Hol­ly­wood hold on for vic­tory against AGB

Bray People - - SPORT -

HOL­LY­WOOD PICKED up their first league points at Ark­low on Satur­day when they beat the home side by two points in their sec­ond round match.

Both teams were look­ing to get off the mark af­ter AGB were beaten by Bray Em­mets and Hol­ly­wood lost to Balt­in­glass in the first round.

AGB had a last minute chance of sneak­ing vic­tory when Philip Glee­son crashed his shot to the net af­ter the ball was bat­ted into his path but the ref­eree had blown for a ‘square in­fringe­ment’ and a free out was awarded in­stead.

Over­all this was not an in­spir­ing game of foot­ball, but Hol­ly­wood were the bet­ter of the two teams though their su­pe­ri­or­ity was not re­flected on the score­board.

The men from the west got away to a great start with a goal in­side 90 sec­onds by cor­ner-for­ward John Burke.

AGB lev­elled with points from Philip Healy, Philip Glee­son and Mark Mur­phy in the first quar­ter, but Hol­ly­wood hit back to lead by 13 to 0-4 at the break; Thomas Burke be­ing one of their main score providers.

Burke and cor­ner-for­ward Keith Pep­pard, who scored some smash­ing points, stretched the win­ner’s lead af­ter the restart.

AGB, who were with­out sev­eral of their top play­ers, in­tro­duced Danny Dempsey to at­tack and he made a big im­pres­sion.

Dempsey drilled over an early point and Philip Healy left-footed the ball to the net af­ter good work by Andy Bren­nan cre­ated the open­ing. The Ark­low men were ahead by 1-6 to 1-5 be­fore the end of the third quar­ter.

It was a lead that was short-lived. Hol­ly­wood swept down field and AGB’s goalie James Bol­ger dived too soon, leav­ing Thomas Burke with an open goal to shoot at.

Danny Dempsey again ben­e­fited from the work of Andy Bren­nan as he fin­ished with a point.

AGB kept try­ing to the bit­ter end to wipe out the deficit but Keith Pep­pard and Thomas Burke re­sponded for Hol­ly­wood to nail down their two points win.

AGB's Danny Harte bursts past Hol­ly­wood's Paddy Glen­non.

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