Joe Mallon SFC round two losers section
Carbury kept themselves in the senior championship hunt on Saturday afternoon as a brilliant attacking display saw them earn a six-point victory over a Maynooth side who battled bravely throughout but will ultimately be left scrapping for their senior status in a relegation dogfight this year.
Eoghan O'Flaherty was the star of a potent Carbury attack that scored all but two of their points from play, and with Kildare manager Cian O'Neill looking on the former county star kicked eight superb points in a fine performance.
The first half was as good a game of football as one could ask for as it was the type of encounter to make the purists purr. While it was a bit one-sided as Carbury took a 0-13 to 0-6 into the break, both teams played open expansive football, but it was the leader's gameplan that was working the best.
Eoghan O'Flaherty was placed at the edge of the square and basically acted as a one-man full-forward line for most of the first half, with the likes of Andy Dermody, Terry Rossiter and Dale Redmond all flooding in to his area when he won the ball.
It was of course the former county man that got scoreboard up and running after two minutes when he knocked the ball over from close range, and he doubled his tally just a couple of minutes later with another effortless score. The lively Redmond then kicked Carbury into a three-point lead, and this seemed to prod Maynooth into waking up.
A fine score from the right by Jonathan Flattery opened their account into the sixth minute, and that was followed by a score from Kildare senior panelist Ruadhan O'Giollain who pointed after splitting open the Carbury backline with a fine run.
Andy Dermody and Neill Flynn then traded scores, but Carbury then struck three in a row as they exerted a bit of dominance on proceedings. O'Flaherty was giving Cian Forde and Darren Maguire a torrid time in near the Maynooth goal, and the ball supplied to him from those out the field was causing absolute havoc. Redmond fed in one such ball which O'Flaherty scooped up before knocking over, before he returned the favour to setup Redmond for a point. Alan Kearney then smashed over a score straight from the resultant kickout as Carbury breezed into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead midway through the half.
Sean Sinclair and Terry Rossiter traded scores at either end before Flynn floated over a peach of a point from the right wing, but Carbury reeled off five in a row as they put some real distance between themselves and Maynooth. Both Eoghan and Morgan O'Flaherty raised white flags before the latter supplied Dermody to fist over another point. Eoghan O'Flaherty and Rossiter added further scores before the break, but a Chris Canning point ensured Carbury's lead was 0-13 to 0-6 at the interval.
When substitute Stephen McGlynn stretched the leader's advantage out to eight points at the start of the second half it looked like game over, but Maynooth had plenty of fight left in them and they soon found a way back into the game. The warning signs were there for Carbury when goalkeeper Declan Conroy was needed to prevent a goal from Sinclair, though Flynn slotted over the '45 that resulted from his save and O'Giollain also floated over a score soon after. Carbury looked to be weathering the storm as Eoghan and Morgan O'Flaherty struck a point each, but Maynooth turned the game on its head with 2-2 in the space of five minutes. Flynn started the purple patch with a pointed free, before midfielder John McAndrew burst through to roll home a goal on 40 minutes to really spark Maynooth to life. Flynn was accurate from a placed ball once more, before Sinclair thundered a brilliant shot from 15 metres out in off the underside of the bar to cut the deficit to one, but that was as good as it got for the north Kildare men as Carbury showed supreme composure to see the game out in impressive fashion.
They scored the next four points of the game following Sinclair's goal as all three O'Flaherty brothers - Brian, Eoghan and Morgan - scores from play, while substitute Shane Cummins also weighed in with a score. Maynooth came again as Flynn fired over two quickfire points to pull his side to within the once again, but the final five minutes were more comfortable than expected for Carbury as Cummins, McGlynn and James Kelly all scored late on to push Carbury over the line and into the third round.
Scorers for Carbury: E O'Flaherty 0-8(2f), D Redmond and M O'Flaherty 0-3 each, S McGlynn, T Rossiter, A Dermody and S Cummins 0-2 each, A Kearney, J Kelly and B O'Flaherty 0-1 each.
Scorers for Maynooth: N Flynn 0-7(3f,1'45), S Sinclair 1-1, J McAndrew 1-0, R O'Giollain 0-2, P Murphy, C Canning and J Flattery 0-1 each.
D Conroy; D Boyle, C Kearney, W Groomed; M Kelly, M O'Flaherty, S Moore; T Colleary, S Costello(S McGlynn HT); E O'Flaherty, B O'Flaherty, D Redmond; A Dermody(S Cummins 43mins), A Kearney(J Cully 55mins), T Rossiter(J Kelly 55mins).
M Donnellan; D Hurley, D Maguire, B Carroll; R O'Giollain, D McAvinue(I Doyle 55mins), C Forde; S Higgins, J McAndrew; N Flynn, B Agunsoye, P Hever(P Hever 40mins); S Sinclair, J Flattery, C Canning.
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