Well-drilled Baltinglass outfit see off Tinahely
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.