Friday 24 November 2017

Odlum point saves Magpies' blushes Carnew and Newtown must meet again

THE Shamrocks must wait longer to discover who they will be facing in the next round of the losers' group after the Carnew and Newtown clash ended in a draw thanks to a late Dean Odlum converted free kick.

There was little to write home about in terms of quality in this game but when goal chances presented themselves, the Carnew men took them, and took them in style.

The aforementioned Dean Odlum caused some headaches for Carnew full-back, Oisin Doyle, who picked up the Newtown attacker from the start of this game. Odlum finished with seven points, four from frees, but would be considered to have had a quite game overall thanks to the efforts of Doyle.

At the other end of the field, Carnew's Brendan McCrea was hungry for work all afternoon and his 2-04 was a fair reflection of his efforts; his goals coming from a fine opportunistic pull on a breaking ball and a tremendously well struck penalty after he had been fouled by Andy Halpin 14 minutes into the second half.

The first half was a forgettable affair it has to be said. Newtown did start the brighter and raced into a 0-04 to 0-00 lead after 14 minutes as Carnew struggled to find their feet.

The Magpies can thank Dean Odlum for the opening three scores as he converted from a free to open their account, added one from play after Ross Odlum had picked him out with a ball, and kicked another free after 10 minutes. Their fourth point came from a huge Ross Odlum sideline ball that wasn't dealt with by the Carnew defence and it hopped in the square and over Cormac Doyle's head.

Padraig Doran then supplied the very impressive Willie Collins with a pass and Collins found McCrea who fired over to get Carnew up and running after 15 minutes.

But Newtown were looking like they were going to ease through this game and they moved up the field very well for their next score which was taken in the end by half-forward Stephen Davis.

Carnew then struck for their first goal after 18 minutes. A McCrea free fell to Liam Kennedy and the hefty half-forward lashed the ball to the back of the net with his left boot.

At this stage Carnew switched Garry Doran out to midfield and brought Thomas Kennedy into the full-forward line.

Good Carnew work, started and finished by TJ Hennessy, earned Carnew the equalising score after 22 minutes and they had the lead a moment later when McCrea popped over a free from 21 yards.

Newtown struck back through John Tierney with a fine effort off his left from 30 yards out and they regained the lead when the very capable Stephen Davis fired over a fine score following good work by the aforementioned Tierney.

A poorly struck Newtown 45 from the boot of Shane Mooney found the welcoming chest of Ross Davis and the Newtown corner-forward turned and hoisted the ball over the bar to leave the score at 0-08 to 1-03 for Newtown.

But Carnew always seemed to have the ability to hit back and after 28 minutes Brendan McCrea converted a free he won himself after drawing the foul from Glen Carthy and that was the last score of the opening half.

Newtown were now facing a stiff wind for the second period but they started well with a Ross Odlum effort after a nice ball from Paul O'Riordan.

But those Carnew men just wouldn't go away and a Garry Doran hoisted ball into the Newtown square was broken by Thomas Kennedy and up stepped Brendan McCrea to rifle home past Ciaran McGuirl on the Newtown line. 2-04 to 0-09.

Mark Collins then showed impressive defensive skills when he broke up a potentially dangerous Newtown attack and the ball was eventually recycled to the hand of Brendan McCrea who was now 50 yards from goal but the Carnew corner-forward launched a bomb into the heavens and it soared over the bar with six minutes gone in the second half.

The bounce of a long ball from TJ Hennessy then caught John Tierney out and the ball fell to the poached Brendan McCrea who was fouled by inrushing Andy Halpin and John Keenan pointed to the spot.

After dusting himself down, McCrea stepped up and blasted the ball high and just under the crossbar for Carnew's third goal and you would have thought that Carnew would have pushed on for the win. But you can't forget a man of Dean Odlum's talent.

He replied to Carnew's goal with a point a moment later. He fired over a free after Andrew Hughes had been penalised for two hops and he supplied midfielder Mark Fitzsimons with the pass to bring Newtown back to within two points with 20 minutes of the second half gone.

Liam Kennedy pushed Carnew back out to a three-point lead but then a moment of madness saw TJ Hennessy leave the field on a black card for puling a player back and then Thomas Kennedy was red carded for an incident caught by referee John Keenan. Dean Odlum pointed the resulting free.

Stephen Davis then pulled Newtown to within one and you knew this was going to be a draw, it was written all over it.

Ross Odlum fired wide after 28 minutes and then the ball fell to Stephen Davis who lookoed very assured all day and he fed substitute Luke Martin who was fouled by Mark Collins and up stepped Dean Odlum to swing over the levelling point.

Referee John Keenan did allow for further action but neither team could make use of it and the final whistle sounded. Both sides will return to Aughrim this Friday evening for the replay.

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