Barn­dar­rig ce­ment sec­ond spot with win

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - EOIN HORKAN at Avon­dale GAA Club


BARN­DAR­RIG ce­mented sec­ond spot in Group 2 of the Fitzger­alds Kitchens Ju­nior A Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship with this 2-8 to 1-6 vic­tory over An Tochar in Rath­drum last week­end.

With a top of the ta­ble clash with lead­ers Baltinglas­s com­ing fast this Satur­day at the same venue at 6.30pm things could get very in­ter­est­ing at the top of what is a very com­pet­i­tive group that has An Tochar and St Pat’s of Wick­low within touch­ing dis­tance should any calamity be­fall the Kil­macurra men.

The open­ing cou­ple of plays of the game were a sign of things to come with both sets of de­fences play­ing from the front from the word go.

Even­tu­ally, Round­wood opened the scor­ing through full-for­ward Ger Byrne who won a hard ball out in front and swung the ball over the bar. Round­wood next score came through cen­tre back Liam Gaffney who burst through the op­po­si­tion de­fence to fire over the black spot from range.

Barn­dar­rig re­sponded in kind with three quick frees in suc­ces­sion through cen­tre for­ward Michael Mur­phy.

Scores were hard to come by in the open­ing half with both de­fences clear­ing ball any chance they got.

This was proven when Round­wood wing back Gavin Fog­a­rty drove out of the de­fence and be­fore he knew it, he had fired a great score over the bar.

Mur­phy added an­other free be­fore Byrne split the posts yet again. Barn­dar­rig then started to pull away from their op­po­si­tion with three scores on the trot, the first from cor­ner-for­ward Jimmy Wal­dron be­fore Mur­phy fired over from out­side the ‘D’ be­fore Wal­dron added an­other from out near the side­line.

Fog­a­rty burst up the field again to fire over his sec­ond of the game be­fore cor­ner-for­ward Ea­mon Wolo­han fired over the last score of the half leav­ing the min­i­mum be­tween the sides at the break.

The sec­ond half was a much tighter, tenser af­fair, with scores very much at a pre­mium and de­fend­ers still been to the fore.

Barn­dar­rig then hit a sucker punch on the break with a ball be­ing put in over the de­fence that re­sulted in a penalty which cor­ner-for­ward John Kin­sella duly slot­ted into the cor­ner of the net.

Wal­dron dis­sected the posts again to push the lead out for Barn­dar­rig. That man Fog­a­rty was hav­ing a great game, sweep­ing up any loose ball he then man­aged to get the ball near the half-way line be­fore slalom­ing and weav­ing his way through the de­fence and fir­ing into the back of the net from just in­side the 21 to make the game a con­test again.

With the game in the melt­ing pot the next score of the game proved to be the de­ci­sive one, with Barn­dar­rig full-for­ward An­drew Ka­vanagh fin­ish­ing the game as a con­test with a well-taken goal.

Scor­ers – Barn­dar­rig: Michael Mur­phy 0-5 (4f), Jimmy Wal­dron 0-3, John Kin­sella 1-0 (p), An­drew Ka­vanagh 1-0.

Round­wood: Ger Byrne 0-2, Gavin Fog­a­rty 1-2, Liam Gaffney 0-1, Ea­mon Wolo­han 0-1.

BARN­DAR­RIG: Manus Quinn; Shane Whe­lan, James Cullen, Kevin Cullen; Malachy Stone, Martin Cullen, James Quinn; Bernard Quinn, An­thony Quinn; Paul Ryan, Michael Mur­phy, Philp Kin­sella; Jimmy Wal­dron, An­drew Ka­vanagh, John Kin­sella. Subs: Jack McCall for Malachy Stone, Tom Doyle for Michael Mur­phy, Joe Twomey for Jimmy Wal­dron.

ROUND­WOOD: Peter Byrne; Conor Short, Bren­dan Kennedy, Noel Power; Eoin Mur­phy, Liam Gaffney, Gavin Fog­a­rty; Wil­liam Hal­li­gan, Ciaran Byrne; Conor Davis, Bren­dan Swords, Stephen Con­nor; Ea­mon Wol­lo­han, Ger Byrne, Joe Gaffney. Subs: Sean Davis for Noel Power, Stephen Col­lier for Bren­dan Swords, Liam Kenna for Eoin Mur­phy, Colin O’ Brien for Joe Gaffney.

REF­EREE: Robert Roche (Carnew)

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