Avon­dale en­joy­ing good run in league

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Avon­dale 2-12, Bal­lyp­ickas 1-9: Avon­dale hurlers are en­joy­ing their best ever run in the Le­in­ster club league as they chalked up their sec­ond vic­tory in Divi­sion 3 against Laois side Bal­lyp­ickas at the week­end.

This was a highly com­pet­i­tive match with Avon­dale en­joy­ing a 14 to 0-4 lead at the break af­ter play­ing down­hill and also with the aid of the breeze.

Eu­gene Dunne was hav­ing an ex­cep­tional game at cen­tre-back and Martin Busher im­pressed greatly when he came on for the sec­ond half and he was a shade un­lucky not to add to his tally of 12 for his team.

Avon­dale: Shane O'Reilly, Wes­ley O'Toole, Sea­mus O'Shaugh­nessy, James Busher, Benny Byrne, Eu­gene Dunne (0-1), James Doyle, Paul Ga­han (0-1), Christo­pher Mur­phy, Shane Byrne (0-2), Trevor Hef­fer­nan, Keith Byrne, Mick O'Toole, Ray Nolan (1-1), Niall Hef­fer­nan (05). Subs: Martin Busher (1-2), Joseph Kennedy, Barry Vick­ers.

Ark­low Rock Par­nells 1-10, Board­smill 0-19: Ark­low Rock Par­nells but up a brave fight against Board­smill in the Le­in­ster league but had to give best to the sharper hurl­ing skills of the Meath men in the end.

Hav­ing beaten Clara from Kilkenny in the first round, ARP are still in with an out­side chance of mak­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals, but all will de­pend on the fi­nal round of matches in their group.

Be­hind by 0-9 to 1-2 at the break, the Ark­low men did nar­row the gap in the sec­ond half but were just not able to push on from there.

TJ Byrne was again top scorer for ARP with 0-5, while John Fox­ton shone at wing-back and John Harper and Michael Pri­est and Pat Bracken were also to the fore.

ARP: Keith Barnes, Pat Bracken, Gerry Byrne, Michael Pri­est, Joe Man­gan, Trevor Mel­lon, John Fox­ton, Mark Mur­phy (0-1), John Harper (0-1), TJ Byrne (0-5, from frees and play), Philip Byrne, Ea­monn Quirke (0-3), David Mon­aghan (10), Bryan O'Leary, Ea­monn Doyle. Subs: Owen Moore, John McGrath, T. Hay­den, Tony Barnes.

Carnew 2-9, St. Pere­grines 0-12: Carnew are on the brink of mak­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals in their group fol­low­ing their one goal win away to Dubliner's St. Pere­grines on Satur­day.

St. Pere­grines had a strong wind at their back for the first half and they used it to build up a 0-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Lion-hearted Timmy Collins switched from mid­field to full-for­ward and crashed home two vi­tal goals, while Der­mot Do­ran and TJ Hennessy were also to the fore for Carnew.

Carnew: Billy Mol­loy, Ja­son Mol­loy, Em­mett O'Sullivan, Paul Nolan, Mark Collins (0-3), Der­mot Do­ran (0-2), Thomas Collins (2-0), Brian Os­bourne, Timmy Collins, Richard O'Hara, Thomas Kennedy (0-1), Nick Skel­ton (0-1), Dara Doyle, TJ Hennessy (0-2), Michael Collins. Subs: Pa­trick Hennessy.

Gle­nealy Se­niors 4-8, Croke­wood 0-11: Gle­nealy's Sse­niors claimed the scalp of West­meath's Croke­wood in the Le­in­ster Club league with­out re­ally play­ing to their full po­ten­tial at the week­end.

Wayne O'Gor­man lined out for his club in an at­tack­ing role, but it was only when he switched to full-for­ward that he dis­played his fan­tas­tic preda­tory skills, bang­ing home 2-1 for Gle­nealy.

In­ter­me­di­ate star Alan Con­yard also shone for the se­niors with 1-4, while de­fender Ger Devlin was their man of the match on this oc­ca­sion.

Gle­nealy Se­niors: Joey Driver, Colm O'Neill, MA O'Neill, Robert Byrne, Ger Devlin, Trevor McGrath, Gary Byrne, Alan Driver, Shane Keogh, Wayne O'Gor­man, David Nolan, Vinny Fla­herty, Alan Con­yard, Gavin Byrne. Subs: War­ren Ka­vanagh, De­clan Doyle.

Gle­nealy In­ter­me­di­ates 0-6, Pearse Og 4-18: The fact that Gle­nealy in­ter­me­di­ates were play­ing at the same time as their se­niors did not help ei­ther team at the week­end.

Six or seven in­ter­me­di­ate play­ers had to be sec­onded to fill gaps in the se­nior side due to the ab­sence of their county stars and in the cir­cum­stances it was not re­ally sur­pris­ing that the in­ter­me­di­ate team shipped a heavy de­feat.

A young in­ter­me­di­ate team was: Keith Snell, Glen O'Gor­man, Joe Driver (ju­nior), Ste­fan O'Brien, De­clan Con­yard, Colin Byrne, Cian Kelly, Eoin O'Neill, Ben O'Neill, Lee Ka­vanagh, Anto Driver, Jack Ka­vanagh, Gavin Weir, Sean Lawlor, Robin Far­relly. Subs in­cluded Jamie and Em­mett Byrne.

Bray Em­mets 2-12, Sallins 0-10: Bray Em­mets are un­de­feated in the Le­in­ster leagues fol­low­ing their 212 to 0-10 away win against Sallins at the week­end.

Christy Moore­house, who has not joined the county panel this year so far, was top scorer for Bray with 25, scor­ing a goal in each half, while oth­ers to per­form well were John Hen­der­son, Peter Kiely, Eoin Brazil, Mikey Lee, Gearoid Lee and Eoin Brazil.

Bray: Eoin Ma­son, Ed­ward Keat­ing, Tad­hgh O Broin, Kil­lian O Maolmhuaidh, Eoin Brazil, Peter Kiely, Dara Maloney, John Hen­der­son (0-1), Nicky Sweeney, Willy Nolan, Kil­lian Fo­ley, Gearoid O Murchu (0-2), Harry Stephen­son, Michael Lee (0-4), Christy Moore­house (2-5). Subs: El­liott Dou­glas.

Kil­te­gan 1-14, Knock­bridge (Louth) 1-12: Kil­te­gan picked up their first points in the Le­in­ster Hurl­ing league with a win over Knock­bridge of Louth in a game played un­der lights at Donard on Wed­nes­day night.

It was 1-6 all at half-time but the men from the Wee County were two points clear at the three quar­ter stage.

Kil­te­gan pulled away near the end and points by Ray Kelly, Nigel Ber­ming­ham (2), John Keogh (free) and Liam Ka­vanagh seal­ing vic­tory.

Kil­te­gan: Ciarán O'Toole; Nigel Nolan, Barry Cremin, Pa­trick Kear­ney; Seán O'Neill, Eoin O'Neill, Shaun Byrne; Adrian Keogh, Ray Kelly (0-1); Liam Ka­vanagh (0-1), Ge­of­frey Ber­ming­ham (0-1), John Keogh (1-6); James Whe­lan (0-3), Nigel Ber­ming­han (0-2), John O'Ke­effe. Subs: De­nis Hayes and P.F. Byrne.

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