Deadly Danny

Byrne fires home late 1-01

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ASH­FORD KIL­COOLE 2-07 0-10

A vi­tal 1-01 from the Wick­low Cup win­ning cap­tain of 2017, Danny Byrne, helped Ash­ford to some­thing of a sur­prise vic­tory over Kil­coole un­der heavy show­ers last Thurs­day evening.

The skill­ful Byrne was in­tro­duced at half-time – hav­ing also en­tered the fray ear­lier in the first half as a blood sub – as the rain moved on and a glo­ri­ous rain­bow set­tled over the lovely vil­lage of Ash­ford, and, us­ing the un­doubted soc­cer skills he pos­sesses, Byrne pro­duced his own pot of scor­ing gold when he latched on to a break­ing ball to slip home past Luke Doyle and mo­ments later showed a lovely turn to al­low him ri­fle over a sweet point for what was the fi­nal score of the game to give his side a wor­thy vic­tory.

The re­sult didn’t re­ally look on the cards when ref­eree Jimmy Kelly sounded the whis­tle at the end of the first half with the vis­i­tors lead­ing by 0-06 to 1-01.

The men from the Goose­bank had opened a two-point lead through Conor Scul­lion and Rob­bie Whe­lan but that lead had been wiped out by a classy goal from full-for­ward Paul Con­yard.

Kil­coole re­cov­ered well from this ma­jor and went on to bag points via the boots of Conor Scul­lion (2), Pa­trick Woods, and Rob­bie Whe­lan again to send them into a hud­dle in the pour­ing rain at the break.

Things im­proved for the vis­i­tors after the break when Philip Brien fired over a su­perb point in the open­ing minute but Danny Byrne was al­ready mak­ing his pres­ence felt at this stage and he won a 45 which Jack Byrne took only to see his ef­fort fell short but he got a sec­ond chance and pointed from open play.

Points from Gary McGuire and the afore­men­tioned Byrne drew the sides level, but good work from McGuire af­forded Adam Hill the op­por­tu­nity for a shot and he split the posts to give the home side the lead after 13 min­utes of the sec­ond half at 1-05 to 0-07.

Kiloole’s Gary Coady lev­elled mat­ters on 19 min­utes and points from Ja­son Walsh and Rob­bie Whe­lan ei­ther side of a Sean Duffy mi­nor left Kil­coole lead­ing nar­rowly by 0-10 to 1-06 after 26 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

And then deadly Danny struck for the killer blow. A high hope­ful ball from Trevor Con­yard caused Luke Doyle aw­ful prob­lems due to Dar­ren Doyle mak­ing an ab­so­lute nui­sance of him­self and Adam Hill man­aged to get a fist to the ball and it broke to Byrne who slipped it home with ease to the back of the Kil­coole net.

And he wasn’t fin­ished there. Kil­coole at­tacked but were re- pelled and back came Ash­ford. Trevor Con­yard lost the ball on the Kil­coole 45 but it broke to Jack Byrne who showed mas­sive en­ergy and com­mit­ment to reach the ball, keep it in play and go around Kil­lian Han­non and cross it soc­cer style from the end­line into the Kil­coole square where it was met by the hoof of Aaron Len­non. How­ever, his in­stinc­tive clear­ance was gath­ered by the wait­ing the Danny Byrne who lobbed over a beauty to seal vic­tory for the home side. Kil­coole did at­tack late on look­ing to res­cue some­thing but the Ash­ford de­fence, led by Kevin O’Brien, stood firm.

– Ash­ford: Danny Byrne 1-01, Paul Con­yard 1-00, Jack Byrne 0-02, Adam Hill 0-01, Lar New­some 0-01 (f), Sean Duffy 0-01, Gary McGuire 0-01.

Kil­coole: Rob­bie Whe­lan 0-03, Conor Scul­lion 0-02, Jamie Mur­ray 0-01, Pa­trick Woods 0-01, Philip Brien 0-01, Gary Coady 0-01, Ja­son Walsh 0-01 (f).

Colm Copeland; Kevin Cullinhan, Kevin O’Brien, Danny Turner; Rian Dwyer, Sean Beale, Jack Byrne; Conor Be­han, Anto Driver; Adam Hill, Lar New­some, Conor Cun­ning­ham; Gary McGuire, Paul Con­yard, Sean Duffy. Subs: Danny Byrne for P Con­yard (h/T); Philip Doyle for Lar New­some.

Luke Doyle; Stephen Kelly, Chris Byrne, Aaron Len­non; James Scul­lion, Gary Coady, Kil­lian Han­non; Rob­bie Whe­lan, Pa­trick Woods; Conor Scul­lion, Ja­son Walsh, Philip Brien; Jamie Mur­ray, Sean Hock­tor, An­drew Flood. Sub: Barry Diskin for A Flood.

Jimmy Kelly (Knock­ananna)

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