Round­wood rejoice

A mag­nif­i­cent late fight­back breaks Avon­more hearts

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Vartry Grounds

ROUND­WOOD won the WDSL Un­der-12 B Plate fi­nal af­ter a mag­nif­i­cent come­back against Avon­more at the Vartry Grounds last Satur­day morn­ing; three goals in the last ten min­utes break­ing Rath­drum hearts.

With both sides showing ex­cel­lent skills, it was al­ways an open con­test. In the early stages Round­wood winger Eoin Meagher looked dan­ger­ous with his silky skills lead­ing to two shots on tar­get that keeper Darcy San­tos dealt with.

Amaz­ingly, it took 24 min­utes to open the scor­ing but what a goal it was. Meagher col­lected the ball on the left wing. His low cen­tre of grav­ity and skill to drop the shoul­der twice to round two de­fend­ers like they were not even there was a joy to wit­ness be­fore he showed class to toe poke un­der San­tos in the goal.

Avon­more were level within three min­utes. Tur­lough De­vitt ram­paged down the wing and his cross was met by Talon Byrne whose shot was ex­cel­lently saved by keeper Cian Power how­ever Ja­son Noodoo re­acted fastest to knock in the re­bound. That’s how the first half ended.

Six min­utes into the sec­ond half Avon­more had the lead. A boom­ing San­tos kick out was nod­ded on by Talon Byrne into Noodoo’s path and the striker made no mis­take to bury past keeper Power.

With chances com­ing and go­ing for both sides it ap­peared that Avon­more landed the killer blow with 15 min­utes left.

A tow­er­ing San­tos clear­ance saw Sean Kennedy beat the keeper to the ball and his shot nudged in off the post.

The fi­nal ten min­utes was amaz­ing in its ex­cite­ment.

The fight back started when a Brian Med­l­ey­cott free-kick was scram­bled home by Cil­lian Byrne.

With six min­utes to go we were level. Jack Leacy got in on goal and from an in­cred­i­bly tight an­gle the striker found a way past San­tos.

In in­jury time Round­wood got them­selves in front. Af­ter great bat­tling by Meagher the ball found it­self to Leacy his low drive at goal was met by Meagher who de­flected the ball past San­tos for a tremen­dous come­back vic­tory.

Avon­more had great per­form­ers in Ja­son Noodoo and Tyler Byrne. Spe­cial word to cen­tre back Naoise Wheeler who was tremen­dous through­out and was des­per­ately un­lucky to be on the

Round­wood cel­e­brate their dra­matic vic­tory.

Cil­lian Byrne, who scored the sec­ond goal for Round­wood, with his par­ents Martin and Karen.

Aaron Walsh and Jack Leacy try to con­tain Tur­lough Devvitt of Avon­more.

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