Easy for Avondale
by half-time when they led by 1-12 to 1-0, the Ashford goal by wingforward Seán Doyle coming just on the stroke of half-time.
Wing-forward Cormac McGraynor gave us a wonderful exhibition of score-taking from play and frees in the first-half, though he missed from a couple of frees early in the second-half, while Shane Byrne was hugely impressive on the other wing along with Ian McDonald at fullforward, Cormac Doyle at centreback and James Busher at fullback.
Ashford, who have some good under-age players coming through that give hope for the future, had a bright start to the second-half with a goal by Paddy Shannon and a point by full-forward Brendan Manning from a free, but Avondale took over again in the final quarter to run out easy winners indeed. KILCOOLE AND An Tochar have to meet again to decide their quarterfinal match in the Junior B football championship after the sides played out a thrilling draw at Ashford on Saturday.
The Roundwood men looked as if they were going to win this match at their ease as they built up a 0-8 to 0-3 interval lead after a dominant firsthalf, but Kilcoole refused to believe that the game was gone beyond their reach.
Instead they staged a gutsy fightback in the second-half and crucial goals by Dean Healy and Barry Hamilton put this game down to a nail biting finish and a share of the spoils.
Stephan Coughlan opened the scoring for Kilcoole in the third minute and Keith Reynolds levelled the scores for a second time on 0-2 each after ten, but the remainder of the half was largely controlled by An Tochar.
At wing-forward Shay Cullen was at his predatory best, scoring five points from play and frees, with plenty of support from defenders Gary McGillycuddy, Brendan Brady, Joe Coleman and Eddie Kavanagh.
Behind by 0-3 to 0-8 at the break, Kilcoole felt it was time to beef up their team by introducing three pairs of fresh legs.
In particular Paul Deere made a huge difference and inside three minutes the revival was underway as Dean Healy stabbed the ball to the net from the edge of the square after a shot by full-forward Darren Dunne was blocked.
Points by Healy and Jimmy Hackett and all of a sudden the margin was down to a single point (1-5 to 0-9) after ten minutes. Game on in earnest at that stage with midfielders Stephen Coughlan Colm McGovern, Dean Healy, and Keith Reynolds catching the eye for Kilcoole in particular.
Kilcoole’s Keith Reynolds levelled scores at the end of the third quarter, but Joe Coleman and Shay Cullen put An Tochar two ahead in the next four minutes.
John Byrne pulled one back for the men from Goosebank but Cullen stretched the Roundwood lead with another fine brace from frees
Into injury-time at this stage and time appeared to be running out for Kilcoole.
But still they pushed forward in hope if nothing else.
They won a free on the left wing; the ball was pumped into the square and super sub Barry Hamilton finished to the net. The sides were level at 2-7 to 0-13.
It was edge of seats stuff at this stage. Kilcoole came marauding once more.
Another free on the left flank. A difficult angle, but Stephen Coughlin drilled it between the posts. Kilcoole up by a point 2-8 to 0-13.
Now it was the turn of An Tochar to show character.
They came raiding and won a free on the right. It may have suited Shay Cullen but the angle was intimidating.
However Cullen had sparkled throughout and banged it over for a final equaliser to put this match to a replay.