Ex­pe­ri­ence to the fore as Kil­te­gan de­feat Dales

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Joule Park Aughrim

KIL­TE­GAN AVONDALE 2-14 2-9

KIL­TE­GAN’S greater ex­pe­ri­ence came to the fore as they de­feated a dogged Avondale in sunny Aughrim last Sun­day evening.

With Kil­te­gan com­ing into the fix­ture af­ter a thump­ing win against Bray and Avondale try­ing to re­cover af­ter a dispir­it­ing de­feat to Rath­new, the game started very evenly.

It took eight min­utes for the open­ing score but what a point it was, Kil­te­gan’s Blaine Har­mon point­ing a mon­ster from 50 yards. The McGraynor broth­ers, Sean and Oisin, struck two frees to give the Rath­drum men a lead be­fore Rory Finn chipped in with a typ­i­cal trade­mark score. The county star pow­ered for­ward be­fore slam­ming on the breaks and clip­ping a de­light­ful left-footed ef­fort.

An­thony Fur­long added an­other for the men from the west with a beau­ti­ful score over his shoul­der to re­store their lead. The next four scores were traded be­tween the sides be­fore the clash’s first ma­jor.

Avondale’s wing back Shane Beevor gal­loped for­ward into space, he passed in­side to Oisin McGraynor and the cen­tre for­ward, show­ing ma­tu­rity be­yond his years, re­turned across goal to Beevor to palm to an empty net. Conor McGraynor pointed his first score soon af­ter, af­ter Conor Byrne had an in­ci­sive run at the heart of the Kil­te­gan de­fence.

It was Trevor Doyle’s charges who never pan­icked and ended the half stronger. Finn, Seanie Fur­long and Keith Fur­long all pointed for a hard earned half time ad­van­tage.

On the re­sump­tion Finn stretched the lead and Avondale’s Dean Ga­han nar­rowed it again. The game’s cru­cial mo­ment came min­utes later. Padraig O’Toole freed up Finn down the flank and as he cut in to take his point, the ball dropped for­tu­itously over keeper Brian Burke’s head and into the net.

Sean McGraynor and ev­er­green Eu­gene Dunne replied for Avondale.

The Rath­drum men were try­ing to iso­late Conor McGraynor in­side at this stage, but Trevor Doyle had him well mar­shalled with Blaine Har­mon put in full-back on the tall at­tacker.

Ex­pe­ri­enced duo Seanie Fur­long and Jacko Dal­ton re­stored the four-point cushion as Avondale were kept at arm’s length. Fur­ther scores were traded by Ga­han with a Gar­ry­owen and Fur­long as the game ticked into in­jury time.

It was here that Kil­te­gan pro­duced a tremen­dous goal. Play­ing keep ball, it ap­peared they were running down the clock as they played around in their own half go­ing through the mo­tions.

Even­tu­ally they worked the ball to Aaron Byrne and he in­jected real pace to the move, trans­fer­ring to Seanie Fur­long, he fed Keith Fur­long who lo­cated Byrne who had raced in­side, and the pacey wing for­ward showed com­po­sure to roll his shot un­der Burke. Two min­utes of pos­ses­sion football.

Avondale bat­tled on and Conor McGraynor fisted home a goal in the game’s last attack.

Kil­te­gan’s greater ex­pe­ri­ence was de­ci­sive in this bat­tle. In Seanie Fur­long, Jacko Dal­ton and Rory Finn they had the game’s dom­i­nant play­ers.

For the Rath­drum men, Oisin McGraynor and Eamonn Kearns bat­tled hard­est.

Kil­te­gan: Fer­gal Har­mon; Bryan Kear­ney, Stephen Far­rell, Colm Keogh; Ro­nan Byrne, Adam Wynne, John Far­rell; Rory Finn (1-3), Blaine Har­mon (0-1); Aaron Byrne (1-0), Seanie Fur­long (0-6), Padraig O’Toole; Mark Pierce, Jacko Dal­ton (0-2), An­thony Fur­long (0-2). Sub: Ge­of­frey Ber­ming­ham.

Avondale: Brian Burke; Si­mon Cullen, Padraig Geoghe­gan, Shane Byrne; Liam Kin­sella, Eamonn Kearns, Shane Beevor (1-0); Barry Shee­han, Saoirse Kearon; Eu­gene Dunne (0-1), Oisin McGraynor (0-1), Dean Ga­han (0-2); Conor Byrne, Sean McGraynor (0-4), Conor McGraynor (1-1). Subs: Ryan Cahill, Cian O’hAin­nain, Adam Ben­son Byrne, Aonghus O’Bri­ain, Ross Ward.

Ref­eree: John Keenan (Aughrim)

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