JFC semi-final: Valiant Vincents rally to reach final

September 15, 2018

Niall Tallon St Vincents with Peter Carpenter Carnaross during the Meath JFC semi final at Pairc Tailteann

St Vincent's showed tremendous resilience to overcome Carnaross in the first Teach na Teamhrach JFC semi-final at Pairc Tailteann on Saturday afternoon.  

St Vincent's ...... 1-10
Carnaross ........  0-12

Sub Jack Byrne's goal with the hour almost up turned the game St Vincent's way. Ronan Kearns' charges quickly folllowed up with a Ryan Hand point from play to hit the front for the first time. 

It cushioned them against a late Cian O'Reilly free that completed the scoring. 

While St Vincent's attitude was deservedly rewarded, Carnaross will wonder why they lost this game having been in control for most of the way. Byrne's goal was the first time they fell into arrears. 

Carnaross bossed the opening half and looked set to win comforably when leading by 0-8 to 0-1 at the interval. Frank O'Reilly scored six points for the Cavan-border side in the first 30 minutes. He didn't add to his tally. His 56th minute dismissal on receipt of his second yellow card seriously undermined his side's hopes. 

With a Carnaross' Charles Brogan points 20 seconds after the restart, the game seemed set to follow a familiar trend. Frank O'Reilly was wide with a scoreable free shortly after.

St Vincent's set about eroding the deficit by degrees. Thomas Field's presence in the centre of the pitch helped the eventual winners. 

When Field hoisted over his side first score from play from about 50 metres it left the board reading 0-9 to 0-3 after 36 minutes. Heading into the final quarter Carnaross led by 0-10 to 0-5. 

With Carnaross seemingly losing their focus, St Vincent's tagged on four scores on the spin. A Richard O'Sullivan 45 cut the gap to the minimum, 0-10 to 0-9,  in the 59th minute.

Carnaross were denied in the 54th minute when Cathal Tallon stopped John L McGee's effort 

A Patrick McDermott effort with help from Niall McDonnell seemed to stymie the St Vincent's rally. The Ardcath-men's resilience was rewarded with the match-winning scores with Carnaross left to wonder what might have been.,

Carnaross opened with intent on making early marks on the scoreboard. A magnificently flighted Frank O'Reilly effort opened the scoring within 50 seconds. By the end of the third minute John L McGee pointed before O'Reilly added a free.

When Dermot McGee pointed in the eighth minute it was 0-5 to 0-0 to the Cavan-border side. Carnaross then went 12 minutes without a score. During that fallow period for Tom Shine's men, a Thomas Field free yielded St Vincent's sole first-half score. 

Carnaross had a couple of goal chances when playing into the town end. Five minutes in Sam Reynolds low shot was deflected for a 45 by Niall Tallon. O'Reilly pointed the subsequent kick. By the break he had two from play, two frees and two 45s. 

Dermot McGee went close to goaling in the 21st minute but St Vincent's 'netminder Cathal Tallon stopped the shot. 

St Vincent's - Cathal Tallon; Mark Crowley, David Tallon, John Corry; Barry O'Sullivan, Niall Tallon, Martin Fox; Bob Tallon, Ryan Hand (0-1); Shane O'Brien, Patrick Arnold, Nigel Hand (0-1); Richard O'Sullivan (0-4, 2fs, 1 45), Thomas Field (0-3, 2fs), Robert Lynch. Subs - Jack Byrne (1-0) for Fox (23), Eoghan Corry (0-1) for O'Brien (25), Patrick McGill for R Lynch (29), Andrew McEntee (56), Leo Corry for John Corry (58). 

Carnaross - Ollie Murphy; Liam Brogan, Peter Farrelly, Ian Donoghue; Sam Reynolds, Cian O'Reilly (0-1 f), Peter Carpenter; Dermot McGee (0-1), Tomas Plunkett; Niall McDonnell, Frank O'Reilly (0-6, 2fs, 2 45s), Killian Porter; Patrick McDermott (0-2), John L McGee (0-1), Charles Brogan (0-1). Subs - Thomas Nugent for Carpenter (47), Cillian Comaskey for Porter (53), Cormac O'Reilly for John L McGee (58). 

Referee - Gus Martyn (Dunderry)

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