Len­non shines as Donard-Glen see off Ash­ford

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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).

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