Two from two for Avondale
Ashford no match for hosts
AVONDALE 3-14 ASHFORD 0-6
BOTH sides had one game under their belts coming into this Philip Doyle Junior ‘B’ Football Championship game played at Avondale on Thursday last.
The home side had a comfortable win over Newcastle while Ashford had suffered defeat last time out against Knockananna.
Ashford were tight in numbers for this game and had to wait until half-way through the first half to complete their lineup. Despite this the visitors started confidently enough and forced a ‘45’ which came to nought.
Callum Pursey opened the Avondale account with a point in their first attack after three minutes. Full forward Shane Farrar added another point after five minutes and six minutes had elapsed before Trevor Conyard got Ashford off the mark with a pointed free.
Ryan Cahill, listed as a corner-forward but in truth covering back as far as his own half, was causing all sorts of difficulty for the Ashford defence.
The Dales had two further points from Anthony Byrne and Callum Pursey. Shane Farrar got their fifth point on the quarter-hour mark with a shot meant as a goal effort, but which just cleared the crossbar.
The younger Ashford team looked on occasion to be in danger of being overwhelmed but they hung in there in the first half.
Trevor Conyard got their second point from a free after 17 minutes but Callum Pursey and Shane Farrar from a free increased the Avondale lead to five points before Conyard came again to point another Ashford free awarded when goalie Corey Chambers picked the ball from the ground outside the small square.
With Ashford very adept at holding possession from their own kick outs and working the ball through the busy Trevor Conyard, the visitors had plenty of possession but failed to make much impression on the Avondale rearguard.
However, Avondale were wasteful up front and the scoreboard did not reflect the number of chances they created.
However, just before the halftime break Ryan Cahill rattled the Ashford net and put a little more daylight between the teams. Avondale led by 1-7 to 0-3.
The home side turned over to play into the clubhouse end in the second period and things were looking ominous for the Ashford men.
However, the black and amber took the game to Avondale in the early stages of the second half.
Midfielder Jamie Byrne was prominent and played an excellent second half. With Trevor Conyard continuing his role as a play maker, it was almost ten minutes before Avondale broke through for their first score of the half with a point from Ryan Cahill.
James Byrne responded with a fine point from play. Avondale were beginning to dominate again, and Shane Farrar followed by substitute Darren Beever, added two quick points to keep the home team comfortably ahead.
Jamie Byrne pointed a free from distance, but sub Paul Gahan pointed again with a shot which Ashford goalie Philip Doyle tipped over the bar.
Jamie Byrne pointed again with a free after 18 minutes, but it was to be the final score from the Ashford side as Avondale emptied their subs bench and began to push home their advantage.
Shane Farrar capped off a fine display at full-forward when he set up a goal for Callum Pursey with a well-judged foot pass from outfield. Farrar himself and Karl Phelan added two more points before Pursey found the net again. A short Ashford kick out went astray and the Avondale man chipped the goalkeeper for the Dales’ third goal.
Farrar had the final point to leave Avondale very comfortable winners in the end on a score line of 3-14 to 0-6. Ashford never threw in the towel, but they were overwhelmed in the end by a more powerful side with more firepower up front.
Scorers - Avondale: Callum Purser 2-3, Shane Farrar 0-6, Ryan Cahill 1-1, Anthony Byrne, Darren Beever, Paul Gahan and Karl Phelan 0-1 each.
Ashford: Trevor Conyard 0-3, Jamie Byrne 0-3.
AVONDALE: Corey Chambers; Kieran Penn, Shane O’Neill, Conor Sheehan; Harrison Penn, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Kenny; Seamus McGraynor, Karl Kenny; Jack Manley, Mikey O’Dea, Anthony Byrne; Callum Purser, Shane Farrar, Ryan Cahill. Subs: Jordan Chandler, Darren Beever, Paul Gahan, Stephan Langan, Ian Heffernan and Paudie O’Toole. (Shane Birch blood sub in 1st half)
ASHFORD: Philip Doyle; Aidan Egan, Daniel Rooney, Kael Scott; Garry McGann, Roughan Van der Bruggan, Conor Diamond; Cian Marah, Jamie Byrne; Adam Hill, Trevor Conyard, Oisin Hill; Adam Crean, Ross Hamilton, Nigel Dunne. Sub: Eoghan Doyle.
REFEREE: Trevor Culbert (Rathnew).
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