Hol­ly­wood get the job done on Enniskerry

Big scalp for the west men

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

HOL­LY­WOOD took a ma­jor scalp when de­feat­ing favourites Enniskerry in the Philip Doyle Ju­nior ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship, Group 3, at home last Thurs­day evening.

This was a re­match of last year’s semi-fi­nal, where the vis­i­tor’s got over the line by a sin­gle point against the west side.

A mighty crowd were served up a thrilling bat­tle with some exquisite point tak­ing by both sides, free flow­ing foot­ball up and down the field and throw in a lot of tough phys­i­cal hits in what was a highly sport­ing game.

Hol­ly­wood got off to a flier in the open­ing five min­utes, build­ing a lead of 1-03 , fol­lowed by a late rally in the clos­ing stages of the first half, to build up what looked like a com­fort­able gap at the half­way stage. Enniskerry bat­tled back into the game but would rue a missed cou­ple of chances early in the sec­ond half, how­ever, the home side’s blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence ral­lied when needed to keep qual­i­fi­ca­tion in their own hands,go­ing into the fi­nal group game.

Jack Cullen pointed from an acute an­gle with a sweet ef­fort in­side 30 sec­onds af­ter Nathan O’Sul­li­van won pos­ses­sion from the throw in. From the re­sul­tant kick-out, Kevin Mur­phy fielded a mark and laid off a sublime pass to Brian Flynn who rocked Ian Kir­wan’s net for the first ma­jor off the evening to get the home-side off to a dream start.

Cen­tre back, Ross Tyrell made a mazy run through the heart of the Enniskerry rear guard and dis­patched another point which was quickly fol­lowed up by cor­ner-back Kevin Cullen fist­ing over a point as Hol­ly­wood tore Enniskerry apart, now lead­ing 1-3 to no score with four min­utes played.

Gavin Bar­ton won a free for the east coast side and Rhys Cope pointed for their opener in the sixth minute.

Colin Tutty replied with a mon­ster of a point in the next at­tack.

Enniskerry slowly set­tled into the pace of the game and ap­plied some pres­sure, but some res­o­lute de­fend­ing by the Hol­ly­wood de­fence stood firm.

Cen­tre for­ward Gavin Bar­ton was in­flu­en­tial in all Enniskerry’s build up play. Gavin landed another pointed free,be­fore he knocked over a long range point in the next at­tack af­ter good work by Jack Con­roy.

Another de­fender, Conal Byrne, landed Hol­ly­wood’s fifth point of the evening to close out the open­ing quar­ter with the score 1-5 to 0-3.

Hol­ly­wood wasted a num­ber of chances with some poor shot selections in the next pe­riod to put the game to bed.

Craig Wil­liams broke up the mid­field dom­i­nance by the home side, how­ever Enniskerry could not find the tar­get with their fi­nal touch.

It was end to end all out at­tack­ing foot­ball with some smash­ing block’s and clear­ances by each side.

Hol­ly­wood fin­ished out the fi­nal ten min­utes with some won­der­ful in­ter­link play.

Jack Cullen who was fly­ing, landed an out­ra­geous point, from the side­line for one of the scores off the evening.

Enniskerry were stay­ing in the hunt courtesy of frees, as Bren­dan Bar­ton pointed another placed ball af­ter some per­sis­tent foul­ing by the home de­fence.

Hol­ly­wood hit back im­me­di­ately with points from Nathan O’Sul­li­van and the ev­er­green James Mooney who was bril­liantly put through by Brian Flynn for a goal chance, but Mooney pointed to keep the score board tick­ing.

Gavin Bar­ton split the posts from an acute an­gle - another con­tender for score of the night - af­ter good work by Owen Cor­ri­gan.

Jack Cullen fired over the last point of the first half with the score read­ing 1-10 to 0-5 in favour of the home­side.

The sec­ond pe­riod started a bit scrappy as both de­fences were on top in the early stages. A cou­ple of yel­low cards were dis­patched as play­ers from each side got to know each other per­son­ally, with no quar­ter asked or given.

Enniskerry were bat­tling well, but could not add to their tally as they missed a cou­ple of score able chances at this cru­cial stage.

It wasn’t till the 50th minute that the open­ing score of the sec­ond pe­riod ar­rived with a great point from the boot of Craig Wil­liams for Enniskerry.

Again, Gavin Bar­ton popped over a point be­fore sub­sti­tute Liam Cal­li­nan pointed.

Bren­dan Bar­ton raised a green flag af­ter been put through by as Colm Nolan as Enniskerry whit­tled the lead down to four points as the home sup­port­ers be­came some­what wor­ried.

How­ever, once again the Hol­ly­wood im­me­di­ately re­sponded in the next at­tack.

Brian Flynn crashed a free off the cross­bar and James Mooney was in like a light for the killer blow, as Hol­ly­wood’s sec­ond green flag of the evening was raised.

Bren­dan Bar­ton closed out the game with a brace of points. Enniskerry will have to re­group to play Avon­dale, in what is a must win game now for the black and am­ber. Hol­ly­wood, with all their score’s from play, now are top of the group, will look for­ward to the visit of AGB in the next round, where a win or draw will put the green and gold into the knock­out stages of this cham­pi­onship, where they have been knock­ing on the door for in re­cent years

Scor­ers - Hol­ly­wood: James Mooney 1-2, Brian Flynn 1-0, Jack Cullen 0-3, Ross Tyrrell 0-1, Nathan O’Sul­li­van 0-1, Colin Tutty 0-1, Conal Byrne 0-1, Liam Cal­li­nan 0-1, Kevin Cullen 0-1.

Enniskerry: Bren­dan Bar­ton 1-3 (1f), Gavin Bar­ton 0-4 (2f), Rhys Cope 0-1 (1f), Craig Wil­liams 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: Jamie Tutty; Kevin Cullen, Stephen Burke, Harry Houli­han; Paul Kelly, Ross Tyrell, Conal Byrne; Kevin Mur­phy, Nathan O’Sul­li­van; Dan Burke, John Mooney, Jack Cullen; James Mooney, Brian Flynn, Colin Tutty. Subs: Liam Cal­li­nan, Philip Dunne, Keith Pep­pard, An­drew Cor­ri­gan, Brian Man­ning.

Enniskerry: Ian Kir­wan; Luke Dil­lon, Dan Kelly, James Molony; Luke Dal­ton, Mark Mullen, Josh Wil­liams; Craig Wil­liams, Owen Cor­ri­gan; Rhys Copes, Gavin Bar­ton, Sea­mus O’Gorman; Jack Con­roy, Bren­dan Bar­ton, Colm Nolan Subs: Alan King, Bren­dan Fitzger­ald, To­mas Egan.

Ref­eree: Philip Bracken (Laragh) at Hol­ly­wood

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