Hollywood hold on for victory against AGB
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.