Avondale cruise through to last four of Junior ‘B’
AVONDALE cruised into the Junior ‘B’ Football Championship semi-finals and a clash with Avoca with a comfortable victory against Dunlavin at Roundwood last Thursday night. Dunlavin did gives the Dales a few early scares but outside of that it was all one-way traffic with Ryan Cahill and Donal McGraynor scoring 3-7 between them.
Dunlavin had a perfect start with Barry Miley cutting in from the left flank he got a bit of luck with a ricochet that dropped back into his path and the full forward took full advantage to pick his spot past keeper Corey Chambers.
Avondale replied well with points by Kevin Fitzpatrick and McGraynor to close the gap. However, Dunlavin hit them for another major on six minutes.
Centre back Shane Figgis galloped through the Avondale defence when an easy point looked on, he showed tremendous vision to drill a ball across goal to unmarked corner forward James Walsh and the attacker had the simple job of hammering home. David Lawlor landed a bomb of a point to extend the westerners lead.
That was to be as good as it got for them though as Avondale moved up the gears to pull away. A point from way out by Jack Manley closed the gap.
Tremendous work out the field by Ryan Cahill saw him locate McGraynor with a pinpoint pass. The full-forward’s effort was excellently saved by keeper Nicolas Byrne but the rebound was rolled into the empty net by McGraynor .
Wingback Fitzpatrick added his second to tie the sides up after 14 minutes.
McGraynor and Darren Beevor added points before Avondale really stretched their lead with a classy second goal. A breaking ball in the Dunlavin danger zone saw Cahill, a classy operator in the Wicklow league showing his soccer skills to clip it home.
A free from Mark Rigley on 23 minutes was to be Dunlavin’s last score of the night as their forwards were starved of possession afterwards. McGraynor closed the first half scoring with a beautiful point from distance after Callum Pursey had provided the lay-off.
Any hope of a Dunlavin revival were quashed within five minutes of the restart. Firstly, McGraynor pointed again then Pursey with a long ball into Cahill found the attacker in on goal and although Byrne bravely saved again Cahill had the simple rebound to tap home.
It was all one-way traffic for the remaining 25 minutes with Avondale adding as many wides as points, but they pulled away comfortably with some excellent scores, the pick of which was a long-range free from 50 yards out under the stand from keeper Corey Chambers.
Best for Dunlavin was keeper Nicolas Byrne who was unfortunate with two of the goals that were conceded and Walsh and Miley in the forwards who looked menacing if the players out the field could have got more ball into them.
For Avondale they were always comfortable outside of the first ten minutes. Ryan Cahill was lethal when given space and wing back Kevin Fitzpatrick showed an eye for a score however Donal McGraynor was man of the match his accuracy and link up play was outstanding, and he was always a handful for the stretched Dunlavin defence.
Scorers - Avondale: Ryan Cahill 2-2, Donal McGraynor 1-5, Kevin Fitzpatrick 0-2, Jack Manley 0-2, Callum Pursey 0-1, Corey Chambers 0-1, Darren Beavor 0-1.
Dunlavin: Barry Miley 1-0, James Walsh 1-0, David Lawlor 0-1, Mark Rigley 0-1.
AVONDALE: Corey Chambers; Kieran Penn, Conor Sheehan, Shane O’Neill; Harrison Penn, Paudi Toole, Kevin Fitzpatrick; Paul Gahan, Mikey O’Dea; Jack Manley, Darren Beavor, Anto Byrne; Ryan Cahill, Donal McGraynor, Callum Pursey. Subs: Cathal Doyle, Kevin Sheehan, Stephen Langen, Ian Heffernan, Kevin Kinsella, Shane Birch.
DUNLAVIN: Nicolas Byrne; Daniel Gethings, Conor Deering, Pat Healy; David Lawlor, Shane Figgis, Vincent Byrne; Sean O’Rourke, Thomas Davis; Garry Carroll, Mark Rigley, Andrew Howard; Timothy Metcalfe, Barry Miley, James Walsh. Subs: Henry Healy, Brian Nolan, Lee Armitage, Oisin Sinnott, Shane Birchall.
REFEREE: Liam Keenan Jnr (Aughrim)