Avoca make big state­ment

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - DANIEL HAGAN

AVOCA made a huge state­ment of in­tent in their first home Cham­pi­onship game of the cam­paign with this su­perb vic­tory over Bray Emmets at Rooster Park.

Both sides claimed vic­tory in their first Ju­nior ‘B’ Cham­pi­onship games the pre­vi­ous week. Avoca de­feat­ing Carnew away from home and Bray Emmets beat­ing Ash­ford on home soil.

The home side came fly­ing out of the blocks early on, hitting the back of the net 40 sec­onds in. An­drew Doyle made a burst­ing run through the de­fence to then play the ball in for Jason Porter, who fired home.

Avoca’s rapid move­ment and pacey runs off the ball were ter­rific to watch as Bray strug­gled to cope.

Adam Tuke got in on the act 5 min­utes in af­ter a strong run through de­fence that Emmets couldn’t deal with. He then fin­ished off his chance from a tight an­gle to put his side 6 points up.

This early ad­van­tage set the side up for a good per­for­mance and they con­tin­ued in this fash­ion.

Bray’s best spell in the first half came af­ter the sec­ond goal, hav­ing more of the ball in the op­po­si­tion half. Although failed to con­vert many chances, fir­ing 4 wides in suc­ces­sion.

An­thony Do­ran and Mikey Fahy cleaned up a lot of balls which was de­light­ful for the Avoca full back line who were very un­oc­cu­pied.

Qual­ity scores by PJ Fluskey, Pa­trick Kennedy and Chris Arthur ex­tended the Avoca ad­van­tage to nine points as they looked like they were go­ing to run riot.

All six Avoca for­wards had posted a score by the time the 17th minute ticked by. They also kicked no wides dur­ing this stage.

Bray failed to win many aerial du­als as Avoca mid­field­ers Dean Power and Stephen McCauley were dom­i­nant.

Bray Emmets did man­age to cre­ate a goal op­por­tu­nity, as An­drew Con­way’s low shot hit the post and was cleared away from dan­ger by the Avoca de­fence.

Chris Arthur of Avoca seemed to have cov­ered ev­ery blade of grass dur­ing the first pe­riod as he was pop­ping up all over the field.

With the half time score 2-6 to 0-3, Bray needed a quick start to the sec­ond half to stand any chance of a come­back.

Un­for­tu­nately, that didn’t come as they again strug­gled to deal with Avoca’s pace all over the field.

Avoca posted four wides early on as their shoot­ing wasn’t as sharp as it was in the open­ing stages.

The game lacked ac­tion af­ter the sides came back out, with the first score com­ing ten min­utes into the half, a Liam Mor­gan free.

Adam Tuke pointed to pull the lead back out to nine points.

An­drew Doyle scored the pick of the points as he ran the full length of the field rapidly and pow­er­fully to fire over the bar.

Bray’s de­liv­ery into their full for­ward line as the Avoca full back line stopped any at­tack with ease.

Five min­utes from time, Bray Emmets were awarded a penalty af­ter an al­leged foot block. Goal­keeper Tony Den­ver ran to the other end of the field to take the spot kick, which he fin­ished into the cor­ner of John Harper’s net.

But this goal wasn’t enough to get Bray back into the game, sev­eral good scores from Pa­trick Kennedy put Avoca clear and into a ten-point lead.

Bray scored their sec­ond goal as An­drew Con­way blasted the ball past Harper.

Straight away Avoca went up the other end to can­cel out this goal. PJ Fluskey de­liv­ered a beau­ti­ful ball into Adam Tuke’s path who fin­ished past keeper Den­ver for his third goal in two games.

This fin­ished off the scor­ing in what was an in­evitable, com­fort­able vic­tory for Avoca.

Fi­nal Score – Avoca 3-12 Bray Emmets 2-5

Scor­ers: Avoca - Adam Tuke 2-1; Pa­trick Kennedy 0-5 (2f, 1 45); Jason Porter 1-0; An­drew Doyle 0-2; Chris Arthur 0-2; PJ Fluskey 0-1; Aaron Tuke 0-1.

Bray Emmets – An­drew Con­way 1-1 (1f); Tony Den­ver 1-0 (pen); Liam Mor­gan 0-2 (2f); Niall McCague 0-2.

Avoca: John Harper; Colin O’Con­nor, Robert Wil­son, Eoin Murtagh; An­thony Do­ran, Mikey Fahy, Aaron Tuke; Dean Power, Stephen McCauley; Chris Arthur, Pa­trick Kennedy, An­drew Doyle; Adam Tuke, PJ Fluskey, Jason Porter. Subs: Colin Do­ran for Wil­son (24 mins inj), Johnny Arthur for C. Arthur (40 mins); Stephen Ready for McCauley (50 mins) Darren Keogh for Porter (57 mins).

Bray Emmets: Tony Den­ver; Don­n­chadh O Mideach, Cor­mac Martin, Cian Laf­ferty; Ross Master­son, Tadgh Dor­nan, Niall McCague; Cian Lohan, Ben Kear­ney; An­drew Con­way, Ciaran O Con­nor, Pat Gal­lagher; Liam Mor­gan, Tom Mol­loy, De­clan Snow.

Ref­eree: Gerry Cor­bett.

Ali Ryan, Amy Led­widge, Eoin Led­widge and So­phie Ka­vangh, who proud of her New­town colours, at the New­town GAA Cúl Camp. Photo: Bar­bara Flynn

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