Goals win it for Dunlavin
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.