Wednesday 21 March 2018

Barndarrig's super championship run continues with Laragh scalp

Last year's Junior B champions Barndarrig made the short journey to Rathnew on Saturday evening last for the second round of the Junior A football championship meeting with Laragh which was played in excellent conditions and the Rathnew club deserve credit for the way they presented the grounds.

Barndarrig were hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact having defeated Knockananna and played a draw with Kilbride while the men from Glendalough were aiming to record their first victory in the competition having suffered a three-point defeat to Kilmacanogue in the opening round.

The result saw Barndarrig emerge with a five-point winning margin and in doing so keeping their championship ambitions very much alive after a keenly contested game.

With the aid of a strong breeze Laragh went on the attack and within four minutes

Christopher Merrigan kicked a point from play and this was followed up with another from Liam McEvoy.

But Laragh should have scored more with what possession they had as their forwards were guilty of several missed chances plus the tenacious Barndarrig defence kept them from raising more white flags.

As the half progressed the men from Kilmacurra came more into the game which resulted in Michael Murphy pointing a free and this was followed up with single points from Eoin Brennan and Greg Doyle, which brought a reply from Laragh after wing back Craig McCoy split the Barndarrig defence and earned a free which Christopher Merrigan pointed and this saw the sides level on 0-03 each after 15 minutes.

The second quarter saw two committed teams fighting for the cause but both were guilty of squandering chances before Christopher Merrigan and Hughie Doyle exchanged points.

At this stage the winners lifted their game once more and went on attack and after a movement involving several players Kevin Dempsey was taken down for a free which saw Michael Murphy score his third point of the half.

One last effort from Laragh before the break saw Christopher Merrigan bring the sides level with a point on a score of 0-05 each.

Within four minutes of the restart county U-21 player Kevin Dempsey sent over a point which saw his team mates respond as they took the game to their opponents and went on to dominate which saw the winners add three more points through Patrick Byrn5e, one from play, and two frees from centre forward Michael Murphy.

One brief rally from Laragh resulted in Christopher Merrigan scoring a point from a free which saw Barndarrig leading on a score of 0-09 to 0-06 at the end of the third quarter.

However any hopes of a Laragh revival were dashed when wing back Jimmy Waldron and Greg Doyle scored a point each.

The remainder of the game saw Paddy Kinsella's side go through the motions but they suffered a blow when Jimmy Waldron received a red card following a tackle on a Laragh forward.

The winners gave another good all round team performance to clinch victory and in doing so remain unbeaten which is not a bad record after stepping up a grade from last year.

Before the game a minutes silence was held in memory of the late Niall Lynham who lost his life during the week following an accident.

Scorers for Barndarrig: Michael Murphy 0-05 (5f), Greg Doyle 0-02, Eoin Brennan 0-01, Hughie Doyle 0-01, Patrick Byrne 0-01, Jimmy Waldron 0-01.

Laragh: Christopher Merrigan 0-5 (4f), Liam McEvoy 0-01.

Barndarrig: Ray O'Brien; James Cullen, Keith Bradshaw, Nicky Sinnott; Niall Devereux, Kevin Dempsey, Jimmy Waldron; Bernard Quinn, Hughie Doyle; Martin Cullen, Michael Murphy, Greg O'Doyle; Patrick Byrne, Eoin Brennan, Enda Dempsey. Subs: Stephen Collins for Enda Dempsey, Sean O'Brien for Eoin Brenan. Colin Devereux for Michael Murphy.

Laragh: Aaron Lynham; James Cullen, Brendan Ward, Ross Doonan; Alan Smith, Tommy Cullen, Craig McCoy; Ciaran Nolan, Garry Cullen; David Miley, Chris Merrigan, Mark Miley; Evan Hawkins Liam McEvoy, John Nolan. Sub: Stephen O'Neill for Evan Hawkins.

Referee: Mattie Dowling Carnew

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