Goals win it for Dunlavin

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Hol­ly­wooD

WHAT surely must be the fi­nal game of the year was played in cold but good con­di­tions in Hol­ly­wood on Sun­day morn­ing.

Conor Burke opened the scor­ing with a good point to put the home side in front. Dean Phe­lan lev­el­ling with a fisted pass over the bar for the vis­i­tors.

Mick Murtagh split the home side de­fence open with what looked like a dodgy hand­pass to Thomas Whe­lan who fired past Jamey Tutty for the first goal in this thriller.

Brian Gib­son should have goaled for Hol­ly­wood but Joe Walsh some­how kept his part­ing shot out. Cian Tyrell pointed for Hol­ly­wood and Dunlavin’s ‘find’ of 2014, Thomas Davis, pointed to stretch the lead.

Ger Dunne fisted another goal after a mix-up in the home side de­fence. The half time score: Hol­ly­wood 0-03, Dunlavin 2-02.

Thomas Davis gave a man of the match dis­play through­out the match and chipped in with two bul­lets of goals from 35 yards out each. Dan Burke pulled a goal back for Hol­ly­wood.

Brian Gib­son had another half chance of a goal could not get the bet­ter of Walsh in the Dunlavin goals on three oc­ca­sions. The goalie put his body on the line to deny the big full-for­ward.

Stephen Burke pointed and then added a goal to re­duce the deficit. Try as they did the young Hol­ly­wood team could not claw their way back into the game even the up­right saved Dunlavin twice while the other end the vis­i­tors couldn’t miss.

Both teams were glad to hear John White’s full time whis­tle to end another sea­son. John Stones and Pat Dunne have all or­gan­ised to start up the ac­tion again on Jan­uary 18 next but as we all know Jan­uary can be a dodgy month and the weather could have the fi­nal say.

So come the New Year and we will soon see how keen the clubs of the west are about play­ing off sea­son foot­ball. Taken se­ri­ously and in the right spirit it can give them a valu­able head start and as the old say­ing goes, ‘A good be­gin­ning can be half the work’.

HOL­LY­WOOD: Jamie Tutty, Steven Burke 1-01, Alan Roddy, Adam Coyne, Paul Kelly, Conor Burke 0-02, Donal O Hara, Cian Tyrell 0-01, An­drew Cor­ri­gan, Shane Kelly, Dan Burke 1-00, Seán O’Ke­effe, Ross Tyrell 0-01, Brian Gib­son, Kevin Cullen.

DUNLAVIN: Joe Walsh, David Han­lon, Sean Phe­lan, Kevin Sin­nott 1-00, Eoin Murtagh 0-01, To­mas Whe­lan 1-00, Thomas Davis 2-02, Aaron Phe­lan 0-01, Dar­ragh Fig­gis, Micheal Phe­lan, Dean Phe­lan 0-01, Michael Murtagh, Jor­dan Dunne 1-00, James Kelly, Keith Far­rell.

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