Saturday 24 August 2019

AGB pull through

Boom & Platform Hire SFC Group 1: AGB 0-16 Hollywood 1-9

AGB’s Darragh Fitzgerald looks to get a pass away as Hollywood’s Conor Burke closes in. Photo: Joe Byrne
AGB’s Darragh Fitzgerald looks to get a pass away as Hollywood’s Conor Burke closes in. Photo: Joe Byrne

Brendan Lawrence at Aughrim

AGB made very hard work of getting past Hollywood to record their second win in Group 1 of the Boom & Platform Hire Senior Football Championship in the opening game of a four-match schedule on Sunday last.

Damien Redmond's men looked out of sight after 47 minutes when they led by 0-12 to 0-5 with Hollywood having struggled for long periods and having lost the services of key player Mikey Healy just before half-time to a black card.

But a sweet goal from PJ O'Keeffe and points from Eoin Burke and the aforementioned O'Keeffe pulled Hollywood right back into this game as AGB seemed to have a major wobble in gameplan and confidence all over the field.

Damien Redmond's men recovered with two points, the first from Darragh Culleton from a free, the second from Shane McBride as the AGB substitutions started the really bear fruit.

But Hollywood were not going away. A frantically nervous passage of play in front of the AGB goal resulted in a 45 when it could easily have been a goal for Mark Murnaghan's side and Robert Houlihan banged over the 45.

Serious pilfering from Keith Peppard on AGB full-back James Tyrrell resulted in the ball going to Robert Kelly who fired over a beauty to leave just two between the sides and and AGB looking in a spot of bother to be sure.

But the AGB men steadied the ship late on with fine scores from Shane McBride and Cathal Kelleher to leave AGB sitting on top of their group on score difference ahead of Rathnew who got the better of Tinahely in a massive struggle on Saturday evening.

AGB enjoyed a start that reflects on their recent form as they opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 18 minutes with a missed goal chance also appearing on their balance sheet.

JP Hurley got them up and running early on before Hollywood's Stephen Kearney replied from a free and then Chris O'Brien and Ciaran O'Shea added singles to give them a healthy looking gap entering the second quarter.

The AGB side listed on the match programme showed a number of changes. Tom Maher was half back, Ciaran O'Shea back in the corner.

Andrew Maher was named at half-back but started in corner-forward while Darragh Fitzgerald started instead of Cathal Kelleher. Interestingly, AGB operated a very fluid switching of positions throughout the game and whether the results are entirely positive remains to be seen.

Hollywood lost Colin Tutty to injury after 18 minutes and installed Robert Kelly in his place and they found their feet somewhat in the scoring stakes with points from Kearney (free) and a fine score from Kevin Murphy after a ball from Jack Cullen to level the game at 0-3 apiece.

A barren spell of 10 minutes followed during which AGB registered two wides to Hollywood's one and Damien Redmond also brought in Darragh Culleton for Peter Hempenstall after 25.

Philip Healy ended the bleak period with a superb score after a pass from Darragh Fitzgerald and then Culleton announced his arrival with two wicked scores (one free) before Philip Healy pointed a free to send AGB in leading by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break with Healy picking up a black card from referee Anthony Nolan just prior to the half-time whistle.

A Jack Cullen point left three between the sides early in the second half but AGB rattled off five unanswered scores from Philip Gleeson, Darragh Fitzgerald, Darragh Culleton, Andrew Maher and Chris O'Brien to make it 0-12 to 0-4 before Philip Gleeson picked up a black card with Shane McBride taking his place.

Hollywood's recovery began immediately and came about in part as a result of pressure on Mervyn Travers' kick-out and serious work ethic all over the field.

A beautiful point from Keith Traynor was followed by PJ O'Keeffe's goal that he took with aplomb in a move that was started by the hard-working Kevin Murphy, and then Eoin Burke and O'Keeffe added points by the 50th minute to leave it 0-12 to 1-7 in favour of the AGB men.

AGB steadied through points from Darragh Culleton and Shane McBride as Damien Redmond's bench brought him major reward in the latter stages of the game

Hollywood closed with to within two by the 55th minute but the late burst from AGB was enough to see them installed at the top of the table on score difference ahead of Rathnew with games against Tinahely and Newtown still to come.

Scorers - AGB: Darragh Culleton 0-4, Philip Healy 0-3, Chris O'Brien 0-2, Shane McBride 0-2, JP Hurley 0-1, Ciaran O'Shea 0-1, Philip Gleeson 0-1, Darragh Fitzgerald 0-1, Andrew Maher 0-1. Hollywood: PJ O'Keeffe 1-1, Stephen Kearney 0-2 (2f), Kevin Murphy 0-1, Jack Cullen 0-1, Keith Traynor 0-1, Eoin Burke 0-1, Robert Houlihan 0-1, Robert Kelly 0-1.

AGB: Mervyn Travers; Ciaran O'Shea, Jim Tyrrell, Jack Hamilton; Tom Maher, Karl Kirwan, Tiernan McBride; JP Hurley, Chris O'Brien; Peter Hempenstall, Philip Gleeson, Darragh Fitzgerald; Andrew Maher, Philip Healy, Cormac O'Shea.

Hollywood: Jamie Tutty; Seanie O'Keefe, Harry Wilson, Shane Kelly; Ryan Mulvey, Conor Burke, Harry Houlihan; Cian Tyrrell, Robert Houlihan; Jack Cullen, Mikey Healy, Kevin Murphy; Colin Tutty, Stephen Kearney, PJ O'Keeffe.

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Baltinglass)

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