening, turned in a noteworthy performance and got the scoreboard up and running with a magnificent long-range free after two minutes.
Glenealy's Gary Hughes, a young hurler of some promise, split the posts at the other end moments later and we settled in for a quality battle with referee Damien Byrne looking after proceedings.
A poor clearance from Michael Collins was collected easily by Jonathan O'Neill jnr and he swept the ball over Ted Kennedy's crossbar to send Glenealy into an early lead and they tried to put pressure on the Carnew half-backs and midfield.
At the other end, Michael Anthony O'Neill was found guilty of fouling Nick Skelton's and this provided Don Hyland with his first chance from a free and the veteran sliced the posts with a sweet effort.
A wide from Hyland was followed by a screamer from Gary Hughes from the 45 and then Don Hyland was fouled by Michaedl Anthony O'Neill close in and the result was the same as the first as Hyland brought the sides level at 0-03 apiece. Martin Molloy left the field with a hand injury around this time and was replaced by Cormac Doyle.
A wide from both sides was followed by a ripper of a point from Billy Rickerby from the half-way line on 16 minutes and Nick Skelton benefited from Damien Byrne's advantage for a foul on Don Hyland to push Carnew two ahead a moment later.
It was all Carnew at this stage as they were completely bossing the middle third with the likes of Mark Collins, Adrian Myers, and Billy Rickerby getting on lots of ball. A Rickerby ball into the heart of the Glenealy defence was collected by Nick Skelton who picked out Drew Brennan with a neat pass and, despite the best efforts of Stefan O'Brien, Brennan fired over.
Things continued to improve for Carnew and they took the half-time break and 0-09 to 0-05 ahead with their points coming from two Don Hyland frees and a Drew Brennan effort from out on the sideline on the stand side that has to be seen to be fully appreciated (video available on the Wicklow People Sport Facebook page).
Glenealy had kept in touch with points from two points from Gary Hughes.
Cormac Doyle and Gary Hughes exchanged points early on in the second half but it was 0-13 to 0-08 when Glenealy lost Lee Kavanagh to a red card with 14 minutes gone and from here on there was no hope of a Glenealy recovery as Carnew saw out the game to claim victory without too much fuss with Ronan Manley grabbing Glenealy's final score of the game.
Glenealy's half-forward line were their most industrious unit on a difficult day at the office.
Scorers - Carnew Emmets: Don Hyland 0-08 (8f), Drew Brennan 0-02, Cormac Doyle 0-01, Nick Skelton 0-01, Billy Rickerby 0-01, Michael Collins 0-01 (f). Glenealy: Gary Hughes 0-07 (6f), James Manley 0-01, Ronan Manley 0-01.
Carnew Emmets: Ted Kennedy; Enda Foley, Gary Keogh, Adrian Myers; Michael Collins, Liam Kennedy, Mark Collins; Justin House, Daire Foley; Nick Skelton, Billy Rickerby, Ian Clancy; Martin Molloy, Don Hyland, Drew Brennan. Subs: Cormac Doyle for M Molloy (inj), Niall Osborne for E Foley, James Gregan for L Kennedy, Richard O'Hara for M Collins.
Glenealy: Cormac Geraghty; Colm O'Neill, MA O'Neill, Stefan O'Brien; Ronan Manley, Wesley Manning, Tony Doyle; Paul O'Brien, Lee Kavanagh; James Manley, Jonathan O'Neill jnr, Gary Hughes; Alan Conyard, Eoin O'Neill, Shane Keogh. Subs: R Brown for E O'Neill; B Hawes for A Conyard, Glen O'Gorman for S Keogh.
Referee: Damien Byrne (Kiltegan)