Avoca book their place in quar­ter-fi­nal

Bray People - - Sport -

Avoca 0-13, Bless­ing­ton 1-6: It may have taken two games to de­cide who will play Rath­new in the quar­ter-fi­nal of the NDI Ju­nior C foot­ball cham­pi­onship, but there was no dis­put­ing that Ed­die Leonard’s troops from Avoca were wor­thy win­ners over Bless­ing­ton at Round­wood on Tues­day evening last, writes Mick Ha­gan.

JU­NIOR C FOOT­BALL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Emerg­ing with a four-point winning mar­gin, the win­ners were al­ways in con­trol and led at the break 0-7 to 0-3, with the first score of this re­play fall­ing to im­pres­sive full-for­ward Ja­son Porter af­ter five min­utes. But a youth­ful and de­ter­mined Bless­ing­ton side re­sponded with a brace of points from play from cor­ner-for­ward Ed­die Boylan. At this stage the men from the meet­ings of the wa­ter upped the tempo and were re­warded with a point each from vet­eran Damian Dev­ereux and Ja­son Porter, both from play, while a Stephen Wil­loughy point for the west Wick­low side saw Avoca lead­ing 0-4 to 0-3 af­ter the first quar­ter.

The next eight min­utes saw Avoca lay the foun­da­tion for victory when they scored three points in a row from dual player John Harpur, James Mooney and Ja­son Porter, while Bless­ing­ton were left to rue some bad shoot­ing from their for­wards which was to prove costly be­fore half-time.

Avoca started the sec­ond-half with points from James Mooney and P.J. Fluskey and they con­tin­ued to carry the game to their op­po­nents and in do­ing so held the op­po­si­tion score­less dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter de­spite hav­ing full-back Wayne Kennedy sent off on a straight red card.

The win­ners notched up four dur­ing that pe­riod through John Kil­barry (2) and sin­gles from James Mooney and P.J. Fluskey to give they a com­mand­ing lead of 0-13 to 0-3 with seven min­utes re­main­ing.

A late rally by Bless­ing­ton who fielded seven Mi­nors on the team brought three points from im­pres­sive cor­ner-for­ward Ed­die Boylan and a goal from the penalty spot by Keith Nolan to close the scor­ing, which left Avoca win­ners in a good all round team per­for­mance in which all six for­wards scored dur­ing the game in what was a sport­ing con­test that was played in ex­cel­lent con­di­tions.

Paul Brady also de­serves credit for the man­ner in which he pre­sented the grounds for this con­test.

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