Avon­dale cruise through to last four of Ju­nior ‘B’

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Round­wood

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)

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