Dunne drives deadly ‘Dales

Mid­fielder ‘must have had Ready Brek’ says man­ager

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PADDY HICKEY at Grey­stones


AVON­DALE man­ager David Burke was in sev­enth heaven after his charges put Eire Og to the sword in their Divi­sion 1A League clash at Grey­stones on Fri­day night.

As well as aveng­ing the home first round de­feat by the Grey­stones out­fit, the re­sult sealed pro­mo­tion to the top tier of foot­ball in the county for next sea­son for the Rath­drum side.

‘Since we were rel­e­gated two years ago our am­bi­tion has been to get back to Divi­sion 1 as quick as we could, and we are de­lighted that we have suc­ceeded in do­ing that,’ re­marked Burke in the wake of his side’s seven-point suc­cess, which was em­bel­lished by a five­point haul by mid­fielder Eu­gene Dunne.

‘And it’s even more sat­is­fy­ing that we have won pro­mo­tion even though we have two games left in the League. After tonight’s game, we still have to play Carnew and An­nacurra.

‘The lads put in a tremen­dous ef­fort this year and hope­fully we are in a good place go­ing into the Cham­pi­onship which gets un­der way early next month.

‘A lot of lads got a chance to­day and they showed up re­ally well, and Eu­gene Dunne at mid­field had a fan­tas­tic game, scor­ing five points.

‘Judg­ing by the qual­ity of his per­for­mance, I think that Eu­gene must have had his Ready Brek this morn­ing.

‘Eu­gene wouldn’t be renowned as a scorer for us, but he cer­tainly had his shoot­ing boots on to­day.

‘Also, Liam Kin­sella had a great game at full-back, and Conor Byrne made a big con­tri­bu­tion for us at cen­tre-for­ward,’ added the buoy­ant Avon­dale supremo, whose side were re­duced to 14 play­ers after right corner-back Kevin Fitz­patrick was sent off after firstly re­ceiv­ing a yel­low card and sub­se­quently a black card seven min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Like Avon­dale, Éire Óg were miss­ing a num­ber of regulars, in­clud­ing county star Dar­ren Hay­den, the son of team boss Paul Hay­den, and the home side suf­fered ad­di­tional blows by strik­ing the cross­bar and miss­ing a penalty.,

After 20 min­utes, half-back Conal Deeney lashed the ball against Avon­dale’s wood­work, and 17 min­utes into the sec­ond half, his corner-for­ward team­mate Sean Cran­ley had his penalty saved by op­po­si­tion goal­keeper Brian Burke.

How­ever, Eire Og made the brighter start to the con­test, scor­ing the first two points through Cian O’Fla­herty and Danny Woods, only for Avon­dale to hit back strongly with a 1-3 re­turn be­tween the sixth and ninth minute, the goal com­ing from Conor Byrne after he out­paced a num­ber of de­fend­ers.

Mid­way through the half, Sean Cran­ley pointed for Éire Óg, but the vis­it­ing side re­sponded with six unan­swered points in the space of seven min­utes be­fore car­ry­ing a 1-10 to 0-5 lead into the half­time break.

On the restart, Avon­dale tight­ened their grip on the game, adding a quick three points, the first from Eu­gene Dunne fol­low­ing his four point haul in the open­ing half.

Cran­ley pro­vided Éire óg with a glim­mer of hope, with a point, and after Ross Ward had can­celled that out for the op­po­si­tion, the home side en­joyed their best pe­riod in the con­test, by shoot­ing three points with­out re­ply be­tween the 12th and 20th min­utes of the sec­ond half.

How­ever, any hope of a dra­matic re­cov­ery by Éire Óg was thwarted by the fact that their op­po­nents reg­is­tered three of the last five points scored be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Éire Óg man­ager Paul Hay­den said: ‘Once we con­ceded the goal we dropped our head a bit, but we had a lot of young lads out there tonight, and they will have ben­e­fited from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘Our county lads were miss­ing and we also have a num­ber of lads on hol­i­days.’

Scor­ers - Avon­dale: Eu­gene Dunne 0-5, Ross Ward 0-4 (2f), Conor Byrne 1-1, Donal McGraynor 0-3, Eoin Baker, Dean Ga­han, Karl Phe­lan, Cian O Han­nain 0-1 each.

Éire Óg Grey­stones: Danny Woods 1-2, Sean Cran­ley 0-6 (4f), An­drew Walsh, Cian O Fla­herty 0-1 each.


Brian Burke; Eoin Fitz­patrick, Liam Kin­sella, Conor Shee­han; Aonghus O Bri­ain, Zach Cullen, Paddy Kin­sella; Eoin Baker, Eu­gene Dunne; Dean Ga­han, Conor Byrne, Karl Phe­lan; Donal McGraynor, Cian O Han­nain, Ross Ward. Subs: Sea­mus McGraynor for Donal McGraynor (40), Cathal Doyle for Phe­lan (51).


Conor Browne; James Woods, Do­minic O’Brien, Dar­ragh Devine; Craig Smullen, Michael Can­non , Conal Deeney; An­drew Walsh, Danny Woods; Matt Maguire, Cian O Fla­herty, Gavin O’Shea; Sean Ma­son, Michael Walsh, Sean Cran­ley. Sub: Wil­lie O’Ha­gan for Can­non (46). REF­EREE: Ed­die Leonard (St Pa­trick’s).

Photo: Bar­bara Flynn

Éire Óg’s Cian O’Fla­herty puts pres­sure on the un­stop­pable Eu­gene Dunne.

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