Ash­ford soar to JAFC safety

One chance for Hol­ly­wood

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGHLIN


DE­SPITE the over­whelm­ing mar­gin of vic­tory for Ash­ford in this Ju­nior ‘A’ rel­e­ga­tion game, played at Laragh on Sun­day morn­ing last, Hol­ly­wood put a huge ef­fort into the en­counter in the first half and took the game to the black and am­ber side for much of the first half.

The west­ern­ers were play­ing into the road-end and had the as­sis­tance of a stiff­ish breeze. Thank­fully the game was played with­out rain, but the pitch sur­face was wet and slip­pery which led to mis­takes and spills on both sides.

Hol­ly­wood set­tled into the game much more read­ily than Ash­ford and had three points from Thomas Kelly, Ben O’Ke­effe and James Mooney on the score­board by five min­utes.

Ash­ford were slow out of the traps and were strug­gling to adapt to the un­der­foot con­di­tions. How­ever, they were right back in game when mid­fielder Davy Nolan blocked down a de­fender’s clear­ance and blasted past Eoin Harkin to bring the sides level.

James Mooney pointed a free to re­store the Hol­ly­wood lead, but Nolan came back to level the game again, Ash­ford were now be­gin­ning to find their feet with Davy Nolan and Bren­dan Man­ning at cen­tre for­ward push­ing for­ward.

Nathan O’Sul­li­van was putting in a good shift at mid­field for Hol­ly­wood and set Kevin Glen­non up for Hol­ly­wood’s fifth point on the quar­ter hour mark.

Ash­ford were now en­joy­ing greater par­ity and went on to add points from Gra­ham Mooney, Davy Dowl­ing, Bren­dan Man­ning, Cor­mac Doyle and Davy Nolan to bring their tally to 1-6 by the half time break.

James Mooney pointed a free for Hol­ly­wood com­ing up to half time. The West­ern­ers cor­ner back Kevin Cullen switched into goal when he picked up a leg in­jury with goalie Eoin Harkin tak­ing on the de­fender’s role. Cullen earned his keep quickly when he brought off a great save from a Ross Quinn shot com­ing up to the break.

Ash­ford scored first af­ter the restart with a point from Cor­mac Doyle.

How­ever, Hol­ly­wood re­sponded with two points from James Mooney and Eoin Clarke to leave them just two points adrift. Ash­ford were now be­gin­ning to come alive and a Rob­bie Clark­son point fol­lowed by a great Cor­mac Doyle goal started to open up a big­ger scor­ing gap be­tween the sides.

Cor­mac Doyle and Bren­dan Man­ning be­gan to add on points and when Davy Dowl­ing cracked a great drive to the roof of the Hol­ly­wood net the game was as good as over. Ash­ford led by 3-15 to 0-8 af­ter 20 min­utes and added a fur­ther six points in the last ten min­utes to bring their fi­nal tally to 3-21.

Hol­ly­wood con­tin­ued to play but ev­ery­thing was go­ing the way of the black and am­ber at this stage. Ben O’Ke­effe pointed, and James Mooney capped off a fine scor­ing dis­play from him when he back fisted a fine goal, con­nect­ing bril­liantly with the ball in flight. Dar­ren Healy fin­ished their scor­ing with a fine point from play just be­fore the call of time. The fi­nal score stood at 3-21 to 1-10 – a very de­ci­sive re­sult in the end.

Scor­ers – Ash­ford: Cor­mac Doyle 1-4, Bren­dan Man­ning 0-7, Davy Nolan 1-2, Davy Dowl­ing 1-1, Gra­ham Mooney 0-3, Rob­bie Clark­son 0-2, Trevor Con­yard 0-1, Brian Shan­non 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: James Mooney 1-4, Ben O’Ke­effe 0-2, Kevin Glen­non 0-1, Thomas Kelly 0-1, Eoin Clarke 0-1, Dar­ren Healy 0-1.

ASH­FORD: Wil­liam Hen­der Phillips; Rian O’Dwyer, Iarla O’Don­nell, Rob­bie Clark­son; James Cof­fey, Davy Ka­vanagh, Davy Dowl­ing; Joey Doyle, Davy Nolan; Ross Quinn, Bren­dan Man­ning, Dean Mooney; Gra­ham Mooney, Cor­mac Doyle, Col­lie Doyle. Subs: Daniel Rooney, Trevor Con­yard, Brian Shan­non, Eoghan Doyle, Conor Di­a­mond, Cian Marah.

HOL­LY­WOOD: Eoin Harkin; Kevin Glen­non, John Mooney, Kevin Cullen; Paul Kelly, Ross Tyrell, Conal Byrne; Nathan O’Sul­li­van, Kae­lan Burke; Dar­ren Healy, Thomas Kelly, Ben O’Ke­effe; Eoin Clarke, James Mooney, Adam Coyne. Sub: Kevin Clarke.

REF­EREE: Dar­ragh Byrne (Bal­ly­manus)

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