HOL­LY­WOOD HIGHTAIL IT BACK TO SE­NIOR WHAT a dif­fer­ence a year makes? From a team that looked out of place at Se­nior level and de­void of any real sense of pur­pose and en­thu­si­asm, Mick Mur­ray and his back­room team of Dar­ragh Burke and Éoin Roddy have creat

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ex­actly the right man for the job.

The key to Saturday’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory was the abil­ity to run at and ex­ploit a por­ous de­fence. Hol­ly­wood cre­ated six goal chances and con­verted five, chances are you’re going to win any game you can score five ma­jors in a game and keep your op­po­nents sur­viv­ing on scraps and fre es.

Dunlavin will be gut­ted by this de­feat. Thomas Har­ney’s men truly be­lieved that they had the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to beat Hol­ly­wood but a fragility in the de­fence was most cru­elly high­lighted by the Hol­ly­wood at­tack.

The loss of Tom McGuirk in goals was note­wor­thy. Scott Phe­lan didn’t do too much wrong but it was a mas­sive day for a young man to come in and take the place of an ex­pe­ri­enced young keeper like McGuirk.

The fail­ure of the ap­peal to get McGuirk off his sus­pen­sion aris­ing from the semi-fi­nal against Rath­new will ran­cor with Dunlavin who feel their net­min­der was com­ing to the de­fence of his col­league at the time of his red card.

But Dunlavin had more to worry about that the loss of McGuirk. The early con­ces­sion of two goals within seven min­utes did se­ri­ous dam­age to their col­lec­tive psy­che. Mikey Healy’s role in those two goals was mas­sive. He gath­ered the stray clear­ance and bounded up the field for the first and was on the Dunlavin end line pass­ing it across to Thomas Burke for the sec­ond. Healy col­lected the Man of the Match award after the game, and rightly so. He was su­perb.

The ease at which Hol­ly­wood seemed to be able to move up the field and into scor­ing po­si­tions was aw­fully wor­ry­ing from a Dunlavin point of view.

When Thomas Burke gath­ered Tony Han­non’s high ball in be­tween Scott Phe­lan and Thomas Whe­lan to make it 3-04 to 0-03 after 18 min­utes you would have been for­given for ac­cept­ing that Dunlavin were dead and buried.

But those next 12 min­utes were Dunlavin’s best of the game and they came from 10 points be­hind to be­ing five points be­hind at the break with white flags be­ing raised by James Walsh (two), Thomas Davis (three) to leave the half­time score read­ing 3-04 to 0-08 in favour of the Hol­ly­wood men.

How­ever, Dunlavin would be play­ing against the wind and shoot­ing into the Red­nagh Hill end for the sec­ond half. But an early free from Thomas Davis clawed them back to within four points and things were sud­denly look­ing sal­vage­able for Thomas Har­ney’s men.

The last thing Dunlavin needed was an­other goal for Hol­ly­wood but that’s what ar­rive two and a half min­utes into the sec­ond half when Thomas Burke nabbed his hat-trick thanks a lovely Matthew Kelly pass across the face of the ex­posed Dunlavin goal.

The most im­por­tant role in the goal was played by cor­ner-back Éoin Burke who took a pass from Hol­ly­wood cap­tain Conor Burke inside his own half and ex­changed a one-two with Cian Tyrrell be­fore launch­ing a dainty pass to the ath­letic Joe Glen­non.

Glen­non cut across the field and found PJ O’Ke­effe who in turn sent in a neat kick pass to Éoin Burke who had am­bi­tiously con­tin­ued his run.

He gath­ered and flipped a lit­tle pass over the top to Matthew Kelly who sur­vived a stiff tackle from Thomas Kelly to pass across the goal to Thomas Burke for what was prob­a­bly the killer score of the game.

Joe Glen­non popped over a score shortly after­wards be­fore Dunlavin bagged four points from Gary Allen, James Walsh, Shane Carty and Thomas Davis with a mag­i­cal up­lift­ing point from man of the match Mikey Healy sand­wiched in be­tween.

And then the cur­tain was ruth­lessly brought down on the Dunlavin chal­lenge when Ciarán Tyrrell picked out Peadar Traynor with a sub­lime pass while on the ground and Traynor gal­loped down on the Dunlavin goal and fired home a screamer to make it 5-07 to 0-13.

It was a mag­i­cal day for Hol­ly­wood. Mikey Healy was fully de­serv­ing of his Man of the Match award but hot on his heels would have been the ex­cel­lent Éoin Burke, the ca­pa­ble Cian Tyrrell, the pow­er­ful Peadar Traynor, the ma­raud­ing Matthew Kelly, the plun­der­ing PJ O’Ke­effe, the tor­ment­ing Thomas Burke, the cat­a­strophic Ciarán Tyrrell and the juicy Joe Glen­non.

Dunlavin will need time to re­cover from this de­feat. They are a club lit­tered with tal­ented foot­ballers and they will be back at the busi­ness end in 2017.

Have no doubt about that, what­so­ever.

Scor­ers – Hol­ly­wood: Thomas Burke 3-00, Tony Han­non 0-03 (1f), Matthew Kelly 1-00, Cian Tyrrell 1-00, PJ O’Ke­effe 0-03, Joe Glen­non 0-01, Mikey Healy 0-01, Peadar Traynor 0-01.

Dunlavin: Thomas Davis 0-06

(5f), Cian O’Sul­li­van 0-04 (3f), James Walsh 0-02, Aaron Phe­lan 0-01, Gary Allen 0-01, Shane Carty 0-01.

Hol­ly­wood: Ian Burke; Keith Traynor, Harry Wil­son, Éoin Burke; Conor Burke, Mikey Healy, Robert Kelly; Cian Tyrrell, Peadar Traynor; Matthew Kelly, PJ O’Ke­effe, Tony Han­non; Thomas Burke, Ciarán Tyrrell, Joe Glen­non. Subs: Gar­rett Bell for T Burke, Shane Kelly for K Traynor, Kevin Glen­non, Jamie Tutty for I Burke.

Dunlavin: Scott Phe­lan; Thomas Whe­lan, Thomas Kelly, James Sin­nott; Fionn Dee­gan, Eoin Murtagh, Alan O’Sul­li­van; Aaron Phe­lan, Paul Murtagh; Gary Allen, Daniel Daw­son, Shane Carty; Cian O’Sul­li­van, Thomas Davis, James Walsh. Subs: Enda Bowes for J Walsh, Trevor Bir­chall for A O’Sul­li­van, Mark O’Sul­li­van for F Dee­gan, Conor Deer­ing for G Allen.

Ref­eree: Kieron Kenny (Ti­na­hely)

The Hol­ly­wood team and sup­port­ers cel­e­brate after they de­feated Dunlavin in the IFC county fi­nal on in Joule Park, Aughrim.

Dunlavin’s Paul Murtagh and Hol­ly­wood’s Peadar Traynor defy grav­ity dur­ing the IFC fi­nal in Joule Park, Aughrim. Pic­ture: Garry O’Neill

Hol­ly­wood cap­tain Conor Burke re­ceives the cup from Vice Chair­man Martin Fitzger­ald and Hol­ly­wood club sec­re­tary Lucy Mooney.

Hol­ly­wood’s PJ O’Ke­effe gets his shot away de­spite the ef­forts of Dunlavin’s Paul Murtagh.

Dunlavin’s Thomas Kelly tries to hold on to Hol­ly­wood’s Tony Han­non.

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