Newtown turn on the style

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Aughrim

NEWTOWN 2-16 HOLLYWOOD 0-8

NEWTOWN turned on the style in hugely im­pres­sive fash­ion to de­vour Hollywood and se­cure their Se­nior foot­ball safety by seiz­ing fourth spot in Group 1 thanks to this stun­ning vic­tory in Aughrim on Satur­day evening.

As the sun set in the west it was the Mag­pies who pro­duced the magic in a per­for­mance that was cer­tainly in them all sea­son and, al­beit against a Hollywood side who will no doubt be glad when this sea­son is over, Damien Gil­li­gan’s men looked lethal over the 60 min­utes with Ross Davis in par­tic­u­lar in un­touch­able form.

Hollywood had no an­swer to Newtown on Satur­day and this de­feat, their fourth of the cam­paign, their only vic­tory com­ing against Kil­te­gan in Balt­in­glass, has con­demned them to a Keat­ing Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion that will test their mettle to the very lim­its as they join the afore­men­tioned Kil­te­gan, Éire Óg and Balt­in­glass in the bat­tle for Se­nior sur­vival.

Gil­li­gan’s charges turned in a first-half per­for­mance that will live long in the mem­o­ries of the tiny crowd in Aughrim and the play­ers in the Newtown jer­seys. The Mag­pies tor­mented their op­po­nents as they played with a free­dom and an en­ergy that the Hollywood men just couldn’t han­dle.

The deadly duo of Ross Davis and Sean Gre­gory were the tor­men­tors in chief, but they were ably as­sisted by Conor Od­lum, Sean Hef­fer­nan, De­clan Doyle, Dar­ragh Cal­lan while big shifts were de­liv­ered from Paul O’Rior­dan and Mark Fitzsi­mons in the mid­dle.

Shane Mooney played a cap­tain’s part and dom­i­nated his po­si­tion.

Lee Turner and Neil Martin closed down the wide chan­nels while Robert Green­nan turned in a mas­sive dis­play for his side be­froe go­ing off in­jured late on.

John O’Dono­hue was solid at full-back on a day when Hollywood failed to bag a ma­jor and Karl Carthy and goal­keeper Thomas Ma­her com­pleted a su­perb start­ing 15 on the day.

Hollywood would only score two points in the first half to Newtown’s thump­ing 2-12, the goals from De­clan Doyle af­ter 25 and a won­der strike by Conor Od­lum to the top corner of Jamie Tutty’s net close to the death of the first half.

Ross Davis would ac­count for half of the dozen first-half points (two frees and a sub­lime score from a side­line ball on the stand

side) as he blitzed the Hollywood de­fence.

Sean Gre­gory (2), Neil Martin, Shane Mooney, Sean Hef­fer­nan and Conor Od­lum would com­plete the scor­ing for the first half for Damien Gil­li­gan’s ma­raud­ers.

The hard-work­ing Cian Tyrrell bagged Hollywood’s opener af­ter 11 min­utes while Thomas Burke would point a free won by Mikey Healy af­ter 27 for their first-half to­tal and but for the hero­ics of Rob Houli­han and Jamie Tutty Newtown would have had four goals in that open­ing pe­riod.

Mark Mur­naghan’s men en­joyed an elec­tric start to the sec­ond half and they gave their loyal sup­port­ers plenty to cheer about with four points on the trot.

Sub­sti­tute Matthew Kelly opened the salvo with a fine score, Stephen Kear­ney added be­fore Eoin Burke and Kear­ney again sug­gested some­thing of a come­back in the air.

Conor Od­lum made it 2-13 to 0-6 im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards. Hollywood needed goals but they just wouldn’t come, with PJ O’Ke­effe miss­ing a chance early in the sec­ond half that might have kick-started what would have been a seis­mic come­back in any man’s lan­guage.

Two Ross Davis points ended any hope of such a mir­a­cle and the Newtown at­tacker closed out the scor­ing fol­low­ing Hollywood mi­nors from Stephen Kear­ney and full-back Harry Wil­son for what was a huge vic­tory for Newtown.

They sur­vive in Se­nior thanks to this 2-16 to 0-8 vic­tory and, go­ing on this per­for­mance alone, Damien Gil­li­gan’s men most def­i­nitely be­long at the top table.

Hollywood will re­group and will ap­proach the Keat­ing Tro­phy clash with Balt­in­glass with their end­less brav­ery and pride.

Scor­ers – Newtown: Ross Davis 0-9 (3f, 1 SL), Conor Od­lum 1-2 (1f), De­clan Doyle 1-0, Sean Gre­gory 0-2, Neil Martin 0-1, Shane Mooney 0-1, Sean Hef­fer­nan 0-1.

Hollywood: Stephen Kear­ney 0-3, Cian Tyrrell 0-1, Matthew Kelly 0-1, Eoin Burke 0-1, Harry Wil­son 0-1, Thomas Burke 0-1 (f).

NEWTOWN: Thomas Ma­her: Robert Green­nan, John O’Donoghue, Karl Carthy; Lee Turner, Shane Mooney, Neil Martin; Paul O’Rior­dan, Mark Fitzsi­mons; Sean Gre­gory, Sean Hef­fer­nan, Dar­ragh Cal­lan; Conor Od­lum, De­clan Doyle, Ross Davis. Subs: Con Cal­lan, Cathal McNi­cholas, James Syn­nott.

HOLLYWOOD: Jamie Tutty; Seanie O’Ke­effe, Harry Wil­son, Shane Kelly; Conor Burke, Mikey Healy, Don­n­cha Halpin; Cian Tyrrell, Rob Houli­han; Ryan Mul­vey, Eoin Burke, Rob Kelly; Thomas Burke, Stephen Kear­ney, PJ O’Ke­effe. Subs: Matthew Kelly, Harry Houli­han, Jack Cullen. REF­EREE: John Keenan (Aughrim)

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