Avondale dethrone the champions in thriller
AVONDALE COMMUNITY College have won the County Wicklow post primary schools girls Senior football A championship for the first time. However, they had to battle all the way against the holders Scoil Chonglais in a titanic struggle in Avondale on Thursday.
Avondale scored first, an Amy Murphy point, but a goal by Emma Byrne soon had the Baltinglass girls ahead. The lead changed hands a number of times in an exciting first half. Goals by the Miley sisters, Katie and Sarah, gave Avondale an advantage but a Baltinglass goal by the excellent Chloe Farrell left the sides level at the interval 2-7 each.
Amy Murphy again opened the scoring in the second half, notching 1-3 in the first seven minutes, but Chloe Farrell also gave a display of point scoring at the other end and a Lucy Cush goal followed by two from sub Amanda McGeer put the westerners in front by five points.
Incredibly 1-2 by Amy Murphy and a Katie Miley point in the last six minutes recovered the lead for the girls from Parnell country. Strong pressure resulted in a Chonglais free which was set over the bar in the last minute by Lucy Cush. When referee Christy O’Rourke blew for full-time the scores were level, 4-14 for Avondale CC and 5-11 for Scoil Chonglais.
The extra-time period of five minutes each way was also to provide fluctuating fortunes. Chloe Farrell scored a first minute goal and Lucy Cush added two points to put Scoil Chonglais in the driving seat. However an Amy Murphy point and Sarah Miley goal brought Avondale back into contention. Things got better for the Rathdrum school just before half-time as a good move led to an Aoife Clarke goal. This left her side two points ahead.
The final five minutes proved nerve racking for the large attendance. Both teams had great chances but scores were hard to come by. Two further Amy Murphy points increased the lead to four points but Lucy Cush pointed at the other end and almost got an equalising goal but for alert goalkeeper Becky Cassin.
After the final whistle Jim Murphy of Coiste na nIarbhunscoileanna presented the cup to the Avondale captain Sarah Miley. He complimented the two managers Una Downey of Avondale and Aisling Leonard of Scoil Chonglais on producing such fit and skilful teams.
SCORERS: AVONDALE CC: Amy Murphy 2 - 9, Sarah Murphy 2-3, Katie Miley 1-4, Aoife Clarke 1-9, Emer Byrne 0-1. SCOIL CHONGLAIS: Chloe Farrell 2-7, Lucy Cush 1-4. Amanda McGeer 2-0, Emma Byrne 1 -2, Emma Brennan 0-1.
AVONDALE CC: Becky Cassin, Megan Davis, Alison Kearney, Katie Kennedy, Emer Byrne, Amy Murphy, Katie Miley, Sarah Miley, Emma Birro, Laura Kavanagh, Caithlin Olohan. SUBS : Aoife Clarke, Lorna Driver, Becky Connor, Lauren Kennedy, Rachel Byrne, Chrissie Byrne, Tracey Sunderland, Katie Doran, Dara Byrne, Emma Kennedy, Nicola Randle, Aoife Byrne, Elizabeth Murphy
SCOIL CHONGLAIS: Megan Keogh, Sarah Fennelly, Jackie Hanbidge, Anna Fitzpatrick, Samantha Marah, Kelly Keane, Emma Byrne, Lucy Cush, Hannah Dowling, Chloe Farrell, Emma Brennan. SUBS : Amanda McGeer, Marina Timmins, Rachel O’Neill, Kate Winder, Orla Dunne, Helena Dowling, Aisling Redding, , Ciara Hennessy.
COLAISTE BHRIDE INTO CAMOGIE FINAL
Colaiste Bhride Carnew 4-7 Avondale CC 1-2: Colaiste Bhride Carnew, the holders, travelled to Avondale on Friday and qualified to meet Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass in the County Schools Senior camogie final.
Avondale pressed strongly for the first ten minutes but were unable to score. At the other end Michaela Smith score 1-1 in Colaiste Bhride’s first two attacks. Goals followed from Sarah Lifely and Mairead Sheehan as the Carnew school took control. Avondale responded well with a Leanne Quigley goal but at half-time the score was Colaiste Bhride Carnew 3-3, Avondale CC 11.
Avondale again had a good share of possession in the second half but lacked scoring power. However their defence, with Grainne Doyle in sparkling form, performed well. The polished Colaiste Bhride forwards did secure some points and with ten minutes remaining Caoimhe Roche found the net to secure victory. Avondale had a number of narrow misses but their only score of the half was a point by Katie Mundow transferred from goalkeeper to the forward line.
SCORERS: Colaiste Bhride : Sarah Lifely 1-4, Michaela Smith 1-2, Caoimhe Roche, Mairead Sheehan 1-0 each, Emily Rose Byrne 0-1. Avondale CC Leanne Quigley 1-0, Lorraine Doyle and Katie Mundow 0-1 each.
COLAISTE BHRIDE: Bridin O’Rourke, Aoife Sullivan, Ciara Nolan, Una Sinnott, Katie Kenny, Caoimhe Roche, Mairead Sheehan, Eimear Sul- livan, Emily-Rose Byrne, Michaela Smith, MaryAnne Sheehan, Sarah Lifely. SUBS USED: Ellen Greene, Emily O’Reilly.
AVONDALE CC: Katie Mundow, Claire Begley, Katie Kennedy, Dara Byrne, Grainne Doyle, Sheila Holt, Antonia Heffernan, Aoife Clarke, Lorraine Doyle, Leanne Quigley, Chrissie Byrne, Becky Boyle. SUB Kaithlin Olohan
SOUTH LEINSTER JUNIOR FOOTBALL D1
Ramsgrange Community School 3-10, Avondale Community College 1-4: Avondale were no match for a good Ramsgrange side in this lively encounter in St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy.
The Wexford team had scored six points without reply in the first 12 minutes but the Rathdrum school then opened their account with a Mark Miley goal. Michael Foley and the strong Leon Stafford always looked dangerous for Ramsgrange when in possession and a couple of minutes later they combined for a goal.
Points were then exchanged but another Ramsgrange goal just before the half-time whistle left them leading comfortably 2-7 to 1-1 at the interval.
Avondale started the second half the better with good runs from Ryan Cahill and Damian Hanlon. They scored the first three points and would have been even closer but for shooting against the crossbar. They had a lucky escape at the other end when two forwards shot wide of an empty goal.
Ramsgrange took control again and added a few points from frees. A further goal in the 23rd minute gave them with a comfortable margin. Experienced referee Dickie Murphy was kept busy in the final few minutes but Avondale failed to narrow the gap.
Scorers for Avondale were Mark Miley 1-1, Adam Manley 0-2, Ryan Cahill 0-1.
AVONDALE CC: Bernard Quinn, Bradley Moran, Patrick Kinsella, Paddy Byrne, Fiachra O Hannain, Cian O Hannain, Daniel Byrne, Martin Kenny, Damian Hanlon, Craig Curley, Ryan Cahill, Adam Manley, Mark Miley, Michael Morrisroe, Callum Pursey. SUBS: Darragh Byrne, Seanie McGraynor, Darragh Keenan, Stephen Doran, Mark Kavanagh, Niall Ryan, Callum Matthews, Rian Dillon, David kavanagh, Alex Bazigos, Garry White, Liam Hawkins, Padraig Breslin, Colin Ryan, Stephen Connor
Leinster juvenile hurling B: Wicklow Schools 12, FCJ Bunclody 1-13.
County Wicklow boys Junior football championship: Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass beat Blessington CC; Arklow CBS beat Arklow CC.
Girls Senior football A champions, Avondale CC.