Éire Óg beat Avon­dale ahead of quar­ter-fi­nals

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - EOIN HORKAN at Pearse’s Park, Ark­low

ÉIRE ÓG GREY­STONES 1-19 AVON­DALE 0-15

ÉIRE ÓG and Avon­dale served up a proper end-to-end cham­pi­onship en­counter in Pearse’s Park in Ark­low on Satur­day evening last.

With only pride left at stake for the Dales they were not found want­ing when it came to this bat­tle with Ea­monn Scallan’s Éire Óg who will take on St Pat’s in the quar­ter-fi­nal of this year’s cham­pi­onship.

Avon­dale fired over the open­ing point of the game through cor­ner-for­ward Ross Ward. Éiré óg re­sponded in kind with a score of their own from op­pos­ing num­ber 13 Shaun Cran­ley.

Avon­dale stal­wart Ea­mon Kearns opened his ac­count for the evening mo­ments later, fir­ing over from play, be­fore James Cran­ley re­sponded for the op­po­si­tion with a great score to main­tain par­ity.

The Dales then man­aged to score three frees in a row, two of these com­ing from Ea­mon Kearns be­fore mid­fielder Zach Cullen hit a dead ball over from his own half.

James Cran­ley man­aged to stop the Avon­dale scor­ing, dis­sect­ing the posts from close range.

Avon­dale added to their lead through mid­fielder Gearoid Mur­phy from play be­fore Kearns fired over an­other free.

The younger of the Cran­leys, Shaun, scored again from play. Avon­dale hit their fi­nal score of the half through cen­tre for­ward Dean Ga­han.

Éiré Óg hit a pur­ple patch head­ing to­wards the break, scor­ing five unan­swered points; four of these com­ing from that man Shaun Cran­ley again, one from play and the oth­ers com­ing from dead balls.

Cor­ner-for­ward Hugh O’Neill added the other score to leave the min­i­mum be­tween the sides at the break.

Éire Óg flew out of the box at the start of the sec­ond half. Cen­tre back Andy Walsh won a high ball in his own half and lashed a ball over the bar.

Not to be out­done by his brother, mid­fielder Michael Walsh lashed over an­other long-range point.

Kearns re­sponded with an­other free be­fore sharp­shooter Shaun Cran­ley got two more points, one from a dead ball, be­fore he added an­other from play.

With both sides go­ing full blooded to gain con­trol of the ball, this led to a bit of a ruck which ended up with the ref­eree send­ing off two play­ers af­ter a dis­pute arose over a side­line de­ci­sion.

Éire Óg mid­fielder Kristin Flynn and Avon­dale wing for­ward Paul Ga­han were the men given their march­ing or­ders.

When all had set­tled down, Avon­dale mid­fielder Zack Cullen fired over an­other score to nar­row the mar­gin.

Éire Óg then went to fin­ish the game off which they duly did through bustling cen­tre for­ward Anto Byrne who man­aged to break through the op­po­si­tion de­fence to bat the ball into the net with Cran­ley hit­ting a fine point from play im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

Kearns yet again re­sponded with a clever score from play.

The Éire Óg for­wards were clin­i­cal with both cor­ner for­wards scor­ing from play. The first came from Cran­ley be­fore Hugh O’Neil slot­ted an­other score. Wing for­ward Cran­ley weaved his way through the de­fence to put an­other ball over the bar. Kearns was do­ing his level best to keep Avon­dale in this game, scor­ing three more quick fire points, one from play and two dead balls.

Byrne, Cran­ley and O’Neill hit Éire Óg’s last three points of the game to fin­ish the game off as a contest.

Avon­dale lashed over a fi­nal con­so­la­tion score through Ryan Nolan to bring an end to a very en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle.

Scor­ers - Éire Óg: Shaun Cran­ley 0-10 (4f), James Cran­ley 0-4, Anto Byrne 1-1, Andy Walsh 0-1, Michael Walsh 0-1, Hugh O’Neill 0-2.

Avon­dale: Ea­mon Kearns 0-9 (5f), Ross Ward 0-1, Zack Cullen 0-2, Gearoid Mur­phy 0-1, Dean Ga­han 0-1, Ryan Nolan 0-1.

Avon­dale’s Niall Hef­fer­nan clears the dan­ger dur­ing the SHC clash with Éire Óg Grey­stones.

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