Avondale win extra-time thriller
Avondale Community College 4-13, St. Brendan’s College 3-13: Avondale advanced to the next round of the Leinster Schools Senior Football C championship in Bray last Thursday with an extra-time win over St Brendan’s.
The first-half was evenly-contested with points being exchanged regularly. The decisive score in this period was an Avondale goal in the 21st minute by Dean Kirwan which helped his team to a half-time lead of 1-7 to 0-6.
Kirwan added another goal for the Rathdrum school early in the second-half and they seemed to be on course for victory. St. Brendan’s pulled back a couple of points and then in the 14th minute big full-forward Richie Bridge found the net. This gave the Bray school renewed heart. Both sides added points but with only two minutes remaining Avondale led by 2-11 to 1-10. Another Bridge goal in a goalmouth melee reduced the margin to the minimum. With almost the last kick of the game Ian Morris pointed a 45 for Brendan’s to bring the game to extratime.
In the first minute of the extra-time that man Bridge scored another goal with a fine shot to gain the initiative for the Bray school. Not to be outdone Dean Kirwan completed his hat-trick of goals for Avondale soon after and his side led by 3-13 to 3-12 at half-time in extra-time.
Dan Kelly equalised for St. Brendan’s but fullforward Steve Olohan added the vital fourth goal for Avondale to give them a narrow win.
Mark Sinnott and Niall Doyle looked good in the Avondale defence, James Byrne and Pádraig O’Toole worked hard at midfield while Brian Hanlon, Steve Olohan and Dean Kirwan were the pick of their forwards. Stephen Carton impressed in the St. Brendan’s goal. Bob O’Donnell and James Talbot were good in defence. Dan Kelly and Gavin barton won a lot of midfield possession while Ian Morris, Anto O’Neill and Richie Bridge were effective forwards. Referee was Eamonn Murray. Avondale scorers: Dean Kirwan 3-1, Steve Olohan 1-4, Brian Hanlon 0-3, Padraig O Toole 0-2, Niall Doyle, Ian Hamilton and Philip Dunne 0-1 each.
St Brendan’s scorers: Richie Bridge 3-0, Gavin Barton and Anto O’Neill 0-3 each, Conor Finn and Ian Morris 0-2 each, James Talbot, Dan Kelly and Seán Plunkett 0-1 each.
Avondale CC: Dylan Doran, Peter Kennedy, Mark Sinnott, Jason Doyle, Denis Heffernan, Pádraig Geoghegan, Niall Doyle, James Byrne, Pádraig O’Toole, Brian Hanlon, John Andrew Kinsella, Ian Hamilton, Dean Kirwan, Steve Olohan, Stephen O’Neill. Subs. - Philip Dunne, Joe Kennedy, Seán Kinsella.
St. Brendan’s College: Stephen Carton, Alan Loveridge, Patrick Harris, Harry Stephenson, Conor Finn, Bob O’Donnell, James Talbot, Gavin Barton, Dan Kelly, Luke Walsh, Ian Morris, Joe Byrne, Seán Plunkett, Richie Bridge, Anto O’Neill. Subs. - Dean O’Neill, Shane Gallagher
GAELCHOLAISTE INTO FINAL
Gaelcholaiste na Mara Arklow reached the South Leinster Juvenile football 11-a-side final in Gorey on Wednesday. They beat Bunclody Vocational College by 5-6 to 1-4 to reach their first provincial final.
Leinster Championships: Vocational schools Senior Hurling B - Kilcormac 2-9, Colaiste Bhride Carnew 0-5; Vocational schools Senior Football B - Rathangan 4-11, Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass 311; St Kevin’s Dunlavin got walkover from Borris VS; Leinster Schools senior football C quarterfinal - Presentation College Bray 1-12, Wexford CBS 1-8.
County championships: Girls senior football - Dominican College Wicklow 7-6, Colaiste Raithin 2-3; Girls Junior football - Loreto College Bray 410, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann 0-8; Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass 4-12, St. Kevin’s Dunlavin 6-3; Boys senior football B - Coláiste Raithin Bray 2-8, Blessington CC 1-9.
Almost 50 transition year students attended a refereeing course in Bray Emmets clubhouse on Wednesday. They will have another double session this week and that will be followed by an exam. Future sessions will take place in Aughrim and Baltinglass.