Rath­new come late to fin­ish Hol­ly­wood

Own goal gives Vil­lagers breath­ing space

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Hol­ly­wood


AN­OTHER WIN for Rath­new to keep them up there with the lead­ers in Di­vi­sion 1 of the Cam­pus Oil League but the cham­pi­ons of 2013 got it much harder than the fi­nal score line would sug­gest.

Home com­forts were cer­tainly a help to Hol­ly­wood and they man­aged to set the pace for much of the first half.

Keith Peppard opened the scor­ing with a point in the sec­ond minute but Ed­ward Doyle equalised. That set the pat­tern; points by Tom Kelly and Tony Han­non were can­celled out by two from great vet­eran Tommy Gill; when Keith Peppard and Ed Doyle ex­changed points the sides were level for a third time.

Af­ter a point from a Tony Han­non free, Hol­ly­wood missed a great chance of a goal. Cen­tre half back Nicky Mer­nagh lev­elled the game for a fourth time and Ed Doyle, who was hav­ing a great game, pointed to put Rath­new in front for the first time in the 28th minute.

Then on the stroke of the half hour Ross O'Brien was pe­nalised for a foot block on Peppard and Han­non blasted the penalty to the net. Half time - Hol­ly­wood 1-5; Rath­new 0-6. Quick points by Doyle and Tommy Gill lev­elled the game again on the restart but the trusty boot of Tony Han­non re­stored the Hol­ly­wood lead - and so the game con­tin­ued.

Ed Doyle had a great chance of a goal in the 41st minute but his shot came back off the post.

As the game en­tered the last quar­ter a point by Conor Burke brought the sides level for the eighth time. Then dis­as­ter struck for Hol­ly­wood when they con­ceded an own goal.

It was the straw that broke the camel's back and Rath­new went on to hold the edge in the fi­nal 10 min­utes. James Stafford, Leighton Glynn and Gill added more points to seal vic­tory.

Scor­ers Rath­new - Ed­ward Doyle 0-6, Tommy Gill 0-5, Leighton Glynn and Nicky Mer­nagh 0-2 each, plus one OG.

Hol­ly­wood - Tony Han­non 1-5, Keith Peppard 0-2, Conor Burke and Tom Kelly 0-1 each.

Rath­new’s Peter Dig­nam is beaten by Tony Han­non’s penalty in the SFL Di­vi­sion 1.

John Man­ley geth­ers the ball as Tony Han­non closes in dur­ing the SFL Di­vi­sion 1 clash.

Rath­new’s Mark Doyle gets away from Hol­ly­wood’s Paul Kelly.

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