STRAT­FORD RISE TO THE SUM­MIT

Aughrim men run out of time

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Strat­ford

STRAT­FORD-GRANGE­CON went clear at the top of Di­vi­sion 2 of the SFL with this hard earned win over Aughrim at Strat­ford on Sun­day.

How­ever, it was only a last minute goal by mid­fielder Mark Lan­dan that fi­nally de­cided the re­sult in a match that had been head­ing for, and look­ing like a draw, for a long time.

While this was a great bat­tle from start to fin­ish it was also a match of missed chances and poor fin­ish­ing. While the home side were the big­gest of­fend­ers as far as miss­ing chances was con­cerned the Aughrim man­age­ment could also point to scor­ing chances they spurned that could and should have turned the tide

The sides were level six times over the hour and that statistic alone tells its own story.

Derek Ka­vanagh had the first point of the match but Michael Car­roll pointed a free to bring the sides level. 'Sham­rock' was in again to add an­other point but Michael Man­gan, who had a great game at mid­field, can­celled that one out.

Aughrim has a real find in Avon­dale CC stu­dent, Dean New­some. The young­ster started a most pro­duc­tive day with a point from a free in the 15th minute.

At that stage cen­tre­half back Ja­son Bol­ger lost pa­tience with his waste­ful for­wards and went charg­ing through the mid­dle to send over a point and show them how it is done.

The home side went in front for the first time when Ciaran Byrne scored the first goal of the match af­ter good work by Eoin 0'Neill and Car­roll.

The Slaneysiders suf­fered a ham­mer blow at that stage when their strong full back, Mar­cus Han­bidge, was sent off on a black card. They brought in their one and only sub, James Bar­rett, and pulled Eoin O'Neill back to an­chor the de­fence.

Aughrim made full use of the break to send over three good points (two frees by New­some and one from play by Derek Ka­vanagh) to level the game for a fourth time. Half time - Strat­ford-Grange­con 1-3; Aughrim 0-6. Aughrim made a great start to the sec­ond half and won a free in their first at­tack. Young New­some made no mis­take with the kick and his side were back in front. An­other at­tack, an­other free and an­other New­some point and Aughrim were look­ing good.

Strat­ford hit back quickly; Mikey Car­roll opened their sec­ond half ac­count and Ciaran Byrne lev­elled the game again.

Michael Man­gan put Strat­ford in front and Derek Ka­vanagh had the point of the match and the sides were lever for a sixth time with only 12 min­utes of the sec­ond half gone.

The last quar­ter saw only two more scores and both went to the home side. Af­ter both sides, but in par­tic­u­lar Aughrim had spurned chances to go ahead that great vet­eran Ciaran Byrne sent over a point for Strat­ford-Grange­con in the 20th minute.

Aughrim had a cou­ple of chances to level the game again be­fore the hard work­ing Mark Lan­dan won pos­ses­sion at mid­field, used his great strength to plough through the de­fence and plant the ball in Lar O'Brien's net.

With only one minute left on the watch Aughrim had no chance to get back into the game. Any­time they got within scor­ing dis­tance they went for goals but with Paddy Cronin in spark­ing form they had no chance of get­ting the goal they needed.

Ballymanus's win over Knock­ananna on Satur­day put them level at the top of the with lead­ers Dunlavin but with the Kil­dare bor­der men not play­ing at the weekend this win puts the Slaneysiders clear at the top of the ta­ble.

How­ever, this di­vi­sion is a very tight and that po­si­tion could well have changed be­fore you read this.

The fact that Aughrim had only one scorer from play un­der­lines the need to get back their miss­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing county goalie, Robert Lam­bert, as soon as pos­si­ble.

They have some very promis­ing young play­ers, in­clud­ing the Phe­lan broth­ers at mid­field.

Scor­ers - Strat­ford-Grange­con - Ciaran Byrne 1-2; Mark Lan­dan 1-0; Michael Man­gan and Michael Car­roll 0-2 each. Ja­son Bol­ger 0-1. Aughrim - Dean New­some 0-5; Derek Ka­vanagh 0-4. Strat­ford-Grange­con - Paddy Cronin; Adam Doyle, Mar­cus Han­bidge, Alan Kealy; Jimmy Bar­rett, Ja­son Bol­ger, Paddy Walsh; Michael Man­gan, Mark Lan­dan; Michael Car­roll, Eoin O'Neill, Matt Man­ley; Der­mot Phe­lan, Ciaran Byrne, Sean O'Neill. Sub James Bar­rett for Han­bidge.

Aughrim - Lar O'Brien; Syl Doyle, Steven Mann, Wil­lie Ka­vanagh; Ja­son Doyle, Oisin Doyle, Conor Lam­bert; Paddy and Conor Phe­lan; Patrick Ka­vanagh, Mick Bren­nan, Peter Quigley; Dean New­some, Derik Ka­vanagh and Bill Byrne.

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