Five-star Avon­more

Win­ners lay down marker with vic­tory over New­town

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

AVON­MORE laid down a marker for the sea­son ahead by com­ing from a goal down to beat reign­ing Premier cham­pi­ons New­town United by five goals to one at the Matt Kelly Memo­rial Grounds last Sunday morn­ing.

Goals from Fi­achra Ryan, Cal­lum Broughan, Mark Cullen and an Adam Tuke dou­ble can­celling out a Dean Od­lum opener.

With New­town much changed from the side that won the league in June and Avon­more miss­ing some through GAA com­mit­ments it was al­ways go­ing to be a hard game to pre­dict.

The early go­ing saw New­town slightly shad­ing pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory with Shane Doyle and Dean Od­lum hav­ing ef­forts from dis­tance.

On 20 min­utes they opened the scor­ing. A long ball over the top saw Dean Od­lum out mus­cle James Byrne be­fore plac­ing be­yond the reach of keeper Ja­son Porter.

It was to be as good as it got for the Mag­pies as Avon­more com­pletely dom­i­nated the rest of the game.

Chances came and went for Adam Tuke, Mark Mi­ley and Mark Cullen be­fore they de­servedly equalised on 35 min­utes.

A Cian O’han­nain free kick bounced awk­wardly hit­ting James Syn­nott on the arm with ref­eree Gavin Colfer award­ing a penalty. Up stood Fi­achra O’han­nain and he placed to the keeper’s right with a com­posed con­fi­dent fin­ish.

Avon­more vis­i­bly grew in con­fi­dence and they took the lead less than three min­utes later. A floated ball in from the left by Fi­achra O’han­nain saw Mark Mi­ley smash back across goal and stand­ing six yards out Adam Tuke swept home. That’s how the sides re­tired at the in­ter­val.

On 50 min­utes Avon­more struck again. Fi­achra O’han­nain’s cor­ner was only par­tially cleared with Mi­ley’s ef­fort from 20 yards drop­ping to mid­field part­ner Cal­lum Broughan who struck past keeper Lee Fitz­patrick.

On 56 min­utes Avon­more were once more in dream­land with the goal of the match.

Cen­tre back James Byrne played a beau­ti­ful 40-yard ball into space for Mark Cullen to race onto and the speedy striker beat Fitz­patrick to the ball be­fore rolling to the empty net.

With the Byrne broth­ers, James and Danny, dom­i­nat­ing from the back and Paddy Kennedy tackling any­thing that moved New­town never looked likely of get­ting back into the con­test and in­deed it was the Rathdrum side that closed out the scor­ing with three min­utes left.

Sub­sti­tute Cody Reid pressed and has­sled the New­town de­fence into an er­ror with the ball drop­ping to Tuke who drilled low and hard past Fitz­patrick.

A poor show­ing from New­town with PJ Dowl­ing re­ally the only player who was any­where near his best. With play­ers to come back into the side they will bounce back to form sooner than later

Avon­more re­ally were su­perb, and this re­sult should re­ally give them the con­fi­dence to have a say in the premier ti­tle race.

Adam Tuke, Danny Byrne, Cian O’han­nain and Fi­achra O’han­nain were all su­perb. How­ever, James Byrne was im­mense. Dom­i­nant at the back and the ball to set up Cullen’s goals was sub­lime.

Cal­lum Percy of Avon­more is tack­led by Bran­don Fee­hily of New­town United.

Adam Tuke of Avon­more is tracked by James Syn­nott of New­town United.

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