Avon­dale come out on top after en­ter­tain­ing tie

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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

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