Late Ronan Joyce goal helps Naas grab a draw against Carbury in Senior Football League

Robert Cribbin

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Carbury 1-13 Naas 1-13                    Ems Copiers Senior Football League Division 1 Round 3 A 62 nd minute Ronan Joyce goal ensured Naas snatched a point against Carbury after a competitive Division 1 League clash on Friday evening. It’s a game that Carbury will look back on with plenty of regret as they opened up a big early lead after Eoghan O’Flaherty goaled and they also led by three points entering stoppage time but they couldn’t hold out. O’Flaherty was the best player on the field as he kicked 1-9 for the hosts but full credit must be given to Naas for staying in the fight and despite being without the likes of Eamonn Callaghan, Brian Byrne and Ciaran Doyle, Niall Cronin’s men found a way to dig out the result. Coming into the game the two sides had one loss and one defeat on the board so they remain deadlocked in midtable after three games. Carbury opened the scoring in the 4 th minute with Eoghan O’Flaherty finding the target from a difficult angle on the back of a very patient move before Naas equalised courtesy of a Dean McHolmes effort. Carbury then kicked on with O’Flaherty getting free inside and he struck a shot past Luke Mullins and into the bottom corner for the game’s opening goal. Sean Haslam added to the score when he fired over when a goal may have been on but Naas came fighting back with points from Barry Murphy, Darragh Kirwan and Colm Joyce reducing the deficit to just a point. O’Flaherty replied with a free for Carbury’s first point in twelve minutes but it was brief respite as Naas powered on with five points in a row. Luke Griffin kicked a brace of frees before also scoring from play on the back of a poor Aaron O’Neill kickout and when Colm Joyce and Sean Cullen were also on target Naas moved into a 0-9 to 1-3 lead. Carbury did regain some sort of groove before the end of the half though as O’Flaherty and Jimmy Dunne scored to leave them trailing by just a solitary point. Both teams then shared scores at the beginning of the second half with O’Flaherty exchanging points with Kirwan and Colm Joyce. In similar fashion to the first period Carbury then got a bit of a mini spurt going with four points on the bounce giving them a three point lead. O’Flaherty kicked two of the efforts while the evergreen former Kildare star Derek McCormack and lively substitute Ciaran McKeon were also on hand to find the target. O’Flaherty with his eight point and Shane Ryan with his first duly swapped scores that left Carbury with a 1-12 to 0-12 lead entering the final ten minutes but Naas again fought back. In a game where goal chances were at a premium Naas managed to create a few but both Barry Murphy and Shane Ryan were out of luck with Murphy blazing a shot wide while Aaron O’Neill pulled off a brilliant save with his foot from Ryan. Ronan Joyce appeared as a sub for Naas and his 59 th minute free narrowed the gap further but when O’Flaherty replied in kind Carbury looked set for victory. Naas weren’t to be denied though and after great work by Darragh Kirwan where he beat a couple of defenders he then released Ronan Joyce in space and the forward made no mistake in firing a shot past O’Neill in the Carbury goal for a stoppage time equaliser. There was still time after the goal for a late winner but it never came to pass a both sides had to settle for a draw. Carbury; Aaron O’Neill, Kevin O’Neill, William Groome, Dean Cummins, Brian O’Flaherty, Morgan O’Flaherty, Andrew Dermody, James Carey, Alan Kearney, Jimmy Dunne 0-1, Jack Cully, Derek McCormack 0-1, James Kelly, Eoghan O’Flaherty 1-9 (0-5fs), Sean Haslam 0-1. Subs used: Ciaran McKeon 0-1 for Kelly 42 mins, David Kelly for Kearney 50 mins, Justin Reilly for McCormack 52 mins, Mark Cully for Haslam 60 mins, Brian Millmoe for Dermody 60 mins. Naas: Luke Mullins; Adam Cronin, Conor McCarthy, Fiachra Piggott, Eoin Doyle, Paul Sullivan, John Joyce, Eoghan Bateman, Brian Kane, Colm Joyce 0-2 (0-2fs), Dean McHolmes 0-1, David Shaw, Luke Griffin 0-3 (0-2fs), Sean Cullen 0-1, Darragh Kirwan 0-2. Subs used: Barry Murphy 0-1 for McHolmes 10 mins, David Gahan for Bateman 24 mins, Shane Ryan 0-1 for J.Joyce 37 mins, Shane Gibbons for C.Joyce 50 mins, Ronan Joyce 1-1 (0-1f) for Cullen 55 mins, Dallan Gallagher for Gahan 58 mins. Ref: Peter Farrell