Avon­dale win ex­tra-time thriller

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

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 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.

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