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Arslan shines as Ho­gans tri­umph

Adam leads charge against Dwyers

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MICHAEL HO­GANS MICHAEL DWYERS 1-11 1-6

MICHAEL HO­GANS cap­tured the Mi­nor ‘C’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship when they over­came Michael Dwyers in an en­joy­able and keenly con­tested en­counter played at An­nacurra on Sun­day morn­ing last. This was a game brim-full of good foot­ball with some fine play­ers spread across both sides.

Ho­gans got off to the kind of start that most teams dream about when con­test­ing a fi­nal. And it ap­peared to have been planned. Conor Short won the throw in and fed Dy­lan Byrne mov­ing up from half-back. Byrne soloed straight through the mid­dle and set up Adam Arslan to shoot home an open­ing goal in the first 20 sec­onds.

Michael Dwyers took a few min­utes to re­cover from this set back as Ho­gans con­tin­ued to move the ball up and to mount fur­ther at­tacks. The mid­field di­a­mond of Sean Flem­ing, Dy­lan Byrne, Cathal Baker and Adam Arslan were prom­i­nent in th­ese early min­utes but were guilty of over elab­o­ra­tion and at­tacks broke down and pos­ses­sion was squan­dered.

Cor­mac McGraynor pointed a free and Pa­trick Lac­cardi added a sec­ond point when Cathal Baker car­ried through the mid­dle to put the cor­ner for­ward into a scor­ing space.

Slowly Dwyers got go­ing with Sean Har­mon, Oisin Mor­ris­sey, Adam Kin­sella and Ciaran Har­mon car­ry­ing the ball for­ward. Ewan McCrea got Michael Dwyers open­ing point af­ter 11 min­utes.

Both sides con­tin­ued to move the ball up and down the field in good pass­ing move­ments but

there was no fur­ther score for al­most ten min­utes. Both de­fences were in con­trol and Dwyers at­tack wasted a few scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with bad wides.

Conor Byrne broke the dead­lock when he ham­mered home a goal af­ter 20 min­utes to bring Dwyers right back into the game leav­ing Ho­gans just one point ahead at 1-2 to 1-1. This score seemed to shock the Michael Ho­gan side out of any com­pla­cency they might have gained fol­low­ing their great start and they added four points be­fore the break.

Cor­mac McGraynor pointed from play, James Mur­ray con­verted a free, Cian O’Neill had a point

fol­low­ing a fine run through by Cathal Baker and Cor­mac McGraynor com­pleted the scor­ing for the half with a pointed free.

Michael Ho­gans led by 1-6 to 1-1 but Dwyers could have and should have been closer.

Ho­gans al­most re­peated the throw in act at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half but this time they had to be sat­is­fied with a Cor­mac McGraynor point from a free. Ciaran Har­mon pointed a great 45 for Dwyers but James Mur­ray re­sponded with a Ho­gans point.

Har­mon came back with a pointed free to still leave that five­point gap be­tween the sides. We went through a re­peat of the first half where nei­ther side scored for al­most ten min­utes as play moved up and down field.

Shane Arthur and Leo Byrne and Conor Ed­wards in the Ho­gans full-back line were prov­ing to be big stum­bling blocks for Dwyers at­tacks. Byrne, in par­tic­u­lar, cut out many dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions by good an­tic­i­pa­tion and po­si­tion­ing and had a fine game over­all.

A point fol­low­ing a fine run up the mid­dle by Adam Arslan left two goals be­tween the sides at the wa­ter break. Arslan proved to be an ex­cel­lent link man for Ho­gans and car­ried the ball for­ward at pace.

Too much of the good work of Conor Byrne, Cathal Baker, James Mur­ray and Adam Arslan came to nought be­cause of an ap­par­ent de­sire to score spec­tac­u­lar goals, none of which came off.

Dwyers made a de­ter­mined ef­fort to pull the game out of the fire in the fi­nal ten min­utes. They were un­for­tu­nate to see one goal ef­fort come back off an up­right, an at­tempt at a point come back off the other post and fi­nally a goal shot on tar­get was smartly saved by Cal­lum McKenna.

Sub­sti­tute Jack O’Toole pointed for Dwyers while James Mur­ray and Ciaran Har­mon ex­changed pointed frees. Pa­trick Lac­cardi eased Ho­gan wor­ries when he sen­si­bly fisted over their fi­nal point, some­thing which should have hap­pened on a few oc­ca­sions prior.

The fi­nal score of the game came from Adam Kin­sella when he blazed over the bar for Dwyers to leave Michael Ho­gans win­ners on a score of 1-11 to 1-6.

The win­ning cap­tain re­ceived the win­ner’s tro­phy from Ka­t­rina Byrne, sec­re­tary of Bord na nÓg. Adam Arslan re­ceived the ‘Man of the match’ award from Liam O’Lough­lin on be­half of spon­sors Wicklow Peo­ple.

Cal­lum McKenna; Leo Byrne, Shane Arthur, Conor Ed­wards; Sam Car­roll, Sean Flem­ing, Ryan Ka­vanagh; Dy­lan Byrne, Cathal Baker; James Mur­ray 0-3 (2f), Adam Arslan 1-1, Cian O’Neill 0-1; Pa­trick Lac­cardi 0-2, Cor­mac McGraynor 0-4 (3f), Conor Shortt. Subs: Jack Bai­ley John­son for Ryan Ka­vanagh, Josh Ka­vanagh for Cian O’Neill, Dy­lan Doyle for Pa­trick Lac­cardi, Hugh Gun­ning for Sam Car­roll.

Shay Bar­rett; Caoilin Goete­len, David Vierra, Fionn Mor­ris­sey; Cathal Shee­han, Sean Har­mon, Charles Can­ning; Tom Parker, Oisin Mor­ris­sey; Adam Kin­sella 0-1, Ciaran Har­mon 0-3 (2f ‘45’), Ewan McCrea 0-1; Conor Byrne 1-0, Adam Byrne, Conor O’Neill. Subs: Eoin Byrne for Oisin Mor­ris­sey. Sean Mur­phy for Ewan McCrea. Jack O’Toole 0-1 for Conor O’Neill. Oisin Mor­ris­sey for Caoilin Goete­len.

REF­EREE: Bren­dan Fur­long (Ti­na­hely)

 ??  ?? Coiste na nÓg sec­re­tary Ka­t­rina Byrne with Michael Ho­gans joint cap­tains Dy­lan Byrne and Ryan Ka­vanagh.
Coiste na nÓg sec­re­tary Ka­t­rina Byrne with Michael Ho­gans joint cap­tains Dy­lan Byrne and Ryan Ka­vanagh.
 ??  ?? Adam Arslan is pre­sented with the Wicklow Peo­ple spon­sored man of the match award by Liam O’Lough­lin.
Adam Arslan is pre­sented with the Wicklow Peo­ple spon­sored man of the match award by Liam O’Lough­lin.
 ??  ?? The Michael Ho­gans team and men­tors af­ter their vic­tory over Michael Dwyers in the MFC ‘C’ fi­nal in An­nacurra.
The Michael Ho­gans team and men­tors af­ter their vic­tory over Michael Dwyers in the MFC ‘C’ fi­nal in An­nacurra.

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