AGB PULL THROUGH

Redmond’s men sur­vive late surge from Hol­ly­wood

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

AGB HOL­LY­WOOD 0-16 1-9

AGB made very hard work of get­ting past Hol­ly­wood to record their sec­ond win in Group 1 of the Boom & Plat­form Hire Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship in the open­ing game of a four-match sched­ule on Sun­day last.

Damien Redmond’s men looked out of sight af­ter 47 min­utes when they led by 0-12 to 0-5 with Hol­ly­wood hav­ing strug­gled for long pe­ri­ods and hav­ing lost the ser­vices of key player Mikey Healy just be­fore half-time to a black card.

But a sweet goal from PJ O’Ke­effe and points from Eoin Burke and the afore­men­tioned O’Ke­effe pulled Hol­ly­wood right back into this game as AGB seemed to have a ma­jor wob­ble in game­plan and con­fi­dence all over the field.

Damien Redmond’s men re­cov­ered with two points, the first from Dar­ragh Cul­leton from a free, the sec­ond from Shane McBride as the AGB sub­sti­tu­tions started the re­ally bear fruit.

But Hol­ly­wood were not go­ing away. A fran­ti­cally ner­vous passage of play in front of the AGB goal re­sulted in a 45 when it could eas­ily have been a goal for Mark Mur­naghan’s side and Robert Houli­han banged over the 45.

Se­ri­ous pil­fer­ing from Keith Pep­pard on AGB full-back James Tyrrell re­sulted in the ball go­ing to Robert Kelly who fired over a beauty to leave just two be­tween the sides and and AGB look­ing in a spot of bother to be sure.

But the AGB men stead­ied the ship late on with fine scores from Shane McBride and Cathal Kelle­her to leave AGB sit­ting on top of their group on score dif­fer­ence ahead of Rath­new who got the bet­ter of Tinahely in a mas­sive strug­gle on Satur­day evening.

AGB en­joyed a start that re­flects on their re­cent form as they opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead af­ter 18 min­utes with a missed goal chance also ap­pear­ing on their bal­ance sheet.

JP Hur­ley got them up and run­ning early on be­fore Hol­ly­wood’s Stephen Kear­ney replied from a free and then Chris O’Brien and Ciaran O’Shea added sin­gles to give them a healthy look­ing gap en­ter­ing the sec­ond quar­ter.

The AGB side listed on the match pro­gramme showed a num­ber of changes. Tom Ma­her was half back, Ciaran O’Shea back in the corner.

An­drew Ma­her was named at half-back but started in corner-for­ward while Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald started in­stead of Cathal Kelle­her. In­ter­est­ingly, AGB op­er­ated a very fluid switch­ing of po­si­tions through­out the game and whether the re­sults are entirely pos­i­tive re­mains to be seen.

Hol­ly­wood lost Colin Tutty to in­jury af­ter 18 min­utes and in­stalled Robert Kelly in his place and they found their feet some­what in the scor­ing stakes with points from Kear­ney (free) and a fine score from Kevin Mur­phy af­ter a ball from Jack Cullen to level the game at 0-3 apiece.

A bar­ren spell of 10 min­utes fol­lowed dur­ing which AGB reg­is­tered two wides to Hol­ly­wood’s one and Damien Redmond also brought in Dar­ragh Cul­leton for Pe­ter Hem­pen­stall af­ter 25.

Philip Healy ended the bleak pe­riod with a su­perb score af­ter a pass from Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald and then Cul­leton an­nounced his ar­rival with two wicked scores (one free) be­fore Philip Healy pointed a free to send AGB in lead­ing by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break with Healy picking up a black card from ref­eree An­thony Nolan just prior to the half-time whis­tle.

A Jack Cullen point left three be­tween the sides early in the sec­ond half but AGB rat­tled off five unan­swered scores from Philip Glee­son, Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald, Dar­ragh Cul­leton, An­drew Ma­her and Chris O’Brien to make it 0-12 to 0-4 be­fore Philip Glee­son picked up a black card with Shane McBride

tak­ing his place.

Hol­ly­wood’s re­cov­ery be­gan im­me­di­ately and came about in part as a re­sult of pres­sure on Mervyn Travers’ kick-out and se­ri­ous work ethic all over the field.

A beau­ti­ful point from Keith Traynor was fol­lowed by PJ O’Ke­effe’s goal that he took with aplomb in a move that was started by the hard-work­ing Kevin Mur­phy, and then Eoin Burke and O’Ke­effe added points by the 50th minute to leave it 0-12 to 1-7 in favour of the AGB men.

AGB stead­ied through points from Dar­ragh Cul­leton and Shane McBride as Damien Redmond’s bench brought him ma­jor re­ward in the lat­ter stages of the game

Hol­ly­wood closed with to within two by the 55th minute but the late burst from AGB was enough to see them in­stalled at the top of the table on score dif­fer­ence ahead of Rath­new with games against Tinahely and Newtown still to come.

Scor­ers - AGB: Dar­ragh Cul­leton 0-4, Philip Healy 0-3, Chris O’Brien 0-2, Shane McBride 0-2, JP Hur­ley 0-1, Ciaran O’Shea 0-1, Philip Glee­son 0-1, Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald 0-1, An­drew Ma­her 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: PJ O’Ke­effe 1-1, Stephen Kear­ney 0-2 (2f), Kevin Mur­phy 0-1, Jack Cullen 0-1, Keith Traynor 0-1, Eoin Burke 0-1, Robert Houli­han 0-1, Robert Kelly 0-1.

Photo: Joe Byrne

AGB’s Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald looks to get a pass away as Hol­ly­wood’s Conor Burke closes in.

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