Tyrrell leads charge

Knock­ananna dom­i­nate against Ash­ford

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Ash­ford GAA Club


KNOCK­ANANNA kicked off their Ju­nior ‘B’ cam­paign with a dom­i­nant vic­tory in Ash­ford last Thurs­day evening.

Two early goals from Kevin Tyrrell and a third from Alan Byrne laid the foun­da­tion for a com­fort­able vic­tory.

From the throw in, Ash­ford won a free in that Trevor Con­yard pointed, that was as good as it got for the hosts.

Garry Bradley tied it up within 60 sec­onds be­fore Knock­ananna got their first goal in the sixth minute. A mix up in the Ash­ford de­fence saw Kevin Tyrrell get in on goal and the cor­ner-for­ward made no mis­take in beat­ing ex­posed keeper Paul Con­yard.

The teams traded points be­fore Tyrrell got his sec­ond goal on the quar­ter hour. A ball over the top of the rear­guard saw Tyrrell show tremen­dous poise to lob Con­yard who was off his line.

Once more the sides traded points with Adam Hill get­ting a beau­ti­fully clipped score for Ash­ford be­fore Knock­ananna struck for their third goal in the 20th minute.

Tris­tan Ma­her done the don­key work be­fore off load­ing to Alan Byrne who drilled be­yond Con­yard’s reach.

With the ten point cush­ion Knock­ananna did not rest on their lau­rels and scored six points on the trot to close out the half with a cou­ple of ex­cep­tional scores from dis­tance by Lor­can Tyrrell the picks of the bunch.

With the game as good as over as a con­test the sec­ond half was al­ways go­ing to be a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

On the restart, points from Padraig Lan­caster, Kevin Tyrrell (3), Byrne and Derek Ka­vanagh had the score­board look­ing em­bar­rass­ing for Ash­ford.

Knock­ananna rang the changes at this stage and the game fiz­zled out to its in­evitable con­clu­sion.

The last six points were shared be­tween the sides with mid­fielder Jack Taylor land­ing two fan­tas­tic points at the death for Ash­ford.

A to­tal mis­match be­tween the two sides.

Ash­ford were miss­ing a few but in re­al­ity it would have made min­i­mal dif­fer­ence to the even­tual out­come.

They bat­tled well with Trevor Con­yard and Jack Taylor per­form­ing ad­mirably.

Knock­ananna will be happy to get up and run­ning, how­ever they will be well aware that tougher chal­lenges lie ahead.

Kevin Tyrrell and Alan Byrne were lively with Derek Ka­vanagh con­duct­ing a lot of play from cen­tre for­ward.

Full-back Aaron O’Neill and cen­tre back Garry Bradley were dom­i­nant fig­ures too.

Scor­ers - Knock­ananna: Kevin Tyrrell 2-5, Alan Byrne 1-2, Derek Ka­vanagh 0-4, Lor­can Tyrrell 0-3, Garry Bradley 0-2, Keith Cor­ri­gan 0-1, Tris­tan Ma­her 0-1, Padraig Lan­caster 0-1, Ed­ward Bracken 0-1

Ash­ford: Jack Taylor 0-2, Trevor Con­yard 0-1, Philip Doyle 0-1, Adam Hill 0-1, Lee Fitz­patrick 0-1

KNOCK­ANANNA: John Far­rell; Paddy O’Ke­effe, Ar­ron O’Neill, Keith Cor­ri­gan; Ro­nan Doyle, Garry Bradley, Noel Byrne; Tris­tan Ma­her, Padraig Lan­caster; Dar­ren Flynn, Derek Ka­vanagh, Sean Canna; Alan Byrne, Lor­can Tyrrell, Kevin Tyrrell. Subs: Ed­ward Bracken, Reid Byrne, Brian Lawrence, An­thony Tracey, Jack Mur­phy.

ASH­FORD: Jack Con­yard; Ai­den Egan, Kian Marah, Kael Scott; Conor Be­han, Sean Beale, Ross Byrne; Jack Taylor, Trevor Con­yard; Adam Hill, Lee Fitz­patrick, Oisin Hill; Dar­ren Doyle, Ross Hamil­ton, Adam Crean. Subs: Adrian Marah, Gary McCann, Nigel Dunne, Philip Doyle. REF­EREE: Pat Hickey

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