Avondale advance in Leinster hurling qualifier
Avondale CC 7- 6, Scoil Chonglais 3-7: Avondale Community College reached the semi final of the Junior Hurling Leinster D qualifier competition with a good win over Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass on Tuesday.
The Rathdrum school had the advantage of a stiff wind in the first half and took full advantage with some early goals from full forward Stevie Olohan. They went on to lead by 4-4 to 1-1 at half time. Following the half time talks from Scoil Chonglais manager Lorcan Duffy and the Avondale duo of John Larkin and Jimmy O’Shaughnessy both sides restarted with renewed effort.
A feature of the second half was the side line cutting of Mark Pierce of Scoil Chonglais including one excellent point. The home team narrowed the gap but Avondale’s better balanced side could always come up with the extra scored when needed. Avondale now play De La Salle College Wicklow in the semi final.
Best for the winners were Pádraig Geoghegan in defence, Ryan Cahill at midfield and Stevie Olohan in attack as well as the tearaway twins Emmet and Jamie Byrne.
Scoil Chonglais had good players in Michael Sweeney, Mark Pierce, Robert Cremin and Conor Foley.
Stevie Olohan 41, Adam Manley 2-2, Jamie Byrne 11, Mark Manley 0-2. Scoil Chonglais Conor Foley 2-2, John Rafferty and Mark Pierce 0-2 each, Robert Cremin 0-1.
Scorers Avondale :
Adam Cooney, Niall Ryan, Pádraig Geoghegan, Adam Manley, Emmet Byrne, Bernard Quinn, Ryan Cahill, mark Manley, Jamie Byrne, John Nolan, Adam Tuke, Stevie Olohan, Callum Pursey. SUBS: C Doyle, J Shortall, R Esmonde, R Doyle, A Doyle, P Kinsella, J O’halloran, D ward, P Byrne, C Ryan.
Stephen Heaslip, Mark Farran, Michael Sweeney, Adam Fleming, Mark Pierce, Shane Byrne, Robert Cremin, Luke Keane, Edward Gorman, Conor Foley, John Rafferty, Dylan Broe, Nimai Black.
Meanwhile the County Wicklow schools junior team suffered another narrow defeat when going under to Borris VS by 0-8 to 1-4.
As this promising team have lost both their games they have exited the competition.
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Most impressive team in the first round was St Kilian’s CS Bray, managed by Brian Duggan, who had a comfortable win over St David’s Greystones St Kevin’s CC Dunlavin also qualified for the quarter final of the competition.
This promises to be a busy week with first round games scheduled in Boys Senior Football and Boys First Year football.