Avondale come out on top after entertaining tie
AVONDALE AN TOCHAR 2-07 1-06
AVONDALE hosted An Tochar on Thursday last in the Philip Doyle Junior B football championship.
The game started at a rapid pace that even Senior teams would be proud of and there was just 40 seconds on the clock when lively wing forward Ryan Bolton had the ball in the back of the net and nearly from the kick out Callum Pursey had a sweet pint slotted over to leave it 1-01 to no score for the home side with the game only two minutes old.
It didn’t take An Tochar long to react with two chances by “man mountain” Tom Kenna. He pulled one of the sky and slotted over the bar and followed by a peach of a point from the outside of the foot by midfielder Brian Gallagher.
Then a long ball into the corner to Pursey who showed some tasty soccer skills to set up Anthony Byrne who slotted over for a point.
Then came the typical Junior B injury. After making two bursts up along the line An Tochar’s John Carr drops with his hamstring gone after 10 minutes.
David Kavanagh then broke through Avondale’s defence only for the keeper to pull off a point blank save and out for a 45.
This was shaping up to be a very good contest especially around midfield where there was a few heavy hits been delivered but the man in middle Liam Keegan jr who’s not at his trade very long was well able to deal with it.
Anthony Byrne found himself some space again and slotted over to add to his tally and not long after that Byrne was put though on goal by Ryan Bolton but drove it wide.
An Tochar were battling hard to stay with the home side and kicked two efforts wide, there was a bit of an altercation in the middle of the park and the referee handed out a yellow card to Cathal Doyle.
The An Tochar management wanted more and expressed their anger.
Then came the score of the day a side line from the outside of the foot by Bernard Byrne.
Avondale were starting to cruise at 1-4 to 0-2 ahead. An Tochar had their second goal chance of the day blocked off the line, shouts for a foot block but the ref said play on.
Then a long ball was sent in, big Tom catches, spins and fires his shot back up where it came from, the same man pulls with the fist, goal on the stoke of half-time, 1-4 to 1-3 to the home side.
The second half saw Avondale bring Roy Byrne in for Paul Gahan but An Tochar started the quicker and had two chances wasted early on.
A shower of rain had changed the pattern of the game and handling conditions had changed and then came the game changer.
Avondale’s Cathal Doyle burst though the middle to blast into the net.
An Tochar went straight up the other end from the kick out and won a free, it was taken quickly only for it to be blocked.
There was a slight stop in play for what looked to be a head injury and then An Tochar tagged on another two points to stay in the game.
Roy Byrne’s second half arrival had made all the difference and he was linking up nicely with Cathal Doyle.
Kevin Sheehan got on the score sheet with a point and both teams made changes at this stage of the game.
Gavin Staunton, who had just arrived, kicked over nicely, then found himself in on goal only to miss his opportunity.
David Kavanagh wasn’t giving up on the game and made another good run through the middle and was tripped, got his free and Staunton converted but time was now against the visitors and the referee then soon brought the game to an end.
Joe Kennedy, Stephen langan, Conor Sheehan, Harrison Penn, Sean Kinsella, James Busher, Anghus O Broin, Anthony Byrne (0-1), Paul Gahan, Bernard Byrne (0-1) Cathal Doyle (1-1), Ryan Bolton (1-0), Craig Byrne (0-3), Cullum Pursey (0-1), Kevin Sheehan. Subs: R. Byrne for P. Gahan, S. Langan for A. Byrne
Donal Marah, Paul Kenna, Sean Davis, Michael Kinsella, John Kavanagh, Colm O’Brien, Seamus Carr, Brian Gallagher, Hugh Kenna, Thomas Mulligan, Noel Brady (0-1), John Carr, Cian Brady (0-1), David Kavanagh (0-1), Tom Kenna (1-1). Subs: J Carr for G Staunton, T. Mulligan for D Meaney.
Liam Keenan jr