Ashford soar to JAFC safety
One chance for Hollywood
ASHFORD 3-21 HOLLYWOOD 1-10
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)