09 January, 2012

Avondale close in on Munster Senior League Title:

Mayfield celebrate equaliser which moves Avondale near Title

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            The first post Christmas series of Munster Senior League games; look to be the games which finally put the debate as to who will lift the Title to bed.  Leaders Avondale enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 home win over Midleton at Avondale Park on Saturday to extend their lead.
            Game of the weekend took place at Rockmount Park where the hosts played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Mayfield United.  Rockmount took the lead against the run of play on 25 minutes through a cracking free-kick from Gareth Cambridge.  The hosts extended their lead on the stroke of half-time with a close range finish from Alan O'Connor.
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            The Mayfield management earned their  "money"  at half-time because they came out a different side, putting the hosts to the pin of their collar.  The visitors got back into the game through a well struck tight angled free-kick;  though Irish (amateaur) international goalkeeper Brendan O'Connell; should have done better at his near post.
            Mayfield were now piling on the pressure though they could have gotten done on the counter attack and very nearly did on two occasions as the game entered its final 10 minutes.  Mayfield weren't put off however, continuing to push bodies forward and were eventually rewarded when a fine ball was whipped across for McBride to head into an empty net with six minutes to play.
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            Both teams exchanged chances from there, but there was to be no more goals and a cracking, almost cup tie, was to benefit the league leaders, Avondale more than anyone else.  The southsiders are now six points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

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