Well-drilled Balt­in­glass out­fit see off Ti­na­hely

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH at Balt­in­glass

AFTER a great bat­tle un­der the lights at Balt­in­glass the home side came out on top and qual­i­fied to meet Dunlavin in the fi­nal of the 2014 com­pe­ti­tion.

Ti­na­hely were the hold­ers after tak­ing this cov­eted cup out of the West for the first time last year.

After they held a fan­cied Dunlavin team to a draw last time out they were ex­pected to make a bold bid to get to the fi­nal again.

This they cer­tainly did even if they came up short in the end.

They won enough pos­ses­sion but they found a very well or­gan­ised Balt­in­glass de­fence just that bit too strong.

In ad­di­tion Hugh Kenny’s boys were very sharp in at­tack and made good use of the pos­ses­sion won by mid­field­ers Sean Doody and Jack Han­lon .

That much said, Ti­na­hely did most of the early press­ing and could have scored un­der the posts but the shot went out for a 45.

Mathew Ging did open the scor­ing for Ti­na­hely with a point in the fourth minute but two min­utes later Alan Bar­rett scored for Balt­in­glass and the sides were level.

Bar­rett put the home side in front for the first time in the eighth minute and the next 10 min­utes was all Balt­in­glass.

Arun Daly Danne, Emilio Faulkner and Christo­pher Grimes were giv­ing their mid­field pair­ing great support and Bar­rett, Tom­mie Keogh, and Aaron Cor­co­ran were pick­ing off the points.

18 min­utes had passed be­fore Ti­na­hely got their sec­ond point and de­spite hard graft­ing by Eoin Darcy, Eoghan Byrne, Ger­ard Donoghue, and Cil­lian McDon­ald they could not break through a very well-drilled Balt­in­glass de­fence. Half time – Balt­in­glass 0-8; Ti­na­hely 0-2.

The game evened out greatly in the sec­ond half with Ti­na­hely win­ning their fair share of the ball.

Half time switches helped and when Mathew Ging moved out from full for­ward he made a big dif­fer­ence. Nonethe­less it was Ja­son Kenny who opened the sec­ond half scor­ing.

Bradley Hickey got Ti­na­hely on the score sheet again and it was more or less score for score for the rest of the way.

How­ever Balt­in­glass had the edge and never looked like los­ing it. Goalie KB Matomni made some good clear­ances; Ja­son Steed, Johnny Keogh, Dar­ren Walsh, and Jack Kir­wan all had their mo­ments.

Rory O’Dare pulled a point back for Ti­na­hely and then scored the only goal of the match.

Any other time that score could have ral­lied the chas­ing pack but un­der the rules of this com­pe­ti­tion all scores are equal so this only added one to the Ti­na­hely to­tal.

Alex Byrne had a great game in goal for Ti­na­hely and got plenty to do. Daniel He­d­er­man was a tower of strength at full-back; Jack Mur­ray, To­mas Hay­den, Adam Had­den, To­mas Kealy and Oisin O’Gor­man also had their mo­ments.

How­ever it is a very im­pres­sive Balt­in­glass side that ad­vance to play Dunlavin on Sun­day the 7th. in the fi­nal at Dunlavin.

Balt­in­glass – KB Matomni; Dar­ren Walsh; Ja­son Steed; Jack Ker­wan; Max Harte, Christo­pher Grimes, Aaron Daly/Danne; Sean Doody, Jack Han­lon; Johnny Keogh, Alan Bar­rett, Emilo Faulkner, Evan Frahill, Aaron Cor­co­ran, Ja­son Kenny; Thomas Keogh Charley Harte, Adam Ger­maine, Robert and Wil­lian Brien, Jor­dan Bro­phy, Adam Martin and Niall O’Con­nor.

Ti­na­hely – Alex Byrne; Oisin O’Gor­man, Daniel Hed­der­man, Thomas Kealy; Adam Had­don , Cil­lien McDon­ald; Ge­drard Donoghue, Eoghan Byrne, Eoin Darcy; Thomas Hay­den, Br­sadley Hickey; Jack Mur­ray; Cathal Hay­den, Mathew Ging, Rory O’Dare, Klaoins and Ciaran Con­dren. Ref: – Keith Peppard.

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