Reds go clear at top of SFL Di­vi­sion 1A

Bray People - - SPORT - BRENDAN LAWRENCE At Ti­na­hely

TI­NA­HELY eas­ily ac­counted for an un­der-strength Donard-The Glen in Ti­na­hely in the SFL Di­vi­sion 1A clash on Sun­day morn­ing.

Fac­ing a strong Colm Mor­ris coached home team the Donard side were miss­ing some key men and they were un­able to halt the march of the Ti­na­hely men through­out this game de­spite a valiant ef­fort.

At times Ti­na­hely moved the ball ex­cep­tion­ally well and there were some fine scores from both teams.

At other times the play was care­less, lit­tered with er­rors and frus­trat­ing to watch.

It took three min­utes for Ti­na­hely's full for­ward, Tony Darcy, to swing over a lovely score with his left af­ter a good ball from cen­tre-half for­ward, Stephen Dil­lon.

Donard's Brian Len­non, who worked hard all through this clash, fired over a su­per score on the run a few min­utes later.

Proof that sports­man­ship is alive and well was pro­duced in buck­ets mo­ments later when Donard's Alan Daly was in­jured in the course of play. Af­ter hob­bling to his feet he was ably as­sisted to the side­line by Ti­na­hely's Alan Nolan and Stephen Dil­lon.

Af­ter play re­sumed, Ja­son Cush sent over Ti­na­hely's sec­ond score af­ter 12 min­utes af­ter a great ball by David Dil­lon out of his de­fence to start the move.

Tony Darcy was caus­ing a few prob­lems for the Donard men and he won a free that was swept over by Alan Nolan.

Donard were play­ing with an ex­tra de­fender for most of this game with cor­ner for­ward Des Mann drafted back from the at­tack. Whether it was an ef­fec­tive move is up for de­bate but what it did do was limit the ef­fec­tive­ness of the vis­i­tor's at­tack.

Fever­ish work from Darcy, who dis­pos­sessed a Donard de­fender, saw him grab Ti­na­hely's fourth point of the game af­ter 15 min­utes.

Ja­son Cush made that five a mo­ment later with mid­fielder David Dil­lon in­volved again. Alan Dil­lon and Tony Darcy com­pleted Ti­na­hely's scor­ing in the open­ing half and, fol­low­ing David Dil­lon's back card for a high tackle on Donard's Alan Daly the vis­i­tors ral­lied and fired over two scores of their own through Harry Man­gan and Dar­ren O'Neill to leave it 0-07 to 0-03 at the break for Ti­na­hely.

In the sec­ond half it was more of the same. Ti­na­hely's dom­i­nance was bro­ken on sev­eral oc­ca­sions by Donard who added six scores to their tally but it was the home side who pushed on and utilised their well-pop­u­lated bench to good ef­fect.

Three sec­ond half goals put this en­counter to bed. The first was rock­eted home by Ja­son Cush who pulled on a break­ing ball on the ground and it ar­rowed into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

The sec­ond came from sub­sti­tute Paddy O'Rourke who cap­tialised on some poor Donard de­fend­ing to pounce for an op­por­tunis­tic goal while the third goal came from Alan Dil­lon af­ter a scin­til­lat­ing move up the pitch af­ter 16 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

Donard tried hard and Brian Len­non's point af­ter 13 min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod was the pick of their bunch.

A com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory for Ti­na­hely on a very pleas­ant Sun­day morn­ing. A dif­fi­cult de­feat for a de­pleted Donard-The Glen.

Ti­na­hely: Stephen Nolan; James Gil­bert, Michael Byrne, Conor Hat­ton; Damian Cullen, John Blake, Kevin Doyle; David Dil­lon, Alan Nolan; Brian Walsh, Stephen Dil­lon, Ja­son Cush; Oisin Fur­long, Tony Darcy, Alan Dil­lon. Subs: Brendan Barnes, Paddy O'Rourke, David Blake, Jamie Cullen.

Donard-The Glen: James Cor­ri­gan; Kevin Os­borne, Brendan Daly, Ro­nan Con­ron; Owen Kelly, Alan Tutty, Clif­ford Grace; Brian Len­non, Alan Daly; Harry Man­gan, Ed­ward Flynn, Dar­ren O'Neill; Des Mann, Pat Flynn, Steve Pierce.

Ti­na­hely’s David Dil­lon and Conor Hat­ton jump with Donard’s Brian Len­non dur­ing the SFL Di­vi­sion 1A clash in Ti­na­hely. Photo: Joe Byrne.

Ti­na­hely’s Stephen Dil­lon gets his shot away de­spite the pres­ence of Donard’s Harry Man­gan.

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