HOLDERS Athy got back to winning ways last Saturday when they breezed past Allenwood in the second round of the MDY Construction Senior Football Championship at Hawkfield last Saturday evening, writes Ruth Chambers.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Round 2
When minor star Niall Kelly hit the back of Ernie Price’s net in after 14 minutes it was clear that the 2011 champions were going to be in control for the duration despite hitting way to many wides during the opening 30 minutes.
This game won’t ever go down as a classic, indeed it was of a very poor standard. Allenwood could only score two points either side of the half time break, while the holders were most unspectacular despite their dominance.
At the break Athy led by six points (1-5 to 0-2) without really breaking sweat during the opening 30 minutes. The second half was a similar story with Athy only scoring four points for the duration but a win is a win is a win.
Mark Brophy’s side started without Danny O’Keeffe, Liam McGovern and Ken Brophy, while Darroch Mulhall, who recently returned from the USA started on the substitutes bench.
With six minutes on the clock Shane O’Brien got the scoring underway when he fired over Ernie Price’s cross bar and soon after Niall Kelly had the ball in the back of his net.
A free in from David Holligan found James Eaton and he off loaded to Paddy Dunne but his shot was well saved by Price. However minor star Niall Kelly was on hand to send the loose ball to the net to leave his side leading 1-1 to no score after 14 minutes.
Athy added to their advantage soon after when Eaton opened his account before Allenwood finally got off the mark. Their first point came from the boot of former Kildare goalkeeper Shane McCormack but they had to wait another 14 minutes for a second point.
Athy, despite their poor shooting, didn’t have the same problems. James Eaton and Kelly (two) split the posts before Kenneth Swords responded for the ‘Wood and left the half time score at 1-5 to 0-2.
After the break Athy continued to dominate and a free from Eaton extended their lead five minutes in to the final half. Kevin Feely and Niall Kelly both raised white flags to ensure a 1-8 to 0-2 advantage for the side from the south before Allenwood finally opened their second half account.
Their first score of the half came from the boot of David Hughes, who collected possession from Shane McCormack before firing over and soon after a Johnny Doyle converted a free to leave Allenwood trailing by seven with 15 left to play.
Before the long whistle was sounded by referee Brendan Cawley, Niall Kelly sent over a free to finish up the scoring and ensure a facile victory for the champions and a second defeat on the trot for struggling Allenwood.
Athy, Niall Kelly 1-3, James Eaton 0-4 (2f), Shane O’Brien 0-1, Kevin Feely 0-1.
Allenwood, hane McCormack 0-1, Kenneth Swords 0-1, David Hughes 0-1, Johnny Doyle 0-1 (1f).
James Roycroft: Con Ronan, David Hyland, David Holligan; Emmanuel Kennedy, Mick Foley, Shane O’Brien; Declan Kinahan, Paddy Dunne; Kevin Feely, Cian Reynolds, Ross Bell; Tony Gibbons, James Eaton, Niall Kelly. Sub: Sean Ronan replaced C Reynolds 52 mins.
Ernie Price; Michael McCormack, Michael Mullins, Morgan O’Callaghan; David Hughes, Cormac Sullivan, Stephen Conlon; Thomas Byrne, Kenneth Swords; Joe Carroll, Shane McCormack, Johnny Doyle; Martin Banham, Noel Casey, Daragh Johnson. Subs: Scott Dunne replaced J Carroll 42 mins, Eric Judge replaced D Johnson 47 mins, John Cross replaced K Swords 53 mins, Noel Donoghue replaced N Casey 57 mins.