Kilcoole start campaign with win over Avondale
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).