Lennon shines as Donard-Glen see off Ashford
Donard-Glen 1-16, Ashford 1-5: Midfielder Brian Lennon turned in sparkling performance for DonardGlen as he pointed them to this victory over Ashford in their opening Keating Trophy game at Arklow on Sunday.
Victory means that Donard-Glen not alone stay in the race for this subsidiary Senior football trophy but perhaps more important they are certain of retaining their Senior football status in 2009.
In stark contrast this defeat leaves Ashford still dangling in the dreaded relegation zone.
From the throw-in Ashford went on the offensive and posted two early wides, but then in the second minute they were rocked by a Joe White goal for Donard-Glen in their first attack.
Brian Lennon moved into over-drive for the westerners at midfield, showing off his phenomenal accuracy from frees and play as he banged over four points on the trot. Wing-forward Dermot Daly got his name on the scoresheet for the winners on ten minutes before Lennon pointed again from play and Donard-Glen were ahead by 1-6 before the end of the first quarter with Ashford yet to score.
The men in black and amber made the first deposit in their account on 13 minutes when midfielder Jonathan O’Connor raised a white flag and we thought that they might be going to make a game of it when full-forward Philip Doyle slid the ball to the Donard-Glen net from a centre by Dean Mooney, leaving them 1-8 to 1-2 behind at the break.
But Ashford had no answer to the accuracy of Brian Lennon as he brought his total to nine points in the second-half, five of them from frees, while Tommy Dwyer also caught the eye with three fine points, two of them from frees. A comfortable win for Donard-Glen in the end. Scorers for Donard-Glen: Brian Lennon (0-9, five frees), Joe White (1-1), Thomas Dwyer (0-4), Dermot Daly and Alan Tutty (0-1 each).
Ashford scorers: Philip Doyle (1-1), Stephen Behan (0-2, frees), Jonathan O’Connor and Niall Mooney (0-1).