Tyrrell leads charge
Knockananna dominate against Ashford
KNOCKANANNA 3-20 ASHFORD 0-6
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