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HOL­LY­WOOD ASH­FORD 3-13 1-7

HOL­LY­WOOD over­came a slow start to record a com­fort­able enough vic­tory over last year’s ju­nior cham­pi­ons Ash­ford in this D’Arcy Sand IFC group 1 match in Joule Park, Aughrim on Satur­day evening.

The west men had too much fire power up front, as the lethal left boot of Tony Hannon did a lot of dam­age, and af­ter a shaky enough open­ing ten min­utes they were rock solid at the back with full back Harry Wil­son lead­ing the way as he won count­less balls and burst out time and again from de­fence.

Ash­ford were beaten by the bet­ter side but will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

Af­ter rac­ing into a three points to no score lead they al­lowed a slow start­ing Hol­ly­wood a way into the game with a num­ber of poor balls or turnovers in suc­ces­sion.

At times they looked dan­ger­ous when they man­aged to string a few passes to­gether but more of­ten than not their at­tacks came to a halt be­cause of a miss placed or mist­imed ball.

This al­lowed Hol­ly­wood to steady the ship and there was a sense that once they got a lit­tle bit ahead there was only go­ing to be one win­ner as they looked a more com­plete team through­out the field as you would ex­pect from a team nar­rowly rel­e­gated from se­nior last year against a newly-pro­moted side.

Al­though well beaten in the end there seemed to be a lot to take out of the game for Ash­ford.

They worked hard through­out and man­aged to get in be­hind Hol­ly­wood on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions but un­for­tu­nately for them some of their bet­ter foot­ballers prob­a­bly didn’t have their best games on the day.

The game be­gan with a cou­ple of bril­liant blocks from Ro­nan Sweeney and Thomas Kearns as the Ash­ford backs let Hol­ly­wood know they would not be get­ting any­thing easy.

Aaron Nu­gent won a free which he shot just wide from but it wasn’t long be­fore the first score ar­rived as mid­fielder Gavin Weir floated over a point af­ter five min­utes. Brian Shan­non then hit over a beauty af­ter be­ing ex­pertly picked out by Ross Quinn.

Ash­ford’s per­fect start was com­pleted when Brian Coen split the posts from a free and for the first 15 min­utes it was all one way traf­fic as the men in ma­roon and black were clean­ing up at mid­field and Hol­ly­wood couldn’t seem to get into any sort of rhythm.

Hol­ly­wood fi­nally got on the score sheet af­ter a sloppy Ash­ford hand pass paved the way for Ciarán Tyrell to hit over a point.

An­other mis­take led to Hannon

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