Avon­dale de­throne the cham­pi­ons in thriller

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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 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


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.

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