Ti­na­hely de­served draw

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and mirac­u­lously stay out of the Ti­na­hely goal.

How­ever, Coolkenno would get their goal soon af­ter through Ger Nolan. The cen­tre for­ward re­ceived a ball over the top af­ter god work from Cor­mac Byrne and Ka­vanagh and fired home for a Coolkenno team hit­ting the top at the right time.

Adam O’Neill lev­elled through a free be­fore an ef­fort from Cor­mac Byrne handed Coolkenno the lead for the first time in the game with ten gone in the half.

Shane Kenny was in­tro­duced by Ti­na­hely and scored with his first touch af­ter good ad­van­tage played by the ref­eree and at the op­po­site end goal­keeper Alan Lil­lis thwarted Roche again with a fine save. Mur­phy and Gor­man traded points for the two sides be­fore Ste­wart Gil­bert gave Ti­na­hely the slen­der­est of leads with a fine score.

Coolkenno how­ever, were to pounce for their third ma­jor of the night with five min­utes to go in dra­matic fashion. An ef­fort from O’Neill some­how was de­flected off the cross­bar and into a goal mouth scram­ble.

Cor­ner-for­ward Hugh Naughton some­how man­aged to turn the ball into the Ti­na­hely net with a two point lead which was big in the con­di­tions. Ti­na­hely’s re­sponse how­ever, was im­me­di­ate. Niall Gor­man fired over a score for the home side be­fore Enda O’Keefe found his ef­fort at goal saved by O’Donoghue.

Up stepped wing back Anthony Phe­lan to strike a 45 and de­spite hav­ing dif­fi­culty with his free tak­ing ear­lier in the game he was not to be de­nied this time and lev­elled mat­ters with the game en­ter­ing in­jury time.

Coolkenno had two op­por­tu­ni­ties for an­other score but shots from out­side the boot which are be­com­ing all too com­mon proved too dif­fi­cult to con­vert with the wet ball. Ti­na­hely also had a goal chance in in­jury time when a free dropped just short of the Coolkenno goal and in the en­su­ing scram­ble was poked wide. A fair re­sult for both sides in a pul­sat­ing sec­ond half.

Alan Lil­lis, Danny Quinn, Kevin Doyle, Tony Lacey, Anthony Phe­lan (1-2), Ray McG­lynn, Wil­lie Quaile (0-1), Brian Hickey (0-1), Niall Gor­man (0-2), Enda O’Keefe, David Dil­lon (1-0), Bill Ka­vanagh, Sean Pol­lard, Ste­wart Gil­bert (0-1), Eric Dono­hue. Subs: Shane Kenny (0-1) for Pol­lard. Stephen Nolan for W Quaile.

Stephen O’Donoghue, Chris Bowes, Anthony Keogh, Pa­trick Byrne, Pau­ric Water­ton, Pierce McCarthy, Billy Lu­cas, Adam O’Neill (0-2), Colm Mur­phy (1-1), Ian Roche, Ger Nolan (1-0), Johnny Ka­vanagh (0-1), Hugh Naughton (1-0), Daniel O’Neill, Cor­mac Byrne (0-1). Subs Rory Cole­man for D O’Neill (black card)

Stephen Fa­gan THIS was the first round of the Philip Doyle Ju­nior ‘B’ Foot­ball Championship be­tween Avoca and Rath­new in Avoca’s home ground Rooster Park, a place were no team likes to go to get a re­sult.

With the rain com­ing down in the bucket load, con­di­tions were go­ing to be tough es­pe­cially for the man in the mid­dle but un­for­tu­nately the game did not live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Rath­new had clocked up four wides in the first eight min­utes; Avoca’s de­fence was un­der se­ri­ous pres­sure bat­tling hard to get out past their own 45yard line but man­aged to break though and got their first score from mid­fielder Pa­trick Kennedy.

There were good bat­tles go­ing on in var­i­ous po­si­tions across the field but the stand out man of the day was Jem Hunter who seemed to be their go to man. It took Rath­new un­til the 17th and 18th minute to rack up their first scores and it was the man Jem Hunter that was in­volved in both scores.

At the other end of the field, full-for­ward Martin Kenny had set about busi­ness him­self and put Ja­son Porter though on goal only to drive the ball straight at the keeper.

Rath­new then got through a tight de­fence which was be­ing pa­trolled well by Chris Arthur and Bradley Moran but they hit the post and it went wide for a 45, some might have ques­tioned the de­ci­sion, up walked what the looked to be the Steven Clux­ton of the Rath­new team, John ‘The Pie­man’ Sayer to kick it, even with a few snig­gers from the Avoca bench! Well the grin was on the other side as he re­treated to his goal af­ter con­vert­ing the score. Just be­fore the half-time whis­tle went, John Healy tagged on an­other for the vis­i­tors to leave it 0-05 to 0-02 at the break.

The sec­ond half started much the same as the first

Chris Cana­van; Eoin Murtagh, Mikey Fahy, Bradley Moran; Chris Arthur, Robert Wil­son, Niall McCauley; Pa­trick Kennedy (0-01), Andy Doyle; Dean Power, Steven McCauley, Anthony Doran; Ja­son Porter, Martin Kenny (0-05, 4f), M O’Neill. Subs: J Arthur for A Doran, D Keogh for M Fahy, R Ward for J Porter.

John Sayer 0-01 (45); Eric Doyle, Alan Clarke, Chris Mur­phy; James Ka­vanagh, Luke Cor­co­ran, John Healy (0-01); Rob Byrne, Mick Nolan; Nigel Dar­ragh (0-01), Bryan Mur­phy (0-01), Keith Doyle (1-00); Mick Doyle, James Hunter (0-07, 2f), Danny Quinn. Subs: B. Doyle for N Dar­ragh, C Doyle for K Doyle.

Pat Hickey

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