Avoca book their place in quarter-final
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.