Kil­coole start cam­paign with win over Avon­dale

Bray People - - SPORT -

Kil­coole foot­ballers started off their 2010 cam­paign in divi­sion two on a winning note with a three points win over Avon­dale last week.

The men from Goose­bank were only pipped at the post by Eire Og for pro­mo­tion to divi­sion one a cou­ple of weeks back and it was their prepa­ra­tion and fit­ness for that tus­sle that stood to them against Avon­dale last Tues­day.

Avon­dale started strongly, per­formed very well in the first half to lead by 1-2 to 0-4 at the break, in­creased that lead to three points early in the sec­ond-half, but then seemed to run out of steam in the vi­tal clos­ing phased of this keen­ly­con­tested match.

The Dales would also con­tend that the fact that the game was held up for ten min­utes as a re­sult of a se­ri­ous in­jury to Kil­coole’s Vinny Quigley also had a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on their game.

Avon­dale had been ‘fly­ing’ up to Quigley’s in­jury but seemed to lose mo­men­tum when the match did even­tu­ally restart and Kil­coole re­grouped and took con­trol in the clos­ing phase to run out win­ners with six unan­swered points.

Avon­dale had a very bright start to the match as Conor McGraynor and Ian Hef­fer­nan banged over points and Eu­gene Dunne punched a great goal fol­low­ing a good move in­volv­ing David Kin­sella and Paul Ga­han, who floated an invit­ing ball across the face of the goal.

Ian Hef­fer­nan banged over two quick frees af­ter the restart and Avon­dale were bomb­ing along as they stretched their lead to three points 1-4 to 0-4.

But ev­ery­thing changed ut­terly af­ter Vinny Quigley’s in­jury. Kil­coole seemed to have more fuel in their tank to stay the course and they fin­ished stronger with six winning points.

Near the end Kil­coole were awarded a penalty, but the ref­eree changed his de­ci­sion and is­sued a red card to a Kil­coole player in­stead.

James Busher at full-back, David Kin­sella at wing-back and Paul Ga­han at cor­ner-for­ward shone for Avon­dale.

Dara and Ro­nan Kennedy and Eoin Han­ney stood out for win­ners Kil­coole, while 17-year-old Shane Keogh made his mark when he was in­tro­duced to the game.

Scor­ers for Kil­coole were Ro­nan Keddy (0-4), Vinny Quigley ( 0-2), Matthew Gil­bert (0-2), Jonathan Hynes and Peter McKenna (0-1 each).

Avon­dale scor­ers were Ian Hef­fer­nan ( 0-3, two from frees), Conor McGraynor (0-1) and Eu­gene Dunne (10).

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