AGB on impressive run
AGB HAVE made a marvellous start to this year’s division one football league, unbeaten after three matches.
They recorded their second win of the campaign at home to Stratford on Saturday but the big question is can they take that winning form into the summer and the championship season.
Stratford, who have still to chalk up their first win after three defeats, had their chances of at least coming away from Arklow with a draw, but they will bemoan many missed chances in this match.
The seasiders started off with a fair wind at their back, raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead before retiring for the interval break in front by 0-7 to 0-3.
Stratford stepped up their game in the second-half but they were guilty of many passes going astray.
Philip Gleeson got the insurance point for AGB towards the end, while corner-forward Stephen Hurley turned in a fivestar performance as he drilled over six smashing points, two of them from frees.
Alan McBride and Pat Egan, goalie James Bolger and Freddie Millar also played well for AGB as did Mark Ivanoff and Gary Tyrrell when they were both introduced to the game. AGB are away to Annacurra on Friday night in what will be another testing match.
Corner-forward Mark Caplis, Pádraig O’Neill and Damien O’Neill in the backs played well for Stratford, while Michael Hambidge impressed when he came on.
Scorers for AGB were: Stephen Hurley ( 0-6), Andy Brennan, Niall Mullett, Ivan Hurley and Philip Gleeson ( 0-1 each).
Stratford scorers were Mark Caplis (0-5, which included one great point from a sideline free), Nick O’Neill (0-2), James Barrett and Michael Hambidge (0-1 each).
Stratford's Marcus Handbidge tackles Ivan Hurley of Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney.