Two from two for Avon­dale

Ash­ford no match for hosts

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Avon­dale


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).

Ian Moore and Pa­trick Cronin of Strat­ford-Grange­con can’t pre­vent the ball from reach­ing the back of the net dur­ing their In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship match against Carnew Em­mets.

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