New­town beat Ash­ford to reach the last four

Bray People - - Sport -

New­town 2-4, Ash­ford 16: New­town qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal of the Philip Doyle Ju­nior B foot­ball cham­pi­onship when they saw of the chal­lenge of Ash­ford in a keenly-con­tested game played in ex­cel­lent con­di­tions at New­cas­tle on Tues­day evening last, writes Mick Ha­gan.

The win­ners got off to a dream start when Terry Mur­phy found the net af­ter six min­utes and af­ter both sides missed scor­ing chances Gra­ham Mooney pointed from a free in the sixth minute.

At this stage Ash­ford took the game to their op­po­nents and with a good sup­ply to the for­wards, with for­mer Bless­ing­ton player, vet­eran Gary An­der­son caus­ing havoc in the New­town de­fence in which he scored three points in row one from play and two frees.

New­town’s only re­sponse was a point from Dessie Wa­ters and fol­low­ing an lack­lus­tre first-half the sides fin­ished level on a score of 1-1 to 0-4 at the in­ter­val.

Af­ter the break the game re­ally came to life fol­low­ing a move in­volv­ing sev­eral play­ers be­fore Dean Mooney scored his sides only goal which saw Ash­ford lead­ing 14 to 1-1 af­ter 36 min­utes. With both teams striv­ing to keep their cham­pi­onship hopes alive Glen McKeanna and Paddy Shan­non ex­changed points.

New­town were back in the game when a free from sub­sti­tute Brian Ma­her floated into the Ash­ford goal­mouth and cor­ner-for­ward John Halpin rose above the de­fend­ers to fist a goal which saw the sides level on a score of 2-2 to 1-5 af­ter 40 min­utes.

With this score prov­ing to be a real tonic for the win­ners they went on to add two fur­ther points from Antony Duffy and Dessie Wa­ters with ten min­utes left to play.

Mean­while, the game saw an ex­cit­ing fin­ish as Ash­ford ral­lied to try and save the game and they were re­warded with a pointed free from top scorer Gary An­der­son to re­duce the lead to a sin­gle point and dur­ing the fi­nal min­utes they lay siege in the New­town goal­mouth in search of an equal­is­ing point but it was not to be as goal­keeper Trevor O’Brien and the full-back line stood firm to en­sure that the win­ners held on to clinch victory by the min­i­mum.

BBoth teams de­serve credit for their com­mit­ment dur­ing the hour in what was a sport­ing con­test. As the con­clud­ing stages of the cham­pi­onship draws near the semi­fi­nals pair­ings are New­town v St. Pa­trick’s and Ti­na­hely v. An Tochar in what should prove to be two in­ter­est­ing clashes.

New­town scor­ers: Terry Mur­phy (1-0); John Halpin (10); Dessie Wa­ters ( 0- 2); Antony Duffy (0-1); Glen McKenna (0-1).

Ash­ford scor­ers: Dean Mooney (1-0); Gary An­der­son ( 0- 4, 2 frees); Gra­ham Mooney (0-1); Paddy Shan­non (0-1).

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