Carrickedmond kept up their great start to the Division 1 league when they overcame Colmcille at McGee Park on Friday night last.
Eugene McCormack’s charges have just lost one league game from five fixtrues and were full value for this win which they grinded out. It was a game of two halves with the strong wind playing its part.
Colmcille bossed the first half and went in at the break two points in front. Carrickedmond upped their game in the second half and a goal from John Lenehan in the 37th minute proved to be the difference.
Colmcille squandered a number of chances to get something out of the game and had to play the final 10 minutes with 14 men after Declan Farrell received a second yellow card. They sorely missed the scoring threat of brothers Paul and Barry McKeon who are out injured at the moment.
Both sides had early chances to open the scoring but hit a number of wides. John O’Shea got the game’s first point in the 11th minute but Colmcille hit back with points from Shea McKeon (free) and Vinny Hourican to put them in front.
Carrickedmond levelled before Ciaran Brady’s side took control of proceedings; McKeon hit over another free and Darren Mulligan and Declan Farrell added points. In the 26th minute Colmcille extended their lead to four points when Noel Farrell hit over an excellent point from long range.
After 13 minutes without a score Carrickedmond got their third point when Mark McDonnell hit over a free and just before half-time the gap was two points (0-6 to 0-4) when Marty Mulvey scored a neat point.
Three minutes into the second half another Shea McKeon free put Colmcille in front by three. Carrickedmond had a goal chance in the 35th minute which ended in Padraig McGrath firing the ball over the bar.
But they got their crucial goal two minutes later when Marty Mulvey laid the ball off to John Lenehan and he made no mistake. Down the other end Carrick keeper Garrett Higgins denied Declan Farrell twice with vital saves.
A great point from John O’Shea then put Carrickedmond ahead by two points. Shea McKeon cut the deficit to one point with a free before Jonathan Keegan put two between them again in the 48th minute.
Chasing the game Colmcille were dealt a blow when full-forward Declan Farrell was sent off for a second bookable offence. Two minutes later a John Gerety point for Carrick put a goal between the sides.
Carrickedmond made changes but substitute Conor Kelly didn’t last too long; he was black carded just minutes after he was introduced.
With the clock ticking down Colmcille knew they needed a goal to salvage something out of the game. They attacked in numbers but Carrickedmond’s defence stood firm and made two fantastic blocks as Colmcille went in search of a goal. They just couldn’t get it and Carrickedmond held on for the win.
COLMCILLE: Mark Kiernan; Gary Murtagh, Enda Macken, Shane Grey; Cormac Hughes, Noel Farrell (0-1), Francis Kavanagh; Cathal Reilly, Fergal Sheridan; John Paul Reilly, Vinny Hourican (0-1), Martin Mulligan; Darren Mulligan (0-1), Declan Farrell (0-1), Shea McKeon (0-4, 4f).
Subs:- Anthony Gormley for M Mulligan (26 mins); Padraig Murtagh for F Kavanagh (49 mins); Niall Farley for D Mulligan (50 mins); Gerry Mulligan for JP Reilly (58 mins).
CARRICKEDMOND: Garrett Higgins; Oisin Farrell, Kevin Moran, Niall O’Farrell; John Gerety (0-1), Padraig O’Shea, Cathal Pearse Belton; Barry O’Farrell, John O’Shea (0-2); Padraig McGrath (0-1), Mark McDonnell (0-1, f), Patrick Farrell (0-1); Jonathan Keegan (0-1), John Lenehan (1-0), Marty Mulvey (0-1).
Subs:- Enda O’Farrell for J Keegan (56 mins); Conor Kelly for J Lenehan (56 mins); Paul McGuire for C Kelly (black card, 58 mins).
Referee: Michael O’Brien (Longford Slashers).