Cham­pi­onship dreams die de­spite Aughrim win

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - MARTIN O’BRIEN at Bal­li­nakill

THIS game was slow to get go­ing in Bal­li­nakill, but in no way was this down to the teams out on the field. In fact, two min­utes af­ter throw in the lights on the pitch be­gan to fail. A small con­fer­ence en­sued on the field, the teams headed for the dress­ing room and we re­sumed 20 min­utes later.

On re­sump­tion, Hol­ly­wood would take the lead in the sec­ond minute through full-for­ward James Mooney and fol­lowed by a Thomas Kelly point. Aughrim re­sponded in kind with three pointed frees from wing back Conor Phe­lan. The game was tight with Phe­lan and Kelly trad­ing points again.

The 20th minute of the first half was a piv­otal mo­ment, as Pa­trick Phe­lan latched on to a ball tapped down by Richard Kee­gan. Phe­lan took on his man and buried the ball to the net. This was fol­lowed by a red card for Hol­ly­wood mid­fielde­ri­ara Maguire and a point for Aughrim for An­drew Holt. Thomas Kelly re­sponded, and the score was 1-5 to 0-5 to the Gran­ite City men.

The sec­ond half be­gan with Aughrim on the front foot. Conor Lam­bert, An­drew Holt and Conor Phe­lan with four fine scores. Wing back, Phe­lan hav­ing a fine day from placed balls. Hol­ly­wood re­sponded with three points from Thomas Kelly, who had a great game for the west men.

In a car­bon copy of the first half, Hol­ly­wood turned the tables. They bagged a goal from a long ball in to Kealan Burke who fisted to the net. One minute later, Aughrim were re­duced to 14 men with An­drew Holt re­ceiv­ing his march­ing or­ders. The score line read 1-9 to 1-7 with 10 min­utes on the clock.

The fi­nal 10 were not as event­ful as the pre­vi­ous 50, with Aughrim chip­ping two more points from Adam Rochford and Conor Phe­lan again. Ross Tyrrell chipped over a score for Hol­ly­wood, only to re­ceive his sec­ond yel­low shortly af­ter.

The game fin­ished with Aughrim push­ing for an­other goal to seal the win. At the fi­nal whis­tle, it is fair to say Aughrim were the de­served win­ners on the night where both teams crash out of the cham­pi­onship.

Scor­ers – Aughrim: Conor Phe­lan 0-7 (7f), Pa­trick Phe­lan 1-0, An­drew Holt 0-2, Conor Lam­bert 0-1, Adam Rochford 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: Thomas Kelly 0-5 (2f), James Mooney 0-2 (1f), Kealan Burke 1-0, Ross Tyrell 0-1, Niall Clarke 0-1.

AUGHRIM: Brian Lynch; Alan Cot­ton, Eoin Forsyth, Wil­lie Ka­vanagh; Ja­son Doyle, Robert Lam­bert, Conor Phe­lan; Michael Bren­nan, An­drew Holt; Adam Rochford, Paddy Phe­lan, Pa­trick Ka­vanagh; Richard Kee­gan, Rory O’Brien, Conor Lam­bert. Subs: Peter Quigley for Pa­trick Phe­lan, Shaun Doyle for Pa­trick Ka­vanagh.

HOL­LY­WOOD: Eoin Harkin; Kevin Cullen, John Mooney, Kevin Glen­non; Con­all Byrne, Ross Tyrrell, Nathan O’Sul­li­van; Ciaran Maguire, Liam Cal­lanan; Eoin Clarke, Dar­ren Healy, Ben O’Ke­effe; Thomas Kelly, James Mooney, Niall Clarke. Subs: Kealan Burke for Con­all Byrne (bc).

REF­EREE: Robert Roche (Carnew)

Hol­ly­wood, who lost out to Aughrim last week in Bal­li­nakill.

The Aughrim team that de­feated Hol­ly­wood in Bal­li­nakill last week.

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