Derry Gaels sur­vive Avon­dale come­back to claim vic­tory

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - U-15 foot­ball at Avon­dale

DERRY GAELS got the win af­ter they sur­vived a late come­back from the home side last Fri­day night un­der lights in Avon­dale.

A game which was a tale of four quar­ters ebbed and flowed with some ex­cel­lent foot­ball on dis­play on both sides of the field. Derry Gaels opened the scor­ing from a free in the fourth minute af­ter Colm Walsh dusted him­self down to point a free he had earned on the 21.

Cor­mac McGraynor re­sponded for the home side mo­ments later when his ef­fort from range just passed the out­stretched hands of Robert Davey and found the back of the net. The Avon­dale trio of mid­field­ers An­drew Bran­catto and Ol­lie Matthews link­ing up su­perbly and cen­tre back Luke Kear­ney play­ing su­perbly in this open­ing pe­riod.

Cian Ward pointed for the home side on 11 min­utes and was quickly as­sisted by Ol­lie Matthews who found space af­ter a quick free to fire over.

For Derry Gaels, Oisin Dunne and Conor Byrne were de­fend­ing im­mensely for the visi­tors and turned over a large num­ber of ball in this time.

With th­ese two, de­fend­ing im­mensely, pa­tient play by Avon­dale would bring their next score and it came from the boot of Adam Doyle.

With 17 min­utes on the clock, Derry Gaels sprung Dy­lan Lynch from the bench and his im­pact was im­me­di­ate.

Af­ter win­ning a free, he quickly found Robert Doyle lurk­ing un­marked on the 14-yard-line and Doyle was left with the task of flick­ing the ball into the Avon­dale net.

Josh Mullen and Colm Walsh both had goal ef­forts saved at either end be­fore a John Toomey point brought the gap to a min­i­mum.

Avon­dale full-back Ke­lan Busher had a tremen­dous bat­tle with Colm Walsh over the open­ing half and the Avon­dale man is def­i­nitely one to look for the fu­ture af­ter his dis­play over the hour.

Ward and Lynch added a point a piece for both sides to bring the half to its con­clu­sion with Avon­dale one point up.

An­other Derry Gaels sub­sti­tute to have a mas­sive im­pact was Adam Kee­gan who was in­tro­duced at the in­ter­val.

The lively cor­ner-for­ward pointed a free to open the half and nearly had a goal op­por­tu­nity only for Jamie Doyle to rush off his line and ex­tin­guish the dan­ger.

An­other great score from Toomey gave Derry Gaels the lead be­fore a goal ef­fort from Dy­lan Lynch snuck wide of the post.

How­ever, the young Bal­ly­manus man dusted him­self down and won the re­sult­ing kick out and found Robert Doyle again who fired home his own and his side’s sec­ond goal.

Kee­gan scored two fur­ther more points for him­self on 41 and 46 min­utes af­ter a pass from Lynch and Derry Gaels were in the as­cen­dancy.

A free from the same player left a seven-point gap go­ing into the fi­nal 10 min­utes with Avon­dale yet to score in the half.

The in­flu­en­tial Dy­lan Lynch was lost to a sec­ond yel­low soon af­ter and Avon­dale set about mak­ing the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count.

A point from Cian Ward came in the 56th minute wor­thy of name­sake and for­mer Meath foot­baller and just on the stroke on nor­mal time end­ing, Luke Kear­ney fired home a penalty to bring the gap to a one score game.

With­stand­ing the Avon­dale on­slaught, Derry Gaels needed some­thing to pre­vent a draw and with 32 on the clock, Sean Camp­bell took a cou­ple of heavy chal­lenges be­fore fir­ing over an in­sur­ance point and vic­tory for his side in a very ex­cit­ing derby game.

Avon­dale: Jamie Doyle, John Porter, Ke­lan Busher, Conor Cran­ley, Torna Mul­con­roy, Luke Kear­ney (1-0), Ed­ward Kin­sella, An­drew Bran­catto, Ol­lie Matthews (0-1), Cathal Baker, Cian Ward (0-3), Cor­mac McGraynor (1-0), Josh Mullen, Ryan Con­nolly Doyle, Adam Doyle (0-1). Subs: Kevin Con­way for Porter, Ro­nan Byrne for Mullen and Danny Mor­ley for Kin­sella

Derry Gaels: Robert Davey, Shane Arthur, Oisin Dunne, Conor Byrne, Sean Camp­bell (0-1), Dy­lan Byrne, Padraig Doyle, Ben Stephen­son, Robert Doyle (2-0), James Doyle, John Toomey (0-2), Dara O’Shea, Philip Toomey, Colm Walsh (0-1), John Moran. Subs: Dy­lan Lynch (0-1) for Camp­bell, Adam Kee­gan (0-4 ) for P Toomey, Dy­lan Rochford for O’Shea, Evan Doyle for Arthur.

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