Avenue UnitedA 5 – Bridge UnitedA 2 at Roslevan
AVENUE United aren’t going away — Premier Division pacesetting Newmarket Celtic might have two games in hand on their rivals from the county capital but thanks to this comprehensive display on Sunday morning the Ennis side moved to within a point of the summit.
This was a clinical performance that came on the back of that painful exit from the Munster Junior last weekend. Avenue were quick out of the blocks and some early pressure was rewarded when, in the 12th minute, a deliberate handball on the line resulted in a straight red and a penalty which Mark Roche dispatched.
You could say that three minutes later this tie was over as a contest when Mikey Mahoney finished neatly from a Kaylan O’Loughlin pass, while on 21 minutes the evergreen Mahoney struck again this time with a sweetly struck left foot curler into the corner.
Avenue were rampant and Mahoney clinched his hat trick with a tidy finish inside the area on 42 minutes to leave them 4-0 to the good at the break.
Avenue made a raft of changes at half time including game time for substitute keeper Eoin Slattery.
This seemed to take the sting out of the game as the second half was a subdued affair, although credit to the Bridge, who kept fighting and pulled one back with a goal from Jordan Downes, before Alan Roche teed up Kaylan O’Loughlin to make it 5-1.
Again, the Bridge kept plugging away to their credit and scored a late consolation through Julio Perez, before another player saw red, ensuring they finished with nine players on a tough day at the office that sees Avenue close the gap on leaders Newmarket.
Aidan Jordan, Simon Cuddy, Shane Browne, Eamon O’Reilly, Conor Mullen, Mikey Dinan, Mark Roche, Alan Roche, Mikey Mahoney, Kaylan O’Loughlin, Sean Corry. Subs Dean D’Auria, Martin O’Leary, Gary Roche.
Cory McManus, Christy Carey, Mark Pewter, Jonathon Dowes, Kevin Kelly, Tadhg Keogh, Liam Buckley, Brandon O’Halloran, Jordan Downes, Derek Fahy, Peter Kirwisa.
Man of the match
Referee Mark Rellis